Why is Sweden so depressing? The Local answers Google’s questions 

Why is Sweden so depressing? The Local answers Google’s questions 

Why is Sweden so depressing? Why is Sweden so rich? Why is Sweden called Sweden? In a series of articles, The Local answers some of the most common questions that appear when you type "Why is Sweden..." into the Google search engine.  

Tell us: Is loneliness a problem for foreigners in Norway?
Norway

Tell us: Is loneliness a problem for foreigners in Norway?

Mental health: what are the warning signs international residents should look out for?

Mental health: what are the warning signs international residents should look out for?

Mental health of one in five in Denmark suffered during Covid-19 pandemic
Denmark

Mental health of one in five in Denmark suffered during Covid-19 pandemic

Germany grapples with mental health impact of Covid-19
Germany

Germany grapples with mental health impact of Covid-19

EXPLAINED: How are mental health issues at work dealt with in Germany?
Germany

EXPLAINED: How are mental health issues at work dealt with in Germany?

How to cope with stress and anxiety during the corona crisis in Switzerland
Switzerland

How to cope with stress and anxiety during the corona crisis in Switzerland

Explained: How to receive help for a mental health issue in Germany
Germany

Explained: How to receive help for a mental health issue in Germany

Meet Evermood: The Berlin startup promoting mental well-being in the workplace
Germany

Meet Evermood: The Berlin startup promoting mental well-being in the workplace

Norwegian helplines get additional funding after suicide of former royal
Norway

Norwegian helplines get additional funding after suicide of former royal

Swiss government rolls out plan for better mental care
Switzerland

Swiss government rolls out plan for better mental care

Danish political support grows for psychological treatment without doctor’s referral
Denmark

Danish political support grows for psychological treatment without doctor’s referral

Denmark has reduced number of suicides, but more can be done to help those at risk
Denmark

Denmark has reduced number of suicides, but more can be done to help those at risk

Danish study raises doubts over effect of anti-depression meds
Denmark

Danish study raises doubts over effect of anti-depression meds

Moving to Denmark: The emotional challenges faced by mixed-culture couples
Denmark

Moving to Denmark: The emotional challenges faced by mixed-culture couples

Meet the Canadian who changed the lives of France’s mentally disabled
France

Meet the Canadian who changed the lives of France’s mentally disabled

What are the main reasons internationals in Germany turn to therapy?
Germany

What are the main reasons internationals in Germany turn to therapy?

Foreigners experience more mental health problems than native Swedes: report
Sweden

Foreigners experience more mental health problems than native Swedes: report

‘I am not alone’ – How Brexit’s Facebook groups can be life-saving therapy for anxious Britons

‘I am not alone’ – How Brexit’s Facebook groups can be life-saving therapy for anxious Britons

Suicides increasing amongst Swedish youth
Sweden

Suicides increasing amongst Swedish youth

For internationals, ‘reliance on social media is sometimes greater because we are more disconnected’

For internationals, ‘reliance on social media is sometimes greater because we are more disconnected’

Readers’ tips: What should you do if you’re suffering from depression in France?
France

Readers’ tips: What should you do if you’re suffering from depression in France?

Six things we learned from the new Swiss Health Survey
Switzerland

Six things we learned from the new Swiss Health Survey

‘You’ve been imprisoned in a way, and this opens things up again’
Denmark

‘You’ve been imprisoned in a way, and this opens things up again’

Opinion: Sweden’s healthcare system lets down victims of sexual violence
Sweden

Opinion: Sweden’s healthcare system lets down victims of sexual violence

Denmark bus driver speaks out after assault that went viral
Denmark

Denmark bus driver speaks out after assault that went viral

Why international relocation can put a strain on relationships – and how ‘purpose’ can help
Denmark

Why international relocation can put a strain on relationships – and how ‘purpose’ can help

Moving to Denmark: The link between international relocation and depression
Denmark

Moving to Denmark: The link between international relocation and depression

One in three young Berliners has a mental health illness, study shows
Germany

One in three young Berliners has a mental health illness, study shows

How moving to Germany as a couple put a big strain on our relationship
Germany

How moving to Germany as a couple put a big strain on our relationship

I arrived in Berlin expecting a giddy European adventure. Instead I got depression
Germany

I arrived in Berlin expecting a giddy European adventure. Instead I got depression

Half a million students in Germany suffer from a mental health illness: study
Germany

Half a million students in Germany suffer from a mental health illness: study

Number of young Danes diagnosed with anxiety and depression trebles in ten years
Denmark

Number of young Danes diagnosed with anxiety and depression trebles in ten years

Survey: Switzerland has mental health Röstigraben
Switzerland

Survey: Switzerland has mental health Röstigraben

Catalonia crisis and terror attack are taking their toll, mental health workers say
Spain

Catalonia crisis and terror attack are taking their toll, mental health workers say

Swedish government orders study into mental health conditions of transgender people
Sweden

Swedish government orders study into mental health conditions of transgender people

How foreigners in Berlin are turning to a black market in mental health for treatment
Germany

How foreigners in Berlin are turning to a black market in mental health for treatment

Austria’s fantastical factory of ‘raw art’
Austria

Austria’s fantastical factory of ‘raw art’

This Swedish psychiatrist tried antidepressants as an experiment
Sweden

This Swedish psychiatrist tried antidepressants as an experiment

Top doctor blasts Lufthansa over pilots’ mental health
Germany

Top doctor blasts Lufthansa over pilots’ mental health

German disabled people explain everyday challenges
Germany

German disabled people explain everyday challenges

France’s disabled forced into ‘exile’ in Belgium
France

France’s disabled forced into ‘exile’ in Belgium

Swedish pupils ‘told to pen suicide note’
Sweden

Swedish pupils ‘told to pen suicide note’

25 percent more soldiers seek help with PTSD
Germany

25 percent more soldiers seek help with PTSD

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France

France unveils plan to cut police suicides

Man leaps with son, 5, from third-floor window
Germany

Man leaps with son, 5, from third-floor window

Italians are getting more depressed: report
Italy

Italians are getting more depressed: report

Most depression patients get poor treatment
Germany

Most depression patients get poor treatment

Male asylum worker had sex with patient
Norway

Male asylum worker had sex with patient

Beer as good as therapy for some: health boss
Germany

Beer as good as therapy for some: health boss

Gunman surrenders after taking four hostage
France

Gunman surrenders after taking four hostage

More Italians are taking anti-depressants: study
Italy

More Italians are taking anti-depressants: study

How to get over the post-holiday blues
Spain

How to get over the post-holiday blues

Five-year-old dies, sister injured after car chase
Germany

Five-year-old dies, sister injured after car chase

German male mental health ‘often ignored’
Germany

German male mental health ‘often ignored’

Goalie’s suicide ‘helped to change attitudes’
Germany

Goalie’s suicide ‘helped to change attitudes’

Scientists induce temporary Tourette’s
Germany

Scientists induce temporary Tourette’s

Workers with no weekend head for burn-out
Germany

Workers with no weekend head for burn-out

Child ‘stabbed to death by mum’s boyfriend’
Germany

Child ‘stabbed to death by mum’s boyfriend’

Police shoot ill man after hammer attack
Germany

Police shoot ill man after hammer attack

Germans ‘fail to balance work and home life’
Germany

Germans ‘fail to balance work and home life’

Samurai sword killer flees hospital
Germany

Samurai sword killer flees hospital

Experts puzzled by Bavaria’s suicide rate
Germany

Experts puzzled by Bavaria’s suicide rate

Workers need to unplug, survey finds
Germany

Workers need to unplug, survey finds

Surge in mental illness highlights psychotherapist dearth
Germany

Surge in mental illness highlights psychotherapist dearth

More German workers suffer burnout
Germany

More German workers suffer burnout

Scientists pinpoint genetic changes due to childhood trauma
Germany

Scientists pinpoint genetic changes due to childhood trauma

Parliament to debate help for traumatised soldiers
Germany

Parliament to debate help for traumatised soldiers

Sami youth shine light on suicide problems
Sweden

Sami youth shine light on suicide problems

Divorce kids in rude mental health: study
Sweden

Divorce kids in rude mental health: study

Swedish opera singers make ‘house calls’ for the soul
Sweden

Swedish opera singers make ‘house calls’ for the soul

‘Young Swedes need more mental health help’
Sweden

‘Young Swedes need more mental health help’

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France

Psychiatric unit told to lift sex ban on patients

Danes rediscovered happiness after lockdown lifted
Denmark

Danes rediscovered happiness after lockdown lifted

Love in the time of corona: How couples in Germany can connect in a time of flux
Germany

Love in the time of corona: How couples in Germany can connect in a time of flux

Living in fear of coronavirus: What it means to be ‘at risk’ in your 20s in Berlin
Germany

Living in fear of coronavirus: What it means to be ‘at risk’ in your 20s in Berlin

How to cope with stress and anxiety during the corona crisis in Germany
Germany

How to cope with stress and anxiety during the corona crisis in Germany

How will Germany change after string of bloody attacks?
Germany

How will Germany change after string of bloody attacks?