‘Sweden hasn’t been neutral since 1995’

‘Sweden hasn’t been neutral since 1995’

After Sweden and Finland signed a military agreement to strengthen joint defence resources, a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of War Sciences talks to The Local about Nato, the "myth" of Swedish neutrality, and Sweden's weakened armed forces.

‘Pfizer didn’t live up to its promises’: Reinfeldt

‘Pfizer didn’t live up to its promises’: Reinfeldt

Sweden's prime minister has said that a Pfizer takeover of AstraZeneca could slash jobs, undermine research, and offer little value for money for Swedish citizens whose taxes have been invested in the life sciences.

‘Stockholm’s like a party with a $500 coat check’

‘Stockholm’s like a party with a $500 coat check’

Stockholm may be "the next big thing" on the world's start-up scene, but eager workers are turning up their noses due to the acute housing shortage. The Local chats to housing and start-up experts Billy McCormac and Tyler Crowley.

SAS flight in Russian spy plane near miss

SAS flight in Russian spy plane near miss

A Scandinavian Airlines flight had to take last minute evasive action to avoid colliding with a Russian spy plane just off the Swedish south coast in March, according to a report which emerged on Thursday.

Man gets life for ‘brutal’ double murder

Man gets life for ‘brutal’ double murder

A 34-year-old man was given life imprisonment on Thursday for the murder of a 15-year-old boy and 57-year-old woman in Ljungsbro in eastern Sweden in November 2013.

No crime after 9-year-old killed in ‘hit and run’

No crime after 9-year-old killed in ‘hit and run’

Prosecutors declared on Thursday that there was no crime involved when a nine-year-old boy died in February after he was hit by a vehicle in a parking garage.

Roma rep: Register payouts ‘a disgrace’

Roma rep: Register payouts ‘a disgrace’

Sweden's Chancellor of Justice ruled on Wednesday that those listed in an illegal Swedish police register of Roma will be entitled to receive compensation of 5,000 kronor ($768), an award dismissed by a leading representative as "a disgrace".

Chuck Berry plucks Swedish music ‘Nobel’

Chuck Berry plucks Swedish music ‘Nobel’

US rock'n'roll godfather Chuck Berry has been awarded the 2014 Polar Music Prize, referred to by some as the "Nobel Prize of Music", landing a cool one million kronor ($153,000) to be shared with US opera director Peter Sellars.