Berlin’s public transport company forbids free iPhone app
Germany

Berlin’s public transport company forbids free iPhone app

Berlin public transportation company BVG has banned a beloved iPhone application developed by a 21-year-old student to help people navigate the city’s intricate metro system, daily Die Tageszeitung reported on Friday.

Ballack to remain national team captain
Germany

Ballack to remain national team captain

Michael Ballack will remain captain of the German national football team after clearing the air with coach Joachim Löw – the target of criticism by the Cheslea star.

Snow chaos on Swedish roads
Sweden

Snow chaos on Swedish roads

A trail of stranded trucks dotted the roads of Sweden on Friday as the first major snowfall of the season caught drivers unawares.

Hamburg addresses racism by bouncers on the Reeperbahn
Germany

Hamburg addresses racism by bouncers on the Reeperbahn

Hamburg politicians are spearheading a discussion about racist discrimination by club bouncers in the city’s famous red-light Reeperbahn district after recent complaints from an Ethiopian patron.

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Sweden

Two feared drowned in boating accident

Rescue workers have described as "non-existent" the chances of saving the lives of two men missing after a boating accident in central Sweden.

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Sweden

Stocks dip on shortened trading day

The Stockholm stock exchange finished Friday down 0.57 percent to close at 201.37 on a trading day shortened in advance of the All Saints Day holiday.

Education ministry defends university fees
Germany

Education ministry defends university fees

The German Education Ministry defended tuition fees for university students on Friday, despite a new study finding fees to be among the top reasons students give up on higher education.

Noise and nudity top Swedish list of neighbour no-nos
Sweden

Noise and nudity top Swedish list of neighbour no-nos

Swedes would rather live next to sex-crazed exhibitionists than rambunctious party animals, according to a new study, which also lists mean old ladies as the least desirable neighbours of all.

Malmö nightclub tips: Saturday, Nov 1
Sweden

Malmö nightclub tips: Saturday, Nov 1

After an icy week in southern Sweden, what better than a night out on the town in Malmö? Djungeltrumman lists some of the best options.

Stockholm going out guide: Saturday, Nov 1
Sweden

Stockholm going out guide: Saturday, Nov 1

Nightclub tips for the very first night of November from Djungeltrumman.

Thieves pilfer cash machine with a bang
Germany

Thieves pilfer cash machine with a bang

A window rattling boom woke up residents of Elmenhorst in the eastern German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania early on Friday after thieves used explosives to boost a bank's cash machine.

Going out in Gothenburg: Saturday, Nov 1
Sweden

Going out in Gothenburg: Saturday, Nov 1

As October seeps into November, Djungeltrumman guides you through the darkness.

How do I cancel German contracts?
Germany

How do I cancel German contracts?

Got a question about life in Germany? The first instalment of Ask The Local explores the frequently confusing ins and outs of German contracts.

Queen defends husband over wolf row
Sweden

Queen defends husband over wolf row

Queen Silvia has leapt to her husband's defence after a prominent Swedish author ridiculed comments made in support of wolf hunting by King Carl Gustaf XVI, Aftonbladet reports.

Nuke plant faulted for using janitors as guards
Sweden

Nuke plant faulted for using janitors as guards

A decision by management of Sweden’s Oskarshamn nuclear power plant to have custodial workers stand in as guards has drawn a sharp rebuke from the country’s nuclear regulatory authority.

Borg rips Swedish banks over bonuses
Sweden

Borg rips Swedish banks over bonuses

Sweden’s finance minister Anders Borg lashed out at the country’s major banks and financial institutions on Friday for their hesitation to participate in the government’s financial sector support programme.

Hypo Real Estate gets first cash injection
Germany

Hypo Real Estate gets first cash injection

Troubled German property lender Hypo Real Estate has obtained a €15 billion ($19.3 billion) state loan guarantee under the government rescue plan for the banking sector, a spokesman said late on Thursday.

Puma leaps over weak economy
Germany

Puma leaps over weak economy

The German sportswear company Puma posted on Friday stable third-quarter results despite weaker economic activity worldwide and raised slightly its 2008 sales outlook, but still failed to convince investors.

Australia snubs doc and Down Syndrome son
Germany

Australia snubs doc and Down Syndrome son

Australia's decision to deny a German-born doctor permanent residency because his son has Down Syndrome sparked outrage Friday from disability groups who described the system as "archaic."

No treat for Halloween fans in Bavaria
Germany

No treat for Halloween fans in Bavaria

Bavarian Halloween fans are in for a shock on Friday night, when party-going zombies, witches and other monsters will be horrified to see their celebrations shut down at midnight for the Church holiday All Saints Day.

Train schedule delays will last until Christmas
Germany

Train schedule delays will last until Christmas

German railway provider Deutsche Bahn has announced train schedule interruptions and delays throughout the Christmas holidays.

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Sweden

Damages for wrongful child rape conviction

A Swedish man has received 170,498 kronor ($21,725) in compensation after being wrongfully convicted of child rape.

German MPs warn against selling subs to Pakistan
Germany

German MPs warn against selling subs to Pakistan

The Social Democratic Party’s foreign policy expert in parliament on Friday warned the German government against selling Pakistan three submarines.

Swedish hockey star Alfredsson to remain in Ottawa
Sweden

Swedish hockey star Alfredsson to remain in Ottawa

The Swedish captain of the Ottawa Senators, Daniel Alfredsson, has signed a four-year contract extension to remain with the National Hockey League club, team owner Eugene Melnyk announced Thursday.

Steep slide in support for Social Democrats
Sweden

Steep slide in support for Social Democrats

Support for the Social Democrats fell dramatically during November, down 6.2 percent in the wake of the financial crisis and Mona Sahlin’s mixed message about the make-up of a governing coalition led by her party.

Berliners say farewell to fabled Tempelhof
Germany

Berliners say farewell to fabled Tempelhof

Nostalgic Germans on Thursday night bade a fond farewell to Tempelhof, the fabled hub of the Berlin Airlift, as it closed to make way for a major new airport to serve the reunified capital.