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Bildt plugs Swedish fighter on Brazil visit

AFP/The Local · 12 Feb 2010, 07:18

Published: 12 Feb 2010 07:18 GMT+01:00

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The Gripen offered "the possibility of a strategic alliance" because of how involved Brazilian industry could be in its assembly, Bildt said during a visit to Brazil's capital Brasilia.

Unlike the Dassault Rafale being offered by France and the Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet put forward by the United States in a tender about to be decided by Brazil, the Gripen NG has yet to go into production.

That offered great opportunities for Brazilian businesses to contribute to its manufacture, Bildt stressed in a joint news conference with Brazilian counterpart Celso Amorim.

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has already declared his preference for France's Rafale to win the tender to supply 36 modern fighters to his country's air force, in part because of Brazil's strategic alliance with France.

But a final decision, involving his national security council, has not yet been made.

The contract is expected to be worth in the range of $4 billion to $7 billion.

Brazil is keen to win technology transfer out of the deal and Dassault has said it would supply all the knowhow behind its jet.

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The US technology in the F/A-18, on the other hand, is subject to oversight by the US Congress, which has in the past refused to allow Brazil to export aircraft using US components.

Although the Gripen NG is powered by a US-made engine, maker Saab has insisted there should be no barrier to the rest of the aircraft's technology being passed on to Brazil.

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08:04 February 12, 2010 by karex
Last I heard, the Gripen can be powered by either a Volvo Aero or a Rolls Royce engine, depending on the customer's choice. Some components may be manufactured by US companies, but neither engine is American, unless the US bought Rolls Royce?
10:42 February 12, 2010 by missla
I find amazing that a poor country with numberless social problems will spend billions in bying jets! Imagine what could be done with the very same $4bi or $7bi in the areas of education and health.

One probably will argue that in today's world, the main nations must be prepared in case of a war (I do not agree with it as I am 100% against wars of any type). In Brazil there is already a very shy discussion of the country becoming the new "Middle East" as soon as they start extracting the billions of petrol barrel that have just been discovered in the coast. Which excuse the superpowerful nations would use? How about, "protect the Amazon from these evil Brazilians?"

Then one could argue that that's why we need to improve our Defence and the best way is to modernise it by buying new stuff, like jets. Well, if the politcians were not THAT corrupt and the population THAT passive, maybe modernising the military would not sound as bad as it sounds now. Brazil then would have the right budget for each area, which is FAR fro happening today. Very bad money administration!
12:20 February 12, 2010 by Audrian
The gap between the haves and have-nots is wider in Brazil than the US. The rich in Brazil have imperial ambition like the rich in the US. The expenditure on expensive toys of these sorts is sensible from the point of view the elite rulers. After all there might also be an exchange of bribe along the way.
14:15 February 12, 2010 by tigger007
@missia! good comment!

there's an old saying(''lets try and keep up with the jones''). if any country wants to improve their national defence,they would have to do it thru their people and not thru expensive military toys.why have a 4.5 generation jet fighter when most of your people can't read or write. if they can't read or write. how can they fly this jet? well as for the gripen goes the jet had no real battle time(battle time=respect).the gripen NG isn't in full production yet. the gripen is good in price and is good at short range defence of smaller countries.
14:23 February 12, 2010 by zircon
Traveling in Bermuda can make you vanish without any result, just like in Jerusalem.
15:00 February 12, 2010 by studentecon
Ok it seems to me that you are having a very bad idea, usually the same curse that other europeans have, probably your knowledge about the brazilian issues are the same as what you see on CNN international, social disease and inequality. First, Brazil is not a poor country at all, in terms of GDP, it´s among the Top 8 in the world. In terms of income the highest 20% of the population has an income level comparably Swedes. The middle income class in brazil is acquainted with the main social issues the would for sure prefer spending 4 to 7 bi dollars in education and health. But for more than 35 years they didn´t buy expensive air fighters, or aircraft carriers or submarines. A nation needs this kind of equipment not to prepare for war but to settle its air, land and water supremacy. And some instable countries in south america such as Venezuela(with Russian MiGs) and Bolivia are now investing too much in their army forces. The poverty issue has been treated with the severe medicin required for such disease and about 2020 Brazil will erradicate poverty. Needless to say that years of european colonial heritage have collaborated for the porverty level. Secondly about the Amazon forest. The problem is twofold. Every single mercenary in the world tries to take a piece of Amazon forest, not surpringly, those mercenaries are from Europe and U.S and they come to Amazon to exploit and destroy. The Amazon forest has been protect by the brazilian government using high technology and ground forces. Protect Amazon is not as easy as protect the Sami land in the north of sweden. Drug dealers, pharmacy conglomerates, wild life traffic and etc are always trying to take advantage. But I may ask you something, why europeans care too much about environment if you destroyed your own forest during the industrial revolution. You may be concern about your own faults. Amazon Forest is brazilian property, it´s our game our rules. We protect the forest against non-brazilian interests.

The other point is about corruption and bribery. Nowadays the federal government is so regulated and its accountability is posted on the internet for everybody even if the president spend money eating pizza we can check it out. I´ve heard about Volkswagen buying half of the german parliament and a swedish politican transvestite travellig to spain...so I would ask you to not point fingers and hide your own shame.

Now after explaining, poverty, amazon and national defense we can talk about the bid itself. Brazil is the land of the 4th largest aircraft company (EMBRAER) that has already developed military and commercial planes. EMBRAER has a long tradition with French partners during the developmend of Mirage2000 and sinergy with French counterparts is high. We require transfer technology means that we are not looking for toys, we are looking to get knowledge to build these toys. If you want to talk about Brazil, please think twice and mention cliches.Have a nice day.
17:09 February 12, 2010 by tigger007

if you feel that way take your butt back to brazil,where the whites control most of the wealth in your country. you must come from a good family becuase you know english well and you are studing in sweden or in europe. you don't represent the vast poor in brazil,just a small percentage of nonblacks in brazil. the reason why the world is taking s´comments about the rain forest because brazil doesn't have the man power to stop the illegal logging and the system(police) is too corrupt. south american countries aren't trying to be top dog or take anything from brazil. it's a case of keep up with the jones!! THAT'S IT! brazil wants to be heard just like a puppy trying to be a BIG DOG!
18:18 February 12, 2010 by Nemesis
For once Bilt has actually done something useful.

For those of yoiu talking about Brazil, a history lesson.

Brazil is no longer a colony.

It has been an independant country for some time.

Brazils GDP will rival that of Germany in the next decade or two. Brazil is already a major player on the world stage and growing in influence daily.

Buy a history book, stop watching fox/cnn news and put down your copies of mein kampf and das capital.

Here is what you do, read a broadsheet newspaper such as financial times, turn on euronews and france 24, then get a passport and go visit Brazil.
19:21 February 12, 2010 by studentecon
@ Nemesis

Way to go buddy!!


I´m tired of these pro-something-else here in europe or elsewhere. And another cliche, in brazil unlike most of the european countries, there is no dichotomy in terms of race. There is no room for a talk like, black and non-black or whites, don´t be a jerk. The brazilian society provides a multicultural environment regardless your race, religion and ethnicity. I don´t know if you are a swedish citizen, it doesn´t seems so, because usually they are more literate and aren´t that agressive. Get an undegraduate degree first then come back to this discussion, ok?
20:14 February 12, 2010 by Nemesis
@ studentecon

Some friends of my family back in Ireland invested in Brazilian property during the so called boom in Ireland, insted of buying overpriced substandard properties in Dublin like everyone else did. Now the economy of Ireland has crashed into the bottom levels of the sewers and is trying to dig its way to the magma, most people's investments are being called in by the banks.

Those who invested in Brazil, China, South Korea and Poland are still seeing a good return on those investments, allowing them to support themselves back in Ireland.

Brazil is going to become a very powerful economy. The economy in Brazil is very diverse, covering virtually every area I can think of, which is a good sign for the future.

There is still a lot of problems in Brazil, but they are starting to tackle some of those now as well, which can be tortuous for the society sometimes.

20:35 February 12, 2010 by missla

First of all, Im not european, I am Brazilian and if I say it is a poor country is because I have seen it during my whole life no just when taking a city tour around the favelas in Rio!

Secondly, having a big economy, high GDP and ect does not guarantee that all of this positive economic indications are being well distributed to the population in a whole. If you have lived long enough n Brazil, you would be quite used to hearing the same old story and in the end of the day, see half of the money being put in the pocket of the politicians.

Jut to give you an example, I have lived for 14 years in Maranhao, one of the poorest states of the country, and there are numberless cases of public money that should be invested in health or education being deviated strigt to the bank accounts of the politicians. Wanna see a few examples? If you speak portuguese, read the book Honoraveis Bandidos and u will know what I am talking about.

I think u both shouldnt believe in everything u read and watch in foreign tv channels and papers, otherwise you will end up thinking that Lula is a brilliant president, Brazil is not that poor and there is no segragation in the country Indeed it has a multicultural environment, however things are not as peaceful as it sounds, because there is a clear disctinction between rich neighbourhood and a poor neighbourhod. And if you travel further north - which I think 0,000000001% of europeans do when they go over there - u will really have a better picture of what I am talking about. There is indeed an emergent middle class, which has increased over the past few years, but the social difference is still pretty high and must not be left aside.

@Nemesis -> I dont know where u got this info from, but if it is true I am happy to know that and I have no doubt that Brazil has increased its importance in the world and is on the path to become one of the richest. However, my main point here is that it does not matter how economically rich Brazi can be or get, it will be hard to change the social diference or several reasons: for its history as an exploration colony, for itsVERY HIGH corruption, for the very population don't do anything to change it, etc etc etc I could go on the whole night pointing reasons.

@tigger007 and Audrian-> 100% agree with u!
21:45 February 12, 2010 by Nemesis
@ missla

In Ireland your politicans could take lessons in corruption:)

Ireland was once a colony until 1921. It became rich over the last two decades and crashed its own economy through greed and short sighted stupidity:)

During the boom, a small number of Irish invested in Brazil. It appears to have paid of for all of them.

I know all about the social inequalities. I grew up surrounded by them. They can be overcome if you are determined enough.

The middle class will grow, creating more industry locally.

There needs to be more directed to help the poor. Also the superstitions by the church need to be tackled. The church needs to be removed from a lot of interference in state affairs, in which it is very evident in Brazil as it has been in Ireland and Italy.

Brazil is growing from strength to strength. Within 2 decades it will be as rich as Germany. Hopefully by then more effort will have been made to share that wealth in Brazil.
01:06 February 13, 2010 by missla

I lived in Ireland three times and I am very familiar with the irish history (as I have written some work on the murals in Nothern Ireland). I do agree with your point about the corruption in Ireland. The country wouldn't have been as much affected by this global crisis as it s if the politicians weren't too greedy!

And I do agree that social inequalities can be overcome but I am very pessimistic about Brazil...specially because I still think Brazilian politicians are way much corrupted than Irish (my own personal view)!

And I do agree with u that there needs to be more direted to help the poor and I don't see the wealth being shared equally as in many welfare states. But unfortunatelly throughout the years, that's not what I have experienced there...again, I am very pessimistic about my own country that's why I have chosen to move to Europe. It's really tiring try to develop some work that will help many people and then your goal is not achieved because of the stupid corrupted politicians. Believe me, it happen to me not only, but loads of times!

And I don't think the Church has that much influence in the state in Brazil as in Ireland and Italy. Specially now, there is a huge increase in protestantism, so in this aspect I think Brazil is a very multi-religious country. Can you give one example of your point - the one that makes evident the influence of the church?
09:01 February 13, 2010 by Nemesis
@ missla

Corruption has to be dealt with by all. In Brazil and Ireland they have a common the Church does have a very heavy influence.

As you are familiar with Ireland, my parents live in the North West, just 200 meters from the border. We still have not decided which side of the border is the most corrupt or which does the most to keep its ordinary people down. We have seen how Dublin, London and Belfast syphon everything of.

I have spoken in the past to people who have invested in Brazil. They have all mentioned the insidious church influence and noticed it a lot, just as they would have in Ireland. I can assure you it is still there. Just as in Ireland as many excuses as possible are being made not to arrest the priests for having sex with children and quitea few Irish priests are hiding in Brazil, so as not to be tried in Ireland.

The church is the main opposition to welfare in Brazil. They oppose helping the poor and human rights on principle. They need the poor to be controlled.

From outside the country, you can become a very vocal activist for change in your country. A suggestion avoid the extremists in other countries as there so called help will never get you anywhere. Try to influence a centrist party's foreign policy. That will have more of an effect.

You say you did some written work on the murals in Northern Ireland. By any chance would you have a high resultion photograph of the loyalist mural on the bottom of the Newtownards road in east Belfast, which has the figure from Iron Maiden carrying a flag? I need a picture of it for a friend who is an iron maiden fan.

Do you have a link to your work?
13:58 February 13, 2010 by Rick Methven
Brazil is the land of the 4th largest aircraft company (EMBRAER) that has already developed military and commercial planes. EMBRAER has a long tradition with French partners during the developmend of Mirage2000 and sinergy with French counterparts is high. We require transfer technology means that we are not looking for toys, we are looking to get knowledge to build these toys. If you want to talk about Brazil, please think twice and mention cliches.Have a nice day.

I spent quite a bit of time working with, and competing against EMBRAER and found them to be an excellent company. The standard is high and they have a very good design team and production. The progress in range and quality from the days of the Bandierante to modern day civil jets is quite amazing. What is required to continue to progress is military technology. The collaboration on Mirage is old technology and more modern technology is required. JAS39 would provide Brazil with the the most up to date available. France or Sweden, which one will they go for. I hope Sweden
14:31 February 13, 2010 by studentecon

Aha ok, now i got your point. Maybe you have been lived many years abroad and was not able to see the changes that Brazil has promoted over the last decade. I´m not saying that everything is perfect but you should make up your mind about the old-fashioned clichês. Politicians are a curse that we are now facing and you should not generalize, as you mentioned Maranhao State which is by far one of the poorest region in Brazil. Try to take a look where the development is happen and you will see a brighter future. See what is happening with cash transfers to the poor improving living conditions, see the investment grade rating in the brazilian stock market, see the productivity level in the brazilian companies. I´ve been in contact with brazilians that have been away from home for some many years that they are now blind to see the effective changes. Suggested reading The Open Veins of Latin America(By Eduardo Galeano) and Brazil 2001 (By Mario Henrique Simonsen)


If I could I would give you an honorary brazilian citizenship. Your point about the church is 110% right. They reached a level of ignorance that they have its own party in the national assembly and they vote agaisnt every single advancement in science and human rights. Unfortunately the Irish Tiger is not doing well but it will recover soon. Hope you will keep interested in brazilian issues and investment opportunities. If you have the chance please visit: www.infomoney.com.br

@Rick Methven

Both the French Rafale and the Swedish Gripen are good choices. But I don´t think that Sweden would be a political, economic and military allied, since the decision won´t be just technical I would be very surprised if they choose VG Gripen.
17:47 February 13, 2010 by missla

Nope..I have been living abroad only since 2008 and I was there fo holidays last month, so I know what I have seen all of these changes. I think we both agree in one thing: Brazilian economy is growing, there is a lot of international investments, etc. What we both disagree is regarding how we feel about it; while you are optimistic, I am completely pessimistic. It sounds to me that you are the one (if you are Brazilian) that has been away for too long and therefore relies on what you read in european media which only says about how wonderful Lula is and how wonderful the economy is. Just to give you one example of why I am so pessimistic about the future: Maranhao has received a lot of investment in the past few years and now it is about to receive more as the Sarney family (if you really know Brazil,u know who I'm talking about) is back to power there. Apart from Vale and Alcoa, there are many industries about to be created as well as Petrobras and new energy plant in the south. There is an impressing boom in the house market and eerywhere u look there are flats and shopping centres been built. However, even with all of this growth abolsutely NOTHING was done to improve the lives of 90% of the population of the state, which as both of us said is one of the poorest.

And just as in Ireland where most of the investment goes to the South (Dublin, Cork and a bit to Galway) and Donegal is completely left behind, the same happens in Brazil. The good roads (the few good ones we have) are all in the southern and east-southern regions and so as the richest layer of the population and most of the economic activity and GDP of the country.

Now, tell me how can I be optimistic with such a huge inequality of everything (social and economic)? Well, that is my own feeling that can't be changed just like your optimistic feeling.

Anyways, thanks for the reading suggestion. I will try to get hold of them. And if you have the chance, try to read Honoraveis Bandidos. It is a good way to have an idea about the power of the Sarney family not only in Maranhao but also in Brazil.


I am really surprised with what you said about the church. It totally makes sense. Thanks for the info. Do u know where I can find out more?

I actually got the photos from the CAIN website, they have a data-base there. have u ever checked it? http://cain.ulst.ac.uk/mccormick/index.html But to save you some time looking for it, I think I have it here in y computer. Could you give me your email and I send it to u? The quality is not too goog though.

My work is all in portuguese. If you can read it and is interested I can also email it to you. I've published a few articles about them (in English) in my blog. There are several posts about the murals, the Troubles and terrorism. The lnk is http://caradeavestruz.blogspot.com/ Thanks for the interest. Btw, I really like your country, I do hope they can overcome this crisis soon!
19:06 February 13, 2010 by studentecon

I´ve been living abroad since august 2009 and I spent my 25 years living in Brazil , both south, southeast and northeast and what you are reporting is the extreme case of political failure in Maranhao, what I am asking to you is to not keep seen only one picture as the whole portrait. Take a look at the International Poverty Center in Brasilia and you will see that the winds of change will come soon. What you are doing is counterproductive is like curse Italy just because of Sicily, curse U.S because of the some former south states. I´ve been working on this subject for 5 years in the field as a volunteer ...but damn I have to say something my former girldriends were all journalists like you and they had the same perspective of the development..are they teaching this in your university? It´s like a brainwash, they teach the darkside of te history, politics and economics and you may reply (no they teach reality), anyway I like your viewpoint and it´s good because if you stop complaining than nobody will keep working right? =D
20:02 February 13, 2010 by karex

I think that I understand missla and where he/she is coming from. There are quite a few so-called favorite "passtimes" Brazilians like to engage in. And asa nything else in an emotional culture, invariably turns into a passion. Among these passtimes are discussing politics, football (soccer for the Americans), cachaça, women and bashing their own country. All you need to do is access one of the major Brazilian online newspapers on a daily basis to see the inordinate amount of negative comments about everything brazilian.

Sadly the average Brazilian could be rated as among the world's least patriotic people, which is a shame. Many do nothing to improve the situation, just sit around and complain or leave the country. But I have never seen one who invariable doesnt move back again. Most can't stand staying away from home for too long.

And as for "poor country", Brazil used to have the world's largest foreign debt. The US now holds this distinction, last I heard. Brazil has paid off its debts, and has now turned around and lent money back to the IMF...

Corrupt politicians? Yep, name ONE country which doesn't have them.


Your ignorance appals me.
17:04 February 14, 2010 by studentecon

Thanks for your support. There are lot of things that could make the brazilians proud of their nation as well as several reasons to be ashame of, but let´s move on...keep working, doing the necessary reforms and maybe one day they will look back in the past and see what they overcame. They have good universities, natural resources and skilled labor force let´s see what this combination will produce in the next 10 years. And you are right, the brazilian media it´s terrible they are not able to recognize any achievement but you know, bad news sells fast.
21:25 February 14, 2010 by missla
@studentecon and @karex

It's not brainwash what they do at our universities, but they teach us to see things with a critical view (either positively or negativelly). They don't teach us the dark side, but they teach us to question things, don't take things for granted, if journalists don't do it who will? The very population that just complain and don't go on the sreets to protest?

I'm not narrow-minded and only look the bad side of life, I have written several articles about good social projects that has been done in the country (and I believe the one you worked must be very positive, I will certainly try to fund out more about it). But I cannot turn a blind eye to all the other wrong things that are happening. Like I said earlier, I recognise that there are good things happening in country but I still think they are small compared to the needs and it could be better if it weren't for the corruption. You, studentecon is optimist, I am pessimistic! I really wish I could be that optimistic, belive me.

And as for the patriotic issue, I am sure that you karex, must come from a welfare country where your government give u everything. The fact that I'm critical ofmy country doesnt mean that Im not patriotic. But tell me how can we be as patriotic as another welfare country inhabitant if we have to start working very young to afford AL our education because the public schools are not good enough, and then u when u finally graduate from college - which probably will cost u a fortune as it is really hard to pass in the public ones due to the limit of vacancies - there are not jobs for you doesnt matter how good and capable you are? Yeah I think now u will understand why Brazilians are "less patriotic" than Europeans.

And when I say poor I dont mean economically, I mean socially. Just walk around any city and you will see it with your own eyes. Or work in a social project in the northe-east of Brazil and you will know what I am talking about!
23:03 February 14, 2010 by studentecon

Hey missla, I´m kind of starting thinking of you as a one-string banjo playing the same old song. Givou yourself a chance, If you want to prove your point of view you don´t need to compare with the other countries. They had another development path, other social roots...and if you think clearly the best universities in brazil are public funded( such as USP(Brazilian Harvard), ITA(Brazilian MIT), UFRGS(Brazilian Princeton) and so on the health system is open to everyone, it´s true that you can raise doubts about the quality but if you have a heart stroke or needs a brain surgery i bet 100 Euros that you´re gonna run for the public hospitals where they keep developing new procedures like the ones created at InCor ( Heart Institute) which is an international reference in the field. Let´s say that you are thinking about your pension so in Brazil almost everyone is covered by the basic pension system, it´s not enough to keep all the basic needs but the coverage is increasing by conditional cash transfer to the poor. About the labour market i think that you as journalist may start reading the news...because actually the Sao Paulo Avenue is a Top destination for recent graduated MBA´S from U.S branded schools and the payroll is better than in Wall street.

Actually some professions, engineers in all areas and information techonology are now on high demand and the supply is really short as well as some technical workers. But of course some subjects may be down like in everywhere else, maybe journalism and other humane sciences could be included then is completely acceptable that you fly to some other place with better higher prospects, we call this international labour mobility, since we are all living in the same damn world. It doesn´t means that you don´t like your country and start thinking that everything in your home coutry "comparable" to the other is bad and pernicious. Moreover the life in Brazil is not that bad, and many expatriates are now coming back to brazil to establish themselves as a selfemployers since the life abroad for unskilled workers is really hard and there is no easymoney. Even the swedish government has recognized its ignorance when they didn´t increase the business relations with brazil and now they are trying to get that time back.

And poor in social terms? hmmm have been in paris recently? the black gheto suburbs in paris? Some parts of the Eastern german and so on...but none of them can be comparable in numbers as the poverty we have in Brazil , we have to fix it, that´s it!

We had spent many years under a high corrupted governments, specially at the local and state levels but we are now on the track, slowly but moving.
09:16 February 15, 2010 by voidplay
>> Solution to keeping up with the Jones: Go Nuclear !!

Now you know why there is so much pressure from the military exporter to stop other countries from going nuclear.

>> GDP may be high but does not mean people are rich

Coca cola has been accused of setting up plants where water is already scarce, unlike in Europe where water is not free in Many 3rd world countries it is open to all. This creates an artificial commodity trade where poor people (they have the resources just not the dollars) can not afford their own water. The GDP grows because Coca cola pays a cut in terms of tax to the Govt. There are few of us elites, educated ones at that who get to live and work in shiny new glass buildings.

>> It is all good but no country can become liberated or rich unless all the people have equal access and equal rights. And all of us are self sufficient in our technological and industrial capability.

>> Most 'Primitive' people in the world live a sustainable life, produce and consume ecological products, yet we 'elitists' won't see value in it unless it is sold in overpriced and branded shelves in ICA or COOP

>> It is illegal in UK Germany and the USA to babysit even casually because everything job has to valued in Pounds, Euros or $s and ofcourse taxed.

>> So it is not that anyone in the world is poor it is just that their possessions are devalued all the time but the 'Elitists'
12:58 February 16, 2010 by karex

I have a suprise for you: I'm also Brazilian... :D Actually, I happen to be a dual-national Brazilian-American (now triple national with Swedish citizenship). I was born and raised in Brazil: American/Brazilian parents. I'm what Americans would refer to as a "Navy Brat".

My comment about negative comments regards online news readers, not so much the press in Brazil, though they do prefer to print the gory stuff because as studentecom points out - it's what sells.

Yep, life is hard in Brazil for many people, and there are places all over the world where it is easier, and places where it is much harder. Moreover, the bigger the country the bigger the problems. But solutions are always possible, as long as people don't give up.
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"Hej readers, It has, as always, been a bizarre, serious and hilarious week in Sweden. You…" READ »

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Where is the Swedish music industry heading?
People-watching: October 21st-23rd
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Why you should 'grab a chair' on Stockholm's tech scene
Fury at plans that 'threaten the IB's survival' in Sweden
Analysis & Opinion
Are we just going to let half the country die?
Angry elk chases Swede up a lamp post
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Stockholm: creating solutions to global challenges
The Local Voices
'Alienation in Sweden feels better: I find myself a stranger among scores of aliens'
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Swedish for programmers: 'It changed my life'
People-watching: October 20th
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A layover at Qatar airport brought this Swedish-Kenyan couple together - now they're heading for marriage
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Top 7 tips to help you learn Swedish
Swede punches clown that scared his grandmother
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‘Extremism can't be defeated on the battlefield alone’
Fans throw flares and enter pitch in Swedish football riot
Could Swedish blood test solve 'Making a Murderer'?
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Stockholm: creating solutions to global challenges
Property of the week: Linnéstaden, Gothenburg
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Why you should 'grab a chair' on Stockholm's tech scene
Swedish school to build gender neutral changing room
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Where is the Swedish music industry heading?
People-watching: October 14th-16th
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One expat's strategy for making friends in Stockholm
Man in Sweden assaulted by clowns with broken bottle
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Nordic fashion in focus at Stockholm University
Nobel Prize 2016: Literature
Watch the man who discovered Bob Dylan react to his Nobel Prize win
Record numbers emigrating from Sweden
People-watching: October 12th
The Local Voices
'Swedish startups should embrace newcomers' talents - there's nothing to fear'
How far right are the Sweden Democrats?
Property of the week: Triangeln, Malmö
Sweden unveils Europe's first elk hut
People-watching: October 7th-9th
The Local Voices
Syria's White Helmets: The Nobel Peace Prize would have meant a lot, but pulling a child from rubble is the greatest reward
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