As 2009 kicks off, The Local takes a look back at some of the stories that caught our attention during our first year in Germany.
Wolfgang Loitzl of Austria won the second stage of the annual Four Hills event at Garmisch-Partenkirchen in southern Germany on Thursday.
The traditional Christmas card has been declared dead and buried as the text message is confirmed as the holiday season greeting's medium of choice.
Swedish football star Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been named in the team of the year by French sports daily L'Equipe.
What's on in Sweden: January 2nd - 8th. A Camp and Moderna for the kids in Stockholm; International floorball and Opera ball in Gothenburg; Jim Jones Revue in Malmö.
New Year’s celebrations in several German cities were marred by violent skirmishes with the police – but a million people gathered peacefully to ring in 2009 at the country’s largest Silvester party in Berlin.
Germany said on Thursday that local gas supplies were assured even if Russia's decision to halt deliveries to Ukraine disrupted distribution farther afield.
An overwhelming majority of Germans are optimistic about what the new year holds despite the all the doom and gloom surrounding the economy.
An official probe into a plane crash in Nepal's Everest region that killed twelve Germans in October blamed mistakes by the crew for the accident.
Police feared that a two-year-old boy has died in a fire raging at a house north of Sunne in Värmland. A teenager has been rushed to hospital with burns.
"Mamma Mia!", the film version of the musical featuring the music of Swedish disco group Abba, has proved a big hit in the UK.
A murder, a slew of firework injuries, assault, arson and domestic violence summed up New Year's Eve in many parts of Sweden.
This Week's Highlights: Mozart in Berlin, Cuban dancers in Hamburg, and a Tom Waits musical in Munich.