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Artist Nada Ali saw her creativity stifled by the trauma of Syria’s war, but relocating to Sweden to take part in a leadership programme helped put her career back on track.

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Swede's Employment Minister Ylva Johansson, Foreign Minister Margot Wallström, and US Ambassador Azita Raji. Photo: US Embassy

How can refugee women make their mark in Sweden?

Swedish ministers, the US ambassador, and organizations promoting gender equality and refugee integration met in Stockholm last week to discuss the role of refugee women inin their host country. The Local Voices was there. READ
Ratiba says living in Sweden will "give a new meaning" to her life.

Alienation in Sweden feels better: I find myself a stranger among scores of aliens

Ratiba Hanoush, 28, left Syria for Turkey in 2012 before arriving in Sweden last year. She admits that she still feels like an outsider, but explains why she is happier here than at home. READ
Justus and Emma

A layover at Qatar airport brought this Swedish-Kenyan couple together - now they're heading for marriage

Closeness, selflessness, and pleasure; falling in love is a strange but wonderful human experience. READ

'Swedish startups should embrace newcomers' talents - there's nothing to fear'

Syrian programmer Samer Malatialy got an IT job after just over a year in Sweden. His new homeland has all the ingredients to be a global startub hub, he believes, but it needs to embrace more foreign talent and fix a couple of serious bottlenecks. READ
Zaher and his friend Mohammed. Photo: Private

'Swedish media barely reaches 5% of the 160,000 refugees who arrived last year'

Two months after his arrival in Sweden in 2015, 31-year-old Syrian Zaher Barood was depressed and friendless. He questioned why he had moved here, and what he was doing to build a new life. READ
The White Helmets assist Syrian civilians under bombardment and destruction. Photo: Syrian Civil Defense

Syria's White Helmets: The Nobel Peace Prize would have meant a lot, but pulling a child from rubble is the greatest reward

One of the managers of the White Helmets - Syria's civil defence league - tells The Local Voices how winning the Nobel Peace Prize nomination "would have shown that the international community stand with the desperate people of Syria", but that they are committed to continuing their work, rescuing civilians from rubble and destruction. READ

'My hijab isn't about religion any more - it's about identity and I'm not taking it off'

Some classmates mocked her Swedish and prospective employers disliked her veil, but Najat Benyahia explains why she’s proud of graduating from university and has no intention of shedding her hijab. READ

Isis threats forced journalist Sofia to flee to Sweden

When Georgian journalist Sofia Tetradze started digging into Isis-affiliated extremist movements in her country, she found herself in danger. Sweden became her escape route. READ
Olle Linton.

How a Swedish teacher is tackling racism through Facebook

Olle Linton, a teacher from Stockholm, founded a Facebook community to help teachers deal with racism in schools. He tells The Local Voices how it works, and why it's so important. READ

Syrian teenager Anas fled to Sweden - to play football

People said he was crazy, but Anas al-Sarmini made a beeline for Sweden because he so desperately wanted to play football after escaping the devastation in Syria. READ

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Matilda celebrates with her 'children' - the refugee football team she trains. Photo: Private

'I’ve worked 20 years with traumatized kids - young refugees’ trauma can be worse'

When Matilda found out that the unaccompanied refugee children she worked with weren’t being accepted into the local football clubs, she saw only one option: learning to play football so she could coach them herself. READ
EU countries including Sweden should be granted permission to extend temporary border controls by a period of a further three months, the European Commission has decided. READ
Almost two weeks have passed since Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature and he has yet to acknowledge the win. The Local asked Swedes what they think of the singer's silence. READ
The country has also slashed its prediction for 2017. READ
Could vehicles adapted for women attract more female truckers to the profession? READ
Vitali wants to help newcomers integrate in Sweden.

Why this Russian developer is committed to helping refugees - with tech

The driving force behind 25-year-old Vitali Poluzhnikov's work is simple: “I am a newcomer myself, so I'm trying to help other newcomers," he says. READ
A new survey shows that few Swedish women get behind the wheel when driving with their male partner. READ
The producers of the hit show have asked for three rounds of location pictures of Swedish island Gotland. READ
Sweden's Prime Minister Löfven is set to meet Swedish troops in Iraq on Tuesday. READ
Should Sweden stick with summer time all year round? READ

How a Swedish name finally made recruiters notice this Iranian's CV

Hossein Kazemi, a 30-year-old Iranian mechanic engineer who has lived in Sweden for six years, believes the Swedish job market is unjust, and that recruiters can be biased. READ