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Social Democrats drop eurozone pact opposition

The Social Democrats on Thursday dropped their longstanding opposition to Swedish participation in the eurozone pact on fiscal discipline, after reaching an agreement with the government of Fredrik Reinfeldt.

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Justice minister calls for tighter bribery laws

In the wake of several high profile cases at home and abroad, Swedish justice minister Beatrice Ask has called for stricter laws governing bribery and corruption.

Löfven ‘proud and happy’ to take party’s top job

Löfven ‘proud and happy’ to take party’s top job

The Social Democrats used a hastily scheduled Thursday press conference to officially unveil IF Metall union chief Stefan Löfven as the party executive committee's consensus choice to take over as party chair.

Al Pitcher: using English to make Swedes laugh

Al Pitcher: using English to make Swedes laugh

Sweden’s best male stand-up comedian is a Kiwi from London, and the last two and a half years of Al Pitcher's exile in Sweden have been the best in his career, contributor Jacob Sundberg discovers.

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Elderly psychiatric patient found tied in bed

A mentally ill man was discovered tied down in his own bed with a sheet at a Carema-run nursing home in Stockholm earlier this month.

Stefan Löfven: ‘the only name all could agree on’

Stefan Löfven: ‘the only name all could agree on’

With union leader Stefan Löfven set to take over as head of the Social Democrats, The Local takes a look at how a welder from northern Sweden found his way to the top ranks of Swedish politics.

H&M bottom line feels the pinch

H&M bottom line feels the pinch

Swedish cheap-and-chic fashion giant H&M on Thursday posted a 2011 net profit down 15 percent from a year earlier amid higher cotton prices, but expressed optimism for 2012 despite the difficult economic climate.

Preschool worker ‘locked children in the dryer’

Preschool worker ‘locked children in the dryer’

A former pre-school employee in Borås in western Sweden is facing charges of molestation for a series of offences, including punishing young children by locking them in a drying cupboard and pulling their hair.

Failed prank leaves hotel worker trapped in bed

Failed prank leaves hotel worker trapped in bed

Emergency crews were called to a hotel in central Sweden on Wednesday morning to help free an employee who had become trapped behind a bed following a staff party.

Union boss tipped as new Social Democrat head

Union boss tipped as new Social Democrat head

Stefan Löfven, current chair of Sweden’s IF Metall trade union, is set to take over as interim head of the Social Democrats, according to Swedish media reports.

‘Facebook’ rapist jailed for teen sex attacks

‘Facebook’ rapist jailed for teen sex attacks

A man who used Facebook and other social media media websites to come in contact with Swedish teen girls, was sentenced to six-years in prison on Wednesday for a series of sex attacks.

Swedish punk rock legend ‘Stig Vig’ dies

Swedish punk rock legend ‘Stig Vig’ dies

Per Odeltorp, better known as Stig Vig, front man of Dag Vag and one of Sweden’s best known musicians, died on Sunday, aged 63.

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Reforms complicate refugee housing crunch

A mismatch between available jobs and housing in Sweden has resulted in increasing numbers of refugees remaining in Migration Board-run housing centres, forcing new asylum seekers to live in youth hostels and campgrounds.