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Swedish festive ad pulled following racist abuse of child
File photo of Swedish Lucia celebrations. Photo: Jack Mikrut/TT

Department store Åhléns announced on Monday that it was removing an online ad after the child in the picture was targeted by racist trolls.

Swedish nationalists sack MP accused of anti-Semitic slur
The Sweden Democrats have removed Anna Hagwall from the party. Photo: Roger Vikström/TT

Anna Hagwall has been slammed in Sweden for what was perceived to be an anti-Semitic attack on one of the country's media groups.

Man detained for Malmö arson attack claimed by Isis
The building that was smoke damaged in the arson attack. Photo: Emil Langvad/TT

The attack which caused smoke damage to a community centre in Malmö was claimed by Isis in a publication run by the extremist group.

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Bob Dylan writes speech for Nobel Prize ceremony
Bob Dylan. Photo: AP Photo/Chris Pizzello

And one of Bob Dylan's songs will be performed at the awards ceremony, but not by the literature laureate himself.

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Six weird Swedish Christmas foods to try if you're brave
Yup, that's a pig's head with 'Merry Christmas' written on it. Photo: Leif R Jansson/TT

From fish treated in acid to 'egg cheese', The Local looks at some of the weirder Swedish Christmas foods on offer.

In pictures: Tour this unusal Swedish home at Christmas
This Swedish family have their own unique take on Christmas. Photo: www.adddesign.se Karlsborg

Houzz.se's Amanda Strömberg looks inside a Swedish family's unconventional take on Christmas at their farm.

Swedes give low marks to pupils' performance
A classroom in Sweden. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT

Less than a fourth believe that Swedish pupils learn what they need to in school, a new poll suggests.

My Swedish Career
'Hats off to the Swedish, I've learned a lot from them'
Miss Clara head chef Daniel Guest. Photo: AWB

The Local speaks to Daniel Guest, head chef at Stockholm's Hotel Miss Clara about working in Sweden, Swedish Christmas food, and why he has strong opinions on sugar.

Ikea founder Kamprad suffers broken hip
Photo: Thord Nilsson / TT file picture

Ninety-year-old Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad has suffered from a broken hip, which temporarily resulted in him being hospitalised, but is now in good recovery, his assistant said on Sunday. He may have to skip the traditional Ikea Christmas celebrations in his native Älmhult though.

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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.

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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.

Opinion
'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
What are Swedish values? Many Swedes are unsure
Photo: Erik Johansen / TT

Although perhaps one of the hottest potatoes in the Swedish political debate right now, many Swedes still find it hard to pinpoint exactly what Swedish values are, a new study shows.

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.

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 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.

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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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