‘Multi-billion-kronor’ bid for bankrupt Saab: report
Sweden

‘Multi-billion-kronor’ bid for bankrupt Saab: report

Chinese carmaker Youngman has placed a bid for bankrupt Swedish carmaker Saab, public broadcaster Sveriges Radio (SR) reported on Thursday.

Swiss watch exports hit record $21 billion
Switzerland

Swiss watch exports hit record $21 billion

Swiss watch exports shrugged off the impact of a strong franc to hit a record 19.3 billion francs ($21
billion) in 2011, the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry said on Thursday.

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Norway

Total in $4.2 billion Norway development

French energy giant Total said on Thursday it was launching development of the Hild gas and oil field in the Norwegian North Sea with investment of $4.2 billion.

Princess Victoria to give birth in ‘early March’
Sweden

Princess Victoria to give birth in ‘early March’

A post on Facebook as well as a 42 cannon salute are among the ways the next heir to the Swedish throne will be welcomed into the world, with Crown Princess Victoria due to give birth in early March, the Royal Court announced on Thursday along with a detailed list of events planned to mark the occasion.

Extradition bid ‘not a human rights violation’
Sweden

Extradition bid ‘not a human rights violation’

Swedish authorities told Britain's Supreme Court on Thursday that a bid to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for questioning over rape claims is valid and does not breach his human rights.

One dead and two injured in Oslo stabbing
Norway

One dead and two injured in Oslo stabbing

A man in his fifties was stabbed to death and two other men were injured in an apartment in Oslo on Thursday afternoon.

Sheep herding Swedish bunny hops to net fame
Sweden

Sheep herding Swedish bunny hops to net fame

Move over Bugs – a Swedish bunny is rapidly becoming the most popular rabbit in the world!

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Norway

Police arrest hit-and-run suspect

Police have arrested a 39-year-old man suspected of the hit-and-run killing of 54-year-old Jeff Mwangi Kwirikia, the father of popular Norwegian-Kenyan singer Stella Mwangi.

Football legend makes Alzheimer admission
Germany

Football legend makes Alzheimer admission

Macho German football legend Rudi Assauer says he has Alzheimer’s Disease, an admission one expert told The Local could help stoke discussion of an illness still considered taboo in many circles.

Court rejects Breivik’s appeal over mental exam
Norway

Court rejects Breivik’s appeal over mental exam

The Norway gunman who killed 77 people in twin attacks in July must submit to a second psychiatric exam, an Oslo court ruled on Thursday, rejecting his appeal after a first evaluation found him criminally insane.

Power threat as France struggles with big chill
France

Power threat as France struggles with big chill

A combination of cold weather, snow and ice means large parts of France are still on high alert, with warnings of power cuts in some regions of the country.

Swedes gear up for Melodifestivalen mania
Sweden

Swedes gear up for Melodifestivalen mania

It is that time of year again - this coming weekend Sweden will be tossed into the frenzy that is ”Melodifestivalen”, the musical contest where the next artist to represent Sweden in Eurovision Song Contest 2012 will be selected.

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Switzerland

Mining mammoths mull massive merger

The Swiss mining company Xstrata said on Thursday raw materials giant Glencore is seeking a blockbuster merger that could create the industry's third largest player.

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Switzerland

Accidents abound on icy Swiss roads

Snow and icy conditions have caused chaos on Swiss roads, with cars and trucks overturning up and down the country.

Electrolux profits plunge amid weak demand
Sweden

Electrolux profits plunge amid weak demand

Electrolux, a leading global maker of household appliances, posted Thursday a 48-percent plunge in net profit in 2011, as price pressure, high material prices and weak demand hit earnings.

Compassion needed for homeless out in cold
Germany

Compassion needed for homeless out in cold

As a homeless man was found frozen to death on a bench in northern Germany on Thursday, authorities across the country called for people to show compassion for those in danger from the harsh weather.

Le Pen: ‘I still need 150 signatures’
France

Le Pen: ‘I still need 150 signatures’

Far-right Front National leader Marine Le Pen told RTL radio on Thursday morning she was still 150 sponsors short of the 500 needed to be officially declared a candidate in this year's presidential election.

Ramstein to host NATO missile shield command
Germany

Ramstein to host NATO missile shield command

NATO will locate the command centre for its missile shield at the US airbase Ramstein in Germany, a base spokesman confirmed on Thursday.

EU envious of US Swiss secrecy success
Switzerland

EU envious of US Swiss secrecy success

The EU has been watching the success of the US attacks on Swiss banking secrecy with envy and hopes now to make progress on its own tax deal with Switzerland.

Gun violence ‘most common’ in Malmö
Sweden

Gun violence ‘most common’ in Malmö

Guns are three times more common in Malmö compared to Stockholm when it comes to reported killings and attempted killings, new figures show.

How to choose the best health insurance for you
Switzerland

How to choose the best health insurance for you

When choosing health insurance, many of us focus too much on cost, and not enough on what we're buying. Here's your guide to seeing past the glossy brochures.

How to choose the best health insurance for you
France

How to choose the best health insurance for you

When choosing health insurance, many of us focus too much on cost, and not enough on what we're buying. Here's your guide to seeing past the glossy brochures.

Extremist arrested over Islamist threat video
Norway

Extremist arrested over Islamist threat video

Police have arrested 26-year-old Islamic extremist Mohyeldeen Mohammad in connection with a hate-filled video posted to YouTube in mid-January that called for Allah to destroy members of the Norwegian government and royal family.

What’s on in Germany: February 2 – 8
Germany

What’s on in Germany: February 2 – 8

This Week's Highlights: Burlesque in Hamburg, children's theatre in Nuremberg, and an exhibition in Berlin examines the dark side of technology.

Innovative software that helps you expand your vocabulary
Sweden

Innovative software that helps you expand your vocabulary

Innovative Swedish software can help you expand your vocabulary rapidly, using words and images.

AstraZeneca job cuts hit Södertälje hard
Sweden

AstraZeneca job cuts hit Södertälje hard

Anglo-Swedish pharmaceuticals giant AstraZeneca is closing its research facilities in Södertälje, south of Stockholm, as part of a major restructuring, resulting in the loss of around 1,000 Swedish jobs.

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Switzerland

‘Asylum centre in Schmidrüti: No thanks!’

Residents of a quiet hamlet in northern Switzerland are up in arms over the government’s plans to convert a disused missile base into an asylum centre.

Deutsche Bank profits fall as debt crisis bites
Germany

Deutsche Bank profits fall as debt crisis bites

Deutsche Bank, Germany's biggest bank reported Thursday a bigger-than-expected drop in earnings at the end of last year as the eurozone sovereign debt crisis hurt business.

Euro crisis, earthquakes slam Munich Re profits
Germany

Euro crisis, earthquakes slam Munich Re profits

Munich Re, the world's biggest reinsurer, said Thursday that profits plummeted last year due to heavy losses from both the eurozone debt crisis and a string of natural catastrophes.

UK eurosceptic sparks uproar with Nazi jibe
Germany

UK eurosceptic sparks uproar with Nazi jibe

A eurosceptic British MEP provoked the German head of the European Parliament chairman to cut off his microphone after comparing Germany’s proposed plans for Greece's finances to the Nazi occupation of the country.

Merkel urges China to press Iran over nukes
Germany

Merkel urges China to press Iran over nukes

German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Beijing Thursday to put pressure on Iran over its controversial nuclear programme as she began an official visit to China on Thursday.

Europe’s banks set for years of ‘shrinkage’: Borg
Sweden

Europe’s banks set for years of ‘shrinkage’: Borg

Europe's financial sector is set for a decade of reform that will result in a much smaller but more socially useful industry, Swedish finance minister Anders Borg said Wednesday.

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Switzerland

France can’t use stolen bank data for searches

France's highest appeals court has ruled that, due to the data's illicit origin, authorities may not conduct searches based on a list stolen by a banker in Geneva of 3,000 people suspected of tax evasion.

Security fears raised after flourbomb attack
France

Security fears raised after flourbomb attack

Socialist presidential candidate François Hollande was attacked with a bag of flour yesterday just after giving a speech.

Q&A with Swenglish comedy star Ben Kersley
Sweden

Q&A with Swenglish comedy star Ben Kersley

Sweden’s only 'Swenglish' comedian, Ben Kersley, talks to The Local about his latest comedic venture, The Tuesday Chinwag, starring ‘three bespectacled English guys’ and music by Swedish Idol’s Nicholas Perry.

Eva Joly gets bullet threat in France
Norway

Eva Joly gets bullet threat in France

French presidential candidate Eva Joly has received threatening letters, including one containing a bullet, the Norwegian born politician's campaign director said on Wednesday.

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Switzerland

Ex-Credit Suisse bankers guilty of mortgage fraud

Two former Credit Suisse executives on Wednesday pleaded guilty to falsely inflating subprime mortgage-related bond prices as the US housing market tanked, authorities said.

‘Bad taste’ film posters to be replaced
France

‘Bad taste’ film posters to be replaced

Posters promoting a new film starring Oscar-tipped actor Jean Dujardin are to be replaced after complaints that they were too risqué.

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Switzerland

Philippine search fails to find abducted Europeans

Philippine authorities said Thursday they had failed to find two European birdwatchers, including Swiss national Lorenzo Vinciguerra, in the crucial 24 hours after their abduction and warned Islamic militants may be holding them.

Spanish museum reveals ‘younger’ Mona Lisa
France

Spanish museum reveals ‘younger’ Mona Lisa

A Spanish museum Wednesday revealed an authenticated contemporary copy of Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa found in its vaults, looking younger and more ravishing than the original, which sits in Paris' Louvre museum.

Sarkozy to re-draft genocide bill if rejected: ministers
France

Sarkozy to re-draft genocide bill if rejected: ministers

President Nicolas Sarkozy will immediately submit a new draft of a law punishing denial of the Armenian genocide if France's top judicial body rejects it, two ministers told AFP on Wednesday.

Google Maps fined for unfair competition
France

Google Maps fined for unfair competition

A French commercial court has found Google guilty of abusing the dominant position of its Google Maps application and ordered it to pay a fine and damages to a French mapping company.

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Sweden

Swedish murder suspect arrested in London

One of two Swedish brothers under suspicion of the murder of a 22-year-old man in central Stockholm last year has been arrested in London.

Student veterinarians most likely to pop pills
Germany

Student veterinarians most likely to pop pills

Just five percent of German students are turning to prescription drugs to help them through university – but budding veterinarians and sports stars are the most likely to reach for a pill bottle, according to a study released this week.

Bahn sends bill to accident victim’s family
Germany

Bahn sends bill to accident victim’s family

Deutsche Bahn has apologised for billing the mother of a man killed by a train €5,000 compensation because the driver whose train hit him has not been able to work since.

Four young Swedes dead in Thai car crash
Sweden

Four young Swedes dead in Thai car crash

Four young Swedes have died in a traffic accident while holidaying in Thailand after their vehicle collided with a truck early on Wednesday morning.

US football star hopes to inspire fellow Germans
Germany

US football star hopes to inspire fellow Germans

Germany's Sebastian Vollmer does not see himself as another Dirk Nowitzki when it comes to sparking his countrymen’s interest in US sports by winning a championship at the highest level.

Snow and severe cold forecast for Sweden
Sweden

Snow and severe cold forecast for Sweden

Snow and temperatures well below freezing are expected to hit Sweden over the next few days with forecasters warning of a “snow cannon” ready to fire over the country.