Ryanair flies under Swedish card fee prohibition
Sweden

Ryanair flies under Swedish card fee prohibition

Airlines Ryanair and Norwegian can continue to charge fees to customers who purchase airline tickets with bank cards, despite new Swedish regulations forbidding the practice.

What’s On in Sweden: September 3rd – 9th
Sweden

What’s On in Sweden: September 3rd – 9th

What’s on in Sweden: Alternative circus in Stockholm, European qualifiers in Gothenburg and English stand up comedy in Malmö.

How to find the Key to Sweden
Sweden

How to find the Key to Sweden

Can being a foreigner be an asset in Swedish business? A conference organized by The Local and Företagsuniversitetet will help provide the insight you need to succeed in Sweden.

Germany drives EU growth past America
Germany

Germany drives EU growth past America

Europe's economy outpaced the United States and Japan in the second quarter, EU data showed Thursday, but analysts warned that the German-powered growth would likely lose steam in the second half.

‘Generation porno’ more chaste than debased
Germany

‘Generation porno’ more chaste than debased

Teens today may not be growing up too quickly after all. A new study on German youth sexuality revealed on Thursday that boys and girls are waiting longer to have sex and then having less of it than they were just five years ago.

Court rules sacking man for charging e-scooter unlawful
Germany

Court rules sacking man for charging e-scooter unlawful

The state of North Rhine-Westphalia’s labour court ruled on Thursday that a company had acted unlawfully when it fired an employee of 19-years for using less than two cents worth of electricity to charge up his scooter.

Suspects deserve the ‘maximum penalty’
Sweden

Suspects deserve the ‘maximum penalty’

The prosecution presented its final arguments on Thursday in the trial of 10 men suspected of carrying out a brazen helicopter-aided robbery of a Stockholm cash depot last September

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Sweden

Shock greets revelations of bound disabled man

The National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) has expressed shock over reports of a man diagnosed with autism and Down's Syndrome who had been bound by the arms for a large part of his 25 years in care.

Samsung unveils wannabe iPad killer
Germany

Samsung unveils wannabe iPad killer

Samsung on Thursday unveiled a gadget at the IFA electronics trade fair in Berlin that it hopes will eventually rival Apple's highly successful iPad tablet PC.

A live music sampler for Stockholm in September
Sweden

A live music sampler for Stockholm in September

If you're looking for a way to offset the chill of September in Sweden, there is no shortage of concerts to choose from on Stockholm stages, writes David Stavrou.

Trading halted by paper giant merger rumours
Sweden

Trading halted by paper giant merger rumours

Trading in the shares in Nordic paper giants Holmen, Stora Enso and Norske Skog has been halted on Thursday amid rumours of a partial merger.

Vegetarian activists dupe media with ‘cannibal eatery’ hoax
Germany

Vegetarian activists dupe media with ‘cannibal eatery’ hoax

Vegetarian activists exposed their hoax on the German media on Thursday, revealing a new Berlin restaurant supposedly looking for human 'donors' was a public relations stunt to highlight the human cost of eating meat.

Swedish men reveal their dream women
Sweden

Swedish men reveal their dream women

Celebrity chef Tina Nordström, Hollywood actress Izabella Scorupco and Princess Madeleine came out on top when Swedish men were asked to plump for their dream woman and detail their sexual fantasies, according to a survey by Novus Opinion.

What’s on in Germany: September 2 – 8
Germany

What’s on in Germany: September 2 – 8

This Week's Highlights: A celebration of street art in Hamburg, a wine festival in Frankfurt, and "Music Week" in Berlin.

Wayfaring restaurant creates enchanted garden in Berlin
Germany

Wayfaring restaurant creates enchanted garden in Berlin

Hidden in the wilds of a Berlin community garden, a vagabond ‘pop-up’ restaurant has risen from the urban greenery. Arsalan Mohammad ventured through “The Pale Blue Door” to find a fanciful culinary experience.

Deutsche Bahn eyes Chunnel link to UK
Germany

Deutsche Bahn eyes Chunnel link to UK

German railway Deutsche Bahn, seeking to expand European services, announced this week it will test its high-speed ICE train in the Channel Tunnel between Britain and France in October.

Riksbank raises base rate to 0.75 percent
Sweden

Riksbank raises base rate to 0.75 percent

Sweden's Riksbank has raised the repo rate by 0.25 percentage points to 0.75 percent, a decision which was widely forecast.

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Sweden

‘Sleepwalking’ rapist gets two years

A 35-year-old man has been convicted of the rape of a sleeping woman at a party in Haparanda in northern Sweden in April, despite claims that he was also fast asleep at the time.

Bundesbank backs Sarrazin’s dismissal
Germany

Bundesbank backs Sarrazin’s dismissal

The Bundesbank's leadership on Thursday backed the dismissal of board member Thilo Sarrazin for his controversial remarks on race and immigration. President Christian Wulff had already signalled support for his removal.

Very superstitious: Evil eyes, birthmarks and blindness
Germany

Very superstitious: Evil eyes, birthmarks and blindness

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

German firm at heart of US tainted honey probe
Germany

German firm at heart of US tainted honey probe

The US government announced criminal charges Wednesday against executives from six German and Chinese companies accused of smuggling antibiotic-tainted Chinese honey in order to avoid import duties.

Ibrahimovic in new swipe at ‘small time’ Guardiola
Sweden

Ibrahimovic in new swipe at ‘small time’ Guardiola

Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Wednesday continued his war or words with Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola, calling him a "small time" coach.

SAS to host first mile-high gay wedding
Sweden

SAS to host first mile-high gay wedding

Scandinavian airline SAS has begun the search for a suitable couple to walk down the aisle after announcing plans to play host to the first-ever airborne gay wedding in December.

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Sweden

Broadcaster agrees to air new far-right party ad

TV4, the Swedish television broadcaster which last week refused to air a campaign advert for the far-right Sweden Democrats, has agreed to send a reworked version.