What’s On in Sweden – January 22nd to 28th
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What’s On in Sweden – January 22nd to 28th

What’s on in Sweden: Hair raising opera in Stockholm, blowing bubbles in Gothenburg and a postcard from Scotland in Malmö.

Sick leave dominates first election year debate
Sweden

Sick leave dominates first election year debate

Sweden's two political blocs each set out their stalls on Wednesday in the first parliamentary debate of 2010, with sickness benefits proving the main bone of contention.

Munich airport bomb scare sparks manhunt
Germany

Munich airport bomb scare sparks manhunt

Parts of Munich airport were sealed on Wednesday after a laptop tested positive for explosives and its owner fled into a secured area, police said.

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Sweden

Geely seeks to allay Volvo tech theft fears

As China’s Geely Group prepares to purchase Volvo Cars, suppliers and unions have expressed concerns about unauthorized copying of the Swedish carmaker’s technology.

Kabul to Kiruna: a new life in the Arctic Circle
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Kabul to Kiruna: a new life in the Arctic Circle

Adjusting to life in the far north of Sweden can be tough at the best of times, but coming as a refugee presents an extra set of challenges. Malin Nyberg speaks to two women who are more than happy to adapt.

ZDF telethon raises more than €20 million for Haiti
Germany

ZDF telethon raises more than €20 million for Haiti

Germans donated more than €20 million during a televised ZDF fundraiser for relief efforts in Haiti following the disastrous earthquake that hit the Caribbean country.

Swedish papers say no to ‘lesbian love’ advert
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Swedish papers say no to ‘lesbian love’ advert

An advertisement featuring three half-naked women was deemed inappropriate for publication by two newspapers in southern Sweden, shocking officials at the sexual health organization who created the ad.

Swedish students stage beer pipeline protest at nearby brewery
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Swedish students stage beer pipeline protest at nearby brewery

Several dozen university students occupied a brewery near Gothenburg in western Sweden on Tuesday in their long-standing effort to convince the brewery to build a pipeline to carry beer to the students’ union.

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‘Send Swedes to Latvia for operations’

The Stockholm School of Economics in Riga is planning to start a Swedish-owned hospital in the Latvian capital in order to raise the standards of the country's hospitals and to remove some of the burden from the Swedish healthcare system.

Swedes swap passwords for chocolate treats
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Swedes swap passwords for chocolate treats

Sweet-toothed Swedes are happy to trade their internet passwords for bars of chocolate, according to a poll carried out by an appalled computer magazine.

Merkel aims to turn tide with fiery speech
Germany

Merkel aims to turn tide with fiery speech

German Chancellor Angela Merkel sought to regain initiative Wednesday after a wobbly start to her second term, with a spirited defence of her policies and fiery attacks on her opponents.

What’s on in Germany: January 21 – 27
Germany

What’s on in Germany: January 21 – 27

This Week's Highlights: An after-hours museum party in Frankfurt, a modern "Carmen" in Hamburg, and a festival of Mediterranean films in Munich.

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Sweden

Boy charged for Gothenburg sex attacks

A 16-year-old boy has been charged in connection with more than a dozen sexual attacks in Gothenburg last autumn which left area residents fearful of the so-called ‘babyface’ rapist.

Italian media dubs Bill Kaulitz a ‘black angel’ after catwalk debut
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Italian media dubs Bill Kaulitz a ‘black angel’ after catwalk debut

Tokio Hotel lead singer Bill Kaulitz appeared on stage for a performance of a different kind this week, walking a Milan fashion show runway clad in black leather, chain link jewellery and feathers.

Swedish TV show probes growth of English
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Swedish TV show probes growth of English

Where did the English language come from? Why has it become the world’s most widespread means of communication? What will happen in the future? Keith Foster, host of a new Swedish TV series, travels the world in search of answers.

Twelve injured in train collision with truck
Germany

Twelve injured in train collision with truck

At least 12 people were injured in a train accident near Rüningen in the German state of Lower Saxony on Wednesday morning, national rail service Deutsche Bahn said.

Green Swedish fashion takes Berlin
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Green Swedish fashion takes Berlin

Recognised as a country of nature lovers and cutting-edge design, it is not surprising that Sweden has fostered a strong new generation of fashion designers who combine fashion and sustainability, writes Anna Maria Bernitz of the Swedish Institute. Four Swedish eco designers are taking part in the Berlin Fashion Week to take a stand against the overuse of nature’s resources.

Legendary pirate’s skull stolen from Hamburg museum
Germany

Legendary pirate’s skull stolen from Hamburg museum

A nail-pierced skull believed to belong to the legendary pirate Klaus Störtebeker has been stolen from a museum in the northern German port city of Hamburg.

Smuggling charges dropped after birthday boy revealed drinks list
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Smuggling charges dropped after birthday boy revealed drinks list

A 20-year-old Swedish man has been acquitted of smuggling charges after convincing a court that the 1,600 litres of beer and 30 litres of spirits found by customs officials were simply a few of the items on his birthday party beverage list.

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‘Necrophiliacs’ behind Haiti Facebook hoax

More than 200,000 Swedes joined a Facebook group claiming to be collecting donations to help earthquake victims in Haiti before it was revealed as a hoax by the “Swedish Necrophilia Association”.

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Equality Ombudsman sued for discrimination

An employee at an agency tasked with defending Sweden’s anti-discrimination laws has sued the organization for discrimination following disparaging comments by a supervisor.

Fashion Week brings visitors and their cash to Berlin
Germany

Fashion Week brings visitors and their cash to Berlin

Despite the decidedly inelegant snow and icy temperatures that continue to bedeck Germany’s capital, more than 130,000 style-savvy visitors descended on Berlin Wednesday to trek through the 2010 Autumn/Winter Fashion Week.

Beckenbauer slams pricey World Cup tickets
Germany

Beckenbauer slams pricey World Cup tickets

German football legend Franz Beckenbauer has slammed the cost of World Cup ticket prices and said fans here are put off by the travel costs to South Africa as well as security risks in the country.