Siemens pays almost €1 billion to settle corruption case
Germany

Siemens pays almost €1 billion to settle corruption case

German industrial giant Siemens agreed to pay nearly €1 billion ($1.4 billion) to US and German authorities on Monday to settle a sprawling corruption scandal.

Famous TV cop Derrick dies
Germany

Famous TV cop Derrick dies

German actor Horst Tappert, who played Inspector Derrick in a long-running television police series shown in more than 100 countries, has died at age 85, celebrity magazine Bunte reported Monday.

Crime bureau strikes a nerve in dentist tax scam
Sweden

Crime bureau strikes a nerve in dentist tax scam

Forty-five Swedish dentists risk falling foul of the law as the authorities launch an investigation into a suspected 113 million kronor ($16 million) tax dodge.

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Sweden

Teenager dies of ‘net drug’ overdose

An 18-year-old girl has died in Stockholm after overdosing on mephedrone, a drug that until now has been freely available for purchase on the internet.

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Germany

German suspect kept wife’s bones on balcony

An elderly German man who died three months ago in Australia is suspected of killing his wife and keeping her remains hidden on his balcony at their Sydney apartment for more than eight years.

VW sells Brazilian truck division
Germany

VW sells Brazilian truck division

German car manufacturer Volkswagen announced on Monday the sale of its Brazilian heavy truck division to the German transport engineering company MAN.

Expats rank Germany top place to find love
Germany

Expats rank Germany top place to find love

Germany has been ranked the number one place to fall in love and the second best place to have children by expatriates in a survey released by British bank HSBC this month.

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Sweden

Sex offender website under investigation

Swedish authorities are investigating a website for possible violations of the country’s privacy laws after it published the names, personal identity numbers, addresses -- and in some cases pictures -- of several sex offenders.

Gay rights group riled by tampon makers’ sex ed books
Sweden

Gay rights group riled by tampon makers’ sex ed books

The youth arm of Sweden's largest gay rights group has expressed fury at educational material distributed by two major tampon manufacturers.

Three Germans kidnapped in Yemen
Germany

Three Germans kidnapped in Yemen

A German couple and their daughter have been kidnapped by Yemeni tribesmen and are being held in a mountainous area of the impoverished Arab country, officials said on Monday.

Suspects in Passau police chief stabbing released
Germany

Suspects in Passau police chief stabbing released

Two suspects arrested after this weekend’s attempted murder of Passau police Chief Alois Mannichl have been released, according to senior public prosecutor Helmut Walch on Monday afternoon.

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Sweden

Swedes seek new surnames in record numbers

More Swedes than ever before are applying for new surnames, with some looking for something new, while others hope to invoke a sense of old-fashioned nobility.

Tension following removal of Malmö mosque activists
Sweden

Tension following removal of Malmö mosque activists

Tempers flared in Malmö on Monday morning as riot police used dogs to clear three protesters out of a basement office which has served as a mosque for more than a 15 years, but had been ordered closed back on November 24th.

Swedes: hard workers or hardly working?
Sweden

Swedes: hard workers or hardly working?

Doug Lansky takes a look at how Swedish tradition, technology, sick leave, vacations, public holidays and a new management style mean many 'full-time' Swedish workers get 130 days off per year.

Nordea caught up in record US fraud
Sweden

Nordea caught up in record US fraud

Sweden’s Nordea bank found itself among the many financial institutions affected by American Bernard Madoff’s multi-billion dollar pyramid scheme, it emerged on Monday.

Stockholm: a tour guide’s tips
Sweden

Stockholm: a tour guide’s tips

A weekend in Stockholm is never complete without a visit to the Vasa Museum, but what are the other things a tourist should see? French tour guide Séverine Bouvier gives The Local her tips.

Fare dodgers crowding Berlin prisons
Germany

Fare dodgers crowding Berlin prisons

Hundreds of Berliners who end up in prison each year for riding public transportation without tickets are stressing the city’s already overcrowded prisons, daily Der Tagesspiegel reported on Monday.

Vandals ‘behead’ 2,400 Christmas trees
Germany

Vandals ‘behead’ 2,400 Christmas trees

Unknown perpetrators have cut off the tops of some 2,400 Christmas trees and sprayed them with diesel fuel in the town of Kamp-Lintfort in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, according to Cologne daily Express.

Quick retracts serial murder confessions
Sweden

Quick retracts serial murder confessions

Thomas Quick, a convicted serial killer whose guilt has long been questioned by legal experts, has retracted the confessions for all eight murders of which he was convicted, as well as for fourteen murders of which he was cleared.

Trains not always best for lower transport emissions: report
Sweden

Trains not always best for lower transport emissions: report

It’s not always clear that switching from cars to trains is the most effective way to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, reports a Swedish government investigation.

Boot camp builds Berlin’s best Santas
Germany

Boot camp builds Berlin’s best Santas

Each year Berlin’s top Santa Claus provider Heinzelmännchen holds a veritable Christmas boot camp for hundreds of Santas, and The Local’s Kerstin von Glowacki stopped by to find out what it takes to be a member of the elite yuletide force.

Authorities cull 100,000 fowl in bird flu epidemic
Germany

Authorities cull 100,000 fowl in bird flu epidemic

A bird flu epidemic has taken hold in the German state of Lower Saxony, with new cases found on six more farms and some 100,000 birds culled.

Two arrested in attack on Passau police chief
Germany

Two arrested in attack on Passau police chief

Passau police have arrested two neo-Nazi suspects in the attempted murder of the city’s police chief Alois Mannichl, local daily Passauer Neue Presse reported on Monday.

Electrolux slashes 3,000 jobs globally
Sweden

Electrolux slashes 3,000 jobs globally

Swedish white goods maker Electrolux said on Monday it plans on cutting 3,000 jobs worldwide, adding that declining demand would likely result in the company failing to meet operating profit targets for 2008.

Hoffenheim finish the year on top
Germany

Hoffenheim finish the year on top

Hoffenheim finish the year as league leaders above Bayern Munich after coming from behind to seal a 1-1 draw with nine-man Schalke 04 on Sunday as the village team from southwest Germany continue the Bundesliga fairytale.

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Sweden

Two in hospital after motorway crash with elk

Two cars were damaged and two people are recovering in hospital after an elk’s unsuccessful attempt to get across the E6 motorway in western Sweden.