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Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 19 Feb 2010, 11:30

Published: 19 Feb 2010 11:30 GMT+01:00

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Klas-Herman Lundgren at the Swedish National Union of Students (Sveriges Förenade Studentkårer, SFS) argued that the government should be allocating more resources if it wants to improve the quality of education on offer at Swedish seats of learning.

"The government should take its responsibility for further education. Introducing fees will only harm the internationalisation of Sweden's universities, and do nothing for quality," he told The Local on Friday.

Lundgren pointed to the example of Denmark, which experienced a dramatic decline in the numbers of international students after introducing fees, and warned that students will look elsewhere.

"This will hurt universities in Sweden. Both financially, as they will lose the income that foreign students bring in from the current financing system, and also the international angle."

Lundgren, whose organisation represents 250,000 students in Sweden, argued that international students need to be regarded as a resource.

"International students are not simply a cost, or a business opportunity, they also contribute to learning and to their colleagues by bringing different experiences," he said.

Minister for Higher Education and Research Tobias Krantz, in presenting the government's proposal to reporters on Friday, argued that the goal is for Sweden to claim a larger slice of the international higher education market on the quality of the product and not on price alone.

Krantz expressed confidence in Sweden's potential to attract international students in the longer term, arguing that the country has strong English language skills and high levels of expertise.

The Local on Friday spoke to Houssam Toufaili, a Lebanese IT student at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, and asked why he chose Sweden.

"Within IT, Sweden is one of the best countries. That was a factor for me, but the main motivation was that it was free," he said.

Would you have come if you would have had to pay?

"That would depend on how much the fees were. For the levels I have heard quoted I would have chosen somewhere else," Toufaili told The Local.

"The English is also a factor. The university courses are in English, but the society is not - I found it hard to fit in. Going to the UK was my dream, but Sweden is what I could afford," he explained.

Do you think Sweden can compete for foreign students on quality?

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"That depends on the field. If I compare to my country, Lebanon, Sweden can definitely offer better IT courses; but not in medicine for example. Sweden would need to focus its marketing on its strengths."

The government also announced on Friday the introduction of two new scholarship systems with one offering 30 million kronor ($4 million) to students from its 12 key Swedish development aid partners.

The Local asked Klas-Herman Lundgren if Sweden had a responsibility of solidarity to students from less well-off countries and whether taxpayers should be expected to foot the bill for their higher education.

"Sweden has a responsibility to ensure that it it not the size of one's wallet that dictates their choice of university."

"These scholarship allocations would have to be six times as large in order to get close to covering demand," Lundgren claimed.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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13:29 February 19, 2010 by G Kin
Students know better. You can hear what their opinion is.
13:50 February 19, 2010 by funmilayo
My susgession is that truly if the swedish government introducing the school fees to foreign students, i think some student will prefer another countries where they are not paying fees.

And we all know how sweden is cold, especially Luleå i ,which some students manage to stay to finished their studies and while other people ran away because of cold.

And if the government introducing fees many students will not come to sweden universities..And which means some universities we have less students.

Another observation is that i want some universities to have their program in English which we attract some foreigner to come to sweden to study and more so it also contribute to their economic.

13:54 February 19, 2010 by Localer
Denmark also charges international student fees .....but still attract lots of student...so why not Sweden ?
14:29 February 19, 2010 by Nemesis
If the unions want to pay for the entire third world to have an educaiton, they are welcome to do so.

The unions should pay for them if they want to.

It is good it is restricted to the EU/EFTA area. I would also like to see other European countries reciprocate, so as to get more European people back into university.
14:42 February 19, 2010 by Twiceshy
Localer did you actually read the article?

"Lundgren pointed to the example of Denmark, which experienced a dramatic decline in the numbers of international students after introducing fees"
14:56 February 19, 2010 by anand01oct
Universities like KTH, Chalmers, Uppsala and stockholm school of economics will find few students to pay fees and study. Other colleges which don't compete in top 300 world ranking will have a sudden decrease in the students. There is no good reason they should pay and study in a odinary Univ which they can do in thier country or atleast in their Continent.
15:05 February 19, 2010 by senthil v
Going to the UK was my dream, but Sweden is what I could afford," he explained.

,,,so he will eventually leave sweden to u.k at the first possible chance. why should sweden pay for these people.

and Mr anand why do our fellow country men flock to Australia to every unrecognised and unregistered colleges ???? and pay a lot.

yes there is going to be a fall in numbers but the ones who are really interested in studying will come for sure and the numebers will stabilise eventually for sure.

besides a lot of people abuse this free system to gain entry an go on to take cleaning jobs and never bother to even attend roll call,,,,how many sincere students will lose the places because of these people who waste the places.

im a student now in a swedish university and i see how many register and how many actualy complete the courses.
15:51 February 19, 2010 by Luckystrike
Why why why...is this Union making such silly remarks... Most non-EU people come here, get a great education FOR FREE which i pay for Tax wise and then disappear to their home/another country.

Oh Boy' i love this country but it's full of really strange...lets be honest...Swedish folk.
16:07 February 19, 2010 by neostar
I as a free and international Free student would like to say that:

Who & why it was decided to provide free education ?


It is definitely the Swedish government that is supposed to decide about fees, but if you want students to come after paying fee, then

- Arrange Good Part time jobs for them

(Student pay fees in UK, Germany & Denmark and they can earn if they want to)
16:16 February 19, 2010 by Celestia
As a foreigner, I actually think it's a great opportunity to promote the country to those who actually want to be there. There's not much more I detest than seeing people abuse a system designed to help them. There is so much to appreciate in Sweden but if a person is going to take advantage of a free qualification, only to fly back home, how is that supposed to reflect an investment into the Country's selling point?

I think instead of attracting more foreign students, they should do more about seeing their current students secure stable jobs and careers. As it is, there is comparatively more struggle for a foreigner with an equivalent education to get the same job as someone who is native. If Sweden truly desires for foreign blood to contribute to its economy, development and culture, they should invest more in this area.

I'm 100% bias when I say this, but while I'd stay for the qualification, the language, the culture, the general policies on health services, education and promoting well-being, I'd leave the country if I couldn't secure my career with a Swedish University Degree due to being foreign.

(There are numerous articles on the topic, if you want to search them yourself... here's one - http://www.thelocal.se/23732/20091208/).
16:24 February 19, 2010 by asim513
in my view Swedish government should not pass the full cost of studies to international students. first govt. should determine the Fixed Cost(like building, computers, salaries) and Running cost (like conducting exams, printing credits) of education. Only Running costs should be received from international students. Anyhow government has already spent on fixed costs.

in this way Sweden will not burden the tax payers and at the same time it will be still attractive for international students.
16:37 February 19, 2010 by grantike
any governement has the right to impose feess on whover they want.but the bottom line is who will pay for it.a student from pakistan,china or africa ,people who struggle to eat square meals a day.do you think american would come here to pay that amount.what is happening to denmark.i know swedish students who have american schoolarship and study in america.goodluck to the fees
16:55 February 19, 2010 by Twiceshy
Celestia true. The first step would be to give non-EU students a chance to stay in Sweden for a while after they finish their studies for job-seeking purposes. Without doing that you can't blame them for going back to their home countries, as student visas don't give you time to search for a job.

Applying a university fee without giving consideration to the fact that it's already expensive for students to live in Sweden without the fees, and without trying to solve other related problems at the same time may not end well for Swedish universities.
17:36 February 19, 2010 by bocale1
In my opinion, this is actually the tombstone for the high school system in Sweden. Even now being free, they loose any international competition with other countries like US, UK, Canada, Australia, etc... due to the language (Swedish is spoken by 10 million people in the world!), job market very difficult for foreigners, cost of living and, even more important, low salaries for high qualified job (try to compare an IT manager in US and one in Sweden and see what I am talking about). This additional fee will just discourage the people that now chose Sweden because they cannot afford anything else, with all obvious consequences (less student, schools probably forced to close or courses shut down for not having met minimal attendants requirement), without doing anything to resolve the structural factors that make the Swedish educational system less attractive than others.
19:53 February 19, 2010 by qamarneoo
Every students dreaming of two thing, 1st degree than Job in the related field and in the same country. Y international student want to join UK, AUS and USA university. the answer is very simple, these states have a lot of different type of job but in Sweden the situation is far different. Limited jobs are available only in big cities, Language barrier.

After student Complete there degree from Swedish Institute, there is no job. if there is any job than organization strongly demand for the expertise in Swedish language.
20:31 February 19, 2010 by kenny8076
Nemisis no one will come to sweden to study for $12,000 plus housing and exspenses, your crazy. non EU means US and Canada (we will pay that at home for a better education) South America and Africa (they simply just arent going to sweden especially for 70,000SEK a year in school) and Asians (also arent coming to sweden). Who would pay 12000USD (and lets be honest, after all the other expenses your pushing 20,000USD) to go to a country that cant even promote jobs for the ones expected to PAY to come here? there attacking the wrong problem here and its going to hurt them. i dont care at all that swedes speak english, thats doesnt make $12,000 sound any better coming from an english speaking swede. they act like 250,000 foreign students is some astronomical number, jesus, god forbid this country actually became great and millions upon millions wanted to come live here, this government would freak and lose all composer!!!
21:23 February 19, 2010 by DanielC
Everyone seems to be forgetting the economic value that foreign students already bring into the country. Consider:

1) Tuition will be around 70,000 kr (depending on the school and programme). But students already have to bring in roughly that much to cover their expenses (food, rent, clothing, etc). You already have roughly that much money coming into the country and being spent in the local economy, which in turn promotes the rest of the economy.

2) A small fraction of students will stay. Sweden is a great place to live. The students who choose to stay will be a significant addition to the economy. You take some of the best minds in the world, give them a good education, and they stay here and contribute to Sweden's economic development.

Sure, most students don't do that, but the ones that do can have a huge off-setting effect. Consider a single engineering student who stays in Sweden and contributes to the economy for the next 45 years. Can you calculate the economic benefit that this one student brings? My guess would be that a single student who stays more than offsets the tuition costs of 10 or 20 who don't.

Now, this doesn't have to be an all or nothing issue. You could try to pick a middle ground where students have to pay, say, 30,000 kr. That's a middle ground between not wanting to subsidize foreign students, and still trying to attract foreign students to Sweden. Though personally I suspect that the money that foreign students already ring probably pays for their tuition cost anyway.
21:33 February 19, 2010 by DanielC
asim513: I like your reasoning. Economics is a complex subject, but your basic idea is 100% valid. A large fraction of the cost is fixed and is mostly independent of how many students you have. It is an excellent idea to calculate the marginal cost of adding one student and ask the foreign student to pay for that (you should also estimate the economic return that one student brings and subtract that from tuition).
00:07 February 20, 2010 by wifey
If you don't want to pay, go somewhere else. If you don't like the cold, why did you even bother coming here??? Hell did not freeze over yesterday, this is Sweden, it is cold!

If you don't like it, go home!!!

p.s. Cheaper countries? sure! Go to Poland. Life is cheaper but unfortunately, universities charge foreign students. Get over it!!
00:21 February 20, 2010 by Malmoman
Yes Houssam because the Lebanese medical schools are known for their cutting edge medical breakthroughs. I can hear the students running for the exits at the Karolinska Institute.

Have another glass of kool-aid!
00:42 February 20, 2010 by Eugenie
I'm a Cameroonian, from Africa.

I have to admit that we have to be careful about the way we speak concerning the Sweedish system.

Well, 70,000 is a lot of money, but still; insulting a system that helps me to have free and better education than in my country is far too much and ungrateful.

After all we are coming from another country, and we should not expect Swedes to subdue to our wish; instead, we should try to accomodate to their system and express ourselves as people who have or had the advantage of free and better education....

Reading some intervention makes me understand why some Swedes have difficulties to accept foreigners in their country. They open their doors to us, and we still have the audacity to insult them and insult their system; comparing it with the system of other countries that are not ours; as if we have a better system in our home...

Anyway, if we do have a better system of education in our home, we better stay there and stop insulting them..

03:37 February 20, 2010 by Davey-jo
Well look foreign students will pay the lowest they can for the best they can. In other words they'll go British you stupid scandinavian friends. Thanks ever so ....
09:26 February 20, 2010 by suckfist
I can't believe it was ever free. Coming from the nearly-bankrupt University of California system, "free" is unheard of.
09:49 February 20, 2010 by tuerd1982
1. From the tax payers point of view, there should be some amount of fees.

2. For avoiding some education based immigrants, there should be some amount of fees.There are many students who came Sweden and participate introduction meeting, then gone for work and didn't continue their education. For them, the fee is necessary.

3. For improve the quality of education, it is also good to have a tuition and scholarship.

4. They have best welfare system. So, it is quite OK to have tuition.


1.The proposal fee is extremely high.

2. Sweden have a good English language skills, but it still not comparable with other English speaking country, and as like other peoples comment it is not easy to fit this society.

3.The fee is comparable with other English speaking country and living is also quite expansive here. So, why here?

4. For me, Sweden is very beautiful country, but, at the same time, it is also very cold. It is really hard to see a sun some time. So, for me the beauty already neutralized with cold weather.
15:45 February 20, 2010 by Boby179

If you have nothing to say just cool down! Coming here to study has not been anything of a free ride as you want to put it. You may well remember that the first condition is to pay 73000Sek(old system before tuition). When you say it is better than Cameroon,you may be right,but 73000Sek + the cost of travel + the cost of living here is enormous. If you have spent such enomous among of money to come here and find that some people in the public and those who control the system are voting punitive laws,everyone is entitled to speak their mind.Here is a free opinion society,just as Swede themselves are trashing non-EU'students here. We might not have have yet the same quality of education as Sweden,which is the reason why we came in the first place and the Swedish's government allowed it based on conditions that you and I had to fulfill. Now if you are living with a Swedish Guy to wait for you 'kaolo' just do it in silence.We don't hate Sweden,but as free people having a share of experience about Sweden,we are entitled to opinions! Or you want to show your mental slavery? That what most people do back home,they never criticized or bring in contribution.Sometimes anger is part of human behavior,and people here are champion showing it. They are ruls to obey if you are to be here student or not.Once those rules are respected you have the right to say what you think,like anyone else do here from Canada down to the UK.If you want to just see the opportunity given to you and ignore you contribution as a person for the contribution of different part of the Swedish life,then you better shut up.
16:00 February 20, 2010 by mikmak
Boby179: Umm, what do you mean "paying 73000Sek"? The condition to get a visa is to show you have that amount of money, most often you can do this by having some relative(s) transfer that amount into an account temporarily, show the account statement when applying for the visa and then transfer the money back. There has never been any check that you actually have/make use of that money.
16:04 February 20, 2010 by Greg in Canada
The unions see to think that tax payers money grows on trees.
18:29 February 20, 2010 by DanielC

Sure, you don't need to give anyone a check. But you do need to pay for your expenses in Sweden and those do amount to a significant sum. That's money going into the country which largely offsets the subsidy from the Swedish taxpayers. Personally, I do agree with charging a modest sum for tuition (for some of the reasons tuerd1982 listed) but I think that expecting students to pay the full cost is a bad idea because it ignores the financial benefit that the student already brings in the form of money to pay for living expenses. It also ignores the fraction of students who then stay and contribute to the Swedish society for years.
19:59 February 20, 2010 by liveandletlive
I am a foreign student studying in Sweden to get a degree. I also speak Swedish fairly well. I probably would not have studied in Sweden if I had been subject to the new tuition fees. The reasons are:

1. living expenses in Sweden are very high;

2. the weather is not an attractive feature most of the year;

3. housing is very hard to find;

4. the job market for foreign students with Swedish degrees is abysmal.

None of those reasons alone would keep me from studying in Sweden, but put all together (especially #4) there are just too many other places to study where I could actually have a future career.

That being said, Sweden certainly should impose fees if they so choose. I am thankful for the education I am getting and I love living in Sweden. But I know there is little chance of getting a job here after I graduate. So, yes, with the tuition fees I probably would have gone to another country.
23:22 February 20, 2010 by Iraniboy
The problem is not having tuition the problem is the amount of scholarship. 30 million SEK means 500 foreign students can study for free that's way too less chance to motivate a reasonably qualified foreign student to consider Sweden and those very highly qualified students will never consider Sweden as long as US and Canada pay them 10 times of this just to attract them.
12:01 February 21, 2010 by trinaican
I agree with greg in canada...the unions seem to think swedish tax payer ,money grows on trees however, seeing that it is the Swedish parents that have been paying taxes for about 18 years prior to ensure their children get free education, I think its only fair that SWEDISH STUDENTS ONLY GET FREE EDUCATION.

I do not see european students not having to pay fees as fair at all. It sorta contradicts what the swedishgovernment is trying to acheive by introducing tuition fees

That being said...that amounts to a form of discrimination

One does not see Swedish students going to the UK or other european countries and enjoying the same fee system as a nitive of that country or getting the education for free just because they are part of the EU

It doesnt make sense to me how charging students who are less equipped to pay (non europeans from developing countries) and not charging the richer european student supports the point of t he fee introduction in the first place nor is morally correct.

My other grouse is the extent of the fee..it is way too high...

The government needs to consider that the vast majority of these foreign students actually do complete their studies here and while doing so, pay out of pocket as the vast majority of foriegn students do not have extra jobs. It is very very very difficult for foreign students to get part time jobs in Sweden. Added to this, foreign students also do pay taxes (without getting any return taxes) through the form of VAT which is 25%.

Since I am sure the government has had a team of economists researching this issue before they made this proposal, the whole thing reeks of BS to me, surely the economist would have seen that by charging the foreign student 12000 usd as well as them bringing in money to the country to support their stay, that Sweden stands to actually get a net financial gain .

That being said..I think a tuition fee of half the proposed amount is more suitable.

This should also be added to the more intangible gains of foreign students' presence in the universities as they bring with them new ways of thinking, their culture and they make the university experience alot more enjoyable and holistically educational.

Sweden's government should also consider that if one of their complaints is that the student leaves sweden and goes totheir own country..etc....then why not ACTUALLY PROVIDE A MEANS FOR THESE STUDENTS TO GET JOBS. Unlike other countries who charge fees (eg the states), the students visa actually includes time where the student has the opportunity to find a job that actually matches their skills. In Sweden, this is not the case...added to the fact that non Swedes have a notoriously difficult time of actually getting jobs in Sweden, The government by stating this is only showing off their hypocrisy !
12:03 February 21, 2010 by Malmoman

I always tell my Swedish wife that if I had done my engineering degree in the US I would be making 80 to 90 thousand a year now. Why do I know this because all of my friends are making at least that. Three are from India and had jobs offers right away. From what I hear it has not changed a whole lot in Boston. Here I see really smart guys from Iraq with stronger degrees from their home countries than in Sweden not able to get jobs washing dishes.

I sometimes think it is better to pay 15,000 dollars a year and be guaranteed a job when you get out than to play the Swedish employment version of Russian Roulette....

I am grateful to Sweden anyway....I love it here for a lot of reasons. Like they say "if you don't like it leave". I like it so I will stay.

Ahhh the plight of a love refugee.
21:21 February 21, 2010 by bla_bla
The case of Sweden in different. Universities in US, UK and AUS carefully choose the students, where as in Sweden it is not. The Universities in those countries ensure students have potential to get degree and subsequently have employment opportunities in their country. By this strategy, they hunt great talents across globe.

These countries highly embrase multi-culturalism in the employment market. Ex. It doesnt make any difference in getting a job depending on ethnic background. 30% of MICROSOFT, NASA and many great institutions in US are Indians, who came to US in 70s and 80s. See how well their strategy worked. These talent minds have helped to grow these institutions multifold.

The fact is that where ever multi-culture fluorish, business fluorish because people with different cultures have different points of view. I hope readers to figure out the reason why many companies in Sweden are sinking. Eg.SAAB,VOLVO,etc. Its the same situation 'blind leading the blinds'. Its only better job policies from companies will help them from sinking.

I can't really help myself in getting white skin, blond hair and green eyes for me.
21:30 February 21, 2010 by domestos
Comment: I studied at one of the best universities in sweden as a foreign student. I had many foreign friends from pakistan, india, china or iran. Some of them were very rich and some of them might be considered as middle class. Just like the people in Sweden. When I talked to them about this topic, the first reaction very obvious. Why should I pay for education and live in Sweden? Some of them would prefer Netherlands or even Denmark since the life in those countries seems much more fun to them after finishing their studies here. So many foreign students that I know, are either working at large scale swedish companies or pursuing they Phds at swedish universities. The rest have turned back because they have found very cool jobs at their own countries or in some other countries. The biggest advantage of education in sweden is its being free of charge. If you consider sweden and denmark from somewhere in pakistan, india or china there is no diference between them. They are both "cold", "small" and at "the northern part of Europe". During our studies we have learned lots of things and also contributed to swedish business life. Moreover, holding a degree from a european university which is also another advantage. So it is a mutual benefit. Now I am not concerned about foreign students. They can prefer here, or go to another country. But I am concerned about the swedish students. Because from the the previous experiences, these regulations might be expanded so as to cover all types of education in Sweden for swedish citizens. Do swedish students want to pay for their education within 5 years from now on just like in USA? Do they really want to work and study at the same time to pay their college degree in the future? Do they really want to be the subject of this american joke "striptease for college expenses"? Sweden is not preferred because of its having a good level of education. It is preferred because it has a good level of education which is free. And if I have to pay for education, I would go to another country which offers english courses. Llearning a more useful language such as german or spanish would be much more fun and advantageous for my career. By the way, the axis of the world is also changing. There are very cool programmes in Singapour, China or Malaysia in english.And learning chinese these days is much more advantageous than learning a language which is spoken by 9 million people and in a very limited geography.
14:29 February 22, 2010 by LailaC1
I'm glad this has been introduced. It will get rid of those so-called students who can manage to "study" for several years over what is expected. Paying for university places is commonplace elsewhere, so why not in Sweden?
15:04 February 22, 2010 by geokuri
Toufaili is wrong on his statement about Medicine. Yes, Sweden can offer among the best medicine courses, Karolinska Institute has just been ranked as the best university in the field of medicine in Europe. Check at www.arwu.org

However, it is not only about the quality. Students want to go somewhere they can fit in, develop social skills and get job offers after completion. And for that, one needs the local language. For sure students will choose to go somewherelse, even if the courses here are good.
00:45 February 27, 2010 by Eugenie

I have the impression that you don't even understand the issue at hand here. I don't remember saying you should not express your mind, but I remember saying that you should express your mind, but be at least grateful and you should not come and speak as if you are imposing something to someone who host you. Only a savage would behave this way, and I personally do not believe that you are a savage, as well as those who are insulting the Swede for taking this decision....

Would I come to your home and impose the way to live in. Would it not be better for me to speak with you in a friendly manner if I want to get something from you that you are not even obliged to give me.

For your information, I do not have a Swede boyfriend, and I never had one. I believe God gave me enough strength and wisdom to live without thinking that having a Swede or an European boy friend would ever be a solution for the difficulties I have been through for the 8 years spent in Europe. And still, I do not have a permanent residence in this country or in any Eurepean country. Finally, I don't believe being a slave, but I believe that I am respectful and grateful as I think you are too.


Eugenie L.
14:33 February 28, 2010 by enyim
I studied in Sweden and I am happy I did as I got to know this great country, but would not have considered Sweden if it was fee paying then, especially in the light of the figures being touted by Swedish government. in order to continue to attract quality prospective non EU students, Sweden has to consider what the competition is? The anglo-American countries will always have the upper hand due to their open markets and capitalist economies which makes it easier to get employment and to start up businesses, unlike in Sweeden.

I am not against the introduction of fees by any means, but to introduce fees; there will always be consequencies which I hope the Swedes take into consideration. Why will a non EU prospective student choose to pay the $10,000 -$11,000 a year for two year period for an M.sc with no prospect of a good after school hours job compared to paying more in an Anglo-Amrican country with better prospects and much better options afterwards.

Their is one certainty! Student enronllment figure will drop significantly; whether short term or long term can only be figured out by the Swedish policy maker after they take stocky.

One may never know what will be until tried. Good luck with the policy.
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Swede punches clown that scared his grandmother
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‘Extremism can't be defeated on the battlefield alone’
Swedish school to build gender neutral changing room
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Where is the Swedish music industry heading?
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One expat's strategy for making friends in Stockholm
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Nordic fashion in focus at Stockholm University
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'Swedish startups should embrace newcomers' talents - there's nothing to fear'
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Sweden unveils Europe's first elk hut
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Syria's White Helmets: The Nobel Peace Prize would have meant a lot, but pulling a child from rubble is the greatest reward
Missing rune stone turns up in Sweden
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