Something for the weekend:Feast of film at Stockholm CinemAfrica festival, Eurovision qualification in Gothenburg, and Fredrik Lindström dissects the Swedish mentality in Malmö
The Berlin police have searched the headquarters of the rightwing extremist party, NPD, and arrested a senor party official. The raid took place on Thursday at the offices in the Köpenick district of Berlin. The national treasurer and director of the party newspaper Deutsche Stimme – German Voice - Erwin Kemna was arrested.
Finance Minister Anders Borg is laughing all the way to the state coffers following news that private individuals paid 29 billion kronor more in tax last year than in 2006, according to a new report from Statistics Sweden (SCB).
Suspected neo-Nazi graffiti has been found at a building housing a Turkish cultural centre and residential apartments in Ludwigshafen in which nine people died in a fire last night. The graffiti has fuelled speculation that the fire was a result of xenophobic arson. The German word for hate –hass – was written twice on the wall in SS-rune style writing. Police claim that the graffiti must have been put there before the fire.
Germany is to send an extra 200 soldiers to Afghanistan as part of a NATO Rapid Reaction Force. The troops will be based in northern Afghanistan, replacing 250 Norwegian troops who have been there fore two years this summer. Despite substantial pressure from the US and NATO, Germany will not send soldiers to southern Afghanistan to fight the Taliban insurgency.
Former defence minister Mikael Odenberg has been named director general of state electricity utility Svenska Kraftnät.
The trial of four people involved in operating The Pirate Bay will likely not take place before the summer.
The government has proposed a new directive requiring immigrants to have a job and housing before sending for relatives.
Sweden's top banking group SEB on Thursday reported an eight percent hike in its 2007 net profit, boosted by increased customer activity, but saw its fourth quarter earnings slip slightly.
“Once a chief physician’s wife, always chief physician’s wife”; a German matrimonial maxim has been consigned to history after the Bundetag passed new alimony laws.
Laundry room complications made it to the courtroom in Stockholm on Wednesday after tensions simmered over in a city suburb, Metro reports.
The number of Swedes choosing gastric bypass surgery is increasing steadily.
Increasing numbers of alleged bullying cases are being reported to Sweden's National Agency for Education (Skolverket). In 2007, the agency received 466 reports, compared to 359 in 2005.
Police in Motala are investigating the fishy case of a 52-year-old man who was awoken on Thursday morning by an open tin of fermented herring flying through his bedroom window.
A major fire broke out at Swedbank's offices on the Stora Essingen island in Stockholm on Wednesday night.
Career, computers and mobile phones all demand so much energy from men that there is almost nothing left for sex by the time they are 40, according to a study conducted by the University Clinic Hamburg. The results show that Germen men have only one third as much energy for sex today as they did in the 1970s.