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in pictures: amazing images of reindeer herding in northern sweden

grahame soden who lives in vormsele in swedish lapland photographed the reindeer being moved down the frozen vindelälven river last year.more of grahame soden's photographs:photo: grahame soden the body of water still freezes over for several moths of the year and b...




'exemplary' sweden a bridge-builder: un secretary-general

the two leaders met at the national library of sweden in stockholm on monday to discuss matters such as reforming the un, the un's work on refugee flow, and the conflict in syria. "sweden has been consistently a bridge-builder in its action on the security council. in a world in which we have seen tension – i believe we can even talk of the resumption of the cold war in many of its aspects – sweden has fully abided by the values of human rights, the need to make sure that international law is respected, and at the same time tried to reduce tensions, bringing together different actors in the international scenario," guterres said in a joint media conference with löfven.more from the un security council's retreat in sweden...




book swedish passport appointments well in advance as summer queues loom: police

appointments can be booked online via the police website, but in some regions they are getting harder to find. "a lot of people are calling us at the switchboard and asking what they should do. we of course try to help, but we have no extra time slots at our disposal. we also use the normal time booking system and book times through it," eva-marie winblad österlind at the stockholm police switchboard said in a statement.for members:how to get swedish citizenship or stay permanently in swedena swedish citizenship ceremony at stockholm city hall. photo: lars pedersen/tt from mid april when many people start to apply for passports for their vacations it can become particularly difficult to get an appointment: "we estimate that y...




summer arrives at 'extremely early' april date in stockholm

meteorologists in sweden consider it to be summer once the temperature has been at least 10 degrees celsius for five days in a row, and that benchmark was achieved in stockholm on april 17th. an "extremely early arrival date" according to national forecaster smhi, who noted that the start of summer has only been registered earlier in the capital on one occasion since they first started recording temperatures way back in 1756.read also: spring heatwave hits swedenpeople swim in malmö's cold april water. photo: johan nilsson/tt that was in 1803, when stockholm's meteorological summer was registered on april 14th, but smhi has some doubts over how accurate the measurement was. apart from that occasion, april 17th is the absolute ...




'my advice to anyone moving to sweden is to be patient'

"my dad's swedish and we didn't have any contact for our entire lives, then one summer one of my best friends who has a swedish girlfriend mentioned 'you have a swedish dad, don't you?'. one thing led to another and i started to look for him, and found him that same night," the canadian told the local. kruse was born in london, but moved to vancouver when he was a toddler, and between the age of two and 23 the closest he got to seeing his biological father was through some photographs his mother kept. that all changed when curiosity sparked by a friend's comment led him to finding his dad online in 2010, then tracking down a phone number. "when i got his number it took me about 20 minutes to dial. making that first call ...




swedes are driving more than ever: statistics

cars with a swedish registration plate drove more than 68 billion kilometres in 2017. that's the highest figure since records began in 1999 and is the rough equivalent of 1.7 million laps around the globe. "it is neither sustainable from an environmental perspective nor from a big city perspective. it leads to noise pollution and gridlock in cities," said anette myhr of traffic statistics state agency trafikanalys. the average car drove 12,110 kilometres in 2017 – a journey one percent shorter compared to the previous year. but the impact is...




avicii takes over spotify charts as fans pay tribute to star dj

on sunday hundreds of fans gathered in bright spring sunshine in stockholm to pay tribute to the electronic dance music superstar and all their fond memories associated with his many hits. and people also took to spotify to remember his music. avicii could be found in 20 spots in the music streaming giant's top-50 list in sweden on monday morning, and an incredible nine spots in the top-10. his music meanwhile occupied 10 of the top-50 spots on spotify's global chart. spotify was always a success story for avicii, whose 'wake me up' became the most played track ever in 2014. in the past year on average 17.7 million spotify users listened to his hits a month.read also: 'avicii was a genius and a music innovator'fans payin...




verdict due in trial of danish inventor accused of journalist's murder

peter madsen, 47 -- who is accused of premeditated murder, aggravated sexual assault and desecrating a corpse -- has repeatedly changed his version of events since his arrest last august, a day after swedish freelance journalist kim wall boarded his submarine to interview the eccentric self-taught engineer and semi-celebrity. madsen has since admitted dismembering wall, 30, and throwing her body parts into the sea but denies killing her. prosecutor jakob buch-jepsen and defence lawyer betina hald engmark are due to present their final arguments on monday, with the judge issuing a verdict no earlier than wednesday. the trial at copenhagen's district court earlier heard evidence that madsen had more than 40 video clips, includ...




swedish avicii fans pay tribute to star dj at stockholm event

following a minute’s silence, the sergels torg square in the swedish capital was filled with the edm superstar’s music and dancing, as well as crying fans. “avicii would not have wanted us to stand still. this has been a fitting tribute,” oskar lindström, one of the many fans who attended the occasion, told newspaper dagens nyheter. the moment of remembrance for the dj, real name tim bergling, was held in bright spring sunshine in stockholm on saturday afternoon. “everything about this is so sad, but it felt natural to come here,” another fan, elinor algovik, said to dagens nyheter (dn). after the minute’s silence, friends and colleagues from the music industry stepped on to the stage to share their favouri...




swedish avicii fans pay tribute to star dj at stockholm event

following a minute’s silence, the sergels torg square in the swedish capital was filled with the edm superstar’s music and dancing, as well as crying fans. “avicii would not have wanted us to stand still. this has been a fitting tribute,” oskar lindström, one of the many fans who attended the occasion, told newspaper dagens nyheter. the moment of remembrance for the dj, real name tim bergling, was held in bright spring sunshine in stockholm on saturday afternoon. “everything about this is so sad, but it felt natural to come here,” another fan, elinor algovik, said to dagens nyheter (dn). after the minute’s silence, friends and colleagues from the music industry stepped on to the stage to share their favouri...




avicii death a coming-of-age in electronic music boom

rock 'n' roll had buddy holly, the psychedelic era had jimi hendrix and janis joplin and grunge had kurt cobain. now electronic dance music has avicii. the electronic music star, whose real name was tim bergling, was not a first-out-the-door pioneer of electronic dance music -- or edm -- a scene that has exploded since the turn of the century and last year was worth $7.4 billion, according to a study by the industry's international music summit in ibiza. but avicii both showed the mainstream possibilities of edm -- and, by the end of his short life, had already become a sage elder who cautioned about the artistic and commercial overreach of the music. avicii came to define the new age of radio-friendly edm in 2011 with "l...




un envoy to discuss syria on second day at sweden’s backåkra

day two of talks at the farmhouse, which was the summer residence of swedish former un secretary-general dag hammarskjöld, is set to be quieter than saturday, with media not permitted access to the location. saturday’s more general discussions of the un’s peacekeeping work and the role of current secretary-general antónio guterres will be followed on sunday by talks on specific situations in a number of countries, particularly syria. no decision is expected, but the hope is that this informal meeting – and the unique environment – will lead to openings that can give tangible results later. sweden’s foreign minister margot wallström has repeatedly stated that no major breakthroughs should be expected at backå...




six out of ten voters in sweden want fewer refugees: poll

conversely, more people think immigration is an overall benefit to sweden than those who think it is detrimental. six out of ten people who participated in the poll, carried out by market research firm ipsos on behalf of newspaper dagens nyheter, said that sweden should accept fewer refugees than current numbers.read also: immigration propels swedish population close to ten million 41 percent said that they would prefer significantly fewer refugees to be accepted, while 19 percent said they would take a slightly lower number. 12 percent answered that they think sweden should accept more refugees than it currently does, the poll found. when the same survey was conducted in 2015, prior to the peak in refugee arrivals in europ...




un security council convenes in remote swedish farmhouse

in a first for the council, which normally holds its annual brainstorming session in upstate new york, the 15 ambassadors and secretary-general antonio guterres have this year been invited to hold its informal meeting in backåkra by sweden, a non-permanent member of the body. the presence of the un's special envoy for syria, staffan de mistura, was not yet confirmed. the farmhouse is the summer residence of dag hammarskjöld, the united nations' second secretary-general who died in a plane crash in africa in 1961. situated in the heart of a nature reserve, just a stone's throw from the baltic sea, the farmhouse consists of four buildings around a courtyard and has been completely renovated in recent years. the sout...




öresund bridge reopens after temporary closure due to smoke

the bridge was briefly closed in both directions on saturday but traffic is now flowing normally, a press spokesperson said. the smoke is reported to have come from a car in the tunnel. “there is normal traffic again in both directions. the smoke came from a car, it was later extinguished and the car has been removed,” sanna holmqvist, press spokesperson with operating company öresundsbron, told tt. the road and rail connection, which li...




swedish dj avicii dies aged 28

avicii at the summerburst festival in gothenburg in 2015. photo: christine olsson/tt swedish artist and producer tim bergling, also known as avicii, has died, aged 28, his spokesperson confirmed on friday. "it is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of tim bergling, also known as avicii. he was found dead in muscat, oman, this friday afternoon local time," said his press representative in a statement. "the family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time. no further statements will be given."read also: 'avicii was a genius and a music innovator' one of sweden's biggest music exports, avicii's first hit 'levels' was releas...




'avicii was a genius and a music innovator, and i cannot believe he is no longer with us'

two years after his unusually early retirement due to nagging health concerns, the swedish dj was found dead on a visit to the gulf kingdom's capital muscat, a statement said. "it is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of tim bergling, also known as avicii," his management said without specifying the cause of death. "the family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time. no further statements will be given."read also: swedish dj avicii dies, aged 28 avicii was among the first djs to break through in the mainstream as electronic dance music grew over the past decade from nightclubs to top 40 radio. he helped produce madonna's last album and created a g...




the local reaches 2000 members – will you be next?

today 2,000 readers of our sites in france, germany and sweden have become paying members – and half that number has joined in the past month. if you're one of the 2,000, i'd like to thank you personally.  for the local, this is a landmark. for the past fourteen years it has been our ambition to focus wholeheartedly on serving the international communities across europe. now that these communities are helping to pay for the local we are liberated like never before to do this. what you've been telling us in your emails and through the articles you choose to read is that you want the local to give you more help to face the practical challenges you face living abroad. but you also tell us that you want to understand more abo...




swedes hit back at nazi vandalism by burning swastika flag

one flag was removed from the road bridge linking stockholm central station to södermalm island via riddarholmen and the old town shortly after 2am on friday, police told the mitti newspaper. police are classifying the incident as racial agitation, but had no suspects by friday afternoon. swastika flags were also hoisted in stockholm suburbs tyresö and outside the council hall in huddinge. they were both removed by the owners of the flag poles early in the morning. "nobody should be able to kidnap the citizens' flag in this way," huddinge mayor daniel dronjak told broadcaster svt, adding that they were now considering installing locks on the ...




swedish for members: do you know what these words really mean?

do you know what a linslus is? take the local's quiz and see ...