Anja Pärson beats pain to claim Olympic medal
Sweden

Anja Pärson beats pain to claim Olympic medal

Swedish skier Anja Pärson battled through the pain barrier to claim an heroic bronze medal in the women's super-combined at the Vancouver Winter Olympics.

Germany demands Israel address Hamas killing
Germany

Germany demands Israel address Hamas killing

Germany on Thursday demanded an explanation from Israel over the killing of a Hamas chief in Dubai by suspected Mossad agents using European passports.

Stockholm ‘one of Europe’s richest regions’
Sweden

Stockholm ‘one of Europe’s richest regions’

The Stockholm area is one of the ten richest regions in the European Union, according to new figures from Eurostat, the EU's statistics agency.

Motoring past the mainstream
Germany

Motoring past the mainstream

In the short space of five years, MotorFM has established itself as one of Germany’s most innovative radio stations. The Local spoke with founders Mona Rübsamen and Markus Kühn about broadcasting in the internet age.

‘Marie’ and ‘Maximilian’ top Germany’s 2009 baby name list
Germany

‘Marie’ and ‘Maximilian’ top Germany’s 2009 baby name list

Two long-time favourites, Marie and Maximilian, once again topped the list of last year’s most popular baby names in Germany, the Society for German Language reported on Thursday.

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Sweden

Russian businessman finances Saab deal

Vladimir Antonov, the Russian businessman forced to step aside as a condition of the takeover of Saab by Dutch Spyker, has claimed that his banks have financed the first downpayment to GM, according to a report by news agency Bloomberg.

Two women implicated in Catholic school sex abuse scandal
Germany

Two women implicated in Catholic school sex abuse scandal

Allegations of sexual abuse at Catholic schools in Germany continued to spread on Thursday, with former students stepping forward to implicate two female authority figures.

Swede signs up to Virgin Galactic space flight
Sweden

Swede signs up to Virgin Galactic space flight

A Malmö man has become the first Swede to sign up to Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic space adventure after he shelled out 1.4 million kronor to fly to the frontier of space.

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Sweden

Nine-year-old sold drugs to Malmö police officer

A nine-year-old boy in Malmö has been caught trying to sell a bag of amphetamines to an undercover police officer. His father has been arrested for using his young son as a drugs courier.

School attack leaves teacher dead
Germany

School attack leaves teacher dead

A former student is suspected of stabbing a teacher to death at a vocational school in Ludwigshafen on Thursday, but the police said a quick evacuation of the facility likely avoided a wider bloodbath.

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Sweden

Handelsbanken ups dividend as profits slump

Swedish bank Handelsbanken trumped market expectations despite reporting a slump in fourth quarter profits on Thursday.

Daimler posts dramatic loss for 2009
Germany

Daimler posts dramatic loss for 2009

German auto giant Daimler suffered a sharp loss last year that surprised markets Thursday and pushed its share price lower as the group reported results from one of the auto sector's most challenging years.

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Sweden

No damages for docs in Da Costa murder case

A Swedish court on Thursday ruled that the two doctors previously suspected of committing the gruesome murder of Catrine da Costa, found dismembered in 1984, are not entitled to damages.

Bildt: Swedes in foreign disasters to pay their way
Sweden

Bildt: Swedes in foreign disasters to pay their way

Swedish tourists who get caught up in natural disasters and other crises abroad will in future have to pay for their own healthcare and trips home, the government has said.

Golden Bear contender focuses on Muslims in crisis
Germany

Golden Bear contender focuses on Muslims in crisis

The debut feature of an Afghan-German director has joined the running for the top prize at the Berlin International Film Festival, one of a clutch of features taking a fresh look at Islam at this year's event.

EasyJet strike in Berlin causes cancellations
Germany

EasyJet strike in Berlin causes cancellations

Cabin staff and crew for budget airline easyJet went on strike at Berlin's Schönefeld Airport on Thursday, forcing the cancellation of at least seven flights.

What’s on in Germany: February 18 – 24
Germany

What’s on in Germany: February 18 – 24

This week's highlights: Shaolin monks in Munich, experimental film in Berlin, and an exhibition of sacred Himalayan art opens in Cologne.

What’s On in Sweden: February 19th – 25th
Sweden

What’s On in Sweden: February 19th – 25th

What’s on in Sweden:Action Impro in Stockholm, Fresh Fish Fashion in Gothenburg and Muslim punk in Malmö.

Sweden counts cost of winter snowfalls
Sweden

Sweden counts cost of winter snowfalls

Swedish municipalities are struggling to balance budgets as the cost of keeping streets and buildings free of snow continues to escalate as the winter keeps its hold on the country, according to a survey by the Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper.

Merkel chides banks for role in Greek crisis
Germany

Merkel chides banks for role in Greek crisis

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has taken an impassioned swipe at banks, saying it would be a "scandal" if it were proved they had helped Greece massage its statistics, prompting a major crisis.

Luge winner Möller breaks tooth on silver medal
Germany

Luge winner Möller breaks tooth on silver medal

David Möller, Germany’s silver medallist in the men’s singles luge, is reportedly looking for a dentist appointment after breaking his tooth by biting into his shiny prize.

Bayern beats Fiorentina with controversial Klose strike
Germany

Bayern beats Fiorentina with controversial Klose strike

Bayern Munich took a slender 2-1 lead into their Champions League last-16 second leg against Fiorentina after a controversial Miroslav Klose goal handed the German giants a 13th straight win.

Metalworkers’ union reaches wage deal
Germany

Metalworkers’ union reaches wage deal

Metalworkers’ union IG Metall reached a provisional agreement with employers on Thursday after lengthy negotiations for some 700,000 workers in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Sweden keeps secret party donations despite EU criticism
Sweden

Sweden keeps secret party donations despite EU criticism

Despite strong criticism from the Council of Europe the Swedish government does not plan to outlaw anonymous donations to political parties, the justice minister Beatrice Ask told Sveriges Radio's Ekot news programme on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Sweden beat Germany in hockey opener

Sweden opened their Olympic hockey title defence with a 2-0 victory over Germany on Wednesday with goals from Mattius Öhlund and Loui Ericksson.

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Sweden

Anja Pärson crashes out of ‘icy’ downwhill

Swedish skier Anja Pärson crashed out of the women's downhill in Whistler on Wednesday leaving American Lindsey Vonn to claim the gold.