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Swedes protest cutbacks in personal assistance budget
Demonstrations were held in 25 towns and cities across Sweden on Saturday. Photo: Janerik Hansson / TT

Thousands of people staged demonstrations across Sweden on Saturday to protest recent cutbacks in the budget funding personal assistance for people with disabilities.

Police launch manhunt after deadly Stockholm shooting
No suspects have yet been arrested over the attack. Photo: Claudio Bresciani/TT

Swedish police have launched a massive manhunt after masked gunmen barged into a Stockholm café and shot two people to death late on Friday.

Sweden has fourth happiest workers in the world: report
Is Swedish fika the secret? Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

Sweden is home to the fourth happiest workers in the world, an international survey has claimed.

Here's how much Ikea staff are getting for Christmas
Christmas comes early for Ikea staff. Photo: Vegard Wivestad Grøtt/NTB scanpix/TT

Staff at Ikea are getting an early Christmas treat in the form of millions of euros to share between them.

Sweden threatens action to stop Facebook 'hate and lies'
Should Facebook crack down on hate speech? Photo: AP Photo/dapd, Timur Emek

Sweden could impose legal obligations on Facebook as a last resort if the social network does not crack down on hate speech and fake news, the culture and democracy minister has threatened.

In pictures
This is what Sweden's new Icehotel looks like
An artist's impression of the hotel in winter. Photo: PinPin Studio/Icehotel

The famous Icehotel in Jukkasjärvi has just opened its new year-round section. Have a look at some of the first pictures of one of the world's most unusual hotels here.

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Sweden's pioneering free press act turns 250
It doesn't look bad for 250 years old. Photo: Regeringen

On the day of its 250th anniversary, The Local looks at five facts worth knowing about Sweden's groundbreaking Freedom of the Press Act.

Beware ice, Swedes warned after string of accidents
File photo of a Swedish car not related to the story. Photo: Tomas Oneborg / SvD / TT

Swedes have been warned to be on their guards as stretches of the country's southern roads turned into ice rinks due to the chilly temperatures, causing a string of car accidents.

Swedish study: Virtual reality relieves phantom limbs
A man testing the software used in the study. Photo: Ortiz-Catalan et al/ The Lancet

A new study by Gothenburg's Chalmers University shows that training a virtual arm in virtual reality can relieve the phantom limb pain suffered by amputees.

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Christmas recipe: Swedish saffron buns with almonds
Swedish saffron buns with chocolate and almonds. Photo: Swedish Food/John Duxbury

Food writer John Duxbury shares his new take on an old Swedish favourite: saffron buns with added chocolate and almond paste.

What's on in Sweden
Six Christmas events to kick off December in Sweden
Gothenburg is about to turn on its 'Lane of Light' from the centre of the city to Liseberg. Photo: Liseberg

December is officially under way and that means the Christmas season is starting to pick up pace. Here are six great events to kick the festive period off across Sweden this weekend.

Guest blog
How I learned to stop worrying and love Swedish honesty
A visit to the dentist in two different countries. Photo: Jessica Gow/TT (edit: The Local)

Stockholm-based English teacher David Ashby reflects on British politeness and the straight-talking Swedes.

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Eight of Gothenburg's coziest cafes this winter
Kafé Magasinet on Tredje Långgatan does mood lighting well. Photo: aveny.se/Göteborg & Co

Looking for somewhere to beat the winter blues in Sweden's second city? These eight cozy cafes are guaranteed to help.

'Black Friday's consumerism shouldn't define Christmas'
A Black Friday sale in Akershus, Norway. Photo: Jon Olav Nesvold/NTB Scanpix

More are buying into the Black Friday concept despite the negative side of fast fashion and consumerism, and it's time to change that, argues Greenpeace Nordic's Rosanna Endre.

My Swedish Career
'I created this Stockholm podcast because I needed it'
Erin Bonnier. Photo: Private

Meet Erin Bonnier, 34, who runs the website and podcast Stockholm Lokal about the capital, culture and being an American in Sweden.

More news
Man fined after peeing on three women in one go
File photo of a DJ in a Swedish nightclub. Photo: Karin Malmhav/SvD/TT

How did he even manage to do that?

How Swedes would vote if an election were held today
From left, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven of the Social Democrats, Moderate leader Anna Kinberg Batra, Left Party leader Jonas Sjöstedt and the Christian Democrats' Ebba Busch Thor. Photo: Maja Suslin/T

Sweden's biggest statistics agency has released its winter party preference poll.

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These are the Spotify hits Swedes listened to in 2016
What do the Swedes listen to? Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

Abba isn't even on this list, promise.

Confidence in Sweden's police is sinking: poll
Faith in Sweden's police force is dropping, according to a new poll. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Public faith in the Swedish police is sinking quickly and confidence in the organization's head is low, according to a new study.

'Memorial' to be held for Sweden's giant yule goat
The 2016 Gävle goat in its final hours. Photo: Roger Nilsson/TT

The 2016 incarnation of the Gävle straw goat was burned to a crisp on its first day of action. Now, locals are being invited to 'honour' the icon as its replacement is moved into position.

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From our other editions
8 things Austrians do that can make foreigners feel awkward
Smoking is pretty ubiquitous. Photo: Paul Gillingwater

We all like living in Austria - why else would we be here? And by and large the people are wonderful, but some things they do still make us hot under the collar.

Ten Swiss Christmas markets you must visit this year

You've sipped vin chaud in Montreux and glugged Glühwein in Basel – this year try these Christmas markets instead.

'Sharia police' are not illegal, rules German court
Sven Lau. Photo: DPA

A German court on Monday ruled that a group of Islamists did not break the law in forming "sharia police" street patrols and telling people to stop drinking, gambling and listening to music.

Here's what Denmark's new budget means for foreigners
Finance Minister Claus Hjort Frederiksen (right, no tie) and members of the government's support parties presented the budget on Friday. Photo: Olafur Steinar Gestsson/Scanpix

Hint: it's not good.

8 amazing ski resorts in Spain
The Sierra Nevada ski resort opens this weekend. Photo:AFP

With many of Spain's ski resorts opening this weekend, it's time to hit the slopes!

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