Top ten things that can happen ‘only in Sweden’

Top ten things that can happen ‘only in Sweden’

Swedes mixing up their "sh" and their "ch" provides plenty of fodder for some OIS loving (that's #OnlyInSweden to those of us who prefer hashtags to acronyms). And so do elk, meatballs, and snow in May. We have ten of the best lined up.

Moderates least likely to vote in EU elections

Moderates least likely to vote in EU elections

More than half of Swedish voters have already or will "absolutely" take part in the European parliamentary elections - a significant jump from the last time around in 2009 - but Moderate supporters showed less ballot-box fervour.

Sweden and US fight homophobia together

Sweden and US fight homophobia together

Reinfeldt and Obama have stood side by side and affirmed their joint commitment to protect the human rights of LGBT people globally, writes the US ambassador to Sweden as he explains why he is "anti anti-gay".

Sweden lags in European gay rights review

Sweden lags in European gay rights review

Sweden is less gay friendly than a slew of European countries, including Portugal and the UK, in a new index that looks at whether legislation respects the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transexual and intersex (LGBTI) people.

Female MPs accept threats on the job

Female MPs accept threats on the job

One in five Swedish politicians has been threatened or harassed, a new crime prevention council study has found. Women were more likely than men to think such attacks were simply "part of the job".

Swedes bring assets home to be taxed

Swedes bring assets home to be taxed

More and more Swedes are bringing assets abroad to the attention of the Swedish tax agency, a hike attributed to an ever wider net of information sharing, which now includes Switzerland.

Stockholm start-up smackdown: investors feel the sting
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Stockholm start-up smackdown: investors feel the sting

Three Stockholm entrepreneurs gave four well-heeled investors a taste of their own medicine last week, rewriting the standard start-up narrative and exacting sweet revenge – with surprising results. The Local and business accelerator STING bring you the story.

Hospital-bed shortage sees baby born in taxi

Hospital-bed shortage sees baby born in taxi

A Swedish man had to help his fiancée give birth to their baby boy in the back seat of a taxi because the family was turned away by a midwife who said there wasn't one single hospital bed available in all of Stockholm.

Swedish housing market slows to a halt

Swedish housing market slows to a halt

The rise in property prices has tapered off in the last few weeks, with central Stockholm apartments the only exception to the price of flats stagnating across the country.

Church charges schools for summer send-off

Church charges schools for summer send-off

A small church in Sandviken, central Sweden, has decided to charge local schools to have their traditional end-of-year ceremony in the church and has taken the priest out of the mix entirely.