Sweden’s parliament passes trans fat ban
Sweden

Sweden’s parliament passes trans fat ban

The Riksdag on Thursday ordered the Swedish government to develop legislation for prohibit the use of potentially dangerous unsaturated fats in food products in Sweden, something previously left to the food industry.

Urban beekeeping gets Berlin buzzing
Germany

Urban beekeeping gets Berlin buzzing

The buzz about Berlin this spring has nothing to do with hipsters descending on the city in droves – Christine Madden reports on new project bringing the hum of honeybees to the German capital.

Sweden mulls evacuating citizens from Japan
Sweden

Sweden mulls evacuating citizens from Japan

The Swedish government is working on an evacuation plan to bring home Swedes who wish to leave Japan.

Ikea to expand China mall development plans
Sweden

Ikea to expand China mall development plans

Swedish furniture giant Ikea is looking to expand further into China, its shopping centre development arm said Thursday, beyond three new malls already announced in major Chinese cities.

Swedish media firm launches apps for kids
Sweden

Swedish media firm launches apps for kids

Swedish media giant Bonnier has launched its first Ipad applications aimed at pre-school children and intended for the international market.

Lufthansa forecasts profits to withstand tough 2011
Germany

Lufthansa forecasts profits to withstand tough 2011

Leading German airline Lufthansa on Thursday forecast improved operating profit and sales for this year and next, though 2011 is expected to be tough on the airline industry. The airline also announced the expansion and modernisation of its fleet.

Unlikely cities become ‘secret stars’ for real estate investing
Germany

Unlikely cities become ‘secret stars’ for real estate investing

Forget betting on Berlin – Aachen, Bremen, Hamm, and Ludwigshafen are apparently where the real money is. German cities typically neglected by property investors are turning out to be worth a second look thanks to unexpected demographic growth.

Swedes can expect to live longer: report
Sweden

Swedes can expect to live longer: report

Swedes are living longer than ever before, according to new statistics, with residents of one upscale Stockholm suburb claiming the highest average life-expectancy for both sexes.

Prosecutors demand 14.5 years for ‘German Fritzl’
Germany

Prosecutors demand 14.5 years for ‘German Fritzl’

Prosecutors called Thursday for a German man accused of sexually abusing his daughter, stepdaughter and stepson to spend more than 14 years in jail, in a case that has shocked the country.

Porsche merger with VW delayed
Germany

Porsche merger with VW delayed

A merger of German automakers Porsche and Volkswagen could be delayed and might take a different form than initially planned, the companies said Thursday.

Gothenburg restaurant claims Michelin star
Sweden

Gothenburg restaurant claims Michelin star

Gothenburg restaurant Thörnströms Kök has been awarded a Guide Michelin star, the fifth restaurant in the city to hold the culinary honour.

Flip book publisher joins the digital age
Germany

Flip book publisher joins the digital age

With the literary world descending on Leipzig this week for its annual book fair, one local family publisher is there to bring flip books into the mainstream, using innovative products that incorporate digital photography into one of the oldest forms of animation.

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Sweden

Swedish unemployment falls to below 8 percent

Sweden's unemployment rate dropped to 7.9 percent in February according to official statistics figures, down from 8.2 percent in the previous month.

Merkel defends nuclear power reversal
Germany

Merkel defends nuclear power reversal

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday defended her decision to temporarily shut down the country’s older nuclear reactors, telling parliament that recent events in Japan had caused her to reconsider the risks of atomic energy.

Örebro rape suspect faces court
Sweden

Örebro rape suspect faces court

The trial of 24-year-old Niklas Eliasson who is charged with 14 sex offences opened on Thursday in Örebro district court in eastern Sweden.

What’s on in Germany: March 17 – 23
Germany

What’s on in Germany: March 17 – 23

This week's highlights: Nan Goldin's photography in Berlin, Japanese film in Cologne, and British jazz in Hamburg.

‘No German soldiers in Libya,’ Westerwelle says
Germany

‘No German soldiers in Libya,’ Westerwelle says

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle on Thursday strengthened his rejection of a possible no-fly zone over Libya, saying it was tantamount to military intervention, and adding that no Bundeswehr soldiers would take part.

Sweden’s Jönsson wins Stockholm palace sprint
Sweden

Sweden’s Jönsson wins Stockholm palace sprint

Emil Jönsson became the first Swede to claim victory in the Stockholm palace sprint on Wednesday, beating off the challenge of a slew of Norwegian skiers in the World Cup event.

Deutsche Bahn averts train drivers’ strike
Germany

Deutsche Bahn averts train drivers’ strike

National rail provider Deutsche Bahn has averted further strikes by train drivers after cajoling their union GDL to return to the bargaining table.

Three appeal helicopter heist sentence
Sweden

Three appeal helicopter heist sentence

Three of the men convicted for their roles in the spectacular helicopter heist in Västberga in September 2009 have appealed their sentences.

A pint for St. Paddy’s in Malmö
Sweden

A pint for St. Paddy’s in Malmö

In honour of St. Patrick’s Day, The Local’s Karen Holst taps into Malmö's pub scene for some tips on some favourite watering holes in Sweden's third largest city.

Leopard kills German woman on Namibian TV set
Germany

Leopard kills German woman on Namibian TV set

A leopard not previously thought to be dangerous has killed a member of a German television crew making an episode of a popular series in Namibia, production company ndF said.