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Sweden

Saviano to attend Stockholm premiere

Renowned Italian author Roberto Saviano is to attend the Swedish premiere of the film adaptation of his hard-hitting book Gomorrah at the 19th Stockholm Film Festival on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Second bank joins Sweden’s loan guarantee scheme

Volvofinans Bank AB has said it will apply to participate in the loan guarantee programme contained within the Swedish government's financial stability package.

Parents furious at naked day care games
Germany

Parents furious at naked day care games

German parents of children at a day care centre in Duisburg are incensed that some of their kids were allowed to let it all hang out during play time. The caregiver who allowed the nude romp has lost her job.

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Sweden

Italian outcry over Swedish ‘slander’

The Italian Ambassador to Sweden has slammed a petition raised this week by a Swedish member of parliament in support of high profile Italian author Roberto Saviano.

Swedish copyright laws ‘a joke’
Sweden

Swedish copyright laws ‘a joke’

The director and producers of Let The Right One In, a Swedish movie that has proved an enormous box office and critical success, have lent their voices to Sweden's ongoing intellectual property debate with an open letter to the government.

Mamma Mia! Lufthansa to set up Italian airline
Germany

Mamma Mia! Lufthansa to set up Italian airline

German flag carrier Lufthansa will found its own Italian airline early next year, even as it courts Italy's bankrupt Alitalia. The new carrier will have its hub in Milan and fly to several major European cities.

Swedish town and ski resort for sale
Sweden

Swedish town and ski resort for sale

Ski-loving real estate investors interested in rubbing elbows with royalty may want to venture north to the Swedish village of Storlien, which is on the market for 365 million kronor ($45.6 million).

Confidence in economy hits record low
Sweden

Confidence in economy hits record low

A major index measuring sentiment about the Swedish economy continued to fall in November, reaching its lowest level since measurements began in 1996.

Four more Brits catch barf boat bug
Germany

Four more Brits catch barf boat bug

Another four passengers from a cruise ship filled with British pensioners have been admitted to the hospital in Germany, suffering from a viral infecion that raged through the boat. German authorities have lifted the quarantine that had been placed on the craft.

Would you ever consider becoming a Swedish citizen?
Sweden

Would you ever consider becoming a Swedish citizen?

Ever week we ask a panel of readers to give their views on a particular issue concerning the international community. This week we wonder whether the panelists are keen to get their hands on a Swedish passport.

Merkel pressures banks to tap rescue packages
Germany

Merkel pressures banks to tap rescue packages

German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticized banks on Wednesday for being too proud to tap Berlin's €480-billion ($625-billion) rescue package and lend more money to recession-hit firms.

Maggot-infested monkey head found at Munich customs
Germany

Maggot-infested monkey head found at Munich customs

Customs officials at the Munich airport got a nasty surprise this week when they discovered an airmail parcel from South Africa that contained a rotten monkey head, the main customs office reported on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Bildt plays down nanny tax ‘scandal’

Sweden’s foreign minister Carl Bildt has dismissed allegations that he has been flouting the country’s tax rules by not paying any taxes for his nanny in Sweden.

Police: Swedish teens offering sex for booze
Sweden

Police: Swedish teens offering sex for booze

Swedish teenagers are resorting to increasingly perilous measures in order to get their hands on alcohol, according to police in Stockholm.

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Sweden

Toddler’s death prompts US recall for Ikea blinds

Swedish furniture maker Ikea announced on Tuesday it was recalling window blinds sold in the United States following the choking death of a one-year-old girl.

Erfurt school evacuated after email threat
Germany

Erfurt school evacuated after email threat

An Erfurt high school has been evacuated on Wednesday after receiving threats of a killing spree, authorities in the German state of Thuringia said.

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Germany

Berlin police bust Vietnamese human trafficking ring

After months of investigation, Berlin police have conducted widespread raids to bust a Vietnamese human trafficking ring, authorities reported on Wednesday.

Swedes caught up in Thai unrest
Sweden

Swedes caught up in Thai unrest

Hundreds of Swedes are among the estimated 3,000 travelers stranded in Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport after violent anti-government protesters stormed the building on Tuesday, forcing authorities to shut down operations.

Jolie attends American Academy lecture
Germany

Jolie attends American Academy lecture

Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie has attended a scholarly lecture at the American Academy in Berlin, daily Die Welt reported on Wednesday.

Australia lets German doc with Down’s Syndrome son stay
Germany

Australia lets German doc with Down’s Syndrome son stay

Australia granted a German doctor and his family permanent residency on Wednesday, overturning a ruling rejecting the application because his son has Down's Syndrome.

Klose scores two goals for Bayern win
Germany

Klose scores two goals for Bayern win

Two second-half goals from striker Miroslav Klose sealed Bayern Munich's 3-0 win over Steaua Bucharest on Tuesday to put the Germans into the Champions League knock-out stages.

Swede named in White House chef speculation
Sweden

Swede named in White House chef speculation

Swedish chef Marcus Samuelsson, founder of New York’s acclaimed Aquavit restaurant, is among those being tipped as possible candidates to prepare meals for Barack Obama at the White House.

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Sweden

Man feared drowned after ferry mishap

A man is believed to have drowned in the Baltic Sea after falling overboard from a ferry on Tuesday night.