Swedish politician calls for legal cannabis shops

Swedish politician calls for legal cannabis shops

Sweden is famous for its highly regulated state monopoly on alcohol, with only state-owned stores allowed to sell alcoholic beverages. Now one politician wants similar stores for cannabis.

What’s on in Sweden: April 16th – 23rd

What’s on in Sweden: April 16th – 23rd

Gothenburg is celebrating its breweries with a special beer week, while soulful star Seinabo Sey is holding three gigs across southern Sweden and Stockholm is hosting a French film festival. Read on to discover more about our cultural picks for the next seven days.

Sweden’s royal wedding invitations posted out

Sweden’s royal wedding invitations posted out

Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist are understood to have sent out the invitations to their summer wedding in the Swedish capital, with guests set to include British and Danish royalty.

World gets stronger taste for Swedish sweet treats

World gets stronger taste for Swedish sweet treats

Food and drink account for an increasing share of Swedish exports, with France and the US among the countries gobbling up a growing number of cakes, breads and pastries from the Nordic nation.

Mamma Mia! Sweden set to open Abba restaurant

Mamma Mia! Sweden set to open Abba restaurant

UPDATED: Swedish Abba legend Björn Ulvaeus has told The Local that plans to create a Mamma Mia style entertainment venue in Stockholm, inspired by the Greek taverna in the smash movie and musical, could go global.

Budget marks return to 1990s social democracy

Budget marks return to 1990s social democracy

UPDATED: Prime Minister Stefan Löfven's centre-left coalition government's spring budget spells a return to the traditional social democratic welfare politics Sweden is known for abroad.

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‘If you only do something once, do it 100 percent’
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‘If you only do something once, do it 100 percent’

The Executive MBA at the Stockholm School of Economics (SSE) isn’t for everyone – but for those with the courage to take the leap, it’s life-changing. The Local speaks with a recent graduate about his experience.

Is the world wrong to link Sweden with sexiness?
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Is the world wrong to link Sweden with sexiness?

The world has misunderstood why Sweden is sexy, claims the woman behind one of Sweden’s hottest new brands who now travels the world promoting a new generation of Swedishness.

Entrepreneur Emy Blixt tells The Local about what it means to be Swedish in a globalised world.

Sweden reveals star’s Eurovision backing choir

Sweden reveals star’s Eurovision backing choir

With just over a month to go until Melodifestivalen winner Måns Zelmerlöw represents Sweden in the Eurovision song contest, the nation’s delegation has announced the five backing singers also set to get a slice of fame in Vienna.

Zlatan outburst leads to French TV boycott

Zlatan outburst leads to French TV boycott

UPDATED: Top French clubs Paris Saint Germain and Marseille are boycotting a leading French broadcaster for showing film of incidents which led to bans for star Swedish player Zlatan Ibrahimovic and French international Dimitri Payet.