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Swedish firm wins huge New York airport bid
A consortium led by Swedish construction company Skanska was picked for a $3.6 billion (30.5 million kronor) project to modernize New York's LaGuardia Airport, regional transport officials have announced.
(2015-05-29 07:49:05)

Swedish dads set to get even more paternity leave
The Swedish government plans to introduce a third month of paid parental leave reserved for fathers as of next year in a bid to further increase gender equality.
(2015-05-29 07:34:13)

How to make Swedish strawberry cordial
Swedes love berries and enjoy putting them in both chilled cordials as well as hot drinks during winter. Here, food writer John Duxbury shares his favourite recipe for a raw strawberry squash (rårörd jordgubbssaft) that's delicious year-round but perfect for Swedish summer time.
(2015-05-29 04:14:51)

Five reasons Sandviken could really suit Wyclef
Former Fugees star Wyclef Jean stirred up a right debate in Sweden on Thursday when he said he was planning a move to the small town of Sandviken, two hours north of the capital. But we're not ones to judge, so we've put together this list of five reasons why the rapper might be such a big fan of this rural town.
(2015-05-28 17:21:00)

Swedish city apartment buyers in 'trouble' zone
One of Sweden's biggest banks has warned that too many potential buyers in Gothenburg and Stockholm are set to spend more than 30 percent of their disposable income on monthly mortgage payments and related costs, putting them in danger of potential financial problems in future.
(2015-05-28 15:34:00)

'I was ashamed of not being fully Swedish'
What’s it like growing up in Sweden when you don’t look like anybody else? Swedish-Eritrean singer and social activist Sa’ra Charismata tells The Local about immigration, peace, and why it’s okay to be scared of other cultures.
(2015-05-28 15:22:18)

US rapper Wyclef Jean: 'I want to move to Sweden'
A small Swedish town two hours north of Stockholm could get an unexpected celebrity resident. Rap star Wyclef Jean fell in love with Sandviken after a gig there two years ago and has now told a Swedish tabloid that he is planning a move to the town in the next couple of years.
(2015-05-28 12:11:58)

Six facts about Europe's hottest power couple
Move over William and Kate, Sweden's Prince Carl Philip and fiancée Sofia Hellqvist are causing an international stir ahead of their upcoming wedding with one Australian paper even calling them 'Europe's coolest couple'. Here are six facts you need to learn about these rocking royals.
(2015-05-28 10:52:00)

Swedes want 'equal' World Cup (for women)
UPDATED: Swedish TV channel TV4 plans to describe the upcoming global women's football contest in Canada as the 'World Cup', as part of efforts to promote equality in the sport, but Fifa has said it will be in breach of contract unless it uses its full title the 'Fifa Women's World Cup'.
(2015-05-28 10:44:43)

Virus poisons thousands of Swedish computers
Thousands of Swedish computers have been hit by a destructive computer virus that gains access to all files and makes it possible for the invader to empty a user's bank account in seconds.
(2015-05-28 08:22:45)

Five unmissable events in Sweden this week
Eurovision hero Måns Zelmerlöw is performing at Stockholm's most iconic theme park this weekend, while one of Europe's hottest music and tech festivals is making its way to northern Sweden and Malmö is showcasting some of the most talented names on the Nordic theatre circuit.
(2015-05-28 08:00:24)

Sweden drops in leading global business rankings
High taxes and unemployment have pushed Sweden down to ninth place from fifth a year earlier in an annual world competitiveness survey by a leading Swiss business school.
(2015-05-28 07:41:18)

Royal princess couple to quit Stockholm for UK
Princess Madeleine of Sweden is set to leave her native country and move to London with her British-American banker husband Chris O'Neill, the Royal Court confirmed on Wednesday.
(2015-05-27 17:31:02)

Swedish mum makes kids' dolls with genitals
A Swedish mum-of-three has started making her own hyper-realistic dolls, designed to challenge gender stereotypes. The Local spoke to Julia Taube as she prepared to put the toys on sale, despite a backlash in one of the world's most equal nations.
(2015-05-27 16:30:00)

Are Zlatan Ibrahimovic's Swedish memoirs fake?
Football fans all over Europe were sent into a mad social media frenzy on Wednesday after the ghost writer of Zlatan Ibrahimovic's autobiography let slip that none of the quotes in the book came from the Swedish footballer himself.
(2015-05-27 15:20:00)

'Culture debates are meant to stop questions'
After Norwegian literary legend Karl Ove Knausgård accused Swedes of being narrow-minded 'cyclops' (one-eyed giants from Greek mythology), Stockholm University business lecturer Carl Cederstöm argues that his fellow countrymen and women should learn to offer more sophisticated cultural debates.
(2015-05-27 11:42:11)

Sweden learns of new EU migrant quota details
Sweden has been told to help relocate 821 migrants who have arrived in Italy and 548 who have travelled to Greece as part of the European Commission's controversial plans to ensure refugees are spread more evenly across member states.
(2015-05-27 10:57:01)

'Rotten’ business claims at Nordic TeliaSonera
Swedish-Finnish telecom operator TeliaSonera has been accused of “rotten” business dealings in Azerbaijan, following a separate bribery scandal in Uzbekistan.
(2015-05-27 10:03:21)

The millionaire teacher who leads by tough love
Barbara Bergström, founder of Internationella Engelska Skolan, talks about what’s wrong with Swedish schools, international teacher recruitment, and why she's not above cleaning toilets.
(2015-05-27 09:09:00)

Sweden puffs up outdoor smoking ban proposals
Plans for an outdoor smoking plan in Sweden are hotting up with reports that a majority of politicians in the Swedish parliament will back plans to stop people lighting up on terraces and in beer gardens.
(2015-05-27 08:14:17)