Extreme politics and Gus Van Sant in focus at Stockholm Film Festival

Extreme politics and Gus Van Sant in focus at Stockholm Film Festival

The 21st Stockholm International Film Festival opens this week and The Local's Peter Vinthagen Simpson has had a look at some of the juiciest cinematic morsels on offer, taking more than a cursory glance at this year's twin themes – arthouse director Gus Van Sant, and the topic on everyone's lips – extreme politics.

Man admits to daughter’s ‘honour killing’ murder

Man admits to daughter’s ‘honour killing’ murder

A man suspected of killing his 21-year-old daughter in Katrineholm in central Sweden admitted on Tuesday to murdering her in what his lawyer described as a possible honour killing.

Wanted in Sweden: portly, older men with beards

Wanted in Sweden: portly, older men with beards

Jolly and preferably large-bellied men looking for a chance to ride in a sleigh can now submit their applications for a job recently advertised by Sweden's main jobs agency.

Swedish woman in coma after botched breast op

Swedish woman in coma after botched breast op

A Swedish woman who underwent breast enlargement surgery in Poland after booking with a medical tourism company remains in a coma three months after the operation.

Man charged with killing Swedish honeymooner

Man charged with killing Swedish honeymooner

South African police on Wednesday charged a suspect with the murder of a Swedish honeymooner who was abducted and killed in Cape Town last week.

Swedish government split on rural booze sales

Swedish government split on rural booze sales

A government inquiry has proposed that farm stores in Sweden be allowed to sell both locally produced and imported alcoholic products, while critics argue that the state-owned Systembolaget retail monopoly is at risk.

Chlamydia ‘refuseniks’ face police round up

Chlamydia ‘refuseniks’ face police round up

Eight people in northern Sweden who have refused to submit to a test for the sexually transmitted disease chlamydia could be forcibly collected by police, reported the local Norrländska Socialdemokraten (NSD) daily.

Swedish coastguard aids blazing ferry

Swedish coastguard aids blazing ferry

The Swedish coastguard came to the aid of a Danish ferry travelling from Oslo to Copenhagen on Wednesday after a fire broke out onboard.

Court: biting head off live mouse ‘not a crime’

Court: biting head off live mouse ‘not a crime’

A 23-year-old Swedish man has been acquitted of animal cruelty charges after a court ruled that biting the head off a live mouse was “repulsive, but not criminal”.

Sweden green lights ‘fingerprint time clocks’

Sweden green lights ‘fingerprint time clocks’

Swedish employers have been authorised to use fingerprints to track worker’s job attendance following a review of the practice by the Data Inspection Board (Datainspektionen).

Sweden stops plane of deported Iraqis

Sweden stops plane of deported Iraqis

A flight carrying deported Iraqi asylum seekers from Sweden back to Iraq has been cancelled following a request from the European Court of Human Rights that Sweden delay around 150 forced deportations.