Average Swedes ‘sweet-toothed meat-lovers’

Average Swedes ‘sweet-toothed meat-lovers’

The average Swede is just over 40 years old, enjoys a bag of sweets per week, yet likes to keep active, according to the 2013 Statistical Yearbook of Sweden from Statistics Sweden (Statistiska Centralbyrån -SCB).

Borg rejects call for mortgage-repayment law

Borg rejects call for mortgage-repayment law

Sweden's Finance Minister Anders Borg said Thursday that he is not in favour of forcing home owners to pay down their mortgages, outlined in a proposal by the Riksbank head that caused a stir on Tuesday.

‘Don’t fear the word power’: equality minister

‘Don’t fear the word power’: equality minister

Gender equality has fallen off many Swedish citizens' list of top-priorities, several speakers noted at a labour and equality conference in Stockholm on Thursday.

‘Train crash might have been an accident’

‘Train crash might have been an accident’

As sightseers flocked to the train that remains lodged inside a Stockholm house after a cleaning lady crashed it on Tuesday, officials have backed down and admitted the incident may indeed have been an accident.

Laila Bagge’s homeless mobile phone flap

Laila Bagge’s homeless mobile phone flap

She’s a familiar face on Swedish television, but it was her venting blog post about a homeless man's mobile phone that caught the nation’s attention this week. Laila Bagge Wahlgren is The Local's Swede of the Week.

Sweden greenlights Gripen fighter purchase

Sweden greenlights Gripen fighter purchase

The Swedish Armed Forces will buy 60 JAS 39 Gripen fighter jets, at the top of a 40-60 range stated in an agreement last year, the Swedish government said on Thursday.

Ikea funds local schools to boost hiring efforts

Ikea funds local schools to boost hiring efforts

Ikea is donating 16 million kronor ($2.46 million) to help improve schools near its headquarters in southern Sweden to make it easier for the furniture giant to recruit workers to the area.

Payday for woman denied job for being ‘too young’

Payday for woman denied job for being ‘too young’

A woman who was denied a job as a receptionist for being "too young" has been awarded a settlement of 50,000 kronor ($7,700) by Sweden's Equality Ombudsman (Diskrimineringsombudsmannen).

Doctors warn Swedes are abusing painkillers

Doctors warn Swedes are abusing painkillers

Since the Swedish government reformed the pharmacy system three years ago, Swedes are popping paracetemol-based painkillers like never before, warn doctors working with overdose and accidental poisoning cases.

‘Tight schedules for trucks up the risk’

‘Tight schedules for trucks up the risk’

Swedish police have dismissed the theory that faulty winter tyres are to blame for Tuesday's massive car crash, which involved nearly 100 cars and killed one person, but say they have pinpointed the three trucks that initially collided.

Gothenburg traffic drops with new toll fee

Gothenburg traffic drops with new toll fee

The new year's day introduction of a congestion charge has deterred one in five drivers from taking a spin in central Gothenburg.