Swedish addicts could get glass ‘free zone’

Swedish addicts could get glass ‘free zone’

Politicians in the small Swedish town of Falköping want to give alcoholics and drug users a glass-encased zone in the middle of a central square, saying it would lessen public disturbances and allow "the down and out" to socialize.

EU probes SAS airline over state aid

EU probes SAS airline over state aid

The European Commission opened an in-depth probe on Wednesday to see if state aid given to Scandinavian Airlines by Sweden and Denmark conformed to EU rules.

H&M blames long winter for profit drop

H&M blames long winter for profit drop

Swedish fashion giant H&M posted a steeper than expected fall in quarterly profit on Wednesday, citing currency headwinds and a challenging retail climate but said June sales were "off to a good start."

Jeepers creepers, your shoes hurt my peepers

Jeepers creepers, your shoes hurt my peepers

In The Local's new Fashion Fix column on Swedish trends, Englishwoman Victoria Hussey gets up close and personal with shoes - namely "brothel creepers" from WWII that have been making a steady return to Stockholm pavements.

Frozen raspberries could spread vomiting bug

Frozen raspberries could spread vomiting bug

Imported frozen raspberries should be boiled before eaten according to new advice from Sweden's National Food Agency, which warns that the berries may carry the novo virus that is more known for causing winter vomiting disease.

Sweden sells 6.4-percent stake in Nordea

Sweden sells 6.4-percent stake in Nordea

Sweden's centre-right government said on Wednesday it had sold 6.4 percent of Nordea, the largest Nordic bank, for 19.5 billion kronor ($3.05 billion).

Body of lonely Swedish patient forgotten for days

Body of lonely Swedish patient forgotten for days

A deceased patient who had no relatives was left in a room for days at the Örebro University Hospital before staff realized the body was still there.

Scab row as students disrupt bus strike

Scab row as students disrupt bus strike

Stockholm bus traffic was at a standstill Wednesday as drivers and other staff launched a major strike at midnight, but a group of Conservative youths disrupted the action by replacing a bus route between two of the city’s major hospitals.

Tax bill for politician’s ties to far-right site

Tax bill for politician’s ties to far-right site

Sweden Democrat MP Kent Ekeroth has to pay tax for money sent to his bank account as donations to two far-right websites that he claims to have nothing to do with editorially.

Sweden to send 160 troops in Mali mission

Sweden to send 160 troops in Mali mission

Sweden's parliament voted on Tuesday in favour of sending up to 160 troops to Mali on July 1 for a maximum of one year in support of a UN peacekeeping mission to the country.

Top ten ways you know you’ve turned Swedish

Top ten ways you know you’ve turned Swedish

For some foreigners living in Sweden, a natural "inner Swede" can develop that often doesn't show its face until you're back home again. The Local's Irishman Patrick Reilly lists the top ten ways this inner Swede can change your life.

Extreme-right sites beat political party pages

Extreme-right sites beat political party pages

Far-right websites in Sweden are receiving so much traffic they are seven times more popular than the established political parties' online portals.