Financier fears ‘populist welfare profit debate’

Financier fears ‘populist welfare profit debate’

A high-profile financier has withdrawn his support from the Social Democrats, stating that both the opposition and the government risk populist pandering with moves to curtail profits in the welfare sector.

Woman, 92, reports rape by man in twenties

Woman, 92, reports rape by man in twenties

Swedish police are investigating the reported rape of a 92-year-old woman, and have detained a suspected culprit almost seventy years her junior.

Lean, tasty and too many – time to eat wild boar?

Lean, tasty and too many – time to eat wild boar?

If Swedes become less sensitive to what the Anglo-Saxons are doing (Atkins, 5:2) and take aim at their domestic potential, the wild boar diet could very well be the next thing on the menu for eco-conscious Swedes.

Battered women up against housing crunch

Battered women up against housing crunch

Women in need of shelter in Gothenburg are being left stranded in what is supposed to be temporary housing, as the lack of rental properties and high demand strain domestic-violence refuges.

North Korea recalls Sweden envoy

North Korea recalls Sweden envoy

North Korea has ordered its ambassador to Sweden to return home, believed to be part of a diplomatic purge prompted by the execution of the once-powerful uncle of leader Kim Jong-Un.

Health inspectors ban hookah pipes

Health inspectors ban hookah pipes

The smoke looks set to go out on six hookah clubs in Södertälje, after municipal politicians banned the water pipes and inflamed community centre owners who have pledged to appeal.

‘Twerk’ and ‘nail protest’ make new-word list

‘Twerk’ and ‘nail protest’ make new-word list

Sweden's annual neologism celebration hailed new terms horse lasagne, nail protest and selfie, and even the word twerka, made into a Swedish verb by adding an A at the end after Miley Cyrus shocked the world with the dance form.

Swedish ‘bacon water’ tops Queen and sprouts

Swedish ‘bacon water’ tops Queen and sprouts

Following in the tradition of many an Anglo-Swedish family, The Local's northern columnist Paul Connolly this year enjoyed two Christmas celebrations. Did Swedish "bacon water" outgun the turkey in the eyes of this English foodie?

Swedes lap up ‘unusually warm’ Christmas

Swedes lap up ‘unusually warm’ Christmas

Swedes will do best to keep their Christmas skis in the cupboard, with the mild weather set to continue following the holiday season that was notable for warmer than usual temperatures.

Son held over Xmas fatal shooting of father

Son held over Xmas fatal shooting of father

Police in southern Sweden have arrested a 26-year-old man in connection with the Christmas Eve shooting in Lund, and it has emerged the victim is the suspected gunman's father.