Rain sees more Swedes shop for electronics
Sweden

Rain sees more Swedes shop for electronics

The wet Swedish summer isn’t bad news for everyone – Swedish retailers have seen an influx of television sales after many Swedes have decided to stay on the couch instead of brave the rain.

17 injured as lightning strikes Peace & Love
Sweden

17 injured as lightning strikes Peace & Love

Seventeen festivalgoers had to be taken to hospital with minor injuries on Tuesday after having been struck by lightning at the on-going Peace & Love music festival near Borlänge, central Sweden.

The lowdown on… Allsång på Skansen
Sweden

The lowdown on… Allsång på Skansen

Summer in Sweden means a few things: pickled herring and potatoes; dancing round the maypole; and, as we are about to see, millions of people tuning in to watch members of the general public stretch their collective vocal chords at Skansen open-air museum in Stockholm.

Dairy dessert duel enters second round
Germany

Dairy dessert duel enters second round

Two of Germany’s food giants started a second helping of pudding palaver on Tuesday as they re-heated legal arguments over whether one had copied the other’s dairy dessert.

Germany set sights on smashing Italy
Germany

Germany set sights on smashing Italy

Germany's national football team are hoping to break their losing streak against Italy in the Euro 2012 semi-final on Thursday. If they win, it will be the first time they have defeated coach Cesare Prandelli's team in a major tournament.

Introducing… Måns Zelmerlöw
Sweden

Introducing… Måns Zelmerlöw

Introducing... is The Local's guide to Swedish celebrity. In this installment Oliver Gee finds out more about Måns Zelmerlöw - the heartthrob pop star from Lund who’ll be all over Swedish TV this summer…

Danish ‘penis-doctor’ plans Swedish clinic
Sweden

Danish ‘penis-doctor’ plans Swedish clinic

Danish plastic surgeon Jørn Ege Siana, or the “penis-doctor” as he is known in Denmark, has been given the go ahead to start practicing medicine in Sweden, despite several convictions and a slew of medical complaints in Denmark.

German posties take dog defence classes
Germany

German posties take dog defence classes

A group of German posties began dog defence classes this week, as part of a post office initiative to make delivering letters less stressful and reduce the injuries caused each year by territorial terriers and aggressive Alsatians.

Norway to create Arctic oil research centre
Norway

Norway to create Arctic oil research centre

Norway's ministry of petroleum and energy said on Tuesday it would create a research centre focused on controversial oil and gas activities in the Arctic.

Women on far more psycho drugs than men
Germany

Women on far more psycho drugs than men

Women are prescribed up to three times as many tranquilizers, anti-depressives, and sleeping pills as men according to new figures from Germany’s largest health insurer. Many are being prescribed without medical need.

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Norway

Norwegian terrorist ready to strike: report

Intelligence services in Norway have said a Norwegian man reported to have trained as a terrorist with an Al-Qaeda affiliate in Yemen is still in the Middle Eastern country and cannot be extradited.

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Sweden

Swede jailed for torching own luxury villa

Magnus Lundberg, the boyfriend of Swedish celebrity doctor Åsa Vilbäck, was sentenced Tuesday to four years in prison for burning down a luxury villa in February.

Circumcision: religious right or crime?
Germany

Circumcision: religious right or crime?

A German court ruled that circumcision for non-medical reasons is bodily harm - a criminal assault - a decision that is bound to create uproar among Jewish and Muslim communities. Is it a reasonable ruling? Have your say.

Lust and love: how our brains tell the difference
Switzerland

Lust and love: how our brains tell the difference

Swiss and American researchers have found that love and lust activate different but related parts of the brain.

Löfven in the US looking to learn from Obama
Sweden

Löfven in the US looking to learn from Obama

Sweden's Social Democrat head Stefan Löfven is in Chicago to meet with politicians, scientists, and businessmen while learning from President Obama’s election campaign how to win over the Swedish voters in good time for the election in 2014.

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Sweden

Nurse allowed to work after suicide bomb threat

A male nurse who threatened police with a homemade bomb strapped to his body in Gothenburg three years ago has been given permission to continue working as a nurse.

Religious circumcisions are crimes says court
Germany

Religious circumcisions are crimes says court

Religious circumcisions are bodily harm and thus a crime, a German court ruled this week, in what was dubbed a precedent-setting decision.

Aung San Suu Kyi heads for Paris
France

Aung San Suu Kyi heads for Paris

Burma's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrives for the last leg of her historic European tour on Tuesday in Paris, where she will be treated with the honours of a visiting head of state.

Utopia meets reality – Sweden after Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy
Sweden

Utopia meets reality – Sweden after Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy

Sweden – a country of sexually liberated people, sensible cars and flat-pack furniture, or a modern society battling with violence, injustice and men who hate women? The Local's Rebecca Martin looks at how the success of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy has affected Sweden’s image abroad.

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France

One in five French ‘spy on their partner’

A fifth of French people say they have secretly checked the mobile phone or computer of their partner to see if they were cheating. 

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France

Frenchwoman ‘insane’ when she stabbed Perth man

An Australian judge on Tuesday ruled a young Frenchwoman not guilty of the bizarre stabbing murder of an elderly man in his Perth home, finding she was insane at the time of the killing.

Offshore windpark plans buffeted by doubt
Germany

Offshore windpark plans buffeted by doubt

Germany's plans for vast offshore wind parks as part of wider drive to develop renewable sources of energy could turn out to be little more than hot air if viable financing cannot be found, a new study warned Monday.

‘Treat hooligans like wife beaters’: coordinator
Sweden

‘Treat hooligans like wife beaters’: coordinator

On Tuesday the national coordinator for sports related crime, Björn Eriksson, slammed the Riksdag’s proposal that known hooligans should report to authorities prior to major sporting events, in an opinion piece in national newspaper Dagens Nyheter (DN).

Swiss-Americans ditch US passports
Switzerland

Swiss-Americans ditch US passports

With financial relations between Washington and Bern increasingly strained, more and more Swiss-Americans are giving up their US citizenship, figures show. 

Sexy singers ‘worse than porn stars’
Norway

Sexy singers ‘worse than porn stars’

A Norwegian social scientist kicked off a lively debate on Monday when she likened some of the country’s best-known female pop artists to porn stars.

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France

Vivendi ordered to pay US damages

A US jury Monday said French media giant Vivendi was liable for damages to American-based Liberty Media in a lawsuit accusing the French firm of making misleading statements about its finances.

French house-building plummets
France

French house-building plummets

French house building plummeted by 19.8 percent in the three months from March to May from the level for same period last year, official data released on Tuesday showed.

Paris meeting to plan for crunch EU summit
France

Paris meeting to plan for crunch EU summit

The finance ministers of France, Germany, Spain and Italy will hold talks in Paris on Tuesday in the warm-up to a crunch EU summit later this week, French Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici said.

Ambulance bill threat in city-insurers row
Germany

Ambulance bill threat in city-insurers row

A row between health insurers and the Berlin fire department is threatening to leave people who call for emergency medical help with a bill of at least €280.

Cities scramble for cool new Facebook names
Germany

Cities scramble for cool new Facebook names

German cities are being forced to dream up new names for their Facebook pages after the social network decided it would not allow anyone to have control over the name of a place.

Jealous husband ate wife’s lip ‘on impulse’
Sweden

Jealous husband ate wife’s lip ‘on impulse’

A Stockholm-area professor charged with cutting off and eating his wife's lower lip has told investigators he planned to kill himself after the attack and that the decision to eat his wife's lip was made "spontaneously".

Woman killed 38 kittens in her freezer
Sweden

Woman killed 38 kittens in her freezer

A woman from southern Sweden who killed dozens of newborn kittens by placing them in a freezer has been convicted of animal cruelty.

Mystery car fires wreak havoc near Stockholm
Sweden

Mystery car fires wreak havoc near Stockholm

Three, nearly simultaneous car fires broke out in three different locations north of Stockholm on Monday night, leaving police baffled and several passing motorists with flat tyres from road spikes left near the scenes of the fires.

Life costs less in Germany than next door
Germany

Life costs less in Germany than next door

Consumers in Germany get more for their euros than those in many of their neighbouring European countries, apart from the Czech Republic and Poland.