What’s On in Sweden: July 2nd – July 8th
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What’s On in Sweden: July 2nd – July 8th

What’s on in Sweden: John Fogerty in Stockholm, Beach Volleyball in Gothenburg and a Cuban concert in Malmö.

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!

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Sweden

Mass murderer seeks release date again

Swedish mass murderer Mattias Flink, who shot and killed seven people in Falun in central Sweden in June 1994, claimed on Wednesday that he reflects on his crimes "every day" as proceedings began to consider limiting his life sentence.

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Swedish ISP seeks EU file sharing ruling

Swedish broadband operator Comhem wants a district court to seek the advice of the EU Court of Justice over an anti-file sharing law (Ipred) case, after the Supreme Court indicated that a test case was destined for Luxembourg.

Karadzic: Germany withholding proof of Bosnian weapons trade
Germany

Karadzic: Germany withholding proof of Bosnian weapons trade

Suspected Serbian war criminal Radovan Karadzic is reportedly accusing the German government of holding back explosive documents that show NATO conducted illegal weapons deals during the Bosnian war.

Weekend heat wave on the way
Germany

Weekend heat wave on the way

German football fans are being warned of possible heatstroke while watching Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final match, as a heat wave causes the mercury to spike to hit 37 degrees Celsius in parts of the country.

Stolen ‘Caravaggio’ likely a copy, experts say
Germany

Stolen ‘Caravaggio’ likely a copy, experts say

A purported masterpiece by painter Caravaggio stolen from a Ukraine museum and recovered last week by Berlin police is in fact probably a contemporary copy, experts said Wednesday.

HQ board quits as trading losses are declared
Sweden

HQ board quits as trading losses are declared

The board of embattled financial concern HQ Bank, including founder Mats Qviberg, have resigned a day after the bank announced the extent of the losses incurred by the closure of its trading portfolio.

Wulff elected president, Merkel humiliated
Germany

Wulff elected president, Merkel humiliated

Christian Wulff, the German government's candidate for president, was elected the country's head of state on Wednesday after a tortuously long vote seen as public humiliation for Chancellor Angela Merkel's centre-right coalition.

Malmö: A decade with the Öresund bridge
Sweden

Malmö: A decade with the Öresund bridge

The Öresund bridge celebrates its 10th birthday this week. The Local's Peter Vinthagen Simpson takes a look at how the link has changed Sweden's third city and its relations to its neighbours.

Stockholm’s best party is on the water
Sweden

Stockholm’s best party is on the water

In Stockholm, locals looking for a spectacular place for a corporate lunch, an intimate wedding or dancing until dawn after blowing out the birthday candles know that the best place to look is out to the water, writes Elizabeth Dacey-Fondelius.

Princess Madeleine goes back to work
Sweden

Princess Madeleine goes back to work

Princess Madeleine has returned to work after taking a time out following her breakup from ex-fiancé Jonas Bergström.

Sweden’s youth back opposition parties: poll
Sweden

Sweden’s youth back opposition parties: poll

A clear majority of voters aged 18 to 29-years-old support the red-green opposition coalition ahead of the autumn election, a new survey shows.

Morning sickness? There’s a tea for that
Germany

Morning sickness? There’s a tea for that

Giving birth while living abroad can be a daunting prospect. The second instalment of the Local's series Motherhood in the Fatherland follows expectant mum Sabine Devins as she negotiates the cultural quirks of having a baby in Germany.

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Sweden

‘Antiquated’ sex op laws must change: report

The Swedish Health and Welfare Board (Socialstyrelsen) has called for an end to the requirement that all those seeking to change gender must be single and sterilised in a new report which argues that existing legislation is out of date.

Jobless rate drops amid growing confidence
Germany

Jobless rate drops amid growing confidence

Germany got another economic confidence boost Wednesday with unemployment falling to roughly the same rate it was before the financial crisis.

Guttenberg under fire for putting troops at risk
Germany

Guttenberg under fire for putting troops at risk

The top parliamentary watchdog for the armed forces has blasted Defence Minster Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg’s failures to fix deficiencies in troop training and equipment, putting soldiers’ lives at risk, a media report said Wednesday.

Health insurers warn of system breakdown
Germany

Health insurers warn of system breakdown

Facing a deficit of €11 billion next year, Germany’s statutory health insurers are in such trouble that the whole system is teetering and could collapse, the insurers’ peak body has warned.

Swedish Customs targets EU garlic smugglers
Sweden

Swedish Customs targets EU garlic smugglers

The Swedish customs and excise has exposed a garlic smuggling operation which operates across the EU and has Sweden among its destinations.

Merkel in the crowd for Argentina clash
Germany

Merkel in the crowd for Argentina clash

Chancellor Angela Merkel, known as a keen football fan, will travel to South Africa to cheer on Germany in their crunch World Cup quarter-final encounter with Argentina.

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Sweden

US authorities bust Swedish cocaine ring

A Swedish man has been arrested in the US on suspicion of being behind a ring of cocaine smugglers planning to ship 12 kilogrammes of the drug to Sweden hidden in car interiors, according to a report in the Expressen daily.

Germany to choose new president
Germany

Germany to choose new president

Germany was counting down the hours Wednesday morning to the vote for a new president, with centre-right candidate Christian Wulff still the frontrunner yet with commentators refusing to write off opposition pick Joachim Gauck.

Hultsfred festival to file for bankruptcy
Sweden

Hultsfred festival to file for bankruptcy

The iconic Swedish music festival Hultsfred has cancelled this year's 25th anniversary event and plans to file for bankruptcy after only 5,000 tickets were sold two weeks prior to opening.