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may faces brexit pressure at eu summit in sweden

eu leaders will pressure british prime minister theresa may to d...




guess who's back? zlatan ibrahimovic fit to play, mourinho confirms

long-term injury victim zlatan ibrahimovic will make his manchester united retur...




first tickets for sweden's 'man-free' festival to go on sale

emma knyckare, founder of statement festival. photo: kitty lingmerth tickets for what has grabbed global headlines as sweden's first 'man-free' music festival, organized in response to reports of sexual assaults at concerts, will go on sale in less than two weeks. emma knyckare's idea for the festival started with a simple tweet she posted in july after the bråvalla festival in norrköping cancelled its 2018 event after reports of a number of sexual offences. "what do you think about putting together a really cool festival where only non-men are welcome, that we'll run until all men have learned how to behave themselves?" she wrote at the time. following an autumn of news articles and a frenzied social media debate ab...




swedish labour market 'tougher than ever'

the labour market in sweden is under more pressure than in any other country included in a new global report. and the situation is deteriorating each year. one of the key issues is a 'talent mismatch', meaning that while there are jobs available in sweden and job-seekers, there is a shortage of people with the skills the labour market demands. examples of the top skills needed in sweden included accounting, payrolling, qa specialists, and business/financial controllers. sweden was scored at 7.0 out of ten in the hays global skills index, a ten-point scale where a score over five indicated that the labour market was under pressure. this was up from 6.8 last year's edition of the study, which is published by global recruitment ...




podcast: why is sweden deporting its most talented workers?

on this week's podcast we look at sweden's controversial work permit maze, and we also swear a bit (sorry). our podcast this week looks at why jamaica is all the rage in germany, why sweden is deporting it...




swedish music stars call for an end to sexual harassment

robyn, first aid kit, and zara larsson. photos: maja suslin jonas ekströmer, janerik henriksson/tt almost 2,000 women in the swedish music industry have signed a petition condemning sexual harassment in the industry. zara larsson, robyn, first aid kit, and icona pop were among the 1,993 women who put their names to the statement, published in sweden’s dagens nyheter on friday. the appeal began in a closed facebook group, which had over 3,000 women as members, many of whom shared their own experiences of harassment and assault they had experienced in connection with their work. one of the women told dn: "we realized, inspired by earlier appeals, that we had to address the power structures that are abused in our industry...




tusk calls for 'much more progress' from uk on brexit at eu summit in sweden

european council president donald tusk and swedish prime minister stefan löfven. photo: jonas ekströmer / tt eu president donald tusk warned britain friday to make "much more progress" on its brexit bill and the irish border by the start of next month to unlock the next phase of talks. tusk said he had told british prime minister theresa may that without more compromises, eu leaders could not agree to open trade negotiations with britain when they meet in brussels on december 14th."we need to see more progress from the uk side. while good progress on citizens' rights is being made, we need to see much more progress on ireland and on the financial settlement," tusk told a press conference in in the swedish city of gothenburg, where...




the local's swedish word of the week - part 8

every week we ask a swede, or a foreigner in sweden, to explain their favourite wo...




guess who's back? zlatan ibrahimovic fit to play, mourinho confirms

zlatan ibrahimovic. photo: anders wiklund/tt long-term injury victim zlatan ibrahimovic will make his manchester united return against newcastle united on sunday, manager josé mourinho announced on friday. france midfielder paul pogba will also return. he has been out since september with a hamstring injury, while former sweden striker ibrahimovic has not played since damaging knee ligaments against anderlecht in april. "the players that stayed here and (were) recovering from injuries, even the ones that are recovering from big injuries, they are ready to play," mourinho told mutv. asked to identify the long-term absentees in contention to face newcastle at old trafford, mourinho replied: "pogba, ibrahimovic and marcos ...




is life in sweden impossible without a personal number?

if you're an eu citizen you have the right to study swedish for immigrants without a personal id number. photo: pontus lundahl/tt most people in sweden have one, but for those who don't, just how difficult is life in the country without a personal identity number (personnummer)? many internationals will have to go through that experience when they first arrive in the country. to test some of the areas where not having a personal number could be an issue, the local made hours of calls in which we pretended to be a newcomer to sweden without one, and asked to sign up for services.read our full investigation here. from big cities like stockholm and gothenburg, to smaller ones like karlstad and östersund, we quizzed everyone from ...




theresa may tells swedish media she is close to deal on citizens' rights and financial offer

british prime minister theresa may arrives at the eu summit. photo: ap photo/virginia mayo/tt speaking to a swedish newspaper on thursday, british prime minister theresa may suggested that she hoped to offer a financial deal to the eu next month – and claimed that all uk ministers were behind her vision for brexit. the british pm is in sweden for the eu social summit in gothenburg on friday, where she is expected to come under pressure to move faster on brexit plans.read more: five things to look out for at the eu summit in sweden speaking to sweden's dagens nyheter by e-mail, may said: "as [minister for brexit] david davis said last week, we have made significant progress on all the issues that must be resolved." key issu...




who is måns zelmerlöw? swedish eurovision winner to co-host uk search for 2018 entry

former eurovision winner måns zelmerlöw. photo: claudio bresciani/tt swedish singer, tv host, and former eurovision winner måns zelmerlöw will host the tv search for the uk's entry to the contest. zelmerlöw will co-host eurovision: you decide, set to be broadcast live from the southern english city of brighton next february. the venue, brighton dome, is where abba won the 1974 edition of the contest with their performance of waterloo.in pictures: måns zelmerlöw through the years zelmerlöw will share the honour of hosting with british presenter mel giedroyc, who is best known for her role as co-host of the great british bake off. the lund-born singer was a household name in sweden long before his eurovision fame, havi...




'alter schwede!': the surprising role of old swedes in the german language

every language has common sayings which, when directly translated, seem to make absolutely no sense, and the german phrase "alter schwede", meaning "old swede" is a perfect example. "old swede, you've gotten so tall," seems like an odd thing to say to a twelve-year-old german boy, but to germans, "alter schwede, bist du groß geworden," makes total sense. "alter schwede" is used as a term of surprise in germany. according to dr. anatol stefanowitsch, a linguistics professor at the free university in berlin, the phrase is not definitively used by one particular age group, but you are more likely to hear an adult than a teenager or child exclaiming "alter schwede!" while it is a term of surprise though, it is...




dog-owners live longer, say swedish scientists

golden retrievers, like the one pictured, are one of the best breeds for your health. photo: bernd weissbrod/dpa, via ap/tt swedish scientists have found that owning a dog can lower a person's risk of mortality, in a study published in scientific report. scientists examined data relating to swedes aged between 40 and 80, who in 2001 (when registration of dog ownership was first made obligatory) had no history of cardiovascular disease. over the next 12 years, dog owners had a lower risk of death due to cardiovascular disease or other causes than those without a dog, according to the study's results. the effect was particularly pronounced among people who lived alone, with dog-owners in single-person households having a 3...




how to make swedish beetroot baked in salt

salt baked beetroot. photo: john duxbury/swedish food food writer john duxbury shares his recipe for this stylish beetroot, baked in salt. the humble beetroot when baked in salt becomes a stylish starter served in expensive restaurants in sweden and across the world, yet it is very easy to make. it looks and smells good when it is broken open at the table and the delicious aroma of the beetroot is released. this recipe makes a nice starter which normally serves one person if the beetroot is served with some nice vinegar and good quality rye bread. however, i prefer to divide the beetroot between two people and accompany it with some venison prosciutto, freshly grated horseradish and toasted sourdough, or with som...




things you can (and cannot) do without a swedish personal number

it's still possible to open a bank account in sweden without a personal number? photo: fredrik sandberg/tt if there's such a thing as a key to sweden, it may just be the personal number (personnummer). used for everything from joining loyalty schemes to bank accounts, the common wisdom is that it's virtually impossible to get by in the scandinavian country without the sacred 10-digit code. this is a premium article. you are able to read the full version because you are a member of the local. thanks for joining us. read more about what you get here. but is that really true? would a newcomer to the country without one be left stranded? the local put the theory to the test in six different areas. we made hours of calls in whic...




is life in sweden impossible without a personal number?

if you're an eu citizen you have the right to study swedish for immigrants without a personal id number. photo: pontus lundahl/tt most people in sweden have one, but for those who don't, just how difficult is life in the country without a personal identity number (personnummer)? many internationals will have to go through that experience when they first arrive in the country. to test some of the areas where not having a personal number could be an issue, the local made hours of calls in which we pretended to be a newcomer to sweden without one, and asked to sign up for services.read our full investigation here. from big cities like stockholm and gothenburg, to smaller ones like karlstad and östersund, we quizzed everyone from ...




readers: share your experiences of the swedish personal number

fill out the form to share your experience. photo: izabelle nordfjell/tt the local is investigating how easy or difficult it is for n...




five top tips if you don't have a personal number in sweden

not having a personal id number can be frustrating. photo: bertil ericsson/tt still waiting to receive a personal id number in sweden? surviving comfortably in the meantime can be frustrating, so with that in mind, we've pulled together some tips for getting by. this is a premium article. you are able to read the full version because you are a member of the local. thanks for joining us. read more about what you get here.1. know your rights one of the most important places to start is to be clued up on what you are or are not entitled to. did you know for example that eu citizens without a personal number are still entitled to study swedish for immigrants – contrary to what many people may believe? the solvit centre at sweden's...




may faces brexit pressure at eu summit in sweden

uk prime minister theresa may and swedish prime minister stefan löfven. photo: björn larsson rosvall/tt eu leaders will pressure british prime minister theresa may to do more to reach a brexit deal as they meet at a summit in sweden. the brexit crisis threatens to overshadow the meeting in the swedish port city of gothenburg, which is supposed to focus on fair jobs and growth in the european union. may will hold talks with eu president donald tusk as a deadline looms for britain to make enough progress to move on to trade talks in december. "tusk will inform may that such a positive scenario is not a given, will require more work and that time is short," an eu source told afp of the meeting at 12.30pm. former polish pr...