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'I'm Lars without a cause': Swede reports Whitney Houston song for sneakily using his name
A Swedish man has reported Youtube, Spotify and record company Arista Records to Sweden's National Board for Consumer Disputes (ARN) because in his opinion, American singer Whitney Houston sneakily sang his name in a song without permission to do so.
(Thu, 20 Jul 2017 17:11:02 +0200)

Sweden's water shortage: What you need to know
It may not be something commonly associated with a northern European nation, but Sweden is currently fretting over water shortages in several parts of the country, and there are already visible consequences. Here's everything you need to know about the situation.
(Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:23:11 +0200)

'I can guarantee with my life that the train will be called Trainy McTrainface'
The people have spoken, the people want to see a train called "Trainy McTrainface", and the people will get it.
(Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:24:51 +0200)

Gothenburg police launch murder probe after woman and three children die in fire
A woman in her mid-30s and three children aged two to eight have died in a fire in Gothenburg.
(Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:13:39 +0200)

'The nightmare is over': wife's joy after Swedish court overturns husband's deportation order
A married couple who are expecting a child together are celebrating after being told they can both stay in Sweden, after a decision to deport the husband was overturned in the appeals court.
(Thu, 20 Jul 2017 11:58:02 +0200)

Fika with the government: the most Swedish thing ever?
Fika and openness are two of Sweden's most important concepts, but what happens when you combine them? You get fika with the Swedish government, which The Local happily went along to, given there was cake on offer.
(Thu, 20 Jul 2017 11:43:12 +0200)

Telia to slash hundreds of jobs in Sweden
Telia has announced plans to cut 850 jobs across the company, of which 650 are based in Sweden.
(Thu, 20 Jul 2017 08:08:04 +0200)

Sweden slams Turkey for jailing activist
Sweden's foreign minister, Margot Wallström, criticized Turkey for jailing a Swedish citizen along with several human rights activists, including Amnesty International's Turkey director.
(Thu, 20 Jul 2017 07:28:31 +0200)

26 untranslatable Swedish words
Our attempt to translate some of our favourite untranslatable Swedish words.
(Thu, 20 Jul 2017 06:59:59 +0200)

Opinion: 'The assumption that Sweden has reached complete equality is wrong'
To be part of a marginalized community can be hard, but people can also be marginalized within that community, write Rachel McDonald and Kabir from LGBTQIA+ student organization SFQ.
(Wed, 19 Jul 2017 16:10:08 +0200)

Gender segregated school bus not discriminatory, Swedish Discrimination Ombudsman rules
A Muslim school in Sweden that separated pupils by gender on a school bus did not break anti-discrimination laws in doing so, the country's Discrimination Ombudsman (DO) has judged. But the same could not be said about gender segregated sports lessons.
(Wed, 19 Jul 2017 15:19:32 +0200)

Elderly Swede caught fire after hospital surgery
A Swedish university hospital has said a "miss in communication" is to blame after one of its surgeons accidentally set an almost 100-year-old woman ablaze in the operation room.
(Wed, 19 Jul 2017 12:32:00 +0200)

Drinking, fighting and lax training: What coaching Scotland is like, according to Swedish manager
The Swedish coach of the Scotland women's national football team has opened up about the shockingly amateurish standard of the side when she first took the job, including weekly post-match drinking sessions and public brawls between players.
(Wed, 19 Jul 2017 12:12:01 +0200)

'There were no explosives in the car. There was a dog!': Police reveal details about Swedish superstore crash
A 65-year-old man is in compulsory psychiatric care after driving a car into the entrance of a popular Swedish discount store.
(Wed, 19 Jul 2017 10:26:47 +0200)

Henrik Stenson promises new crazy stunt if he wins the British Open again
Henrik Stenson took the Claret Jug jet-skiing with him after winning the British Open last year, but the Swedish golfer has something more outlandish in mind if he retains the famous trophy this week.
(Wed, 19 Jul 2017 08:15:43 +0200)

UN experts 'spoke to clan leader's family' day before murder
New information has emerged in the case of murdered UN experts Zaida Catalan, from Sweden, and Michael Sharp, from the US.
(Wed, 19 Jul 2017 07:32:40 +0200)

In pictures: Your Swedish summer snaps
Some of the pictures The Local's readers have tagged us in on Instagram this summer.
(Wed, 19 Jul 2017 06:59:59 +0200)

Stockholm waste collector strike finally comes to an end
Trash collection in Stockholm is finally back under way after a strike that lasted almost two weeks came to and end.
(Tue, 18 Jul 2017 16:13:08 +0200)

Active Swedes walk more than Brits and Americans, study shows
A new US study using smartphone step-tracking data to map how active people in different parts of the world are shows that Swedes take more steps each day than Americans or Brits.
(Tue, 18 Jul 2017 14:40:46 +0200)

Ten things that make a visit to Gotland unforgettable
The Local's contributor Nicole Zerrer has explored Gotland, and found ten things that makes this Swedish island stand out.
(Tue, 18 Jul 2017 14:37:50 +0200)