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Photo: Erik Gerhardsson

'History will record how everyone reacted to the Syrian tragedy'

Erik, a 21-year-old Swedish volunteer, reflects on his experience helping refugees in Sweden and abroad. READ

This Iranian teaches Swedish online to 10,000 followers

"I’m exporting Swedish to my homeland." READ

How I fled Isis and celebrated Christmas with a Swedish circus

How’s this for a quirky first Christmas in Sweden: Qutaiba Ad-Dagher tells The Local Voices how he escaped from Mosul and soon found himself baking saffron buns and learning tricks from circus artists. READ

‘Integration is not that simple: Swedes are shy’

A HR specialist wonders why there aren't more integration courses aimed at Swedes, to teach them about newcomers' backgrounds and cultures. READ

‘Sweden is heaven for refugee journalists’

Sweden is known for high rankings in press freedom surveys - but how does it feel to be a refugee journalist living and working here? READ

'Some Europeans can't tell the difference between refugees and migrants'

With Sweden taking in so many refugees in recent years, economic migrants have dropped down the list of priorities and are often ignored, business administrator Stuti Singh tells The Local Voices. READ
A poster on the wall in Alberto's apartment reads: 'You don't need to be afraid'

Have you had a house hunt as hard as this?

Newcomers, and especially refugees, are suffering as a result of Sweden’s housing crisis, Syrian journalist Alberto Salmoneh tells The Local. READ
Transit accommodation at Nobelberget in Stockholm in autumn 2015, when Sweden took in more refugees than ever before. Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT.

'Refugees are not scary: rent out your free space to them'

Stockholm City recently launched a campaign urging residents to rent out free space to refugees. So why are so few locals heeding the call? Architect Karin Saler believes Swedes’ love of their personal space is at least as much to blame as any anti-refugee sentiment. READ

Job market matchmaker hooks up 1,300 newcomers and Swedes

A Swedish professional network pairing newcomers with Swedes recently celebrated its first anniversary. The Local Voices met some of Yrkesdörren’s members to find out how it all works. READ
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What holiday story do YOU want to read on The Local Voices?

We're inviting you, our readers, to help us create our year-end holiday feature story. Find out how. READ

More Stories

Syria's White Helmets answer tough questions in Stockholm

A day before the White Helmets were due to receive the Right Livelihood Award, the Syrian rescue group faced probing questions about their allegiances at a panel debate in Stockholm. READ
Sweden is home to some of the world's most liberal abortion legislation, but it wasn't always like that. READ
Bummed about the portable barbecue ban in Stockholm? Fear not: you can still enjoy some summer grilling at these scenic approved spots. READ
A Swedish vicar is about to become the first priest in Spain to conduct a gay wedding. READ
Swedish furniture giant Ikea on Thursday announced a recall of its bicycles following a string of accidents caused by problems with the drive belt. READ

Six tips for job-hunting newcomers in Sweden

Two years ago Marianne Nilsson co-founded a recruitment firm to match employers with foreign graduates. Here she shares her tips for finding a job in Sweden. READ
Sweden has the third most powerful passport in the world, according to a new index which ranks the level of visa-free access passports provide to their holders. READ
The Swedish parliament has voted in favour of tightening the country's laws on sex crimes. READ
From war to international students: how much do you know about the week that was in Sweden? READ
Was the Swedish Academy wrong to never honour Philip Roth with a Nobel Literature Prize? READ

'Swedes are stylish: you need to dress well if you want to fit in'

Once you’ve put down some roots in the icy north you soon notice that Swedes are pretty snappy dressers — and newcomers would do well to up their style game if they want to slot in, says Deepak Kamboj, a management consultant from India. READ