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Romanian beggar lands bumper lottery win
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Romanian beggar lands bumper lottery win

A Romanian man who slept under a bridge in a Swedish city and lived by begging recently landed a 210,000 kronor ($27,000) lottery win after buying a ticket on impulse, saying he now wants to build himself a house. READ  

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Ice Music taps Texas troubadour for new tunes
A scene from a 2014 Ice Music concert in Luleå. Photo: Graeme Richardson/Swedish Lapland

Ice Music taps Texas troubadour for new tunes

The world's "coolest concert" is set for a Texas twist in 2015 when Luleå's innovative Ice Music welcomes American musical talent from Austin, home of the South By Southwest (SXSW) music festival. READ  

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Video: The best & worst of Swedish Christmas
Tom says he is a big fan of the food. Photo: The Local

Video: The best & worst of Swedish Christmas

What's the best thing about Christmas in Sweden? The worst? And perhaps most importantly, the tastiest? The Local's Paul O'Mahony hits the Old Town's Christmas market as the first snow of the season falls to find out more. READ  

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Eight things to do when it gets dark in Umeå
The sun sets early in Umeå, but luckily there is still plenty to do. Photo: Umeå2014

Eight things to do when it gets dark in Umeå

After a recent trip to the wild north, The Local's Oliver Gee recommends eight things to do in Umeå when the sun isn't shining. Which at this time of the year, is almost all day. READ  

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Swedes get their mouths round tongue twisters
How do the Stockholmers fare when it comes to translating tongue twisters. Photo: The Local

Swedes get their mouths round tongue twisters

'Tis the season for some silly news stories. The Local took to the streets of Stockholm to see how well people could pronounce some of the nation's top tongue twisters. READ  

Interview
'Swedes should be proud': Melinda Gates
Melinda Gates talks to The Local. Photo: TT

'Swedes should be proud': Melinda Gates

The Local's blogger Natalia Brzezinski talks to American philanthropist Melinda Gates about why Swedes should be proud of their country, this year's Nobel Prizes and the importance of women having a strong voice. READ  

Child grills Swedish PM on daylight savings
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven. Photo: TT

Child grills Swedish PM on daylight savings

Prime Minister Stefan Löfven made headlines on Wednesday after responding to a 7-year-old's letter which queried the need for daylight savings' time in Sweden. READ  

Comfort eating craze in Sweden's capital
The hot dog is a popular Swedish snack. Photo: TT

Comfort eating craze in Sweden's capital

More than one in ten people living in Stockholm have admitted to comfort eating, amid fears of growing obesity and stress in the city. READ  

Swedish free schools sent profits to Cyprus
A beach in Cyprus. Photo: TT

Swedish free schools sent profits to Cyprus

Two entrepreneurs behind a major Swedish free school chain avoided paying taxes by moving their profits to Cyprus, it has emerged. READ  

Video: Light therapy
Inside Sweden's first 'light therapy' school
Dragonskolan in Umeå at 2pm in December. Photo: The Local

Inside Sweden's first 'light therapy' school

Umeå in northern Sweden has just a few hours of light a day during December and a high school in the city has become the first in the country to use solar power to give students light therapy during lessons. The Local’s Maddy Savage went to take a look. READ  

Opinion
Why it's time to celebrate Sweden's diverse identity
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Why it's time to celebrate Sweden's diverse identity

Sweden will never eliminate cultural differences by trying to deny they exist or avoiding discussing them. Now, more than ever, Swedes must embrace them instead, argues Norhan Elhakeem, a Stockholm-based Canadian journalist with Egyptian blood. READ  

The Swedish town with the most 100-year-olds
The town has 22 people aged 100 or older. Photo: Shutterstock.

The Swedish town with the most 100-year-olds

Experts have been left scratching their heads as to why a town in southern Sweden has an unusually high number of centenarians - over 40 times more than the country's national average per capita. READ  

Thousands of women in secret Swedish abuse file
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Thousands of women in secret Swedish abuse file

Police in Stockholm have been keeping sensitive information about thousands of women who claimed they were being abused or threatened in a secret database for over a decade, it has emerged. READ  

Interview
'Watch my movie and then get a divorce'
Swedish film director Ruben Östlund. Photo: TT

'Watch my movie and then get a divorce'

With a Golden Globe nomination under his belt, Director Ruben Östlund talks to The Local about his new movie, why Scandinavia shouldn't follow in Hollywood's footsteps, and why he wants you to get a divorce. READ  

Swedish film nominated for Golden Globe
Swedish director Ruben Östlund on set. Photo: TT

Swedish film nominated for Golden Globe

Swedish hit film "Turist", known as "Force Majeure" abroad, has been nominated for a Golden Globe in the Best Foreign Film category. READ  

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