Sweden’s Peter Forsberg retires from ice hockey
Sweden

Sweden’s Peter Forsberg retires from ice hockey

Swedish star Peter Forsberg has given up trying to make a National Hockey League (NHL) comeback at the age of 37 and has retired from ice hockey, the Colorado Avalanche announced on Monday.

Social Democrats a ‘gang of navel-gazers’: report
Sweden

Social Democrats a ‘gang of navel-gazers’: report

As new poll numbers show a continued slide in popularity for Sweden's Social Democrats, the party's crisis commission has proposed increasing the influence of members, trimming the size of its governing board and launching an open nomination process.

Earthquake rattles Rhine-Main region
Germany

Earthquake rattles Rhine-Main region

An earthquake measuring at least 4.4 on the Richter scale shook the Rhine-Main region on Monday. According to geologists, earthquakes of such magnitude are rare in Germany.

Woman held captive with poisonous snakes
Sweden

Woman held captive with poisonous snakes

A mother and her baby were trapped in an apartment in a Stockholm suburb of Vårberg on Sunday under threat from a man with several poisonous snakes.

Space Nazis colonize the moon in fan-funded film
Germany

Space Nazis colonize the moon in fan-funded film

What would have happened if the Nazis escaped to the Moon after World War II? The space fascists thrive and one day return to attack Earth, according to a fan-backed “science fiction black comedy” film set for release in 2012.

Sandy the penguin finds love among her own kind
Germany

Sandy the penguin finds love among her own kind

After living the romantic wild life by swooning for males of different ages and species, Sandy the penguin has found love again just in time for Valentine's Day. But is the bird with unusual taste in boyfriends finally ready to settle down at the Münster Zoo?

Swedish alcoholism drug awaits human study
Sweden

Swedish alcoholism drug awaits human study

A new drug to combat alcoholism developed at the University of Gothenburg's Sahlgrenska Academy may become reality in the future.

New German candidate for ECB possible
Germany

New German candidate for ECB possible

Germany said Monday it may still present a new German candidate for the European Central Bank presidency after front-runner Axel Weber's dramatic resignation last week undid its well-laid plans.

Swedes still keen on finding love abroad
Sweden

Swedes still keen on finding love abroad

While Swedes no longer take to Viking longboats in search of foreign booty, research shows they remain adept at bringing back trophies of love from their adventures abroad, The Local's Ben Kersley discovers.

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Sweden

Man killed Swedish teen girl ‘by mistake’

Murder charges were filed on Monday against a 37-year-old man who claims he accidentally killed a 17-year-old girl from Blekinge in southern Sweden in August last year during a sex act "that went too far."

Siemens ready to spend billions on takeovers
Germany

Siemens ready to spend billions on takeovers

Industrial giant Siemens is preparing to spend billions of euros on new acquisitions, the Financial Times Deutschland reported on Monday. In particular, the company is eyeing a big expansion of its power network and automation businesses.

Swedish postal worker stole birthday card cash
Sweden

Swedish postal worker stole birthday card cash

A female employee at Sweden's postal service (Posten) in Malmö in southern Sweden has admitted to stealing money, gift vouchers and lottery tickets from letters that she sorted.

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Sweden

Reinfeldt slams Stockholm rental ‘market’

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has criticised the system for how rental apartments are apportioned in Stockholm, advocating that rental apartments in the Swedish capital be converted to tenant-owner apartments.

Water utility referendum a ‘cold shower’ for Berlin
Germany

Water utility referendum a ‘cold shower’ for Berlin

Berliners pushed through the city-state’s first successful referendum on Sunday, with almost everyone at the polls voting in favour of complete disclosure of the German capital’s water utility contracts.

DHL ends delivery and assembly service for Ikea and Karstadt
Germany

DHL ends delivery and assembly service for Ikea and Karstadt

Deutsche Post subsidiary DHL said on Monday it will no longer deliver and assemble goods from Ikea and department store Karstadt. Customers who need help putting together their Billy bookshelves are now on their own.

‘Deadly’ parasite found in Sweden
Sweden

‘Deadly’ parasite found in Sweden

A tapeworm that can be fatal to humans has been discovered in a Swedish fox, marking the first time the parasite has been found in Sweden.

Animal protection means higher food prices, minister says
Germany

Animal protection means higher food prices, minister says

While the recent dioxin scandal in Germany has many calling for new agriculture and livestock practices, German Agriculture Minister Ilse Aigner has said better animal protection will result in higher food prices.

Swedes strongest savers in Nordic region: study
Sweden

Swedes strongest savers in Nordic region: study

Swedes are more conservative with money than their Nordic neighbours, according to a new Nordea survey.

Germany offers Egypt help in run-up to vote
Germany

Germany offers Egypt help in run-up to vote

The German government wants to help Egypt develop democratic institutions as it prepares for free elections, a senior official in the Foreign Ministry told the Berliner Zeitung on Monday.

Environmental toxins threaten Swedish otters
Sweden

Environmental toxins threaten Swedish otters

The population of Sweden's otters has quadrupled in the last 30 years since the environmental toxin PCB was banned, but new pollutants from waterproofing agents pose a new threat against the species.

Berlin takes home classical Grammy
Germany

Berlin takes home classical Grammy

One of the top classical Grammy Awards has gone to the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and the Rundfunkchor Berlin in the category Best Opera Recording.