The Local’s most popular stories of 2012

It took some time, but the figures are finally in, with rabbits, reindeer, and remarkable words all figuring prominently among The Local's ten most popular stories of 2012.

The Local's most popular stories of 2012

With news from last year mostly a distant memory for readers, we have dug through the archives to find the stories that were reader favourites from 2012, including some late entrants that snuck in just before the start of 2013.

Did you miss the story about the YouTube hero of a rabbit who had given up his day job for critical acclaim from his owners?

Do you remember where a man got stuck for two months during winter, surviving off only ice and snow?

And do you know how best to get rid of your Swedish friends (in just 10 days)?

Well, the answers are here, gathered in a top ten list for you to take a trip down memory lane.

Click here for the ten most read news stories from 2012

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Sweden’s ten greatest winter Olympic heroes

With the Winter Olympics in Sochi just days away, The Local offers up our picks for the greatest Swedish winter Olympians of all time. How many have you heard of?

Sweden's ten greatest winter Olympic heroes
Who do you think ranks among the best Swedish winter Olympians ever? File photo: TT

On Friday, athletes from 88 countries around the world will gather in Sochi, Russia for the XXII Olympic Winter Games to show off their skill and endurance on the slopes or on the ice.

Sweden is sending 106 athletes to Sochi, all of whom are hoping to come back home with a gold of their own.

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It's no surprise that Sweden, with its relatively wintry climate, generally performs well at the Winter Olympics, having picked up 129 medals, including 48 gold ones, since the first Winter Olympic Games in Chamonix in 1924.

When it comes to medal success, cross-country skiing is the sport where Sweden has had the most success, picking up 63 medals overall, including 27 golds (sounds impressive until you realize Norway has 96 cross-country skiing medals).

It's no surprise, therefore, that there are a couple of cross-country skiers included in our list of Sweden's ten greatest winter Olympians. But a couple of sports where Swedes have excelled might surprise you.

So, take a moment to impress your Swedish friends and in-laws when you tune in to the games in Sochi and have a look at our who's who when it comes to Swedish Olympic greatness.

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