Sweden

The economics of learning languages

27 February 2021 9:00 am

There is a kind of conversation which sounds intelligent, and which makes sense at first hearing, but which deeper thought…

Sweden's rule of eight marks a change of strategy

17 November 2020 4:45 am

Sweden has been pretty much the only country in the world to have responded to coronavirus using a voluntary system: advising,…

Letters: How Nicola Sturgeon outdoes Boris

31 October 2020 9:00 am

Ask the English Sir: Toby Young rightly criticises the juvenile posturing of the devolved governments of the Union over Covid-19…

Get yourself to Sweden – while you still can

17 October 2020 9:00 am

An idea gains ground that we shouldn’t go abroad any more: that the very act of travelling without urgent reason…

What percent of Covid deaths were directly from Covid?

25 August 2020 9:30 pm

Just how many people have died of Covid-19, as opposed to having died with the virus? It is a poignant…

How Covid spread in Sweden's care homes

10 August 2020 11:11 pm

Why did Covid prove so lethal in care homes? Between 2 March and 12 June, there were 66,112 deaths of…

Has Sweden been vindicated?

6 August 2020 2:56 am

Sweden has released growth figures for the second quarter – a contraction of 8.6 per cent – and two narratives…

Will retail giants outsmart the online sales tax?

1 August 2020 9:00 am

When I worked in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur long ago, my office looked across Jalan Tun Razak, a…

Has lockdown worked?

30 May 2020 9:00 am

Who occupies the post of chief adviser to the prime minister is not generally an issue of great interest to…

swedish model

Trump picks a Swedish model

20 May 2020 5:12 am

Donald Trump is moving toward a Swedish model. His vitality sustained by regular doses of hydroxychloroquine, President Prophylaxis is pushing…

Netflix’s Caliphate is all too frighteningly plausible

16 May 2020 9:00 am

Sweden is now properly celebrated as the Land that Called Coronavirus Correctly. But in the distant past, those with long…

League of nations: the race out of lockdown

16 May 2020 9:00 am

Lifting lockdown is a worldwide experiment

Professor Lockdown’s spell has been broken

9 May 2020 9:00 am

I originally had Neil Ferguson down as a kind of Henry Kissinger figure. The professor of mathematical biology at Imperial…

Does lockdown really decrease Covid deaths?

6 May 2020 9:41 pm

It has become clear that a hard lockdown does not protect old and frail people living in care homes –…

Sweden tames its ‘R number’ without lockdown

4 May 2020 11:43 pm

Sweden has been the world’s Covid-19 outlier, pursuing social distancing but rejecting mandatory lockdown. Schools, bars and restaurants are open…

The dangers of comparing different countries' death rates

16 April 2020 10:17 pm

Using differences in coronavirus death rates between countries to draw out policy conclusions is becoming a very popular pastime. Unfortunately,…

How much are people eating during lockdown?

4 April 2020 9:00 am

People power Boris Johnson said that the reaction to the coronavirus crisis showed ‘There really is such a thing as…

No lockdown, please, we’re Swedish

4 April 2020 9:00 am

There’s no lockdown in sight here

Bomb attacks are now a normal part of Swedish life

26 October 2019 9:00 am

 Stockholm One night last week, explosions took place in three different locations in and around Stockholm. There were no injuries…

A good horror film for those who don’t like horror films: Midsommar reviewed

6 July 2019 9:00 am

Midsommar is the latest horror film from Ari Aster, who made Hereditary, which starred Toni Collette and was a sensation.…

Portrait of the week: Tories against Brexit, the Salisbury poisoning and Sweden’s election

15 September 2018 9:00 am

Home Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, was said to want to throw a lifeline to Theresa May, the…

Sweden’s political panic attack

1 September 2018 9:00 am

 Uppsala, Sweden When I dropped off my kids at school early last week, I noticed that -another parent’s car was…

The more extreme the left’s screeches, the greater the populist surge

28 July 2018 9:00 am

The latest exciting news is that it may very soon be possible for surgeons to perform uterine transplants, so endowing…

Inger Nilsson as Pippi Longstocking in the Swedish television series. Astrid Lindgren drew deeply on her own childhood for her books

There’s much of Astrid Lindgren in the carrot-haired rebel Pippi Longstocking

21 April 2018 9:00 am

Pippi Longstocking is a nine-year-old girl who lives alone with a monkey and horse in a cottage called Villa Villekulla…

Violent crime in Sweden is soaring. When will politicians act?

10 February 2018 9:00 am

January was a particularly violent month in Sweden. A 63-year-old man was killed in Stockholm by a hand grenade lying…