The midwife: Your best friend in natal care
Germany

The midwife: Your best friend in natal care

Giving birth while living abroad can be a daunting prospect. The fifth 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.

WeTab CEO resigns after fake Amazon reviews emerge
Germany

WeTab CEO resigns after fake Amazon reviews emerge

The CEO of the German firm behind the iPad competitor “WeTab” has stepped down after it was exposed this week he covertly wrote glowing reviews of the tablet PC on Amazon, the online retailer confirmed on Tuesday.

MTV Germany to become subscriber-only station
Germany

MTV Germany to become subscriber-only station

MTV in Germany is set to become a subscriber-only channel in January 2011 in a bid to encourage growth and lead an industry-wide trend, the company announced on Tuesday.

Volvo scraps COO post in management reshuffle
Sweden

Volvo scraps COO post in management reshuffle

Volvo Cars has removed its chief operating officer post in a realignment of management roles at the company, President & CEO Stefan Jacoby announced on Tuesday.

Reinfeldt unveils reshuffled cabinet
Sweden

Reinfeldt unveils reshuffled cabinet

Prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt presented his new government during the opening session of the Riksdag on Tuesday, announcing a team with seven new names as well as a new ministry.

German farm girls calendar offers rustic erotica
Germany

German farm girls calendar offers rustic erotica

Milking a cow in lingerie? Handling a scythe in only a bra and panties? The 2011 edition of a calendar showing scantily clad German farm girls has just been released for fans of rustic erotica.

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Sweden

More Swedish investors seek profits abroad

Swedish foreign portfolio investments rose 16 percent or 407 billion kronor ($60.63 billion) to 2.96 trillion kronor at the end of 2009.

Live Blog: parliament opens
Sweden

Live Blog: parliament opens

The Local's journalists bring you the latest updates as Sweden's parliament, the Riksdag, officially opens for business on Tuesday.

Conservatives slam Wulff for Islam remarks
Germany

Conservatives slam Wulff for Islam remarks

Leading conservative German politicians assailed President Christian Wulff on Tuesday for comments intimating Islam had gained a status comparable to Christianity and Judaism in Germany.

Sweden Democrats stage church sermon walkout
Sweden

Sweden Democrats stage church sermon walkout

The Sweden Democrats’ Riksdag delegation left Stockholm's Storkyrkan in protest when racism came up during the ceremonial sermon held before the opening of parliament.

Physics Nobel awarded for super-thin carbon
Sweden

Physics Nobel awarded for super-thin carbon

Two researchers based at the University of Manchester in the UK have been awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics for their work on graphene.

Löw calls Schweinsteiger a World Cup victim
Germany

Löw calls Schweinsteiger a World Cup victim

Germany coach Joachim Löw said Tuesday football's top stars have not had enough time to recover from the World Cup and pointed to Bastian Schweinsteiger's ankle injury as an example of the problem.

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Sweden

Charges filed in massive Swedish doping scandal

Seventy suspects were indicted at Sundsvall district court on Tuesday for their involvement in the largest doping ring ever uncovered in Sweden.

Concert-goers rate clean toilets above sound quality
Germany

Concert-goers rate clean toilets above sound quality

Many Germans care more about whether a concert venue has clean toilets than the quality of the music, according to a consumer report released this week.

State government offers olive branch to Stuttgart protestors
Germany

State government offers olive branch to Stuttgart protestors

The Baden-Württemberg state government has extended a gesture of conciliation to opponents of the Stuttgart 21 rail project, announcing on Monday evening that the south wing of the train station would not be demolished as planned.

Halloween blood drive scares would-be donors
Sweden

Halloween blood drive scares would-be donors

A campaign launched with the intention of attracting blood donors in Gothenburg has been scrapped after recipients reacted in horror to its "threatening and frightening" message.

German terrorists pose serious threat, police union leader warns
Germany

German terrorists pose serious threat, police union leader warns

Germany’s police union leader Konrad Freiberg said Tuesday that he was taking this week’s terrorist attack warnings very seriously, explaining that the number of Islamists receiving training in Afghanistan and Pakistan has spiked recently.

Germany’s Max Planck funds new Canadian physics centre
Germany

Germany’s Max Planck funds new Canadian physics centre

German and Canadian scientists have announced plans to open an advanced research centre on semiconductors, metals, magnetic materials and other aspects of quantum physics.

Thousands demonstrate against racism
Sweden

Thousands demonstrate against racism

Over 4,000 people gathered in central Stockholm on Monday to demonstrate for diversity and against racism, with the anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats in focus as the party took its place in parliament for the first time.

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Sweden

Swede charged with Balkan war crimes

A 43-year-old Swedish citizen was charged on Tuesday with war crimes and kidnapping in connection with his job as a prison guard in Bosnia in 1992.