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Things you can (and cannot) do without a Swedish personal number

Things you can (and cannot) do without a Swedish personal number

Is it possible to get by in Sweden without a fabled personal number (personnummer)? We found out in six different areas, from banking to shopping.

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First tickets for Sweden's 'man-free' festival to go on sale

First tickets for Sweden's 'man-free' festival to go on sale

Tickets for what has grabbed global headlines as Sweden's first 'man-free' music festival, organized in response to reports of sexual assaults at concerts, will go on sale in less than two weeks.

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What’s so special about Swedish leadership?

What’s so special about Swedish leadership?

A lot, according to the research. The Local finds out more.

 
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Swedish labour market 'tougher than ever'

Swedish labour market 'tougher than ever'

The labour market in Sweden is under more pressure than in any other country included in a new global report. And the situation is deteriorating each year.

Making life in Stockholm easier: The Local’s A-Ö guide

Making life in Stockholm easier: The Local’s A-Ö guide

Anyone who has moved or is thinking about moving to Stockholm will want to check this out.

 
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How Sweden's getting ready for the election-year information war

How Sweden's getting ready for the election-year information war

While the US debates to what extent Russia influenced its presidential election, a small country in northern Europe is already gearing up to fend off foreign interference in its next election.

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Ebenezer Scrooge: 'Why I hate Swedish Christmas'

Ebenezer Scrooge: 'Why I hate Swedish Christmas'

Five quick questions with Ebenezer Scrooge, who’s in Stockholm performing in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol until 31st December.

 
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Dads in Sweden are taking more parental leave than ever

Dads in Sweden are taking more parental leave than ever

But while Sweden is ahead of most countries in the share of parental leave allocated to fathers, things are far from equal.

A beginner's guide to healthcare in Sweden

A beginner's guide to healthcare in Sweden

Everything you need to know in case you accidentally eat a bad herring!

 
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The secret to booking the ultimate Swedish ski vacation

The secret to booking the ultimate Swedish ski vacation

Just because there’s no snow on the ground doesn’t mean it’s too early to start planning a ski trip in Sweden this winter.

 
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Opinion: Yes, poverty exists in Sweden, but it has been made invisible

Opinion: Yes, poverty exists in Sweden, but it has been made invisible

Sweden must help those citizens living in poverty, argues Lotta Säfström of charity organization Sweden's City Missions.

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Will this keep people like Harvey Weinstein out of the film industry?

Will this keep people like Harvey Weinstein out of the film industry?

Find out what Stockholm is doing to stamp out sexism in the film industry.

 
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Löfven and Macron team up to boost green innovation

Löfven and Macron team up to boost green innovation

Sweden and France are to join forces to develop innovation and green solutions for businesses and the public sector.

Is this the best Swedish university for international master’s students?

Is this the best Swedish university for international master’s students?

Its graduates are also among the first in Sweden to gain employment once they've completed their studies.

 
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In depth: Why is Sweden deporting its foreign professionals?

In depth: Why is Sweden deporting its foreign professionals?

International workers have been hard hit by bureaucratic residence permit rules. The Local takes a closer look at why Sweden needs to act before it's too late.

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Is this the world’s most international business school?

Is this the world’s most international business school?

It's not just one of the world’s leading business schools. It’s also a chance for students to have a truly international undergraduate experience.

 
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The Local's Swedish word of the week – part 7

The Local's Swedish word of the week – part 7

Every week we ask a Swede, or a foreigner in Sweden, to explain their favourite word.

Stockholm University sheds new light on family life

Stockholm University sheds new light on family life

Researchers at Stockholm University have used the data tied to Swedish personal numbers to answer complicated questions about family dynamics and other population processes.

 
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Swedish school under fire for racist slur in homework task

Swedish school under fire for racist slur in homework task

A school north of Stockholm has come under fire after a teacher gave a class of ten-year-olds a homework assignment which included a racist slur.

Sweden Democrat politician denies sexually assaulting fellow MP

Sweden Democrat politician denies sexually assaulting fellow MP

A Sweden Democrat member of parliament has denied sexually assaulting a fellow MP.

The Swedish course getting foreign programmers into work

The Swedish course getting foreign programmers into work

Switch SFI for SFX-IT and start learning the language you actually need to work as a programmer in Sweden.

 
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Meet the Swede who's taking over EasyJet

Meet the Swede who's taking over EasyJet

Swedish travel veteran Johan Lundgren was named chief executive of British low-cost airline EasyJet on Friday.

An interior design lover's guide to southern Sweden

An interior design lover's guide to southern Sweden

Sweden is a treasure-trove of inspiration for design lovers. The whole country really is one big Pinterest board.

 
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Gothenburg braces for EU social summit

Gothenburg braces for EU social summit

Fair jobs and growth are on the agenda when heads of government and senior EU officials meet in Gothenburg on Friday. But travel chaos is expected in the city, with several roads being closed off for the occasion.

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Juve's Allegri coy on Italy job

Juve's Allegri coy on Italy job

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri distanced himself from taking up the vacant post as Italy coach on Saturday, but left the door open to eventually accepting the job.

 

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How to make Swedish beetroot baked in salt

How to make Swedish beetroot baked in salt

Food writer John Duxbury shares his recipe for this stylish beetroot, baked in salt.

'Alter Schwede!': the surprising role of old Swedes in the German language

'Alter Schwede!': the surprising role of old Swedes in the German language

Every language has common sayings which, when directly translated, seem to make absolutely no sense, and the German phrase "alter Schwede", meaning "old Swede" is a perfect example.

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Why a Danish 'bloodbath' is coming back to Stockholm, almost 500 years later

Why a Danish 'bloodbath' is coming back to Stockholm, almost 500 years later

"The bloodiest, most terrifying day in Stockholm's history" is being relived in a new play.