Swede-bashing Brit tells why Sweden is like China

Swede-bashing Brit tells why Sweden is like China

His thesis that Sweden is the China of the north gave English author Michael Booth some considerable Swedish headline space this week. He talks to The Local about myth-busting and the Swedish love of weapons.

Bildt set for Iran trip in bid to beef up nuke deal

Bildt set for Iran trip in bid to beef up nuke deal

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt will visit Iran next week in hopes of helping to make a temporary deal on the country's nuclear programme more permanent.

Nordea posts profit despite low interest rate

Nordea posts profit despite low interest rate

Cost-cutting has paid off for Swedish bank Nordea, which posted a stable 2013 profit on Wednesday despite falling interest rates.

Ten things Google wants to tell you about Sweden

Ten things Google wants to tell you about Sweden

Google's search engines have a habit of trying to finish your sentences, but what do their predictive algorithms have to say about Sweden and the Swedes? We've collected some of our favourites.

‘I have cancer’: Wallander author Henning Mankell

‘I have cancer’: Wallander author Henning Mankell

Best-selling Swedish author Henning Mankell, best known for his wildly popular Kurt Wallander crime novels, has revealed he has cancer.

Sweden hankers for chefs, miners, mechanics

Sweden hankers for chefs, miners, mechanics

Anyone looking for jobs in Sweden's mines and kitchens will have an easy time finding employment in the coming years, the Swedish employment agency has said as it revealed the country's most sought after professions.

Dawit Isaak ‘alive despite rumours’: ambassador

Dawit Isaak ‘alive despite rumours’: ambassador

Swedish journalist Dawit Isaak is still alive in Eritrean jail, the country's ambassador to Israel has claimed in a conversation with a Swedish newspaper.

Farmers target meat-free school with free burgers

Farmers target meat-free school with free burgers

The trend for a meat-free day a week has a Swedish farmers association so annoyed it plans to hand out free hamburgers to school children in Nyköping in protest.

Ball bearing giant SKF posts giant profit loss

Ball bearing giant SKF posts giant profit loss

Swedish ball bearing makers SKF cited the threat of fines for its bigger-than-expected profit loss in 2013, despite cost-cutting measures that included letting go off nearly six in ten of its employees.

Tuberculosis fears at Swedish pre-school

Tuberculosis fears at Swedish pre-school

Staff and children at a pre-school in Torsby will be tested regularly for tuberculosis, after fear spread that a person may have passed on the infectious disease nearly extinct in Sweden.

Bible-belt Buddhist convert ‘no superhero’

Bible-belt Buddhist convert ‘no superhero’

Raised with evening prayers, Martin became a vegetarian atheist before finding Buddhism. The most common misconception? That he's a monk, or that he has "tricks to not feeling bad".