Ikea founder to move home to Sweden

Ikea founder to move home to Sweden

Flat-pack tsar Ingvar Kamprad, the founder of Swedish budget furniture store Ikea, is set to move home to Sweden, where the world's fifth richest person will be taxed accordingly.

Top ten: When animals attack Swedish words

Top ten: When animals attack Swedish words

In the English language, we've all heard of work horses and bookworms... but which animals do Swedes use to spruce up their language? Elks? Beavers? We've collected the best ten examples. You may be surprised.

School bus driver fired for egging on bullies

School bus driver fired for egging on bullies

A Swedish school bus driver was caught on video telling students to hit a young disabled boy, adding to the systematic abuse of the pupil. Authorities said on Wednesday that the boy had not been adequately protected by the school.

Is it true that Swedes all dress the same?

Is it true that Swedes all dress the same?

In her weekly dissection of Swedish fashion, The Local's Victoria Hussey considers the Swedish art of sameness, and ponders the benefits of sartorial uniformity.

Swedish culture capital to attract new residents

Swedish culture capital to attract new residents

With northern Swedish town Umeå set to become the European Capital of Culture next year, The Local finds out how the arts accolade could boost the city's growth with local officials hoping to almost double the town's population.

Buyers to monitor well-being of berry pickers

Buyers to monitor well-being of berry pickers

Swedish grocery stores have signed up to a monitoring system that should make sure foreign berry pickers working in Sweden are treated fairly, after years of reports of low wages and bad working conditions.

Refugee homes as ‘easy as an Ikea bookshelf’

Refugee homes as ‘easy as an Ikea bookshelf’

Swedish furniture giant Ikea's charitable foundation has joined forces with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to design and build flat-pack shelters for refugee families.

Sweden warned of floods as rain buckets down

Sweden warned of floods as rain buckets down

Sweden is set to be soaked on Wednesday, with the national weather agency issuing a flood warning for some parts of the country.

Supermarket wine sales rile Systembolaget

Supermarket wine sales rile Systembolaget

Swedish supermarket chain City Gross has announced that customers will be able to buy wine together with their weekly groceries, prompting an angry response from state monopoly retailer Systembolaget.

Thailand seeks Swede’s extradition for murder

Thailand seeks Swede’s extradition for murder

Thai police are set to seek the extradition of a 40-year-old Swedish man suspected of murder, which is punishable by death in Thailand, who jumped bail and returned to Sweden.

Converse sues Swedish shop over ‘fake’ shoes

Converse sues Swedish shop over ‘fake’ shoes

Iconic US sneaker brand Converse has announced that it is suing Swedish retailer Coop alleging that counterfeit shoes have been sold in its stores.