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Swedish boarding schools put under review

All three of Sweden's national boarding schools -- Lundsberg, Grennaskolan and Sigtuna humanistiska läroverk -- will be investigated by the Schools Inspectorate (Skolverket) after reports of systematic bullying and violence between students at two of them.

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Record warmth keeps Sweden’s snow at bay

The unseasonably high temperatures across much of Sweden have left much of the country free of snow and has put autumn 2011 on track to be one of the warmest ever recorded in Sweden.

Madeleine ditches Nobel gala for New York do

Madeleine ditches Nobel gala for New York do

Princess Madeleine is skipping this year's Nobel festivities in Stockholm for another event in New York, the Royal Court confirmed on Thursday.

Trotting – Sweden’s ‘third way’ on a racetrack

Trotting – Sweden’s ‘third way’ on a racetrack

The popular Swedish equestrian sport of trotting reaches a hoof-thundering climax this weekend with the V75 meet at Jägersro near Malmö, Geoff Mortimore explores the sport where "lagom" really is best.

‘Gang leader’ shot dead in Malmö

‘Gang leader’ shot dead in Malmö

A 31-year-old man believed to be the head of a criminal gang was killed in a shooting at an industrial site in Malmö, in southern Sweden, on Thursday morning.

Ikea boss sacked for ‘pro-Nazi’ Facebook posts

Ikea boss sacked for ‘pro-Nazi’ Facebook posts

The German unit of Swedish furniture giant Ikea said Wednesday it had fired a manager with right-wing extremist "friends" on Facebook for expressing offensive opinions on the social networking site.

Sweden’s best Christmas markets

Sweden’s best Christmas markets

Christmas markets are a feature of Yuletide in Sweden and The Local has put together a pick of the best, all featuring warm spiced "glögg" for the adults, and plenty of fun activites for the children.

Swedish researcher defines ‘now’

Swedish researcher defines ‘now’

A Swedish philosophy researcher recently published a paper on time perception, where a ”now” is described as two seconds long, and made up of a past and a present.

Giant penis mystery baffles Stockholm suburb

Giant penis mystery baffles Stockholm suburb

A wealthy Swedish businessman was surprised to learn on Wednesday that the grounds near his luxurious home appear to feature a giant penis visible only from the sky.

Number of fat Swedes expanding: study

Number of fat Swedes expanding: study

The number of obese people in Sweden has all but doubled in the last two decades, but is still comparatively low compared to other OECD countries, according to a recent study.

Spotify hits 2.5 million subscriber milestone

Spotify hits 2.5 million subscriber milestone

Swedish online music star Spotify said Wednesday ahead of a mystery announcement next week that it has reached 2.5 million paying subscribers.