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man killed in malmö shooting

police were called out at just after 9pm by several people who had heard the sound of gunshots. when they arrived they found the man, in his 20s, injured on the pavement. he later died at the scene. several people were brought in for questioning, but there were no arrests by midnight. unconfirmed witness reports claim that one or several shooters left the scene on a moped. "there are a lo...




'don't be afraid of foreign workers. we are a key part of sweden's future'

sweden is among the top countries in the world in areas such as new businesses, innovation and technology, economy, healthcare, education, transparency, gender equality, and many more. sweden has a lot to be proud of. but we cannot ignore the contribution made by the foreign workforce in this country. going back all the way to the 1500s, when the walloons came here to work in mining and other industries, migrant labour in sweden has been a win-win situation for centuries. sweden provided security and stability, and immigrant workers have brought their skills, experiences and labour. sweden's success and growth thanks to diversity is undeniable.members q&a: why is sweden deporting skilled foreign workers?ali omumi with his w...




italian water bombers to help fight wildfires in sweden

sweden has been fighting wildfires all summer, and more were reported overnight, including in the hälsingland region were firefighters have already spent days trying to put out blazes. two italian water bombers – canadair cl-415 with capacity to carry 6,000 litres of water in one go – are expected to land in örebro on wednesday and will be in sweden for eight days to help put out the flames. in ljusdal municipality in gävleborg county, residents in enskogen and ängra have been told to evacuate, and people in surrounding areas should stay inside and close doors and windows.italian water bombers fighting a wildfire in nacka south of sto...




'sweden keeps pulling me back': how this nomadic actor fell in love with stockholm

it seems only fitting that some of the most remarkable viking finds have been discovered by researchers at stockholm university. after all, it is...




undetonated ammunition and 'worst possible weather' delays work to extinguish swedish forest fires

wild fires have been burning through the forest in älvdalen since friday, but despite the efforts of 20 firefighters as well as several helicopters, they are not yet under control. "at 00:30 we were made aware that the area is a so-called 'target area' for artillery, which could mean there is undetonated high-calibre ammunition there. staff had to immediately evacuate the area with a risk perimeter of 600 metres," älvdalen municipality explained on their facebook page on monday. "a 700 metre line of water cannons has been created. it is also hoped that we can water-bomb from helicopters in certain places." three helicopters were finally able to get in the air and start water-bombing the area later on monday, after experts ...




sweden sees rise in number of drownings in connection with heatwave

in may and june a combined 39 people drowned in sweden (21 in may and 18 in june), with five of the fatalities children, according to preliminary figures from the swedish lifeguard society (svenska livräddningssällskapet). that is already as many child deaths from drowning as there were in the 12 months of 2017. in total 92 people died by drowning last year, and the overall figure for 2018 so far is 62.read also: sweden issues 'unusual' weather warning as heatwave continues "what sticks out above all is the number of fatalities caused by swimming accidents," svenska livräddningssällskapet explained. the agency recomm...




members' q&a: why is sweden deporting skilled foreign workers?

this article is available to members of the local. read more membership exclusives here.what's the issue? hundreds of skilled foreign workers have been deported or are facing deportation from sweden after the swedish migration agency refused to extend their work permits. in many cases, the reason for the rejection is a small or minor error, often relating to a previous job or something which has since been fixed. this has become known as 'kompetensutvisning' (roughly 'deportation of talent') in swedish. it's not only a major problem for the affected professionals, who are likely to have put down roots in sweden during the time spent working here, but also for the swedish economy which relies on foreign talent to plug skills s...




sweden to reach 2030 renewable energy goal in 2018

in 2012, sweden and norway set the target of increasing production of electricity from renewables by 28.4 terawatt hours within eight years. already well ahead of schedule, in 2017 the swedes then increased their target by a further 18 twh, aiming to achieve the heightened goal by 2030. but that goal is likely to be met in 2018 if wind turbine production continues on its current course, the world economic forum reports, with 3,681 turbines due to be operating in the country by the end of the year.read also: sweden leads in eu climate ranking strong investment in renewable sources is the main reason for the progress, the swedish energy agency (energimyndigheten) explained. "when the government decided on a swedish target increas...




'sweden keeps pulling me back': how this nomadic actor fell in love with stockholm

the actor, singer and writer, originally from west sussex, moved to finland in 2013 after he fell in love with a finnish girl at drama school. killik succeeded in getting a role in the swedish performance of jesus christ superstar at åbo svenska teater in turku, a finnish city across the baltic sea from sweden. while on the job he met several swedish people who encouraged him to audition for a shakespeare play in stockholm. in 2014 he took the boat to sweden and auditioned for the role of benedick in much ado about nothing, and got it. the plan was to only stay in sweden for three months, but after getting a job at stockholm city theatre (stadsteatern), he ended up staying a further 10 months. before he knew it, it had been ...




stockholm odenplan reopens after escalator scare

two of the swedish capital's busiest stations closed on friday after an escalator lost control a few days earlier and started running at speed in the wrong direction and sent people tumbling. nobody was seriously injured, but when public transport operator sl investigated what had happened, significant rust and wear and tear was discovered inside the escalator's gearbox. the escalator is only be around a year old, so sl then decided at an emergency overnight meeting to shut down both stations with immediate effect for safety reasons, and examine the rest of the escalators.read also: stockholm commuter train stations shut for safety reasons odenplan opened at 4.10am on monday with 16 out of 21 escalators in use. three of them...




sweden issues 'unusual' weather warning as heatwave continues

sweden's national weather agency smhi on sunday issued a class-two alert for "extremely high temperatures" (the most serious temperature warning) in counties in central parts of the country: örebro, västmanland, södermanland, uppsala and stockholm. the warning means that temperatures are expected to reach 30c or more five days in a row. "it is the first time since 2014 we are issuing this warning," meteorologist linus dock told news agency tt. "you could say it's unusual. it is a relatively new warning category which was developed in 2011." while many of the local's readers may be from countries where such temperatures are par for the course in...




not easy for sweden to send foreign criminals to eu: prison service

the number of transfers between eu prisons have in fact decreased since new rules, designed to make it easier for eu citizens to serve prison sentences in their home countries, were introduced, tt reports. around one third of all people who begin serving sentences in swedish prisons each year are foreign nationals. that has equated to around 3,000 people annually in recent years, tt reports. the swedish prison service said it generally prefers prisoner to serve penalties in their home countries. “it goes without saying that it is easier to serve a meaningful sentence in the country where you have your family and can be visited,” said liza gefzelius, section manager with the swedish prison and probation service. many peopl...




sweden mulls political aid for drought-hit farmers

the drought, which has spread across the country, has left many farmers in a precarious economic situation, and the federation of swedish farmers (lantbrukarnas riksförbund, lrf) has called for assistance from the state to help farmers through the crisis. “if farmers are to survive as viable businesses we need support. they will incur higher costs and maybe already higher liquidity in their companies,” lrf co-chair palle borgström said earlier this week. those pleas appear to have been heard by parliamentarians. “we must make financial resources available from the state budget,” minister for rural affairs sven-erik bucht said. the amount of support that...




man charged in sweden in connection with murder using ipad

the crime, which occurred at a hotel in bromma in the west of the swedish capital, was committed using a tablet computer as a weapon, expressen reports. the 24-year-old was arrested a few days after the suspected murder on suspicion of having committed the crime. during police interviews, he is said to have admitted being in a dispute with the victim which ended in physical confrontation. he said he used a “loudspeaker and an ipad” as weapons during the fight, according to expressen’s report. the victim was ...




fugitive who vanished in sweden sparks international search notice

the search effort in the area around where the 25-year-old convict escaped ended on friday, and the case has been transferred to police in stockholm. he was being transported from a psychiatric detention centre in gothenburg to salberga prison in sala when he escaped from a stopped transport vehicle between finnerödja and laxå at around 11:30am on thursday. according to police, there was no violent struggle involved in the escape. the suspect, reportedly barefoot and still in handcuffs, ran into a heavily wooded area. “we have had a nationwide alert since the day he disappeared,” eva nilsson, press officer with stockholm police, said, adding that the man was now being searched ...




more high temperatures on the way to sweden

the long-lasting warm weather was described as “unusual” by smhi meteorologist linus dock. some rainy spells will accompany the heat, however, with wet weather most likely in eastern götaland down to blekinge and parts of svealand and norrland. that aside, the country will see hot, sunny weather with temperatures exceeding 30 degrees celsius in a number of areas including stockholm, gävle and umeå. “it will be cooler in the north but between 15 and 20 degrees in northern lapland,” dock said. smhi’s class 1 hot weather warning applies to the counties of örebro, västmanland, södermanland, uppsala and stockholm. that means that temperatures are expected to reach 30 degrees...




rail services delayed by swedish forest fires

a fire in finnerödja has resulted in a diversion to the service between gothenburg and stockholm. passengers have therefore been told to expect delays. the fire, which had raged since early friday afternoon, has now been contained and is under control. “we have 20-25 people at the scene. there is no fire at present but there is a lot of smoke from things that are smouldering,” senior firefighter marin duberg of the fire service in nerike told tt. up to 60 hectares of countryside are estimated to have burnt in the fire. the rail line between laxå and töreboda has been closed as a result of the blaze. “all trains are being diverted. passengers will be able to travel between gothenburg and stockholm, but with delays...




members' quiz: how good is your swedish?

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members' quiz: how good is your swedish?

member sign-in  ·  become a membermy account  ·  member sign-out editions: austria · denmark · france · germany · italy · norway · spain · sweden · switzerlandsign up for our free today in sweden newsletter the [email protected]@thelocalsweden 12 july 201809:33 cest+02:00 membership exclusivesmembers quizlanguageswedish for membersshare this articledo you know these swedish words? photo: ap photo/francisco seco the [email protected]@thelocalsweden 12 july 2018 09:33 cest+02:00 do you know what these swedish words really mean? try our quiz for members of the local to find out.sign up for our free today in sweden newslettermembership exclusivesmembers quizlanguageswedish for member...




members' quiz: how good is your swedish?

member sign-in  ·  become a membermy account  ·  member sign-out editions: austria · denmark · france · germany · italy · norway · spain · sweden · switzerlandsign up for our free today in sweden newsletter the [email protected]@thelocalsweden 12 july 201809:33 cest+02:00 membership exclusivesmembers quizlanguageswedish for membersshare this articledo you know these swedish words? photo: ap photo/francisco seco the [email protected]@thelocalsweden 12 july 2018 09:33 cest+02:00 do you know what these swedish words really mean? try our quiz for members of the local to find out.sign up for our free today in sweden newslettermembership exclusivesmembers quizlanguageswedish for member...