The Local : Sweden (48)

It's now possible to buy your own airport in Sweden – if you can convince the owner

Ever wanted to own an airport? A man in western Sweden is offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for someone to do just that and purchase one he built himself – provided they meet his high standards.

Russian court to hear plea for files on vanished Holocaust hero Wallenberg

Russia has set a September hearing date for descendants of Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who vanished after being jailed in the Stalin-era USSR, as they sue the security service for access to its archive.

Kim Wall presumed dead: Copenhagen Police

Copenhagen Police have confirmed that they are looking for a body in the ongoing search for missing Swedish journalist Kim Wall.

Protesters to march against 'chaos' in Swedish maternity care

A series of demonstrations have been organized in 15 towns and cities across Sweden to protest against the "chaos" at the country's maternity wards.

'Swedish police should prioritize crimes against freedom of speech'

The Local speaks to Sweden's Culture and Democracy Minister Alice Bah Kuhnke about the government's plan to crack down on threats and hate against politicians, journalists and artists.

Who will defend the defenders of free speech? How Sweden is tackling threats against politicians and journalists

Why Sweden, considered one of the world's top countries for free speech, is worried about attacks on politicians and journalists.

Relative 'used scissors to stab victim's neck' in suspected honour killing in Sweden

A man in central Sweden has been accused of murder after a younger family member was stabbed to death in a suspected honour-related killing.

Swedish soldiers to fend off pirates near Somalia

Thirty-four Swedish soldiers are heading to east Africa as part of international efforts to prevent attacks from Somali pirates.

The first snow of the season just fell in Sweden

The first snow of the season has fallen in northern Sweden, but most of the country still remains flake-free.

Too outrageous for public eyes? Swede's 'offensive' personal number plate request rejected

Yet another offensive number plate aficionado has had their hopes dashed in Sweden after a man failed to convince the country's transport authorities that his personalized plate attempt was innocent.

Sweden the best performing Nordic nation in new ranking of world's top universities

Sweden is the best performing Nordic nation in the latest edition of an annual global university ranking, with 11 of its academic institutions in the top 500, and three in the top 100.

Technical problems force SAS planes to turn back three times in a week

A Scandinavian Airlines flight from Copenhagen to Shanghai was forced to turn back due to a technical problem on Tuesday evening.

Sweden's government and opposition parties agree new defence deal worth billions

Sweden's coalition government has agreed a new defence deal worth 2.7 billion kronor per year with two of the centre-right opposition parties.

Almost 580,000 now waiting for apartments in Stockholm

The waiting time to get a rental apartment from Stockholm's housing queue has grown almost a year longer in the space of a year.

Björn Borg picks tennis ace for Europe vs World cup

Swedish tennis legend Björn Borg has picked a player for his Team Europe facing John McEnroe's Team World at a tournament to be attended by some of the world's best tennis stars.

Swedish prisoners demand better toilet paper

Inmates at a Swedish prison have reported the institution to Sweden's Justice Ombudsman because they are unhappy with the quality of the toilet paper, Swedish public broadcaster SVT reports.

Surströmming: What you need to know before trying Sweden's fermented herring

Before you turn your nose up at Sweden's pungent-smelling fermented surströmming, read this.

Don't risk irritating Sweden's famous white elk, expert warns

Experts have warned sightseers hoping to catch a glimpse of Sweden's famous white elk to take care as the animal could be dangerous.

One dead in southern Stockholm shooting

Police have launched a murder investigation after one man died in a shooting in southern Stockholm.

Danish police take to air in search for missing Swedish journalist

Copenhagen Police are extending their search for the missing Swedish journalist Kim Wall by air after carrying out a forensic examination of the submarine on board which she was last seen.

Swedish app wants to 'make men think twice before sending unsolicited photos of their privates'

A Swedish tech wizard has explained to The Local why he built a website that allows people who have been sent unsolicited photos of genitals to find out the GPS coordinates of where the image was taken.

Sweden hits inflation target for the first time in six years

Sweden reached its inflation target for the first time in more than six years in July, which could spell a return to normalized monetary policy after years of negative interest rates.

Viral Swedish white elk's apple habit brings trespassing tourists to couple's garden

The famous Swedish white elk's celebrity is proving to be something of a moosance for one couple.

Naked man on honking spree caused power failure

When a wind turbine stops working, it requires more than a little imagination to assume it was because a naked man switched it off before breaking into a number of parked cars to honk their horns.

Swedes attended deadly rally in Charlottesville

Several Swedish far-right extremists took part in a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville in the US, where one counter-protester was killed and at least 19 injured, writes the Dagens Nyheter daily.

'There is a window of opportunity to recruit in new ways in Sweden'

OPINION: Hiring outside your usual networks and taking advantage of immigrants' skills will pay off in the end, argues Kate Harris of Gothenburg-based jobs and integration initiative Opportunity Day.

Danish submarine 'deliberately sunk' after journalist vanished

Police probing the mysterious disappearance of a Swedish journalist last seen boarding a homemade submarine said Monday its Danish inventor, accused of manslaughter, deliberately sunk the craft.

Record number of foreigners registered with Sweden's public employment service

Unemployment has remained at a steady level in Sweden in the last year but the disparity between people born abroad and born in the Nordic country remains high, and a record number of foreigners are now registered with the Swedish Public Employment Service .

This was the sunniest place in Sweden this summer

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Watch: Incredible viral footage of a rare white elk in Sweden

A Swedish councillor's video of a rare white elk has gone global, and watching the clip it is easy to see why.

Walkers who call out emergency helicopters for a lift blow mountain rescue budgets in Sweden

Mountain rescue budgets in Sweden are under strain as an unusually high number of summer call-outs including unnecessary calls by tired walkers take their toll on coffers. And the problem is now so bad that the police are involved.

Sweden urges Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un to 'come to their senses'

Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström said she hoped the US and North Korea would 'come to their senses' before their increasingly heated rhetoric leads the two nations into a nuclear war.

Injured John Guidetti could miss Sweden's World Cup qualifiers

Sweden striker John Guidetti could miss up to six weeks after breaking his collarbone in Celta Vigo's 4-1 friendly win over Roma on Sunday.

What exactly is Sweden doing in North Korea?

Sweden may not have an obvious link to the development of relations between the US and North Korea, but as tensions between the two bigger nations escalate, the tiny Nordic country could play a key part in resolving the situation. The Local explains Sweden's potential role as a mediator.

Danish mystery submarine sailed with lights off: witness

Peter Madsen, the owner of the private submarine that sank in waters off Copenhagen on Friday, has accepted his preliminary detention on suspicion of involvement in the death of Swedish journalist Kim Wall, as a report emerged of the vessel sailing with its lights switched off on Thursday night.

No body in sunken Danish sub, reporter still missing: police

Danish police hunting for a missing journalist said on Sunday they searched a huge homemade submarine that sank last week, but no body was found.

Two men suffer life-threatening injuries in Malmö shooting

Two men in their twenties suffered life-threatening injuries in a shooting at a Malmö community centre on Sunday morning.

Stockholm police chief reports self over emails

Stockholm's regional chief of police Ulf Johansson has reported himself over irregular management of emails, Stockholm Police have confirmed via their website.

Danish submarine owner detained over Swedish journalist's death

A Danish inventor and owner of a huge private submarine has been remanded in custody for 24 days after the disappearance of a female journalist who had been on board before it sank.

Swedish police make record narcotics seizure at Öresund Bridge

Malmö's customs office is investigating its hitherto-largest narcotics seizure, after almost one tonne of cannabis and amphetamines were found in a truck that entered the country via the Öresund Bridge.

Danish submarine owner charged over Swedish journalist's death

A Danish inventor and owner of a huge private submarine is accused of manslaughter after the disappearance of a female journalist who had been on board before it sank, police said Friday.

'Zlatan is injured and needs time to recover:' José Mourinho

Manchester United are in discussions to re-sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic for the second half of the season when he recovers from a serious knee injury, manager José Mourinho confirmed on Friday.

Spain urged to free Swedish-Turkish writer Hamza Yalcin

Spain faces growing calls to release a Swedish-Turkish writer being held in Barcelona on Turkey's warrant.

Swedish woman still missing as Denmark sends divers to stricken sub

A female journalist remains unaccounted for after a private submarine that temporarily disappeared on Friday was reported recovered.

Tabloid mistakenly thinks Daniel Bedingfield got married after confusing him with a Swede

A photo of a tattooed man wearing a wedding ring on Daniel Bedingfield's Instagram prompted fans and UK tabloid Mail Online to wonder if the artist had married. But there's a catch…

The Local's Swedish film of the month: As It Is in Heaven

Film writer Peter Larkin reviews Kay Pollak's 'As It Is in Heaven' , starring late actor Michael Nyqvist.

Man back in Sweden after deportation does not exactly go according to plan

A chartered aircraft deporting a 37-year-old man to Jordan was forced to return to Stockholm with the man and the crew after the Jordan interior ministry failed to inform the airport they were coming.

Swedish policeman halts traffic to ask a stranger for a dance: viral image

A heartwarming picture of a police officer cheerfully halting traffic in central Stockholm after spontaneously asking a member of the public to dance with him has gone viral in Sweden.