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Sweden

Ericsson execs acquitted in tax case

Five Ericsson executives accused of faking invoices in an attempt to slash the company’s tax bill have been found not guilty by an appeal court in Stockholm.

‘I want an iPhone so badly’
Sweden

‘I want an iPhone so badly’

Queues have begun to form outside TeliaSonera's stores in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö with just hours remaining before the Apple iPhone makes its long-awaited debut on the Swedish market.

Swedish traders warm to euro
Sweden

Swedish traders warm to euro

Acceptance of euro notes and coins is becoming more and more widespread in Swedish businesses, despite the country’s rejection of the European currency in a referendum in 2003.

Cat shipped across Germany in box survives
Germany

Cat shipped across Germany in box survives

A house cat that climbed unnoticed into an open box took a trip he wasn’t expecting. He was shipped 700 kilometers in the parcel across Germany but emerged from the journey unscathed.

Foreign children ‘should be taught in their own languages’
Sweden

Foreign children ‘should be taught in their own languages’

Foreign children who move to Sweden should have a right to be taught maths and English in their native language, the opposition Green Party has said.

One in nine in Berlin wants the Wall back
Germany

One in nine in Berlin wants the Wall back

A new survey has found that every ninth person in Berlin and even more in the surrounding state of Brandenburg wants the Berlin Wall back. Life was better back then, Wall supporters said.

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Sweden

Stockholm art gallery guide: July 11 – 16

Stockholm art gallery and exhibition tips from Kalendarium (Click links for more information)

What’s on in Germany: July 10-16
Germany

What’s on in Germany: July 10-16

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Sweden

Investor plunges into the red in second quarter

Investor, Northern Europe's biggest industrial holding company, fell into the red in the second quarter with a net loss of 3.52 billion kronor ($585 million) due to the global economic turndown.

German privacy experts wary of Google photo project
Germany

German privacy experts wary of Google photo project

Cars mounted with roof-top cameras on them have been trolling the streets of Berlin, Munich and Frankfurt, taking pictures for Google’s “Street View” service. But German data protection officials fear it breaches citizens’ privacy.

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Sweden

Stockholm club and concert guide: July 10 -13

Stockholm club and concert tips from Kalendarium (Click links for more information)

What’s on in Sweden:  July 11 – 17
Sweden

What’s on in Sweden: July 11 – 17

What’s on in Sweden: July 11 – 17. Mary J Blige at the Jazz Festival in Stockholm, Gothia Cup football festival in Gothenburg, El Perro del Mar, Norman Jay and Bollywood in Malmö.

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Sweden

Gothenburg club and concert tips: July 11 – 12

Where to go out in Gothenburg this weekend? Monthly Magazine has the answers (Click links for more information)

Kurdish rebels set conditions for German hostages’ release
Germany

Kurdish rebels set conditions for German hostages’ release

Kurdish rebels confirmed they had kidnapped three Germans on a climbing trip in eastern Turkey, the pro-Kurdish Firat news agency reported Thursday. They called on Germany to end its "hostile policies" against the Kurdish people.

Foul weather to stay indefinitely
Germany

Foul weather to stay indefinitely

Germans can continue their customary complaints about the weather, because the soggy, moody weather is here indefinitely, the German Weather Service (DWD) reported on Thursday.

Lufthansa wage talks break down
Germany

Lufthansa wage talks break down

Another strike at German flag carrier Lufthansa came one step closer as wage negotiations between the airline and the Verdi services union collapsed on Thursday, according to a Lufthansa spokesperson and the union.

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Sweden

Swedes feel the need for speed

Swedes may take a hard line on drink driving, but when it comes to speeding, most admit to breaking the law at least occasionally, according to a new survey. A majority also say they drive their Volvos and Saabs too close to the car in front and sometimes drive through amber lights.

‘Snoop law bad for Swedish business’
Sweden

‘Snoop law bad for Swedish business’

Sweden's new surveillance law could prove disastrous for the country's highly regarded technology sector, write the CEOs of eight major IT and telecom companies.

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Sweden

Singapore mulls Swedish way to cure baby blues

Singapore is mulling the adoption of Sweden's procreation policies to address the country's chronic baby shortage, founding father Lee Kuan Yew said in remarks published on Thursday.

Blackstone fund to put €1 bln in German wind farms
Germany

Blackstone fund to put €1 bln in German wind farms

The US investment fund Blackstone plans to invest more than €1 billion ($1.57 billion) in German offshore wind farms, a press report said on Thursday.

German Olympic officials face Stasi probe
Germany

German Olympic officials face Stasi probe

The German Olympic Sport Federation is conducting a probe into the histories of all German coaches and officials, and those found to have been involved in the East German Stasi secret police will not be allowed to participate in the games, the Leipziger Volkszeitung reported on Thursday.

FRA chief admits to intelligence sharing
Sweden

FRA chief admits to intelligence sharing

The head of Sweden's embattled National Defence Radio Establishment (FRA) has admitted to sharing sensitive information with other countries, Dagens Nyheter reports.

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Sweden

Bus strike enters second round

Sweden's ongoing bus strike has entered its second round, with buses in Stockholm and Västerbotten coming to a halt at midnight on Wednesday.

A turd in Tempelhof
Germany

A turd in Tempelhof

Ben Knight tours Berlin’s sadly declined symbol of imperial grandeur and Cold War heroics with an American professor.

Hägglund lashes out at Sweden Democrats
Sweden

Hägglund lashes out at Sweden Democrats

Christian Democrat leader Göran Hägglund has launched a searing attack on the Sweden Democrats, a party he said had failed to shake off its Nazi past.

Tokio Hotel fans camp for days before concert
Germany

Tokio Hotel fans camp for days before concert

Thirty young girls have been camping for days outside Geneva’s largest concert hall to get front row standing space at a gig by teen rock group Tokio Hotel, a Swiss newspaper said Wednesday.

Agents at German sumbarine firm charged with spying
Germany

Agents at German sumbarine firm charged with spying

Two South Korean agents of a German submarine builder were charged Thursday with stealing military secrets, prosecutors said.