Lahm shoots Germany into Euro 2008 final
Germany

Lahm shoots Germany into Euro 2008 final

A nervous and frequently unfocused Germany still managed to beat Turkey 3-2 on Wednesday night, booking a spot in the Euro 2008 final.

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Sweden

Swedes warned over mobile voicemail costs

Mobile phone bills may catch Swedes by surprise after vacationing abroad this summer—even if their phones have been turned off.

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Sweden

Pessimism grows about the Swedish economy

The National Institute of Economic Research (KI) reports that the mood toward Sweden’s economy is unusually gloomy.

Bavaria gets bareback in the saddle
Germany

Bavaria gets bareback in the saddle

Germans are known for their penchant for getting naked in the park and on the beach, but some Munich residents are now championing cycling in the nude, according to the Süddeutsche Zeitung.

What’s on in Germany: June 26 – July 3
Germany

What’s on in Germany: June 26 – July 3

Swedish car show to feature drive-thru weddings
Sweden

Swedish car show to feature drive-thru weddings

Swedes looking for a drive-thru wedding need not catch a flight to Las Vegas.

Meet Germany’s new letter, the big ‘ß’
Germany

Meet Germany’s new letter, the big ‘ß’

The German alphabet is getting a new letter, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) confirmed on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Violence and lack of funds plague school principals

Every fifth school principal in Sweden has been subjected to threats or violence, and many feel that they can’t do their jobs well due to insufficient resources.

Where have all the Sami gone?
Sweden

Where have all the Sami gone?

You can live in Stockholm, Gothenburg or Malmö your whole life and still know almost nothing about the Sami, the indigenous people of Sweden. One reason for this is that the Sami don’t make much of a bleep on the cultural radar screen.

Swedish teens shun condoms and cigarettes
Sweden

Swedish teens shun condoms and cigarettes

Swedish teens drink and smoke less than their peers in most other countries, but when it comes to sex, young people in Sweden are far from being the most careful.

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Germany

Lufthansa says will meet profit target despite fuel costs

German airline Lufthansa said on Wednesday that it expected to meet its operating profit target this year despite rising fuel prices.

One in eight Germans live in poverty
Germany

One in eight Germans live in poverty

The German cabinet has approved new national poverty figures that show the country's divide between rich and poor continues to grow, news agency DPA reported on Wednesday.

Volvo Cars to shed 1,200 jobs in Sweden
Sweden

Volvo Cars to shed 1,200 jobs in Sweden

Volvo Cars has given notice to 1,200 employees who will soon lose their jobs, primarily in Gothenburg and Olofström in southern Sweden.

Germany prepares for massive football party
Germany

Germany prepares for massive football party

Just hours before the German national team takes on Turkey in the Euro 2008 semifinal on Wednesday evening, football fans from the North Sea to the Alps were gearing up for massive public sporting spectacle.

German grannies help produce modern crochet bikinis
Germany

German grannies help produce modern crochet bikinis

Two Berlin students are bringing a bit of the groovy 1970s back to the beach with the help of several German grannies - behold the crochet bikini 2.0.

Children concerned by parents’ web habits
Sweden

Children concerned by parents’ web habits

Children in Sweden are becoming increasingly concerned by their parents' internet habits, according to a new report from Children's Rights in Society (Barnens Rätt i Samhället - BRIS).

Siemens boss says firm is too German, white and male
Germany

Siemens boss says firm is too German, white and male

The head of German industrial group Siemens, Peter Löscher, told the Financial Times Deutschland on Wednesday his company’s managers are too German, white and male.

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Germany

German police shoot man after knife attack on officer

German police shot and killed a 34-year-old man in Langenhagen late Tuesday night after he attacked an officer with a knife, police reported Wednesday.

Berlin conference ends with fretting over fragile peace talks
Germany

Berlin conference ends with fretting over fragile peace talks

The United States and other peace brokers finished up talks in Berlin Tuesday after raising $242 million for the Palestinian Authority security by fretting over the fragility of the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and calling for a truce in Hamas-run Gaza to last and Israel to freeze settlements.

Germany bans Kurdish television channel
Germany

Germany bans Kurdish television channel

Germany has banned a Kurdish television station from broadcasting in the country because it promotes the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), Interior Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said late on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Karolinska study: hormone spray can help cure social phobia

Swedish and British researchers have found that a nasal spray with the hormone oxytocin can relieve social phobia, also known as social anxiety disorder.

Sahlin would ‘tear up’ snoop law if elected
Sweden

Sahlin would ‘tear up’ snoop law if elected

Social Democratic party leader Mona Sahlin is ready to shred Sweden’s controversial surveillance law if she ends up in government after the 2010 parliamentary elections.

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Sweden

Sweden names first female rabbi

Sweden's first woman rabbi has been chosen to run one of three synagogues in Stockholm, the Jewish Community in the Swedish capital said Tuesday.