Momentum grows for Swedish rape law reform

Momentum grows for Swedish rape law reform

As two major political parties threw their weight behind a proposal to write consent into Sweden's legal definition of rape, critics said a rewrite would not necessarily lead to more convictions.

The man behind the biggest (and coolest) hedgehog in Sweden

The man behind the biggest (and coolest) hedgehog in Sweden

The northern Swedish town of Luleå unveiled its annual "ice animal" sculpture earlier this week, a massive hedgehog carved with care by artist Hans Englund, making him our pick for Swede of the Week.

Biz honcho fined for ice cream truck attack

Biz honcho fined for ice cream truck attack

A prominent Swedish businessman was sentenced and fined on Friday after he cut holes in the tyres of an ice cream truck because its jingle threw him into a rage.

Anti-abortion nurse claims religious bias

Anti-abortion nurse claims religious bias

A Swedish midwife who refused to assist with abortions at a hospital in southern Sweden has reported her former employers for religious discrimination, after they failed to extend her contract.

Swedish divers unearth Stone Age ‘Atlantis’ relics

Swedish divers unearth Stone Age ‘Atlantis’ relics

"One-of-a-kind" Stone Age artefacts left by Swedish nomads 11,000 years ago have been discovered by divers in the Baltic Sea, prompting some to claim that Sweden's Atlantis had been found.

Two pupils convicted for boarding school hazing

Two pupils convicted for boarding school hazing

A Swedish court has convicted two students at the boarding school Lundsberg of causing bodily harm, after a younger student had his back burned with an iron during hazing that provoked national soul-searching about the culture of elite schooling.

The Swedish city touted as ‘Europe’s greenest’

The Swedish city touted as ‘Europe’s greenest’

Växjö in southern Sweden calls itself Europe's greenest city, with buses running on potato peels and residents mad for recycling. But some people's attachment to their cars may put the brakes on the city's carbon neutral ambition.

Teen Muslim convert defies atheist family

Teen Muslim convert defies atheist family

In the first of a series of interviews with religious converts in Sweden, The Local speaks with Jenny, 20, about choosing Islam, feeling like a coward, and why she didn't invite her parents to the most important event of her life.

Ex-boyfriend guilty of ‘missing Marina’ murder

Ex-boyfriend guilty of ‘missing Marina’ murder

A man on trial for the third time over accusations that he murdered Marina Johansson, who was found dead two years after she went missing, was found guilty on Thursday by a court in western Sweden.

Stockholm gangster shot dead with four shots

Stockholm gangster shot dead with four shots

A man believed to be a notorious Stockholm gangster was gunned down as he sat in his car in a northwest district of the city on Thursday night.