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Guru’s guide: The best beers in Sweden right now

With so many unconventional Swedish and imported beers currently filling the shelves at your local Systembolaget it’s sometimes difficult to know what bottles to buy and try. Darren Packman, one of Sweden’s leading beer experts, give his tips on what you should (and should not) be pouring into your beer glass.

Reinfeldt dismayed by transport freeze

Reinfeldt dismayed by transport freeze

Swedish prime minster Fredrik Reinfeldt has expressed disappointment at the inability of the country's infrastructure to cope with snow and cold weather. "Winter is after all one of the four seasons in this country," he pointed out on Monday.

Hard rocking beer man: ‘I brew in A Major’

Hard rocking beer man: ‘I brew in A Major’

“That’s the Way I Wanna Rock and Roll” is a track from Sigtuna Brygghus head brewer Mattias Hammenlind’s favourite hard rock band AC/DC. It also sums up nicely his approach to brewing beer, writes Darren Packman.

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Ambulances getting stuck in deep snow

Sweden's ambulances have not escaped the problems brought by heavy snow, and the switch from four-wheel-drive Volvo's to rear-wheel drive Mercedes vehicles is now under review in Borås in western Sweden, according to a Sveriges Television (SVT) report. Similar problems were also reported earlier this month by health authorities in Västernorrland in northern Sweden.

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Ikea forecasts ‘flat’ profits for 2010

In a rare comment on Swedish furniture giant Ikea's financials Monday, the firm's CEO reported flat profits for 2009 with more of the same forecast for 2010.

Female students awarded discrimination damages

Female students awarded discrimination damages

Lund University in southern Sweden has agreed to pay compensation to 24 women denied admission to the university's psychology programme because of their gender.

Dope smoker reports psychedelic hash to police

Dope smoker reports psychedelic hash to police

A man walked into a police station in southern Sweden last week to complain about the quality of the hash that he had been sold, asking for a lump to be tested for traces of LSD.

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Record year in hunt for benefit cheats: agency

The Swedish Social Insurance Agency has reported a record year in its hunt for benefit cheats, reclaiming 930 million kronor ($130 million) in stolen and saved benefits.

Grenades found at Royal Palace in Stockholm

Grenades found at Royal Palace in Stockholm

A routine inspection of the Royal Palace of Stockholm in early February uncovered two decorative grenades. The explosive devices could have been lying gathering dust for over four decades, according to a military report reviewed by The Local.

Swedes beat Finland to reach hockey last eight

Swedes beat Finland to reach hockey last eight

Sweden clinched a place in the last eight of the Vancouver Winter Olympic

Snowfalls cause widespread travel chaos

Snowfalls cause widespread travel chaos

The harsh snowy weather continues to cause widespread disruption to train and public transport services on Monday.

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Sweden and Norway in sprint clash

Old antagonists and neighbours Sweden and Norway will meet in both the men's and women's team sprints to decide who gets the cross-country bragging rights at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic games.