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Sweden

Holidaying Swedes love to complain: study

Swedes on holiday love to complain, a new survey shows. Swedes are described in the survey as "perfectionists" that prefer to see that the destination adapts to them and are not slow to complain when it does not.

Pension fund favours banks not savers
Sweden

Pension fund favours banks not savers

Sweden's banks are the only winners from the Premium Pension Authority (PPM) fund system. Despite plunging portfolio values fund managers have managed to pull in billions of kronor from the scheme.

Largest Hindu temple in northern Germany opens in Hannover
Germany

Largest Hindu temple in northern Germany opens in Hannover

At least 1,000 Hindus gathered in Hannover on Sunday to celebrate the inauguration of the biggest Hindu temple in northern Germany.

Owomoyela takes on neo-Nazis over World Cup insults
Germany

Owomoyela takes on neo-Nazis over World Cup insults

Three leading neo-Nazi NPD party figures will appear in court on Tuesday charged with incitement and defamation, nearly three years after producing and distributing leaflets suggesting the national football team should be all-white.

Police officers under increasing attack
Germany

Police officers under increasing attack

German police are being attacked more than ever before, with people showing increasing disrespect for officers, according to a report in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung newspaper.

Wine industry rebels hit out against own promotion institute
Germany

Wine industry rebels hit out against own promotion institute

The generally staid German wine industry is in slow-motion upheaval. A rebellion is growing against compulsory membership of the German Wine Institute, which costs some producers hundreds of thousands of euros.

German spy held over affair with translator
Germany

German spy held over affair with translator

A German spy has been arrested for treason after allegedly giving away important secrets to his Kosovar translator with whom sources say he was having an affair.

Brothels feel impact of financial crisis
Germany

Brothels feel impact of financial crisis

Times are hard down at Berlin’s Pussy Club where a new all-in service is on offer: €70 for girls, drinks and food.

Sweden ’50 years’ from parental equality: report
Sweden

Sweden ’50 years’ from parental equality: report

Sweden is fifty years from achieving equality among parents if change continues at the current pace, a new report from Swedish Confederation for Professional Employees (TCO) shows.

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Sweden

Hells Angels leader loses sickness benefits

A prominent Swedish member of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang will have to survive without the sickness benefits he has been receiving for the past 10 years as he was shown to have hidden income sources.

Opposition wants end to nuclear power
Sweden

Opposition wants end to nuclear power

The three opposition parties have announced their intention to phase out Sweden's nuclear power capacity if they were to win the next election in 2010.