Swedes snap up tickets as second ‘Millennium’ film opens
Sweden

Swedes snap up tickets as second ‘Millennium’ film opens

The film adaptation of the second installment of Swedish author Stieg Larsson's cult "Millennium" crime trilogy opened on Friday in theatres across Scandinavia.

Pirate Bay buyer faces bankruptcy
Sweden

Pirate Bay buyer faces bankruptcy

A creditor of Global Gaming Factory X, the potential buyer of The Pirate Bay site, has asked a court in Stockholm to declare the company bankrupt.

Party distances itself from Hollywood wife
Sweden

Party distances itself from Hollywood wife

The leader of Sweden's Christian Democrats has distanced himself from a Swedish Hollywood wife who described Swedish men as "tragic" for their "nappy changing" and "equality nonsense".

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Sweden

Boozy antics cost Swedish major his job

A major in the Swedish army serving in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has lost his job following a bout of excessive drinking and sexual relations with a local woman.

Non-traditional names linked to teacher discrimination
Germany

Non-traditional names linked to teacher discrimination

Charlotte or Chantal? From the moment they first read the school register, teachers could already be unfairly prejudiced against certain children, a new study from the University of Oldenberg revealed this week.

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Sweden

Swedish companies still struggling for funding

Swedish companies are still finding it hard to get funding on the financial markets, despite signs of economic recovery, the deputy governor of Sweden's central bank, the Riksbank has said.

Sources say German officer violated protocol in deadly air strike
Germany

Sources say German officer violated protocol in deadly air strike

NATO officials have accused a German officer of giving false information to the alliance when he ordered a deadly air strike in Afghanistan, daily Financial Times Deutschland said Friday.

Stuttgart Ice Age show puts world’s oldest art on display
Germany

Stuttgart Ice Age show puts world’s oldest art on display

The oldest works of art in the world went on display on Friday in Stuttgart as part of a major Ice Age exhibition. Some of the spectacular artefacts, found over past years in the Swabian Alb, are being shown for the first time.

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Sweden

Green dildo promises earth-friendly orgasms

The makers of a new marital aid that has gone on sale in Sweden have said that their dildo is the most environmentally-friendly on the market.

Teen attacker planned Ansbach school rampage
Germany

Teen attacker planned Ansbach school rampage

Police said on Friday they still didn’t know the motive of an axe-wielding 18-year-old who injured nine students and one teacher at a school in Ansbach, Bavaria despite finding letters showing he planned the rampage.

The FDP’s Serkan Tören: ‘I didn’t want to leave the choices to others’
Germany

The FDP’s Serkan Tören: ‘I didn’t want to leave the choices to others’

With the September 27 election approaching, The Local's continues its series of interviews with candidates for parliament with non-German backgrounds. Serkan Tören is a Turkish-born lawyer in Hamburg running for a seat in Bundestag for the Free Democrats.

Eastern town turns Stasi training camp into tourist playground
Germany

Eastern town turns Stasi training camp into tourist playground

Once a Stasi security training ground, the former East German city of Kallinchen is now dominated by thousands of tourists, including those drawn to a historic nudist camp and the re-purposed secret police facility.

S-Bahn commuter train collides with turnip truck
Germany

S-Bahn commuter train collides with turnip truck

One man is dead after an S-Bahn commuter train near the Lower Saxony town of Weetzen collided with a crop transport truck early on Friday morning, according to the police.

Bundesrat approves Lisbon reform treaty
Germany

Bundesrat approves Lisbon reform treaty

The EU's Lisbon reform treaty cleared a major hurdle on Friday as Germany's upper house approved laws paving the way to its ratification following months of political wrangling and heated debate.

Sahlin slammed for partying in Majorca
Sweden

Sahlin slammed for partying in Majorca

Social Democrat party leader Mona Sahlin has been criticized for partying with celebrities in Majorca instead of staying at home to campaign in the run-up for the church elections on September 20th.

Flying logs crush Swedish man’s home – again
Sweden

Flying logs crush Swedish man’s home – again

Erold Sigurdsson, 65-year-old man from northern Sweden, is once again counting his blessings and picking up the pieces after a truckload of timber slammed into his house on Thursday – for the third time.

Merkel responds to Opel protectionism charges
Germany

Merkel responds to Opel protectionism charges

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has defended her government's decision to aid of auto maker Opel, which has sparked accusations of protectionism.

‘Gay Sunday’ kicks off first Oktoberfest weekend
Germany

‘Gay Sunday’ kicks off first Oktoberfest weekend

Gay Sunday, the homosexual “mega event” giving new meaning to men in leather trousers at Munich’s Oktoberfest, takes place each year on the first weekend of the world-famous Bavarian beer bash.

Reinfeldt to G20: ‘Cap bank bonuses’
Sweden

Reinfeldt to G20: ‘Cap bank bonuses’

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt succeeded during a summit in Brussels on Thursday in convincing European leaders to agree to push for limits on bonuses for bankers and for faster movement on climate negotiations.

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Sweden

Sweden sweetens offer in bid to win Brazil fighter jet deal

Sweden upped the ante in its effort to secure a contract to sell 36 Saab Gripen fighter jets to Brazil, saying it would build 40 percent of the plane in Brazil, officials said Thursday.