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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
Swedish star DJ Avicii is to be laid to rest with only his closest relatives and friends present, his family said. READ
Swenglish is everywhere. But just how much of an impact has English actually had on the Swedish language? READ
Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Löfven opted to give his Nordic counterparts a unique taste of Swedish hospitality at a meeting of leaders in his hometown Örnsköldsvik – by serving up the country's controversial fermented herring, surströmming. READ
A Swedish court on Tuesday ruled against the construction of the huge Nobel Center which critics such as King Carl XVI Gustaf fear would damage a historic area in the capital of Stockholm. 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
Exceptionally dry and sunny weather has created a risk of wildfires across most of Sweden, the country's weather agency warned, with several fires already breaking out on Tuesday. READ
A Swedish landlord has been told to pay back almost a quarter of a million kronor in excess rent to a German citizen who paid what was judged to be well over a reasonable amount to live in a Stockholm apartment. READ
A video of Swedish women behaving badly on a night out shows just why residents don't want tourists in their building. READ
Few would complain about the warmer weather Sweden is basking in these days, but in some parts of the country it has caused problems, thawing vast bodies of snow at a faster rate than usual. 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