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The daily World Cup roundup

The Local’s World Cup blog offers an outsider’s perspective on German football as Die Mannschaft goes for glory in South Africa. Don’t miss our daily roundup!

Bacteria spoiling one quarter of all beaches
Germany

Bacteria spoiling one quarter of all beaches

Pollution at nearly a quarter of Germany’s beach swimming spots is at unacceptably high levels, posing the danger of gastrointestinal illnesses, skin rashes and inflammations, a survey released Tuesday found.

Sweden home to more than 48,000 millionaires
Sweden

Sweden home to more than 48,000 millionaires

One of 200 Swedes is now a millionaire. In total, 48,300 people in Sweden had assets worth more than $1 million (7.74 million kronor) last year, excluding home and collectible values, according to Capgemini and Merrill Lynch Wealth Management's 14th annual World Wealth Report.

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Sweden

Sweden condemns pig cannibalism

However, across Europe, pigs can still be legally fed with feed containing pig blood, disgusting Agriculture Minister Eskil Erlandsson, who called it "shocking."

No hotel boom during Royal Wedding
Sweden

No hotel boom during Royal Wedding

There was no rush of tourists to Stockholm’s hotels during last weekend’s Royal Wedding, with occupancy rates roughly similar to any other June weekend, according to Stockholm Visitors Board.

AIK appoints ex-Liverpool coach
Sweden

AIK appoints ex-Liverpool coach

Stockholm's AIK Football team has appointed Scotsman Alex Miller as its new head coach, the club announced on Tuesday.

Germany, Britain and France agree to bank levy
Germany

Germany, Britain and France agree to bank levy

Britain, France and Germany have agreed to introduce levies on banks to make them help pay for global recovery, the European heavyweights said in a joint statement Tuesday.

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Sweden

Terror suspect arrested in Rinkeby

A Swedish citizen has been arrested in the Stockholm suburb of Rinkeby on suspicion of terrorist offences. The man is believed to have connections to Somalian terror group al-Shabaab, which is linked to al-Qaeda.

Business confidence back to pre-crisis level
Germany

Business confidence back to pre-crisis level

The mood among Germany’s top companies is as good as it was before the financial crisis, the Ifo economic institute announced Tuesday.

Moderates are largest party: poll
Sweden

Moderates are largest party: poll

The Moderates are currently the largest parliamentary party with the support of 29.9 percent of the electorate, according to a new United Minds poll while the Sweden Democrats on 5.6 percent threaten the Alliance coalition's hope of a majority.

Norrköping: Europe’s new musical capital
Sweden

Norrköping: Europe’s new musical capital

Norrköping hopes to raise its profile in the hopes of becoming a European music capital after its recent success hosting the Wilhelm Stenhammar International Music Competition (WSIMC), writes Angela Hur.

Pacific honeymoon for Victoria and Daniel
Sweden

Pacific honeymoon for Victoria and Daniel

Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel are reported to have arrived in French Polynesia for their honeymoon.

Steamy Bruce Willis shower sparks fire alarm in Frankfurt
Germany

Steamy Bruce Willis shower sparks fire alarm in Frankfurt

Hollywood actor Bruce Willis caused some hot and steamy commotion in Frankfurt over the weekend by taking a shower so sweltering that it set off the fire alarm in his luxury hotel suite, officials told The Local on Tuesday.

Armed forces personnel could be cut by 100,000
Germany

Armed forces personnel could be cut by 100,000

Germany’s military reportedly faces cuts that are even deeper than previously feared under provisional plans that could see defence personnel slashed by 100,000.

Unemployment unchanged in May
Sweden

Unemployment unchanged in May

New unemployment figures from Statistics Sweden (SCB) for the month of May show no increase in the number of unemployed for first time in 18 months, with 434,000 people out of work, corresponding to 8.8 percent of the workforce.

‘Bild’ editor racks up €42,000 in roaming charges
Germany

‘Bild’ editor racks up €42,000 in roaming charges

Kai Diekmann, the editor-in-chief of Germany's sensationalist daily Bild, racked up €42,000 in wireless roaming charges after blogging from abroad while on vacation. Despite a personal appeal to the head of Deutsche Telekom his newspaper still had to pay up.

Pippi Longstocking among 100 top books
Sweden

Pippi Longstocking among 100 top books

Pippi Longstocking by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren has been named among the top 100 books of all time in a major survey of 100 eminent writers from 54 countries and released by the Norwegian Book Clubs.

Berliner Boateng set for German backlash
Germany

Berliner Boateng set for German backlash

Kevin-Prince Boateng has revelled in his 'ghetto kid' image in the past but the Berliner will need all his streetwise skills when the Ghanaian midfielder comes up against Germany in their final World Cup group match on Wednesday.

Viernheim bomber handed 12 years in prison
Germany

Viernheim bomber handed 12 years in prison

A Hessian has court handed the so-called “Viernheim bomber” a 12-year prison sentence for staging two bomb attacks in the neighbouring cities of Viernheim and Weinheim in August 2009.

Germany to take on less debt than projected
Germany

Germany to take on less debt than projected

The German federal government won’t have to take on nearly as much debt in this year as previously feared, a media report said on Tuesday.

Pakistan police arrest German man in burka
Germany

Pakistan police arrest German man in burka

A German man wearing a burka and carrying a pistol was arrested in northwest Pakistan Monday after travelling from an area known as a hub for Al-Qaeda-linked militants, police said.

Bildt calls for action over Kyrgyzstan unrest
Sweden

Bildt calls for action over Kyrgyzstan unrest

Sweden's Foreign Minister Carl Bildt has joined his German counterpart, Guido Westerwelle, on Monday to express their deep concern over the ongoing violence in the central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan urging international intervention.

Lagerbäck concerned over Nigeria death threats
Sweden

Lagerbäck concerned over Nigeria death threats

Nigeria coach Lars Lagerbäck on Monday described the death threats levelled at Super Eagle's midfielder Sani Keita after his sending off against Greece as "a sad situation", while a spokesperson tried to play down its importance.

Volvo recalls 30,000 cars worldwide
Sweden

Volvo recalls 30,000 cars worldwide

Swedish car firm Volvo has announced the recall of 29,299 of its cars worldwide over a gear stick problem which could make it harder for drivers to shift gears.