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Working towards an inclusive Sweden one Midsummer at a time:

June 26th, 2019

How can Swedish traditions be used to help newcomers to the country meet Swedes and integrate into the culture? The Local spoke to the founders of one organization that aims to do just that, when contributor Madeline Tersigni attended their Midsummer celebration.

Sweden just had its hottest day of the year so far:

June 26th, 2019

Sweden had its hottest day of the year on Wednesday when temperatures reached 31.3C in Skåne, southern Sweden.

Is Malmö's pogo stick e-mobility startup for real?:

June 26th, 2019

Cangaroo, the Malmö-based startup offering to hire pogo sticks through an app won viral coverage. But is it for real? The Local tracked down Adam Mikkelsen, founder of ODD Company, the "super-creative PR company" behind it, to find out.

Swedish gang leader shot dead in Copenhagen:

June 26th, 2019

Two Swedish men were killed in Copenhagen on Tuesday night after unknown assailants fired more than ten shots into their Malmö-registered car.

Stockholm's international library is moving and not everyone's pleased:

June 26th, 2019

Stockholm's international library is moving to a new location, with the council citing costs and greater ease of hosting events as the main reasons for the change. But critics have said this will be detrimental to Stockholm's literary community and speakers of multiple languages across the whole country.

Landmark case: Swedish court fines man for not deleting hate speech on Facebook:

June 26th, 2019

A 52-year-old man who neglected to delete racist comments in his Facebook group has been fined by a court in Sweden.

58 workers forced to leave Sweden after police raid strawberry farms:

June 26th, 2019

Fifty-eight berry pickers were expelled from Sweden after raids on strawberry farms.

Fire destroys strip club after explosion in central Swedish city Örebro:

June 26th, 2019

A strip club in an industrial area of Örebro in central Sweden was gutted in a blaze after a suspected explosion at the venue in the early hours of Wednesday.

Ask the author: The story behind bestseller The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Rules:

June 26th, 2019

The Local Sweden's Book Club has been reading The Little Old Lady Who Broke all the Rules, a comedy about a group of elderly people who turn to a life of crime in protest at the poor conditions in their care home. We spoke to author Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg, who is currently writing the fourth book of the series, about her inspiration and reaction to the novel's huge success.

Pharmacies in Sweden run out of contraceptive pill:

June 25th, 2019

A brand of contraceptive pill with a particular type of oestrogen has run out in all of Sweden's pharmacies, which could make it hard for those who use it to find an equivalent.

Essential guide: How to buy the Swedish summer house of your dreams:

June 25th, 2019

Many people in Sweden have a summer house or 'sommarstuga' to escape to during their long holidays. And it might be easier than you think to get one of your own. There are a large number of summer residences on the property market, usually at much cheaper prices than standard houses, making it an affordable luxury for many.

Swedish supermarkets to stop selling disposable barbecues:

June 25th, 2019

Coop, ICA and Lidl are among the Swedish supermarket chains that will no longer stock disposable barbecues, due to environmental concerns as well as fire risk.

Lund car rampage: Driver 'heard voices' telling him to hit pedestrians:

June 25th, 2019

A court has ordered an Afghan man to undergo psychiatric care and then be deported after he took a car and attempted to run over ten cyclists and pedestrians during an attack of mental illness.

Sweden face clash with Germany in Women's World Cup quarters:

June 25th, 2019

Sweden's coach reveals his unusual method of preparation, after his team beat Canada to reach the women's World Cup quarter-finals.

'We are working in an industry that is coming to reality as we speak':

June 25th, 2019

MY SWEDISH CAREER: Over the past three years, Lorenzo Consoli has been learning how to navigate Sweden's startup world, while setting up a business which he hopes will help the half a billion people around the globe suffering from respiratory conditions.

Italy beats Sweden to host 2026 Winter Olympics:

June 24th, 2019

Milan-Cortina d'Ampezzo has been chosen to host the 2026 Winter Olympic Games, beating Stockholm-Åre's bid.

Swedish word of the day: hålla tummarna:

June 24th, 2019

In today's vocabulary column, we're looking at a short phrase that comes in useful in Swedish.

Students: Tell us about your residence permit experience:

June 24th, 2019

Whether you came to Sweden on a student permit, or applied for permanent residence following your doctoral studies – The Local wants to hear your story.

The Local's readers: How Sweden's 'cashless society' affects international residents:

June 24th, 2019

Fewer and fewer Swedes use cash in their daily lives, but for international residents struggling to set up a bank account or platforms such as Swish, the cashless society can be a headache. The Local asked our readers what they think.

Want to escape Europe's 40C heatwave? Head to Sweden:

June 24th, 2019

Sweden will be spared the worst of the heatwave gripping much of Europe this week.

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