Mikael Marcimain: ‘I’ve never made a Palme film’

Mikael Marcimain: ‘I’ve never made a Palme film’

In The Local's ongoing series profiling Swedish newsmakers, we turn this week's spotlight on filmmaker Mikael Marcimain, director of Call Girl, a controversial film which earned 11 Swedish film award nominations, including best picture and best director.

Sweden sets immigration record in 2012

Sweden sets immigration record in 2012

Sweden issued a record number of residence permits in 2012, with the total tally ending up at 110,000, a 19-percent hike from 2011 with refugees accounting for the bulk of the increase, statistics from the Swedish Migration Board (Migrationsverket) show.

Robbery attempt shuts parts of Stockholm metro

Robbery attempt shuts parts of Stockholm metro

The attempted robbery of a cash transit vehicle prompted Stockholm police to disrupt traffic at three central metro stations on Thursday as they attempted to chase down the perpetrators who reportedly used smoke bombs to aid their getaway.

Two Swedish restaurants make global top ten

Two Swedish restaurants make global top ten

Restaurant reviewers Zagat included two Swedish eateries in its top-ten list of the world's best eateries.

‘Why won’t Swedes hire English speakers?’

‘Why won’t Swedes hire English speakers?’

After six months in Sweden, US native Joe Beaumier reflects on the difficulties foreigners who speak English face landing a job in Sweden when they're unable to speak advanced Swedish.

‘Limit Muslims’ birth rate’: Sweden Democrat

‘Limit Muslims’ birth rate’: Sweden Democrat

An outspoken local Sweden Democrat politician who previously argued “negro” is not a racist term, has generated headlines again by calling for a law to cap the fertility rate of Muslims around the world.

Call Girl sweeps Swedish film nominations

Call Girl sweeps Swedish film nominations

The nominations for Sweden's 2012 national film awards were announced on Thursday, with Call Girl a strong favourite to bring home the accolades with 11 nominations.

Dads often keep custody after killing kids’ mums

Dads often keep custody after killing kids’ mums

More than 120 children in Sweden have had their mothers killed by their fathers in the last decade, with the dads nevertheless retaining custody of their children in four out of ten cases, according to a new review.

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Store owner fined for urine attack on shoplifter

A store manager with Swedish supermarket chain Ica has been convicted of assault after pouring urine over a woman he had caught shoplifting in his Stockholm shop.

Career criminality drains millions from Sweden

Career criminality drains millions from Sweden

Career criminals cost Swedish society so much that the government needs to take youth criminality more seriously, not only for the individual's sake, but also to keep costs in check, two economists have claimed

NY-based princess least favourite in Sweden

NY-based princess least favourite in Sweden

With her big sister so popular that many Swedes want her to take over the throne as soon as possible, Princess Madeleine instead has to deal with being the least favourite royal in the Swedish monarchy.

‘Laser Man’ murderer starts prison blog

‘Laser Man’ murderer starts prison blog

Convicted killer and serial sniper John Ausonius, who terrorized Stockholm in the early 1990s by attacking foreigners and immigrants, has started a blog about life on the inside, his fiancée, and starring in a Waiting for Godot-inspired prison play.