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Social Democrats: no ban on welfare sector profits

The Social Democrats said on Friday they would not advocate for an outright ban on profits by companies working in the welfare sector, arguing instead for stronger regulations, increased transparency, and tougher demands on quality.

For your eyes only: Swedish Bond girls

For your eyes only: Swedish Bond girls

James Bond's "Skyfall" premieres on Friday, featuring a sexy Swedish actor in a prominent role. But did you know that Swedish actresses have had a long-running love affair with British agent 007? The Local finds out more.

Swedish-Americans set for small screen return

Swedish-Americans set for small screen return

With a second season of Swedish reality television show "Allt för Sverige" set to start on Sunday, The Local catches up with two of the Swedish-American contestants who return to Sweden to explore their families' past.

Sweden Dems tout image ‘remake’ amid poll surge

Sweden Dems tout image ‘remake’ amid poll surge

The far-right Sweden Democrats want to rid themselves of the image that they are a bunch of "angry young men" as a poll released on Friday ranks them as Sweden's third largest political party.

Swedish bakery to bring Londoners sourdough

Swedish bakery to bring Londoners sourdough

Hugely successful Swedish stone-oven bakery Fabrique is setting up shop in the British capital, bringing natural sourdough bread as well as cinnamon buns with a Swedish flair to hungry Londoners, The Local's Rebecca Martin discovers.

Ericsson shares slide as profits nosedive

Ericsson shares slide as profits nosedive

Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericsson reported on Friday a 42-percent drop in net profit in the third quarter as it ran into difficulties in the European and Asian markets.

Swedes ‘best in the world’ at English

Swedes ‘best in the world’ at English

Swedes have the highest proficiency in English as a second language in the world, according to a new study which tested nearly 2 million people in 54 countries.

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Swede in surprising museum sea snake find

Scandinavian scientists have discovered a new species of snake in a Copenhagen museum, which they have called the Mosaic sea snake, a Swedish university said on Thursday.

Icy roads after season’s first snow hits Stockholm

Icy roads after season’s first snow hits Stockholm

The first snow of the season started falling over Stockholm on Thursday evening, causing icy roads, snarling traffic and prompting warnings from forecasters of more to come.

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Robber shoots 74-year-old man and his dog

A 74-year-old man and his dog were injured in a robbery attempt in Uppsala, north of Stockholm, early on Friday morning.

Beetle beats heat with manure: Swedish study

Beetle beats heat with manure: Swedish study

Dung beetles wearing tiny silicon boots have let scientists in on a long-guarded secret -- they use the balls of manure they collect as mobile air conditioning units, a Swedish study said Thursday.