Munich plumps for ‘modern’ 2018 Olympics
Germany

Munich plumps for ‘modern’ 2018 Olympics

German Olympic Committee (DOSB) chief Thomas Bach believes Munich, one of three official candidates for the 2018 winter Olympics, has everything it needs to deliver a "modern Games."

Exploring the business of books at the Frankfurt Book Fair
Germany

Exploring the business of books at the Frankfurt Book Fair

The Frankfurt Book Fair opens to the public on Saturday after a week of deal-making between publishers and agents from around the world. Rhea Wessel reports from behind the scenes of the literary frenzy.

No foul play behind fatal summer fire
Sweden

No foul play behind fatal summer fire

A series of investigations have shown that there was no malicious intent behind a fire that claimed the lives of seven people in a Stockholm suburb this summer.

Google Editions to launch in Germany next year
Germany

Google Editions to launch in Germany next year

Google's online service Google Editions enabling electronic books to be downloaded to mobile telephones and readers will have some half-a-million publications available in the first half of next year.

Wet and dreary weather to continue through weekend
Germany

Wet and dreary weather to continue through weekend

The weather will be a soggy and cheerless affair as high pressure system “Xavier” sweeps over Germany this weekend, the German Weather Service (DWD) reported from its headquarters in Offenbach on Friday.

Train surfing youths cause railway chaos
Germany

Train surfing youths cause railway chaos

Police on Friday said two reckless teenagers caused railway havoc east of Stuttgart by “surfing” on a train travelling 80 kilometres an hour.

Another employee sacked for taking home leftover food
Germany

Another employee sacked for taking home leftover food

Not long after a German woman made headlines for being fired over swiping meatballs at work, a court in Baden-Württemberg ruled on Friday that a nursing home worker was rightfully sacked for taking home leftover Maultaschen, a Swabian specialty similar to ravioli.

Swedish actor backs ‘jocks for well hung men’
Sweden

Swedish actor backs ‘jocks for well hung men’

Swedish stage and film actor Mikael Persbrandt has put his money where his mouth is and invested in a firm selling underwear for well-developed men.

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Sweden

Gangster faces Turkish trial for bomb attacks

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of the leader of the Original Gangsters criminal gang on suspicion of being behind an attempt to blow up two men.

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Sweden

Choosing a topic to blog about

There are a million things to blog about in Sweden. You can be as as creative as you want to be. Here are are just a few suggestions for blogs that could be interesting to other readers.

Irish filmmaker stabbed by masked teens in Berlin
Germany

Irish filmmaker stabbed by masked teens in Berlin

A 57-year-old Irish filmmaker was stabbed in an attempted robbery by three masked teenagers during an evening stroll in Berlin’s Schöneberg district, police confirmed to The Local on Friday.

Swedish pastor fined for fingering figs
Sweden

Swedish pastor fined for fingering figs

A Church of Sweden pastor has been convicted of shoplifting and ordered to pay a 5,100 kronor ($734) fine for stealing, among other things, a jar of figs marinated in cognac.

Fascist garden gnomes invade Bavarian town
Germany

Fascist garden gnomes invade Bavarian town

The small Bavarian town of Straubing has been invaded by 1,250 fascist garden gnomes with their stubby right arms raised in a Hitler salute – all in the name of art.

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Sweden

Gangster cites sleepy judge in forced tattoo case appeal

A lay judge slept his way through a court case which resulted in the convictions of two gangsters for forcing an 18-year-old boy to cover an offending tattoo, one of the men has claimed in his appeal to the Supreme Court.

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Sweden

Saab implicated in South Korea spy arrest

A former South Korean air force major-general was arrested on Friday on charges of leaking classified military information to Swedish defence and aviation company Saab, officials said.

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Sweden

Sony Ericsson reports profits plunge

Mobile phone maker Sony Ericsson on Friday reported a €199 million ($297 million) net loss and a 42 percent drop in sales for the third quarter.

German officials back ‘morning-after’ pill without prescription
Germany

German officials back ‘morning-after’ pill without prescription

Germany's Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM) advocated on Friday that the so-called 'morning-after' pill be offered without a doctor’s prescription.

Three-quarters of German train stations wheelchair accessible
Germany

Three-quarters of German train stations wheelchair accessible

Almost three-quarters of Germany’s train stations are wheelchair accessible, a new survey found on Friday, but facilities vary greatly between the country's 16 states.

Four in ten back far-right cooperation: poll
Sweden

Four in ten back far-right cooperation: poll

Four of ten Swedish voters would support the major parties cooperating with the far-right Sweden Democrats if the party were to claim seats in the parliament at the 2010 general election.

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Sweden

Sweden slams Zimbabwe over PM aide arrest

The Swedish EU Presidency has slammed a decision by a Zimbabwe court to send a close aide to Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai to jail, calling it an act of "politically motivated abuse."

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Sweden

Lidström breaks NHL 1,000 point milestone

Swedish hockey player Nicklas Lidström made NHL history on Thursday when he became the first European defender and only the eighth defender overall to reach 1,000 points..

Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp museum creates Facebook profile
Germany

Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp museum creates Facebook profile

The museum of the World War II-era Nazi German Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp has launched its profile, "Auschwitz Memorial," on the Facebook social networking website, a museum spokesman said this week.

Nefertiti’s museum home reopens after 70 years
Germany

Nefertiti’s museum home reopens after 70 years

Closed for 70 years following heavy bomb damage during World War II, Berlin's Neues Museum throws open its doors again on Friday, with 3,400-year-old Egyptian beauty Queen Nefertiti star of the show.