Swedish social media site challenges the world

Swedish social media site challenges the world

Challenge lovers in eastern Sweden have created what they've dubbed the first real “social” network, where members find motivation through challenges. With one member set to take on an Antarctic world record soon, The Local finds out more.

Mushroom mix-up taints Swedish Academy

Mushroom mix-up taints Swedish Academy

A Chinese poet says he is shocked and afraid after two members of the Swedish Academy, which awards the Nobel Literature Prize, agreed he should be annihilated.

The infected years: when HIV came to Sweden

The infected years: when HIV came to Sweden

As Sweden marks 30 years since the first case of AIDS was diagnosed in the country, The Local's Christine Demsteader learns how Swedes have been forced to face an uncomfortable reality about the stigma surrounding those who first tested positive for HIV.

Sweden braces for massive snow onslaught

Sweden braces for massive snow onslaught

Stockholm faces up to 30 centimetres of snow in the next 24 hours, say forecasters who have issued a class 2 storm warning for much of central and southern Sweden, especially along the Baltic coast.

Dickens’ Christmas Carol hits Stockholm theatre

Dickens’ Christmas Carol hits Stockholm theatre

With one of the world’s favourite Christmas tales set to hit the stage in Stockholm this week, The Local talks to the cast and crew to find out more about why Swedes love Dickens, the importance of English, and Ebenezer Scrooge.

Eurovision finals in Malmö still a hot ticket

Eurovision finals in Malmö still a hot ticket

With tickets to the 2013 Eurovision finals in Malmö selling out in a flash last week, music fans across Europe have flooded resale sites at levels on par with the Euro 2012 football tournament.

Man hammered ‘noisy teen’ to death

Man hammered ‘noisy teen’ to death

The man suspected of hitting a 13-year-old in the head with a hammer had planned her murder for a long time because he was annoyed at her family for making too much noise, the prosecutor claimed on Tuesday.

Swedish dads working less as mums work more

Swedish dads working less as mums work more

Fathers of young children in Sweden are spending fewer hours at work, while women with children are working more than ever, a new overview of statistics reveals.

‘More Swedish kids should learn Chinese’

‘More Swedish kids should learn Chinese’

The Swedish government on Monday took steps to boost Mandarin studies in Swedish schools, but it will likely be more than a decade before China's biggest language is widely taught in Sweden.

Foreign students warm to Umeå University
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Foreign students warm to Umeå University

Umeå may not win many prizes for its somewhat inhospitable climate, but it is nevertheless one of the best places in the world to study, according to a recently published report.

Stockholm University: A very Nobel institution
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Stockholm University: A very Nobel institution

Stockholm University and its associates probably have a closer link with the Nobel Prize than any other educational institute in the world. To explain why requires a look back into the history of Sweden and its capital.

Sweden joins global anti-child porn alliance

Sweden joins global anti-child porn alliance

Representatives from Sweden and 46 other countries will meet in Brussels on Wednesday to coordinate efforts to combat child pornography.

Slain Swede’s family decries new trial delay

Slain Swede’s family decries new trial delay

The family of Anni Dewani, a Swedish woman killed while on honeymoon in South Africa, expressed frustration on Monday over continued delays in the extradition hearing of Shrien Dewani, who is suspected of having his wife killed.

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Man charged for breaking Iran nuke sanctions

A man from southern Sweden has been charged for attempting to smuggle equipment to Iran which can be used to enrich uranium, in violation of EU sanctions.

Volvo aims for ‘no-death’ new cars by 2020

Volvo aims for ‘no-death’ new cars by 2020

Swedish automaker Volvo, long known for its attention to safety, aims to have zero deaths or injuries in its new cars as of 2020 thanks to smart functions in its vehicles, a director said in a media report on Monday.

Staying private key to Ikea’s success: Kamprad

Staying private key to Ikea’s success: Kamprad

Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad is determined to keep the Swedish furniture giant off the stock exchange, he told AFP ahead of the inauguration Monday of a fellowship in honour of his late wife.