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Stockholm from the water

Situated on dozens of small islands, Stockholm is a city of water. The Local gives you tips on how to make the most of the Swedish capital’s greatest resource.

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Stockholm: the city that loves kids

Children love Stockholm because Stockholm loves children. It almost seems that the city had children in mind as it evolved over the centuries. There are parks and play areas among the many green areas; walkways are wide, pedestrian crossings are not only at every corner but wherever people are likely to cross the street. And the city is clean.

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Gay Stockholm: The Local’s guide

It’s the city that gave the world gay icons like Abba and Greta Garbo, so the fact that Stockholm is becoming a favourite destination of gay tourists should be no surprise. Stockholm’s tradition of tolerance and openness means it never developed a gay ghetto, so gay life is integrated into the life of the rest of the city.

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The Local’s guide to shopping in Stockholm

Whatever you’re shopping for, the Swedish capital has something for you. An achingly fashion-conscious city, Stockholm is the perfect place to while away the hours drifting from trendy boutique to trendy boutique. For aficionados of sleek, minimalist Scandinavian design, there are great finds to be made. For foodies, Stockholm’s historic market halls are gourmet heaven. This guide will be constantly updated and expanded –if you know of an establishment you think we should include, tell us!

Insider knowledge from Sweden’s top political shindig

Insider knowledge from Sweden’s top political shindig

A week-long political conference may not seem like the event of the season, but Sweden’s annual Almedalen Week has practically the entire country talking about who’s who in politics and what they’re up to on the Baltic island of Gotland.

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Arla facing steep fines in competition probe

Scandinavian dairy producer Arla Foods faces more than 7 billion kronor ($900 million) in fines if the company is found to have breached laws ensuring fair competition.

Swedish king feted in Ukraine 300 years after landmark battle

Swedish king feted in Ukraine 300 years after landmark battle

Sweden's King Karl XII and a Cossack commander are emerging as disputed figures in Ukraine-Russia relations some 300 years after Russia's comprehensive defeat of Sweden in the Battle of Poltava.

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Woman charged for raping another woman

A 32-year-old woman has been charged for the rape of another woman by the Gothenburg District Court.

Sweden mourns death of Michael Jackson

Sweden mourns death of Michael Jackson

Pop music fans and musicians in Sweden were reeling on Friday following news of the unexpected death of Michael Jackson, who died suddenly on Thursday in Los Angeles at the age of 50.

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Gang members get two years for forced tattoo

Two men with connections to a Swedish criminal gang have each been sentenced to two years in jail for forcing an 18-year-old boy to cover over a tattoo resembling the gang's logo.

Thirteen charged over counterfeit cash

Thirteen charged over counterfeit cash

Thirteen people were indicted by a Swedish court on Thursday after being caught with 2.5 million kronor ($318,000) in counterfeit dollar and euro bills.

The Local’s Swedish summer festival guide

The Local’s Swedish summer festival guide

From heavy metal to jazz and from pop to classical, Sweden’s roster of summertime musical festivals has something to suit all tastes.

Jerebko becomes first Swede drafted into NBA

Jerebko becomes first Swede drafted into NBA

Jonas Jerebko, a native of Borås in western Sweden, became the first Swedish national to be drafted into the National Basketball Association (NBA), being picked on Thursday night by the Detroit Pistons as the 39th pick overall.

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Swedish man and his dog fall into fecal lagoon

What started as a pleasant Midsummer’s Eve stroll had an unpleasant and smelly end for a man and his dog in eastern Sweden.

Inmates commit crimes using prison phones

Inmates commit crimes using prison phones

Swedish inmates are routinely able to bypass blocks put on prison telephones, allowing them to make calls to fellow criminals with instructions for carrying out new crimes.

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Moderates lose as Green Party gains: poll

Support for the Moderate Party dropped significantly in June, while Sweden’s Green Party reached heights not seen since the 2006 Riksdag elections, a new poll shows.