All but three percent of Swedes lead ‘happy’ lives

All but three percent of Swedes lead ‘happy’ lives

A comprehensive survey of the 28 EU member states revealed that an EU-high 91 percent of Swedes believe immigrants contribute significantly to society, and 97 percent are satisfied with their lives.

The Local launches new site in Austria

The Local launches new site in Austria

Home to 8.5 million people, Austria is an oft-overlooked nexus of culture, cake and music. Now, The Local is ready to shine a light on events at the centre of Europe.

Stockholm ranks fourth on ‘club sandwich index’

Stockholm ranks fourth on ‘club sandwich index’

The 2014 "Club Sandwich Index" has revealed that an average Stockholm hotel's club sandwiches are the fourth most expensive in the world, setting hungry guests back 157 kronor ($24) a pop.

Volkswagen gets shares to take over Scania

Volkswagen gets shares to take over Scania

Volkswagen, Europe's biggest carmaker, was set to take full control of Swedish truck manufacturer Scania on Tuesday after a small but crucial shareholder agreed to sell its shares.

Foreign workers: In demand but under threat
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Foreign workers: In demand but under threat

Highly skilled employees from overseas have boosted Sweden’s economy, yet the system that allowed them to come is under threat. Now foreigners in Sweden are being asked to stand up and be counted.

School head suspended after 8-year-old’s death

School head suspended after 8-year-old’s death

The principal of a school in Karlskrona has been suspended after he failed to act on signs that an eight-year-old girl was suffering abuse at home. She was later found dead.

‘The Office’ star tackles Swedish bad cop role

‘The Office’ star tackles Swedish bad cop role

US TV network Fox has released the official trailer for Backstrom, the next Swedish crime novel set for an international stage. American Rainn Wilson of The Office stars as a pettish Portland policeman.

In Pictures: The Local’s Property of the Week

In Pictures: The Local’s Property of the Week

Are you looking for that perfect villa with your own sauna, pool, and the coolest basement ever? This Täby property may be your real estate soul-mate.

Two held for fatal shooting in Gothenburg

Two held for fatal shooting in Gothenburg

UPDATED: A Gothenburg man in his forties died in hospital on Monday night, with police suspecting he was gunned down. Two people were arrested in connection with the case late on Tuesday morning.

Prime ministers as presidents: A problem for Sweden?

Prime ministers as presidents: A problem for Sweden?

Sweden's leaders are becoming too similar to the presidents of the US and it poses at least three major problems for Swedish politics, argues Steven Schier, Fulbright Professor at Uppsala University.