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Sweden

Iranians barred from Swedish universities

Iranian nationals have been banned from Swedish university programmes with ties to nuclear and missile technologies following a warning from the country’s Säpo security service.

Poor, sexy and incompetent in Berlin
Germany

Poor, sexy and incompetent in Berlin

Berlin is facing months of public transport chaos caused by a near-total shutdown of the city’s S-Bahn commuter train network. The latest installment of Portnoy's Stammtisch, The Local’s column about life in Germany, asks what the mayor is doing to end the mess.

Naked horn player named Sweden’s Water Fairy of the Year
Sweden

Naked horn player named Sweden’s Water Fairy of the Year

A nude saxophone player surprised four similarly dressed violinists in northwestern Sweden to claim victory as the year’s best incarnation of a water fairy, a mythical creature from ancient Swedish folklore.

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Sweden

‘Svennis’ in talks with world’s oldest football club: report

Former England and Manchester City boss Sven-Göran Eriksson is in talks with English Division Two club Notts County about becoming director of football, according to reports here Tuesday.

New Duden dictionary adds 5,000 words
Germany

New Duden dictionary adds 5,000 words

The 25th edition of the German language dictionary Duden is out with 5,000 new words, daily Die Welt reported on Tuesday.

China using the internet to spy on Germany
Germany

China using the internet to spy on Germany

China is increasingly using the internet to spy on German government officials and companies, according to the German domestic intelligence service.

Easterners unhappy with reunification
Germany

Easterners unhappy with reunification

Almost a quarter of Germans from what was communist East Germany feel they are the losers of reunification, according to a new study for social welfare group Volkssolidarität released on Tuesday.

Weather system ‘Wolfgang’ bringing stormy end to week
Germany

Weather system ‘Wolfgang’ bringing stormy end to week

Low-pressure system “Wolfgang” will likely bring severe thunderstorms and hail to Germany on Wednesday and Thursday followed by a chilly weekend, the German Weather Service (DWD) said on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Two Swedish banks surprise on the upside

Sweden's two largest banks exceeded market expectations, with Nordea and Handelsbanken both boasting profit increases in their second quarterly reports today.

Larcenous lothario loots lovelorn ladies
Germany

Larcenous lothario loots lovelorn ladies

The Bavarian authorities are holding a “marriage swindler” accused of fleecing more than €100,000 from four women over several years with false declarations of love, a police spokesman told The Local on Tuesday.

Hamburg ranked as city with best economic outlook
Germany

Hamburg ranked as city with best economic outlook

Hamburg has pipped Munich to be ranked the city with the best economic outlook in Germany, Capital magazine reported on Tuesday.

Åland: a gem in Stockholm’s back yard
Sweden

Åland: a gem in Stockholm’s back yard

Alannah Eames visits Finland's Swedish-speaking Åland islands, and finds gorgeous scenery, great food and a fascinating history.

University students who stay put earn more: study
Sweden

University students who stay put earn more: study

Swedish students who remain at the same institution for their entire educational career appear to earn higher salaries that those who switch universities several times, according to a new study.

Bauhaus boss warns east German architecture endangered
Germany

Bauhaus boss warns east German architecture endangered

Germany needs to rethink its relationship to the architecture of its formerly communist eastern half, head of famed Bauhaus Dessau Foundation Philipp Oswalt said on Tuesday.

Charges for father who held family captive
Sweden

Charges for father who held family captive

A 68-year-old father of four in Uppsala suspected of abusing his wife and children and holding them captive in their apartment was arraigned on Tuesday.

‘Missing’ footballers prompt new entry rules
Sweden

‘Missing’ footballers prompt new entry rules

The disappearance of five Tanzanian youth footballers has prompted the Swedish Migration Board (Migrationsverket) to tighten entry requirements for non-European players in the Gothia Cup, the world's largest youth football tournament.

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Sweden

Staff concerns plague Sweden’s swine flu planning

There is a sufficient number of respirators in Sweden's 21 counties to handle the care of the patients who have been infected by swine flu.

Record losses for Sweden’s Volvo Group
Sweden

Record losses for Sweden’s Volvo Group

Swedish truck maker Volvo Group on Tuesday reported its largest-ever quarterly loss amid as massive write-offs and weak demand took their toll on profits.

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Sweden

Serious deficiencies at Sida field office

The Bukina Faso field office of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) has been plagued by deficiencies for several years, according to an internal audit of the office.

Swedish lesbians more likely to wed than gay men
Sweden

Swedish lesbians more likely to wed than gay men

More female than male same-sex couples have chosen to marry since Swedish homosexuals were granted the legal right to marry on May 1st, 2009.

Deutsche Bank probed for spying on board
Germany

Deutsche Bank probed for spying on board

Germany's largest bank is involved in a probe into possible criminal wrongdoing after it hired detectives to carry out surveillance on some board members, the Financial Times reported in London on Tuesday.

Prosecutors planning child porn charges against Tauss
Germany

Prosecutors planning child porn charges against Tauss

State prosecutors in Karlsruhe said they have finished their investigation and plan to file charges against former Social Democratic MP Jörg Tauss for alleged possession of child pornography, daily Bild reported on Tuesday.

Recession spurs camping revival
Germany

Recession spurs camping revival

The recession has reinvigorated a German interest in camping, as more people decide to pitch a tent or park an RV instead of sleeping in a more expensive hotel, daily Leipziger Volkszeitung reported on Tuesday.