June figures dip in strong auto market

June figures dip in strong auto market

In June there were 27,485 new cars registered in Sweden, a drop by 2.8 percent compared to the same month last year, according to industry organisation Bil Sweden, representing manufacturers and importers of cars, trucks and buses.

Government loses sick pay vote by slim margin

Government loses sick pay vote by slim margin

The Swedish government suffered another setback in the Riksdag on Friday, when the Sweden Democrats voted with the centre-left opposition to force through its proposal by a single vote.

‘Hot-saucing’ couple to pay damages to their kids

‘Hot-saucing’ couple to pay damages to their kids

A couple in Norrtälje, north of Stockholm, was sentenced to pay damages to their kids after forcing them to swallow Tabasco sauce as punishment for telling lies.

Swedish star Larsson in Premiership switch

Swedish star Larsson in Premiership switch

Swedish football player Sebastian Larsson linked up with manager Steve Bruce for the second time in his career after joining English Premier League side Sunderland on a free transfer on Friday.

Sweden’s top children’s playgrounds

Sweden’s top children’s playgrounds

With the summer sun in the ascendancy, it’s time to lather on the sunscreen, pack a picnic, and head out to explore some of the 50,000 playgrounds on offer across Sweden. The Local’s Karen Holst tips some of the country’s best.

Swedish ships take up arms to combat pirates

Swedish ships take up arms to combat pirates

Swedish commercial shipping firm Wallenius has employed armed security staff to police its fleet to help combat the risk posed by pirates in the Gulf of Aden.

Christian Democrats uphold sex change sterilization demand

Christian Democrats uphold sex change sterilization demand

The Christian Democrats on Thursday voted to retain the demand for sterilization for those choosing to undergo a sex change, arguing that if "a woman becomes a man, she should not be able to become pregnant as a woman".

Colorado to honour Forsberg by retiring shirt

Colorado to honour Forsberg by retiring shirt

The Colorado Avalanche, the final career port of call for Swedish hockey legend Peter Forsberg, are to honour their former star by making him only the fourth player to have their number retired.

Super computer to improve Swedish weather forecasts

Super computer to improve Swedish weather forecasts

The Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI) has deployed the help of a new super computer to help it predict the weather with more accuracy, after the agency received scathing criticism from the government earlier this year.

Council targets rowdy revellers with lollipops

Council targets rowdy revellers with lollipops

Free candy is to be handed out to encourage calm summer nights in the Swedish city of Karlstad, with 10,000 lollipops distributed to revellers in the early hours of Saturday and Sunday.

Swedish armed forces suffer new recruit exodus

Swedish armed forces suffer new recruit exodus

Of the 300 recruits to the Swedish military that started their initial training in April 20 percent have left due to “physical reasons”, according to a report in Swedish daily Svenska Dagbladet (SvD).