Motivation key to mastering Swedish
Sweden

Motivation key to mastering Swedish

Sponsored Article: After a string of failed attempts to find a Swedish teacher to suit, British businessman David Brodetsky found the right fit at Företagsuniversitetet.

Greek row with Germany over debt turns nasty
Germany

Greek row with Germany over debt turns nasty

The German government on Wednesday dismissed a claim by the mayor of Athens that it still owed Greece billions of euros in reparations for World War II damage amid a mounting row with Berlin over the country's debt crisis.

SVT ‘cheering on the monarchy’
Sweden

SVT ‘cheering on the monarchy’

The Swedish Republican Association (Republikanska Föreningen) has accused public service broadcaster SVT of ditching its principles of objectivity ahead of the impending wedding of Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling.

Germans stick with homegrown classic brands during tough times
Germany

Germans stick with homegrown classic brands during tough times

Faced with trying economic times, Germans chose homegrown classics when picking the brands they trusted the most in a new survey.

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Sweden

Swedish church group offers choice of three genders

Sensus, a Swedish church-backed study association, has adopted a new policy to allow prospective employees to classify their gender in three ways: Female, Male or Other.

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Sweden

UK mag announces Sweden’s ‘most trusted brands’

Reader's Digest, a UK consumer magazine, has presented its survey listing Sweden's most trusted brands in a raft of categories.

Spring floods to threaten Sweden
Sweden

Spring floods to threaten Sweden

The Swedish meteorological service warns of the possibility of severe flooding with a spring thaw. At greatest risk are the areas of Götaland in southern Sweden and the mid-Sweden province of Södermanland.

Saab suppliers recall redundancy notices
Sweden

Saab suppliers recall redundancy notices

The completion of the purchase of Saab by Dutch firm Spyker has led to several subcontractors withdrawing notices of redundancy.

Klein tells inquiry he ordered Kunduz air strike in a rush
Germany

Klein tells inquiry he ordered Kunduz air strike in a rush

German Bundeswehr Colonel Georg Klein has justified ordering a deadly bombardment near Kunduz in Afghanistan by telling a parliamentary inquiry he was in a hurry, a media report said on Wednesday.

‘I manipulate my characters, Goebbels manipulated real people’
Germany

‘I manipulate my characters, Goebbels manipulated real people’

Jud Süß - Film ohne Gewissen was panned at this year’s Berlinale for its portrayal of a notorious Nazi propaganda film. Its director Oskar Roehler spoke with Vera von Kreutzbruck about the controversy surrounding the movie.

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Sweden

Theft of deadly medicine prompts ‘catastrophe’ concerns

The theft of an extremely strong sedative from a Lund hospital has caused alarm. On the street the drugs could have catastrophic consequences, according to the doctor who discovered the theft, local newspaper Sydsvenska Dagbladet reports.

Murder in the laundry room
Sweden

Murder in the laundry room

Hideous underwear, tales of dead cats, speakers of ancient Aramaic, and anonymous threats: Paddy Kelly has been to the laundry room and lived to tell the tale.

Lufthansa slowly restores service after strike
Germany

Lufthansa slowly restores service after strike

Lufthansa is still working towards restoring full service two days after pilots ended their strike, an airline spokesperson said on Wednesday.

German economic recovery put on hold
Germany

German economic recovery put on hold

Europe's biggest economy stuttered to a halt late last year and consumer sentiment continued to fall in the following months, but analysts say another recession in Germany is not in the cards.

Church leader Käßmann resigns for driving drunk
Germany

Church leader Käßmann resigns for driving drunk

Bishop Margot Käßmann, the head of Germany’s Protestant churches, resigned on Wednesday after being caught driving drunk over the weekend.

Post office considers cutting 2,000 staff
Sweden

Post office considers cutting 2,000 staff

Around 2,000 staff could leave the post service in Sweden and Denmark in a new programme of savings, Posten Norden's CEO has confirmed. The firm reported losses of almost 700 million kronor for the final quarter 2009.

Organised crime suspicions spread to Düsseldorf U-Bahn
Germany

Organised crime suspicions spread to Düsseldorf U-Bahn

As details continue to emerge about suspected organised crime connections that led to shoddy metro construction practices and the deadly collapse of Cologne’s city archive, building experts have discovered similar problems in nearby Düsseldorf.

Experts predict rapid spike in cancer cases
Germany

Experts predict rapid spike in cancer cases

The number of cancer cases in Germany will likely spike by a third in the next 20 years, medical experts reported on Wednesday.

‘Most peanut allergies misdiagnosed’: study
Sweden

‘Most peanut allergies misdiagnosed’: study

Swedish researchers have found that as many as two out of three people diagnosed as allergic can eat peanuts without any problems at all, reports the Svenska Dagbladet newspaper.

Women’s ski team leaves luck to underwear and kangaroo
Germany

Women’s ski team leaves luck to underwear and kangaroo

Germany's women have a trick or two up their sleeves as they approach the Olympic Games slalom and giant slalom - underwear and a kangaroo.

Scrappy Stuttgart manages draw against Barcelona
Germany

Scrappy Stuttgart manages draw against Barcelona

Stuttgart gave reigning champions Barcelona all they had in their Champions League last-16 clash on Tuesday, but the Spanish side kept their cool to draw 1-1 and enter the second leg as clear favourites.

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Sweden

Police called in to calm bus stop tumult

Police were called to a Stockholm bus terminal on Tuesday night as tempers flared among the 1,000 hard-hit travellers trying to get home as transport problems continued to afflict many areas of Sweden.

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Sweden

Ibrahimovic goal gives Barça upper hand

A second half equaliser from Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahimovic was enough to hold off the challenge of a valiant Stuttgart and give Barcelona the edge in the second leg at Camp Nou.