Curators of Sweden in Stockholm ‘Tweet-up’
Sweden

Curators of Sweden in Stockholm ‘Tweet-up’

Almost one year after the inception of the “Curators of Sweden”, the ex-curators and organizers met up on Friday to plan the next step for the world’s "most democratic" Twitter account.

Introducing… Camilla Henemark
Sweden

Introducing… Camilla Henemark

Introducing... is The Local's guide to Swedish celebrity. In this installment David Landes gives the lowdown on Camilla Henemark - the busty pop-queen whose alleged affair with the king has once again put her in the spotlight.

Tour de France against re-assigning Armstrong wins
France

Tour de France against re-assigning Armstrong wins

Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme said Friday he was against re-attributing disgraced US rider Lance Armstrong's seven victories in the world's most prestigious cycling race.

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France

Prosecutors appeal as gang rapists get off lightly

French prosecutors said Friday they will appeal the acquittals and light sentences handed down to 14 men accused of repeatedly gang-raping two teenage girls in a run-down Paris suburb.

Sensitive data disappears in medical mystery
Germany

Sensitive data disappears in medical mystery

The sensitive medical data of thousands of patients has disappeared from a hospital in Baden Württemberg, southern Germany. Police are now investigating, although there are no obvious signs of theft.

Schwarzenegger backs Hollande’s budget cuts
France

Schwarzenegger backs Hollande’s budget cuts

Arnold Schwarzenegger may have a sore throat, but he could still be heard backing French President François Hollande's budget cuts Friday, saying "otherwise you're going in the exact same direction as the United States."

Top 10 German words in English
Germany

Top 10 German words in English

German has adopted many English words like "Shoppen" and "Handy" to create that unholy hybrid known as "Denglisch." But what about the words that have gone the other way, like doppelganger? Check out the new Local List.

Swiss rail firm agrees clock deal with Apple
Switzerland

Swiss rail firm agrees clock deal with Apple

Swiss national train operator SBB said Friday it had resolved a dispute with Apple after the tech giant used its famous clock design without permission on a new iPad and iPhone application.

Redundancy notices hit three-year high
Sweden

Redundancy notices hit three-year high

Almost 50,000 people have been served redundancy notices in 2012, the highest figure in three years, according to new figures from Sweden's National Public Employment Agency (Arbetsförmedlingen).

Two ‘portly’ old ladies tackle would-be thief
Sweden

Two ‘portly’ old ladies tackle would-be thief

Two women in their seventies put a stop to a thief pilfering their possessions from their cruise ship cabin; describing themselves as "portly", the pair tackled the slightly-built burglar.

Yet another dreary weekend on the way
Germany

Yet another dreary weekend on the way

While Germany's coming weekend should not be as wet as the last, those hoping for a golden couple of days will be disappointed as the national weather service DWD forecast clouds.

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Norway

Ghana crown jewels stolen in Oslo

Ghana's King Otomfuo Osei Tutu II has had baggage that his country's embassy confirmed contained crown jewels stolen in Oslo, Norwegian police said on Friday.

Swedish ministers hail EU Nobel Peace prize win
Sweden

Swedish ministers hail EU Nobel Peace prize win

Several Swedish government ministers welcomed the news that the European Union has been awarded the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize, with foreign minister Carl Bildt claiming it was "highly deserved".

Peace Prize brings responsibility say French
France

Peace Prize brings responsibility say French

The Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the European Union on Friday puts greater responsibility on the bloc, the French presidency said.

Greenpeace activists charged for nuke break-in
Sweden

Greenpeace activists charged for nuke break-in

Thirty activists who broke into two Swedish nuclear power plants on Tuesday were formally charged with trespassing on Friday.

Elite Swedish school faces fine over hazing
Sweden

Elite Swedish school faces fine over hazing

The Swedish Schools Inspectorate (Skolinspektionen) has told the prestigious boarding school Lundsberg that it will impose a 500,000 kronor ($75,000) fine if it doesn't act to stamp out the practice of bullying and violence among pupils.

Africa in focus for university’s agricultural mission
Sweden

Africa in focus for university’s agricultural mission

The challenges facing the developing world are many and complex. Sweden is renowned for its generosity and efforts abroad, both in terms of aid and education. The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) is at the forefront of improving the lives of those entrapped by poverty.

Minister ‘puts brakes’ on German energy switch
Germany

Minister ‘puts brakes’ on German energy switch

German Environment Minister Peter Altmaier came under fire Friday for controversial plans to put limits on Germany’s rapid extension of renewable energy sources - a key part of the country’s strategy to phase out nuclear energy by 2020.

Defence fusion flop ‘won’t harm German ties’
France

Defence fusion flop ‘won’t harm German ties’

The collapse of the $45-billion defence merger between EADS and BAE Systems, widely blamed on German resistance, will not harm ties between Paris and Berlin, Germany's economy minister said Thursday.

Germany hails EU Nobel Peace Prize win
Germany

Germany hails EU Nobel Peace Prize win

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and former chancellor Helmut Kohl hailed the choice of the crisis-hit European Union for the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday.

Diamond planet found by French-US team
France

Diamond planet found by French-US team

Twinkling stars are not the only diamonds in the sky. Scientists reported Thursday the existence of a "diamond planet" twice the size of Earth and eight times its mass, zooming around a nearby star.

Norway hails EU Nobel win but won’t join bloc
Norway

Norway hails EU Nobel win but won’t join bloc

Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg on Friday congratulated the European Union on its Nobel Peace Prize win, but stressed his country, which hosts the award, still had no plans to join the bloc.

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France

Woman attacked by octopus while aquabiking

A woman taking part in an aquabike lesson in Beaulieu-sur-Mer, near Nice, had a nasty surprise - she was attacked by an octopus.

Brad Pitt first male face of Chanel No.5
France

Brad Pitt first male face of Chanel No.5

Brad Pitt is set to become the first male face of Chanel No.5, a role previously filled by such fellow Hollywood luminaries as Marilyn Monroe and Nicole Kidman.

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Switzerland

Swiss army ‘neo-Nazis’ pose security concerns

A controversy is flaring over young neo-Nazis in the Swiss army.

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France

Man, 71, ‘raped two old women’

A 71-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of raping two women, one 80- and one 78 years old, in Rennes.

Sarkozy surfaces in New York to deliver speech
France

Sarkozy surfaces in New York to deliver speech

Five months after losing re-election, French ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy appeared Thursday at a private banking conference in New York to discuss the European financial crisis and the rise of emerging economies.

Relocation services – the recipe for a smooth move to Sweden
Sweden

Relocation services – the recipe for a smooth move to Sweden

Uprooting from one city to another is a tough task. When you’re moving countries, there’s even more to think about. From new bank accounts to business networks, schools and social life, relocation services in Sweden can provide a one-stop shop.

French launch stones at British fisherman
France

French launch stones at British fisherman

British and French officials were locked in talks Thursday after British fishermen claimed they had come under fire from stones hurled by their French counterparts during a dispute over scallop beds.

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France

Walking nun declared a miracle

The case of a nun who started walking after being paralysed for years has become the 68th miracle to be recognised at the fabled French shrine of Lourdes, Catholic officials said Thursday

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France

Gay couples ‘could be given fertility treatment’

A leading Socialist MP, currently drafting a new law to allow gay couples the same adoption rights as heterosexual couples, has suggested the government may legalize IVF for same-sex couples.

Foreign minister going to Turkey ‘to ease tensions’
Germany

Foreign minister going to Turkey ‘to ease tensions’

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said on Friday that he had hastily scheduled a visit to NATO partner Turkey in a bid to ease rising tensions with Syria.

European Union wins Nobel Peace Prize
Norway

European Union wins Nobel Peace Prize

The Nobel Peace Prize was on Friday awarded to the European Union, an institution today wracked by crisis but that is credited with bringing more than half a century of peace to a continent ripped apart by World War II.

Lausanne bans Scottish punk band
Switzerland

Lausanne bans Scottish punk band

For security reasons, the city of Lausanne has banned Scottish punk band Oi Polloi from appearing at a festival set to start in the Vaud capital next week.

Sweden braces for snow as mercury plummets
Sweden

Sweden braces for snow as mercury plummets

Temperatures are set to drop across Sweden next week, with the Swedish Meteorlogical and Hydrological Institute (SMHI) predicting as much as 20 centimetres of snow in some parts of the country.

Mo Yan win ‘denigrates’ Nobel lit prize: artist
Sweden

Mo Yan win ‘denigrates’ Nobel lit prize: artist

The Swedish Academy's choice of Mo Yan for the 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature has been slammed by Chinese dissidents and regime critics, including artist Ai Weiwei who called the decision "a joke".

Peace committee ‘ignoring Nobel’s wishes’
Norway

Peace committee ‘ignoring Nobel’s wishes’

On the eve of the announcement of the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize, The Local catches up with Norwegian lawyer and Nobel historian Fredrik S. Heffermehl, who claims the Norwegian Nobel Committee isn't following Alfred Nobel's wishes.

10,500 evacuated in Potsdam bomb scare
Germany

10,500 evacuated in Potsdam bomb scare

Thousands of residents were evacuated early on Friday morning after an unexploded US bomb was discovered in Potsdam, eastern Germany - the latest of a series of recent World War II bomb finds.

Federer celebrates 300 weeks as world No. 1
Switzerland

Federer celebrates 300 weeks as world No. 1

Swiss legend Roger Federer has consistently ripped up the record books during his glittering career but his latest landmark -- 300 weeks at number one -- is one of his proudest achievements.

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Norway

Peace Prize to EU or rights activists?

The crisis-hit European Union, Belarusian or Russian human rights activists, or a non-violent protest theorist whose ideas inspired the Arab Spring? Speculation ahead of Friday's Nobel Peace Prize announcement is rife.

Berlin blasted for ruined EADS-BAE merger
Germany

Berlin blasted for ruined EADS-BAE merger

Germany was under fire, the European aerospace industry in search of a new future, and EU credibility undermined on Thursday with the failure of a merger by EADS and BAE Systems.

Refugee protest march pitches up in Berlin
Germany

Refugee protest march pitches up in Berlin

A group of refugees arrived in Berlin this week after marching nearly 600 kilometres from Bavaria to protest conditions facing asylum seekers in Germany. They have set up camp in the city, where The Local went to find out more.

Swedish research to be ‘peer-reviewed’ abroad
Sweden

Swedish research to be ‘peer-reviewed’ abroad

A new government proposition released Thursday stated that Swedish research will be assessed and evaluated by foreign colleagues in a so-called “peer-review” programme, designed in the aim of making Sweden a world leader in research.

Germany: Slashing debt is the only way
Germany

Germany: Slashing debt is the only way

Germany's finance minister said Friday there is "no alternative" to cutting debt in European countries, the day after the IMF chief called for Greece to be given more time to pare its deficit.

Chihuahua dead after police ‘hit and run’
Sweden

Chihuahua dead after police ‘hit and run’

A Chihuahua was run over and killed by a police car in southern Sweden on Thursday, yet the officer “didn’t notice” the incident and drove away, prompting the owner to report the matter to police.