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Suicide figures soar for Sweden’s disabled youth

Suicide rates have risen dramatically since 1995 among young people in Sweden with disabilities that leave them with reduced working capacities, according to a new study.

Eurovision superfans swarm southern Sweden

Eurovision superfans swarm southern Sweden

Eurofever has swept southern Sweden, with the most vocal voices coming from the Eurovision superfans. The Local's Patrick Reilly finds out some have travelled from the other side of the world.

Assange’s sex crimes accuser speaks out

Assange’s sex crimes accuser speaks out

One of the two Swedish women who accused WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange of sex crimes has spoken out publicly about her ordeal for what is believed to be the first time.

Eurovision host: ‘Not everyone has to like me’

Eurovision host: ‘Not everyone has to like me’

Beyond the sequinned hemlines, Sweden's Eurovision host Petra Mede is a woman who pulled no punches as a comedian, and is now trying to balance her spunk with Saturday's demands for a happy-go-lucky pop fest, making her an easy pick for Swede of the Week.

Naked Swede dresses down American Apparel

Naked Swede dresses down American Apparel

The man who founded a Swedish online fashion retailer has posed half-naked to help market the firm's clothes after Swedes criticized US retailer American Apparel for using "sexist" images of nearly-naked women to sell its wares.

Swedish lobbying boom prompts regulation calls

Swedish lobbying boom prompts regulation calls

Sweden's top EU politician Cecilia Malmström wants to register lobbyists, stating that Sweden's small size means political networks and friendships often overlapped.

India in no rush to open first Ikea store

India in no rush to open first Ikea store

The India chief of Swedish giant Ikea said in a newspaper interview published Thursday that the chain is willing to wait years to find the right location to open its first Indian store.

TEDx looks to get Stockholmers thinking

TEDx looks to get Stockholmers thinking

The second TEDxStockholm event of 2013 was held in Södermalm on Wednesday evening, and The Local headed to the scene to hear the talks, meet the organizers, and learn more about why Sweden needs ideas worth spreading.

More Swedes in favour of joining Nato: poll

More Swedes in favour of joining Nato: poll

The number of Swedes who support joining Nato has gone up by 9 percentage points since 2011, a new opinion poll has revealed.

Malmö Eurovision hype from Abba to Zlatan

Malmö Eurovision hype from Abba to Zlatan

From Bonnie Tyler and a Ukrainian giant, to a song by Avicii and Abba legends and a rumoured appearance by Malmö-native Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Sweden's Eurovision Song Contest packs a glitzy punch without the hefty price tag.

H&M CEO to Bangladesh: raise minimum wages

H&M CEO to Bangladesh: raise minimum wages

The head of Swedish clothing retailer Hennes & Mauritz (H&M), Karl-Johan Persson, on Wednesday urged Bangladesh to allow raises to its minimum wage, the Financial Times said, amid worker unrest following the world's worst single garment industry disaster, which killed more than 1,100 people.

Swedish bride murder suspect’s health worsens

Swedish bride murder suspect’s health worsens

A British man wanted in South Africa in connection with the murder of his Swedish wife, who was killed while the couple were on their honeymoon, has suffered a relapse in mental health problems, a court heard on Wednesday.