Getting by in Germany during the global meltdown
Germany

Getting by in Germany during the global meltdown

Worried about the global economic meltdown? Roger Boyes, the Berlin correspondent for British daily The Times, has come up with a simple A to Z survival guide for the hard times in Germany.

Danish court rules neo-Nazis should be extradited to Germany
Germany

Danish court rules neo-Nazis should be extradited to Germany

Two men accused of distributing neo-Nazi music and inciting racial hatred should be extradited to Germany, a Danish court ruled on Thursday.

Baby hatches have not reduced infant killings
Germany

Baby hatches have not reduced infant killings

The number of infanticide cases has not been reduced since the 2000 introduction of the “baby hatch,” where parents can safely and legally surrender their infants to state care, experts said on Thursday.

New Swedish lay offs at Volvo Group
Sweden

New Swedish lay offs at Volvo Group

Volvo Construction Equipment (CE), part of Sweden’s Volvo group, announced on Thursday that 850 more employees would be laid off in Sweden.

German public funds placed €100 million with Lehman Brothers
Germany

German public funds placed €100 million with Lehman Brothers

Germany's public pension and insurance funds placed some €100 million in failed US investment bank Lehman Brothers, the government said on Thursday.

Malmö nightclub tips: Saturday, Oct 25
Sweden

Malmö nightclub tips: Saturday, Oct 25

Throw on your glad rags and your dancing shoes and get out and about in Malmö this Saturday night.

Malmö nightclub tips: Friday, Oct 24
Sweden

Malmö nightclub tips: Friday, Oct 24

Get into the Friday night groove with some club tips from Djungeltrumman.

Frings takes Ballack’s side in tiff with Löw
Germany

Frings takes Ballack’s side in tiff with Löw

Germany midfielder Torsten Frings on Thursday backed die Mannschaft captain Michael Ballack in his war of words with coach Joachim Löw and has again criticized the national team’s trainer.

Swedish archaeologists find Iron Age wooden artifacts
Sweden

Swedish archaeologists find Iron Age wooden artifacts

A team of archaeologists digging near the planned expansion of a roadway have uncovered 1,700 year old artifacts made of wood, making them some of the oldest man-made wooden objects over discovered in Sweden.

Going out in Gothenburg: Saturday, Oct 25
Sweden

Going out in Gothenburg: Saturday, Oct 25

The Local offers some tips for Saturday night following consultation with Djungeltrumman, the people in the know.

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Germany

Daimler issues 2008 profit warning

The financial crisis and weakening global economies are hitting German car maker Daimler, which warned of weaker 2008 profits for a second time on Thursday amid "a high degree of uncertainty" over the outlook.

What’s on in Sweden: October 24 – October 30
Sweden

What’s on in Sweden: October 24 – October 30

What's on in Sweden: October 24th - October 30th. Cyndi Lauper and modern dance film festival in Stockholm; Lloyd Cole in Gothenburg; Smurfs and chocolate festival in Malmö

US Army redeploying troops to Germany
Germany

US Army redeploying troops to Germany

The US Army is moving soldiers from its base in Vicenza, Italy to bases in Germany as part of an ongoing restructuring initiative set to finish in 2013, spokesman Richard Spiegel told The Local on Thursday.

Going out in Gothenburg: Friday, Oct 24
Sweden

Going out in Gothenburg: Friday, Oct 24

The Local scales the heights of the Gothenburg club scene with the able assistance of Djungeltrumman's highly skilled sherpas of the night.

Wild boars cause surge in traffic accidents
Germany

Wild boars cause surge in traffic accidents

Growing hordes of wild boars are causing a dramatic surge in traffic accidents, according to German Hunting Association (DJV).

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Sweden

Profits fall for Nordea and SEB

Sweden's biggest bank Nordea and third-biggest SEB posted falls in third quarter earnings on Thursday owing to the global financial crisis, but analysts said the banks were withstanding the turmoil well.

U-turn for Swedbank on capital concerns
Sweden

U-turn for Swedbank on capital concerns

After reporting better than expected profits for the third quarter, Swedbank then saw its shares drop more than 10 percent on Thursday following an announcement that the bank may need to seek additional capital.

‘Lost, tossed and forgotten’ in Sweden
Sweden

‘Lost, tossed and forgotten’ in Sweden

An American magazine dedicated to salvaging “the best lost, tossed and forgotten items from around the world” is about to bring its acclaimed live show to Sweden, writes Jennifer Heape.

Family cats warn father of house fire
Germany

Family cats warn father of house fire

Family house cats warned a German man of danger late on Wednesday night just before his house erupted in flames, police in the German state of North Rhine-Wesphalia told The Local on Thursday.

Rare white tigress dies following attack in Swedish zoo
Sweden

Rare white tigress dies following attack in Swedish zoo

Sasha, the white tigress from Parken Zoo in Eskilstuna in central Sweden, has died after being attacked by her mate Brahma for the second time in the last six months.

What’s on in Germany: October 23 – 29
Germany

What’s on in Germany: October 23 – 29

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Sweden

‘Swastika’ flower arrangement causes consternation

Residents of the small town of Aneby in southern Sweden reacted angrily this week to a floral display on a roundabout in front of the town hall that appeared to depict a swastika.

Riksbank lowers repo rate by 0.5 percent
Sweden

Riksbank lowers repo rate by 0.5 percent

As predicted, Sweden’s Riksbank cut the country’s benchmark interest rate, the repo rate, by half a point to 3.75 percent.

Cologne man trapped in old clothes container
Germany

Cologne man trapped in old clothes container

A 20-year-old man from Cologne was forced to spend an entire night in a metal container for old clothing donations after trying to steal what was inside.

Ex defence ministers: Germany is at war
Germany

Ex defence ministers: Germany is at war

A day after the remains of two German soldiers were repatriated from Afghanistan, three former defence ministers said Germany was involved in a war there - not simply a peacekeeping mission.

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Sweden

Double-digit growth for ABB

ABB, the Swedish-Swiss engineering group, reported double-digit profit and sales increases for the third quarter on Thursday amid continued improvements to operational performance.

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Sweden

Sweden one step closer to anti-filesharing law

Sweden’s Council on Legislation (Lagrådet) has indicated it has no significant reservations over a law which would make it easier to hunt individuals suspected of illegal filesharing over the internet.

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Sweden

Radioactive steel components discovered in Sweden

Swedish officials discovered small traces of radioactivity on steel items imported from India and the same substance was found on Indian-made elevator buttons in France, officials said Wednesday.

Football legend Trautmann to be honoured before England match
Germany

Football legend Trautmann to be honoured before England match

Legendary German goalkeeper and World War II veteran Bert Trautmann, who celebrated his 85th birthday this week, will be a special guest of honour at next month's friendly against England in Berlin.