Despite letting its economy run unimpeded, Sweden still suffered business-destroying, prosperity-diminishing damage and at nearly the same magnitude of its neighbours. File photograph: Getty Images

Ever since the coronavirus emerged in Europe, Sweden has captured international attention by conducting an unorthodox, open-air experiment. It has all(...)

 Visitors look at the animals in their enclosures at the Blaavand Zoo, in southwest Jutland, Denmark. Zoos reopened in the country late last week. Photograph: John Randeris/EPA

Denmark was one of the first European countries to close down its public spaces to stem the spread of coronavirus, shutting its borders, schools and r(...)

Katharina Ó Cathaoir with her father Brendan Ó Cathaoir, who worked for The Irish Times for 35 years.

“The death of a loved one is a strange, desolate experience,” my father wrote in this paper in December 2000. Nineteen years to the day, he lay dying (...)

It appears as though people simply aren’t in the humour for pratical jokes this April. Photograph: iStock

Round about now, in the normal world, we would be publishing a story detailing all the “hilarious” April Fool’s Day pranks played by newspapers on the(...)

Is Ireland the right place at the right time for phantom investments? The Minister for Business, Heather Humphreys pictured at IDA Ireland’s annual results last year. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

As talks on global corporate tax reform reach a crunch stage, the State’s reputation continues to take heavy hits. One recent report said that the bul(...)

Mette Frederiksen of the Danish Social Democrats: has agreed to reverse some of the strict immigration curbs adopted by the outgoing centre-right government. Photograph: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

Mette Frederiksen is to become Denmark’s youngest prime minister after her Social Democratic party agreed to soften its anti-immigration stance and fo(...)

Scientists say a discovery in Siberia could help unpick longstanding mysteries about the ancestors of native North Americans. File photograph: iStock

It was cold, remote and involved picking fights with woolly mammoths – but it seems Siberia 30,000 years ago was home to a hardy and previously unknow(...)

An alcohol-free trip to Vegas was the longest four-day junket of my life. Photograph: iStock

Two days after I found out I was pregnant, I was sent on an all-expenses press trip to Las Vegas (I’m not even remotely ashamed at this humongous brag(...)

Ella Rasmussen’s doctors started to prod her about children when she turned 30. She was single, suffered from endometriosis, and contemplated a hyster(...)

People observe a forest fire in Brejo village, Monchique, Faro south of Portugal on Monday. Photograph: Filipe Farinha/EPA

The world is at risk of entering “hothouse” conditions where global average temperatures will be 4-5 degrees higher even if emissions reduction target(...)

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