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Sweden

Insurance companies count cost of storms

A series of fierce storms in the past few years have cost Swedish insurance companies 5.2 billion kronor, leading to higher premiums and warnings of worse to come.

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Sweden

Family of four arrested on drug charges

A father, mother and their two grown-up children have all been arrested in Malmö on serious drug charges.

‘Witch burning’ causes women shelter outrage
Sweden

‘Witch burning’ causes women shelter outrage

A plan by a Swedish band to symbolically burn a witch on stage in the country's Eurovision heats has led to outrage from feminists.

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Sweden

Week begins with market downturn

There was renewed uncertainty on the Stockholm stock exchange on Monday as international markets continued to fluctuate.

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Germany

Woman hides knife in vagina

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Germany

Falco was my father

The daughter of ‘Rock me Amadeus’ singer Falco has released a biography depicting the eccentric star as a caring and attentive father. For eight years, Katharina Bianca Vitkovic lived with the Austrian pop star, whose real name was Hans Hölzel.

‘Stop pushing alcohol on developing world’
Sweden

‘Stop pushing alcohol on developing world’

Sweden needs to do more to prevent alcohol and tobacco companies from exploiting countries in the developing world, says Left Party member of parliament Kent Persson.

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Sweden

Stuart Baxter named as Finland’s new coach

Finland have named Englishman Stuart Baxter as their new coach replacing compatriot Roy Hodgson with a view to qualifying the country for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

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Sweden

Mellberg moves to Juventus

Olof Mellberg will move from Aston Villa to Juventus at the end of the season, the Sweden defender announced on Monday.

Feminist Initiative enters election race
Sweden

Feminist Initiative enters election race

Feminist Initiative (FI) has announced that it intends putting forward candidates for Sweden's next general election in 2010.

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Germany

Swede raped in front of 5,000

A 37-year-old American light technician, John Y., could face up to 15 years in prison for raping a young Swedish woman at the Full Moon Festival in Brandenburg last July. Carolina A, a 21-year-old paralegal from Sweden, claimed she was raped under the stage while a band played.

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Sweden

Prosecutor sets stage for Pirate Bay trial

Later this week public prosecutor Håkan Roswall plans to bring charges against the people who run the popular Pirate Bay file-sharing site. They are accused of being accessories to breaches of copyright law, Reuters reports.

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Germany

Xenophobic words harm CDU in Hesse

Younger voters’ anger over CDU candidate Roland Koch’s harsh rhetoric and plan to combat youth crime was a blow to the centre-right party in Hesse’s state parliamentary elections on Sunday.

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Sweden

Sports digest: Sunderland’s Swedish signing raring to go

Sports Digest is The Local's roundup of what's happening in Swedish sport.

Women priests overtake men
Sweden

Women priests overtake men

Fifty years after the Church of Sweden allowed women to become priests, more women than men are becoming ordained.

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Sweden

More Swedes attempt suicide

The number of suicide attempts among young people in Sweden is increasing. The rise among young women has been particularly sharp, although the figure for young men is also up.

Royal medals for tsunami service
Sweden

Royal medals for tsunami service

King Carl XVI Gustaf is to present medals to four Swedes for their service during the 2004 tsunami disaster in South East Asia, in which more than 500 Swedes were among the dead.