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Sweden

Care home staff placed bets on patient’s death

Three workers at a nursing home in Växjö in south central Sweden have been sacked after they were discovered to have placed bets on when one of the patients would die.

Merkel praises NATO for Libya campaign
Germany

Merkel praises NATO for Libya campaign

Chancellor Angela Merkel has defended Germany’s decision not to participate in NATO's military campaign in Libya, but praised Berlin's allies for helping oust dictator Muammar Qaddafi.

Kaiser heir weds princess in Potsdam
Germany

Kaiser heir weds princess in Potsdam

Georg Friedrich Prince of Prussia and Princess Sophie von Isenburg were married in front of 650 guests at on the grounds of the Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam on Saturday for Germany's own "royal" wedding.

Hailstorms cut western swath of damage
Germany

Hailstorms cut western swath of damage

Parts of western Germany are busy cleaning up on Saturday after heavy thunderstorms bringing hail caused hefty damage overnight.

Goethe voted greatest German
Germany

Goethe voted greatest German

Poet, playwright and scientist Johann Wolfgang von Goethe has been voted the greatest German of all time in a new poll, beating runners-up chancellor Konrad Adenauer and physicist Albert Einstein.

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Sweden

Man fined for Nazi salute

In the second case of its kind in recent months, a man from Småland in southern Sweden has been fined for making Nazi salutes shouting ”Heil Hitler”.

Sweden hit by rise in tick-borne encephalitis
Sweden

Sweden hit by rise in tick-borne encephalitis

There has been a sharp increase in the number of reported cases of tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) in Sweden this year, according to the Swedish Institute for Communicable Disease Control (Smittskyddsinstitutet).

Telekom boss wins ‘award’ for abusing the German language
Germany

Telekom boss wins ‘award’ for abusing the German language

René Obermann, the CEO of Deutsche Telekom has been crowned as this year’s worst language offender by a German language watchdog.

Germans wealthier than ever
Germany

Germans wealthier than ever

Germans have more personal assets than at any point since record-keeping began in 1991, the year after national reunification, according to official statistics.

Jokkmokk celebrates world sausage record
Sweden

Jokkmokk celebrates world sausage record

A record breaking sausage was the star of the show at the start of the annual autumn fair in Jokkmokk, northern Sweden, on Friday.

Lufthansa cancels all NY flights due to hurricane
Germany

Lufthansa cancels all NY flights due to hurricane

German airline Lufthansa on Saturday cancelled all flights to and from New York for the rest of the weekend as the US East Coast braces for the landing of hurricane Irene.

Saab bonuses upheld despite crisis
Sweden

Saab bonuses upheld despite crisis

Despite the ongoing crisis surrounding Saab no action will be taken over payouts and bonuses paid to shareholders, following a government audit.