Elderly woman leaps to death after care ‘refusal’

Elderly woman leaps to death after care ‘refusal’

An 84-year-old woman in western Sweden committed suicide on Thursday by throwing herself off her own balcony during a meeting with case officers there to determine whether she could live in an elderly home.

‘My mum was a cop, she’s not angry with me’

‘My mum was a cop, she’s not angry with me’

Swedish journalist Niklas Orrenius has hogged the headlines this week since the publication of an article series revealing the existence of a police registry of Roma people living in Sweden, making him an obvious pick for Swede of the Week.

Swede, 94, celebrates new driving licence

Swede, 94, celebrates new driving licence

A Swedish pensioner has had his driving licence renewed as he approaches his 95th birthday and says he plans to keep driving until he is 100 at least.

Swedish politician jailed for fraud

Swedish politician jailed for fraud

Former Moderate Party politician Annétthe Zettergren, 58, was jailed for 3.5 years on Thursday and ordered to pay damages totalling 3.9 million ($605,000) to the county of Värmland and a further 350,000 kronor to her former partner.

Swedes love it when you hold up the mirror

Swedes love it when you hold up the mirror

As he gets set to head out on another tour, stand-up comic Al Pitcher, a UK-born Kiwi who was voted Sweden's funniest man in 2011, explains why he turned to stand-up comedy in Sweden and what it's like to perform for Swedes.

Swedish rights prize to US weapons activist

Swedish rights prize to US weapons activist

US anti-chemical weapons campaigner Paul Walker, 67, was jointly awarded the Swedish Right Livelihood Award Thursday honouring those who work to improve the lives of others.

Ikea recalls rhubarb pie after label mix-up

Ikea recalls rhubarb pie after label mix-up

A labelling error on Ikea's rhubarb pies meant the Finnish word for "egg powder" was missing from the ingredients list - reason enough for the Swedish furniture giant to strip the shelves and issue a full recall in several countries.

Björn Borg serves time on Dutch market

Björn Borg serves time on Dutch market

Swedish clothing giant Björn Borg is cutting back its activities in the Netherlands after failing to net anticipated profits.

How Australian Rules Football tackled Sweden

How Australian Rules Football tackled Sweden

Australian Rules Football - often described as a mix between rugby and soccer - enjoys a keen following in Sweden, and after Stockhom's Solna Axemen claimed this year's premiership on the weekend, The Local's Josh Liew finds out more.

Tick bites can lead to meat allergies: study

Tick bites can lead to meat allergies: study

The bite of a tick can directly lead to an allergic reaction to animal meat, Swedish researchers have discovered, a diagnosis that is becoming all the more common in Sweden.

Hundreds contact police over Roma registry

Hundreds contact police over Roma registry

After news that police in southern Sweden were keeping illegal registries about members of the Roma community, the police station has been inundated with calls from people wanting to know if they too are on the list.