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Shopkeeper jailed for ‘torture’ of three teens

A Stockholm shopkeeper has been jailed for two years for locking up three teenage boys in his store's cellar for ten hours, where he mimicked aspects of water boarding on one of them.

H&M backs Bangladesh building safety accord

H&M backs Bangladesh building safety accord

Sweden's retail giant H&M has decided to sign up to a building safety agreement in the wake of the factory collapse that killed more than 1,000 garment workers in Bangladesh.

‘H&M task is to balance low costs with safety’

‘H&M task is to balance low costs with safety’

With the world's attention on Bangladesh, Swedish sustainability expert Alexandra Frenander says fashion giants such as Sweden's H&M must find a way to guarantee safety, while they still demand low costs.

‘Love it or hate it – you can’t avoid the popfest’

‘Love it or hate it – you can’t avoid the popfest’

With the Eurovision final just days away, The Local's Patrick Reilly heads behind the scenes where Bonnie Tyler, Sweden's Robin Stjernberg, and a swarm of international reporters are jostling for space in the Malmö Arena.

John Kerry to talk Syria in Stockholm visit

John Kerry to talk Syria in Stockholm visit

The Swedish government said on Monday that US Secretary of State John Kerry will arrive in Stockholm on Tuesday to discuss issues including the situation in Syria and the stalled Middle East peace process.

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Swedish man dies after swallowing toothpick

A man in southern Sweden died after doctors failed to notice a toothpick stuck in his throat.

Swedish comic slams ‘secret’ Eurovision script

Swedish comic slams ‘secret’ Eurovision script

Swedish comedian Magnus Betnér has leaked what he claims to be a confidential script for a Eurovision sketch that he refused to be part of, stating that he hopes the "unfunny" piece is never aired.

Top ten tips for earning a higher salary in Sweden

Top ten tips for earning a higher salary in Sweden

Want more money? Want to learn how to convince your Swedish boss that you are indispensable? Sure, but make sure you do your homework first, explains union ombudsman Anna-Karin Mattsson.

Asthma and allergies on the rise for Swedish kids

Asthma and allergies on the rise for Swedish kids

Asthma and allergies are becoming more common among children in Sweden, according to an extensive national report published on Monday.

Afghan refugees break hunger strike in Boden

Afghan refugees break hunger strike in Boden

Thirteen Afghan refugees who have been on a hunger strike outside Migration Board (Migrationsverket) offices in Boden in northern Sweden have broken off their action after three weeks of refusing to eat.

Extend Sweden’s Afghan mission past Nato’s: Bildt

Extend Sweden’s Afghan mission past Nato’s: Bildt

Sweden's Foreign Minister Carl Bildt has signalled his government would like to keep Swedish military in Afghanistan even after Nato ends its current engagement in the country in 2014.

Nordea tracked clients in secret ‘black book’

Nordea tracked clients in secret ‘black book’

One of Sweden's biggest banks kept a secret registry with thousands of names of people described as "jokers", "economic lunatics" and "gangster accountants" in what is being called a "black book" of clients the bank didn't want to do business with.

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Woman’s flat in ruins after mystery bomb blast

What police are calling a bomb was thrown into an apartment in southern Sweden early on Monday morning, leaving parts of the flat "totally destroyed".