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Almedalen Dispatch: white skin, black masks

Almedalen Dispatch: white skin, black masks

According to some critics of the Almedalen political week the seminars and events are as whitewashed as many of Gotland's houses. Peter Vinthagen Simpson takes a look and wonders if something really is rotten in Visby.

'I need to reclaim Swedishness': Evin Cetin

'I need to reclaim Swedishness': Evin Cetin

Social Democrat Evin Cetin decided to pull a sartorial stunt to knock the air out of the Sweden Democrats' day at the political conference Almedalen. Wearing national costume, she declared she loved all Swedes, not just the blonde ones, making her "more Swedish" than the anti-immigration party.

Swedish gay rights group in gay marriage threat

Swedish gay rights group in gay marriage threat

The head of the Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights (RFSL) has been threatened with lifetime imprisonment by a Pakistani court if the organization does not stop supporting the same-sex marriage involving a person of Pakistani origin.

First conviction handed down after Husby riots

First conviction handed down after Husby riots

A 26-year-old man has been sentenced to prison for his role in the unrest that plagued Husby and other Stockholm suburbs in May, making him the first person to be convicted in connection to the disturbances that sparked headlines across the globe.

Swedes use most mobile data in the Nordics

Swedes use most mobile data in the Nordics

Swedes are guzzling more than twelve gigabytes of data from mobile devices per year, making them the most data hungry across the Nordic region.

Top ten: Best Stockholm subway stations

Top ten: Best Stockholm subway stations

The Stockholm metro has often been referred to as an art museum in itself, with many of the stations featuring either themed designs, vibrant colours, or traditional paintings on the walls. The Local's Elodie Pradet lists the best ten in the city.

Opposition backs new sublet proposal

Opposition backs new sublet proposal

The government has secured backing from the Social Democrats on a reworked proposal for a new housing law extending the rights of tenant-owners to sublet their properties.

Stockholm visitor guide gets online makeover

Stockholm visitor guide gets online makeover

The Stockholm Visitors Board launched a new and interactive version of its official tourist website on Thursday, with the board promising users an even smoother and more colourful guide to getting around the Swedish capital.

Divers join hunt for missing mother of two

Divers join hunt for missing mother of two

As police continue to question a man being held overthe disappearance of a 20-year-old mother of two, divers have taken to the lakes and storm drains around Trollhättan, western Sweden, in the hopes of finding her.

Teen turns himself in over Stockholm murder

Teen turns himself in over Stockholm murder

A 19-year-old man has turned himself into police after he stabbed another man to death on the streets of central Stockholm last week.

Dig seeks to establish age of Swedish castle

Dig seeks to establish age of Swedish castle

Archaeologists are working to establish the age of Kalmar Castle in southern Sweden, which has long been accepted to have been built in the 1100s but could be significantly older, or younger.

'Sweden Democrats divide us as a people'

'Sweden Democrats divide us as a people'

Sweden's Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt used part of his speech at the Almedalen political week to attack the Sweden Democrats (SD), underlining that the Moderates would not do business with them.

Bildt: respect democratic principles in Egypt

Bildt: respect democratic principles in Egypt

Sweden's Foreign Minister Carl Bildt has underlined the importance that democratic principles and "constitutional order" be followed in Egypt following news that President Mohammed Morsi has been arrested and the army has seized power.