Black doll cut from Swedish Disney mash-up

Black doll cut from Swedish Disney mash-up

Disney has deleted scenes from the old Santa's Workshop reel, Sveriges Television announced on Friday, cutting out the stereotypical black doll from Sweden's traditional Christmas Eve broadcast of the Disney mash-up.

Pilot sticker lands French wine with Swedish ban

Pilot sticker lands French wine with Swedish ban

The Swedish state alcohol-monopoly has banned a French wine from its shelves because the label shows a pilot in action, prompting the importer of the "Flying Solo" wine to appeal the ban.

Swedish Christmas: how do you celebrate yours?

Swedish Christmas: how do you celebrate yours?

Counting down the days to Swedish Christmas or can't wait to leave the country? With the help of The Local readers, Christine Demsteader ponders celebrations and tribulations for foreigners during the festive season.

Free petrol gimmick fuels traffic chaos

Free petrol gimmick fuels traffic chaos

A radio station in northern Sweden caused traffic chaos on Friday morning after it announced that a petrol station would be giving out free fuel for one hour.

Many Swedes to face higher tax bills in 2013

Many Swedes to face higher tax bills in 2013

Almost half of all Swedes will pay more in tax next year as municipalities across the country raise the taxes levied on residents.

The Local’s guide to moving in Sweden
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The Local’s guide to moving in Sweden

There are always lots of things to keep track of when you are about to move, and it can be more complicated when moving from or within a foreign country. However, it's reassuring to remember that most of the moving basics you are already familiar with also apply in Sweden.

Gender-neutral ‘hen’ makes its legal debut

Gender-neutral ‘hen’ makes its legal debut

The controversial Swedish word "hen", proposed as a gender-neutral pronoun, has found its way into legal lingo after a court in northern Sweden used it in a verdict.

Pizzeria’s coleslaw lunch kills Swede

Pizzeria’s coleslaw lunch kills Swede

A Swede has died of dehydration after contracting the winter vomiting virus at a pizzeria in Sundsvall, northern Sweden, where at least 27 other lunch guests also fell ill from the contaminated coleslaw.

Human rights advocates share 2012 Palme Prize

Human rights advocates share 2012 Palme Prize

Tunisian lawyer Radhia Nasraoui and Saudi human rights advocate Waleed Sami Abu al-Khair will share the 2012 Olof Palme memorial prize, organizers announced on Friday.

Volvo Cars to refinance loans with Chinese help

Volvo Cars to refinance loans with Chinese help

Volvo Cars, owned by the Chinese automaker Geely, said Thursday that it had received a loan of €922 million ($1.2 billion) from the state-owned China Development Bank to refinance Volvo's other loans.

Blaming weather is not enough: train auditor

Blaming weather is not enough: train auditor

The National Auditor (Riksrevisionen) will take a closer look at Swedish rail operators SJ after it cancelled more than 200 trains this week with the stated purpose of getting ready for the Christmas rush.

Swedish free schools open to sects: study

Swedish free schools open to sects: study

An upcoming European assessment of the Swedish reform that allowed private actors to open schools says oversight is so bad that a sect could easily be spreading its message to Swedish children during school hours.

Kiruna to be moved over ore and potential ire

Kiruna to be moved over ore and potential ire

With about tenth of its residents employed by the iron miners who once kindled Kiruna's industrial prosperity, the northern town now faces underground cracks pushing it to move the entire town or it faces the potential ire of the important employer.