Swedish football fan wins big after Suarez bite

Swedish football fan wins big after Suarez bite

A Swedish football fan pocketed some cool winnings to the tune of 14,000 kronor ($2,080) after betting that Uruguay striker Luis Suarez would take a bite out of someone at the World Cup in Brazil.

Church fights neo-Nazis with picnic and bells

Church fights neo-Nazis with picnic and bells

A Swedish neo-Nazi party will be attending Almedalen this week - prompting representatives from across the political spectrum to protest with a multicultural picnic while the local church bells chime.

Swedish teachers feel least valued: OECD

Swedish teachers feel least valued: OECD

Half of Swedish teachers would not choose the same profession if given the choice again, a new study revealed, and only five percent think their work is appreciated.

Swedish woman’s texts could clear Assange

Swedish woman’s texts could clear Assange

A revision to Swedish law means that Julian Assange's prosecutors must hand over evidence against him - including text messages from one of the Swedish women at the centre of the case saying she did not want to press charges against him for rape.

‘Right move to close down elite school’: court

‘Right move to close down elite school’: court

A Swedish court ruled on Wednesday that the country's school inspectorate was right to close down prestigious boarding school Lundsberg, where pupils used a hot iron to scald a newly enrolled student in a hazing ritual.

Carl Bildt loses Twitter crown to French minister

Carl Bildt loses Twitter crown to French minister

Sweden's Carl Bildt, who last year was ranked as the world's best connected foreign minister on Twitter, lost his crown on Wednesday to France's Laurent Fabius, a study revealed.

Introducing… The Local Denmark

Introducing… The Local Denmark

It’s known internationally for its Nordic noir, high standard of living and great beer – but how much do we really know about Denmark? As The Local expands to Scandinavia’s most southerly nation we hope to bring less-publicized aspects of this country to the English-speaking world.

Tourist numbers in Sweden on the rise

Tourist numbers in Sweden on the rise

Swedish tourism is a growing industry, fresh statistics have found, with a four-percent increase in visitors to Sweden last year.

‘The bridge made Malmö a suburb of Copenhagen’

‘The bridge made Malmö a suburb of Copenhagen’

As The Local launches in Denmark we catch up with some Danes who have swapped smørrebrød for smörgås to find out the pros and cons of life over on the Swedish side of the bridge.

Swedish couple helps beggars buy house

Swedish couple helps beggars buy house

A Swedish couple walked by a beggar on the street. Instead of dropping pocket change into a paper cup, they decided to help on a more dramatic scale.

Eight great songs about Sweden

Eight great songs about Sweden

How many international artists have serenaded Sweden in song? Paul O’Mahony hunkers under his headphones for eight great tracks, one of which perhaps counts more as diatribe than courtship.