Cartoon bear’s ‘asylum stories’ spark debate

Cartoon bear’s ‘asylum stories’ spark debate

One of Sweden's most beloved children's cartoon characters, Bamse the bear, has found himself at the centre of a raging debate about Sweden's asylum policies.

Bildt: sex assault scandal shouldn’t damage IMF

Bildt: sex assault scandal shouldn’t damage IMF

Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt said on Wednesday that he he does not expect the sex assault allegations against IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn to damage the global funding body.

New theatre group brings Mamet comedy to the Stockholm stage

New theatre group brings Mamet comedy to the Stockholm stage

Celebrated playwright David Mamet's comedy of manners Boston Marriage is set to hit the stage in Stockholm this week, thanks to a recently-founded international theatre company based in the Swedish capital, The Local's Clara Guibourg discovers.

Swedish doc missed 27 skin cancer cases

Swedish doc missed 27 skin cancer cases

A doctor employed at Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg in western Sweden missed at least 27 skin cancer diagnoses over a period of several years, the hospital confirmed on Wednesday.

Kamprad pledges Ikea ‘transparency’

Kamprad pledges Ikea ‘transparency’

Ingvar Kamprad, the founder of Swedish furnishings giant Ikea, has promised more transparency over the firm's business affairs, saying that it has nothing to hide after a slew of allegations in recent years.

Police face machine gun fire in bank robbery

Police face machine gun fire in bank robbery

A branch of Handelsbanken in Flen in eastern Sweden was robbed on Wednesday morning by masked men armed with machine guns.

Sweden ‘fourth most competitive country’

Sweden ‘fourth most competitive country’

Sweden has fared well in a new ranking of the world's most competitive countries, climbing two spots into fourth place in a new ranking from the Swiss business school IMD.

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The Local secures funds for European expansion

The Local will expand into six new markets in Europe this year, supported by 10 million kronor ($1.6 million) in further financing from existing and new investors, including Almi Invest.

Saab to examine new JAS Gripen bribe report

Saab to examine new JAS Gripen bribe report

Swedish defence firm Saab has announced that it intends to investigate new allegations that a secret payment of over 50 million kronor was paid to an advisor in the deal to sell JAS Gripen aircraft to South Africa.

Social Democrats in Libya mission u-turn

Social Democrats in Libya mission u-turn

The Social Democrats have altered their view on Sweden's military presence in Libya, expressing their support for an extension and expansion of the Swedish military and humanitarian contributions to the North African country.

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Reinfeldt in Brazil to discuss ethanol, IMF

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt met Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff in Brasilia on Tuesday to meet with President Dilma Rouseff and to discuss ethanol, environmental concerns and technological cooperation.