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Sweden

How do I become self-employed?

How difficult is it to become self employed? I have a part time job but hope to get more work on a project basis and that employer will want an invoice. Do I have to create a company? Stella, Stockholm.

Merkel demands international rules for financial markets
Germany

Merkel demands international rules for financial markets

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Friday for a framework of international market rules – in place of national regulations – to prevent financial crises like the one now threatening the world economy.

Zwickau cops mistake beet juice for blood
Germany

Zwickau cops mistake beet juice for blood

Zwickau police deployed a search party complete with tracking dogs when a concerned neighbour of an elderly woman called in a mysterious trail of blood. They later found it was beet juice.

Sahlin says ‘door open’ to Left Party
Sweden

Sahlin says ‘door open’ to Left Party

Responding to a storm of criticism, Social Democratic party leader Mona Sahlin backtracked on Friday, saying she would no longer rule out including the Left Party in an eventual governing coalition.

3-D model of Roman-era Cologne goes online
Germany

3-D model of Roman-era Cologne goes online

Cologne was one of the Roman Empire’s outermost cities, and now history buffs can travel to the lengths of their imaginations with a new 3-D model of how the city looked 2,000 years ago.

Eight in ten Swedes feel effects of crisis
Sweden

Eight in ten Swedes feel effects of crisis

Nearly 80 percent of Swedish households say they are feeling the effects of the current financial crisis, according to a study by Swedish life insurance company SEB Trygg Liv.

Making the Tropics topical in Berlin
Germany

Making the Tropics topical in Berlin

Faced with a grey autumn in Berlin, Daniel Miller decides to get tropical by checking out a new exhibition at the city’s Martin-Gropius-Bau museum.

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Sweden

Bildt calls Ahtisaari’s 2008 Nobel Peace Prize ‘well-deserved’

Sweden’s foreign minister Carl Bildt offered his congratulations to former Finnish president Martti Ahtisaari for being named the recipient of the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize.

Ryanair ‘defends right of Swedish girls to take their clothes off’
Sweden

Ryanair ‘defends right of Swedish girls to take their clothes off’

Ryanair on Friday claimed Sweden's Trade Ethical Council against Sexism in Advertising (ERK) was out of touch with the "Britney Spears generation" after the agency accused the discount airline of running a sexist ad campaign.

Man accidentally sells yacht for €22.50 in online auction
Germany

Man accidentally sells yacht for €22.50 in online auction

A Cologne court has ruled that a German man who accidentally sold his small yacht for €22.50 in an online auction will have to go through with the transaction.

Saxony slaughters 1,400 farm fowl after bird flu outbreak
Germany

Saxony slaughters 1,400 farm fowl after bird flu outbreak

A spokesperson for the Health Ministry in Saxony said on Friday around 1,400 fowl had been slaughtered following an outbreak of the deadly bird flu virus in the eastern German state.

Beltran guilty verdict upheld
Sweden

Beltran guilty verdict upheld

Swedish-Chilean opera singer Tito Beltran has been found guilty by the Court of Appeal of charges of rape and sexually molesting a child.

Frankfurt’s DAX tanks over ten percent
Germany

Frankfurt’s DAX tanks over ten percent

Germany’s leading stock index the DAX tanked more than ten percent in the opening minutes of trading on Friday, following the downward spiral of markets in Asia and North America.

Bundesrat rejects dual citizenship motion
Germany

Bundesrat rejects dual citizenship motion

The upper house of German parliament, the Bundesrat, has rejected a motion by the states of Berlin and Bremen to allow foreigners' children born in Germany to keep dual citizenship once they become adults.

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Sweden

Police car hit with parking fine during armed robbery

A parking attendant in Landskrona in southern Sweden took advantage of an armed bank robbery on Thursday to slap a ticket on a police car parked outside a branch of the Nordea bank in the town centre.

Stockholm exchange down sharply
Sweden

Stockholm exchange down sharply

After approximately five minutes of trading on the Stockholm stock exchange on Friday, the OMXS index had fallen 8.2 percent.

Sweden contemplates alcohol locks for drunk drivers
Sweden

Sweden contemplates alcohol locks for drunk drivers

A new form of punishment for drunk drivers under consideration in Sweden would allow some offenders to keep their driver’s licences provided they installed an alcohol lock on their vehicles.

Wild boar kills hunter near Potsdam
Germany

Wild boar kills hunter near Potsdam

A wounded wild boar has reportedly killed a German hunter for the first time in modern memory near Postdam.

Poles upset over EU’s ‘German’ Copernicus project
Germany

Poles upset over EU’s ‘German’ Copernicus project

Poles are up in arms over what they complain is the European Commission's "Germanisation" of the name of the father of modern astronomy, Nicolas Copernicus, in the title of an EU space programme.

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Sweden

Rumoured cuts would devastate Volvo space group

Volvo Aero’s space division may be facing major cutbacks because the Swedish government wants to reduce funding for the Swedish National Space Board (SNSB).

Regulator Bafin freezes Icelandic bank Kaupthing operations
Germany

Regulator Bafin freezes Icelandic bank Kaupthing operations

The German financial market watchdog BaFin has placed a moritorium on German operations of the biggest Icelandic bank Kaupthing, following its nationalization.

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Sweden

Swedish couple murdered in Tobago

A Swedish couple has been murdered in Trinidad and Tobago in the southern Caribbean, according to several reports in the Swedish press.