Sleepless Swede charged for dousing smoking neighbour

Sleepless Swede charged for dousing smoking neighbour

An 83-year-old man from Sölvesborg in southern Sweden is facing charges after he extinguished his neighbour’s cigarette with a bucket of water.

English play tackles depression head-on

English play tackles depression head-on

In her short life, Sarah Kane wrote five plays and the screenplay for a short film before she committed suicide at the age of 28 in 1999. An international group of Stockholm thespians will stage her last play, 4:48 Psychosis, in English, for nine performances over the next two weeks, writes Vivian Tse.

Anti-piracy law test case sent to EU court

Anti-piracy law test case sent to EU court

The first case tried since the passage of Sweden's anti-file sharing law (Ipred) in April 2009 is heading for the EU Court of Justice after a ruling by the Supreme Court.

Swedes urged to stop work in immigrant demo

Swedes urged to stop work in immigrant demo

Swedish blogger and author Damon Rasti has called on all Swedes with immigrant backgrounds to take a five minute break from their work at 2pm on Thursday to underline the importance of all Swedes in the society.

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Election Q&A: the Social Democratic Party

Social Democratic Party Secretary Ibrahim Baylan answers some questions from The Local about the party's stance on a few key issues.

SAS picks Swede to take over as new CEO

SAS picks Swede to take over as new CEO

Swedish insurance executive Rickard Gustafson, current head of Codan/Trygg-Hansa, has been named the new chief executive of SAS, the Scandinavian airline announced on Thursday.

What’s On in Sweden: September 17th – 23rd

What’s On in Sweden: September 17th – 23rd

What's on in Sweden: Old Skool Hip Hop in Stockholm, Killer Queen in Gothenburg and Dubstep steps into Malmö.

Maid in Sweden: clean home, dirty money?

Maid in Sweden: clean home, dirty money?

Few would argue with the merits of a clean house, yet Swedes don't seem ready to sweep the issue of hiring domestic help under the rug. And as Paul O'Mahony discovers, controversial tax breaks are only part of the story.

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Sweden’s unemployment rate drops to 7.4 percent

Sweden's unemployment rate dropped to 7.4 percent in August from 8 percent the previous month, Statistics Sweden announced on Thursday, ahead of general elections on Sunday focussing on the economy and jobs.

Säpo to probe beating of Centre Party MP

Säpo to probe beating of Centre Party MP

Fredrick Federley, a Centre Party MP, was beaten and robbed outside his Stockholm apartment on Wednesday night. The Swedish Security Service (Säpo) has taken over the investigation.

‘Superjumbo’ pays Stockholm Arlanda a visit

‘Superjumbo’ pays Stockholm Arlanda a visit

The world's largest aircraft - the Airbus A380 - paid an inaugural visit to Stockholm Arlanda Airport on Wednesday.

Sweden’s welfare state has endured centre-right rule: experts

Sweden’s welfare state has endured centre-right rule: experts

As Sweden's centre-right government hopes to win another four years in power, fears that conservative rule would cripple Sweden's welfare state appear to be unfounded, the AFP's Nina Larson explains.

Election outcomes – the lowdown

Election outcomes – the lowdown

With four days to go before Swedes go to the polls in what promises to be an historic election for one of Europe's oldest democracies, The Local's Peter Vinthagen Simpson has had a look at the possible outcomes.

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How to vote in the Swedish elections

Voting may not seem that complicated, but doing so in a different country can be. The Local has thus endeavoured to help any first-time voters by covering some of the basics about how to vote in Sweden.

Social Democrats regain lead in new poll

Social Democrats regain lead in new poll

The Social Democrats have clawed back the lead as the election nears, according to a new poll. But despite the gains, the Alliance coalition retains its commanding lead with four days to go to election day.

Left leader makes on-air wedding proposal

Left leader makes on-air wedding proposal

Left Party leader Lars Ohly took the opportunity of a televised party leader debate to propose to his long-term girlfriend, Åsa, who accepted the offer.

Ibrahimovic in TV tiff after Milan win

Ibrahimovic in TV tiff after Milan win

Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice as his new club AC Milan dispatched Auxerre in their European Champions League clash on Wednesday.