Swedish sisters skip ‘sinful’ dance class

Swedish sisters skip ‘sinful’ dance class

Citing European human rights law, a family of strict Lutheran faith in northern Sweden have managed to overturn a decision by their daughters' school, which had refused to allow the three girls to skip out on "sinful" dance class during PE.

Graffiti daycare tribute for Ajax hero Zlatan

Graffiti daycare tribute for Ajax hero Zlatan

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's three-year exploits with Dutch side Ajax in his youth have been honoured with an unusual tribute - a graffiti mural depicting the Swedish football star on a childcare centre in Amsterdam.

Why do sweaty Swedes sing along to pop stars?

Why do sweaty Swedes sing along to pop stars?

As The Local's Elodie Pradet joins blanket-toting families and salivating Håkan Hellström fans at the summer stage Allsång på Skansen, she discovers the heart of Swedish music appreciation, and the inclusive singing at the weekly event dubbed mass hysteria by its critics.

Top ten: Sweden’s all-time hottest women

Top ten: Sweden’s all-time hottest women

Last week, it was the turn of the ladies to rank the top ten hottest Swedish men. Now the shoe, or should that be the high heel, is on the other foot as The Local's Patrick Reilly ranks the ten best beauties to hail from Sweden.

‘Name Stockholm airport after Raoul Wallenberg’

‘Name Stockholm airport after Raoul Wallenberg’

Citing JFK and John Lennon International, a troupe of Sweden's leading politicians and social elite have launched a campaign to rename Stockholm Arlanda airport in honour of Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish humanitarian who saved thousands of people from the Holocaust.

Swedish judge hires own daughter as clerk

Swedish judge hires own daughter as clerk

A judge at the district court in Mora in central Sweden has hired her own daughter as a deputy court clerk, prompting accusations of potential breach of conduct and corruption.

Pirate Bay founder to launch spy-proof app

Pirate Bay founder to launch spy-proof app

Pirate Bay founder Peter Sunde has announced the launch of a new surveillance proof messenger service in response to the recent spate of revelations regarding the spying activities of the US.

Sweden rejects baby’s ‘noble’ name change

Sweden rejects baby’s ‘noble’ name change

Sweden's Tax Agency (Skatteverket) has turned down a name change from Mats to Von as it deemed the name was inappropriate due to its usual use as an aristocratic prefix.

Systembolaget reports supermarket wine sales

Systembolaget reports supermarket wine sales

Swedish liquor monopoly retailer Systembolaget has reported supermarket chain City Gross to the police for giving customers the chance to purchase wine along with their weekly grocery shopping.

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Police suspect arson as a thousand pigs burn

Some 1,200 pigs, the majority piglets, have died in a fire at a farm in Sjuntorp near Trollhättan in western Sweden in a suspected arson attack.

Sweden registers Nato force interest

Sweden registers Nato force interest

Sweden has registered its interest in contributing units to the Nato Response Force (NRF), a move supported by the opposition Social Democrats.

Swedish women intent on Euro 2013 glory

Swedish women intent on Euro 2013 glory

The host nation are among the favourites to claim the Uefa Women's European Championship, with kick-off on Wednesday when Sweden takes on Nordic neighbour Denmark.