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Sweden

Sweden trails Denmark in happiness league

Is it the sausages, the pastries or perhaps the mermaid that make Sweden’s neighbours to the south so much happier? According to a study just published by the World Value Survey, Danes are the happiest people in the world, closely followed by Puerto Ricans and Colombians.

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Sweden

SAS shares reflect investor concerns

Investors continue to lose confidence in Scandinavian Airlines, as the market value of SAS shares now amount to less than half the book value of the airline's fleet of aircraft.

Germany teddy maker Steiff to end production in China
Germany

Germany teddy maker Steiff to end production in China

Venerable German toy maker Steiff will no longer produce its trademark teddy bears in China because of quality concerns, according to a newspaper report on Wednesday.

What’s on in Germany: July 3-July 9
Germany

What’s on in Germany: July 3-July 9

German court jails two men for holding sex slaves
Germany

German court jails two men for holding sex slaves

A German court on Wednesday handed heavy jail sentences to two men for abducting, raping and keeping three women as sex slaves in a house in Garlstedt near Bremen in 2006.

O’boy: airport ‘bomb’ was chocolate milk mix
Sweden

O’boy: airport ‘bomb’ was chocolate milk mix

The suspected bomb which resulted in large sections of Stockholm’s Arlanda airport being blocked off Wednesday turned out to be a package of O’boy chocolate milk mix wrapped in duct tape.

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Sweden

Saab delivers Gripen offer to Switzerland

Saab on Wednesday handed over a bid to Switzerland in response to a Request for Proposal (RFP) issued by the Swiss military in January.

Former Airbus boss reportedly faces insider trading probe
Germany

Former Airbus boss reportedly faces insider trading probe

The former German chief executive of airplane maker Airbus, Gustav Humbert, is in French custody for questioning over alleged insider trading and will go before a judge Wednesday to face possible charges, a source close to the case said.

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Sweden

Bomb scare at Arlanda airport

Large sections of Stockholm’s Arlanda airport were blocked off on Wednesday as technicians worked to remove a suspected bomb.

Ex-officer cleared of document charges
Sweden

Ex-officer cleared of document charges

Former Major General Tony Stigsson has been acquitted of charges that he improperly handled classified documents.

Lost scenes of ‘Metropolis’ discovered in Argentina
Germany

Lost scenes of ‘Metropolis’ discovered in Argentina

Lost scenes from German-Austrian director Fritz Lang's legendary silent film "Metropolis" have been discovered in Argentina, German weekly newspaper Die Zeit reported on Wednesday.

German cops bust grass growing granny
Germany

German cops bust grass growing granny

Customs police in the German town Kleve near the Dutch border have busted a 69-year-old woman for growing over 1,100 marijuana plants with a high-tech setup in an old mill.

Persson enlarges country manor
Sweden

Persson enlarges country manor

Sweden’s former prime minister Göran Persson continues to expand his country estate in Sörmland County south of Stockholm, having recently purchased an additional 88 hectares.

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Germany

German firm stops supplying blank banknotes to Zimbabwe

A German firm said Wednesday it has bowed to pressure and will stop supplying blank banknotes to Zimbabwe, where the regime of Robert Mugabe fills them with ever increasing numbers of zeros.

Discount grocer Aldi to sell €399 ‘netbook’ mini laptop
Germany

Discount grocer Aldi to sell €399 ‘netbook’ mini laptop

Discount grocer Aldi will begin selling a bargain mini notebook computer for €399 across the country on Thursday, unleashing a potential buying frenzy amongst notoriously frugal German shoppers.

Gangster ‘burned wrong man to death’
Sweden

Gangster ‘burned wrong man to death’

A 29-year-old was indicted on Wednesday for a brutal Gothenburg murder in which investigators believe an innocent man was burned to death after being accidentally caught up in a gang feud.

Opening a window on the Queer world
Sweden

Opening a window on the Queer world

A new exhibition of 'queer' art provides a perfect prelude to this year's Europride festival, writes David Bartal.

Knife-wielding German prisoner takes woman hostage for beer
Germany

Knife-wielding German prisoner takes woman hostage for beer

A knife-wielding prisoner at a minimum security prison in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia took a woman hostage on Monday morning to avoid being moved to a more restrictive jail.

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Sweden

Security Service to examine FRA leak

Swedish Security Service Säpo is to investigate whether an employee at the National Defence Radio Establishment may have leaked classified information to the media.

Prestigious Bayreuth Wagner festival to go online
Germany

Prestigious Bayreuth Wagner festival to go online

The Bayreuth Festival, the prestigious annual event dedicated to the music of Richard Wagner, is to go online, organizers said Tuesday—but it will be pricey and tickets are limited.

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Sweden

Child porn offenders could walk free

A number of suspected child porn offenders may escape trial as Swedish police, despite training 100 specialized staff, struggle to get through their caseload.

Steinbrück bets 6 bottles of wine on balanced budget by 2011
Germany

Steinbrück bets 6 bottles of wine on balanced budget by 2011

German Finance Minister Peer Steinbrück said on Wednesday he bets six bottles of red wine that the federal budget will be “in the black” by 2011.

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Germany

Merkel sticks to Lisbon Treaty strategy

German Chancellor Angela Merkel stuck to her guns Tuesday on all EU states needing to ratify the Lisbon Treaty, after Poland’s president said Ireland’s “no” vote made such a move pointless.

World writers decry censorship at Swedish literary meet
Sweden

World writers decry censorship at Swedish literary meet

Bangladeshi novelist-in-hiding Taslima Nasreen joined international writers gathered at a literary conference in Stockholm on Tuesday to deplore how censorship and persecution affect their work.