Swedish unions: should you join?
Sweden

Swedish unions: should you join?

Unions play a huge role in many Swedish workplaces - and in Swedish society. But should you join? Nic Townsend asks what's in it for you.

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Sweden

Refugees staying put in problem spots

A Swedish government project focused on enticing refugees to leave problem-ridden areas in Sweden's big cities has failed to achieve its goals. After two years, just 286 people have made use of the scheme, according to figures released by the Swedish Migration Board.

Norwegian launches new UK and Germany routes
Sweden

Norwegian launches new UK and Germany routes

Low cost carrier Norwegian has announced the launch of three new routes from Stockholm Arlanda servicing London/Gatwick, Edinburgh and Munich.

German scientists help find Egyptian mummy’s mommy
Germany

German scientists help find Egyptian mummy’s mommy

German scientists have helped uncover the unspectacular truth about the glorious Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun: he was a weak, club-footed, malaria-infected son of an incestuous relationship between brother and sister.

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Sweden

Nordea bank ignores Swedish bonus ban

The board of Nordea has decided to act in open defiance of the Swedish government and is pressing ahead with a new bonus scheme.

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Sweden

‘State finances better than expected’: Borg

Swedish state finances are in better shape than expected and are developing strongly, finance minister Anders Borg said in a statement on Wednesday.

Number of Germans living in poverty surges
Germany

Number of Germans living in poverty surges

The ranks of the poor in Germany have swelled over the past decade, as a study released on Wednesday showed more than 11 million people living in poverty.

Lidl pushes for retail minimum wage
Germany

Lidl pushes for retail minimum wage

Grocery discounter Lidl is making an unexpected pitch for the introduction of a minimum wage in the retail sector, business daily Financial Times Deutschland reported Wednesday.

Soviet soldier in famous Reichstag photo dies
Germany

Soviet soldier in famous Reichstag photo dies

One of three Red Army soldiers in a famed 1945 photograph that depicts the Soviet flag being lifted over Berlin's Reichstag has died at age 93, Russian officials said on Wednesday.

Less but better: Design according to Dieter Rams
Germany

Less but better: Design according to Dieter Rams

Legendary industrial designer Dieter Rams has always focused on doing ‘less but better’ – a credo David Sharp found he even applied to a rare interview with The Local.

Sweden calls time on lifetime artist stipends
Sweden

Sweden calls time on lifetime artist stipends

The Swedish government plans to end the practice of giving a select group of Swedish artists a lifetime income guarantee.

Horde of ‘Vikings’ attacks home in Bavaria, injuring four
Germany

Horde of ‘Vikings’ attacks home in Bavaria, injuring four

Police are calling for witnesses on Wednesday after a horde of people dressed as Vikings attacked a family home in Bavaria, injuring a woman and three children, a spokesperson told The Local.

Churches for children: dangerous mind-play or harmless fun?
Sweden

Churches for children: dangerous mind-play or harmless fun?

Keen to keep his daughter occupied, Joel Sherwood finds sanctuary in Sweden's many church play areas. Which beg the question: Are the country's legions of latte mamas soon to be overtaken by a new generation of chapel papas?

Council votes to keep wolves from the door
Sweden

Council votes to keep wolves from the door

With Sweden's wolf population in critical danger, Nordanstig in northern Sweden has courted controversy by voting to stay a wolf-free municipality.

Lufthansa pilots to strike
Germany

Lufthansa pilots to strike

Lufthansa pilots on Wednesday voted for what could become the biggest strike to hit the German airline since 2001, when a series of stoppages caused chaos for thousands of passengers.

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Sweden

Smuggler with underpants package bites Swedish customs officer

A suspected drug smuggler, caught with almost 100 grammes of cocaine in his underpants, tried to bite his way out of the clutches of the Swedish customs.

Support grows for Afghanistan troops
Sweden

Support grows for Afghanistan troops

Support for the military operation in Afghanistan has increased strongly since the death of two Swedish officers and a local interpreter on February 7th, according to a new poll by Synovate, published by Sveriges Television (SVT) on Tuesday.

Business confidence buoyant for 2010
Germany

Business confidence buoyant for 2010

German business confidence is climbing, with companies more optimistic about the economy than they were at the end of last year, a poll released Wednesday has found.

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Sweden

Early curling upset as Swedes beat Brits

Sweden's curling team stunned Britain's world champions with a 6-4 win on the first day of Vancouver 2010 men's curling competition on Tuesday.

Boisterous Westerwelle still shedding popularity
Germany

Boisterous Westerwelle still shedding popularity

German Vice Chancellor Guido Westerwelle’s fiery rhetoric over welfare has failed to turn around his slide in popularity, with a poll released Wednesday showing the approval rating of his Free Democrats (FDP) sinking to 7 percent.

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Sweden

‘Influenza vaccine has no effect’: study

There is no evidence to support the contention that the influenza vaccine administered to the over 65s is of any more use than opening the windows and washing hands, a new study from the Cochrane Collaboration claims, according to a report in the Svenska Dagbladet newspaper.

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Sweden

Pärson forecasts rain on Vonn’s golden parade

Sweden's Anja Pärson and Maria Rieschen of Germany will be doing their best to make sure Lindsey Vonn's expected gold medal streak does not take the shine off their own Olympic Games.

Hüfner and Neuner snatch double gold
Germany

Hüfner and Neuner snatch double gold

Gold medals snared overnight by luger Tatjana Hüfner and biathlete Magdalena Neuner have shot Germany to the top of the medal tally at the Winter Olympics in Canada.