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Gran Canaria: island of activity

In a year dominated by major sporting events – the Olympics, football’s European Championships to name but two in 2012 – holiday destinations prepare to welcome visitors for whom activity is the goal.

The Local’s most shared stories on Facebook

The Local’s most shared stories on Facebook

Swedish animal antics, medical madness, and plain old errors in human judgment featured prominently in stories by The Local that proved popular on Facebook in 2011.

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Teen shot after running over police officer

A 16-year-old-boy was shot by police in Gothenburg early Thursday morning after the vehicle the teen was driving hit an officer in what police believe was a deliberate attempt to run the officer over.

Slick roads disrupt Swedes’ Christmas travel

Slick roads disrupt Swedes’ Christmas travel

Slippery roads left more than a dozen trucks in the ditch in northern Sweden on Friday and freezing rain prompted warnings from meteorological institute SMHI as Swedes embarked on treacherous holiday travel on the day before Christmas Eve.

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War crimes suspect arrested in Stockholm

Swedish police have arrested a man suspected of participating in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. He was arrested late Thursday evening at Bromma airport, just outside Stockholm.

Ikea founder donates millions to ‘hometown’ Swedish university

Ikea founder donates millions to ‘hometown’ Swedish university

Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad's annual Christmas speech to his employees in Älmhult, home to the world's first Ikea store, contained a welcome Christmas bonus for the whole Småland region.

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Swedish women warned over French fake boobs

Thousands of Swedish women, and many more worldwide, have substandard breast implants from French-based company PIP. These women have now been urged to surgically remove their implants by French authorities.

Rubella blamed for Swedish infant’s defects

Rubella blamed for Swedish infant’s defects

Sweden's first case of congenital rubella in more 30 years has been discovered after a woman who was infected with the viral disease whilst on holiday gave birth to a child in Sweden with severe birth defects.

Swedish ‘Dolce Vita’ star begs Fellini fund for cash

Swedish ‘Dolce Vita’ star begs Fellini fund for cash

Anita Ekberg, the curvaceous star of "La Dolce Vita", is hard-up and homeless and has asked for money from the foundation of the cult film's director Federico Fellini, La Stampa reported on Friday.

Legless man in surprise wheelchair reversal

Legless man in surprise wheelchair reversal

Local health authorities in Sweden who denied an amputee a power wheelchair because they were “uncertain if the impairment was permanent", have now reversed their position on the matter.

Swede fined for drunken pine tree massacre

Swede fined for drunken pine tree massacre

A 46-year-old Swede who sawed down several pine trees in a drunken rampage, leaving their distraught owner in need of therapy, has been convicted by a court on the Baltic island of Gotland.