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Three men to stand trial over Gothenburg synagogue attack:

May 25th, 2018

Three men are to stand trial in Sweden for an alleged fire bomb attack on a Gothenburg synagogue in 2017, accused of throwing Molotov cocktails at the building.

These are 2018's best places to have fika in Sweden:

May 25th, 2018

Fikasugen? Here are the best cafes of 2018 according to the White Guide, which lists the best places to eat and drink in the country.

Sweden lights forest fire the size of 520 football pitches:

May 25th, 2018

A Swedish state-owned forestry firm has lit what is likely the biggest controlled forest fire in the country ever.

Stockholm brewery launches beer brewed from treated sewage:

May 25th, 2018

A Stockholm brewery is set to launch Sweden's first beer brewed from purified sewage.

Swedish recipe: How to make strawberry compote:

May 25th, 2018

Food writer John Duxbury shares his recipe for strawberry compote with The Local.

Danish and Swedish search for man who fell overboard called off:

May 25th, 2018

Swedish and Danish maritime rescue searched for a man who fell overboard from a freight carrier in the Öresund strait between the two countries just before 10pm.

No end in sight to Sweden's heatwave:

May 25th, 2018

Sweden's heatwave seems to have no end in sight, with 30C expected this weekend.

Five things to know about Sweden's new sexual consent law:

May 24th, 2018

The Riksdag this week voted in favour of tightening Sweden's laws on sex crimes and making consent pivotal in the matter. Here are five key points on the change.

How Sweden got some of the most liberal abortion laws in the world:

May 24th, 2018

Sweden is home to some of the world's most liberal abortion legislation, but the right for women to choose what happens to their bodies is not something to take for granted. The current laws have been in place for just over 40 years, before which thousands of women risked illegal, often unsafe abortions – which for many women around the world remain the only option. As Ireland gears up for a vote on whether to repeal its restrictive eighth amendment, The Local reflects on the history of abortion in Sweden.

The best places to have a safe barbecue in Stockholm:

May 24th, 2018

The dry, hot Stockholm weather means there is currently a ban on using portable barbecues in the open air, putting a dampener on a staple of the Swedish summer. But fear not: there are some special spots where grilling is still permitted. We've picked out five of the best locations in the Swedish capital.

Swedish vicar to make history with first gay church marriage in Spain:

May 24th, 2018

A Swedish vicar is about to become the first priest in Spain to conduct a gay wedding.

Ikea recalls faulty bikes over fears they 'lead to falls':

May 24th, 2018

Swedish furniture giant Ikea on Thursday announced a recall of its bicycles following a string of accidents caused by problems with the drive belt.

Sweden has third 'most powerful' passport in the world:

May 24th, 2018

Sweden has the third most powerful passport in the world, according to a new index which ranks the level of visa-free access passports provide to their holders.

Sweden votes through new sexual consent law:

May 24th, 2018

The Swedish parliament has voted in favour of tightening the country's laws on sex crimes.

Members' quiz: Test your knowledge of this week's headlines in Sweden:

May 24th, 2018

From war to international students: how much do you know about the week that was in Sweden?

Should Philip Roth have won the Nobel Prize?:

May 24th, 2018

Was the Swedish Academy wrong to never honour Philip Roth with a Nobel Literature Prize? The death of the prolific American novellist has led to his admirers scorning the body.

Don't eat Baltic cod, WWF warns:

May 23rd, 2018

Ten species of fish native to the Baltic Sea are in a critical situation, with cod in particular worsening, according to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

Support for anti-immigration Sweden Democrats grows ahead of Swedish election:

May 23rd, 2018

The Sweden Democrats, a far-right and anti-immigration party, have gained momentum and are close behind the nation's two other largest parties ahead of the September 9th general election, according to a survey on Wednesday.

Sweden among EU's most advanced digital economies: Official ranking:

May 23rd, 2018

Sweden is one of the most advanced digital economies in the European Union alongside Denmark, Finland and the Netherlands, a new EU ranking shows.

Swedish gaming giant Avalanche Studios to open new Malmö office:

May 23rd, 2018

Leading Swedish games developer Avalanche Studios has announced an expansion, with a new studio to open in southern city Malmö.

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