The Local’s bumper Christmas quiz

The Local’s bumper Christmas quiz

As 2008 slowly goes the way of the dodo, it's time once again for The Local's annual Christmas quiz.

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Prison for sex buyer blackmailers

Three men have been imprisoned for the robbery and blackmail of men looking to buy sex from teenage girls over the internet. The men posed as young girls on chat sites to lure the unsuspecting would-be clients into their scam.

Christmas shoppers to boost flagging clothing sales

Christmas shoppers to boost flagging clothing sales

Clothing retail sales in Sweden are set to decline by 5 percent in December and zero growth is forecast for 2009, according to a new forecast.

EU court orders compensation for satellite dish eviction

EU court orders compensation for satellite dish eviction

The Swedish state has been ordered to pay compensation to a couple in Västerås by the European Court of Human Rights after they were evicted from their Stockholm flat over a satellite dish dispute.

Raunchy Swedish bible falls foul of US sensitivities

Raunchy Swedish bible falls foul of US sensitivities

A Swedish modern version of the bible has caused a storm after its launch in the United States. Sexy pictures and men kissing were not deemed suitable material for the US market and have been removed.

Green party leaders to resign after election

Green party leaders to resign after election

The leaders of the Swedish Green party have confirmed that they intend to step down only a year after the next general election, in 2011.

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Lower food prices to give consumer boost

Hard-pressed Swedish consumers are set to benefit from lower prices for basic food items such as bread and milk in 2009, retailers forecast. The falling Swedish krona could make imported items more expensive however.

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Doctor keeps licence after oral sex with patient

A 44-year-old doctor who performed oral sex on a male patient at a Stockholm hospital in 2007 has been allowed to keep his licence. The doctor has instead been given three years probation by the Stockholm Medical Responsibility Board (HSAN).

Do you know who I am?

Do you know who I am?

When the Swedish tabloids appear more interested in the celebrities of London and Hollywood than their own home-grown offerings, is it any wonder that we foreigners can find it hard to learn who's who in Sweden, asks Ben Kersley.

Pirate Bay backer caught in Liechtenstein tax probe

Pirate Bay backer caught in Liechtenstein tax probe

Carl Lundström, one of four men awaiting trial for involvement with file sharing site The Pirate Bay, is among a dozen Swedes at the heart of a tax authorities investigation into funds stashed in a bank trust in Lilliput tax haven Liechtenstein.

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Fire service under attack in Stockholm

Fire and rescue services came under attack from stone-throwing youths in Tensta in north west Stockholm on Monday evening.

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Migration Board ‘putting pressure on deportees’

Sweden's Migration Board has come under fire for allegedly pressuring candidates for deportation to sign agreements obliging them to leave the country rather than appeal their cases.