Surgery worsens patient memory: Swedish study
Sweden

Surgery worsens patient memory: Swedish study

Many routine surgical procedures can result in patients suffering from memory loss and a lack of concentration, a Swedish-American study has shown.

Measles spotted more often in 2011
Germany

Measles spotted more often in 2011

The number of measles cases in Germany more than doubled in 2011 compared to last year, new figures show, with 1,607 people infected with the virus which can sometimes kill its victims.

Finance minister: eurozone not in danger
Germany

Finance minister: eurozone not in danger

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble has struck an optimistic tone for 2012, insisting the eurozone is in no danger of breaking up and that Europe will get its back-breaking debt situation under control.

Swede pulls up carrot bearing long-lost ring
Sweden

Swede pulls up carrot bearing long-lost ring

A Swedish woman's recent toiling in her garden turned up a rather unexpected harvest when she pulled a carrot out of the ground 'wearing' the wedding ring she had lost back in 1995.

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Switzerland

Sion docked 36 points by Swiss FA in players row

The Swiss Football Association (ASF) on Friday docked FC Sion 36 points as punishment for breaching player recruitment rules.

Mother who killed sons found ‘mentally ill’
Sweden

Mother who killed sons found ‘mentally ill’

A 30-year-old mother who admitted to killing her young sons in September in Sigtuna, north of Stockholm, has been found mentally ill after undergoing a forensic psychiatric evaluation.

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Norway

Ex-cop in underpants pins down intruder

Police officers responding to a break-in call in southern Norway were much amused to find their bulky former colleague Per Bratteberg sitting astride a woman's back wearing only his underpants and a sheepish smile.

Shock as dead body hits passenger
France

Shock as dead body hits passenger

Passengers watched in horror on Thursday when the body of a man struck by a train was sent flying into the air, hitting another passenger waiting on the station platform.

What’s going to happen in Sweden in 2012?
Sweden

What’s going to happen in Sweden in 2012?

With 2012 just around the corner, The Local wants to to hear from readers about what they think will be making news in Sweden in the year ahead.

‘500,000 Swedes’ risk jail time for filesharing
Sweden

‘500,000 Swedes’ risk jail time for filesharing

Up to half a million Swedes who have illegally downloaded as few as ten movies could be be charged with crimes punishable by time in prison, according to precedents set by prosecutors in recent filesharing cases.

Swiss face new year of economic uncertainty
Switzerland

Swiss face new year of economic uncertainty

Financial experts are forecasting a difficult year for Switzerland, with growth remaining sluggish, consumer prices dropping, and the performance of the economy largely dependent on international trends.

‘Now I know just how Ingrid Bergman felt’
Sweden

‘Now I know just how Ingrid Bergman felt’

Contributor Julie Lindahl catches up with Paavo Turtiainen, a Manhattan-based chef and events planner featured in a new documentary film detailing how Swedish screen legend Ingrid Bergman helped launch his extraordinary career.

‘Baron Cut-and-Paste’ may return to politics
Germany

‘Baron Cut-and-Paste’ may return to politics

Bavaria's state premier Horst Seehofer said on Friday he would do his best to bring disgraced former Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg back into German politics in 2012.

Disasters, disease top list of threats to Sweden
Sweden

Disasters, disease top list of threats to Sweden

Floods, infectious disease, forest fires, and cyber attacks are among several threats to Sweden identified by the country's Civil Contingencies Authority (Myndigheten för Samhällsskydd och Beredskap-MSB).

Merkel and Sarkozy in ‘Dinner for One’
Germany

Merkel and Sarkozy in ‘Dinner for One’

The scene is familiar – a drunk butler desperately maintains the illusion for his deluded mistress who refuses to see all her friends are gone – but a reworked version of the cult “Dinner for One” sketch features Nicolas Sarkozy and Angela Merkel.

Window fall victim was ‘thrown or pushed’
Norway

Window fall victim was ‘thrown or pushed’

Three men have been charged in connection with the death of a 21-year-old man who fell from the window of a third-floor apartment in Hamar, eastern Norway, in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Understanding inheritance rules and tax in France
France

Understanding inheritance rules and tax in France

Are you a British resident of France? Have you considered how living in France might affect what happens to your property when you die? Rupert Holderness of independent financial advisers Siddalls France explains the perils and pitfalls.

Triplet births on the rise in Switzerland: study
Switzerland

Triplet births on the rise in Switzerland: study

The number of triplets born in Switzerland has risen by 40 percent in the last 20 years, new figures show.

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Switzerland

Workers worried over Petroplus oil plants

Workers and government officials raised concern on Thursday over the future of five oil refineries owned by Swiss firm Petroplus, currently seeking to restore $1 billion in frozen credit lines.

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Sweden

Swedish woman held for sex with 16-year-old

A 32-year-old woman from Dalarna in central Sweden has been remanded on suspicions of child rape for having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old boy.

Foreigners set up a third of all new firms
Germany

Foreigners set up a third of all new firms

Foreigners are three times as likely to start a new business as Germans, according to a new study which showed that nearly a third of all new companies founded in 2009 were set up by migrants.

2011 was fifth warmest, third sunniest on record
Germany

2011 was fifth warmest, third sunniest on record

This year was the fifth warmest and third sunniest on record - but the balmy weather was scattered around in the wrong seasons, with a warm spring and winter, and a wet summer.

Truck driver shot on his way to work
Norway

Truck driver shot on his way to work

A man in his forties with suspected ties to criminal motorcycle gangs was shot outside his home on Friday morning in Kurland, south-eastern Norway. The extent of his injuries is not yet known.

Royal anger over ‘face to slap’ headline
France

Royal anger over ‘face to slap’ headline

Socialist politician Ségolène Royal reacted angrily on Thursday to a magazine headline that named her as one of the "faces to slap" of 2011.

Suspected khat smuggler crashes after car chase
Sweden

Suspected khat smuggler crashes after car chase

A man believed to be carrying 200 kilogrammes of the amphetamine-like substance khat in his car crashed into a guardrail after trying to flee Swedish customs officials at the Öresund bridge on Friday morning.

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Switzerland

Sion take legal action against FIFA

Swiss club FC Sion revealed on Thursday that they have launched a legal action in Zurich against FIFA as their off-field battle with world football's governing body continues.

Washing machine thieves hit student dorms
Sweden

Washing machine thieves hit student dorms

A suspected gang of washing machine thieves is believed to be behind a wave of appliance pilfering from student housing laundry rooms in in Luleå in northern Sweden.

Pack of cigarettes to cost more than €5
Germany

Pack of cigarettes to cost more than €5

Smokers will not only pay for their habit with their health in 2012 – prices are increasing too, with a pack of 19 cigarettes topping €5 for the first time.

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France

Woman in coma after violent rape attack

A 29-year-old Paris woman is still in a coma on Friday after she was violently attacked by a rapist in her home who stabbed her nineteen times.

German fury at raids on groups in Cairo
Germany

German fury at raids on groups in Cairo

Germany has demanded that non-political organizations working in Egypt including the Konrad-Adenauer Foundation, be allowed to continue their work unhindered – after police raided the offices of 17 such groups in Cairo.

Swedish drivers smash into elk, reindeer
Sweden

Swedish drivers smash into elk, reindeer

Six elk were hit by motorists in northern Sweden in the span of a few hours on Thursday afternoon, bringing the three day total of accidents involving large mammals to at least 20 for the region.

Phone operators plan for New Year text surge
France

Phone operators plan for New Year text surge

With New Year's Eve marking the biggest peak of SMS traffic of the year, French mobile operators have made plans to manage demand and avoid some of the problems experienced last year.

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France

Man in Afghan uniform kills French soldiers

A man dressed in Afghan army fatigues on Thursday shot dead two French soldiers in what appeared to be the latest attack by a member of the Afghan security forces on NATO troops.

Petrol sales limited to cut New Year car torchings
France

Petrol sales limited to cut New Year car torchings

Sales of petrol and other combustibles will be limited on New Year's Eve in a bid to curb what has become an annual tradition of revellers torching hundreds of cars, police said.

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Sweden

Life sentence for Malmö bouncer murder

A 25-year-old member of the infamous criminal gang Brödraskapet ('The Brotherhood') has been sentenced to life in prison for killing a man outside an illegal night club in Malmö last summer.

The Local’s top five politics stories of 2011
Germany

The Local’s top five politics stories of 2011

For a country where politics sometimes seems to move at a glacial pace, Germany was practically a hotbed of drama in 2011.