German riders take another Olympic equestrian gold
Germany

German riders take another Olympic equestrian gold

Germany's riders added a third gold medal to their stunning sweep of the Olympic equestrian events on Thursday, winning the team dressage competition.

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Sweden

How do I find student housing in Sweden?

Ask The Local: Every week we will be answering readers' questions about Sweden. This week, Peter from Hamburg wants to know how he can find student housing in Sweden.

Fewer Danes migrate to Sweden
Sweden

Fewer Danes migrate to Sweden

The number of people moving from Denmark to Skåne in southern Sweden has more than halved over the last year, according to new figures from Statistics Sweden.

Celebrating 850 years of Munich
Germany

Celebrating 850 years of Munich

With Munich is celebrating its 850th anniversary this summer, Ben Knight heads to Bavaria to find how a city of bourgeois affluence and magical beer is marking a special birthday.

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Sweden

Transatlantic musings on warlike Sweden

In a week when Russia went to war with Georgia, David Bartal reflects on a time when Sweden was more belligerent than benevolent.

Official wants 50,000 empty west German flats demolished
Germany

Official wants 50,000 empty west German flats demolished

While the sight of wrecking balls smashing down blocks of prefab flats is not an unusual one in eastern Germany, now a call has been put out for up to 50,000 apartments to be torn down in western towns.

Mountain of foreign glass sparks recycling feud
Sweden

Mountain of foreign glass sparks recycling feud

Bickering between Swedish recycling companies and local councils over who should pay for recycling foreign booze bottles has reached breaking point, with the government now being forced to step in as a mediator.

Stockholm population reaches highest level since 1960s
Sweden

Stockholm population reaches highest level since 1960s

Sweden's population grew by 32,094 during the first half of this year amid continued high immigration, while population figures for Stockholm municipality passed the 800,000 mark for the first time since the 1960s.

Rüsselsheim shooting suspects hand themselves in to police
Germany

Rüsselsheim shooting suspects hand themselves in to police

A number of suspects in the Rüsselsheim ice cream parlour shooting in which three people were killed and another seriously wounded, have handed themselves in to the police.

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Sweden

Gambling baron faces new tax crime charges

One of Sweden's most notorious gangsters, currently on trial for instigating murder, was indicted on Thursday on charges of financial crimes and illicit gambling.

Swedish pharmacy sees sex toy sales rocket
Sweden

Swedish pharmacy sees sex toy sales rocket

Swedish state-owned pharmacy monopoly Apoteket's sales of sex toys have far exceeded expectations.

What’s on in Sweden: August 15 – 21
Sweden

What’s on in Sweden: August 15 – 21

What’s on in Sweden: August 15th – 21st. Youth, culture and Salem Al Fakir in Stockholm; theatre, dance and Zlatan in Gothenburg and city festival in Malmö

Bear attacks German tourist camping in Romania
Germany

Bear attacks German tourist camping in Romania

A 26-year-old German tourist has been seriously injured after being attacked by a bear while on a camping holiday in Romania.

What’s on in Germany: August 14 – 20
Germany

What’s on in Germany: August 14 – 20

This Week's Highlights: A Turkish youth orchestra in Berlin, an all-day dance party in Cologne, and R.E.M. in Stuttgart.

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Sweden

Stockholm club and concert guide: August 7 – 9

Stockholm club and concert tips from Kalendarium (Click links for more information).

Vattenfall loses reduced charges case
Germany

Vattenfall loses reduced charges case

Energy giant Vattenfall has been ordered to pay €50 million to its competitors and reduce its network charges, after losing a court battle with German regulators on Thursday.

SPD in Hesse pushes ahead with leftist alliance
Germany

SPD in Hesse pushes ahead with leftist alliance

Germany's centre-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) in the state of Hesse is in talks to form its first ever alliance in the west of the country with the hard-line socialist Left party that is fast becoming a force in national politics.

Swedish wrestler refuses bronze medal
Sweden

Swedish wrestler refuses bronze medal

Wrestler Ara Abrahamian took bronze on Thursday in the men's Greco-Roman wrestling competition in Beijing, but the Swede threw his medal away in protest following a highly controversial semi-final defeat.

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Sweden

Gothenburg club and concert tips: August 15 – 17

Where to go out in Gothenburg this weekend? Monthly Magazine has the answers (Click links for more information)

‘Humpy’ the whale continues Baltic Sea odyssey
Germany

‘Humpy’ the whale continues Baltic Sea odyssey

A humpback whale – dubbed "Humpy" and seen off Germany's Baltic Sea coast two weeks ago – has still not found its way back to deeper, colder waters amid new sightings near Rostock.

SAS airlines slash 500 jobs
Sweden

SAS airlines slash 500 jobs

Scandinavian airlines SAS announced on Thursday that it would slash another 500 jobs and seven planes from its fleet, after flying into loss during the second quarter, due to the economic slowdown and high fuel prices.

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Sweden

Mushroom war marked by cunning and subterfuge

With chanterelle season upon us, it's time again for the annual funghi wars that help keep country life interesting, writes migrant mushroom worshipper Rose Kemp.

Man shot by police in Malmö
Sweden

Man shot by police in Malmö

A 21-year-old man armed with a knife was shot in the leg by police in Malmö on Wednesday evening.

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Sweden

Veteran wrestler thwarts armed robber

An axe-wielding 38-year-old was all out of luck on Wednesday when a veteran wrestler and a civilian police officer both happened to witness his attempted robbery of a supermarket in Eskilstuna in central Sweden.

German GDP shrinks
Germany

German GDP shrinks

The German economy shrank for the first time in nearly four years in the second quarter of the year, according to data released on Thursday.

Steinmeier: German observers in South Ossetia possible
Germany

Steinmeier: German observers in South Ossetia possible

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has said Berlin might have to send observers to help keep the peace in South Ossetia as part of a European mission to the conflict-plagued region.

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Sweden

UN slams Sweden’s deportation policy

United Nation refugee agency UNHCR has criticized Sweden's decision to deport Afghan refugees to Kabul even if they have no social or family ties in the capital city.

Bundesliga teams strengthen squads as Bayern avoids transfers
Germany

Bundesliga teams strengthen squads as Bayern avoids transfers

While Bayern Munich have been conspicuous by their absence in Germany's transfer market this summer, their rivals have been splashing out in preparation for their assaults on the Bundesliga titles.