The Local : Sweden (58)

Swedish startup's tech could help us talk to dolphins

A Swedish startup has been commissioned to use its artificial intelligence technology to try to communicate with dolphins.

Swedish woman 'shocked' at SAS uniform policy banning headscarves

A Swedish woman has explained her shock at being told during a job interview with Scandinavian airline SAS that she would have to take off her headscarf if she wanted the position.

Sweden's record-low interest rate extended until mid 2018

Sweden's record-low interest rate of -0.50 percent has been extended until mid 2018, and will not change early next year as previously intended, the country's central bank has announced.

IN PICTURES: First new Volvo rolls off the line in Sweden

The first new Volvo XC60 has rolled off the production line at the company's Swedish factory.

Mourinho on Zlatan's future in football: 'I don't care'

José Mourinho said he was "not interested" in discussing Zlatan Ibrahimovic's future in Manchester United in the wake of the Swedish striker's season-ending knee ligament injury.

Stockholm pulls out of Winter Olympics bid... again

Swedish capital Stockholm will not vie to host the 2026 Winter Olympic Games over financial concerns, council bosses said.

King Carl Gustaf's guards are under attack – from aggressive birds

The guards at the Drottningholm Palace, home to the Swedish royal family, are under attack from aggressive terns – and the court has applied for permission to shoot the protected seabirds.

Sweden's asylum seeker forecast on track for 2017

Tightened border controls in Europe, the EU's treaty with Turkey and Sweden's temporary asylum law means the Swedish Migration Agency's forecast for 2017 is on target so far.

Texting behind the wheel: Soon illegal in Sweden, too?

While most people would probably agree that texting and driving is a bad idea, using a handheld mobile phone behind the wheel is still pretty much perfectly legal in Sweden. But that could soon be about to change.

Swedes like Trump less than any other world leader

US president Donald Trump is the Swedes' least favourite among international leaders, according to a new survey.

Sweden boasts second place in press freedom ranking

Sweden is the second-best country in the world for press freedom, in spite of an overall trend for declining media freedom in the 'post-truth' era.

Top ten expat complaints to their Swedish partners

From ketchup to driving skills, when The Local once asked what expats complain about most to their Swedish counterparts, the responses were miscellaneous.

Car drove 15 km wrong way on Öresund bridge without crashing

A car drove around 15 kilometres in the wrong direction on the Öresund crossing between Sweden and Denmark before it was stopped by police.

Swedes worry about climate change and terrorism but not about war: poll

A new poll has asked Swedes what they worry about the most.

Sweden releases second man held over Stockholm attack: no longer a suspect

Sweden on Tuesday released a second suspect held in connection with the deadly Stockholm truck attack earlier this month, prosecutors said.

Russian radio spread 'fake interview' about mental health in Sweden

Some Russian media outlets are reporting on a wave of mental illness sweeping across Sweden, referring to made-up figures and a faked interview with the director-general of the Swedish Social Insurance Agency, a spokesperson has told The Local.

EU antitrust watchdogs raid Swedish telecom groups

The European Commission on Tuesday said it had carried out surprise inspections at four major Swedish mobile telecommunication companies, which it suspects of having breached EU antitrust rules.

17 arrests in biggest ever Swedish child porn raid

Seventeen people have been arrested following raids against 50 suspected online paedophiles, in what has been described as the biggest police effort against child porn in Swedish history.

'Facebook rape video' trio sentenced to prison

Three men have been sentenced to prison in connection with the rape of a woman in Uppsala, which was broadcast live on Facebook.

Volvo cheers profit boost thanks to strong European demand

Swedish truck makers Volvo notched up a larger than expected profit boost on Tuesday thanks to strong demand in Europe and Japan.

Ericsson makes expected hefty loss

Swedish telecom giant Ericsson reported a net loss of 10.9 billion kronor in the first quarter of 2017.

Surely the spring weather can't get much worse? Sweden: Hold my beer

The surprise return of winter to Sweden was expected to continue on Tuesday, with forecasters warning that up to 20 centimetres of snow could fall on the east coast north of Stockholm.

'My son is not a terrorist,' says mother of second suspect in Stockholm attack

A woman has spoken to Swedish media of the moment police arrested her son in connection with the deadly Stockholm truck attack.

Opinion: 'This is not the Sweden I'm proud of'

In recent years Sweden has allowed racists to stretch the boundaries of what is considered acceptable. This is no longer a country I'm proud of when travelling the world, musician Petter Askergren writes.

Swedish terror agreement could be reached before summer

In the wake of the Stockholm attack on April 7th, the red-green government aims to reach a political agreement on terrorism in just over a month.

Injuries on the rise as cyclists and pedestrians clash

With Stockholm's population growing, collisions between cyclists and pedestrians are on the rise.

In pictures: Malmö's famous mini street art gets new mouse-sized attraction

A mystery mouse-sized universe which grabbed global headlines after a mini restaurant and shop popped up in Malmö last year has been given a new addition: a tiny funfair.

Sweden arrests another suspect over Stockholm attack

Sweden has arrested a second suspect in connection with the deadly Stockholm truck attack, prosecutors said on Monday.

Malmö's famous mini street art gets new mouse-sized attraction

A mystery mouse-sized universe which grabbed global headlines after a mini restaurant and shop popped up in Malmö last year has been given a new addition: a tiny funfair.

30cm snow in April? Please tell us you're joking, Sweden!

Time to unpack your winter clothes – again. As a low-pressure area hits central Sweden, some parts can expect up to 30 centimetres of snow.

Swedish steel giant SSAB donated $10k to Trump's inauguration

SSAB, the Swedish steel manufacturer, sponsored US President Donald Trump's presidential inauguration with $10,000.

Hundreds join kippah walk in northern Sweden to protest against Nazi threats

Hundreds of people took part in a kippah walk in the northern Swedish town of Umeå on Sunday, in support of the local Jewish association which has decided to close its centre following Nazi threats.

'Sweden is a really easy country to settle into. I'd recommend it to anyone'

How does a professional footballer end up stranded on a quiet little island off the Gothenburg coast, hunting frantically for somewhere to sleep?

Zlatan: 'Giving up is not an option'

Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has vowed to return to football despite suffering a serious knee injury.

Swedish anti-terror measures to get political backing

Sweden's government and conservative opposition agree that the country must bolster its defences against terrorism.

Man stabbed on board Swedish train

A man is in critical condition after being stabbed in the stomach on a train between Stockholm and Hallsberg.

Gothenburg fighting 'increasing' rat attacks

Gothenburg is facing a growing rat problem, with pest control call-outs increasing by nearly 20 percent over the last three years, according to reports.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic suffers 'significant knee ligament damage'

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's magical season with Manchester United appears over after the club announced he had suffered a serious knee injury in Thursday's Europa League clash with Anderlecht.

Police were poorly equipped for Stockholm attack, officers say

Heavy-duty protective vests, helmets, and intercom were in short supply during the April 7 attack in central Stockholm, according to incident reports filed by officers working on the scene.

Swedes on the march for science

People rallied against fake news and 'alternative facts' in five Swedish cities on Saturday, as part of a global March for Science initiative.

Bomb squad responded to suspicious item in Gothenburg

A suspicious item found in a Gothenburg square on Saturday morning was harmless, bomb squad personnel confirmed. .

Neo-Nazis to attend iconic Swedish political festival

A Nazi organization is set to attend Sweden's annual political festival for the first time.

Ikea's cheeky response to the Balenciaga bag that looks suspiciously like another bag

Ikea does not seem to mind the attention it has received after Balenciaga launched a new high-fashion tote bag seemingly inspired by the furniture giant's iconic crinkly blue bag.

Malmö fire was not terrorism: court

A fire started at a Malmö Islamic community centre did not constitute an act of terrorism, a Swedish district court has ruled, clearing a Syrian man of all charges, including arson.

Here's when spring will return to Sweden

It's been an unusually cold April in Sweden, but don't despair: there's light on the horizon.

Swedish personal data and ID documents being sold online: report

Swedish personal data and ID documents are being sold and rented out online via Russian-language forums in Sweden, according to a report by Sveriges Radio's Ekot show.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic injury mars Man Utd's Europa progress

A potentially serious injury to Zlatan Ibrahimovic marred Manchester United's progression to their first ever Europa League semi-finals after beating Anderlecht 2-1.

Sweden summons Russia envoy over reports of Chechnya anti-gay violence

Sweden's foreign ministry said on Thursday it had summoned Russia's ambassador for talks following reports of a brutal campaign against gay men by authorities in Chechnya.

Recipe: How to make Swedish wild garlic soup

This recipe for wild garlic soup from food writer John Duxbury is the perfect way to make use of an underrated Swedish spring crop.

Chinese dissident book publisher honoured by Swedish press organization

Chinese-born scholar and book publisher Gui Minhai has been honoured by Swedish press rights group Publicistklubben for his struggle for freedom of speech in China.