Ticking baby doll causes bomb scare at German NATO base
Germany

Ticking baby doll causes bomb scare at German NATO base

Police thought there was a bomb in front of the NATO Airbase in Geilenkirchen on Monday morning, but instead found a malfunctioning baby doll.

Eriksson arrives in Mexico
Sweden

Eriksson arrives in Mexico

Swedish coach Sven Göran Eriksson, whose year-long reign as Manchester City manager ended on Monday, has arrived in Mexico to tie up a deal to coach the national side, local media have reported.

Sweden’s best English-language bookstores
Sweden

Sweden’s best English-language bookstores

International bookstores such as Amazon might have made it easy and cheap to get English books wherever in the world you are, but sometimes there’s no substitute for browsing the shelves and taking your book home with you. And while Sweden’s numerous English-language bookstores are rarely the cheapest options, they can be great places to broaden your literary horizons, to find books by Swedish authors in translation and to learn about local history and culture. Here are some top tips:

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Sweden

More Swedish bathing areas below EU standards

The water at 23 Swedish bathing areas did not meet EU requirements last year, according to an EU Commission report on the quality of bathing water in 2007.

Forest fire ‘out of control’
Sweden

Forest fire ‘out of control’

Two large forest fires continue to rage in central Sweden, a local fire and rescue service official said on Monday afternoon, adding that the largest blaze was completely out of control.

Missing German researcher found alive in Congo
Germany

Missing German researcher found alive in Congo

A German woman who went missing last month in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) while studying great apes has been found alive, the German foreign ministry said Monday. The exact circumstances of her disappearance remain unclear.

Swedish tourism remains strong
Sweden

Swedish tourism remains strong

Tourism in Sweden appears to be immune to deteriorating global economic conditions.

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Sweden

Newspapers see sales and ad revenue climb

Newspapers saw their circulation and advertising revenue climb worldwide last year as the rapid growth of free titles and online publications extended their reach, according to a report released in Gothenburg on Monday.

Top feminist’s four-letter outburst stuns university
Sweden

Top feminist’s four-letter outburst stuns university

A formal dinner honouring new PhDs at Lund University was interrupted on Friday when a leading feminist erupted into a profanity-laced tirade.

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Sweden

China criticized at Gothenburg press summit

World newspaper chiefs gathering in Gothenburg called Monday on China to free immediately all journalists currently jailed in the country as the Beijing Olympic approach.

EU says water quality at German beaches worsens
Germany

EU says water quality at German beaches worsens

EU officials have bad news for those Germans heading to the beach this summer: the water quality along the country’s North and Baltic Sea coasts has worsened.

Swedish ‘Donald Duck’ comic fetches thousands
Sweden

Swedish ‘Donald Duck’ comic fetches thousands

The first issue of the Kalle Anka & Co (Donald Duck and Friends) comic book ever published in Sweden has been sold for just over 100,000 kronor ($16,600) on the Tradera online auction website.

ECB celebrates 10th anniversary in Frankfurt
Germany

ECB celebrates 10th anniversary in Frankfurt

European finance and political chiefs toasted on Monday the European Central Bank's tenth anniversary even as record inflation cast a pall over the party.

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Germany

Germany reportedly readies legal veto on sovereign fund takeovers

The German Economy Ministry has finalized a draft law aimed at protecting companies from foreign takeovers, a government spokeswoman said on Monday.

Göttingen school evacuated after chemistry accident
Germany

Göttingen school evacuated after chemistry accident

A chemistry class accident in a school in Göttingen sent 13 students and a teacher to the hospital with chemical burns and forced officials to evacuate the building on Monday.

Pious pets get Swedish church blessing
Sweden

Pious pets get Swedish church blessing

Choral hymns accompanied by barking dogs made for a blessed mix outside of the Amiralitet Church in Karlskrona in southern Sweden, where four-legged visitors were welcome at Sunday services.

Alfresco dining and drinking in the Gothenburg sunshine
Sweden

Alfresco dining and drinking in the Gothenburg sunshine

Summertime in Gothenburg is, for the non-Swedish observer, an interesting experience.

London artists exhibit defaced Hitler paintings
Germany

London artists exhibit defaced Hitler paintings

British sibling artist duo Jake and Dinos Chapman have defaced a series of Adolf Hitler’s water colour paintings for their new exhibition entitled “If Hitler Had Been a Hippy How Happy Would We Be.”

Germans back tax cuts to lower petrol prices
Germany

Germans back tax cuts to lower petrol prices

A overwhelming majority of Germans support slashing fuel taxes to help lower the cost of petrol at the pump amid record high oil prices, according to a poll published on Monday.

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Sweden

Churches vital for Christian Iraqis in Sweden

For many Christian Iraqis who have found a safe haven in Sweden, integrating into a strange new culture is a trying process. But their churches, present in Sweden for decades, play a big role in easing the way.

Eriksson leaves Man City
Sweden

Eriksson leaves Man City

Sven-Goran Eriksson's year-long reign at Manchester City finally came to an end on Monday when it was announced that the former England boss had left the English Premier League club.

Controversial author offered refuge in Sweden
Sweden

Controversial author offered refuge in Sweden

Under fire Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen has been offered a safe haven in the Swedish town of Uppsala.

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Germany

Couple dies in farm plane crash near Konstanz

A German man and his wife were killed Sunday afternoon when they crashed their small plane near Konstanz in the German state of Baden-Württemberg.

Negotiations to end German milk strike sour
Germany

Negotiations to end German milk strike sour

Negotiations late Sunday failed to bring an end to the the ongoing strike by German dairy farmers for higher milk prices.

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Sweden

Forest fires rage in northern Sweden

Rescue workers in northern Sweden have begun evacuating people from their homes as forest fires threaten to spread to residential areas.

Merkel failing to lead, Social Democrats say
Germany

Merkel failing to lead, Social Democrats say

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition partners on Sunday accused her of a lack of leadership as internal tensions mount steadily ahead of national elections in 2009.

Ukraine beat lacklustre Sweden
Sweden

Ukraine beat lacklustre Sweden

Ukraine beat Sweden 1-0 in a lacklustre warm-up match in Stockholm on Sunday that saw the Swedes booed by the home fans just days before the start of the European Championships.