Södertälje ‘top-tier mobster’ leaves custody

Södertälje ‘top-tier mobster’ leaves custody

A 40-year-old man jailed for twelve years for accessory to murder has left custody, after a lay judge with conflicting interests scuppered the first installment of the biggest mafia trial in Swedish history.

Sterilized transsexuals sue Swedish government

Sterilized transsexuals sue Swedish government

Swedish transsexuals who had to accept sterilization to change gender legally on Monday demanded a multi-million payout from the government. Actress Aleksa Lundberg tells The Local why the Swedish state has treated her like a second-class citizen.

Jean Paul Gaultier’s new show hits Stockholm

Jean Paul Gaultier’s new show hits Stockholm

A new exhibition devoted to Parisian fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier has opened its doors in Stockholm this summer, and The Local's Victoria Hussey finds out more about the talking mannequins, teddy bears and Madonna's legendary conical bra.

Can I convince people Swedes aren’t weird?

Can I convince people Swedes aren’t weird?

Wreaths, tipple tunes, phallic worship... French exchange student Elodie Pradet has survived her first Swedish Midsummer, and wonders how she will ever explain it to her friends back home without making them think Swedes are crazy.

Costa Rican chess fans keep website in check

Costa Rican chess fans keep website in check

In this week's look at foreigners who have made a name for themselves in Sweden, we talk to two Costa Ricans who have started a successful chess website and aim to eventually see the game taught in Swedish classrooms.

Swedish police fuming at street racer accident

Swedish police fuming at street racer accident

Swedish police want to outlaw street racing, after a driver spun off the road over the weekend in Helsingborg in front of a thousand-strong crowd with little love for law enforcers.

TV-fee collectors target PC and tablet owners

TV-fee collectors target PC and tablet owners

PC and tablet owners are being targeted by the Sweden's TV licensing authorities to collect annual fees required of all those with a television transmitter device.

‘Government should put up or shut up on quotas’

‘Government should put up or shut up on quotas’

Following signs from Sweden's Finance Minister Anders Borg that legislation to encourage gender equality in Sweden's boardrooms is getting closer, The Local's Peter Vinthagen Simpson canvasses opinion.

Candy is King for Swedish gamers

Candy is King for Swedish gamers

Swedish company King is responsible for mega-hit games such as Candy Crush and boasts 200 million monthly players. The Local's Patrick Reilly visits the company's offices to find out more.

Unions expand bus strike across Sweden

Unions expand bus strike across Sweden

The bus driver strike affecting transport in Stockholm and Umeå has been expanded to other cities across Sweden on Monday with an agreement between unions and employers still some way off.

Swedish minister open to boardroom quotas

Swedish minister open to boardroom quotas

Sweden's Finance Minister Anders Borg has indicated that a law requiring more women in the boardroom is becoming more likely, describing the continuing lack of gender balance in Swedish firms as a "significant problem".

Six die in Swedish Midsummer traffic

Six die in Swedish Midsummer traffic

A total of six people died in traffic accidents in Sweden over the Midsummer weekend, with three people dying Sunday evening in a head on collision on the E10 motorway near Överkalix in the far north.