Sweden to meet England in Euro 2012
Sweden

Sweden to meet England in Euro 2012

Sweden has been drawn in group D with England, France and co-hosts Ukraine at next summer’s European Football Championship.

Should Norway allow more foreign names?
Norway

Should Norway allow more foreign names?

Norway's population registry system is unable to cope with a letter in the Spanish alphabet, meaning 7-week-old baby Livia Patiño Risholm can't get official recognition for her name. Is this acceptable?

Switzerland probes fighter jet leak
Switzerland

Switzerland probes fighter jet leak

Swiss prosecutors have launched a probe into a violation of official secrecy after reports related to the purchase of new fighter jets were leaked to the media, a judicial source said on Friday.

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Sweden

Fancy hotel set to rile posh neighbours

Residents in one of Stockholm's wealthiest districts are up in arms over proposals for a bijou exclusive hotel, planned by one of the country’s most well known venture capitalists.

Intel chief apologizes but keeps job
Norway

Intel chief apologizes but keeps job

The head of Norwegian intelligence agency PST apologized on Friday for making misleading statements after the mass killings by a right-wing extremist in July, but said she did not intend to resign.

Ski star Johaug models for top fashion store
Norway

Ski star Johaug models for top fashion store

Norwegian cross-country skiing star Therese Johaug has become the new face of high-end Oslo department store Eger Karl Johan.

Life sentence the ‘only option’: prosecutor
Sweden

Life sentence the ‘only option’: prosecutor

Prosecutors are demanding life imprisonment in the ongoing case of the 28-year-old who killed a female guard at the Flemingsberg remand facility south of Stockholm.

‘Nazi ideology is filled with terrorist spirit’
Germany

‘Nazi ideology is filled with terrorist spirit’

A former neo-Nazi tells The Local how he broke out of extremism, describes violence in the far-right scene and offers his view of the latest revelations about neo-Nazi terrorism in Germany.

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Switzerland

Council of Europe urges Swiss to fight corruption

A European anti-corruption body on Friday urged Switzerland to better fight private-sector graft and bribery of foreign officials and to ensure transparency in political funding.

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Switzerland

Swiss want to reward ‘green’ behaviour

The Federal Council is working on a fiscal reform that will encourage taxpayers to pay more attention to the environment.

Zurich statisticians do it by numbers
Switzerland

Zurich statisticians do it by numbers

The Zurich Statistics Office is keeping residents amused and entertained by revealing fresh nuggets of information about the city each week.

Mike Leigh to head Berlinale jury
Germany

Mike Leigh to head Berlinale jury

British film director Mike Leigh will be jury president at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival in February, organizers announced Friday.

Pool named after Spaghetti Western hero Bud Spencer
Germany

Pool named after Spaghetti Western hero Bud Spencer

The city of Schwäbisch Gmünd in Baden-Württemberg has officially named a swimming pool after Spaghetti Western film actor Bud Spencer after rejecting an elaborate internet campaign to name a nearby tunnel after him.

Fox carcass discovery closes restaurant
Germany

Fox carcass discovery closes restaurant

Health inspectors have shut down a Vietnamese restaurant in the eastern German state of Saxony-Anhalt after they found a fox carcass there, apparently ready to be eaten or served to customers.

Björklund questions schools’ special status
Sweden

Björklund questions schools’ special status

The rules regarding the funding of Sweden’s three national boarding schools could be changed, after an application by a fourth school has brought the government's attention to their favoured status.

ThyssenKrupp books huge stainless steel hit
Germany

ThyssenKrupp books huge stainless steel hit

German industrial giant ThyssenKrupp said Friday it booked heavy losses in its business year just ended owing to massive €2.9 billion ($3.9 billion) in writedowns on its US and stainless steel businesses.

‘Dumbest bank robber’ jailed for seven years
Germany

‘Dumbest bank robber’ jailed for seven years

A man who tried to hold up a bank that closed 17 years ago has been jailed for seven years, a court said, in what the Bild daily called Friday the case of "Germany's dumbest bank robber."

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Sweden

Poverty on the rise among immigrants: study

Two thirds of the people in Sweden relying long term on social benefits have a foreign background, while child poverty in the same group is becoming more and more serious, according to new reports.

Svanberg chosen to head Volvo board: report
Sweden

Svanberg chosen to head Volvo board: report

BP's criticised chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg will soon be appointed head of the board of the world's second-largest truck maker Volvo, Swedish daily Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) reported on Thursday.

Digging up artistic Berlin
Germany

Digging up artistic Berlin

Is Berlin really the artistic utopia everyone says? In a new series, The Local's Ben Knight talks to artists who have moved to Germany’s capital to channel the city’s muse. American artist Erik Smith found inspiration in the city's soil.

Ikea founder Kamprad tops Swiss rich list
Switzerland

Ikea founder Kamprad tops Swiss rich list

Sweden's Ingvar Kamprad, founder of furniture chain Ikea, remains Switzerland richest resident for the tenth year running, according to an annual ranking by business magazine Bilanz.  

France lags Germany and UK in corruption rankings
France

France lags Germany and UK in corruption rankings

A report on corruption in 183 countries has put France at 25th place, performing better than Italy and Spain but behind the UK and Germany.

Rule change makes schools ban Lucia photos
Sweden

Rule change makes schools ban Lucia photos

Parents at pre-schools in Linköping have been told they are not allowed to take photos of their children’s performance in the traditional Lucia celebrations next week.

Germany ‘more corrupt than thought’
Germany

Germany ‘more corrupt than thought’

Though a new survey of perceptions of corruption in countries around the world rates Germany rather well – 14th out of 183 countries – anti-graft group Transparency International says country still has much work to do.

Sending money abroad? Time to ditch your bank
Norway

Sending money abroad? Time to ditch your bank

If you’re an expat who uses your bank to transfer money abroad, you’ll know that extortionate fees and bad exchange rates can leave a big hole in your pocket. Using a currency specialist can cut these costs dramatically. Here is how.

Owner reported after Södertälje cat stabbing
Sweden

Owner reported after Södertälje cat stabbing

A Swedish woman,viciously attacked by her pet cat in Södertälje, south of Stockholm, in September, has been reported by an anonymous animal sympathizer, claiming that stabbing the cat to death was unnecessary.

Chinese snap up French vineyards
France

Chinese snap up French vineyards

Chinese buyers are showing increased interest not only in French wines but also in its vineyards and castles.

Swiss-Italian shipping giant to partner with rival
Switzerland

Swiss-Italian shipping giant to partner with rival

The world's second and third largest container shipping companies, Swiss-Italian MSC and France's CMA CGM, announced a partnership Thursday to share their fleets.

Merkel: Germany wants ‘fiscal union’ for euro
Germany

Merkel: Germany wants ‘fiscal union’ for euro

Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday that Germany will push for a 'fiscal union' to impose tough budgetary discipline on the debt-ravaged eurozone as European nations move towards greater integration.

Benefits cut for families with truant kids
France

Benefits cut for families with truant kids

The education minister announced on Thursday that 160 families have had their welfare payments stopped as a result of their children continuing to play truant from school.

Juholt ‘must step down’: former minister
Sweden

Juholt ‘must step down’: former minister

Former Social Democrat minister Björn Rosengren has been caught on tape saying he agreed with colleagues Thomas Östros and Sven-Erik Österberg that party leader Håkan Juholt must step down, according to a report.

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France

Marseille: third fatal shooting in one week

French TV reported on Friday morning that score settling may be behind the third murder in five days in the southern city of Marseille.

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Sweden

Stockholm stabbing suspect refuses to speak

The 20–year-old, held on suspicion of knifing a teenager at a Stockholm high school on Wednesday, has been questioned by police but denies all allegations and refuses to answer any questions.

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Norway

Norway’s aid money still headed to ‘most corrupt’

Eleven of the world’s 12 most corrupt governments receive substantial aid from Norway, according to a cross-referencing of Norwegian aid recipients and a report from Transparency International.

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France

Louis Vuitton boss shrugs off financial gloom

Louis Vuitton chief executive Yves Carcelle said on Friday that the French luxury brand was ready to withstand financial turmoil, with demand for its products on the rise even amid global uncertainty.

Sarkozy: EU needs new treaty
France

Sarkozy: EU needs new treaty

France and Germany will push for a new European Union treaty to impose tough budgetary discipline on the debt-ravaged eurozone, President Nicolas Sarkozy declared ahead of a critical week for the euro.

Sweden’s Christmas goat succumbs to flames
Sweden

Sweden’s Christmas goat succumbs to flames

The giant 13 metre tall Christmas goat (Gävlebocken) in the main square of Gävle, on the east coast of Sweden went up in flames early Friday morning after an attack by unknown assailants.

Detentions had ‘chilling effect’ on G8 protests
Germany

Detentions had ‘chilling effect’ on G8 protests

Two German anti-globalisation protesters detained for five days in 2007 to prevent them from demonstrating against a G8 summit won a victory at the European Court of Human Rights on Thursday.

Elvis museum rocks quiet Düsseldorf
Germany

Elvis museum rocks quiet Düsseldorf

The biggest Elvis museum outside the United States opened in Düsseldorf this week, with exhibits including a guitar he bought while on military service in Germany – and practised on so he could go back to playing on his return home.

Mum accused of throwing baby in bin
Germany

Mum accused of throwing baby in bin

The mother of a baby boy found dead in a Berlin rubbish bin has been arrested and charged with manslaughter. She stands accused of suffocating the newborn and throwing the body away, police said.