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Swedish industrial orders plummet

New industrial orders in Sweden dropped by 12.6 percent in the three month period from December to February, according to preliminary figures from Statistics Sweden.

Drunk Norwegians mark Easter Thursday tradition
Sweden

Drunk Norwegians mark Easter Thursday tradition

Five young Norwegians were arrested at lunch time for drunk and disorderly behaviour, as Strömstad in western Sweden geared up for the annual Easter Thursday invasion by hordes of thirsty youngsters from the neighbouring country.

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Paedophile policeman jailed in Sweden: report

A Swedish policeman was sentenced on Thursday to 18 months in prison for sexually abusing two young brothers, media reported.

Berlin anarchist activity spikes ahead of May Day protests
Germany

Berlin anarchist activity spikes ahead of May Day protests

An alarming spike in arson attacks by presumed anarchists in Berlin has sparked fears that traditional May Day anti-capitalist protests could see the worst violence in recent years.

Police shoot armed robber in car chase
Germany

Police shoot armed robber in car chase

Police shot and seriously injured an armed robber in Hamburg on Wednesday evening after he forced a man to withdraw money from his bank at gunpoint.

Transsexual granted right to change name to Immanuel
Sweden

Transsexual granted right to change name to Immanuel

The Swedish administrative court of appeals has granted a 28-year-old Sandviken transsexual the right to be called Immanuel.

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Frozen chicken x-rayed for glass

Several types of x-ray machines are currently being tested at Kronfågel's chicken factory in Valla in eastern Sweden to ensure its frozen poultry is glass-free in the wake of a spate of recent glass finds.

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Gang rape suspects on trial in Södertälje

Four young men appeared in court on Thursday charged with involvement in a series of gang rapes in Södertälje in eastern Sweden.

Kids caught playing dangerous road chicken game
Germany

Kids caught playing dangerous road chicken game

Several young teenagers invented a new version of chicken on the roads of Günzburg in Bavaria Wednesday evening, police reported.

Industrial output decline slowed in February
Germany

Industrial output decline slowed in February

German industrial output fell 2.9 percent in February from January, the economy ministry said Thursday, as demand for goods from Europe's largest economy dried up amid the global recession.

Which side are you on in The Pirate Bay case?
Sweden

Which side are you on in The Pirate Bay case?

A week before the verdict is announced in The Pirate Bay case, The Local's regular panelists have their say in the great file sharing debate.

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Sweden sees boom in legal downloading

The sale of music via the internet and mobile phones has increased by 100 percent since the Swedish anti-file sharing IPRED law entered into force last week, according to digital content provider InProdicon.

Hamburg Jewish Community leader fired over vague heritage
Germany

Hamburg Jewish Community leader fired over vague heritage

The chairman of the Hamburg Jewish Community (Jüdische Gemeinde in Hamburg), and member of the Hamburg state parliament, was dismissed last week because records showed he was not Jewish, news magazine Der Spiegel reported on Thursday.

Making like the Easter bunny in Berlin
Germany

Making like the Easter bunny in Berlin

In the latest dispatch of Portnoy’s Stammtisch, The Local’s column about life in Germany, Portnoy explains why the German-invented Easter bunny is an appropriate symbol in a country where the birth rate is tanking and succesful families with children are scorned.

Färjestad claim Swedish ice hockey gold
Sweden

Färjestad claim Swedish ice hockey gold

Champagne flowed through the night in Karlstad in western Sweden on Wednesday as local heroes Färjestads BK secured the Swedish ice hockey title with victory over Jönköping team HV71.

Grown men weep as Bayern are trounced
Germany

Grown men weep as Bayern are trounced

Bayern Munich returned from Barcelona Thursday morning with the scorn of their elder statesmen piled on their heads, having suffered a 4:0 trouncing at the hands of the Spanish super-club on Wednesday night.

Tobacco giant Philip Morris raising cigarette prices
Germany

Tobacco giant Philip Morris raising cigarette prices

Smokers might as well light a match to their extra pocket change – leading cigarette manufacturer Phillip Morris plans to raise its prices from €4 to €4.70 per pack by summer, and other companies in the industry will likely follow, daily Stuttgarter Zeitung reported this week.

Sweden rejects Germany in probe against Bishop Williamson
Germany

Sweden rejects Germany in probe against Bishop Williamson

The Swedish Chancellor of Justice has rejected a request from German prosecutors to require a journalist to testify against Catholic bishop Richard Williamson, who denied the Holocaust in a January television broadcast for Swedish broadcaster SVT.

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Sweden

What’s on in Sweden: April 10 – 16

What's on in Sweden: Easter at Moderna in Stockholm; Space adventures in Gothenburg; Grandmaster Flash in Malmö.

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Sweden

Double murder suspect in critical condition

A Halmstad man remains in a critical condition after a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head following the Wednesday murder of two women, one of whom was his ex-girlfriend.

Berlin launches Hypo Real Estate takeover
Germany

Berlin launches Hypo Real Estate takeover

The German government launched a takeover of troubled Hypo Real Estate bank on Thursday with the aim of stabilising the financial markets as the worst recession since the 1930s sets in.

Notorious criminal arrested for robbery
Sweden

Notorious criminal arrested for robbery

Lars-Inge Svartenbrandt, a 63-year-old with a long criminal history, is one of two individuals arrested for the armed robbery of a Swedbank branch in Säter in central Sweden, according to the Värmland Police.

Germany denied help in bishop probe
Sweden

Germany denied help in bishop probe

In a criminal investigation against Catholic bishop Richard Williamson, who denied that the Holocaust happened in an SVT interview broadcast in January, German prosecutors want to question the Swedish journalist who interviewed him. The Chancellor of Justice (Justitiekanslern) has denied the request.

Sunny weather expected for holiday weekend
Germany

Sunny weather expected for holiday weekend

Early morning cloud cover on Thursday will disperse across most of Germany to begin what will likely be a sunny Easter holiday weekend.

‘Ivan the Terrible’ Nazi guard gets to stay in US for now
Germany

‘Ivan the Terrible’ Nazi guard gets to stay in US for now

Suspected Nazi guard John Demjanjuk can remain in the United States while an immigration court considers his latest appeal against extradition to Germany, US officials said Wednesday.