Swedes critical of fire evacuation efforts

Swedes critical of fire evacuation efforts

Residents from evacuated areas in central Sweden have slammed authorities for their poor efforts of informing the locals about what to do as the forest fire continues to rage.

Lord of the Rings meets Visby Medieval Week

Lord of the Rings meets Visby Medieval Week

The Medieval Week on the island of Gotland is back in full swing for its 31st year, with fire shows, Vikings and a behind the scenes look at the Lord of the Rings. The Local's Isabela Vrba finds out more.

Kebnekaise: How I tamed Sweden’s highest peak

Kebnekaise: How I tamed Sweden’s highest peak

The Local's Oliver Gee has returned from climbing the highest mountain in Sweden. He talks about the adventure, facing certain doom, and mosquitoes the size of golf balls.

Lack of lingonberries dashes Swedish hopes

Lack of lingonberries dashes Swedish hopes

This year's berry forecast bodes badly for Swedes longing for meatballs and lingonberries - or blueberry pie, for that matter. This season's berry crops are only half of the normal harvest.

Top five tips for climbing Kebnekaise

Top five tips for climbing Kebnekaise

The Local's Oliver Gee shares his top tips for scaling the tallest mountain in Sweden – Kebnekaise.

Masked flasher on the loose in Swedish park

Masked flasher on the loose in Swedish park

Three children in southern Sweden were subjected to a flasher clad only in a grey shirt and a face mask. Police said there have been multiple incidents during the past week.

Swedish government allows hymns at schools

Swedish government allows hymns at schools

The Swedish government has officially amended education law to make it clear that religious hymns are permitted at school graduations, and school events are allowed to take place in churches.

‘Zlatan looks set to keep rewriting history’

‘Zlatan looks set to keep rewriting history’

With a few seasons left in him yet, Swedish footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic looks set to keep rewriting football history, writes the AFP's Andy Scott. But whispers have arisen that the Swede is keen to return to Juventus.

Sweden’s king visits ‘tragic’ forest fire scene

Sweden’s king visits ‘tragic’ forest fire scene

Sweden's King Carl Gustaf XVI headed to central Sweden on Wednesday as a massive forest fire scorched its way into day seven. French water bombing planes finally took off in the late afternoon.

‘High’ woman caught driving with knives in car

‘High’ woman caught driving with knives in car

Police in western Sweden pulled over a woman who was high, had no driver's license, and was carrying narcotics, knives, and firearms on Wednesday morning.

Unknown planes ‘belonged to Russia’

Unknown planes ‘belonged to Russia’

The same day that two unknown aircraft violated Swedish airspace, fifteen Russian military jets were chased out of Baltic airspace - leading one colonel to point the finger at Russia. But Foreign Minister Bildt said otherwise.