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Sweden

One dead in bus crash

One person has died and 14 others were injured in a bus accident on Färingsö west of Stockholm, police reported on Wednesday.

Floodwaters heading towards Germany
Germany

Floodwaters heading towards Germany

Deadly floods that have hit eastern and central Europe are expected to reach Germany over the weekend though with less intensity, authorities said on Wednesday.

No evidence of royal wedding tourist boom
Sweden

No evidence of royal wedding tourist boom

A predicted rush of tourists to Stockholm for the upcoming royal wedding has so far failed to materialise, with no more bookings than in previous years, according to hoteliers in the capital.

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Sweden

Companies better at making bill payments

Companies have become better at paying bills on time, according to new figures. The number of rulings in cases involving orders for payment fell by 22 percent in April over the same month last year, according to credit reporting company Syna's latest trade outlook barometer.

Prosecutors probe Google for data breach
Germany

Prosecutors probe Google for data breach

Hamburg public prosecutor’s office opened an investigation into US internet giant Google on Wednesday following the company’s admission that it had mistakenly gathered personal data over unsecured systems with its Street View mapping service.

Researcher mauled by ‘sleeping’ bear
Sweden

Researcher mauled by ‘sleeping’ bear

Peter Segerström, a Swedish predator researcher, was attacked on Monday by a bear who had been put to sleep to be tagged.

Saxon craftsmanship before its time
Germany

Saxon craftsmanship before its time

The Local’s series “Made in Germany” presents the best the country has to offer, including Saxony’s noble watchmaker A. Lange & Söhne.

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Sweden

Swedish abortions decline in 2009: report

The number of abortions performed in Sweden fell in 2009, for the first time in five years, new statistics from the National Board of Health and Welfare show.

NBA’s Jerebko returns to Sweden
Sweden

NBA’s Jerebko returns to Sweden

Following his first season in the NBA, Jonas Jerebko has returned to Sweden to a warm reception from both the media and fans.

Prosecutors file rape charges against weatherman Kachelmann
Germany

Prosecutors file rape charges against weatherman Kachelmann

Mannheim public prosecutors announced on Wednesday that they had filed rape charges against Germany’s most famous weatherman Jörg Kachelmann following several weeks of holding him on remand.

Merkel warns Europe’s fate tied to euro
Germany

Merkel warns Europe’s fate tied to euro

Chancellor Angela Merkel called Wednesday for a radical overhaul of Europe's fiscal rules along German lines, warning of "incalculable consequences" for the European Union if the euro were to fail.

Lufthansa receives first A380 superjumbo
Germany

Lufthansa receives first A380 superjumbo

German airline Lufthansa on Wednesday celebrated the handover of its first “superjumbo” A380 jetliner, which manufacture Airbus hopes will revolutionise long-distance air travel.

Ballack tells Schweinsteiger to lead World Cup team
Germany

Ballack tells Schweinsteiger to lead World Cup team

Michael Ballack, injured captain of the German national football team, signalled on Wednesday that Bastian Schweinsteiger needed to step up and lead his side to success in the World Cup finals in South Africa this summer.

Choir singing can ease irritable bowels: study
Sweden

Choir singing can ease irritable bowels: study

Singing is a popular pursuit in the Nordic countries and while it is often associated with alcohol consumption it can also have positive health effects - such as easing irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Swedish research suggests.

Centre-right coalition partners reach 10-year voter approval low
Germany

Centre-right coalition partners reach 10-year voter approval low

After bitter defeat in the key North Rhine-Westphalia state poll this month, a new poll showed on Wednesday that Germany's centre-right coalition parties have reached a 10-year low in public approval.

Euro slides after German trading crackdown
Germany

Euro slides after German trading crackdown

Germany clamped down on speculative trading, introducing new rules Wednesday in a bid to ease the market volatility it says threatens the eurozone economies.

Heating bill refunds likely for millions of renters
Germany

Heating bill refunds likely for millions of renters

Millions of renters in Germany stand to get refunds for their 2009 heating costs, a media report said on Wednesday.

‘Selman’ 20 kronor note given late reprieve
Sweden

‘Selman’ 20 kronor note given late reprieve

Sweden's Riksbank wants to replace the 20 kronor ($3) note, known as 'Selman' as it depicts the celebrated Swedish author Selma Lagerlöf, with a new coin but the parliamentary finance committee has granted clemency and put a stop to the plan.

Headache pills cause chronic headaches: study
Sweden

Headache pills cause chronic headaches: study

Overuse of common over-the-counter painkillers can cause chronic headaches, according to an ongoing Swedish study.

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Sweden

10-year-old girl found alive and well

The ten-year-old girl who went missing from a playground in Svenljunga in southern Sweden on Friday was found alive and well on Tuesday evening.