US soldier sentenced to prison in Germany
Germany

US soldier sentenced to prison in Germany

A US soldier stationed in Germany was sentenced to eight months in prison Thursday for his role in the killings of four blindfolded Iraqi detainees last year, an army spokeswoman said.  

Germany ranks number one as country ‘brand’
Germany

Germany ranks number one as country ‘brand’

Germany hasn't always had a positive global image, but a new report says now the country ranks first in the world as a “brand.”

Sweden-bound Fugee mistaken for refugee
Sweden

Sweden-bound Fugee mistaken for refugee

The Fugees star Pras Michel was detained and questioned at a Paris airport on Monday night while on his way to Sweden, Aftonbladet reports.

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Sweden

Vicious dog sends Stockholm woman to hospital

A Swedish woman was taken to hospital on Thursday morning after being bitten several times in the genital region by a large dog in the Stockholm suburb of Vällingby.

Riksbank: crisis ‘clearly affecting’ Sweden
Sweden

Riksbank: crisis ‘clearly affecting’ Sweden

The Riksbank’s top two officials have publicly acknowledged that the global financial crisis has arrived in Sweden as they announced an additional lending facility to help ease up tight credit markets.

IG Metall begins key wage negotiations
Germany

IG Metall begins key wage negotiations

Germany's biggest industrial trade union IG Metall started wage talks with employers Thursday seeking an eight-percent pay hike for 3.6 million workers in the metalworking and electronics industries.

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Sweden

Swedes rescued in rough seas off Portugal

Four Swedish sailors were rescued in a dramatic high seas operation off the coast of Portugal on Saturday.

Partying like it’s 1989
Germany

Partying like it’s 1989

In the latest dispatch of Portnoy’s Stammtisch, The Local’s column about life in Germany, Portnoy considers the meaning of the German Unity Day holiday on Friday.

Malmö nightclub tips: Saturday, Oct 4
Sweden

Malmö nightclub tips: Saturday, Oct 4

Stay in tune with what's happening in Malmö this Saturday with the aid of The Local and club pros Djungeltrumman.

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Sweden

Murder suspect called office to report killing his wife

A man from the Stockholm suburb of Bredäng was arrested on Thursday after he called his office to say he had killed his wife.

Malmö nightclub tips: Friday, Oct 3
Sweden

Malmö nightclub tips: Friday, Oct 3

Discover the night-time jewels of the city in the south with the aid of recommendations from The Local in association with entertainment guide Djungeltrumman.

Customs officers bust gold smuggling ring
Germany

Customs officers bust gold smuggling ring

German and British customs officers on Thursday said they have uncovered a band of gold smugglers dodging the tax authorities by trafficking the precious metal through the Frankfurt airport.

What’s on in Sweden: October 3 – October 9
Sweden

What’s on in Sweden: October 3 – October 9

What's on in Sweden: October 3rd - October 9th. NHL hockey, Open tennis and Aussie comedy in Stockholm; Ane Brun in Gothenburg; Steve Wynn and naked Jesus shock in Malmö.

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Sweden

Brazil names Gripen as finalist for air force tender

Saab’s next generation Gripen fighter is on the short-list of options under consideration by the Brazilian Air Force, the company said on Thursday.

Sweden condemns surveillance in schools
Sweden

Sweden condemns surveillance in schools

Sweden’s Data Inspection Board (Datainspektionen – DI) has demanded that seven schools change their use of surveillance cameras in a decision it hopes will set a precedent for schools across the country.

Struck slams Deutsche Bank CEO over bank bailout suggestion
Germany

Struck slams Deutsche Bank CEO over bank bailout suggestion

Peter Struck, the head of the Social Democratic Party’s parliamentary group, on Thursday slammed Deutsche Bank CEO Josef Ackermann for demanding Germany set up a government bailout plan for troubled banks.

What’s on in Germany: October 2 – 8
Germany

What’s on in Germany: October 2 – 8

Melamine-tainted candy found in Germany
Germany

Melamine-tainted candy found in Germany

In the midst of the ongoing milk powder scandal in China, the first melamine contaminated food products have been discovered across Germany for the first time.

Going out in Gothenburg: Saturday, Oct 4
Sweden

Going out in Gothenburg: Saturday, Oct 4

Highly-regarded entertainment site Djungeltrumman's shares its local knowledge of the Gothenburg club scene with some recommendations for Saturday night.

Going out in Gothenburg: Friday, Oct 3
Sweden

Going out in Gothenburg: Friday, Oct 3

The Local scales the heights of the Gothenburg club scene with the able assistance of Djungeltrumman's highly skilled sherpas of the night.

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Sweden

Swedish women committing more violent crimes

Criminality among women in Sweden is rising faster than among men, according to a new study.

Historians lower death toll in Dresden bombing
Germany

Historians lower death toll in Dresden bombing

Far fewer people than previously thought may have died in the infamous Allied firebombing of Dresden at the close of World War II, according to a new assessment by historians.

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Sweden

Forgery charges dropped because fake ID was so bad

The falsified identity card fashioned by an 18-year-old from Malmö was so poor that the court decided to have the charges against him dropped.

Aging Nazi sentenced for attempted toy gun heist
Germany

Aging Nazi sentenced for attempted toy gun heist

A regional court in Bochum has sentenced a 91-year-old Nazi war criminal for trying to rob a pharmacy with a toy pistol.

Optimism following US Senate bailout vote
Sweden

Optimism following US Senate bailout vote

Analysts in Sweden welcomed passage by the US Senate on Wednesday of a plan to help ailing US financial institutions, but cautioned that the financial crisis is far from being resolved.

Berlin irked over French talk of EU bailout fund
Germany

Berlin irked over French talk of EU bailout fund

Signs of discord between France and Germany emerged on Thursday ahead of a proposed meeting on the financial crisis by the leaders of Europe's four biggest economies in Paris at the weekend.