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The Local’s Stockholm shopping guide: Kungsholmen

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The Local’s Stockholm shopping guide

Whether you’re a tourist in town or a Stockholmer on the hunt for hot deals, The Local’s shopping guide is your must-have resource when planning a shopping day in the city.

Child benefits must be raised: Sahlin

Child benefits must be raised: Sahlin

Mona Sahlin, leader of the Swedish Social Democrats, has argued in a speech that child maintenance support benefit levels must be raised if the left-wing coalition wins next year's election. The background for the proposal is that the economic crisis has hit single parents particularly hard.

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Shooting death may be linked to gang war

The death of 23-year-old man who was shot while sitting inside a car outside a petrol station on Friday night in Malmö might be related to a gang war. Several shots were fired at the victim by an unknown assailant.

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Fewer seeking asylum in Sweden

The number of foreigners seeking asylum in Sweden has fallen by 17 percent in the first half of 2009, compared to the same period last year, according to the Swedish Migration Board’s (Migrationsverket) mid-year report to the Swedish government.

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Military conscription phase out under fire

Conscription into the Swedish military will be phased out in 2010 in three stages. Recruitment to the armed forces with thereafter on a voluntary basis. However, the reform has come under criticism from the Social Democrats and the Conscription Council (Värnpliktsrådet).

Ransom demanded for missing Arctic Sea

Ransom demanded for missing Arctic Sea

The Finnish National Bureau of Investigation (Centralkriminalpolisen - CKP) has now confirmed that a ransom has been demanded for the missing cargo ship Arctic Sea, which disappeared off the Swedish island of Öland at the end of July.