Green Innovation Contest opens for applicants

Green Innovation Contest opens for applicants

The 2015 Green Innovation Contest has now opened for applications, sparking a new round of innovation. Contestants from all across Sweden can apply. The contest, held by Innovatum, aims to help more innovators succeed in developing their products or services and thus contribute to Sweden's competitiveness.

Animal ‘eczema’ closes Gothenburg kids’ zoo

Animal ‘eczema’ closes Gothenburg kids’ zoo

A children's zoo in Gothenburg's main park, Slottskogen, has closed temporarily after several lambs and goats were suspected of having a contagious skin disease that can be spread to humans.

Sweden offers help for Mediterranean crisis

Sweden offers help for Mediterranean crisis

Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has said that he's prepared to send Swedish Coast Guard surveillance ships and planes to the Mediterranean to help look out for migrant ships, in the wake of the growing humanitarian crisis in the region as refugees seek to enter Europe.

Sweden has lowest EU long term jobless areas

Sweden has lowest EU long term jobless areas

Seven of the top ten regions in Europe for low long term unemployment in 2014 were in Sweden, new EU figures have revealed.

Elderly Swedes scared by ‘slave’ Irish traders

Elderly Swedes scared by ‘slave’ Irish traders

Police are investigating a group of Irish handymen believed to be preying on pensioners in Örebro in central Sweden and potentially under pressure from "slave" ringmasters themselves.

Moving Swedish town starts demolition mission

Moving Swedish town starts demolition mission

Sweden's most northerly town Kiruna is being moved 3km east to protect it from mining damage. As the first of thousands of homes started getting demolished on Wednesday, The Local spoke to some of its residents.

Sweden’s Volvo poaches Volkswagen rival for CEO

Sweden’s Volvo poaches Volkswagen rival for CEO

UPDATED: In a surprise move, Swedish truck maker Volvo Group has announced that Martin Lundstedt, CEO of its main rival Scania -- which is owned by Volkswagen -- will take the reins of its operations in October.

New flights set to take off from Swedish capital

New flights set to take off from Swedish capital

Get your swimsuits and poker faces ready. In a pair of announcements this week, budget airline Norwegian revealed new long-haul flights out of Stockholm and the other Scandinavian capitals to Las Vegas and the Caribbean.

Sweden Democrat youth leaders face expulsion

Sweden Democrat youth leaders face expulsion

Eight members of the nationalist Sweden Democrats, including the two heads of its youth wing, are set to be expelled from the party in a public row over far-right extremism, parliamentary group leader Mattias Karlsson has confirmed.

My Swedish habits that foreigners just don’t get
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My Swedish habits that foreigners just don’t get

Do the Swedes have certain habits you just can't work out? Here, The Local's Emma Löfgren, who returned to Sweden from the UK four years ago, lists some of the Nordic traits that leave her foreign friends bemused.