Swedes’ disdain for the euro hits new heights
Sweden

Swedes’ disdain for the euro hits new heights

Non-euro countries Sweden and Denmark are fonder than ever of their own currencies, the krona and the krone, as the crisis plaguing the eurozone also hurts their economies.

Swedish editor charged with weapons crimes
Sweden

Swedish editor charged with weapons crimes

Thomas Mattsson, editor-in-chief of one of Sweden's largest newspapers, has been charged for instigating a weapons offense.

Historian wants ban on communist uniforms
Germany

Historian wants ban on communist uniforms

A prominent historian of communist East Germany and its Stasi secret police has called for a ban on the public display of communist era uniforms or insignia.

Government divided over phone data law
Germany

Government divided over phone data law

The German government is riven over whether telecom companies should be allowed to keep customers' data indefinitely. Critics say easier police access to data could have helped solve recently-revealed Neo-nazi murders.

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Sweden

Five year sentence for Swede’s child sex crimes

45-year-old Swede Patrick Johnsson who had more than half a million images of child pornography, including some featuring infants, has been jailed for five years for child pornography crimes and child rape.

Sweden looks to US, EU to help jailed reporters
Sweden

Sweden looks to US, EU to help jailed reporters

Sweden has asked the United States and the EU for help in securing the release of two journalists sentenced to 11 years in an Ethiopian prison Tuesday for supporting terrorism, a Swedish diplomat said.

Top court to decide if ‘organic water’ exists
Germany

Top court to decide if ‘organic water’ exists

An ongoing legal struggle over whether the label Biomineralwasser, "organic mineral water," misleads consumers will go all the way to Germany's top court, it emerged Tuesday.

Swiss village in uproar over asylum centre
Switzerland

Swiss village in uproar over asylum centre

Local officials from Bettwil, in northern Switzerland, have collected almost 10,000 signatures against federal plans to build a refugee centre in the village of 560 inhabitants.

Mail order mogul Werner Otto dies at 102
Germany

Mail order mogul Werner Otto dies at 102

Werner Otto, a German trailblazer in the mail order catalogue business, whose Otto Group grew from selling a small range of shoes into an international retail and services venture, has died aged 102, his group said Tuesday.

Norwegians sceptical as alcohol ads draw near
Norway

Norwegians sceptical as alcohol ads draw near

With the government indicating it won’t veto a controversial EU directive, a majority of Norwegians believe alcohol ads on television will lead to more widespread alcohol abuse.

Books most popular gift this Christmas
Germany

Books most popular gift this Christmas

Despite Germany’s supposedly increasing tech-savvy, the most common Christmas gift given this year was an old staple: the book.

Swedish police hunt ‘Halloween mask’ killer
Sweden

Swedish police hunt ‘Halloween mask’ killer

The shooter who killed one man and injured two others at a cafe in Malmö in southern Sweden on Monday wore a mask similar to those worn by robbers in the 2010 Hollywood film "The Town", according to police, who said Tuesday they have yet to make any arrests in the case.

Dodgy booze bill leads to Swedish lobbyist probe
Sweden

Dodgy booze bill leads to Swedish lobbyist probe

A tax-financed lobbying organization in western Sweden is under investigation after it was revealed that the group's sizeable liquor bills were being processed through a subsidiary in Brussels.

Switzerland slips in global ranking
Switzerland

Switzerland slips in global ranking

Switzerland has retained its place among the top ten most attractive countries in the world, according to the 2011 Nation Brands Index, but the country has dropped a spot since last year. 

Hackers could hijack mobile phones
Germany

Hackers could hijack mobile phones

A tech expert has figured out a way that hackers could take control of mobile phones and make calls or send out unlimited numbers of text messages.

Higher death risk for men with low vitamin D: Swedish study
Sweden

Higher death risk for men with low vitamin D: Swedish study

The lack of sun in a Swedish winter may be deadly, as well as depressing. Low levels of vitamin D have been associated with increased mortality in elderly men, a new Swedish study has shown.

Norway counts cost of Christmas hurricane
Norway

Norway counts cost of Christmas hurricane

Thousands of households were cut off from the outside world on Tuesday morning, while thousands more remained without power as the hurricane that hit Norway over the Christmas weekend continues to leave its mark.

Germany has ‘mildest Christmas in decades’
Germany

Germany has ‘mildest Christmas in decades’

Germany experienced a Christmas holiday with some of the mildest weather seen in decades, according to meteorologists.

France limbers up for baby-making week
France

France limbers up for baby-making week

A curious increase in the number of babies born in September has led experts to conclude that the New Year festivities and the days surrounding them are when French people are most likely to conceive.

Patient dies after nine-hour ER wait
Sweden

Patient dies after nine-hour ER wait

A patient who was forced to wait for nine hours in the emergency room at a hospital in Gothenburg in western Sweden died just fifteen minutes after finally being admitted.

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France

Muslim war graves attacked

Thirty war graves of Muslim soldiers who fought in World War I have been attacked and defaced in the southern city of Carcassonne.

Girl missing after cliff fall
Germany

Girl missing after cliff fall

Rescue workers are searching for a 10-year-old girl who is missing after a large piece of chalk cliff slipped into the Baltic Sea from the German island of Rügen on Monday.

Unemployment hits twelve-year high
France

Unemployment hits twelve-year high

The number of out of work people in France rose to its highest level since November 1999, according to figures released on Monday.

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Sweden

Swedish journos jailed for 11 years in Ethiopia

An Ethiopian court on Tuesday sentenced two Swedish journalists to 11 years in jail for supporting terrorism and entering the country illegally.

Swedes targeted in ‘Anonymous’ hack
Sweden

Swedes targeted in ‘Anonymous’ hack

Dozens of Swedes, including staff at government agencies and telecoms giant Ericsson, had their personal data exposed after a breach at US-based security company, reportedly carried out by activist hacking group Anonymous.

The Local’s top five offbeat stories of 2011
Germany

The Local’s top five offbeat stories of 2011

After a huge year for dramatic news, The Local has collected together five stories from our 2011 ‘Offbeat’ archive that may have slipped through your news filter.

French breast implant maker faced US lawsuits
France

French breast implant maker faced US lawsuits

Breast implants made by troubled French firm PIP have been at the heart of multiple lawsuits in the United States, where they were sold up until 2000, documents filed with the US government show.

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France

Unions agree to end airport security strike

French unions agreed a deal on Monday which should end an 11-day strike by airport security staff that stretched over the busy Christmas holiday but had little or no effect on traffic.

Top UN envoy stays optimistic on Iraq
Germany

Top UN envoy stays optimistic on Iraq

The United Nations' top envoy in Iraq, German diplomat Martin Kobler, does not expect civil war to break out in the country, he was quoted as saying on Monday.

France 5th largest economy while UK slips
France

France 5th largest economy while UK slips

There was comfort for France on Monday when a respected economics body said it had held onto its position as the fifth largest economy, while long-standing cross-channel rival Britain slipped to seventh.

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Sweden

Swedish court charges man with genocide

A Swedish court on Monday charged a 53-year-old Rwandan-Swede with genocide, accusing him of having taken part in the massacres in Rwanda in 1994.

Sweden struggles with wrath of storm Dagmar
Sweden

Sweden struggles with wrath of storm Dagmar

Close to 40,000 homes across Sweden remained without power on Tuesday midday and rail passengers were still stranded in the north in the wake of storm “Dagmar”, which tore through the country over the Christmas holiday weekend.