Ikea or Death? Swedish names spark online craze

Ikea or Death? Swedish names spark online craze

The Local learns how a self-professed metal head's first trip to Ikea spawned an addictive online game that has gone viral, leaving officials at the Swedish furniture giant scratching their heads.

Stockholm Open set to serve up a storm

Stockholm Open set to serve up a storm

The ATP Stockholm Open hits the Swedish capital on Saturday with international players vying for a piece of the €530,000 ($718,000) pie. Will it be a local Swede who takes out this year's title? The Local chats to the tournament organizer to find out more.

Bluff bid for Swedish firm sparks market turmoil

Bluff bid for Swedish firm sparks market turmoil

An erroneous press release published on Friday indicating that Swedish firm Fingerprint Cards had been acquired by Samsung led to a sharp rise in the firm's stock and a criminal investigation once the mistake had been discovered.

Sweden: A land of hairdressers and writers

Sweden: A land of hairdressers and writers

Sweden's capital Stockholm is full of hairdressers and writers, and sometimes even writers in hairdressers. And it can be a disturbing city when you're a bald Frenchman who happens to be a writer, observes Luis de Miranda.

Bildt: all nations must sign chem weapons ban

Bildt: all nations must sign chem weapons ban

Sweden’s Foreign Minister Carl Bildt welcomed the Nobel Peace Prize award to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on Friday by calling for all nations to sign up to the convention to eliminate chemical weapons.

Swedish terrorist electrifies theatre stage

Swedish terrorist electrifies theatre stage

Swedish author Jonas Hassen Khemiri's play I Call My Brothers has taken the Stockholm theatre scene by storm - the tale of a young man's struggle to figure out how an Arab-Swedish terrorist trying to bomb Stockholm in 2010 affects him - because superficially, they look alike.

Two girls sentenced for naked ‘facerape’ pic

Two girls sentenced for naked ‘facerape’ pic

Two young women have been sentenced by a Varbergs district court in western Sweden for having hijacked a 17-year-old's Facebook account and posting naked pictures of her.

Car bomb blasts Swedish consulate in Libya

Car bomb blasts Swedish consulate in Libya

A car bomb exploded outside the Swedish consulate in the restive Libyan city of Benghazi on Friday, seriously damaging the building but causing no casualties, a security official said.

Angry parents spark halal school lunch spat

Angry parents spark halal school lunch spat

Parents in Svedala in southern Sweden have reported a school to the Schools Inspectorate (Skolinspektionen) for serving halal chicken arguing that the practice breaches the non-denominational praxis of the Swedish education system.

Clinic slammed for ‘non- Nordic’ baby register

Clinic slammed for ‘non- Nordic’ baby register

A children's health clinic in western Sweden has come under fire after it came to light that it routinely registered babies as having a "non-Nordic origins".

Bus driver kicks off 19 pre-school kids

Bus driver kicks off 19 pre-school kids

Three adults and 19 children under the age of five were told to leave a bus in southern Sweden and were forced to walk 4 kilometres when the driver complained that the school's collective ticket was 30 kronor ($4.60) short.

Sweden’s ‘Pompeii’ massacre baffles experts

Sweden’s ‘Pompeii’ massacre baffles experts

Archaeologists who unearthed five ancient and brutally-murdered bodies last week on a Swedish island say they've discovered an inexplicable massacre, with one expert expecting to find hundreds more bodies in a scene she compared to Italy's Pompeii.