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The Expedition NordWay continues to tour the Finnish Lakeland. They are on a pleasure cruiser now. Its captain reveals to Sasha and Kristina that there are so many islands around, thus sometimes locals come across new ones. On one of them, which was discovered long time ago, there is an ancient fortress, St. Olaf’s Castle. Every year it hosts the international opera festival. In this episode about travelling in the North of Europe you explore the northernmost Medieval stone castle and learn when it is the best time to buy tickets for the opera festival.

Rejoice: Spring has finally returned to Sweden

After a bleak April marred by snow and cold holiday weekends, spring weather has finally decided to return to Sweden, with temperatures set to peak at 20 degrees Celsius by the end of the week.

How is Sweden tackling its integration challenge?

Sweden has received some 280,000 asylum applications since 2014, a significant number for a country of 10 million people. Integrating all of those granted asylum into Swedish society is a big task, so just who exactly is responsible for trying to make that happen? What is being done to pull it off, and what are some of the challenges as well as opportunities created along the way? In the first of our Sweden In Focus series, The Local attempts to answer those questions.

Former Swedish PM Bildt worried Putin will 'take Trump for a ride'

Sweden's former prime minister and foreign minister Carl Bildt has expressed his concerns over how Vladimir Putin could influence Donald Trump, warning that the Russian leader may «take Trump for a ride».

From giant beetles to a mini harbour: 11 of Stockholm's best playgrounds

Looking for a simple way to keep the kids busy this weekend? One easy solution that's guaranteed to occupy them is to explore a new playground in Stockholm. From a miniature village to a world of giant stag beetles and mushrooms, here are eleven of the capital's best.

Sweden to end ID checks at border with Denmark

Sweden is to end ID checks on buses, trains and ferries travelling between the country and Denmark, the Swedish government has announced.

AIK fined over transfer of Swedish wonderkid Isak to Dortmund

Stockholm club AIK have been fined by the Swedish football federation for paying an agent during the transfer of teenage wonderkid Alexander Isak to Borussia Dortmund.

Assange asks Sweden to drop arrest warrant now US has expressed intent

Julian Assange’s lawyer has filed a request at Stockholm District Court on Wednesday asking for an immediate end to the arrest warrant against his client, arguing it should be dropped now that the US has openly expressed a desire to charge the 45-year-old.

Norwegian billionaire to build giant ship for environment research

Norwegian billionaire Kjell Inge Røkke is funding the purchase of a giant research vessel for the World Wild Fund for Nature (WWF).

Denmark bans six hate preachers, including five Muslims

Denmark on Tuesday published a blacklist of six foreign preachers accused of spreading hatred, including five Muslims and an American Evangelical pastor, banning them for at least two years.

Sweden to end ID checks on trains from Denmark

Sweden is to end ID checks on buses, trains and ferries travelling between the country and Denmark, the Swedish government has announced.

Danish parliament puts new foreign spouse law on hold

The Venstre (Liberal) Party, the biggest party in Denmark’s coalition government, has postponed talks on a new law enabling spouses of foreign-based Danes to move to the country, citing the emergence of “new solutions.”

Aarhus man sentenced to six months’ prison for making bomb in basement

A 25-year-old man of Somali nationality has been sentenced to six months in prison for making a bomb in the basement of his Aarhus apartment block.

Norwegian 'slow TV' show suspended... because animals moved too slowly

A Norwegian TV show following the progress of migratory reindeer – part of the popular new ‘slow TV’ genre in the Scandinavian country – has been temporarily cancelled after the animals stopped moving.

'Fewer than ever' Norwegians killed in traffic accidents

Fewer people have lost their lives in traffic accidents so far this year in Norway compared with the same period in any other year.

Opinion: This is Zlatan's secret to success

Behavioural scientist Staffan Hultgren of The Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences explains Zlatan Ibrahimovic's recipe for success in this opinion piece first published by SVT Opinion.

Swedish athletes slam plans to reset European records in anti-doping push

Two leading Swedish athletes have criticised a radical plan from the European Athletics Council to wipe out existing European and world records and set a clean slate as part of the fight against doping.

New medical marijuana prescription approved in Sweden

A further person has been granted a licence to use marijuana for medical purposes in Sweden three months after an historic decision from the country's Medical Products Agency (Läkemedelsverket) to allow the first prescriptions of the drug in the country.

Spain arrests Swedish citizen on Peru’s behalf

Spanish authorities have confiscated the passport of a Swedish citizen on the island of Gran Canaria.

Suspect in Swedish family murder case 'can be' convicted: experts

A woman suspected of killing her father in a high-profile Swedish murder case is likely to be convicted despite a lack of technical evidence, experts say.

Swedish municipalities want to fine snus, cigarette butt litterers

Several Swedish municipalities want to impose fines on people the throw cigarette butts and snus tobacco on to the ground.

Sweden probes 'arson attack' on nation's largest Shiite mosque

UPDATED: Sweden's largest Shiite Muslim mosque was badly damaged overnight in a suspected arson attack, police said Monday, adding later that they had made one arrest in connection with the incident.

Anger in Sweden over neo-Nazis’ May Day march

A May Day demonstration by the militant neo-Nazi group the Nordic Resistance Movement (NRM) in Falun elicited strong reactions from Swedes celebrating the traditional workers’ holiday on Monday.

Norwegian Labour Party leader promises 'big changes' in May 1st speech

Jonas Gahr Støre, leader of Norway’s Labour Party, promised at an International Worker’s Day speech in Oslo improvements in labour conditions should his party win September’s election.

Labour Day in Denmark: why is it so special?

International Worker's Day, or Labour Day, is technically not a Danish public holiday but many employers, especially in the public sector, give employees the day off. Here at The Local Denmark we do not fall into that lucky category, so have prepared a lowdown on why May 1st is so important to the Danes.

Danish police confirm shooting incident in Copenhagen

Danish police have confirmed a shooting incident in the central Copenhagen district of Vesterbro Sunday evening.

Sweden to pay damages over Roma register: appeals court

Eleven people will receive 30,000 kronor ($3390) each in damages after an appeals court found they were unlawfully included in the so-called Roma register.

Two people seriously injured as plane crashes in northern Sweden

Two men are seriously injured after their plane crashed near Älvsbyn in the northern county of Norrbotten. One of the men's injuries are described as life-threatening.

Police patrol Norwegian school as students receive death threats on social media

Police officers are patrolling a high school (videregående skole) in the northern county of Nordland after students and teachers have been receiving online death and rape threats.

Maersk to pay 3.7 billion euros for German rival

The world's leading container shipping company, Danish Maersk Line, said Friday it would pay 3.7 billion euros ($4 billion) for the acquisition of German competitor Hamburg Sud.

Recipe: How to make Swedish cloudberry soufflé

Food writer John Duxbury shares his recipe for a very impressive dessert with Swedish delicacy cloudberries.

Football fans attack Swedish police in 'violent riot'

More than two dozen football supporters attacked police after a home game in Norrköping.

Swedish local politician dies from Stockholm terror attack injuries

The number of people killed in the April 7th Stockholm terror attack has risen to five after a woman who was a local politician in western Sweden died in hospital.

In pictures: Get a sneak peek of Stockholm's new Viking museum

«We will crush the myths about the Vikings,» one of the people behind the new museum told The Local.

Everything you need to know about the Swedish murder case that's stranger than fiction

Fraud, forgery, bribery, threats, drowning and stabbings: it's not the work of fiction, but the details that have now emerged from a high-profile Swedish murder case. The Local picks apart the key allegations from the complicated «summer cottage murder» case.

This is officially Sweden's best city for students

Which of Sweden's cities is the best for students? Perhaps it's Lund with its cobbled streets, or Uppsala with its strong culture of student associations? What about Gothenburg, with its array of pubs, or Stockholm and all the attractions the capital offers?

Girl snatched in Cyprus, sparking manhunt for Norwegian father

Cyprus police said on Friday they have made four arrests in connection with the abduction of a four-year-old girl from outside a nursery school as they pressed a widening search.

Danish, EU parliaments agree on Europol deal

The Danish and EU parliaments both voted Thursday for a special agreement that will allow the Scandinavian nation continued participation in the EU's international policing and data resource-sharing organisation Europol.

Erdogan opponents 'monitored' by embassy in Denmark: report

An advisor at the Turkish embassy in Copenhagen has confirmed that it collected information on suspected supporters of the Gülen movement based in Denmark.

New Danish immigration law could lead to discrimination: experts

Denmark’s government wants to make it easier for high-earning foreign-based Danes to move to the country with spouses.

Stockholm pulls out of Winter Olympics bid... again

Swedish capital Stockholm will not vie to host the 2026 Winter Olympic Games over financial concerns, council bosses said.

IN PICTURES: First new Volvo rolls off the line in Sweden

The first new Volvo XC60 has rolled off the production line at the company's Swedish factory.

Mourinho on Zlatan's future in football: 'I don't care'

José Mourinho said he was «not interested» in discussing Zlatan Ibrahimovic's future in Manchester United in the wake of the Swedish striker's season-ending knee ligament injury.

Sweden's record-low interest rate extended until mid 2018

Sweden's record-low interest rate of -0.50 percent has been extended until mid 2018, and will not change early next year as previously intended, the country's central bank has announced.

Overseas voters urged to have their say in the UK general election

With the UK general election just six weeks away on June 8th, it’s important to remember to register to vote if you can and want to have your say.

Swedish woman shocked at SAS uniform policy banning headscarves

A Swedish woman has explained her shock at being told during a job interview with Scandinavian airline SAS that she would have to take off her headscarf if she wanted the position.

Swedish government proposes measures to increase deportation success rate

The Swedish government has proposed new measures to help ensure people who have had a residence permit application rejected leave the country.

Swedish startup's tech could help us talk to dolphins

A Swedish startup has been commissioned to use its artificial intelligence technology to try to communicate with dolphins.

How Sweden's asylum approval rate compares to other EU countries

Sweden granted protection to more asylum applicants per million of the country's inhabitants in 2016 than any other European Union Member State, new figures from EU stats office Eurostat show.

Norwegian loses billions in first quarter of 2017

Norwegian recorded significant losses in the first part of 2017, even though more and more passengers are flying with the low-cost Scandinavian airline.

Norway ranked first for press freedoms in 'post-truth' era

Norway is the top country in the world for press freedom in an era in which global media freedom is coming increasingly under threat, says a new report by Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

Overseas voters urged to have their say in the UK general election

With the UK general election just six weeks away on June 8th, it’s important to remember to register to vote if you can and want to have your say.

Sexism a problem ‘for several years’ in Danish city council: local politician

The chairperson for the Social Democrats in the town of Nyborg has come out in support of a junior female colleague who went public with her experiences of sexist treatment at work.

Denmark maintains press freedoms in 'post-truth' era

Denmark continued its position as one of the few success stories in an era in which global media freedom is coming increasingly under threat, says a new report by Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

Overseas voters urged to have their say in the UK general election

With the UK general election just six weeks away on June 8th, it’s important to remember to register to vote if you can and want to have your say.

Denmark's Dong Energy profits soften as wind drops

Denmark's leading wind energy group Dong Energy said Thursday earnings fell in the first quarter, partly because winds were not up to snuff at the start of the year.

Opinion: 'This is not the Sweden I'm proud of'

In recent years Sweden has allowed racists to stretch the boundaries of what is considered acceptable. This is no longer a country I'm proud of when travelling the world, musician Petter Askergren writes.

Surely the spring weather can't get much worse? Sweden: Hold my beer

The surprise return of winter to Sweden was expected to continue on Tuesday, with forecasters warning that up to 20 centimetres of snow could fall on the east coast north of Stockholm.

Ericsson makes expected hefty loss

Swedish telecom giant Ericsson reported a net loss of 10.9 billion kronor ($1.2 billion) in the first quarter of 2017.

'Facebook rape video' trio sentenced to prison

Three men have been sentenced to prison in connection with the rape of a woman in Uppsala, which was broadcast live on Facebook.

Volvo cheers profit boost thanks to strong European demand

Swedish truck makers Volvo notched up a larger than expected profit boost on Tuesday thanks to strong demand in Europe and Japan.

EU antitrust watchdogs raid Swedish telecom groups

The European Commission on Tuesday said it had carried out surprise inspections at four major Swedish mobile telecommunication companies, which it suspects of having breached EU antitrust rules.

17 arrests in biggest ever Swedish child porn raid

Seventeen people have been arrested following raids against 50 suspected online paedophiles, in what has been described as the biggest police effort against child porn in Swedish history.

Russian radio spread 'fake interview' about mental health in Sweden

Some Russian media outlets are reporting on a wave of mental illness sweeping across Sweden, referring to made-up figures and a faked interview with the director-general of the Swedish Social Insurance Agency, a spokesperson has told The Local.

Sweden releases second man held over Stockholm attack: no longer a suspect

Sweden on Tuesday released a second suspect held in connection with the deadly Stockholm truck attack earlier this month, prosecutors said.

Top ten expat complaints to their Swedish partners

From ketchup to driving skills, when The Local once asked what expats complain about most to their Swedish counterparts, the responses were miscellaneous.

Car drove 15 km wrong way on Öresund bridge without crashing

A car drove around 15 kilometres in the wrong direction on the Öresund crossing between Sweden and Denmark before it was stopped by police.

Swedes like Trump less than any other world leader

US president Donald Trump is the Swedes' least favourite among international leaders, according to a new survey.

Sweden boasts second place in press freedom ranking

Sweden is the second-best country in the world for press freedom, in spite of an overall trend for declining media freedom in the 'post-truth' era.

Sweden's asylum seeker forecast on track for 2017

Tightened border controls in Europe, the EU's treaty with Turkey and Sweden's temporary asylum law means the Swedish Migration Agency's forecast for 2017 is on target so far.

Texting behind the wheel: Soon illegal in Sweden, too?

While most people would probably agree that texting and driving is a bad idea, using a handheld mobile phone behind the wheel is still pretty much perfectly legal in Sweden. But that could soon be about to change.

King Carl Gustaf's guards are under attack – from aggressive birds

The guards at the Drottningholm Palace, home to the Swedish royal family, are under attack from aggressive terns – and the court has applied for permission to shoot the protected seabirds.

Woman caught smuggling gold, khat and cash on Denmark-Norway ferry

A 43-year-old woman was caught carrying khat by customs after taking the Hirtshals-Larvik ferry on Friday.

Norway opposition demands answers over Saudi Arabia women's commission vote

Norway’s opposition parties have asked in parliament that the government confirm whether it voted for Saudi Arabia’s inclusion in a UN women’s rights commission.

Meet the locals: An interview with Tomasz Furmanek

His kayaking pictures have gone viral, and inspired many to go paddling in Norway. Our travel editor Marie Peyre interviewed Bergen resident and Norway enthusiast Tomasz Furmanek to talk kayak, photography and of course travel.

Norwegian rejection of Afghan family reunification linked to sharia law: report

Norway’s immigration authorities have denied an Afghan family reunification due to a lack of documentation which has its roots on the Asian country’s civil law, which is partly derived from Islamic sharia.

How to make friends with expats in Denmark (and why it’s OK)

There is a lot written about making friends with Danes when you move here and how hard it is, so there is no wonder that many expats find themselves becoming friends with other expats.