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In numbers: The scale of Sweden's wildfires and the efforts to contain them

In numbers: The scale of Sweden's wildfires and the efforts to contain them

Dozens of fires, hundreds of people evacuated, and thousands involved in firefighting efforts.

EU countries send aircraft to Sweden to help fight wildfires

EU countries send aircraft to Sweden to help fight wildfires

France, Germany and Lithuania are all among the countries that have stepped up to help Sweden, which is battling its worst wildfire season of modern times.

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The smart service saving the day for dog owners living abroad

The smart service saving the day for dog owners living abroad

No more last minute panic about who will take care of your dog if you need to go away.

 
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Members' forum: Five things I miss about Swedish summers
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Members' forum: Five things I miss about Swedish summers

As Sweden battles through (another!) heatwave, The Local's Paris-based contributor Oliver Gee reflects on the five most awesome things he misses about summertime in Sweden.

Millionaire investor says this is the best Swedish city for entrepreneurs

Millionaire investor says this is the best Swedish city for entrepreneurs

With more than seven start-ups created every day, there’s no denying that Malmö is one of Europe's most important innovation hubs. A leading tech-investor says he knows why.

 
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Swedish recipe of the week: fried herring

Swedish recipe of the week: fried herring

Fried herring is a popular dish among Swedes, served as street food and in cafés all over the country. Food writer John Duxbury shares his favourite recipe.

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Meet the Italian music entrepreneur who went from being hired to hiring in Sweden

Meet the Italian music entrepreneur who went from being hired to hiring in Sweden

In 2007, guitar-maker Michele Benincaso found himself in the first generation of music tech entrepreneurs moving to Stockholm. Now he’s at the helm of the award-winning startup company, MIND Music Labs, and hiring music tech talent from all over the world just four years after launching.

 
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'Stockholm has made things I hadn't even imagined possible'

'Stockholm has made things I hadn't even imagined possible'

When Jamie Mackinnon decided to leave the UK he didn't even know he would end up in Sweden, let alone that he would learn the craft of building guitars there.

PODCAST: A Woman's Place at Almedalen Week

PODCAST: A Woman's Place at Almedalen Week

"If you just have an organisation with white men, it's going to be very boring." So declares Christer Modig, VP Radio of Nordic Entertainment Group, during an interview with The Local's Sophie Miskiw at Almedalen Week 2018. Find out more in this special episode of 'A Woman's Place'

 
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Ericsson sees light on horizon after major layoffs

Ericsson sees light on horizon after major layoffs

Swedish telecoms giant Ericsson posted boosted second-quarter results on Wednesday, after the company had to lay off thousands of staff members as part of a major cost-cutting scheme.

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The undergraduate programme preparing students for an international business career

The undergraduate programme preparing students for an international business career

Is it possible to lay the foundation for an international career while still at business school? It is if that business school is ESCP Europe.

 
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Girl taken out of Sweden despite risk of honour violence

Girl taken out of Sweden despite risk of honour violence

Swedish social services have been criticized after a 12-year-old girl from Norrköping was taken abroad despite being singled out as being at risk of honour violence.

Podgora: Something for everyone on the Croatian coast

Podgora: Something for everyone on the Croatian coast

No matter whether you're into hiking, cultural exploration, sports or pure beach relaxation, Podgora is your perfect destination this summer.

 
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Yes, Sweden's Almedalen is still relevant in the digital age

Yes, Sweden's Almedalen is still relevant in the digital age

Sweden's Almedalen Week has been a staple of the political calendar for half a century, but it still of value in the digital age? Journalist Rupali Mehra went to the event to find out.

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Make this small Mediterranean capital your next city break

Make this small Mediterranean capital your next city break

Valletta, Malta’s small but mighty capital, still feels like one of the Med’s undiscovered gems. But it won’t stay that way for long. The Local’s commercial editor, Sophie Miskiw, explored this year’s Capital of Culture and can’t wait to go back.

 
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IN DEPTH: The shifting sands of Sweden's immigration debate

IN DEPTH: The shifting sands of Sweden's immigration debate

The Local's Sweden In Focus series looks at the shift in Sweden's immigration debate since the dawn of the refugee crisis.

Stockholm on a budget: The ultimate guide

Stockholm on a budget: The ultimate guide

Stockholm has a reputation for being a pricey place to visit, but it doesn’t have to be.

 
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'Street performance is for everyone, no matter where they're from or what language they speak'

'Street performance is for everyone, no matter where they're from or what language they speak'

From juggling chainsaws to riding a unicorn, the Stockholm Street Festival began its nationwide tour in Stockholm this week, and The Local went along to find out what the event is all about.

VIDEO: Five astonishing Viking finds uncovered by Stockholm University

VIDEO: Five astonishing Viking finds uncovered by Stockholm University

It seems only fitting that some of the most remarkable Viking finds have been discovered by researchers at Stockholm University. After all, it is just a stone’s throw from Birka, a Viking city on the island of Björkö, where the university's archeologists are always digging up the past.

 
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The story behind the strange northern Swedish way to say 'yes'

The story behind the strange northern Swedish way to say 'yes'

The unusual way some northern Swedes say 'yes' often surprises those unfamiliar with the dialect: a cross between a gasp and a slurp, it's a curious linguistic phenomenon. The Local explores where it comes from and what exactly it means.

Breaking down the cost of healthcare in different countries

Breaking down the cost of healthcare in different countries

Ever wonder where illness or injury abroad may set you back the most? Find out how much expats can expect to pay for various medical procedures in different countries. Hint: prices aren’t all the same.

 
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'I'm being deported because I didn't take vacation, but Sweden is my home'

'I'm being deported because I didn't take vacation, but Sweden is my home'

A restaurant worker who has lived in Sweden for five years has been ordered to leave the country because he didn't take enough holiday at a previous job.

Eight hacks to turn your next long-haul flight into a holiday

Eight hacks to turn your next long-haul flight into a holiday

While there’s a lot of wisdom to the saying ‘it’s the journey, not the destination’, it’s a safe assumption that most people don’t view the flight itself as the highlight. Which is not to say it shouldn't be.

 
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Matteo Salvini: Who is the firebrand politician shaking up Italian politics?

Matteo Salvini: Who is the firebrand politician shaking up Italian politics?

Italy’s controversial new deputy prime minister has wasted no time in causing trouble since taking office. Matteo Salvini, leader of the extreme right Lega party, is anti-immigration, anti-EU and pro-Russia. But who is he and how did he enter the mainstream? Anne Cento Bull, of the University of Bath, revisits Salvini's rise.

 

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Swedish recipe of the week: Rhubarb trifle

Swedish recipe of the week: Rhubarb trifle

Founder of the Swedish Food website, John Duxbury, shares his take on the classic British trifle with The Local, adding his own Swedish twist to it.

Can Stockholm survive its ‘third wave of growth’?

Can Stockholm survive its ‘third wave of growth’?

As a major construction boom blasts through Stockholm, is Sweden’s capital headed for global city status or does its distinctive character hang in the balance?

 
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IN PICTURES: Thawing snow causes floods in northern Sweden

IN PICTURES: Thawing snow causes floods in northern Sweden

Few would complain about the warmer weather Sweden is basking in these days, but in some parts of the country it has caused problems, thawing vast bodies of snow at a faster rate than usual.

Why Sweden won't be scared of England at the World Cup

Why Sweden won't be scared of England at the World Cup

England would be well advised not to underestimate the Swedes.

Amazon to make big-budget TV show based on Swedish artist's hit dystopian books

Amazon to make big-budget TV show based on Swedish artist's hit dystopian books

Amazon Studios is to produce a big-budget series based on Swedish artist's Simon Stålenhag's work set in an alternative version of rural Sweden where science has taken over.

Five of the best student-friendly places to eat in Uppsala
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Five of the best student-friendly places to eat in Uppsala

Feel like enjoying the summer on a terrace, eating good food, without having to take a student loan to afford it? This article is for you!

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'Sweden is being discriminatory towards other EU citizens': Swedish MEP on personal number problems

'Sweden is being discriminatory towards other EU citizens': Swedish MEP on personal number problems

Cecilia Wikström told The Local she is "ashamed" of the difficulty some EU citizens have getting a personal identity number (personnummer) in Sweden.