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Sweden loses fastest internet crown
Anyone sick of seeing Sweden top every list under the sun will be pleased to know that the country has lost its claim to having the fastest internet in Europe.
(Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:50:58 +0200)

Where to see the Northern Lights in Sweden tonight
Ever dreamed of seeing the Northern Lights? If you're in Sweden this week, you're in luck, as there is a chance that the phenomenon will be visible in rare spots like Malmö in the far south of the country.
(Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:20:48 +0200)

These are the brands Swedes love the most
Revealed: Swedes' top-20 favourite brands.
(Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:52:46 +0200)

Spotify launches new karaoke style streaming in Japan
Online music giant Spotify said on Thursday it is launching a streaming service in Japan with a karaoke twist. The country is the world's second-biggest music market but one still dominated by compact discs.
(Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:32:22 +0200)

Could Sweden's border controls soon be lifted?
Swedish border controls put in place during the height of the refugee crisis could soon come to an end, as the EU approved six-month extension of the checks reaches its final weeks.
(Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:09:46 +0200)

'Homemade bomb' on bus in Sweden was bike helmet
A suspected bomb on a bus in Uppsala turned out to be a bicycle helmet.
(Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:28:11 +0200)

US rappers' gig ends in 'bloodbath' in Stockholm
A man ran onto the stage during a concert by US rappers Ghostface Killah and Killah Priest in Stockholm.
(Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:39:39 +0200)

Four don't-miss festivals in Sweden this week
Arab cinema, Gay Pride, out-of-the-box art, whisky and craft beer – what more could a person in Sweden possibly need?
(Thu, 29 Sep 2016 06:59:59 +0200)

Sweden advised to bring conscription back in 2018
An inquiry launched by the Swedish government has suggested that compulsory military service should be reintroduced in the country.
(Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:38:49 +0200)

Nationalists suspend aide after Russia propaganda claim
The anti-immigration Sweden Democrats have suspended a political secretary following a newspaper report that he was spreading Russian propaganda, only days after a Russian-born aide in the party resigned amid claims he was a security risk.
(Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:10:39 +0200)

Top 7 tips to help you learn Swedish
Expats have the right to free Swedish courses when they move to Sweden, known as Svenska för invandrare, or Swedish for Immigrants. But just having the option isn’t always enough – it’s important to know how to get the most out of it.
(Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:12:10 +0200)

Here's how much Sweden's highest-earning authors make
The stereotype of the struggling writer pursuing their noble endeavor despite little hope of financial gain may persist, but a new ranking of Sweden’s highest-earning authors shows that if you get it right, the written word can be big business.
(Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:14:21 +0200)

The Swedish celebs you really should not google
These are the world's most dangerous viral Swedish celebrities, according to a new report.
(Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:11:42 +0200)

Sweden named world's sixth most competitive country
Sweden has been named the sixth most competitive economy in the world by the prestigious World Economic Forum (WEF) in its 2015-16 Global Competitiveness Index.
(Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:32:11 +0200)

Furious elk mum attacks Swede, breaks his arm
A man in northern Sweden had to seek hospital care after a violent attack by an elk.
(Wed, 28 Sep 2016 08:22:53 +0200)

Report: Stockholm is at risk of a housing bubble
Stockholmers are the third most likely to experience a housing bubble in their city, according to a key ranking investigating a number of metropolises across the world.
(Wed, 28 Sep 2016 07:32:47 +0200)

Reverse culture shock: the troubles of leaving Sweden
Returning home after living in Sweden can come with a dose of reverse culture shock. We asked our readers to tell us more about the troubles they have readjusting.
(Wed, 28 Sep 2016 06:59:59 +0200)

Police close Facebook thread after call for help derails
Police on the Swedish island of Gotland have been forced to close the comments section of a Facebook post asking the public for information about an attack on a group of young boys because it could no longer be adequately moderated.
(Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:58:03 +0200)

‘Extremism can't be defeated on the battlefield alone’
As Sweden prepares to take a seat on UN Security Council next year, Abu Dhabi-based scholar and author Dr. Jamal Sanad al-Suwaidi argues for a greater UN role to fight extremist ideologies like those that fuel Isis and other terror groups.
(Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:38:11 +0200)

What Americans in Sweden think of Trump and Clinton
The first presidential debate ahead of the forthcoming American election is over, and along with the hundreds of millions of people on US soil mulling over which choice they will make in November, there are also millions of American expats living abroad who will play a significant role in the outcome of the vote.
(Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:26:33 +0200)