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Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman: “The Swedish government should understand that Middle East relations are more complex than a piece of self-assembled Ikea furniture.” Photograph: Maya Hitij/Reuters

The Swedish government officially recognised the state of Palestine today, the first western European country to do so.Stockholm’s move reflects grow(...)

HMS Visby and two minesweepers lie moored at the jetty at Berga marine base outside Stockholm after a military search for a suspected foreign vessel in Swedish waters was called off. Photograph: Fredrik Sandberg/EPA

Swedish authorities have called off their week-long search for a suspected submarine in the Stockholm archipelago.Military authorities said today that(...)

Swedish corvette HMS Stockholm patrols Jungfrufjarden in the Stockholm archipelago. Photograph: Reuters

Peering out at the narrow stretch of gunmetal grey sea separating the small harbour from an island at the southern tip of the vast Stockholm archipela(...)

Swedish corvette HMS Visby patrols the Stockholm Archipelago, searching for what the military says is a foreign threat in the waters. Photograph: Marko Savala/Reuters

Sweden released a grainy photo of a mysterious vessel in Stockholm’s archipelago yesterday, as the military hunted for a foreign submarine or divers i(...)

Peter Englund of the Swedish Academy steps out of his office yesterday to announce France’s  Patrick Modiano as the winner of this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature in Stockholm. Photograph: Anders Wiklund/Reuters

French novelist Patrick Modiano was yesterday awarded the Nobel prize for literature “for the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungrasp(...)

A woman in Sweden has given birth after receiving a womb transplant, the doctor who performed the pioneering procedure said.

A woman in Sweden has given birth after receiving a womb transplant, the doctor who performed the pioneering procedure said.The medical first came aft(...)

Swedish prime minister Stefan Löfven announces his new government in parliament in Stockholm yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Jonas Ekstromer

Sweden’s new centre-left minority government took office yesterday, with prime minister Stefan Löfven promising to secure opposition support by pur(...)

Sweden Democrats leader leader Jimmie Akesson gestures in front of a poster that reads, “Sweden’s third largest party!” at the SD’s election night party  in Stockholm on Sunday. The anti-immigration Sweden Democrats  became the country’s third largest party. Photograph: Anders Wiklund/TT News Agency/Reuters

Sweden and Germany seem like the last places in Europe where populist, anti-immigration politics could take root: Sweden because of its liberal social(...)

Sweden’s Social Democratic leader, Stefan Löfven: sounded out potential coalition partners yesterday. Photograph: Claudio Bresciani/EPA

Sweden’s Social Democratic leader, Stefan Löfven, has vowed to lead a new coalition and isolate the far-right Sweden Democrats after Sunday’s indecisi(...)

Climate conditions in Sweden “are appropriate for the products we sell: waterproof and breathable boots”.

Look closer at the well-heeled Stockholm crowd and you might notice something familiar: the Galway Boot from Irish company Dubarry. The Ballina(...)

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