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Gotland ferry services may be nationalized

Gotland ferry services may be nationalized

Ferry services to the Baltic island of Gotland may be nationalized before the end of the year, according to the government, with residents long asking for further state subsidies for their link to the mainland.

Swedish wind turbines to power UK households

Swedish wind turbines to power UK households

State-owned Swedish energy giant Vattenfall has announced plans to build two new wind turbine parks in the UK, with enough installed capacity to light up 162,000 British homes.

Swedish football maestro who snubbed Obama

Swedish football maestro who snubbed Obama

Sweden's coach of the ladies team has always done things her own way in a long and hugely successful career. As she bids for Euro 2013 glory, outspoken trailblazer Pia Sundhage is the obvious choice for our Swede of the Week

Arctic Muslims risk health during Ramadan

Arctic Muslims risk health during Ramadan

Swedish Muslims north of the Arctic circle have long waited for and feared this summer. When the sun never sets, they have pondered how to observe Ramadan, when devout Muslims fast from sun up to sun down for a month.

The Swedish class system thrives in Visby

The Swedish class system thrives in Visby

The Almedalen week of political debates might be a "democracy fest", but as such it also showcases the limits of democracy in a Sweden where socio-economic differences are on the rise. It has (middle-class) Ann Törnkvist choking on her own privilege.

Family of Swede lost in Colombia fear worst

Family of Swede lost in Colombia fear worst

A 26-year old Swedish man has been reported missing in Colombia. The family of Jan Braunisch, from Norrköping, were last in contact with him in May and have now contacted Interpol to try and find him.

Tan-loving Swedes cut back on the rays

Tan-loving Swedes cut back on the rays

Four of ten Swedes say they spend less time in the sun than they did five years ago, with six percent stating they have given up catching rays completely, despite Swedes' proven aesthetic appreciation of deep tans.

Police can search schools for asylum kids

Children of undocumented immigrants hiding in Sweden will have the right to go to school in the autumn and the police will have the right to search for them there, ending uncertainty over conflicting legislation.

Omega 3 heightens child allergy risk: study

Omega 3 heightens child allergy risk: study

Omega 3 fatty acids increase the risk of children developing allergies, according to a new Swedish study published on Thursday.

Why I'll never find a cure for Swedish cabin fever

Why I'll never find a cure for Swedish cabin fever

As Sweden's summer rolls into July, The Local's David Landes wants to know if he'll ever get over his annual struggle with Swedish cabin fever.

'Phantom' ship drama caused by overloading

'Phantom' ship drama caused by overloading

Too much load on the deck, inappropriate ballast to stabilize the ship, and poor manuals and guidelines for securing the load are the reasons behind drama at sea involving the Gibraltar-flagged Phantom outside of Öland in 2012.

Swedes miss penalties in Denmark draw

Swedes miss penalties in Denmark draw

Sweden were held to a 1-1 draw by neighbouring Denmark in their opening match of the Euro 2013 women's football tournament on Wednesday, missing two penalties in an eventful second half.