When the world gets closer.

We help you see farther.

Sign up to our expressly international daily newsletter.

Enjoy unlimited access to quality journalism.

Limited time offer

Get your 30-day free trial!

METRO (Sweden), SPIEGELONLINE (Germany)

STOCKHOLM – Need more space in the room? IKEA may have found a new solution.

Sweden’s free newspaper Metro noticed that women had been airbrushed out of the Saudi edition of the Swedish home furnishings store’s 2013 catalogue.

Sweden's Minister for Trade Ewa Björling told Metro: "You cannot erase women from reality," adding that the images were "yet another sad example of how much remains to be done concerning gender equality in Saudi Arabia."

Saudi Arabia, a country where women must be covered in public, has particularly strict rules when it comes to the amount of skin women can show in advertising.

IKEA, known for its provocative publicity stunts, had already sparked controversy on its Russian website earlier this year, by featuring a picture showing four people sporting colorful balaclavas, in the style of Russian political punk rock band Pussy Riot, Spiegel Online reports.

The picture, part of an online contest to select the cover for IKEA Russia’s next catalogue, was quickly replaced by a statement saying that, “Ikea is a commercial organization that operates independently of politics and religion. We cannot allow our advertising project to be used as a means of propaganda," according to The Moscow Times.

You've reached your limit of free articles.

To read the full story, start your free trial today.

Get unlimited access. Cancel anytime.

Exclusive coverage from the world's top sources, in English for the first time.

Insights from the widest range of perspectives, languages and countries.

Green

Fading Flavor: Production Of Saffron Declines Sharply

Saffron is well-known for its flavor and its expense. But in Kashmir, one of the flew places it grows, cultivation has fallen dramatically thanks for climate change, industry, and farming methods.

Photo of women harvesting saffron in Kashmir

Harvesting of Saffron in Kashmir

Mubashir Naik

In northern India along the bustling Jammu-Srinagar national highway near Pampore — known as the saffron town of Kashmir —people are busy picking up saffron flowers to fill their wicker baskets.

During the autumn season, this is a common sight in the Valley as saffron harvesting is celebrated like a festival in Kashmir. The crop is harvested once a year from October 21 to mid-November.

Keep reading...Show less

You've reached your limit of free articles.

To read the full story, start your free trial today.

Get unlimited access. Cancel anytime.

Exclusive coverage from the world's top sources, in English for the first time.

Insights from the widest range of perspectives, languages and countries.

The latest

InterNations