‘My Swedish girlfriend told me who to vote for’

‘My Swedish girlfriend told me who to vote for’

With EU elections just days away, The Local chats to a handful of people living in Sweden from other EU countries and asks whether they'll vote for a party in Sweden, by post for a party in their home country, or neither - and why.

Man waterboarded after botched renovation

Man waterboarded after botched renovation

Two Stockholm men faced court on Tuesday after they allegedly kidnapped and tortured a man hired to help renovate a bathroom.

Hops deficit threatens Swedish hipster beers

Hops deficit threatens Swedish hipster beers

The booming micro-brewery scene in Stockholm is in jeopardy from a global hops shortage, created in part by their own clients as the city's discerning hipsters can't seem to get enough of fruity ales.

Swede ‘top suspect’ in global malware bust

Swede ‘top suspect’ in global malware bust

A 24-year-old Swede has been named as a key suspect by the US FBI in a case regarding the spread of software which can be used to hijack computers.

‘Swedes need to save to tackle wealth disparity’

‘Swedes need to save to tackle wealth disparity’

Uneven wealth distribution in Sweden can be put down in part to a lack of safe assets among individual Swedes, says liberal commentator Nima Sanandaji, who argues that politicians should encourage people to engage in investments to fight the disparity.

In Pictures: The Local’s Property of the Week

In Pictures: The Local’s Property of the Week

Are you looking for a spacious property complete with two apartments, garden guesthouse and organgerie in a charming seaside town? This Simrishamn property could be right up your charming cobbled street.

Stockholm retreats on ‘freakshow’ soup kitchen

Stockholm retreats on ‘freakshow’ soup kitchen

After Stockholm municipality ruled to close a soup kitchen for the city's homeless, senior officials reversed the decision on Tuesday after an outcry from the public.

Violent downpour wreaks west coast havoc

Violent downpour wreaks west coast havoc

Massive rainfall across western Sweden kept the emergency services busy on Monday evening and caused interruptions to transport links, most of which had eased by Tuesday morning.

Heavy metal duo: It’s ‘cool’ to steal a skeleton

Heavy metal duo: It’s ‘cool’ to steal a skeleton

Two men have been charged after attempting to steal parts of a human skeleton from a high school in Gothenburg in western Sweden, with one explaining that he thought it "would be a cool hard-rock thing" to have some bones at home.

Sweden ‘arms dictators’ as defence exports soar

Sweden ‘arms dictators’ as defence exports soar

Sweden has become a major world supplier of weapons counting a number of regimes criticised for human rights abuses among its customers, while at the same time enjoying a global reputation for peacemaking and generous foreign aid.

‘Swedes see children as equals not as monsters’: French au pair

‘Swedes see children as equals not as monsters’: French au pair

French au pair Marion Cuerq was so struck by how different Swedish parenting was to French discipline that she made a film about it. She tells The Local that critics of Sweden's dialogue-based childrearing simply want an excuse to keep hitting their children.