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'Third-sex' fear cited to snip transgender Swedes

'Third-sex' fear cited to snip transgender Swedes

Two rogue MPs have asked their fellow parliamentarians to continue sterilizing transgender patients in Sweden, arguing that men who carry babies would result in a "third gender".

Expert faces threats for 'apartheid bus' comment

Expert faces threats for 'apartheid bus' comment

A Swedish multiculturalism expert received death threats for comments made to The Local about racism in Sweden, but Mikael Hjerm says his quotes were taken out of context by anti-immigration websites.

Sweden's own 'Adele': I didn't like my own voice

Sweden's own 'Adele': I didn't like my own voice

In his latest column on Swedish music, Paul Connolly catches up with Miriam Bryant, a Gothenburg-based singer often compared to Adele and who, despite her rising fame, still takes time to do her own laundry.

Norwegian fury over Swedish tax mix-up

Norwegian fury over Swedish tax mix-up

Outraged Norwegian pensioners living in Sweden have reported the head of the Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket) to the police after being asked to repay four years' worth of taxes, claiming the agency gave them bad information.

Ten mind-blowing 'facts' about Norse gods

Ten mind-blowing 'facts' about Norse gods

We all know that Thor had a hammer, but did you know he was a redhead? Or that old one-eyed Odin was an alcoholic? Or that Loki was the mother (yes, mother) of an eight-legged horse? And that's just the beginning…

Stockholm's Grand Hotel aims high with newly-renovated suites

Stockholm's Grand Hotel aims high with newly-renovated suites

Stockholm's storied Grand Hotel is set on being one of the top-ten luxury hotels in Europe by 2015, and recently offered a rare, behind-the-scenes look at a set of newly renovated suites that owners hope will help it get there.

Swedish-Eritreans hit by blackmail torture threats

Swedish-Eritreans hit by blackmail torture threats

Eritreans in Sweden are being forced to cough up tens of thousands of dollars to blackmailers who threaten to torture and kill their family members abroad.

Sweden's jobless a cash cow for coaching firms

Sweden's jobless a cash cow for coaching firms

Private sector job coaching firms are earning double-digit profit margins from taxpayer-funded contracts with Sweden's Employment Agency (Arbetsförmedlingen) to help unemployed Swedes back into the workforce.

'Dismembered' woman found in Stockholm flat

'Dismembered' woman found in Stockholm flat

Two men are being held on suspicion of murder after a woman who was reportedly dismembered was found in a flat in south Stockholm on Tuesday night.

Zlatan soars in PSG draw against Barcelona

Zlatan soars in PSG draw against Barcelona

Zlatan Ibrahimovic played a pivotal, if not controversial, role in helping Paris Saint Germain manage a 2-2 draw against Barcelona on Tuesday in the first leg of their Champions League quarter final series.

Afghan boys found abandoned in Uppsala

Afghan boys found abandoned in Uppsala

Two young boys from Afghanistan have been found abandoned on the streets of Uppsala in recent days, prompting suspicions they were brought to Sweden via an organized people smuggling operation.