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Sweden Democrats to vote for Alliance candidate as parliamentary speaker

Sweden Democrats to vote for Alliance candidate as parliamentary speaker

The Sweden Democrats have stated they will vote for the candidate from the centre-right alliance bloc in Monday’s vote to confirm the new speaker of parliament.

Winter getaway: The Mediterranean island with 'the best climate in the world'

Winter getaway: The Mediterranean island with 'the best climate in the world'

Malta’s up-and-coming capital took centre stage when it was crowned 2018’s Capital of Culture, but there’s much more to the enigmatic island than Valletta. The Local’s Commercial Editor took a whirlwind tour of the Mediterranean’s best-kept secret.

 
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Centre-right Alliance declines offer of 'cross-bloc' parliamentary speaker

Centre-right Alliance declines offer of 'cross-bloc' parliamentary speaker

Sweden's Social Democrats have called for discussion on presenting a 'cross-bloc' candidate for parliamentary speaker, but the centre-right parties show no sign of accepting the offer.

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What makes Lyon the perfect city for international MBA students?

What makes Lyon the perfect city for international MBA students?

Two recent graduates of EMLYON in Lyon explain why both the business school and the city are perfect for ambitious students seeking international careers.

 
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Members' Q&A: The Local's guide to Swedish parental leave
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Members' Q&A: The Local's guide to Swedish parental leave

How to know if you're entitled to parental benefits, and how to apply for them.

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How Sweden hopes to get more foreign-born residents voting

How Sweden hopes to get more foreign-born residents voting

Sweden has one of Europe's highest voter turnouts, but foreign-born residents are less likely than native Swedes to have their say. The Local takes a look at why that's the case, and what Sweden can do to break the trend.

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Six things to think about before moving abroad with your family

Six things to think about before moving abroad with your family

Moving is never easy. Even a move across town requires significant planning, preparation and, of course, packing! Here are our tips for how to make your international relocation as smooth and stress-free as possible.

 
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Studying in Sweden? Sign up for half price student Membership with The Local

Studying in Sweden? Sign up for half price student Membership with The Local

Are you one of the more than 20,000 international students in Sweden? You can now benefit from a 50 percent student discount on Membership of The Local – our editor Emma Löfgren explains more.

The professional approach to learning Swedish

The professional approach to learning Swedish

Don’t waste time learning useless phrases like ‘the bear sat on the tortoise’ when you can learn Swedish you’ll actually use. The Local finds out more about SFX, a series of specialised language courses for professionals.

 
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Build your professional career with AmCham’s international mentoring program

Build your professional career with AmCham’s international mentoring program

If you need advice on how to move your career forward, but don’t know how to go about it, consider the American Chamber of Commerce in Sweden’s (AmCham) mentoring program.

 
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Spotify just announced a move that could shake up the music industry

Spotify just announced a move that could shake up the music industry

Spotify has said it will allow select artists to upload songs directly, bypassing record labels or distributors.

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Stockholm's best-known businesses pledge to further gender equality

Stockholm's best-known businesses pledge to further gender equality

Around a hundred of Stockholm’s best-known businesses have publicly declared their commitment to gender equality. But what does it really mean for companies like Truecaller, King and Klarna to call themselves A Woman’s Place?

 
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'Classical music attracts everyone, even gangsters'

'Classical music attracts everyone, even gangsters'

MY SWEDISH CAREER: Justina Auskelyte is Malmö's Violinist on a Bike. Not that such a job ever existed – but the Lithuanian created it, and the city seems to love it.

Six reasons expat parents should consider distance learning or boarding school

Six reasons expat parents should consider distance learning or boarding school

A new academy is shaking up traditional distance learning with a combined approach that strikes the perfect balance for expat families.

 
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Malmö residents harassed by Folkets Park drug pushers

Malmö residents harassed by Folkets Park drug pushers

Pushers openly selling drugs in broad daylight, children's playgrounds used for punishment beatings and drug storage, and local residents attacked for daring to go to the police: that's the situation residents described to The Local in one part of the southern city of Malmö.

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Japanese novelist Murakami pulls out of Sweden's 'new Nobel'

Japanese novelist Murakami pulls out of Sweden's 'new Nobel'

The Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami has asked for his nomination for the 'New Nobel Prize’ to be withdrawn, so that he can concentrate on his writing.

Will Swedish values survive the next two weeks?

Will Swedish values survive the next two weeks?

The big story from Sweden's election is still to be written. As politicians wrangle, the country's reputation and values are at stake.

One entrepreneur's guide to navigating the Swedish tax system

One entrepreneur's guide to navigating the Swedish tax system

Starting your own company and navigating taxes can be, well… taxing. But for the many international professionals who move to Sweden to start a new life and a new business, taxes in a new language can prove even more challenging. Nicole Michaelis is an entrepreneur who has done just that.

 
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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.

Recipe: how to make Swedish apple pie with a twist

Recipe: how to make Swedish apple pie with a twist

This apple pudding offers an unusual take on a traditional Swedish dish with its tasty meringue crust. Food writer John Duxbury shares his recipe with The Local.

SAS cuts 1,500 flights

SAS cuts 1,500 flights

Scandinavian airline SAS will trim some 1,500 flights from its winter schedule, the company said on Monday.

Election Q&A: Do you want Swedish tests for would-be citizens?
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Election Q&A: Do you want Swedish tests for would-be citizens?

The Local asked Sweden's eight parties to answer a number of questions relevant to internationals living and working in Sweden.

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Italy spokesman threatens treasury staff over cash for election promises

Italy spokesman threatens treasury staff over cash for election promises

A recording has emerged of the Italian government's chief spokesman threatening to "eliminate a tide" of treasury officials unless they find the money for projects, including a basic income grant, promised in March elections.

 

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Ikea plans to open its first store in Ukraine next year

Ikea plans to open its first store in Ukraine next year

Swedish furniture giant Ikea said it was finally bringing its Scandinavian home design to Ukraine after years of delays.

IN PICTURES: Battling the Swedish wildfires

IN PICTURES: Battling the Swedish wildfires

More than 20,000 hectares of forest has burned down in Sweden and the wildfires continue to rage across the country.

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