Chancellor Angela Merkel told Germans they will need to join together in order to tackle the challenges facing their country in 2009.
Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt has called for an immediate ceasefire and full humanitarian access to under-siege Gaza after a meeting with EU foreign ministers in Paris on Tuesday.
Two car thieves took an enforced dip in freezing waters as thin ice put an end to their joyride on a frozen lake in central Sweden.
The global financial crisis is set to continue to affect the Swedish economy in 2009, despite a sting of measures to counter falling productivity and rising unemployment Riksbank chief Stefan Ingves said on Wednesday.
The German neo-Nazi National Democratic Party (NPD) appears headed for an internal power struggle to oust long-term leader Udo Voigt.
The police have contracted a security firm to help with the surveillance and protection of the police station in the Malmö suburb of Rosengård.
One man died and another was seriously injured in a shooting in central Stockholm on Wednesday morning.
US actor Tom Cruise was "deeply moved" by playing the would-be assassin of Adolf Hitler in the movie "Valkyrie," he said in an interview with a German celebrity magazine this week.
German Finance Minister Peer Steinbrück has warned that cutting interest rates too low in an effort to counter the global recession could create a what he called dangerous "growth bubble."
As 2008 draws to a close, The Local takes a look back at some of the stories that caught our attention over the last twelve months.