Van Damme’s ‘epic split’ eclipses Volvo layoffs

Van Damme’s ‘epic split’ eclipses Volvo layoffs

A YouTube video featuring Hollywood veteran Jean-Claude Van Damme performing an "epic split" between two moving Volvo trucks left news about nearly 500 job cuts at the Swedish truck maker in the dust.

Viking-age ‘gold men’ unearthed in Sweden

Viking-age ‘gold men’ unearthed in Sweden

Swedish archaeologists have revealed a secret hoard of ancient trinkets including gold figures and Viking coins, with experts hoping the find will reveal more information about the Iron Age in Sweden.

Swedish police’s Roma register ruled illegal

Swedish police’s Roma register ruled illegal

A register kept by police in southern Sweden with thousands of names of Roma Swedes had "several illegal aspects", an investigation ruled on Friday, although it also said the database was not based on ethnicity.

Ikea’s typhoon rescue relief outguns China’s

Ikea’s typhoon rescue relief outguns China’s

Swedish flatpack empire Ikea has outgunned the humanitarian spirit of the People's Republic of China in its $2.7-million aid to typhoon victims in the Philippines. The Chinese have pledged much less.

Frightful or fab fusion for Swedish Christmas?

Frightful or fab fusion for Swedish Christmas?

We know it's only November, but as Sweden is readying for its annual Christmas culinary fetish, The Local asks if fusion deserves a spot at the Swedish julbord alongside traditional meatballs and sausages?

VIDEO: Gravity spoof in Ikea rockets to viral fame

VIDEO: Gravity spoof in Ikea rockets to viral fame

Imagine the US blockbuster Gravity set in an Ikea store. That's the plot of a short video that's gone viral on YouTube. See it here.

Swedish electrode suit eases paralysis

Swedish electrode suit eases paralysis

Swimsuit fabric and electrodes give the paralysed back their legs... but for everyone to benefit, the cutting-edge invention needs a healthy dose of old-fashioned Swedish solidarity. Will state-funded health care embrace the suit that is cheaper than conventional treatments?

Housing minister to tame ‘unhelpful’ local leaders

Housing minister to tame ‘unhelpful’ local leaders

Is Stefan Attefall getting his boxing gloves out? The housing crunch gets crunchier by the minute, and now the housing minister wants to look into how to manhandle or seduce the municipalities to start building. He tells The Local how.

Sweden coach: Ignore all the Zlatan-Ronaldo hype

Sweden coach: Ignore all the Zlatan-Ronaldo hype

Sweden coach Erik Hamren has warned his team not to get carried away by the hype surrounding Friday's World Cup play-off duel between superstars Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Swedes arrested in global child porn probe

Swedes arrested in global child porn probe

Seven Swedes were among 341 people arrested on suspicion of being part of a global child pornography ring broken up following a three-year-long operation, police in Canada announced on Thursday.