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Sweden

Man in ‘oil tank’ killing gets six years

A 31-year old man from Teckomatorp in southern Sweden who killed his live-in girlfriend and hid her body in an oil tank has been sentenced to six years in prison for manslaughter.

Viking women had sexy style
Sweden

Viking women had sexy style

Women who lived in the major Viking settlement called Birka in the 9th and 10th centuries dressed in a much more provocative manner than previously believed.

Agency disbanded for not mending enough fences
Sweden

Agency disbanded for not mending enough fences

Notice was given today that another of Sweden’s many state agencies will be shut down at year’s end following more than three decades of important service to the public.

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Sweden

Sony Ericsson wows Barcelona IT-expo with new handset

Sony Ericsson has released its new Xperia X 1 mobile handset, which the company hopes will give Apple’s Iphone a run for its money.

Government backs off on sick benefits
Sweden

Government backs off on sick benefits

Reacting to strong criticism, the government is now stepping back from plans to limit sick benefits.

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Sweden

Undertaker appeals leaking corpse speeding fine

A funeral home in Gothenburg has appealed a speeding fine awarded to the driver of the company's hearse, claiming that he was distracted by the smell of fluids emanating from a corpse in the vehicle's trunk.

Lesbian compensated for prevented puppy purchase
Sweden

Lesbian compensated for prevented puppy purchase

Lesbians cannot be prevented from purchasing puppies in Sweden, according to a Stockholm appeals court.

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Sweden

Teacher accused of making beer run for 15-year olds

A Stockholm middle school teacher has been charged for purchasing alcohol for two of her female students.

Faking it at the Stockholm Furniture Fair
Sweden

Faking it at the Stockholm Furniture Fair

The Stockholm Furniture Fair is not just about minimalist design and stylish curves, as Charlotte West found out at the weekend. Lemon chairs, metallic pink cow-shaped sofas and irreverent toilet paper holders lurked among the masses of sleek black couches.

More Swedes expect falling real estate prices
Sweden

More Swedes expect falling real estate prices

A new study by the bank SEB shows that more and more Swedish households are expecting housing prices to fall.

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Germany

Turkish Prime Minister says ‘assimilation is a crime against humanity’

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has told Turks living in Europe that they do not need to assimilate into their host societies. Erdogan was addressing an audience of 20,000 Turks gathered in Cologne on Sunday. The audience included Turks living in France, Belgian and the Netherlands, as well as in Germany.

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Germany

Massive security for Israeli PM visit

Berliners will have to live with almost three days of closed streets and heightened security measures, as Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert visits the German capital. Olmert arrived in the city on Sunday for the three day trip. During this time Berlin will be on the highest security level.

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Germany

Germany’s first Apple store to open in Munich

Computer giant Apple is to open its first store in Germany, the company has announced. A link on Apple’s homepage put an end to speculation over the company’s plans for Germany by announcing plans to open the republic’s first Apple store in Munich. Apple is also looking for store employees over the Internet.

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Germany

Plans for mega-Brothel cancelled

Plans to turn a three story Berlin sex shop into a huge brothel have been shelved after local protests. The venture at the LSD sex store on the boarder between the Mitte and Tempelhof-Schöneberg districts of Berlin, was halted by 3,400 signatures of local residents. The neighbourhood is known as a haunt of prostitutes, however, residents found the thought of a mega-brothel on a prominent corner overwhelming.

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Germany

Ebay faces user boycott

German users of online auction house Ebay are planning to boycott the site in protest of changes to its rating system. More than 5,000 users have already added themselves to the list of sellers who will not use Ebay between the 18th and 25th of February. Germany is the second most important market for Ebay.

Kallur sets new world record
Sweden

Kallur sets new world record

Sweden's Susanna Kallur set a new indoor world record on Sunday at the Karlsruhe International athletics tournament in Germany.

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Sweden

EU to adopt Nordic method of fighting web-based child porn

The Nordic method of blocking websites featuring child pornography may soon be adopted by the rest of Europe.

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Sweden

Governments in Sweden shun privatization experts

A new survey shows that both centre-right and social democratic governments do a poor job at consulting experts when planning the sales of state-owned companies.