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Convicted killer offers Assange 'legal advice'

Convicted killer offers Assange 'legal advice'

Christine Schürrer, a German woman who was convicted of murdering two children in 2008, has offered to help Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in his legal battles with Sweden by explaining her own troubles with the Swedish legal system.

Swedes to crack down on bogus billing scams

Swedes to crack down on bogus billing scams

The Swedish government want to increase penalties for issuing fake bills and have appointed a committee to look into the growing problem of billing fraud in Sweden.

'Sweden is more complex than a Billy bookshelf'

'Sweden is more complex than a Billy bookshelf'

The Local's Susann Eberlein catches up with Gunnar Herrmann, a Stockholm-based correspondent from Germany, to learn about stereotypes and Germans' undying fascination with Sweden.

Deformed deer found in Swede’s front garden

Deformed deer found in Swede's front garden

When Gothenburg resident Ola Enbågen went out to get his paper from his post box, he was gobsmacked to be facing a deer with a cactus-like growth on his head grazing in his garden.

Sweden 'amused' by new Twitter plea from Colbert

Sweden 'amused' by new Twitter plea from Colbert

US comedian Stephen Colbert has put out a second plea to take over Sweden's official Twitter account yet has only succeeded in making the Swedish Institute “very amused”.

Assange will be sent to Sweden: accusers' lawyer

Assange will be sent to Sweden: accusers' lawyer

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's request for asylum in Ecuador will likely be turned down and he will be sent to Sweden to face sex crime allegations, the Swedish lawyer for Assange's alleged victims said Wednesday.

Lund suspends ten students for cheating

Lund suspends ten students for cheating

Ten students were suspended from Lund University in southern Sweden this week after getting caught cheating, as reports of academic dishonesty at the university continue to skyrocket.

Agency proposes age limit on beauty patients

Agency proposes age limit on beauty patients

The Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) is proposing a special medical licence for practitioners wanting to carry out cosmetic surgery and an age limit of 18 for patients.

H&M sees profits boom on strong spring sales

H&M sees profits boom on strong spring sales

Swedish cheap-and-chic fashion giant H&M on Wednesday posted a net profit up 22.5 percent in the second quarter, easily beating expectations and boosting its share price.

Police 'knew in advance' about nightclub blast

Police 'knew in advance' about nightclub blast

Police had been warned that a bomb would be detonated in a busy nightclub in central Sweden on Sunday, yet chose not to act in the hope of catching the attacker red-handed, according to a police source.

Teen drinking doesn't lead to alcoholism: study

Teen drinking doesn't lead to alcoholism: study

Getting drunk repeatedly as a teenager doesn't necessarily increase the risk of becoming an alcoholic as an adult, a new Swedish study has found.

Sweden saves face with win over France

Sweden saves face with win over France

Sweden ended its disappointing Euro 2012 campaign on a hopeful note, posting a convincing 2-0 victory over France on Tuesday night, giving the team and its supporters something to cheer about.

Assange seeks political asylum in Ecuador

Assange seeks political asylum in Ecuador

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Tuesday walked into Ecuador's embassy in London and applied for political asylum in a sensational bid to avoid extradition to Sweden over alleged sex crimes.