Ponies replace yachts in wintertime Västervik
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Ponies replace yachts in wintertime Västervik

There's only one way to see the picturesque town of Västervik during the winter months - and that's from the back of an Icelandic pony, writes Vic Bassey.

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Price freeze to follow 2009 property bonanza

Analysts expect a slowdown in the Swedish residential property market in 2010 following a year in which apartment prices rose by 20 percent amid record low interest rates.

Introducing… Basshunter

Introducing… Basshunter

Introducing... is The Local's guide to the ins and outs of Swedish celebrity. This week Malin Nyberg sits too close to the telly and gets sucked into the wacky world of commercial dance artist Jonas Altberg, aka Basshunter.

Foster kids demand apology for ‘dark chapter’

Foster kids demand apology for ‘dark chapter’

Sweden plans to launch an inquiry to examine how victims of past abuse in state-run foster homes and orphanages can receive some form of restitution following the partial findings of a government-mandated investigation.

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Three convicted for sex trafficking of Slovak teen

Three men were sentenced to prison on Thursday for their role in a sex trafficking scheme in which a 17-year-old girl was forced to sell sex to several men in Skåne in southern Sweden.

Helicopter suspect held on Caribbean island

Helicopter suspect held on Caribbean island

A 30-year-old Swedish man suspected of having a role in the brazen helicopter-aided robbery of a Stockholm cash depot has been arrested in the Dominican Republic.

Shipworms pose risk for Baltic treasures

Shipworms pose risk for Baltic treasures

A number of maritime treasures off Sweden’s southern coast are under threat from the shipworm, which is gaining a foothold in the Baltic Sea due to climate change, according to researchers at the University of Gothenburg.

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Swedish police crack down on Topdogz gang

Six suspected gang members were arrested on Wednesday as police in southern Sweden seized weapons and explosives in a sting operation targeting the Topdogz criminal organization, local newspaper Sydsvenskan reports.

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Sweden’s Supreme Court gets first female chair

For the first time ever, Sweden has named a woman to be the top judge of the country’s highest court.

What’s On in Sweden: January 15th – 21st

What’s On in Sweden: January 15th – 21st

What’s on in Sweden: Bankers dancing in Stockholm, The 69 Eyes in Gothenburg and musical legend Andy Votel comes to Malmö.

Floor collapses at Swedish Weight Watchers clinic

Floor collapses at Swedish Weight Watchers clinic

The floor of a Weight Watchers clinic in Växjö in south central Sweden collapsed on Wednesday night beneath a group of about 20 participants in the diet programme.