Introducing…Björn Ranelid

Introducing…Björn Ranelid

Introducing... is The Local's guide to the Swedish celebrity. In this installment contributor Malin Nyberg profiles Björn Ranelid, a fleet-footed author who’s not afraid to battle the Nobel literary establishment.

Swedish Match firm buys US tobacco maker

Swedish Match firm buys US tobacco maker

A Danish company recently partially acquired by Swedish tobacco products maker Swedish Match has purchased a unit of American tobacco giant Reynolds American for $205 million.

Swedish military staff surf porn daily: report

Swedish military staff surf porn daily: report

Employees of the Swedish Armed Forces (Försvarsmakten) have surfed on porn sites several thousand times on personnel computers over the last three years, according to a report by the country's national television broadcaster on Friday.

Top Swedish execs hire bodyguards over threats

Top Swedish execs hire bodyguards over threats

An increasing number of Sweden's top business executives are hiring bodyguards as the threat and risk of robbery and extortion grows in the country.

Swedish wolf activists threaten to sabotage hunt

Swedish wolf activists threaten to sabotage hunt

After threats from activists who posed for bloody images imitating dead hunters, Swedish police have been called in to protect hunters participating in the country's controversial wolf hunt, which begins this weekend.

Tiger cub bitten to death at Swedish zoo

Tiger cub bitten to death at Swedish zoo

A Siberian tiger cub at a Swedish zoo was bitten to death by an adult tiger on Monday, Kolmården Wildlife Park officials confirmed on Friday.

Ikea reports profit boost for 2010

Ikea reports profit boost for 2010

Swedish furniture giant Ikea on Friday reported a significant hike in net profit in 2010 as sales rose, especially in China, Russia and Portugal.

Swedish flasher exposed himself to female cop

Swedish flasher exposed himself to female cop

A Swedish flasher unbuttoned his trench coat in front of the wrong person in the southern Swedish city of Malmö on Thursday night.

New Swedish film puts sex back on the map

New Swedish film puts sex back on the map

Sweden’s last official sex education film became a hit in XXX-cinemas around the world. Four decades later, it's time for the sequel, but the new film probably won't enhance Sweden's reputation for sin, The Local's Ben Kersley reports.

House fire kills boy,9, and his grandparents

House fire kills boy,9, and his grandparents

An elderly couple and their 9-year-old grandson were killed in a house fire in the Stockholm suburb of Täby on Thursday evening.

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Missing Swedish pastor found dead

A 78-year-old retired female pastor who has been missing since mid-December was found dead in her car on an isolated country road in western Sweden on Thursday night.

Ohly affirms plans to stay on as Left Party leader

Ohly affirms plans to stay on as Left Party leader

Despite a growing chorus of criticism from within his party, Left Party leader Lars Ohly reaffirmed his plans to continue at the helm beyond the party’s 2012 congress.