Nobel laureates receive prizes in Stockholm
Sweden

Nobel laureates receive prizes in Stockholm

The 2008 Nobel laureates in literature, economy, medicine, physics and chemistry received their prizes on Wednesday from the hands of Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf at a formal ceremony in Stockholm.

Hildebrand to join Hoffenheim
Germany

Hildebrand to join Hoffenheim

Former Germany goalkeeper Timo Hildebrand has joined Hoffenheim on a free transfer as he looks to relaunch his international career, the Bundesliga leaders announced on Wednesday.

Stockholm club and concert tips: Saturday, Dec 13
Sweden

Stockholm club and concert tips: Saturday, Dec 13

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

Westerwelle aims to cut aid to anti-gay nations
Germany

Westerwelle aims to cut aid to anti-gay nations

Guido Westerwelle, the openly gay leader of Germany's opposition Free Democrats (FDP), has said he would cut aid to homophobic nations should he become Chancellor Angela Merkel’s foreign minister after next year’s general election.

Stockholm club and concert tips: Friday, Dec 12
Sweden

Stockholm club and concert tips: Friday, Dec 12

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

Virgin talking with Lufthansa over BMI
Germany

Virgin talking with Lufthansa over BMI

British airline Virgin Atlantic said on Wednesday that it was in talks with German rival Lufthansa over the future of British low-cost carrier BMI.

Teen blogger tops Swedish celebrity search list
Sweden

Teen blogger tops Swedish celebrity search list

Blogging teenager Isabella 'Blondinbella' Löwengrip was Sweden's most sought after celebrity in 2008, according to a new list released by Google.

Berlin works to boost civil service diversity
Germany

Berlin works to boost civil service diversity

Berlin is a diverse city, but officials in the German capital want the civil service to better reflect its immigrant communities. Elizabeth Norgard takes a look at an innovative campaign to encourage more young minorities to apply for municipal jobs.

Is it hard to make friends with Swedes?
Sweden

Is it hard to make friends with Swedes?

Every week, we ask a panel of readers to discuss an issue affecting the lives of immigrants in Sweden. This week: breaking the ice.

Daimler seeks stake in Russian truck maker Kamaz
Germany

Daimler seeks stake in Russian truck maker Kamaz

German auto giant Daimler said Wednesday that it had officially filed a request with Russian authorities to take a stake in the truck maker Kamaz.

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Sweden

Church body allows senile man’s marriage to stand

The marriage between an 85-year-old Swedish man suffering from dementia and his 77-year-old wife will not be annulled, according to a decision by the cathedral chapter in Lund.

Saab slams Norway’s Gripen rejection
Sweden

Saab slams Norway’s Gripen rejection

Swedish aerospace group Saab has publicly denounced Norway for choosing an American-made aircraft over Saab’s Gripen, claiming the decision was based on “unfounded” assumptions and “faulty analysis”.

Sweden ‘best at tackling global warming’
Sweden

Sweden ‘best at tackling global warming’

Sweden does more than any other country to tackle global warming, according to a new index published on Wednesday at the ongoing UN climate talks in Poland.

The best of Berlin in December
Germany

The best of Berlin in December

Exberliner, the German capital's leading English-language magazine, this month picks the best places to knock back a glass of fine Burgundy, buy yourself an extravagant headpiece, and buy original versions of international children books.

Germany backs EU mission to fight pirates
Germany

Germany backs EU mission to fight pirates

The German cabinet on Wednesday gave the green light for the German navy to take part in a new European Union military operation to fight pirates off the coast of Somalia.

Cologne court calls dog as witness
Germany

Cologne court calls dog as witness

A Cologne judge called a bulldog to the witness stand in a tenancy dispute, daily Express reported on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Jailed man destroys evidence with help of mobile phone

A prisoner in Gävle in eastern Sweden made several calls home to his girlfriend from his cell after police in the town failed to detect that he had smuggled in a mobile phone in his sock.

Parents in east get smaller benefit cheques
Germany

Parents in east get smaller benefit cheques

The amount of parental leave benefits doled out for moms and dads in the formerly communist eastern German states is significantly lower than the national average, the Federal Statistics Office (Destatis) reported on Wednesday.

Berlin bans public drinking around Alexanderplatz
Germany

Berlin bans public drinking around Alexanderplatz

Berlin's central district Mitte will become the first part of the German capital to impose a ban on public drinking in order to discourage rowdy youths from getting out of hand.

More voter support for Alliance parties in recent poll
Sweden

More voter support for Alliance parties in recent poll

The distance between Sweden’s two main political blocs is shrinking, according to a new poll.

Sweden decks the halls for Nobel festivities
Sweden

Sweden decks the halls for Nobel festivities

Over a million Swedes are expected to stay glued to their television sets on Wednesday to watch monarchs, politicians and assorted clever clogs tuck in to the annual Nobel banquet.

Oliver Kahn to judge Chinese TV talent show
Germany

Oliver Kahn to judge Chinese TV talent show

A year after his retirement from goalkeeping at Bayern Munich, one of Germany’s best-loved footballers Oliver Kahn will begin a television career in China, according to daily newspaper Bild this week.

Germans would buy furniture with consumer vouchers
Germany

Germans would buy furniture with consumer vouchers

If the German government distributed consumer vouchers as part of its plan to stimulate the economy, most people would buy furniture or a new washing machine, according to a poll published by newsmagazine Stern on Wednesday.

Sweden’s SKF to cut 2,500 jobs worldwide
Sweden

Sweden’s SKF to cut 2,500 jobs worldwide

Swedish ball bearings manufacturer SKF announced on Tuesday that weakening demand in the automotive and industrial sectors has forced the company to trim its global workforce by 2,500 jobs.

German receives Nobel Medicine Prize for cancer work
Germany

German receives Nobel Medicine Prize for cancer work

German researcher Harald zur Hausen will receive half of the 2008 Nobel Prize in medicine on Wednesday in Stockholm, Sweden, for his discovery of human papilloma virus (HPV), which causes cervical cancer.

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Sweden

Engineers: ‘merge Volvo and Saab’

Representatives for thousands of engineers at Saab Automobile and Volvo Cars have proposed that the only way to save Sweden’s auto industry is to merge both companies into one single car manufacturer.

Swedish students worse at maths and science: study
Sweden

Swedish students worse at maths and science: study

Swedish students are getting worse at maths and natural science, according to the results of an international study.