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Sweden

Ten Swedish dating sites you should know about

Online dating – or “nätdejting” in Swedish – is booming in a country with a reputation for both shyness and tech-savvy innovations. We’ve listed ten of the most popular sites and apps and looked at what sets each of them apart - just in time to get you a date for Valentine's Day.

New vote is needed on immigrants: finance boss
Switzerland

New vote is needed on immigrants: finance boss

A new referendum on Swiss relations with the European Union is inevitable and should be held in a few months, Finance Minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf says.

Swiss avalanches claim 248 lives over ten years
Switzerland

Swiss avalanches claim 248 lives over ten years

Close to 250 people have died in avalanches in Switzerland over the past decade, according to a report released on Tuesday.

PM firm on Denmark’s euro currency peg
Denmark

PM firm on Denmark’s euro currency peg

Helle Thorning-Schmidt said on Tuesday that Denmark's central bank will maintain the Danish krone's position as the only European currency tied to the sliding euro.

Russia mulls new WWII reparations claim
Germany

Russia mulls new WWII reparations claim

Russia's parliament wants to claim billions of euros in new war damages from Germany, citing current economic woes caused by the drop in the population 70 years ago, news reports said on Tuesday.

Far-right blight on Dresden commemoration
Germany

Far-right blight on Dresden commemoration

On February 13, Dresden will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Allied air raid that reduced the baroque city to rubble. Ever since the fires went out, the bombing has served as a propaganda tool for Nazis, Communists and the modern far right. David Crossland investigates for The Local.

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France

Ten facts you definitely didn’t know about Paris

You might think you know the City of Light, but think again. Here are ten zany facts about Paris that we'd wager even the locals don't know. From terraces to condom machines - our friends behind the Smarter Paris app have found some wacky stats.

Ex-party head charged in Sarkozy finance scandal
France

Ex-party head charged in Sarkozy finance scandal

The former head of France's right-wing UMP party was charged on Tuesday with "abuse of confidence" over a campaign finance scandal dating back to Nicolas Sarkozy's run for the presidency in 2012.

Jobless Italian in Fiat crucifixion stunt
Italy

Jobless Italian in Fiat crucifixion stunt

A jobless Italian man on Tuesday held a crucifixion stunt outside a Fiat factory in Naples, decrying "state repression" through the government's labour law reform.

Italian jets stop Russian warplane over Baltic
Italy

Italian jets stop Russian warplane over Baltic

Italian Air Force Eurofighter jets deployed to Siauliai, Lithuania, on Tuesday intercepted a Russian warplane flying close to Nato airspace over the Baltic sea, the Italian news agency Ansa reported.

UN asks EU to share Sweden’s refugees
Sweden

UN asks EU to share Sweden’s refugees

The top UN official for refugees has called on the European Union to consider imposing a quota system to stop Sweden and Germany taking in a greater proportion than other nations.

President of Barça charged with tax fraud
Spain

President of Barça charged with tax fraud

A Spanish judge charged the president of FC Barcelona, Josep Maria Bartomeu, with tax fraud linked to the signing of Brazilian star Neymar.

Sweden cuts predicted asylum seeker figures
Sweden

Sweden cuts predicted asylum seeker figures

Fewer refugees than previously predicted are expected to arrive in Sweden in 2015, as the conflict in Libya cuts off land routes from Eritrea to Europe.

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Denmark

Danske Bank profits plunge on writedowns

Despite a ten percent revenue growth, "expected weaker long-term macroeconomic developments" made 2014 a tough year for Danske Bank.

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Spain

Russian supermodel, 9, misses Spain catwalk

Kristina Pimenova, who has been modelling since the age of three, had to miss out on Barcelona fashion week after "bureaucratic errors" prevented her from taking to the catwalk.

One million hits for Zlatan reporter ‘maul’
Sweden

One million hits for Zlatan reporter ‘maul’

Sweden’s football star Zlatan Ibrahimovic was in fine form when he put a reporter through his paces during a post-match interview over the weekend, a video of which has since racked up more than a million hits.

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France

Three soldiers stabbed at Riviera Jewish centre

French soldiers, who were protecting a Jewish centre in the Riviera city of Nice, were attacked by a man wielding a knife on Tuesday, leaving two of them injured. France's counter-terrorism police have launched an investigation.

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Germany

Greek charm offensive to hit Berlin and Frankfurt

Greece's new Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis will visit the European Central Bank in Frankfurt on Wednesday before meeting German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble in Berlin on Thursday, continuing the new Greek government's burst of financial diplomacy.

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Denmark

New Danish festival adds batch of big names

The Tinderbox festival has added ten new names over the past ten days to its inaugural line-up, highlighted by the likes of Faith No More, The Prodigy and Modest Mouse.

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France

‘Abandoned’ autistic son commits suicide

Parents of an autistic teenage boy faced court on Tuesday, on charges of neglect, after they left the child at home to go on holiday with their other children. While they were away their son committed suicide.

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Germany

Prosecutors charge man over death of Tugce

Prosecutors charged an 18-year-old man on Tuesday over the death of a young German-Turkish woman who has become a symbol of civic courage for giving her life trying to protect two teenage girls.

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Italy

Body found on board Norman Atlantic ferry

A burnt body has been found on board the wreck of the Norman Atlantic, bringing to ten the number of passengers who died when the Italian ferry which caught fire in December.

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Switzerland

Swiss exports hit new record in 2015: Bern

Switzerland’s exports hit a record in 2014, expanding by 3.5 percent from the previous year to reach 208 billion francs ($225 billion), according to government figures released on Tuesday.

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France

Ex-prostitute tells of lunchtime sex parties

UPDATED: Lurid details of lunchtime sex parties emerged on Tuesday as an ex-prostitute nicknamed "Jade" took the stand in a French trial over a high-end prostitution ring that landed former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn in court on charges of pimping.

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Sweden

‘Training immigrants is a cheap investment’

For this week's debate article we hear from the Swedish Confederation of Professional Associations (Saco), which is calling on the government to make the most of immigrant graduates who have moved to the Nordic nation.

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Germany

Merkel, Jolie slog it out for ‘Most admired’

Bill Gates and Angelina Jolie are hands down the most admired man and woman in the world, according to YouGov's 2015 poll of 25,000 people in 23 countries. But within countries, the US actress and humanitarian was often outdone by Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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Denmark

For the right job, focus on quality over quantity

This week, our job search expert Franco Soldera answers an inquiry from a reader who is frustrated after applying for numerous jobs only to get nothing but rejections.

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Norway

Norway’s Svindal follows gut back to the slopes

Deep down in the pit of his stomach, Aksel Lund Svindal knows when it is time to start ski racing again.The Norwegian star plans to make his much-anticipated return in Tuesday's downhill training at the 2015 Alpine World Ski Championships.

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France

In numbers: France’s growing homeless crisis

Millions of French people are living in a fragile situation when it comes to housing, a new report claims and more and more of them are ending up on the streets. Here's a look at some of the key figures from the report.

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Spain

Benidorm mother sells baby for €5,000

A judge in Benidorm has given a mother a one year suspended sentence for attempting to sell her baby to a childless couple in 2008.

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Spain

Gibraltar chief calls for dialogue with Spain

Gibraltar chief urges reconcilitation with Spain: "If Obama and Cuba can reach an agreement, why can´t we?"

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Norway

Norwegians admire King Harald most in world

Norwegians admire King Harald more than any other man, a new survey by the pollsters YouGov has revealed, with the country ranking their monarch above such luminaries as Bill Gates, Barack Obama, Pope Francis and the Dalai Lama.

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Italy

Mayor of Italy’s poorest town linked to EU scam

The mayor of Italy’s poorest town has been arrested for alleged involvement in a scam that saw €100,000 fleeced from the European Union as well as State and regional funds.

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Italy

‘Hire Roma people to sort out rubbish’: Councillor

A Rome councillor has proposed giving members of the city's Roma community jobs sorting out rubbish, because of their "skills in rummaging through waste". The idea has been met with fierce criticism at city hall.

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Spain

Latest figures: jobless rate slows

Spain's jobless queue in the traditionally tough month of January shrank compared to a year earlier at its fastest rate in 16 years, government data showed on Tuesday.

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Austria

Man strangled ex-wife with shoelace

A man from Upper Austria who bludgeoned his wife with a rolling pin and then strangled her with a shoelace is on trial for her murder in Leoben.

‘Doggy bags’ on the way for French restaurants
France

‘Doggy bags’ on the way for French restaurants

Asking for a doggy bag in a French restaurant may earn you a strange look from the waiter at best, but this may be about to change thanks to two French entrepreneurs who plan to tackle food waste in restaurants.

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Germany

Freeze accounts of Greek tax dodgers: Gabriel

Economy Minister and Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said on Tuesday that fellow EU member states should help Greece by freezing tax dodgers' accounts abroad.

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Norway

Norway to ban aiding beggars in new law

Anyone helping homeless people by offering them travel money, shelter or food could face up to a year in prison according to the draft of a new anti-begging law put out for consultation in Norway.

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Austria

Illegal brothels disguised as massage parlours

Police in Vienna say they have noticed a rise in the number of illegal brothels masquerading as massage parlours, according to a report in the Kurier newspaper.

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France

Who exactly is France’s most admired woman Simone Veil?

Simone Veil has been ranked as the most admired woman in all of France. But who is she? We take a closer look at the extraordinary life of the Holocaust survivor and women's rights champion who topped the poll ahead of the likes of Aung San Suu Kyi, Malala and Marine Le Pen.

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Swiss ploy to ban Italian workers ‘not racist’

A Swiss town's campaign to hire only local residents has been interpreted as anti-Italian, but the local mayor has said the decision is anything but racist.

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Sweden

Swedish Islamist convert in Isis viral video row

A Gothenburg mosque has slammed a 29-year-old Muslim convert from the city who posted a video online calling on other Scandinavians to travel to Syria to join the terror group Isis.

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Austria

Police check footage from Pegida debut

Austrian police have said they are examining video footage and photos from Vienna’s first Pegida march after some supporters were seen performing Nazi salutes on Monday evening.

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Sweden

Who do Swedes admire most in 2015?

British actress and equal rights activist Emma Watson is among the top ten women most admired by Swedes, while Sweden Democrat leader Jimmie Åkesson scores a place above Pope Francis in a new YouGov poll of global idols.

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Germany

‘Wives can’t refuse sex’, imam tells Berlin mosque

A preacher at a mosque in Berlin's southern Neukölln district has told worshippers that women should be confined to their homes and submit whenever their husbands demand sex.

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Italy

Greeks in Rome to drum up support over debt

Greece's radical new leaders flew into Rome on Tuesday seeking to build support for new proposals aimed at ending a stand-off with the country's creditors and its European Union partners.

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Austria

Prison missing supplies of loo paper and soap

Cleaning materials and supplies of everyday essentials such as toilet paper have allegedly gone missing from Austria’s third largest prison - to the tune of €12,000.

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Sweden

Record-breaking 113cm of snow falls in Luleå

UPDATED: The people of Luleå in northern Sweden are used to white winters, but this Tuesday the snowfall hit new heights - or new depths - breaking a record set almost 50 years ago.

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Germany

Chef in dock for 400 counts of child abuse

A Munich court this week opened the trial of a 53-year-old man, who is accused of committing 406 counts of child abuse after winning his victims' trust with alcohol, cigarettes and treats.

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Denmark

There’s something about Obama and Mary: Danes

The American president and Denmark's crown princess are the Danes' 'most admired' man and woman in the world, a new poll shows.

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Switzerland

‘Help: my husband has killed our daughter’

Police in the canton of Aargau are investigating the murder of a four-year-old girl who apparently died from knife wounds in a semi-detached home in the municipality of Niederlenz.

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Italy

Sergio Mattarella sworn in as Italian president

Sergio Mattarella, a constitutional court judge, was sworn in on Tuesday as Italy's new president.

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Italy

Ten delightfully irrational Italian superstitions

Italy is home to many weird and wonderful superstitions, with many still practised by Italians today. Here we explain ten of the most common.

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France

France tries three for stealing out-of-date food

Is it wrong to raid a supermarket waste bin for out-of-date food? The question was once again being asked in France on Tuesday after it emerged three people face court after they were caught "dumpster diving" looking for a meal.

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Spain

Old woman leaves fortune to local children

The heiress of a flour fortune has left €10 million to the children of her village so they will all have the chance of continuing their studies.

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Sweden

Swedish politician fights in EU to improve life for foreign students

Many foreign students studying in Europe run into visa problems during or after their programmes. Swedish Member of European Parliament Cecilia Wikström is trying to change that. SI News spoke with the politician about trying to change EU law.

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Austria

Nine things to know before dating an Austrian

A recent article on The Local noted the fact that almost one third of Austrians are single, and seemed to hit a nerve amongst our expat readers, with many writing in to tell us about their experience of relationships with Austrian men and woman - both good and bad. Here's a list of nine things to know before dating an Austrian.

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Denmark

Danish Chechen dies fighting in Ukraine

A Danish citizen of Chechen origin has died while fighting against pro-Russian forces in Ukraine, according to media reports.

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Austria

Baby abuser ‘posted video on Facebook’

A 40-year-old Romanian man living in Linz will be charged with the sexual abuse of a baby, which he filmed and posted on Facebook, according to a report from the Austrian Press Agency.

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France

‘If possible, not Jewish’: Job ad causes outrage

A leading anti-racism group in France has launched legal action after a job advert appeared online, which included the line “If possible, not Jewish” in a list of criteria for its desired candidate.

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Italy

Italian historian shot dead in New York

US police on Monday charged a man suspected of killing an Italian-Croatian historian in New York on Saturday, reportedly over a property deal in northeastern Italy.

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Germany

Drugs chief wants easier access to cannabis

Federal Drugs Commissioner Marlene Mortler said that seriously ill patients should have access to cannabis through their health insurance provider.

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Denmark

Fast running can kill, Danish study says

Strenuous running is just as likely to lead to sudden death as a sedentary lifestyle, new findings from the Copenhagen City Heart Study reveal.

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Norway

‘Jihad is so simple’: Norwegian posts Isis vid

A 29-year-old ethnic Norwegian Islamist has called on other Scandinavians to travel to Syria to join the terror group Isis, in a propaganda video posted online on Sunday.

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France

Next Charlie Hebdo issue delayed once again

The next edition of Charlie Hebdo, which was originally tabled for January 28th, will not hit the news kiosks until February 25th, with one of the surviving journalists asking for "patience".

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Germany

Germany plans new foreign fighters law

A draft law from the Justice Ministry shows that the government plans to criminalize people who leave or attempt to leave Germany to join terrorist groups such as Isis.

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Spain

Spanish parties strike pact against jihadism

Spain's leading political parties signed a rare pact on Monday to fight Islamic extremism with new anti-jihadist laws in the wake of last month's deadly attacks in Paris.

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France

DSK trial: Lawyers claim political conspiracy

The first day of Dominique Strauss-Kahn's trial over pimping allegations was dominated on Monday by hints of conspiracy and political intrigue as his lawyers argued the case was based on a secret, state-ordered probe into the former presidential frontrunner.

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Sweden

Six hour work day gets off to ‘great’ start

Staff at a retirement home in west Sweden have completed their first six hour day, as part of a trial that could be replicated elsewhere in the country.

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Germany

Obama advisor denies plan for Ukraine weapons

White House advisor Ben Rhodes told CNN on Monday night that the US has no plans to deliver weapons to Ukraine “in the near future”, while Chancellor Angela Merkel is the “most important partner” in the crisis.

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Norway

Norway deports most foreign criminals ever

Norwegian police last deported a record number of foreign criminals last year, as the country’s right-wing coalition government continues to push through an ever tougher stance.

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Sweden

Snow eases in time for morning rush hour

Snowploughs and gritters were out in force on Tuesday morning attempting to clear snow and ice that caused slippery roads across large parts of the country on Monday.

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Sweden

‘Prostitution’ lessons at Swedish hotel chain

UPDATED: One of Sweden’s largest hotel chains, Scandic, has announced additional training for staff as part of a government initiative to counter prostitution in the hospitality industry.