Norway mulls one-man hospital for killer: report
Norway

Norway mulls one-man hospital for killer: report

Norwegian health authorities may be forced to build a one-man hospital for terrorism suspect Anders Behring Breivik if a court finds he should be placed in psychiatric care, according to a media report.

Max von Sydow snags Oscar nomination
Sweden

Max von Sydow snags Oscar nomination

Swedish silver screen stalwart Max von Sydow, 82, became one of the oldest Academy Award nominees ever on Tuesday, while "Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" star Rooney Mara was nominated in the best actress category.

Meeting your neighbours, the Swedish way
Sweden

Meeting your neighbours, the Swedish way

While Swedes may have a reputation of being somewhat shy and reserved, that doesn't mean it's impossible to become friends with your Swedish neighbours, writes US-native and parent Rebecca Ahlfeldt.

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Switzerland

Swiss unions step up push for minimum wage

Swiss trade unions presented 110,000 signatures to the Federal Chancery on Monday, petitioning for the introduction of a minimum wage.

Bosch makes billion-dollar US acquisition
Germany

Bosch makes billion-dollar US acquisition

German automotive parts maker Bosch said Tuesday it has agreed to acquire SPX Service Solutions, a US maker of car service tools, workshop equipment and software for $1.15 billion (€883 million).

Topless tobogganists crave national arena
Norway

Topless tobogganists crave national arena

With the annual topless tobogganing world championships just two months away, the competition’s Norwegian organizers believe it’s time for the sport to get its own national arena.

SJ ‘not wrong’ to kick praying man off train
Sweden

SJ ‘not wrong’ to kick praying man off train

The Swedish National Rail Service, SJ, was not wrong to kick a Muslim man off the train for not showing his pass while deep in prayer, ruled the Swedish Equality Ombudsman (Diskrimineringsombudsmannen, DO) who say that it is impossible to prove he was discriminated against.

Delousing mishap sparks Stockholm hostel blaze
Sweden

Delousing mishap sparks Stockholm hostel blaze

A youth hostel caught fire on Tuesday in central Stockholm after staff attempted to delouse mattresses by stowing them in a sauna and turning up the heat.

Girlfriend blames Boateng injury on sex
Germany

Girlfriend blames Boateng injury on sex

The girlfriend of German-Ghanaian footballer Kevin Prince Boateng has offered Italian media an unusual explanation for his recent thigh strain: the 24-year-old AC Milan midfielder loves sex too much.

OECD urges tough rules for Swiss banking giants
Switzerland

OECD urges tough rules for Swiss banking giants

Stricter bank rules drawn up by the Swiss government to prevent the need for costly bailouts do not go far enough, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development said on Tuesday.

Frederick the Great celebrations kick off
Germany

Frederick the Great celebrations kick off

Germans marked the 300th birthday of Prussian king Frederick the Great’s on Tuesday. His admirers visited his grave in Potsdam to lay flowers and potatoes in honour of the enlightened monarch.

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Norway

Oslo second-richest city in the world: study

Oslo is the wealthiest metropolitan area in Europe and the second richest city in the world in terms of gross domestic product per capita, according to a Brookings Institute study.

Students compete to rent Sweden’s ‘smallest’ flat
Sweden

Students compete to rent Sweden’s ‘smallest’ flat

As students in Lund get ready to compete for a chance to live in Sweden’s ‘coziest’ dwelling, the housing commission claim the bijoux cottages are simply ‘too small’.

Ikea affirms bid to ditch Swedish food brands
Sweden

Ikea affirms bid to ditch Swedish food brands

Swedish furniture giant Ikea said on Tuesday it has no plans to reverse a decision to stop selling a number of well-known Swedish food brands in its stores despite a barrage of complaints from angry customers.

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Switzerland

Gay sperm donor frozen out by lesbian mums

Four years ago, Peter Conti donated sperm to lesbian friends. He was promised a role in the upbringing of the child, but those promises were never met.

Asylum applications jump to eight-year high
Germany

Asylum applications jump to eight-year high

The number of people seeking asylum in Germany has jumped to its highest point in eight years, although it is still well below early-90s levels, a newspaper report said Tuesday.

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Sweden

Eviction threat for ‘ugly’ Swedes’ ‘gypsy’ yard

A Swedish mother and her adult son are risking eviction from their rental house in a Stockholm suburb after the new landlord claims that they oppose planned renovations, that their yard is like a ”gypsy-camp” and that the two have a problem with their personal ”exterior”.

Virus sweeps through hospital cancer wards
Germany

Virus sweeps through hospital cancer wards

A normally harmless virus has infiltrated the oncology department at Heidelberg University's hospital, infecting 19 severely ill patients and possibly leading to three deaths. Health authorities are searching for the source of the outbreak.

Spying on leftist MPs condemned
Germany

Spying on leftist MPs condemned

Politicians from across Germany’s main political parties have condemned the domestic intelligence agency, or Verfassungsschutz, for spying on parliamentarians from the socialist Left party.

Cruise survivors unable to board train home
Germany

Cruise survivors unable to board train home

German railway operator Deutsche Bahn is apologising after a conductor refused to allow a couple to board a train home, despite the fact their tickets and money had been destroyed in the Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster.

Drugs caused dolphins’ deaths: prosecutor
Switzerland

Drugs caused dolphins’ deaths: prosecutor

The deaths of the two dolphins at the Conny-Land amusement park last year were the result of brain injuries caused by doses of antibiotics, the Thurgauer prosecutor announced on Monday.

Nordea closes out 2011 by beating forecasts
Sweden

Nordea closes out 2011 by beating forecasts

Nordea, the biggest Nordic bank, posted Tuesday a better-than-expected fourth quarter net profit, up by two percent to €786 million ($1.02 billion), while its full-year 2011 profit slipped by 1.0 percent to 2.63 billion euros.

Government moves to cut air travel strikes
France

Government moves to cut air travel strikes

After a year when air passengers were hit by strikes on each major holiday, the government is supporting new legislation on Tuesday to tighten up rules to lessen the chaos.

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Norway

Seventh-day Adventist doc denied job over faith

Oslo University Hospital has received a reprimand from Norway’s anti-discrimination watchdog after it turned down a job applicant who said he didn’t believe in the theory of evolution.

Bonn calls prostitute ‘sex meter’ a success
Germany

Bonn calls prostitute ‘sex meter’ a success

The German city of Bonn is calling its policy of levying a surcharge on streetwalking prostitutes via kerb-side meters a success that would continue.

Poll: Credibility gap for Sarkozy
France

Poll: Credibility gap for Sarkozy

An opinion poll asking voters to rate the credibility of four presidential candidates against major issues has President Sarkozy lagging on almost every one.

One in ten French pupils bullied at school
France

One in ten French pupils bullied at school

A new TV and online campaign is launched on Tuesday to combat bullying at school.

Siemens suffers profit collapse
Germany

Siemens suffers profit collapse

German industrial giant Siemens took a massive hit at the end of last year, the company reported Tuesday. Profits were down all of 17 percent between October and December 2011.

Germany joins European oil embargo against Iran
Germany

Germany joins European oil embargo against Iran

The leaders of Britain, France and Germany late on Monday called on Tehran to immediately suspend its nuclear activities after the EU slapped an embargo on Iran's oil exports as part of tough new sanctions.

Petroplus to file for insolvency
Switzerland

Petroplus to file for insolvency

Highly indebted Swiss-based oil refiner Petroplus, after weeks of talks with its creditors, said in a statement on Tuesday it would file for insolvency.

Time travelling politician causes online mirth
France

Time travelling politician causes online mirth

Presidential candidate Hervé Morin got some unwanted attention when he told a public meeting he had seen allied troops arriving on the Normandy beaches.

EU to press Ethiopia over Swedish journalists
Sweden

EU to press Ethiopia over Swedish journalists

The EU is continuing its efforts to convince the Ethiopian prime minister Meles Zenawi to immediately release two Swedish journalists jailed in the country for terror crimes.

Marseille hopes culture can clean up gritty image
France

Marseille hopes culture can clean up gritty image

Along the waterfront in the Old Port of Marseille, fishmongers shout out prices for the morning catch. Tourists stroll under sun-drenched skies. Old men sit sipping strong coffees or pastis, the anise-flavoured liqueur favoured in the south of France.

Hamburg has most delayed trains
Germany

Hamburg has most delayed trains

Hamburg’s main railway station has been named the worst for train delays in a new survey of 20 German stations. The best was Stralsund in the northern state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

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France

Leaders urge end to Iran nuclear activities

The leaders of Britain, France and Germany on Monday called on Tehran to immediately suspend its nuclear activities after the EU slapped an embargo on Iran's oil exports as part of tough new sanctions.

Divers find WWII bomber off Swedish coast
Sweden

Divers find WWII bomber off Swedish coast

Swedish divers have discovered what is believed to be the remains of a WWII Halifax bomber plane in the waters off the coast of southern Sweden.

Senate backs Armenia genocide denial ban
France

Senate backs Armenia genocide denial ban

French senators have passed a bill outlawing the denial of Armenian genocide in 1915, with a seething Turkey slamming the move and warning of consequences while Armenia hailed a day "written in gold."

Streaming services ‘save’ Swedish record industry
Sweden

Streaming services ‘save’ Swedish record industry

While Swedish CD sales are continuing to drop significantly, record companies’ streaming revenue is soaring and digital sales now amount to over half of the companies’ proceeds, according to fresh figures from the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI).

German sent to bring Mideast peace
Germany

German sent to bring Mideast peace

The European Union named a veteran German diplomat as the new EU envoy to the Middle East peace process on Monday, amid tensions with Israel over Jewish settlements.