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 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(...)

Fast furniture: Billy bookcases on the Ikea website; they start at €19

As the walls close in, many of us are sprucing them up, spurred to act after hours of looking, during weeks of working from home, at the colour of our(...)

A picture taken earlier this month shows people keeping social distances at a shopping centre  in Stockholm. Photograph: Henrik Montgomery/ TT news agency/ AFP via Getty Images

On paper, Sweden’s approach to the coronavirus crisis seems far more logical than that of its European neighbours. Whereas the rest of the world eithe(...)

A woman enters her nursing home in Stockholm, Sweden, during the Covid-19 pandemic. File photograph: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP via Getty Images

If these were normal times, you might have been greeted by Lovisa as you boarded your SAS flight somewhere.  Instead, for the last month, the 20(...)

A billboard  about the importance of social distancing to prevent the spread of the coronavirus  on a facade in Stockholm, Sweden, on  April 29th. Photograph: Fredrik Sandberg/TT News Agency via Reuters

Sweden’s unique strategy to deal with coronavirus will ensure it has only a small second wave of cases unlike other countries that could be forced to (...)

Ronan Lynch, chairman of the LVA and owner of The Swan on Dublin’s Aungier Street. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Swan has a long and storied history. The well-known Dublin pub derives its name from the time when most people were illiterate and pubs were ident(...)

Col Billy Ringrose pictured with former Irish Times equestrian correspondent Grania Willis in 2005. Photograph: Frank Miller

Col Billy Ringrose, described as one of the greats of Irish showjumping following his death earlier this week, was an “exemplary ambassador” for Irela(...)

A woman sunbathes alone with a book,  following non-mandatory social distancing guidelines in Stockholm. Photographs: Andres Kudacki/New York Times

She stands leaning on her cane, briefly resting among dozens of bubbly young Swedes out enjoying one of the first sunny spring days of the year. “I’m(...)

Former Irish Times equestrian correspondent Grania Willis with  Col Billy Ringrose. Photograph: Frank Miller

The death has taken place of Col Billy Ringrose, a star of the Irish showjumping scene in the 1950s and 1960s. The 89-year-old who had been in ill hea(...)

When gyms reopen, our muscles should rapidly rebound. Photograph: iStock

For those of us sheltering at home because of the coronavirus and unable to visit the gym or otherwise weight train, a new study of the inner workings(...)

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