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Modesty trend blitzes sizzling Swedish skin

Modesty trend blitzes sizzling Swedish skin

With summer's long hot days comes the need to bare all and cool off, but with fashion's new focus on less-is-more, The Local's Victoria Hussey takes to the Stockholm streets to ponder what's happened to Swedish skin and the city.

Swedish politician bares all in Instagram gaffe

Swedish politician bares all in Instagram gaffe

Swedish politician Lars Ohly made headlines in Sweden on Wednesday after inadvertently showing more than he bargained for in an Instagram post of a tattoo on his leg.

Top ten faces of proudly gay friendly Sweden

Top ten faces of proudly gay friendly Sweden

With Stockholm Pride Week just a few gay days away, The Local takes a look at famous Swedes who to various degrees scorned the heterosexist norm. There's even a real life king in there.

Sweden's Carl Bildt top of the tweep-stakes

Sweden's Carl Bildt top of the tweep-stakes

Top-tier tweep Carl Bildt tweeted on Wednesday that he'd been crowned the most well-connected foreign minister on social media site Twitter.

The little differences: Why I love Sweden

The little differences: Why I love Sweden

After a nightmare experience on a London bus, The Local's Oliver Gee reflects on why it's the small things that make the big differences when it comes to life in Sweden.

Dubai rape illustrates 'dictatorship holidays'

Dubai rape illustrates 'dictatorship holidays'

A prominent Swedish editorial writer has questioned why Scandinavian tourists visit authoritarian regimes, stating that a Norwegian rape victim's jail sentence in Dubai illustrated the paradoxes of "dictatorship holidays".

Lost elk shot dead in central Gothenburg

Lost elk shot dead in central Gothenburg

A confused elk who wandered into central Gothenburg and took a swim in the city's canal was shot dead by hunters on Tuesday after efforts to lead him to safety failed.

Sweden hit by outbreak of rare parrot fever

Sweden hit by outbreak of rare parrot fever

A Swedish man who died of parrot fever in southern Sweden has transmitted the rare disease to at least eight people, with experts pointing out that human-to-human transmission is exceptionally uncommon.

Volvo bounces back from first-quarter gloom

Volvo bounces back from first-quarter gloom

Sweden-based truck makers Volvo posted a second quarter profit of 72.8 billion kronor ($11.3 billion), a 25-percent increase compared to the "weak start" to 2013.

Third Umeå station murder suspect arrested

Third Umeå station murder suspect arrested

Swedish police detained a third suspect in connection to last weekend's Umeå train station murder of a woman, who was shot in front of a junior football team.

US to return stolen Swedish books

US to return stolen Swedish books

Two rare books that once belonged to the Swedish royal family and were stolen from the country's National Library (Kungliga biblioteket) are to be handed back here on Wednesday.