This week's Swede of the Week is Aron Anderson, a 25-year-old man who became the first person to ever reach the top of Mount Kebnekaise, Sweden's tallest peak, with a wheelchair..
With Stockholm Pride week in full swing, Sweden's EU Minister Birgitta Ohlsson talks to The Local about Russia's "repulsive" gay laws, getting pelted with eggs by gay haters in Lithuania, and how Sweden must lead the way in supporting the LGBT community.
Swedish fetish pin-up Calamity Amelie is on a mission to ensure adult entertainment actors are properly paid, to put Sweden back on the industry map with the help of rubber tentacles, and wants women to be valued for more than their looks.
Sweden's coach of the ladies team has always done things her own way in a long and hugely successful career. As she bids for Euro 2013 glory, outspoken trailblazer Pia Sundhage is the obvious choice for our Swede of the Week
Social Democrat Evin Cetin decided to pull a sartorial stunt to knock the air out of the Sweden Democrats' day at the political conference Almedalen. Wearing national costume, she declared she loved all Swedes, not just the blonde ones, making her "more Swedish" than the anti-immigration party.
A Facebook post about a chance encounter on the Stockholm metro with a "damn hot" guy in a green shirt landed the face of 36-year-old Lisa Tegelmark in newspapers across Sweden, making her our pick for Swede of the Week.
Shining the spotlight on a domestic mystic helped Moderna Museet's Daniel Birnbaum propel artist Hilma af Klint onto the global stage, while setting the tone for his directorship at Stockholm's most high-profile museum.
As one of Sweden's most talented up-and-coming photojournalists, Alexander Mahmoud, 22, faces his toughest challenge yet. Not only losing weight, but photographing himself along the way. Our Swede of the Week tells us about the warts-and-all project 73 Percent Fat.
Beyond the sequinned hemlines, Sweden's Eurovision host Petra Mede is a woman who pulled no punches as a comedian, and is now trying to balance her spunk with Saturday's demands for a happy-go-lucky pop fest, making her an easy pick for Swede of the Week.
Swedish theatre director Catta Neuding has long sung the virtues of private money in the cultural sector. She tells The Local why many of her colleagues see her as a norm-breaker.
A Gangnam Style-inspired announcement about traffic safety that went viral on Facebook has thrust a humble group of Swedish police officers into the spotlight, making them our pick for Swede(s) of the Week.
Swedish writer Johanna Langhorst is this week's Swede of the Week, after she wrote a book in defence of the Stockholm suburb Tensta, even though her family left after almost two decades when her teenage son was robbed twice.
Swedish singer Håkan Hellström, one of Gothenburg's favourite sons, released his seventh studio album to critical acclaim on Wednesday, making him The Local's Swede of the Week.
A hot new Swedish singer got a big boost this week from US pop star Katy Perry, whose social media shout-out helped Ellinor Olovsdotter, better known as Elliphant, reach millions of new fans, making her our pick for Swede of the Week.
The Swedish Royal Court has announced that Stefano Catenacci will be cooking for the royal family at Princess Madeleine's wedding this summer. The Swedish Chef is on the menu as The Local's Swede of the Week.
After her picture of a Swedish mannequin left the internet buzzing, Malmö resident Rebecka Silvekroon has seized the moment to keep the world talking about body image, making her our pick for Swede of the Week.
An open letter by Swedish author Jonas Hassen Khemiri challenging Justice Minister Beatrice Ask to "change skin" with him has sparked an unprecedented response in an ongoing debate about race and ethnicity, making him our pick for Swede of the Week.
In our series profiling Swedish newsmakers, our pick for Swede of the Week is firebrand feminist Gudrun Schyman, who wants to return to national politics to fight surging sexism and a lulling labour market.
Hot on the hooves of the Ikea meatball horsemeat hullabaloo, The Local's pick for Swede of the Week is Esprit, a four-legged 22-year-old with a disdain for donkeys who won't be appearing on a dinner plate any time soon.
Sweden's "snow man", who emerged one year ago after spending two months buried in a car in the country's far north, has spoken out extensively about the ordeal for the first time, making him The Local's pick for Swede of the Week.
Jonas Myrin took home a Grammy in Los Angeles for penning 10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord), which was awarded as Best Contemporary Christian Music Song.
With a much-anticipated documentary about Swedish filesharing site The Pirate Bay set to debut at the Berlin International Film festival on Friday, The Local catches up with director Simon Klose, our pick for Swede of the Week.
A 14-year-old student in northern Sweden made headlines after she claimed restroom art at her school "romanticized peeping". Due to her battle against bathroom sexism, Astrid Johansson is The Local's Swede of the Week.
A small-town shopkeeper's folksy Facebook greeting to newly-arrived Syrian refugees kicked off a big-time media frenzy that continues to reverberate, making Bo Oskarsson of Kaxås our pick for Swede of the Week.
She's a familiar face on Swedish television, but it was her venting blog post about a homeless man's mobile phone that caught the nation's attention this week. Laila Bagge Wahlgren is The Local's Swede of the Week.
A brown bear in blue dungarees dubbed the "world's strongest bear" celebrated 40 years of leading the battle for a kinder world this week, despite charges of being a communist and a turn-coat capitalist. Ursus comicus Bamse is The Local's Swede of the Week.
In The Local's ongoing series profiling Swedish newsmakers, we turn this week's spotlight on filmmaker Mikael Marcimain, director of Call Girl, a controversial film which earned 11 Swedish film award nominations, including best picture and best director.
For the festive special of our new Swede of the Week series, we take a look at singer Sarah Dawn Finer who bagged the most sought after seasonal job on Swedish television.
In The Local's series spotlighting Swedes who have made headlines during the week, we talk to Jonas von Essen, the memory whizz who raked in three awards in London for his total recall.
A broken lift, missing batteries, and a wobbly 83-year-old Saint Lucia couldn't dampen spirits among the members of an elderly cooperative choir south of Stockholm, The Local's Lucia-themed pick for Swede(s) of the Week.
In a new series profiling Swedish newsmakers, The Local takes a look at Cecilia Malmström, the Swedish EU Commissioner who this week helped launch a global alliance to combat child pornography.
In a new series profiling Swedish newsmakers, The Local gets the lowdown on author and journalist Göran Rosenberg, who won Sweden's most prestigious prize for literature on Monday.
In the first of a new series profiling Swedish newsmakers, The Local gets the lowdown on Kurdish-Swedish comedian Soran Ismail, who has been in the news recently for his starring role in the Sweden Democrat racist video scandal.