Rare knife uncovered from ancient Swedish tomb
Sweden

Rare knife uncovered from ancient Swedish tomb

Swedish archaeologists have been captivated by a Bronze Age knife which was uncovered along with other artifacts from an excavation site near Falbygden in central Sweden.

Stockholm awash with beer and whisky
Sweden

Stockholm awash with beer and whisky

The Stockholm Beer and Whisky Festival has hit town again and, as Jennifer Heape discovered, it’s a far cry from beer bellies and a packet of pork scratchings.

Can they stop me renting out my flat?
Sweden

Can they stop me renting out my flat?

I own an apartment in Stockholm, which I have been renting out since the beginning of the year, when I moved back to the UK. Now, the board of my apartment building (the bostadsrättsförening), says they will no longer permit me to rent it out from January. Do they have the right to stop me renting out my own apartment? Matt, London.

Facebook begins promotion to boost German membership
Germany

Facebook begins promotion to boost German membership

Social networking website Facebook has teamed up with a promotion agency to boost its nascent German unit via real-world recruitment, The Washington Post's internet edition reported on Friday.

No delays for Deutsche Bahn stock market listing
Germany

No delays for Deutsche Bahn stock market listing

Germany's rail operator announced Friday the timetable for its long-awaited stock market listing next month, one of the biggest in Europe in 2008, despite a "tense" situation on financial markets.

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Sweden

Police hit Stockholm drug smuggling ring

Police in Stockholm believe they have cracked an international drug smuggling syndicate after confiscating hundreds of kilos of drugs in several recent raids.

Red Cross preps for swarms of Italians at Oktoberfest
Germany

Red Cross preps for swarms of Italians at Oktoberfest

The Bavarian Red Cross is preparing to treat hordes of Italian revelers who have made a tradition of attending the second week of Oktoberfest.

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Sweden

Electronics store buys up competitor’s televisions

A daring public relations stunt by a newly opened electronics store in Malmö left its long established competitor with empty shelves and its CEO seething.

Police arrest two terror suspects at Cologne airport
Germany

Police arrest two terror suspects at Cologne airport

German police on Friday morning arrested two men in a KLM airliner at Cologne-Bonn airport shortly before it was to take off amid suspicions they wanted to carry out terrorist attacks.

Tyre-slashing granny sentenced to knit sweaters
Germany

Tyre-slashing granny sentenced to knit sweaters

An 89-year-old granny caught slashing car tyres has been handed the painstaking punishment of knitting sweaters, the Kaiserslautern prosecutor's office said on Friday.

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Sweden

Volvo introduces market’s first hybrid bus

Swedish bus maker Volvo has launched a new hybrid bus soon to be tested on the streets of Gothenburg and London.

Returning Ribery hopes to reignite Bayern
Germany

Returning Ribery hopes to reignite Bayern

After three months out with injury, Bayern Munich's French star Franck Ribery wants to kick-start his season at Hannover on Saturday before next Tuesday's Champions League clash with Lyon.

Parliament approves universal daycare by 2013
Germany

Parliament approves universal daycare by 2013

The German parliament voted on Friday to provide daycare for all children younger than three-years-old beginning in August of 2013.

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Sweden

Archipelago boating accident claims two lives

Two men died late on Thursday night and two others were injured when their boat ran aground on the northern side of Nämdö, an island in Stockholm’s archipelago.

Swedish speedway driver ‘wants to be a Pole’
Sweden

Swedish speedway driver ‘wants to be a Pole’

A dispute between Sweden’s top speedway rider Andreas Jonsson and the sport’s national federation has resulted in Jonsson abandoning his home country in favour of Poland.

Swedish twin sisters in UK motorway madness
Sweden

Swedish twin sisters in UK motorway madness

Shocking images were released on Thursday night of two Swedish sisters throwing themselves into oncoming motorway traffic in the UK.

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Sweden

Sabotage suspected in mass food poisoning

Sweden’s security service Säpo is investigating possible sabotage following an incident which left 140 people at the headquarters of Confederation of Swedish Enterprise (Svenskt Näringsliv) suffering from dysentery.

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Sweden

Elderly Swede dies after swallowing his dentures

A 94-year-old man from Lindesberg in central Sweden died after caregivers failed to discover his set of false teeth had been lodged in his throat for several days.

Germans unhappy with how democracy works
Germany

Germans unhappy with how democracy works

An overwhelming majority of Germans support democracy, but many are highly critical of how their own form of government works, according to a new survey.

Government unites around new FRA-law
Sweden

Government unites around new FRA-law

Sweden’s centre-right Alliance government announced a new version of the country’s controversial surveillance law on Thursday, claiming it had succeeded in making changes to the measure which satisfy critics of the original bill.

Germany and China call for unity on Iranian nuclear programme
Germany

Germany and China call for unity on Iranian nuclear programme

The foreign ministers of China and Germany have agreed that world powers must be united in their approach to Iran over its disputed nuclear programme, a diplomatic source said.

Weekend set for lovely autumn weather
Germany

Weekend set for lovely autumn weather

The cold, grey German winter might be just around the corner but much of the country will enjoy beautiful autumn weather this weekend.