What’s on in Sweden: July 31 – August 6
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What’s on in Sweden: July 31 – August 6

What's on in Sweden: Stockholm Pride & International rugby in Stockholm; U2 in Gothenburg; African beach party & Lucy Love (DK) music in Malmö.

Schumacher returns to race for Ferrari
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Schumacher returns to race for Ferrari

Seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher is making a sensational return to Formula One, Ferrari announced on Wednesday.

Taliban commander: ‘Swedes will be killed’
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Taliban commander: ‘Swedes will be killed’

A regional Taliban commander has warned that Swedes serving in Afghanistan will be the target of reprisals following the killing of three of the guerrilla group’s fighters by Swedish troops last week.

German prices fall for first time in 22 years
Germany

German prices fall for first time in 22 years

German prices fell for the first time in 22 years in July, official statistics showed Wednesday, but analysts said Europe's biggest economy was unlikely to slip into a dangerous deflationary spiral.

German vacationers claim victory in ‘beach towel war’
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German vacationers claim victory in ‘beach towel war’

A travel firm announced on Wednesday a new service allowing customers to reserve beach chairs ahead of time to avoid what it calls the “beach towel wars.”

Authorities were aware of hidden girl
Germany

Authorities were aware of hidden girl

The case of a 13-year-old Brandenburg girl who had been locked up for years by her parents took a turn Wednesday after it came to light that authorities knew she had not attended school for at least four years.

Stockholm’s jumbo jet hostel put up for sale
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Stockholm’s jumbo jet hostel put up for sale

The world's first jumbo jet hostel at Stockholm Arlanda Airport has been put up for sale just seven months after its opening under the attendant gaze of the world's media.

Fashion is in the bag for Sweden’s Sandqvist Accessories
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Fashion is in the bag for Sweden’s Sandqvist Accessories

Simple, functional, stylish and affordable: Sandqvist Accessories is one of Sweden’s fastest growing accessories companies, and behind the bags is a true success story, The Local's Lydia Parafianowicz discovered recently.

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Swedish economy growing again: report

Growth has returned to the Swedish economy on a quarterly basis, according to a new report from the Scandinavian bank Nordea.

Schmidt’s stolen car found in Spain
Germany

Schmidt’s stolen car found in Spain

Health Minister Ulla Schmidt’s official vehicle has turned up in Spain after being stolen over the weekend. A government official said Wednesday her driver had been drugged by thieves as controversy over the case continued.

Making it in Germany: a home-cooking American
Germany

Making it in Germany: a home-cooking American

The Local's new series "Making it in Germany" presents Cynthia Barcomi, who has made a name for herself in the German capital by starting a local chain of eponymous cafes, Barcomi’s.

Government reported for English email use
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Government reported for English email use

The Swedish government has been reported to the Swedish Parliamentary Ombudsman (Justitieombudsman - JO) for using English email addresses.

Daimler sales plunge 25 percent
Germany

Daimler sales plunge 25 percent

German auto and truck maker Daimler posted a sharp net loss in the second quarter and said it expected a clear decrease in sales globally for all 2009.

German treasure hunters find €7 million in pirate booty
Germany

German treasure hunters find €7 million in pirate booty

A Dresden real estate investor and his partner have raised €7 million worth of gold, silver and other artefacts from a sunken pirate ship off the coast of Borneo, daily Bild reported Wednesday.

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Sturecompagniet, Sturegatan 4

Ladybugs have northern Germany seeing red
Germany

Ladybugs have northern Germany seeing red

If the German belief in lucky ladybugs is true, northern German residents should stock up on lottery tickets as their area gets invaded by an Asian species of the little bugs, environmentalists said Wednesday.

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White Room, Jakobsbergsgatan 29

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Laroy, Birger Jarlsgatan 20

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Councils rapped over Swedish credits for Chinese students

The Swedish National Agency for School Inspection (Skolinspektionen) has criticized two municipalities for awarding high school equivalency credits to Chinese students that have neither lived nor studied in Sweden.

BMW hits the brakes on Formula One racing
Germany

BMW hits the brakes on Formula One racing

With worldwide auto sales falling, auto giant BMW announced Wednesday that it’s waving the checkered flag on its Formula One Sauber racing team as a cost-saving measure.

Merkel and CDU reach popularity high
Germany

Merkel and CDU reach popularity high

Two months before elections, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is increasingly likely to win a second term, a poll published on Wednesday suggested, with Angie and her party's popularity hitting new highs.

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Afghan teens in Swedish asylum limbo

A wave of teenage Afghan refugees has arrived in Malmö and other Swedish cities in recent weeks. Many remain in limbo as most Swedish municipalities refuse to accept them.

More booze thieves targeting Systembolaget
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More booze thieves targeting Systembolaget

Shoplifting at the Swedish state alcohol monopoly retailer Systembolaget has reached record high proportions, new figures show.

Gothenburg man finds riches in back of borrowed car
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Gothenburg man finds riches in back of borrowed car

A man from Gothenburg in western Sweden made a potentially lucrative discovery in the back seat of a car he’d borrowed from his local repair shop.

Karolinska slammed over newborn deaths
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Karolinska slammed over newborn deaths

Sweden’s prestigious Karolinska University hospital has been criticized by health authorities after three newborns died from infections caused by drug-resistant bacteria.

Bonn police foxtrot back to fitness
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Bonn police foxtrot back to fitness

Tired of being too old, too flabby and too sick, police officers in Bonn have a new option for getting themselves back into top form: dance lessons.

Tax agency rejects Swedes’ Michael Jackson naming tribute
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Tax agency rejects Swedes’ Michael Jackson naming tribute

A Swedish family’s bid to honour late pop star Michael Jackson by naming their daughter Michael has been scuttled by the country’s tax agency.