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Swedish women's handball team has viral hit with Zumba dance video:

December 11th, 2017

Fresh off the back of qualifying for the quarter-finals of the World Women's Handball Championship for the first time since 2001, the Swedish women's handball team have also chalked up a further success after one of their Instagram videos went viral.


Swedish giant-killers Östersund prepare to face Arsenal in Europa League:

December 11th, 2017

Arsenal's hopes of Europa League glory will be tested in the last 32 by Swedish minnows Östersund, ironically coached by the only English manager left in European competition and founded the same month Arsene Wenger took over the Gunners.


'All forms of anti-Semitic expression are unacceptable': Muslim and Jewish leaders react to anti-Semitic attacks in Sweden:

December 11th, 2017

Jewish and Muslim leaders say that there needs to be more dialogue between religious groups in Sweden about anti-Semitism, following a weekend marred by anti-Semitic incidents in the country.


Swedish government debates #MeToo days after first meeting between the groups involved:

December 11th, 2017

"Despite the serious subject matter, it’s fun to start a revolution," the two women working to coordinate Sweden's #MeToo petitions told The Local.


A dress with a message steals the show at the 2017 Nobel Banquet:

December 11th, 2017

Elaborate ice sculptures, an even more elaborate dress, and an abundance of royalty: it can only be the Nobel Banquet.


More snow on the way for Sweden as icy roads disrupt morning traffic:

December 11th, 2017

Snowfall is on the way for much of Sweden this week, after roads and flights in western Sweden were severely affected on Sunday.


Unaccompanied minors risk falling through the cracks, Sweden's children's rights watchdog warns:

December 11th, 2017

Asylum seekers who arrive in Sweden as unaccompanied minors risk falling through the cracks in society, a report from the country's Ombudsman for Children has warned.


'If you move to Sweden, have a clear plan':

December 11th, 2017

After a long and successful career in tennis coaching which took him to Egypt, Norway, Malta and beyond, Ian Smith decided it was time for a change of pace and relocated to southern Sweden to become a photographer. The Glaswegian told The Local why he felt compelled to relocate to Skåne.


Christian and Muslim leaders express support for Sweden’s Jewish community:

December 10th, 2017

Malmö’s Archbishop and representatives from Muslim organisations have expressed their support for those who have suffered from anti-Semitic incidents this weekend, while Interior Minister Morgan Johansson said the threat against the Jewish community is being taken seriously.


Swedish banks allow investment in nuclear weapons: report:

December 10th, 2017

Several Swedish banks allow investment in companies that manufacture nuclear weapons, according to an analysis.


Anti-nuclear group sounds warning at Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Norway:

December 10th, 2017

The winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), on Sunday warned mankind's destruction is just one "impulsive tantrum away" as the United States and North Korea exchange warlike threats over the nation's nuclear tests.


Three arrested for Molotov cocktail attack on Gothenburg synagogue:

December 10th, 2017

Three people have been arrested after a synagogue in Gothenburg was reported to have been attacked with Molotov cocktails on Saturday night.


Behind the top secret scenes of Stockholm’s Nobel banquet:

December 10th, 2017

Florists, lighting designers and cooks have been rushing around Stockholm's Blå Hallen (Blue Hall) transforming the bare brick interior into the stylish venue for Sunday's annual Nobel banquet, while keeping all the preparations top secret.


Swedish police #MeToo-style Facebook group may be illegal: report:

December 9th, 2017

Nearly 5,000 female police employees have discussed incidents of harassment and abuses of power in the service within a private Facebook group.


Demonstrators in Stockholm set fire to Israeli flag:

December 9th, 2017

Protestors took to the streets of Stockholm on Saturday to protest against US president Donald Trump’s decision to move the American Embassy to Jerusalem.


Anti-Semitic chants heard at Malmö demonstration:

December 9th, 2017

Anti-Semitic slogans as well as angry protests against Arab leaders were heard as around 200 hundred people demonstrated in Malmö on Friday.


How Sweden's housing crisis is fuelling homelessness:

December 9th, 2017

Many people have felt the sting of Sweden's housing crisis. From students looking for a room for the semester, to professionals forking out for pricey sublets while they languish in the housing queue, to parents searching for a larger home for their growing family, it’s a problem that affects very different parts of society, all with varying needs.


Spotify agrees to exchange shares with Chinese tech giant Tencent:

December 8th, 2017

The world's biggest music streaming platform Spotify of Sweden and China's Tencent said on Friday they had agreed to take minority stakes in each other.


PODCAST: Weird Christmas traditions and learning Swedish with IKEA:

December 8th, 2017

In this week's podcast Ben McPartland and James Savage unpick the names of IKEA's furniture, and Alex Macbeth looks at weird Christmas traditions.


Children kidnapped in southern Sweden found safe and well:

December 8th, 2017

Two children who were kidnapped close to their school in southern Sweden on Wednesday were found safe and well on Thursday evening.


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