Swedes slam Amnesty’s ‘legalize prostitution’ bid

Swedes slam Amnesty’s ‘legalize prostitution’ bid

Amnesty International's proposal to lobby for the legalization of buying and selling sex has caused an angry reaction among Swedish women's rights organizations.

Spy agency warns Swedes over ‘leaky’ apps

Spy agency warns Swedes over ‘leaky’ apps

Revelations that using apps like Angry Birds on smartphones may make it easier for the NSA to gather data on unsuspecting Swedes has prompted a warning from Swedish spy agency FRA.

Defector accuses Sweden Dems of funding fraud

Defector accuses Sweden Dems of funding fraud

A former top Sweden Democrat has accused the party of fraudulently obtaining state-funding by cobbling together a women's wing that at the time only existed on paper.

Lexbase official quits as controversy rages

Lexbase official quits as controversy rages

Lexbase, a site allowing Swedes to look up neighbour's criminal records, was embroiled in further controversy on Tuesday as its owner was revealed to have criminal connections and its spokesperson quit after reportedly receiving death threats.

Outrage as tabloid names king as murder suspect

Outrage as tabloid names king as murder suspect

A Danish gossip rag wrongly reported that Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf was a suspect in the murder inquiry into the high-profile hit on Stockholm underworld kingpin Mille Markovic, who once claimed the king had visited a sex club.

Germany slams Swedish Somali bandy team

Germany slams Swedish Somali bandy team

The Swedish project to get Somali refugees to excel at bandy came to a 22-1 halt at the World Cup in Russia, but the captain said their global debut on the ice wasn't half bad.

‘Swedes shouldn’t accept being called racist’

‘Swedes shouldn’t accept being called racist’

Former Afghan public servant Zulmay Afzali feared the ”racist Sweden” other asylum seekers warned him about, but instead found kindness that confused migrants and refugees who blamed everything on racism.

Ikea profits stall amid ambitious plans

Ikea profits stall amid ambitious plans

Swedish furniture giant Ikea on Tuesday didn't explain why profit growth slowed sharply for the 2012-2013 fiscal year compared to previous years, but said the company still has grand plans for the future.

Gallery: The Local’s Property of the Week

Gallery: The Local’s Property of the Week

This week's property is a stunner. Located in Knivsta, just a short trip from both Stockholm and Uppsala, this spacious family home will make you wonder why you ever chose city life in the first place.

‘Crime record site shows Sweden’s constitution needs to be rewritten’

‘Crime record site shows Sweden’s constitution needs to be rewritten’

Sweden's constitution needs to be rewritten, the head of the country's main privacy watchdog has argued following the launch of a new website that lets Swedes download their neighbours' criminal records.

Van Damme clip adds ‘epic’ value to Volvo

Van Damme clip adds ‘epic’ value to Volvo

An ad series by Volvo, which included Jean Claude Van Damme performing a set of "epic splits" while balanced on two reversing trucks, has proved a whirlwind commercial success for the Swedish company.

Swedes flock for a peek into blonde blogger’s flat

Swedes flock for a peek into blonde blogger’s flat

Curious Swedes are clicking by the thousands for a look inside the home of one of Sweden's original lifestyle bloggers, the über-blonde Blondinbella, who recently put her Stockholm apartment up for sale.

Man offers burglar coffee after botched break-in

Man offers burglar coffee after botched break-in

A would-be thief got a warm surprise after attempting to break into a couple's flat in northern Sweden.

Putin snubs Wallenberg family’s plea: ‘too busy’

Putin snubs Wallenberg family’s plea: ‘too busy’

Russian President Vladimir Putin won't have time to meet a descendant of Holocaust hero Raoul Wallenberg who is seeking clues about the Swedish diplomat's mysterious death in Soviet custody.