Audi posts strong Feb sales and sees solid Q1
Germany

Audi posts strong Feb sales and sees solid Q1

German luxury car maker Audi said Monday it anticipated a solid first quarter after February sales gained almost 20 percent from a year earlier.

Contractors at fault as roofs collapse
Sweden

Contractors at fault as roofs collapse

Environment Minster Andreas Carlgren has urged tighter checks on building contractors in the wake of a Swedish winter pockmarked by more than 110 collapsed roofs.

Bio weather: Cloudy with a chance of kidney stones?
Germany

Bio weather: Cloudy with a chance of kidney stones?

Germany's fascination with “bio weather” affecting people's health is well established, but is it merely fanning a type of meteorological hypochondria? The Local’s Kristen Allen takes the country's temperature.

Study finds German women better drivers than men
Germany

Study finds German women better drivers than men

Though men like to deride women’s allegedly poor driving skills, a new study published by Germany’s ACE automobile club on Monday showed the country's female divers are significantly less dangerous on the roads.

Swedes extend warm embrace to ‘cuddle party’ movement
Sweden

Swedes extend warm embrace to ‘cuddle party’ movement

Swedes are often partial to picking up on trends from "over there" with the latest offering a new way to socialize American-style - introducing... the "cuddle party".

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Sweden

Pensioner jailed for spying on Uighurs

A 62-year-old Uighur living in Sweden as a political refugee since 1997 has been found guilty of spying for China on Uighur expatriates and sentenced to a year and four months in jail.

Blogger profile: Patrick Reilly
Sweden

Blogger profile: Patrick Reilly

Patrick Reilly is a young Irishman drawn to these northern shores by cupid’s arrow. Since January he has been battling with the native tongue of the Norsemen, well a Scanian variant anyway, in his adopted home of Malmö.

Government calls for action on khat use
Sweden

Government calls for action on khat use

The Swedish government has announced a tougher approach to the threat posed by the use of the mildly intoxicating drug khat on the state of public health.

UK suspected Hitler Youth acted as ‘spyclists’
Germany

UK suspected Hitler Youth acted as ‘spyclists’

The British intelligence agency MI5 suspected members of the Hitler Youth conducted bicycle reconnaissance tours through the countryside in the run-up to World War II, documents released by the UK National Archives revealed on Monday.

The Best of Berlin in March
Germany

The Best of Berlin in March

This month Exberliner, Berlin's leading English-language magazine, tells you where to get your fix for quality hot sauces and chocolates.

ARD TV drama sparks Scientology’s ire
Germany

ARD TV drama sparks Scientology’s ire

Trouble is brewing between the Church of Scientology and German public broadcaster ARD ahead of the TV premiere of a drama portraying the controversial faith as dangerous and unethical.

Stockholm pram march marks Women’s Day
Sweden

Stockholm pram march marks Women’s Day

Stockholm will on Monday host the largest ever march of the prams (strollers) as part of the city's celebration of the 100th International Women's Day.

Svanberg claims millions in holiday pay out
Sweden

Svanberg claims millions in holiday pay out

Carl-Henric Svanberg, the former CEO of Swedish telecom firm Ericsson, has been paid 6.8 million kronor ($960,000) for accrued holiday that he was unable to take.

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Sweden

Bankruptcies continue to decline

The number of business failures in Sweden declined in February by 21 percent, continuing the positive trend of the last few months, a new report shows.

Germany and EU plan ‘European IMF’
Germany

Germany and EU plan ‘European IMF’

The European Commission and the EU's biggest economy, Germany, are planning to create a "European IMF" that could rescue debt-ridden countries like Greece, officials said on Monday.

No leads in Berlin poker heist investigation
Germany

No leads in Berlin poker heist investigation

Police on Monday said they had no leads in their investigation of the spectacular robbery of a high stakes poker tournament at one of Berlin’s fanciest hotels over the weekend.

Pope’s brother oblivious to choir sexual abuse
Germany

Pope’s brother oblivious to choir sexual abuse

Pope Benedict XVI's brother told an Italian newspaper over the weekend he was never aware of sexual abuse in the famous boys choir in Regensburg that he headed for nearly three decades.

Westerwelle brings aid to devastated Chile
Germany

Westerwelle brings aid to devastated Chile

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle arrived in Chile on Sunday with a generator, medical supplies and other aid in a show of "solidarity" after the country's devastating earthquake.

Swede claims two Oscars
Sweden

Swede claims two Oscars

Swedish sound technician Paul Ottosson claimed two Oscars at Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles - for work with the evening's big winner Hurt Locker.

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Sweden

Billions in benefits paid out in error

The Swedish Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan) estimates that it paid out 16.4 billion kronor ($2.3 billion) too much in various benefits in 2009, according to a new analysis.

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Sweden

Sweden slammed over sexual violence inaction

Sweden and its Nordic neighbours have been slammed by human rights group Amnesty International for failing to combat sexual violence, a new report shows.