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Five great day trips to do from Gothenburg:

February 23rd, 2019

Gothenburg has a lively culture scene, plenty of green spaces and food and drink in abundance, but sometimes you just need to escape the city. The West Coast and nearby towns provide plenty of opportunities for a memorable day trip from Sweden's second city: here are five of our favourite destinations complete with insider tips.


Swedish orchestra to ban soloists and conductors from flying:

February 22nd, 2019

One of Sweden's leading symphony orchestras is to ban conductors and soloists who come to play with it from coming by plane, in what it is billing as "the world's first sustainable orchestral season".


Malmö demands a billion kronor for lost Danish tax:

February 22nd, 2019

Malmö has demanded that it be given direct control of the almost one billion kronor ($107m) a year in compensation paid by Denmark for taxes lost to those who commute across the Öresund Bridge.


Swedish teen climate activist Greta brings school strike protest to Paris:

February 22nd, 2019

Swedish teenage climate campaigner Greta Thunberg was joined by hundreds of students in Paris on Friday, as she brought her growing protest to the French capital.


Swedish word of the day: palla:

February 22nd, 2019

Today we're taking a look at a slang term that's quite handy to know. If you can be bothered, that is.


What you need to know about second-hand rentals in Sweden – and how to avoid being ripped off:

February 22nd, 2019

More and more people who live in second-hand rentals in Sweden are claiming they have been illegally overcharged by landlord. The Local speaks to an expert to find out how prices have changed, why, and how renters can avoid being ripped off.


Man locked up for stealing Sweden's royal jewels:

February 22nd, 2019

A 22-year-old man has been jailed for his role in the theft of priceless 17th-century crown jewels from a Swedish cathedral last year – a heist so brazen it grabbed global headlines.


Why international students are flocking to Stockholm:

February 22nd, 2019

In the past three years, the number of international university students making their way to Stockholm has increased by a staggering 20 percent – and the quality of education is not the only reason. The Local takes a closer look at the reasons why.


Strong winds and slippery conditions across large parts of Sweden:

February 22nd, 2019

Large parts of Sweden can expect an icy start to the weekend with slippery conditions on the roads, and in the mountainous regions strong winds are expected.


A stay in the know: Stockholm's fanciest hotels:

February 22nd, 2019

There are times when you want to push the metaphorical boat out. When you're looking to slip into something a little more exclusive. With those moments in mind, here's our insider's guide to Stockholm's fanciest hotels.


Report reveals what people around the world think of Sweden:

February 22nd, 2019

Sweden's international reputation has remained mostly stable despite a number of negative reports about the country overseas, a new study suggests.


Watchdog launches probe into Swedbank after money laundering allegations:

February 21st, 2019

Sweden's finance watchdog has announced an investigation into Swedbank over allegations that the lender may have been used for money laundering of billions of kronor, on the same day that the bank launched its own external investigation into the claims.


'I could be deported to Iran because Sweden doesn't believe I'm gay':

February 21st, 2019

An Italian student in Stockholm is campaigning to save his boyfriend from being deported to Iran, after the 19-year-old's asylum application was rejected on the grounds that his account of his homosexuality and relationship was "unreliable".


Several Swedish airport workers linked to criminal gangs: police report:

February 21st, 2019

Several people working at Sweden’s biggest airport have direct or indirect links to some of the country’s most notorious criminal networks, a leaked police report showed on Thursday.


Swedish word of the day: pröjsa:

February 21st, 2019

Learning this word is sure to pay off.


Self-driving buses to hit Swedish public roads next year:

February 21st, 2019

Two full-length self-driving buses are set to start trafficking a popular Stockholm route next year, reportedly making Sweden the first country in Europe to start deploying autonomous buses on public roads.


The day Stockholm was bombed by the Soviet Union:

February 21st, 2019

Seventy-five years ago, Sweden's questionable wartime neutrality, a Russian spy, and three "missing" Soviet bombers led to devastation in Stockholm.


Swedish teen’s worldwide strike for climate ‘without precedent’:

February 21st, 2019

”Strike for climate”. With that simple plea, 16-year-old Swede Greta Thunberg has inspired children worldwide to boycott classes under the anxious gaze of adults who don’t quite know how to react.


Skåne has become the Danes' favourite getaway:

February 20th, 2019

If you go to a spa hotel, campsite, or nature reserve in Skåne this year, you may notice a strange yelping and rasping sound echoing around you. That is Danish.


Sweden-Hungary relations turn frosty as diplomatic row escalates:

February 20th, 2019

A diplomatic row over Budapest's new family policy heated up between Sweden and Hungary on Wednesday.


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