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sweden votes through new sexual consent law
from july 1st having sex with someone without their explicit consent in sweden will be illegal (the law will treat consent as possible either through words or clear actions). this means that unless the sex is fully voluntary, it will be considered a criminal act, whether or not violence or threats were used. there will also no longer be a need to prove intent for some very serious sex crimes, which means an alleged offender could be convicted even if he or she did not actively intend to rape the victim. `this is just one step out of many to reach the goal that each human being's sexuality is fully respected,` said maria arnholm, a member of the liberal party, in the parliamentary debate. the punishment for aggravated rape and rape of a child will be increased from a minimum of five years in jail, as opposed to the current four years. parliament also urged the government to put forward a proposal to increase the punishment for rape in general to three years' imprisonment. the centre-left government had clarified some parts of the draft legislation after the council on legislation said that it was too unclear and difficult to know in advance what the new law considered illegal or not. rape cases are often a matter of one person's word against the other, making it difficult to prove what has happened as there are generally no witnesses. but the matter of what is considered evidence will not be changed by the new legislation. the debate gained mo...
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the best places to have a safe barbecue in stockholm
the particularly hot and dry weather has created a risk of forest or grass fires across much of sweden, and as a result the use of portable barbecues in nature has been banned until further notice. there are however some specially built locations where you can still enjoy a barbecue in the sunshine.these spots are designed to minimize risk of fire spreading, but caution should still be used and the advice from the fire service is to avoid barbecuing regardless if it's particularly windy, and always have access to extinguishing equipment just to be safe. oxhålsbadet is a beach located on the residential island of stora essingen. if you want to have a cozy barbecue in a quiet place surrounded by nature, but still easily accessible from the centre of the city, this is your place. you can also swim there. located along the promenade between fredhäll and norr mälarstrand, rålambshovsparken is a well-known big park with a lot of space for your barbecue. look out though: the barbecues are limited and this park can be crowded during the sunny evenings.3. drakenbergsparken on the western part of södermalm you will find drakenbergsparken which is the perfect place for a family barbecue. this huge site offers great playgrounds for children and also has a small cafe nearby where you can buy hotdogs if you don't want to do your own barbecue. being located right next to leafy tantolunden park means there are great walks nearby too.photo: audrey duquenne/thelo...
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how sweden got some of the most liberal abortion laws in the world
pro-choice campaigners across the world, including in sweden, have lent their voices to support the 'repeal the eighth' campaign, while many irish people living or travelling abroad are going back to have their say in the referendum, using the hashtag '#hometovote' to share their journeys on social media the swedish association for sexuality education (rfsu) has also been a vocal supporter of the campaign. rfsu campaigned for legal, safe abortion in sweden since the organization was founded in the early 1930s. today, women in sweden have the right to abortion for any reason within the first 18 weeks of pregnancy. but this law has only been in place since 1975, although abortion was allowed in certain specific circumstances from the late 1930s. as campaigners in ireland have stressed and the world health organization has stated, a lack of legal abortion never means no abortion – it simply means illegal and unsafe procedures. thousands of illegal abortions are believed to have happened every year in sweden in the early 1900s. the number is estimated at anywhere between 10,000 and 24,000, but may have been much higher in reality, according to abortion historian lena lennerhed. her research shows that at least 70 women died of these unsafe procedures in the 1930s and 50 in the 1940s, while in the 1890s over 1,200 women died in attempted phosphorus abortions. poorer women were particularly at risk, since those with more financial resources could typ...
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sweden has third 'most powerful' passport in the world
global citizenship and residence advisory firm henley & partners produces the henley passport index each year using data from the international air transport association. the 2018 edition ranked sweden's passport as the third best in the world as it provides visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 187 countries, more than that of international heavyweights like the uk, us and china. sweden shared third place with finland, france, italy, spain and south korea. singapore and germany were second (providing access to 188 countries), while japan was first (189).for members: how to get swedish citizenship schengen area countries have traditionally topped the index due to providing open access to large parts of europe, henley & partners noted, but asian countries are catching up thanks to strengthened international trade and diplomatic relations. one european country that could see its position in the ranking weaken in the coming years is the uk, with brexit potentially making trips abroad more complicated. the henley index surveys 199 different passports and the access they provide to 227 different destinations. read also: sweden second in eu in giving brits citizenship
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ikea recalls faulty bikes over fears they 'lead to falls'
`customers that have a sladda bicycle are urged to stop using it and to return it to any ikea store for a full refund,` the diy mammoth said in a statement. the company has sold some 6,000 sladda bicycles for a starting price of 500 euros ($585) in 26 countries since launch in august 2016 -- with about a third sold in sweden. in its statement, ikea said it had been informed that the bike's `drive belt can suddenly snap, which in turn can lead to falls`. the company has been informed of 11 accidents, with two people suffering minor injuries as a result. sladda accessory owners will also be reimbursed for their purchases, ikea said.read also: why these recalled ikea drawers 'can result in death'
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swedish vicar to make history with first gay church marriage in spain
on saturday gunnar sjöberg, a swedish vicar, will marry two men in a wedding ceremony on the beach in torrevieja and make spanish history. for although same sex unions have been accepted by law in spain since 2005 and tens of thousands have been conducted in town halls since then, it will be the first time that a wedding will have been conducted by a man of the cloth.read also: the catholic church refuses to allow such unions but the lutheran church of sweden has allowed same sex weddings since a synod vote in 2009. “it’s a question of love, not a question of gender,” explained sjöberg in an interview with the local. “it’s a happy day when i can spread more love in the world.” the wedding will take place between soliman herrera johansson, 38, a swedish national, and his partner luis ricaute madriz, 28, a fashion designer from venezuela.luis and soliman in torrevieja. photo: s. johansson it will be the first time that sjöberg, who is one year into a five year posting as priest in torrevieja, has conducted a same-sex wedding and it is something he is really looking forward to. “for me as a priest it is important not to see the difference in people, so i’m not bothered by the gender of a couple,” said the 60-year-old priest. “if a couple want to celebrate their love in a world that really needs more love then that’s great. “for me every wedding is a demonstration of love and love makes the world better. i...
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should philip roth have won the nobel prize?
`rip philip roth who for 'american pastoral' alone deserved the nobel he was shamefully denied,` roger cohen, a new york times columnist, tweeted on wednesday. known for mining the jewish-american experience in his work throughout the latter half of the 20th century, roth was often tipped for nobel literature prize, but the swedish academy which selects the laureate, ignored him. being snubbed for the nobel every year had `become a joke` for the author, said his friend french writer josyane savigneau on wednesday. the author, who died on tuesday, was proposed several times for the nobel award, but it's impossible to clarify why he didn't win as the academy's considerations are kept secret for 50 years. `it's a shame the nobel judges couldn't get their act together to honour him before his passing,` ted gioia, a culture writer, tweeted on wednesday. the author of 'portnoy's complaint' (1969), which tells the story of a horny teenager named alexander portnoy, was however honoured with the 1998 pulitzer prize for 'american pastoral' (1997). roth later won the 2011 man booker international prize which described him as `one of the world's most prolific, celebrated – and controversial – writers`.'dirty old man' his work is praised by fans for portraying the exploration of sexuality, the american society and the jewish identity, but interpreted by others as objectifying women. `he was an exceptionally ambitious and com...
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members' quiz: test your knowledge of this week's headlines in sweden
what weird swedish food did prime minister stefan löfven serve his nordic colleagues? photo: erik mårtensson/tt the [email protected]@thelocalsweden 24 may 2018 07:59 cest+02:00 from war to international students: how much do you know about the week that was in sweden?
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sweden votes through new sexual consent law
from july 1st having sex with someone without their explicit consent in sweden will be illegal (the law will treat consent as possible either through words or clear actions). this means that unless the sex is fully voluntary, it will be considered a criminal act, whether or not violence or threats were used. there will also no longer be a need to prove intent for some very serious sex crimes, which means an alleged offender could be convicted even if he or she did not actively intend to rape the victim. `this is just one step out of many to reach the goal that each human being's sexuality is fully respected,` said maria arnholm, a member of the liberal party, in the parliamentary debate. the punishment for aggravated rape and rape of a child will be increased from a minimum of five years in jail, as opposed to the current four years. parliament also urged the government to put forward a proposal to increase the punishment for rape in general to three years' imprisonment. rape cases are often a matter of one person's word against the other, making it difficult to prove what has happened as there are generally no witnesses. but the matter of what is considered evidence will not be changed by the new legislation. the debate gained momentum a few years ago following several high-profile cases in which alleged rapists were freed on the basis that they had not knowingly acted against the other person's wishes. last year's #metoo campaign may hav...
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what's on: 10 swedish festivals you shouldn't miss this summer
1. way out west way out west is likely the most unmissable festival in sweden. popular among stockholm hipsters venturing out of the capital, the environmentally friendly music festival takes place in the amazing surroundings of slottskogen park in gothenburg. keep your august 9th-11th free this year if you don't want to miss this event which will welcome great artists such as arctic monkeys, iggy pop, arcade fire, lykke li and rapper kendrick lamar. a festival pass costs 1,995 kronor for three days. don't wait too long to book if you want to find accommodation, because the festival has no camping site.photo: thomas johansson/tt2. peace and love first held in 1999 as a reaction to violence and hate, the peace and love festival is now an international platform to advocate for human rights and anti-racism movements. it is held in the town of borlänge in dalarna from july 5th-7th. this year it welcomes popular swedish artists darin and linnea henriksson, both discovered by reality-competition talent show 'idol'. you will also find swedish musician oskar linnros and punk rock legend thåström. international artists? how about belgian dj lost frequencies and jamaican reggae band inner circle. tickets cost 1,395 kronor for three days.festival often goes with rainy camping. photo: ulf palm/tt3. summerburst with two opportunities you can't miss this electro music festival which descends on gothenburg on june 1st-2nd and stockholm on june 15th-16th. this year alan w...
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don't eat baltic cod, wwf warns
the wwf's 2018 fish guide looks in detail at the sustainability situation of fish consumed in 25 countries including sweden, using a green-amber-red scale (from best to worst) to grade them. of the baltic fish, only eastern herring, yarn-caught perch from the gulf of riga and marine stewardship council (msc) certified sprat from latvia were given the green light by the charity. the wwf's methodology assesses the species based on how stocks are, how effective stock management is, and the impact of the fish (and by extension, removing it) on its ecosystem. several popular species from the baltic including cod, salmon, pike, and turbot are given red-light status for 2018, while trawled cod from the eastern baltic joining that group is particularly bad news according to the wwf. `that means that all baltic cod now has a red light in the wwf's fish guide – with the appeal to not eat it. that's both sad and upsetting, and shows that management isn't working. when large predatory fish like cod disappears it risks changing the entire ecosystem,` wwf senior sea and fish expert inger näslund said in a statement.read also: meat consumption in sweden drops by record amount the situation for some types of herring has also worsened – with stock from west of the danish island bornholm dropping from green to amber – as has that of turbot which dropped from an amber to red light. difficulties in assessing the quantities and a lack of information about catche...
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support for anti-immigration sweden democrats grows ahead of swedish election
published by the daily dagens nyheter (dn), the ipsos poll confirmed the sweden democrats' soaring popularity in recent months and the decline in support for the leading social democrats, which has lost one-fourth of its voters since the 2014 election.  with 20 percent in support, according to ipsos, the far-right group is gaining on the conservative moderates (22 percent) and is now only four points behind prime minister stefan löfven's social democrats (24 percent). the poll suggests the sweden democrats are most popular among men (26 percent). some are former social democrats voters attracted to the group's anti-immigration rhetoric.read also: what you need to know about sweden's party leaders ahead of the election the nordic nation has registered some 400,000 asylum applications since 2012, one for every 25 inhabitants. to contain the refugee influx, the minority centre-left government has reestablished border controls and toughened conditions for granting asylum, residence permits and family reunification.for members: but some analysts warn the measures might not be enough for the government to win over voters. `the social democrats have voters who are drawn to opposite sides. there are the traditional workers in smaller areas and the urban voters who appreciate cultural diversity,` david ahlin, who is responsible for the ipsos poll, told dagens nyheter. however, ahlin said the social democrats' `success in keeping a wide coalit...
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swedish gaming giant avalanche studios to open new malmö office
best known for the `just cause` series, avalanche has its headquarters in stockholm and an office in new york, and says its malmö branch will focus on developing `relatively small and flexible projects` based on current and future intellectual properties. `it's been hard to decide where to open our new studio. sweden offers many locations with potential, but we feel that malmö ticks all the boxes,` avalanche studios ceo pim holfve said in a statement. `i'm convinced the new studio will be beneficial for both avalanche studios and for the already impressive game development community in and around malmö.`more from the local on sweden's games industry:an image from the `mad max` game developed by avalanche. photo: avalanche studios the city in southern sweden was chosen because of its unique location – malmö has close links with danish capital copenhagen thanks to the öresund bridge – and its `thriving development community`, avalanche explained. malmö is already home to massive entertainment, which last year was commissioned to work on the huge avatar games project.read also: swedish studio to develop new avatar project avalanche's malmö studio will make use of senior developers from their stockholm office as well as new employees.
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sweden among eu's most advanced digital economies: official ranking
the european commission's digital economy and society index (desi) 2018 paints a positive picture of the uptake of technology in the nordic nation. sweden performed best in the human capital category thanks to its high spread of basic digital skills, as well as strong advanced/development skills among the population. the vast majority in sweden use the internet at least once a week and a very large proportion of the labour force has some form of digital skills, according to the report. sweden also registered one of the highest shares of ict specialists as a proportion of total employment (6.3 percent), behind only finland (6.6 percent), and significantly stronger when compared to countries like greece (1.4 percent) and romania (2.0 percent) at the lower end. the average rate across the eu is 3.5 percent of employment.read also: swedish kids to learn programming in primary school the tech-savvy swedes aren't afraid to use the internet for important tasks either. a high share (90 percent) bank online, compared to bulgaria at the other end of the spectrum, where only nine percent do so. sweden, denmark, the netherlands and luxembourg have the most active internet users in general. other areas where sweden excelled include integration of digital technology (business digitization and exploitation of e-commerce), and the extent of its digital public services. as many sweden-based readers will already know, it is common to submit forms to government agencies o...
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the swedish music festivals you shouldn't miss this summer
1. way out west way out west is likely the most unmissable festival in sweden. popular among stockholm hipsters venturing out of the capital, the environmentally friendly music festival takes place in the amazing surroundings of slottskogen park in gothenburg. keep your august 9th-11th free this year if you don't want to miss this event which will welcome great artists such as arctic monkeys, iggy pop, arcade fire, lykke li and rapper kendrick lamar. a festival pass costs 1,995 kronor for three days. don't wait too long to book if you want to find accommodation, because the festival has no camping site.photo: thomas johansson/tt2. peace and love first held in 1999 as a reaction to violence and hate, the peace and love festival is now an international platform to advocate for human rights and anti-racism movements. it is held in the town of borlänge in dalarna from july 5th-7th. this year it welcomes popular swedish artists darin and linnea henriksson, both discovered by reality-competition talent show 'idol'. you will also find swedish musician oskar linnros and punk rock legend thåström. international artists? how about belgian dj lost frequencies and jamaican reggae band inner circle. tickets cost 1,395 kronor for three days.festival often goes with rainy camping. photo: ulf palm/tt3. summerburst with two opportunities you can't miss this electro music festival which descends on gothenburg on june 1st-2nd and stockholm on june 15th-16th. this year alan w...
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avicii's family confirms his funeral will be a private ceremony
the musician, whose real name was tim bergling, was found dead on april 20th in muscat, the capital of the gulf sultanate oman, where he had been on holiday with friends. in a statement released on tuesday, his family confirmed that `the funeral will be private, in the presence of the people who were closest to tim`, without specifying the date or location.avicii was among the first djs to break through into the mainstream with his hit songs 'wake me up' and 'levels' as electronic dance music grew over the past decade from nightclubs to radio. however, the stockholm native had made no secret of his health problems, both mental and physical including pancreatitis, triggered in part by drinking and an excessively busy lifestyle. `time was not made for the business machine he found himself in; he was a sensitive guy who loved his fans but shunned the spotlight. tim, you will forever be loved and sadly missed,` wrote his family in a separate statement last month. in 2016, he stunned fans by announcing his retirement when he was just 26, saying that he wanted to leave the high-flying electronic music lifestyle and citing health concerns. he made a studio comeback in 2017 with the six-track avīci (01) ep.video: swedish church pays tribute to avicii by playing one of his biggest hits
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belarus ends diplomatic 'ice age' with sweden six years after teddy bear spat
belarusian president alexander lukashenko appointed foreign ministry spokesman dmitry mironchik as the new ambassador to sweden, his official website said. the move ended hostile relations dating back to july 2012 when a group of swedish activists parachuted teddy bears carrying pro-democracy messages into the ex-soviet country. mironchik told belarusian state television that “now we can say the ice age in relations between belarus and sweden has officially ended”. lukashenko was furious after activists managed to fly a small plane into belarusian air space from lithuania and drop some 800 toys, attached to little parachutes and holding signs calling for freedom of speech and human rights. the belarusian strongman, who has been in power since 1994, reacted by expelling swedish diplomats and recalling belarusian diplomats, although belarus and sweden never severed diplomatic ties. lukashenko also fired the foreign minister, the country’s top border control official and the air force commander. a border guard was jailed for failing to report the plane. the european union in 2016 lifted sanctions against belarus for an improved human rights record, including the release of political prisoners. sweden in 2015 appointed an ambassador to belarus. the belarusian move comes as the swedish government on monday presented a pamphlet on what households should do to prepare for possible war amid soaring tensions with russia.
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hot and dry weather creates risk of wildfires across sweden, weather agency warns
national forecaster smhi has warnings for grass or forest fires in place in götaland, svealand, and large parts of norrland – sweden's three historical 'lands' – caused by particularly high temperatures for may combined with a lack of rain. several municipalities such as stockholm, gotland and greater gothenburg have bans on lighting fires in place, meaning it is not permitted to light portable barbecues unless done at specially designated barbecue spots built to prevent the spread of fire. the warnings are not to be taken lightly: forest fires broke out in areas of västmanland and uppsala on tuesday, though both are now under control according to the emergency services. much of sweden has had barely any precipitation in recent weeks, and that is forecast to continue in the main cities stockholm, gothenburg and malmö for the near future, as well as further north in umeå and kiruna. the cause is a high pressure area sitting over northern europe since the beginning of may.in pictures: thawing snow causes floods in northern sweden
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'every country has its weird dishes': swedish pm invites nordic leaders to try fermented herring
like many swedes löfven is a surströmming aficionado, but the dish tends to divide opinion, with detractors comparing the smell to rotten eggs (caused by the acids produced in the months-long fermentation process), with the taste similar. danish pm lars løkke rasmussen and norwegian pm erna solberg had a chance to make up their own minds when löfven kicked off their meeting in northern sweden on tuesday with a visit to a local surströmming producer. according to swedish news agency tt, løkke rasmussen had a hard time describing the delicacy with words before eventually settling on `it was actually tasty and flavourful`. solberg was less diplomatic, saying that every country has its `weird dishes`, then clarifying that it tasted good.read also: what you need to know before trying sweden's fermented herringthe swedish pm tucking in to surströmming. photo: erik mårtensson/ttlöfven appeared to enjoy the opportunity to share the local delicacy. photo: erik mårtensson/tt also in attendance were the leaders of finland and iceland – though their thoughts on stinky fermented fish are not currently known. aside from a snap survey on sweden's most divisive food, the purpose of the meeting was to discuss more serious matters like security policy, the situation in the baltic region, and nordic cooperation.read also: seal 'explosion' risks fermented herring shortage
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swedish court halts construction of 'gigantic' nobel center
the nobel foundation's project, designed by british architect david chipperfield, is planned to become a gilded building located along the stockholm waterfront and would see a 19th century customs site demolished.  the nobel center has many critics because of its planned size, location and colour. read also: sweden to invest millions in controversial nobel center the land and environment court of appeal ruled that the building `would affect the readability of stockholm's historical development as a port, shipping and trading city`.  the court said the construction would `cause significant damage` to the preservation of blasieholmen's cultural heritage and environment.  project supporters said they would appeal the ruling to a higher court as a last resort.  king carl xvi gustaf, who is usually reserved on public affairs, told the daily dagens nyheter in june 2016 that the building would be `gigantic` and `too dominant`.read also: sweden's king carl xvi gustaf joins nobel center row the city council in 2016 approved the  construction and design, which was so large that it had to be cut down by one floor. before court proceedings began, the nobel foundation had been hoping to start work in 2017. the nobel center aims to hold ceremonies, scientific seminars, exhibitions, lectures and discussions, but not the nobel banquet which is held every year at the stockholm city hall. the project will be part financed by th...
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is anglicization a threat to the swedish language?
this article is available to members of the local. read more membership exclusives here. new english words enter swedish dictionaries every year, and that's only the tip of the iceberg: words become part of everyday speech long before linguists have the chance to document and define them. over the past decade, there has been a surge in the number of swedish schools teaching in english, and many hiring managers in sweden's booming tech industry prioritize english language skills over swedish. swedes are so used to switching between the two that they'll often change how they pronounce their own names depending on whether they're introducing themselves to an english or swedish speaker, so a david will elongate the 'a' and soften the 'd' sound for anglophone acquaintances.  swedish has incorporated elements of english (and other languages) since the 1200s, and america's enormous political, economic, and cultural power after the second world war increased the dominance of english worldwide. since then, globalization and technological advances have improved access to foreign languages as well as strengthening the need for a lingua franca, speeding up the rate of language change. when people talk about the linguistic impact of english on swedish, they're usually referring to loan words, a misleading term since the words aren't simply borrowed but often fully integrated into swedish.  `the amount of loan words is not as enormous as people think...
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what rights do i have as a second-hand renter in sweden?
this article is available to members of the local. read more about membership here. there are two types of renting in sweden. residents usually join a 'queue' for an elusive first-hand contract, which means you can stay long-term in a rent-controlled property. but these queues are long, with swedes typically waiting several years for an apartment and even longer in the most popular areas, meaning the majority of foreigners rent second-hand. this is the swedish term for subletting, meaning you rent either from someone with a first-hand contract (known as hyresrätt) or from someone who owns their own property as part of a collective (bostadsrätt). it's helpful to know which of these applies to your landlord, as some of the guidelines below differ depending on whether they own or rent the property they're subletting to you. never be afraid to assert your rights as a tenant; foreigners are particularly likely to fall prey to scams, as unscrupulous landlords may assume they're unfamiliar with the swedish system. read also: how to navigate sweden's crazy rental marketbefore you move incheck that the landlord has permission to rent sweden's housing regulations are a double-edged sword: on the one hand, they offer a lot of protection, but at the same time that means you have to be sure you're doing things by the book. the most crucial step would-be tenants should take is confirming the landlord is allowed to rent out the apartment. if they don't do this...
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video: drunk swedish women on rampage reveals why spaniards hate tourist rentals
across spain, regional governments and town councils are introducing a raft of new regulations to try to control the proliferation of private apartments let out to tourists through websites such as airbnb and homeaway.read more: anti-tourism graffiti in madrid's plaza dos de mayo. photo: fiona govan although the concept of the shared economy – renting out a room in your home now and again to make a little extra money for your own holiday – was seized upon by spaniards as much as anywhere else in europe, there is now a backlash as more and more apartment buildings in big cities and tourist resorts become overrun by holidaymakers. it’s not just the fact that tourist flats are blamed for driving up rental costs and pricing out locals but also because of the often noisy and disruptive behaviour residents have to put up with when tourists move in next door. a video posted on facebook this week demonstrates exactly the problem and resonated with people across spain who have found themselves living in a building where flats are rented out to tourists. a constant flow of people filing past your window dragging noisy wheeled suitcases is one thing. but it’s quite another when you are woken up in the early hours by a gaggle of drunk women screeching profanities. the video posted in marbella se queja (marbella complains), a facebook group for marbella residents to air their gripes, shows three women having a noisy exchange at between 4am and 5am during...
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swedish landlord told to pay quarter of a million in excess rent back to tenant
the housing situation in the swedish capital has long been poor, with hundreds of thousands of people in queues for elusive 'first-hand' rent-controlled properties, and others forced to look to the expensive 'second-hand' sub-letting market.in depth: the story of sweden's housing crisis according to hemhyra.se, the german man had such a hard time finding somewhere to live in stockholm during a period of work there he had to settle for paying 33,000 kronor (£2,800) a month to live in an unfurnished apartment in hammarby sjöstad, a residential area just south of stockholm's södermalm island. swedish law dictates that the rent tenants pay must be `reasonable`, with caps on the profit private individuals can make when renting out their accommodation. the man contacted the swedish union of tenants, who looked into the matter and assessed that the tenant had paid 221,070 kronor (£18,900) over the maximum rent the landlord should have taken for the period. they took the case to swedish rent tribunal hyresnämnden, who agreed, judging he should be paid back the excess plus 3,000 kronor in interest. that's a record figure, according the swedish union of tenants lawyer torbjörn larsson, who told hemhyra.se that the amount of people successfully claiming back excess rent has increased in 2018. for tips on how to avoid getting caught out by sweden’s second-hand rental market, check out the local's new guide to rights and resources in the area, ex...
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swedish town that approved a mosque's calls to prayer did not reject church bells permit
the church in växjö grabbed headlines with the claim because it came against the backdrop of debate over a mosque in the same area, which was granted a permit to hold friday calls to prayer provided they do not exceed 110 decibels outdoors.read also: mosque in swedish town gets green light for calls to prayer local newspaper smålandsposten wrote that catholic sankt mikaels church had twice been denied the right to ring church bells on the grounds that it would be disturbing to residents, citing parish priest ingvar fogelqvist. but a number of other outlets subsequently reported that a written request for permission to ring the bells was never actually made. on tuesday, fogelqvist confirmed to the local that was the case, and that the view in the church that permission had been denied stemmed from a discussion a previous priest had in 1993. `there was verbal discouragement from one of the municipality's representatives in 1993. so the story hasn't changed in that regard: we got negative communication from the municipality to not continue with the application. so we let the whole thing go, and as a result there has been the view in the parish that the municipality gave a negative to bell-ringing,` fogelqvist said. `it never went as far as a written rejection. we never applied, because we had received this message beforehand. it was a long time ago, but the priest who was here at the time clarified it.` the original story about a permit request ...
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in pictures: thawing snow causes floods in northern sweden
that is the case for the vindelälven river in northern sweden, where fast-melting snow caused the river to burst its banks and flood nearby buildings as the water level almost doubled. photographer grahame soden, who captured dramatic images of the flood, described the river as a `raging ... ` for the last few days. while many of the buildings affected are summer houses, at least one is a full-time home according to soden, who has helped rehouse a displaced family until the water damage is resolved. national forecaster smhi currently has a class two weather warning in place (second on a scale from one to three) for `very high water levels` in the region, but says the level is dropping significantly.photo: grahame sodenin pictures: click here to see more images of the flooding
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sweden releases updated booklet of war precautions in english
`if crisis or war comes` is an update of the `if war comes` booklet last released in the 1980s and first produced during the second world war. compiled by the swedish civil contingencies agency (msb), it details examples of crisis scenarios that could occur in sweden due to disruptions to it systems, incidents in the rest of the world, or climate change, explaining how to be best prepared for a possible lack of food, water and communications networks. the reissue comes against a backdrop of increased tension in the baltic region in recent years, with fears escalating following russian military action in georgia and ukraine. other swedish moves to strengthen defence include troops being permanently stationed on the island of gotland, and a significant increase to sweden's defence budget. `in the event of a societal emergency, help will be provided first to those who need it most. the majority must be prepared to cope on their own for some time,` the brochure warns ominously, adding that `water, food and warmth` as well as an ability to obtain information from authorities are the most important things in such a scenario. the guide provides a checklist of foodstuffs and goods it's useful to have at home just in case, ranging from basic vegetables to long-lasting oat or soy milk, tinned protein like sardines or boiled meat, and items for providing warmth, access to communications, and for storing water. the booklet also has a checklist to help s...
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more international students are heading to stockholm: here's where you're all from
international students make up almost 10 percent of stockholm's total university student population, according to staf – stockholm's academic forum – an organization comprised of the city of stockholm and 18 institutions of higher education operating in the swedish capital. the number of internationals rose by 14 percent in the past two years alone, compared to eight percent overall in sweden in the same period, according to a new report by the organization. the indian student body grew the most (21 percent) in those years. that puts india in fifth place in stockholm in terms of number of students, just behind germany, finland, china and france.read also: the majority of internationals are studying at stockholm university (3,826), kth royal institute of technology (3,063) and sweden's best-known university of medicine the karolinska institute (831). the stockholm school of economics has the highest proportion of foreign students, with internationals making up 27 percent of its student body – an increase of 12 percent in two years. university education is generally free in sweden, but the number of overseas students dropped sharply in 2011 after the country introduced tuition fees for non-eu/eea students. however, the figures (from 2016/2017) presented in staf's new report bring stockholm close to its pre-tuition-fee levels.where do stockholm's international students come from? 1. germany (725)2. finland (689)3. china (659)4. france (483...
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more and more abortions completed at home in sweden: in stats
almost 37,000 abortions were registered in sweden in 2017, according to new statistics by sweden's national board of health and welfare (socialstyrelsen). of these, 84 percent were carried out before week nine and 55 percent before week seven. the corresponding figures in 1994 were 45 percent and four percent, respectively. part of the reason is the introduction of medical abortion in sweden in the 1990s, a non-surgical procedure for which the woman takes what's often referred to as `the abortion pill` to bring about the abortion. in 2017, 93 percent of abortions were medical and only seven a surgical procedure. `a lot of women think medical abortions feel more natural,` inga-maj andersson, researcher at the national board of health and welfare, told swedish news agency tt. the figures mean that more and more abortions are also completed at home rather than hospital. the woman then has the option of taking the first dose of the medication in hospital and the second dose at home, rather than returning to hospital for the second dose. in 2017, 75 percent of all early abortions were carried out at home, compared to 62 percent in 2014. `completing your abortion at home of course does not suit all women, but some experience hospitals as an unknown and scary environment. it may then be more comfortable to be at home, where you feel safer and possibly even have your partner present,` said andersson. sweden allows free abortion until the end o...
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swedes flout ban on texting behind the wheel
a four-month-old law banning the use of mobile phones in the car has not had much of an effect on sweden’s motorists.
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