Project recounts ordeal of Nazi forced labourers
Germany

Project recounts ordeal of Nazi forced labourers

Video testimony of nearly 600 survivors of Nazi forced labour programmes have been posted online for historians and students to better understand their ordeal, organisers said Thursday.

Swedish Muslim could set new headscarf precedent
Sweden

Swedish Muslim could set new headscarf precedent

Cherin Awad, known for her work on a controversial Sveriges Television (SVT) programme, may well become the first practising attorney in Sweden to wear a headscarf.

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Sweden

Threesome assault pastor defrocked

A pastor convicted of assaulting his ex-wife following sex games involving another man has been relieved of his duties by his employer, the Church of Sweden.

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Sweden

Men at 40 have highest incomes in Sweden: study

Forty-year-old men are the top earners in Sweden, new statistics show.

Berlin working on a ‘bad bank-lite’ rescue plan
Germany

Berlin working on a ‘bad bank-lite’ rescue plan

Germany is working on ways to help its banks get rid of toxic securities that have kept them wary about lending despite last year's €480-billion ($625-billion) rescue, a lawmaker said Thursday.

Church furor over ‘racist’ religious group
Sweden

Church furor over ‘racist’ religious group

The Church of Sweden on Thursday cited lax internal oversight for why a conservative religious group that wants to convert Sweden to Catholicism and has leaders who deny the Holocaust was given permission to hold meetings in Swedish churches.

Schools flunk early English instruction
Germany

Schools flunk early English instruction

Primary schools across Germany have been offering basic English lessons for about five years now, but they may not be doing young children much good, news magazine Der Spiegel reported this week.

Skiing on a shoestring in Åre
Sweden

Skiing on a shoestring in Åre

With money troubles weighing heavier on Sweden than a fresh fall of snow, Jennifer Heape headed to the Åre ski resort to check out a more frugal alternative to the typical foreign alpine getaway.

Inventor of the döner kebab dies
Germany

Inventor of the döner kebab dies

In sad news for anyone who has been drunk and hungry at 2 am, the man who invented the döner kebab sandwich nearly four decades ago in Berlin has passed away.

Bid to sell Swedish prison clothes online backfires
Sweden

Bid to sell Swedish prison clothes online backfires

A woman’s attempt to sell a Swedish prisoner’s uniform on the popular buy-and-sell website Blocket.se nearly resulted in her own brush with the law.

Ex-Deutsche Post boss admits to tax evasion
Germany

Ex-Deutsche Post boss admits to tax evasion

The ex-head of Germany's Deutsche Post admitted tax evasion on Thursday in a scandal that fuelled public anger about "fat-cat" excesses and won tiny Liechtenstein worldwide opprobrium.

Club and concert tips: Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö
Sweden

Club and concert tips: Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö

Wage weekend in Sweden makes for an electric atmosphere. Get plugged in with our weekend guide, produced in cooperation with nightlife experts Djungeltrumman.

Malmö club and concert tips: Saturday, Jan 24
Sweden

Malmö club and concert tips: Saturday, Jan 24

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

Malmö club and concert tips: Friday, Jan 23
Sweden

Malmö club and concert tips: Friday, Jan 23

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

Government details crisis measures
Sweden

Government details crisis measures

Finance Minister Anders Borg and Enterprise Minister Maud Olofsson on Thursday presented a government bill containing measures to counteract Sweden's current economic crisis, including emergency loans to the country’s struggling auto sector.

Gothenburg club and concert tips: Saturday, Jan 24
Sweden

Gothenburg club and concert tips: Saturday, Jan 24

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

Gothenburg club and concert tips: Friday, Jan 23
Sweden

Gothenburg club and concert tips: Friday, Jan 23

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

Stockholm club and concert tips: Saturday, Jan 24
Sweden

Stockholm club and concert tips: Saturday, Jan 24

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

Stockholm club and concert tips: Friday, Jan 23
Sweden

Stockholm club and concert tips: Friday, Jan 23

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

What’s on in Sweden: January 23 – 29
Sweden

What’s on in Sweden: January 23 – 29

What's on in Sweden: Oasis and Chris Brown in Stockholm; International Film Festival in Gothenburg; Tribute to "The Boss" in Malmö.

Merkel calls for more women in top business positions
Germany

Merkel calls for more women in top business positions

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday called for German firms to promote more women to top positions with a powerful critique on the lack of female leadership in big business.

State pays for drunk driver’s wine
Sweden

State pays for drunk driver’s wine

A man from northern Sweden is to receive compensation from the state after he had his box wine confiscated by police in connection with a drink driving conviction.

Steinmeier aims to work closely with Clinton on Mideast and Iran
Germany

Steinmeier aims to work closely with Clinton on Mideast and Iran

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Thursday he hopes to work closely with his American counterpart Hillary Clinton as she takes her place in President Barack Obama’s new cabinet.

What’s on in Germany: January 22 – 28
Germany

What’s on in Germany: January 22 – 28

Wealth gap between east and west grows
Germany

Wealth gap between east and west grows

The gap between rich and poor in Germany has grown over recent years, as has the difference in wealth between the west of the country and the former communist east, according to a new study.

Military group says more German police needed in Afghanistan
Germany

Military group says more German police needed in Afghanistan

Instead of more soldiers, Germany should send more police to Afghanistan, the German military association DBwV told daily Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung on Thursday.

Agency says Germans should eat less meat
Germany

Agency says Germans should eat less meat

Germany’s Federal Environmental Agency is encouraging consumers in the bratwurst-loving country to cut back on meat products to benefit the climate, daily Berliner Zeitung reported on Thursday.

German duo dance to win European figure skating title
Germany

German duo dance to win European figure skating title

Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy of Germany took the European Figure Skating pairs title for the third successive year in Helsinki on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Swedish couple denied right to name their son Q

Parents of a boy in Jämtland in northwestern Sweden have been told they cannot name their son Q, following a ruling by the administrative court of appeal (Kammarrätten).

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Sweden

University given go ahead to expel convicted murderer

A decision by the county administrative court in Stockholm means that Uppsala University can expel a convicted murderer enrolled in medical studies at the school, according to the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen).

Man shot dead north of Stockholm
Sweden

Man shot dead north of Stockholm

A man was shot and killed outside the Magasinet restaurant in Upplands Väsby north of Stockholm in front of crowd of witnesses early Thursday morning.