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Centre-right Alliance declines offer of 'cross-bloc' parliamentary speaker
Sweden's Social Democrats have called for discussion on presenting a 'cross-bloc' candidate for parliamentary speaker, but the centre-right parties show no sign of accepting the offer.
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 14:00:44 +0200)

'We need examples': Malmö founder on female-led startups
Malmö startup incubator Minc is committed to getting more women into the city's startup world. The Local went to its Nordic Female Investor Meetup to find out how.
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 12:06:23 +0200)

Stockholm startup launches quiz to test your 'Jante level'
Most foreigners in Scandinavia will have their own experiences, good or bad, with the concept of 'Jante'. Now you can complete an online quiz to determine whether your personality and behaviour is in conflict with the unspoken code of conduct.
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 11:36:54 +0200)

Is Sweden's gaming industry running out of workers?
The Swedish gaming industry is growing fast. This might sound positive, but the industry is now warning that it's running out of people to hire. Why is that, and what does it mean for the sector?
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 11:18:25 +0200)

Sweden the best country for global development, new study declares
Sweden is the world leader at contributing to positive development in the world's poorer nations, thanks in part to strong migration policy, according to a new report by the US-based Centre for Global Development (CGD).
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 09:09:04 +0200)

Finns accused of smuggling tonnes of Swedish snus across the border
Prosecutors believe the Finns had been running a snus smuggling ring for years.
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 08:15:30 +0200)

In stats: How gender equal is Sweden's new parliament?
Sweden's new parliament is made up of 188 men and 161 women, but some parties are less gender equal than others.
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 07:29:43 +0200)

Opinion: Protectionism and nationalism won't stop startups
Swedish startups have a bright outlook and are keen to grow internationally, despite nationalist trade wars, write business chiefs Daniel Sonesson and Erik Olofsson.
(Tue, 18 Sep 2018 06:47:00 +0200)

Why a railway caused a major upset in Gothenburg elections
Sweden's general election provided an inconclusive result on the national level, with neither bloc winning a majority. But in the country's second city, there was an even bigger upset when a party founded just a year earlier came second in the vote. The Local explains how it all started with a railway.
(Mon, 17 Sep 2018 17:00:00 +0200)

How a hostel dispute became a diplomatic row between China and Sweden
An apparent mix-up over check-in time between a group of Chinese tourists in Stockholm and the hostel they were staying in has escalated into a diplomatic row between China and Sweden.
(Mon, 17 Sep 2018 13:11:49 +0200)

'Classical music attracts everyone, even gangsters'
MY SWEDISH CAREER: Justina Auskelyte is Malmö's Violinist on a Bike. Not that such a job ever existed – but the Lithuanian created it, and the city seems to love it.
(Mon, 17 Sep 2018 10:58:33 +0200)

Shots fired at home in Malmö suburb
Police were called out to investigate after shots were fired at a home in Malmö on Sunday.
(Mon, 17 Sep 2018 08:25:45 +0200)

Rush-hour chaos in Stockholm after truck overturns
The motorway south of Stockholm was blocked on Monday morning after a truck toppled over.
(Mon, 17 Sep 2018 07:49:55 +0200)

Japanese novelist Murakami pulls out of Sweden's 'new Nobel'
The Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami has asked for his nomination for the 'New Nobel Prize’ to be withdrawn, so that he can concentrate on his writing.
(Sun, 16 Sep 2018 15:21:53 +0200)

Opposition hits back at Swedish PM: 'Alliance is still the biggest'
The leader of Sweden’s centre-right Moderate party pledged once again to oust the country’s prime minister Stefan Löfven after the final result of last week's election was confirmed on Sunday.
(Sun, 16 Sep 2018 13:59:25 +0200)

Swedish Election Authority finishes vote count
Sweden’s election authority completed its final count on on Sunday morning without any significant changes to the preliminary result.
(Sun, 16 Sep 2018 09:24:24 +0200)

Zlatan becomes third active player to score 500 goals
Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic made history on Saturday, scoring his 500th career goal in stunning fashion, but it wasn't enough to lift the Los Angeles Galaxy to a win over Toronto FC.
(Sun, 16 Sep 2018 08:39:17 +0200)

Swedish star Zetterberg retires after 15 NHL seasons
Swedish star Henrik Zetterberg, who was named MVP of the 2008 Stanley Cup finals, announced his retirement Friday after 15 seasons in the American National Hockey League.
(Sat, 15 Sep 2018 14:26:53 +0200)

Climate expert defends limits on Skåne towns building near sea
A climate change expert at Sweden’s largest insurance group has defended a recommendation that cover be denied to buildings on the Skåne coast in areas at risk of rising sea levels.
(Fri, 14 Sep 2018 22:00:09 +0200)

90-year-old Swede suffering from dementia stuck with massive cat bill
An elderly man in Nortbotten in northern Sweden is being billed nearly a quarter million kronor as a result of his willingness to care for feral cats in the area.
(Fri, 14 Sep 2018 19:21:43 +0200)