English funnyman comes to make Swedes laugh
Sweden

English funnyman comes to make Swedes laugh

English funnyman Paul Foot arrives in Sweden on Wednesday for his first-ever tour of Sweden. He chats with The Local's Vivian Tse about his impressions of Sweden and the Swedes and recounts his long, strange trip towards a career of making people laugh.

Assange denied Swedish residence permit
Sweden

Assange denied Swedish residence permit

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been denied a residence permit to stay in Sweden, according to the National Migration Board (Migrationsverket).

German media roundup: Merkel’s convoluted immigration policy
Germany

German media roundup: Merkel’s convoluted immigration policy

Chancellor Angela Merkel has declared “multiculturalism” dead but also wants to lure qualified immigrants to Germany. The conflicting messages left some newspapers in The Local’s media roundup on Monday confused.

‘Priceless’ medieval church artifacts stolen
Sweden

‘Priceless’ medieval church artifacts stolen

National alerts were issued for several 'priceless' church artifacts stolen overnight on Sunday from Tidersrums church in southeastern Sweden's Kisa.

Baltic island Usedom terrorised by arson spree
Germany

Baltic island Usedom terrorised by arson spree

Another northern German island has become the target of arsonists. After this summer’s series of fires on the North Sea island of Sylt, police said Monday they are investigating similar fires set on Usedom in the Baltic Sea.

Wulff visits Turkey as integration row simmers
Germany

Wulff visits Turkey as integration row simmers

German President Christian Wulff flew to Turkey Monday for a four-day visit amid a heated debate in his country over the integration of Muslim immigrants, many of them Turkish.

Lufthansa increases offerings for winter
Germany

Lufthansa increases offerings for winter

Germany’s largest airline Lufthansa plans to expand its 2010-2011 winter offerings to include more seats and new destinations, the company said on Monday.

Zlatan invokes Tiger Woods in new rebuke of former coach
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Zlatan invokes Tiger Woods in new rebuke of former coach

Swedish footballer and AC Milan star Zlatan Ibrahimovic has leveled a new attack against his former coach at Barcelona, comparing him to disgraced golfer Tiger Woods.

Profits return for free paper publisher Metro
Sweden

Profits return for free paper publisher Metro

Swedish publisher Metro International has returned to profitability, reporting a third quarter net profit of just over €1 million ($1.4 million) on Monday.

Sweden to beef up teacher licencing system
Sweden

Sweden to beef up teacher licencing system

The Swedish government has proposed implementing a new licencing system for teachers starting in 2012.

Axel Springer shutters Russian edition of Newsweek
Germany

Axel Springer shutters Russian edition of Newsweek

German publisher Axel Springer announced on Monday it was shutting down the Russian-language edition of Newsweek, which was often openly critical of the Kremlin, for economic reasons.

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High figures for Swedish marijuana seizures
Sweden

High figures for Swedish marijuana seizures

Swedish customs agents are nabbing more cannabis smugglers than in past years, and people traveling across the Öresund Bridge with small amounts of the drug figure prominently in the statistics.

Man jumps to his death after failed attempt to crash small plane
Germany

Man jumps to his death after failed attempt to crash small plane

A 26-year-old man attempted to crash a sightseeing plane above Munich by attacking the pilot, but jumped to his death instead after he found he was no match for the Bundeswehr-trained aviator, Bavarian police reported.

Swedish travelers hit by more train cancellations
Sweden

Swedish travelers hit by more train cancellations

Headaches continued for Swedish rail travelers on Monday after the country’s national rail operator SJ cancelled more departures in order to complete inspections following the discovery of cracks in a few train wheels last week.

Cities plan big tax increases to fill empty coffers
Germany

Cities plan big tax increases to fill empty coffers

Residents of many German cities will see their local taxes and fees rise significantly in 2011 due to a record €14-billion budgetary shortfall, the German Association of Towns and Municipalities (DStGB) said Monday.

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Swedish union fetches millions from art auction

A sculpture owned by a Swedish union fetched nearly 50 million kronor ($7.52 million) at a Christie's auction in London on Thursday.

TV licence fee reform will hurt businesses, experts warn
Germany

TV licence fee reform will hurt businesses, experts warn

The planned reform of Germany’s unpopular GEZ broadcasting licence fees could heavily burden businesses, industry experts warned on Monday.

Swedes escape from Haitian prison drama
Sweden

Swedes escape from Haitian prison drama

Six Swedes and an American successfully escaped from Haiti's largest prison after they were taken hostage when prisoners staged a revolt on Sunday.

Schavan pledges foreign credentials review
Germany

Schavan pledges foreign credentials review

Education Minister Annette Schavan on Monday promised a new law enabling better recognition of foreign credentials would provide 300,000 highly qualified workers for the booming German economy.

Facebook under fire for privacy glitch
Germany

Facebook under fire for privacy glitch

German ministers have criticised social networking site Facebook for failing to respect privacy, following a report of a serious flaw that allowed non-subscribers access to private data.

Federer makes returns to ATP’s Stockholm Open
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Federer makes returns to ATP’s Stockholm Open

Switzerland's Roger Federer will make his return to the Stockholm Open two years late when the oldest indoor tournament on the ATP circuit begins on Monday.