Sweden’s biggest news stories in 2012

Sweden’s biggest news stories in 2012

With the end of 2012 in sight, The Local looks back at some of the stories that dominated headlines in Sweden over the past year.

Swedish ISP forced to give out customer info

Swedish ISP forced to give out customer info

In a landmark anti-piracy ruling, Sweden’s Supreme Court said on Friday that broadband provider ePhone must share information about a customer who put audio books online and made them available for illegal downloading.

‘Don’t buy violent video games for Christmas’

‘Don’t buy violent video games for Christmas’

Gaming addiction expert Sven Rollenhagen advises parents in Sweden to stay clear of increasingly violent video games as they set off in search of last-minute Christmas presents for their children.

‘Our baguettes are from Finland’: French envoy

‘Our baguettes are from Finland’: French envoy

The Local catches up with Jean-Pierre Lacroix, France's ambassador to Sweden, to talk Gerard Depardieu, Vikings, the EU, and where to get the best baguettes.

‘What about Sweden makes it feel so safe?’

‘What about Sweden makes it feel so safe?’

In the wake of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in the United States, US-native and parent Rebecca Ahlfeldt reflects why Sweden feels like such a safe place to raise children.

Young Swedes ‘enriched’ by porn and sex posing

Young Swedes ‘enriched’ by porn and sex posing

Watching pornography and exposing oneself sexually online can enrich young people's lives, a Swedish researcher has found, but doing so also carries risks.

Sweden slashes 2013 growth forecast

Sweden slashes 2013 growth forecast

The Swedish government is cutting its GDP growth forecast for 2013 from 2.7 percent to 1.1 percent, Finance Minister Anders Borg said on Friday.

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Sex offender behind anti-paedophile site

The man behind a paedophile name-and-shame website that publishes details of mostly foreign-born sex offenders has himself been jailed for sexually exploiting a minor, according to Swedish media reports.

Swedish tourist survives ‘flying’ croc attack

Swedish tourist survives ‘flying’ croc attack

After a video appeared of a croc-teasing Swedish tourist being hit in the face by a “flying” crocodile, Australian experts claim the Swede was never in danger.

EU reprimands Sweden over wolf hunt plan

EU reprimands Sweden over wolf hunt plan

The European Commission wants Sweden to put the brakes on an upcoming wolf hunt, arguing the Swedish government has not adequately proved how it plans to keep the wolf population healthy.

Sea water shutters Swedish nuclear reactor

Sea water shutters Swedish nuclear reactor

Sweden shut down another reactor on Thursday, this time at the country's biggest nuclear plant near Gothenburg after an infiltration of sea water, the operator Vattenfall and the national nuclear industry watchdog said.

‘Accused Instagram girl is innocent, it was me’

‘Accused Instagram girl is innocent, it was me’

The 17-year-old girl questioned by police in connection to the Gothenburg Instagram 'slut shaming' riot is innocent, says another Instagram user who claims to be behind the account that sparked such uproar on Tuesday.