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Dreaming of a White Christmas in Sweden? Then head north

Dreaming of a White Christmas in Sweden? Then head north

If you want to guarantee a white Christmas this year in Sweden, you should head to the north, according to this year's festive forecast.

#SwedishChristmas: How common sweets became Swedish julgodis

#SwedishChristmas: How common sweets became Swedish julgodis

Every day until Christmas Eve, The Local explains the unique history behind Swedish Christmas traditions in our own Advent calendar.

Why Stockholm businesses are rethinking the 9-5

Why Stockholm businesses are rethinking the 9-5

Is the eight-hour workday past its sell-by date?

 
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How Brexit is fuelling stress and anxiety for vulnerable Brits in Europe

How Brexit is fuelling stress and anxiety for vulnerable Brits in Europe

For many of the 1.2 million Brits living in the EU, as well as the 3 million EU citizens in the UK, a no-deal Brexit threatens a spate of life-changing repercussions. And the process is taking a toll on people's mental health.

Parents at Stockholm International School get an instant social life

Parents at Stockholm International School get an instant social life

Stockholm International School understands the challenges parents face when moving abroad and uses its tight-knit PTA to ease the relocation.

 
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Videos

Lund professor freed student from Islamic State war zone

Lund professor freed student from Islamic State war zone

A chemistry professor at Lund University dispatched a team of mercenaries into an Islamic State (Isis) war zone to free one of her doctoral students and his family.

Christmas in Stockho-ho-holm: Five wintry must-dos in the city

Christmas in Stockho-ho-holm: Five wintry must-dos in the city

It’s not quite Lapland, but Stockholm is among the most magical places in the world at Christmas. There’s often a sprinkling of snow, a clutter of Christmas markets and just enough Julmys (Christmas cosiness) to really get you in the festive spirit.

 
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#MySweden: 'I enjoy the pun humour in Gothenburg'

#MySweden: 'I enjoy the pun humour in Gothenburg'

Every week one of The Local's readers takes over our Instagram channel to show the world their Sweden. Today we hear from Lindsay Balfour, who moved from California to a suburb in Gothenburg.

This small Mediterranean capital is the perfect winter city break

This small Mediterranean capital is the perfect winter 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 2018's Capital of Culture and can’t wait to go back.

 
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What makes exchange students come back to Sweden?
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What makes exchange students come back to Sweden?

Thousands of exchange students come to Sweden every year and then leave. But some of them come back – sometimes for good. We asked them why.

Five reasons to meet up in Geneva in 2019

Five reasons to meet up in Geneva in 2019

Together is a powerful word. It’s one that - no matter what - evokes feelings of love and joy. Geneva, a Swiss gem at the gateway to the Alps, is the ideal place to get together in 2019, and this is why.

 
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Sweden's Centre Party leader abandons bid to break political deadlock

Sweden's Centre Party leader abandons bid to break political deadlock

UPDATED: The leader of Sweden's Centre Party, Annie Lööf, on Thursday announced she was abandoning her bid to try to break Sweden's political deadlock after a week of cross-party talks.

Accommodation 101: How to rent an apartment in Sweden

Accommodation 101: How to rent an apartment in Sweden

To describe it as ‘difficult’ to find a rental apartment in Sweden would be an understatement. In fact, it can be such a pain that some people give up altogether and move elsewhere. Don’t be one of them, here are some tips to help you navigate the Swedish rental market.

 
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My Swedish Career: How falling ill inspired this Canadian’s start-up in Sweden

My Swedish Career: How falling ill inspired this Canadian’s start-up in Sweden

For Canadian Denise Fernandes, it was the less-than-happy experience of falling victim to Sweden’s notorious vinterkräksjuka that led to her setting up her own business in Stockholm. Here she speaks to The Local about what she’s learnt as a North American in Scandinavia.

VIDEO: Is this Sweden's craziest winter tradition?

VIDEO: Is this Sweden's craziest winter tradition?

Who says you have to bundle up for outdoor fun in Sweden during the winter?

 
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Europe

German railway reaches pay deal with main union

German railway reaches pay deal with main union

German railway operator Deutsche Bahn and its main union said Saturday they had reached a pay deal after strikes disrupted services earlier this week.

 

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Six jobs that can’t be stolen by robots

Six jobs that can’t be stolen by robots

As labour automation becomes a reality, robots are no longer just the domain of sci-fi movies and paranoid conspiracy theorists.

 
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Swedish parliament votes through centre-right budget

Swedish parliament votes through centre-right budget

Sweden's parliament on Wednesday backed a budget proposal from the Moderates and Christian Democrats, currently in opposition.

How to be happier: Five Swedish studies that can actually help

How to be happier: Five Swedish studies that can actually help

While no quick fix can instantly make you happier, these Stockholm University studies may help to turn that frown upside down.

 
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Sweden in Focus: One year on, what did #MeToo achieve in Sweden?

Sweden in Focus: One year on, what did #MeToo achieve in Sweden?

Long read: How the #MeToo movement changed the conversation around sexual assault in Sweden.

Estonia: As Nordic as the Nordics?

Estonia: As Nordic as the Nordics?

Our geographically-savvy readers are probably already aware that Estonia is not part of the Nordics (yet). It is, however, very close to its Nordic neighbours, both physically and culturally.

 
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The best and most festive things to do in Gothenburg this Christmas

The best and most festive things to do in Gothenburg this Christmas

With the Christmas season in full swing, there are plenty of festive activities to indulge in if you're in Gothenburg this winter. Here's The Local's pick of the top places to go and things to do (and eat!) to have a very merry Swedish Christmas.

The free, fun tool for learning Swedish online

The free, fun tool for learning Swedish online

Learning Swedish on your own is easier than ever!

 
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QUIZ: Which influential Icelander are you?

QUIZ: Which influential Icelander are you?

Iceland may have a population of just over 330,000 people (all with equally unpronounceable names) but that doesn't stop it churning out a stream of globally-renowned people. Take our quiz to discover your Icelandic spirit animal.

 
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Swedish word of the day: vinterkräksjuka

Swedish word of the day: vinterkräksjuka

Here's a word that no one wants to hear, but you're unlikely to get through winter in Sweden without hearing it.

Want to know how to be a super-successful immigrant parent in Sweden? So do I...
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Want to know how to be a super-successful immigrant parent in Sweden? So do I...

Parenting is challenging in the best of circumstances. Let's not even talk about being an immigrant parent. No, actually, let's.

UN to open hub for development startups in Lund

UN to open hub for development startups in Lund

The United Nations is opening a new science and innovation centre in Lund to help startups develop technologies promoting peace, security, human rights and development.

Members' quiz: How well do you know Swedish food?
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Members' quiz: How well do you know Swedish food?

Do you know your pickled herring from your Swedish meatballs? Try The Local's food quiz and see if you're as knowledgeable as a Swedish chef.

7 things you (maybe) didn’t know about Dolph Lundgren

7 things you (maybe) didn’t know about Dolph Lundgren

Dolph Lundgren is back on the big screen in the recently-released ‘Creed II’.

Ten historic pictures that show life in Sweden in the early 1900s

Ten historic pictures that show life in Sweden in the early 1900s

From a mixed-gender swimming pool to strikes and demonstrations – Sweden was a country transforming into a more modern society in the beginning of the 20th century. Here are ten pictures that show what that looked like.