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Sweden

The Local nominated for top Swedish media prize

The Local has been nominated as Sweden's Best Online Newspaper as part of the country's most prestigious newspaper awards, Årets Dagstidning.

Berlin calls air strike in Afghanistan ‘necessary’
Germany

Berlin calls air strike in Afghanistan ‘necessary’

The German Defence Ministry on Monday stood by a controversial air strike that is thought to have caused scores of civilian casualties in Afghanistan two weeks ago.

SPD’s Ravindra Gujjula: ‘You have to be better than Germans’
Germany

SPD’s Ravindra Gujjula: ‘You have to be better than Germans’

Continuing a series of interviews with parliamentary candidates with non-German backgrounds, The Local speaks with Social Democrat Ravindra Gujjula, an Indian-born doctor and mayor in the eastern state of Brandenburg now running for the Bundestag.

Oktoberfest beer cheaper for many tourists despite price hike
Germany

Oktoberfest beer cheaper for many tourists despite price hike

The average cost of a litre of beer at this year’s Oktoberfest will be €8.44. And while Germans might moan about the 3.8 percent increase from last year’s price, it’s still cheaper than what many tourists pay for brew back home.

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Sweden

Four Swedes in Pakistan terror probe

Sweden's foreign ministry confirmed on Monday that four Swedish citizens - three adults and a child - are being held in Islamabad, where Pakistani authorities are investigating whether the group has ties to terrorist network Al-Qaeda.

Magna to cut 4,000 Opel jobs in Germany
Germany

Magna to cut 4,000 Opel jobs in Germany

Canadian auto parts maker Magna said Monday that it planned to cut 4,000 posts at loss-making carmaker Opel once it completes its takeover of the General Motors' German unit.

Queen Mother’s letter tells of brush with Luftwaffe bombing
Germany

Queen Mother’s letter tells of brush with Luftwaffe bombing

A letter has been released from the British royal archives in which Queen Elizabeth, wife of King George VI and later known as the Queen Mother, describes a brush with death during a Luftwaffe bombing on September 13, 1940.

Swedish net sellers tricked by fake euro bills
Sweden

Swedish net sellers tricked by fake euro bills

Police in Stockholm have uncovered a new scam involving internet transactions and counterfeit euro bills.

Skype founder awarded top Swedish tech prize
Sweden

Skype founder awarded top Swedish tech prize

The Swedish founder of internet telephony software company Skype, Niklas Zennström, has been named the recipient of a prestigious prize awarded by the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm.

Plane with SPD boss makes crash landing
Germany

Plane with SPD boss makes crash landing

A Contact Air passenger jet carrying Social Democratic Party (SPD) leader Franz Müntefering and 77 others was forced to make a crash-landing in Stuttgart on Monday.

Baltic bliss: boating in the Stockholm archipelago
Sweden

Baltic bliss: boating in the Stockholm archipelago

Having lived for some time in a city so dominated by waterways and islands, Alannah Eames decides it's high time to take the plunge and join the boat set.

Being schooled in German sensibilities
Germany

Being schooled in German sensibilities

In the latest installment of Portnoy’s Stammtisch, The Local’s column about life in Germany, Portnoy is dismayed by his growing Teutonic sensibilities as his daughter starts school.

Sweden mulls new high-speed rail lines
Sweden

Sweden mulls new high-speed rail lines

Sweden should build high-speed rail lines connecting Stockholm to Gothenburg and Malmö, a government appointed commission recommends.

Berlin officers probed after police brutality video posted online
Germany

Berlin officers probed after police brutality video posted online

Berlin police are investigating some of their officers after witnesses filmed them beating a demonstrator at a protest against government infringement of Germany's data protection laws.

Breast cancer rate doubles among pregnant Swedish women
Sweden

Breast cancer rate doubles among pregnant Swedish women

The occurrence of breast cancer among pregnant women in Sweden has more than doubled since the 1960s, a new study shows.

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Sweden

Unborn child ‘nearly killed’ due to doc’s error

A 24-year old mother-to-be from Stockholm nearly aborted her own child after a doctor wrongly diagnosed her as having had a delayed miscarriage.

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Sweden

Swedish changing rooms equipped with cameras for fashion bloggers

Blogging about fashion has become so popular in Sweden that a Stockholm department store has announced plans to open up dressing rooms especially designed for web-savvy fashionistas.

New internet ‘hybrid mail’ service to compete with Deutsche Post
Germany

New internet ‘hybrid mail’ service to compete with Deutsche Post

German publisher Georg von Holtzbrinck has teamed up with private logistics companies to create a 'hybrid mail' service using the internet for quicker delivery at a lower cost, according to weekly news magazine WirtschaftsWoche.

Germany aims to build 40 offshore wind farms
Germany

Germany aims to build 40 offshore wind farms

German Transportation Minister Wolfgang Tiefensee on Monday announced plans to build 40 new offshore wind farms that would create 30,000 jobs.

Thousands catch Abba fever in London’s Hyde Park
Sweden

Thousands catch Abba fever in London’s Hyde Park

A crowd of more than 40,000 turned out London’s Hyde Park on Sunday night to celebrate the music of legendary Swedish pop act Abba.

Press: Steinmeier’s better in debate but not good enough
Germany

Press: Steinmeier’s better in debate but not good enough

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's beleaguered challenger performed better than expected in a TV debate two weeks before elections but failed to land a knock-out punch, the press said Monday.

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Sweden

Study to assess values of Swedish police cadets

The attitudes and values of Swedish police cadets are to be assessed before and after they complete their training, following a number of noteworthy racist comments by police in recent months.

Thousands of young Swedes sell sex: study
Sweden

Thousands of young Swedes sell sex: study

Around 20,000 young Swedes have sold sex, primarily over the internet, a new study shows.