Extend your French vocabulary with Vocalex
France

Extend your French vocabulary with Vocalex

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

Innovative software that helps you expand your vocabulary
Switzerland

Innovative software that helps you expand your vocabulary

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

Volvo owners to push car sales abroad: report
Sweden

Volvo owners to push car sales abroad: report

Chinese automaker Geely said Wednesday it will begin assembling cars in Egypt this year with a local partner, marking its latest push overseas as domestic demand hits the brakes.

Extend your German vocabulary with Vocalex
Germany

Extend your German vocabulary with Vocalex

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

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Sweden

Dead woman kept frozen in Sweden for four years

The body of a 90-year-old woman who died four years ago has remained frozen since her death, as her distraught daughter refuses to have her buried before an autopsy can determine the cause of death.

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Switzerland

Train driver charged over Norway crash

The driver of a Swiss-made train that derailed during a test run in Norway last week has been charged in connection with the crash that left five people injured.

Train driver charged over Norway crash
Norway

Train driver charged over Norway crash

The driver of a train that derailed during a test run last Wednesday has been charged in connection with the crash that left five people injured.

Expanding drone fleet raises privacy concerns
Germany

Expanding drone fleet raises privacy concerns

Germany's armed forces and police currently operate 331 high-tech drones inside and outside the country, and the government intends to swell the fleet, according to a media report that has alarmed civil rights advocates.

Pass the ‘mother cake’: giving birth in Sweden
Sweden

Pass the ‘mother cake’: giving birth in Sweden

With Crown Princess Victoria's set to give birth any day now, contributor Patrick Reilly shares the linguistic perils that can accompany expat fathers' first trip to a Swedish maternity ward.

Swedish weapons sold to dictatorships: agency
Sweden

Swedish weapons sold to dictatorships: agency

Fresh figures from the Swedish Agency for Non-proliferation and Export Controls (Inspektionen för strategiska produkter, ISP) show that a large percentage of Swedish arms exports go to undemocratic countries and dictatorships, despite a decision from the Riksdag last year to tighten regulation on arms exports.

Milder weather on the way for the weekend
Germany

Milder weather on the way for the weekend

Spring is coming ever closer in Germany, as mild temperatures and light rain are forecasted for the next few days. But nights will remain frosty in the south, the German Weather Service (DWD) reported.

Norwegian skiers 100 times better than Danes
Norway

Norwegian skiers 100 times better than Danes

Danish skiers are 100 times more likely than their Norwegian counterparts to come a cropper on the piste, according to figures from insurer Tryg.

Windsurf champion begins Atlantic crossing
France

Windsurf champion begins Atlantic crossing

A French woman on Wednesday set off from Senegal to windsurf across the Atlantic Ocean, four years after she was diagnosed with a heart condition and fitted with a pacemaker.

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France

France condemns killing of journalists

President Nicolas Sarkozy said the killing of the two journalists showed that it was time for President Bashar al-Assad's regime to go.

Bayern out to avoid Basel banana skin
Switzerland

Bayern out to avoid Basel banana skin

Bayern Munich face FC Basel on Wednesday in the Champions League's Round of the 16, first-leg tie, eager to avoid slipping on the same Swiss banana skin which toppled Manchester United.

Patient dies after being hit by hospital door
Sweden

Patient dies after being hit by hospital door

A patient exiting a Stockholm-area hospital has died after slamming into an automatic door.

Berlin sees ‘no need’ to boost EU firewall fund
Germany

Berlin sees ‘no need’ to boost EU firewall fund

Germany reiterated on Wednesday there was no need to pour more money into the eurozone's crisis-fighting war chest, a week ahead of a crunch EU summit likely to be dominated by the issue.

No Utøya summer camp for Labour youth: official
Norway

No Utøya summer camp for Labour youth: official

Norway's Labour Party youth wing, targeted in the July 2011 attack on Utøya island that left 69 young people dead, will not hold its annual summer camp on the island this year, it said on Wednesday.

Swedish street signs axed over ‘perky’ breasts
Sweden

Swedish street signs axed over ‘perky’ breasts

Signs featuring a woman with "perky" breasts and a short skirt are set to be removed from the streets of Uppsala in eastern Sweden following a mix up that has left local officials baffled.

Persistent ‘Panty Man’ jailed in Norway
Norway

Persistent ‘Panty Man’ jailed in Norway

Dubbed ‘Panty Man’ by the Norwegian press, a 31-year-old resident of Buskerud in south-eastern Norway was sentenced to 11 months in prison on Tuesday for sexual harassment.

Lars Vilks egged at ‘Muhammad’ lecture
Sweden

Lars Vilks egged at ‘Muhammad’ lecture

Controversial Swedish artist Lars Vilks was forced to dodge eggs thrown by angry audience members while giving a lecture about his Muhammad cartoons and free expression at the University of Karlstad on Tuesday.

Obama praises Merkel’s euro crisis leadership
Germany

Obama praises Merkel’s euro crisis leadership

Despite plenty of transatlantic tensions over the eurozone debt crisis, US President Barack Obama phoned German Chancellor Angela Merkel to congratulate her on concluding a new Greek bailout deal.

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Switzerland

Swiss hiker trapped for days in a canyon

A Swiss hiker has been rescued after having been trapped in a canyon in Arizona for two and half days.

Summer school gives a taste of studying in Sweden
Sweden

Summer school gives a taste of studying in Sweden

A unique collaboration involving Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm University and the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) will offer students the chance to take part in the first ever Stockholm Summer School this June.

Frankfurt Airport workers halt strike for talks
Germany

Frankfurt Airport workers halt strike for talks

Frankfurt Airport's tarmac traffic controllers have called off their five-day strike after the company that runs Germany's largest air hub offered to negotiate over their wage demands.

Seventh infant found in Swiss ‘baby hatch’
Switzerland

Seventh infant found in Swiss ‘baby hatch’

An infant girl was placed in a “baby hatch” at a hospital in Einsiedeln in canton Schwyz at about 5pm on Monday evening. 

Defrocked, defrauded: man cons abusive bishop
Germany

Defrocked, defrauded: man cons abusive bishop

A 29-year-old German man has been charged with conning Walter Mixa, a former Catholic bishop who resigned following child abuse allegations, out of nearly €5,000.

Swiss spend most on English but lag behind
Switzerland

Swiss spend most on English but lag behind

Despite spending more on teaching the language than the top four countries, Switzerland ranked only eleventh in an international survey comparing English proficiency levels among adults.

Neighbours wrongly blamed for fatal stabbing
Sweden

Neighbours wrongly blamed for fatal stabbing

A woman from Malmö in Sweden was shocked to find that her parents had been named on a public internet forum as both the victim and offender in a fatal knife attack, even though neither was involved in the murder at all.

Bisexual boar ‘head over squeals’ for breeding bull
Sweden

Bisexual boar ‘head over squeals’ for breeding bull

A farm in southern Sweden has become the venue for a rather unusual tale of unrequited love, after a boar developed strong sexual desires for the breeding bull.

Sex killer suspect held for murder of Hilda, 98
Norway

Sex killer suspect held for murder of Hilda, 98

An 18-year-old man arrested on Tuesday and charged with the murder of 98-year-old Hilda Feste claims he was drunk on the night of her violent death and remembers nothing.

InterRail: Everyone’s free to explore Europe
Sweden

InterRail: Everyone’s free to explore Europe

You don’t have to be a gap-year graduate to jump on board and enjoy the InterRail experience today. Travelling around Europe by train can be appreciated by everyone – whatever your age.

Germany told to stop sex offender castration
Germany

Germany told to stop sex offender castration

The Council of Europe's anti-torture committee on Wednesday urged Germany to abolish the surgical castration of sex offenders, warning that the operation could amount to "degrading treatment."

Peugeot-Citroën eyeing possible GM tie-up
France

Peugeot-Citroën eyeing possible GM tie-up

French car maker PSA Peugeot-Citroën confirmed on Tuesday that "discussions are in progress" about a potential alliance. While the company declined to name the possible partner, several sources identified US car giant General Motors.

Paris has rudest drivers, Lille the best: report
France

Paris has rudest drivers, Lille the best: report

A survey by car magazine Auto Plus has revealed something many French people may have long suspected; Parisian drivers are the rudest in the country.

Brigitte Bardot offers support to Le Pen
France

Brigitte Bardot offers support to Le Pen

Former actress and model Brigitte Bardot has sent a letter to French mayors asking them to help far-right Front National leader Marine Le Pen get the crucial 500 signatures she needs to stand in the country's presidential elections.

Hundreds of thousands have no electricity
Germany

Hundreds of thousands have no electricity

Hundreds of thousands of Germans are likely going without power simply because they can’t afford the bills, according to a North Rhine-Westphalian consumer organisation studying the problem.

WikiLeaks smear effort to reveal Bildt as US ‘spy’
Sweden

WikiLeaks smear effort to reveal Bildt as US ‘spy’

WikiLeaks is planning a smear campaign against Sweden to halt the extradition of founder Julian Assange to the United States, including releasing documents allegedly showing that Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt has acted as an informant for the United States since the 1970s.

Copenhagen ‘ready to help’ make Malmö safer
Sweden

Copenhagen ‘ready to help’ make Malmö safer

The mayor of Copenhagen has offered to help his counterpart in Malmö, Ilmar Reepalu, in efforts to make the southern Swedish city safer in the wake of a series of deadly shootings.

Can Gauck be president ‘while living in sin?’
Germany

Can Gauck be president ‘while living in sin?’

Germans generally agree that Joachim Gauck is a good choice for president. But can the ex-pastor be the nation's moral authority while staying married to one woman yet living with another set to become First Lady? Have your say.

Internet ‘scammer’ freed in surprise move
Germany

Internet ‘scammer’ freed in surprise move

German Megaupload.com boss Kim Dotcom was freed on bail in a surprise move Wednesday, after a New Zealand judge dismissed fears he would flee the country to escape US online piracy charges.

Wernbloom’s heroics put Real Madrid on edge
Sweden

Wernbloom’s heroics put Real Madrid on edge

An injury-time goal on his debut by Swedish midfielder Pontus Wernbloom grabbed CSKA Moscow a 1-1 draw with Spanish giants Real Madrid here on Tuesday in their Champions League Last 16 first leg match.

‘Mademoiselle’ officially banned in France
France

‘Mademoiselle’ officially banned in France

Using the word "mademoiselle", or "miss", on official forms will be banned in France after prime minister François Fillon issued an instruction to all ministries to drop the term.