‘Swedish women are strong and ambitious’

‘Swedish women are strong and ambitious’

The second annual Women in Technology conference took place on Friday. The Local spoke to the founder and participants about why such an event is both necessary and popular – even in gender-equal Sweden.

Finland MPs vote to keep Swedish in schools

Finland MPs vote to keep Swedish in schools

A proposal to abolish mandatory Swedish in schools was rejected by the Finnish parliament with an overwhelming majority on Friday. But a motion to teach Russian as a second language in eastern regions was voted through.

Norwegian ultimatum: accept our terms or leave

Norwegian ultimatum: accept our terms or leave

UPDATED: Swedish pilots have been given an ultimatum on the seventh day of a Norwegian pilots' strike: agree to the new terms or lose your jobs, reported Norway's broadcaster NRK.

Swedish Roma woman tells of fear after lawsuit

Swedish Roma woman tells of fear after lawsuit

A member of the Roma community says she is afraid of repercussions as she, alongside ten others, sues the Swedish state for human rights violations over an illegal Roma database. But in an interview with The Local, she vows to stand firm in the face of hatred.

The Local’s top Swedish songs of the month

The Local’s top Swedish songs of the month

The Local's resident pop music guru, Paul Connolly, has a bumper selection of great tracks to welcome in the warmth of spring.

Badger puts Stockholm hotel in lockdown

Badger puts Stockholm hotel in lockdown

A luxury hotel in central Stockholm came under siege early on Friday by an ill-tempered badger that refused to allow any guests in or out, forcing police to intervene.

Agency hires hundreds after ditching ‘jihadists’

Agency hires hundreds after ditching ‘jihadists’

Sweden’s national job agency will recruit hundreds of new people to replace a migrant aide scheme scrapped after the emergence of widespread bribery, serious criminality and alleged attempts to recruit job seekers to fight as jihadists.

‘Sweden shouldn’t end controversial Saudi deal’

‘Sweden shouldn’t end controversial Saudi deal’

Prominent business leaders, including the chairman of Swedish fashion brand H&M, have called for Sweden not to end a controversial military arms deal with Saudi Arabia, in an opinion piece in the Dagens Nyheter newspaper.

How to bake traditional Swedish crispbread

How to bake traditional Swedish crispbread

The art of baking your own bread has been making a comeback in trendier hipster circles in Sweden. Here, food writer John Duxbury shares his recipe of traditional Swedish crispbread ('knäckebröd'). Sure, it's easy to buy in the shop - but like all bread it tastes so much better when you make it yourself.

Mercury to shoot up to 15C in sunny Sweden

Mercury to shoot up to 15C in sunny Sweden

This weekend you should dig out those sunglasses from the back of the wardrobe, because spring has really arrived – with up to 15C expected in parts of Sweden on Sunday.