About The Local Sweden

The Local’s goal is to give you all the news and essential information you need about Sweden. Whether you are a foreign resident, a frequent visitor, someone with family in Sweden or are planning a move to the country, our aim is to provide what you need.

Because The Local is staffed by people who have set up lives abroad, we have a keen understanding of the challenges our readers face and we work closely with our members in Sweden to bring you the stories and practical tips that really matter.

The Local was founded in 2004 and we now have a team of dedicated journalists on the ground in nine countries. In 2018 we launched membership and in 2021 we were thrilled to reach a milestone of 50,000 paying members. This support means everything to us and makes us more determined than ever to keep investing in our award-winning independent journalism. 

Editorial team

Emma Löfgren

Editor & Deputy Managing Editor

Emma returned to her native Sweden and joined The Local in 2015 after an eight-year stint in Scotland.

Becky Waterton


Becky comes from Manchester and previously lived in Denmark, Austria and Scotland. Now based in Malmö, she joined The Local in 2021. 

Richard Orange


Richard is a Malmö-based British writer who has written regularly for The Guardian and The Telegraph.

James Savage

CEO & Publisher

James moved to Sweden from the UK at the start of the millennium and was a co-founder of The Local in 2004. 

Ben McPartland

Managing Editor

Ben comes from the UK and became the first editor of The Local France in 2013. He now heads the editorial team from Paris.

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