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Sweden

Strong finish for Stockholm stock exchange

The Stockholm stock exchange finished the trading week higher with TeliaSonera and bank stocks leading the way.

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Sweden

Stockholm art gallery guide: April 18 – 24

This week’s art tips from Kalendarium (Click links for more information)

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Germany

Microsoft nods to German dialect with ‘moin’

Millions of northern Germans will be able to start their emails without a squiggly red line, now that Microsoft has accepted their regional version of 'hello' as a word.

Hamburg’s dose of ‘black-green’ Realpolitik
Germany

Hamburg’s dose of ‘black-green’ Realpolitik

Germany’s politicians are all atwitter after the environmentalist Greens agreed to form a coalition with the conservatives Christian Democrats in Hamburg this week. The Local takes a look at the historic alliance’s impact on the political landscape.

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Sweden

Sweden issues Zimbabwe travel ban

The Swedish government on Friday advised Swedes to avoid "non-essential" trips to Zimbabwe due to tensions following last month's elections there.

Giant flower’s stench stinks up Bonn
Germany

Giant flower’s stench stinks up Bonn

The stench of rotting flesh is expected to waft over Germany's former capital this weekend as a stinky giant flower unfurls in the University of Bonn's botanic garden.

Housing reforms stoke debate
Sweden

Housing reforms stoke debate

A new government report has suggested controversial changes to the rules governing residential rental properties in Sweden.

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Sweden

German man admits to killing Swede

A 26-year-old German man has confessed to the murder of a 64-year old Swede found dead in his apartment in a village near Stuttgart on Wednesday.

Thieves pilfer 33-tonne earth mover
Germany

Thieves pilfer 33-tonne earth mover

Resourceful thieves lifted a 33-tonne excavator worth €250,000 from a construction site overnight, police in the northwest German city of Gelsenkirchen said on Friday.

Secret cameras proposed for German terror suspects
Germany

Secret cameras proposed for German terror suspects

The German government wants the police to be able to install secret cameras in terror suspects' apartments and other homes that they regularly visit, a government spokesman said on Friday.

VW opens gigantic car factory in China
Germany

VW opens gigantic car factory in China

Volkswagen's China operation opened a new factory with an annual production capacity of 60,000 vehicles in Nanjing on Friday, the German automaker announced.

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Sweden

Swedish women favour older men

Men may have suspected it for years, but women really do find older guys more attractive.

EU presidency rejects German call to favour Iraqi Christians
Germany

EU presidency rejects German call to favour Iraqi Christians

The European Union's Slovenian presidency on Friday rejected a German proposal to offer preferential asylum treatment to Iraqi Christians.

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Sweden

France Telecom confirms interest in TeliaSonera

France Telecom said on Friday it was interested in Swedish-Finnish firm TeliaSonera but added that no talks had been opened with the company at this stage.

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Germany

Study on xenophobic German youth was ‘distorted’

The authors of a confidential government study that found xenophobia widespread among German youth said the leaking of their data this week resulted in a distortion of facts.

Cop in trouble for smooching prosecutor on ski trip
Sweden

Cop in trouble for smooching prosecutor on ski trip

A five-second kiss planted on the mouth a female prosecutor by a male police officer has resulted in the man being indicted on charges of sexual molestation.

German low-wage job sector expanding
Germany

German low-wage job sector expanding

Germany's low-wage sector is growing at an alarming rate, according to a labour market study of the world's third largest economy.

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Sweden

Sweden shutting door on refugees: critics

Recent decisions by Sweden to send refugees back to Baghdad and other war-ravaged areas have tarnished its reputation for welcoming victims of conflict, critics say.

Kahn warns Bayern to take German Cup final seriously
Germany

Kahn warns Bayern to take German Cup final seriously

Bayern Munich's high-profile keeper Oliver Kahn warned of over-confidence ahead of Saturday's German Cup final against Borussia Dortmund, the first trophy towards a possible treble this season.

Pubs complain German smoking ban hits trade
Germany

Pubs complain German smoking ban hits trade

Several months into Germany’s decidedly half-hearted smoking ban in bars and restaurants, many small pub owners are reportedly suffering from a drastic decline in business.

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Sweden

Swedish abortion figures on the rise

A total of just over 37,200 abortions were carried out in Sweden last year, according to new figures from the National Board of Health and Welfare.

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Germany

Merkel to disband council headed by ex-Siemens boss

German Chancellor Angela Merkel plans to disband the country's Innovation Council, headed by former Siemens boss Heinrich von Pierer.

‘Judicial scandal’ in Pirate Bay case
Sweden

‘Judicial scandal’ in Pirate Bay case

A Swedish police officer involved in the investigation of file sharing site The Pirate Bay has been given a job with one of the plaintiffs in the case, film company Warner Brothers.