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Sweden

“Black Widow” sentenced to life in prison

A 48-year-old woman has been sentenced to life in prison for murder, attempted murder and aggravated arson in Grängesberg in central Sweden in January.

Scotsman to make history as state premier
Germany

Scotsman to make history as state premier

Part of a new, increasingly diverse generation of German politicians, half-Scottish David McAllister is set to become the new premier of Lower Saxony. He spoke to The Local.

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Sweden

Trade surplus decreases in May

In May, Sweden's net trade surplus declined to 2.7 billion kronor ($348.59 million) from 8.1 billion the previous year, Statistics Sweden (Statistiska centralbyrån, SCB) reported on Monday.

The daily World Cup roundup
Germany

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!

Beleaguered FDP vows to stay the course
Germany

Beleaguered FDP vows to stay the course

Shrugging off recent humiliating opinion poll ratings, Chancellor Angela Merkel's junior coalition partners, the Free Democrats (FDP), vowed Monday they would stick to their present policies and not veer off course following a top-level meeting of party bosses.

Germans eager to tame Argentina’s Messi
Germany

Germans eager to tame Argentina’s Messi

Less than 24 hours after their stunning 4-1 win over England, Germany were already planning for Saturday's World Cup quarter-final against Argentina - and how to contain Lionel Messi.

Most Germans undaunted by economic crisis
Germany

Most Germans undaunted by economic crisis

Less than one-third of Germans have felt personally affected by the global financial crisis, according to a new survey released on Monday.

Swedish ISP bars users from The Pirate Bay
Sweden

Swedish ISP bars users from The Pirate Bay

Swedish internet service provider Black Internet has decided to bar its customers from accessing the The Pirate Bay, amid fears that an appeals court ruling rendered it subject to punitive fines.

Major films funded for overseas cinema push
Germany

Major films funded for overseas cinema push

In a push to build momentum for German cinema, films including Michael Haneke’s Palme d'Or winner, “The White Ribbon,” have received €101,000 in funding for major screenings abroad.

Summer Rail Destinations: Odense
Sweden

Summer Rail Destinations: Odense

The birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen, Odense beckons travellers with its narrow cobblestone streets, hip cafés and restaurants, international festivals and rich cultural heritage.

Cost of parenting rising sharply: report
Sweden

Cost of parenting rising sharply: report

It has become more expensive to be a parent in Sweden with the costs incurred from having a baby climbing 43 percent in real terms over 30 years, according new to Swedish Consumer Agency (Konsumentverket) figures.

Demand for day care on the rise
Germany

Demand for day care on the rise

The demand for child day care is rising in Germany, but states are tackling the challenge with varying levels of investment and success, a new study showed on Monday.

Police recover stolen Caravaggio painting in Berlin
Germany

Police recover stolen Caravaggio painting in Berlin

German police said Monday they had recovered a 400-year-old painting attributed to Italian master Caravaggio worth tens of millions of euros stolen two years ago from a museum in Ukraine.

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Sweden

Ex-police chief case opened as trial begins

A Swedish court has decided to make public most of the police investigation into alleged sex crimes by former police chief Göran Lindberg, whose high profile trial begins on Tuesday.

Murky waters hamper aquatic romance
Sweden

Murky waters hamper aquatic romance

Swedish researchers have shown that blurred vision can have a detrimental impact on fish looking to pick up a suitable mate, according to a report by news agency TT.

Leftists harass immigrants for supporting Germany
Germany

Leftists harass immigrants for supporting Germany

Leftist anarchists in Berlin have reportedly been harassing immigrants showing their support for the German football team during the World Cup, tearing down national flags and even setting one on fire.

German media roundup: Late revenge for Wembley?
Germany

German media roundup: Late revenge for Wembley?

Following Germany's crushing 4-1 World Cup victory over England, the newspapers in The Local's media roundup on Monday could hardly contain their joy.

Swedish scholar: ‘Jesus was not crucified’
Sweden

Swedish scholar: ‘Jesus was not crucified’

A Swedish theologian has claimed that Jesus may not have have been crucified as there is no evidence to indicate that the Romans crucified prisoners 2,000 years ago.

Expat Swedes gather for Manhattan Midsummer
Sweden

Expat Swedes gather for Manhattan Midsummer

With the Statue of Liberty providing the backdrop, modern-day expat Swedes gather to enliven the traditions of the mother country to celebrate Midsummer in lower Manhattan's Battery Park, writes Mischa Benoit-Lavelle.  

Summer sun to last all week
Germany

Summer sun to last all week

The glorious summer weather enjoyed by much of the country over the weekend will likely stick around for the whole of this week and beyond, the German Weather Service (DWD) reported on Monday.

Conservatives suggest intelligence tests for immigrants
Germany

Conservatives suggest intelligence tests for immigrants

Conservatives said on Monday that humanitarian concerns should no longer be the only criteria in accepting immigrants into Germany and suggested they also be required to take an intelligence test.

Fewer fatalities in Midsummer traffic
Sweden

Fewer fatalities in Midsummer traffic

Five people died on Swedish roads over the Midsummer weekend, representing a significant decline on recent years.

Merkel scores victory at G20 summit
Germany

Merkel scores victory at G20 summit

Cheeks flushed, eyes shining, German Chancellor Angela Merkel was caught in a rare unguarded moment Sunday as she delighted in German victories on the football field and international stage.

Small business owners forego summer hols
Sweden

Small business owners forego summer hols

While long summer holidays are a matter of course for most Swedes, many small business-owners take a fortnight or less, according to a new survey by member organisation Företagarförbundet.

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Sweden

Municipalities call for swine flu inquiry

The Swedish taxpayer spent 1.4 billion ($181 million) in connection with the mass vaccination programme against the swine flu last autumn and the Association of Local Authorities and Regions (Sveriges Kommuner och Landsting - SKL) has called for an independent inquiry.