TeliaSonera announces job cuts in Sweden
Sweden

TeliaSonera announces job cuts in Sweden

Swedish-Finnish telecommunications operator TeliaSonera gave notice to 1,200 employees in Sweden on Monday as part of the firm's ongoing "efficiency measures".

One-fifth of households pay domestic help under the table
Germany

One-fifth of households pay domestic help under the table

Almost one-fifth of the 40 million German households has paid domestic help under the table at least once, according to a study published by opinion research centre TNS Emnid on Monday.

300 Russians and Turks brawl in Bavaria
Germany

300 Russians and Turks brawl in Bavaria

A group of some 300 young Russians and Turks brawled in Fürth after leaving a disco early on Sunday morning, Bavarian police reported on Monday.

The great Swedish taxi rip-off
Sweden

The great Swedish taxi rip-off

With taxi rip-offs on the rise, Doug Lansky takes a look at how this un-Swedish practice started, why it’s allowed to continue, and what you can do to protect yourself from the scam.

Swedish glassmaker teeters on bankruptcy
Sweden

Swedish glassmaker teeters on bankruptcy

New Wave Group, owner of famed Swedish glassmaker Orrefors Kosta Boda (OKB), announced on Monday it will cut an addition 200 jobs at three glass plants in Sweden in a further effort to avoid bankruptcy.

RWE swallows Dutch energy firm Essent
Germany

RWE swallows Dutch energy firm Essent

Germany's second biggest power company, RWE, said Monday it had agreed to a €9.3-billion ($12.5-billion) acquire Dutch peer Essent in the biggest European takeover this year.

Alfa Laval to trim 300 jobs in Sweden
Sweden

Alfa Laval to trim 300 jobs in Sweden

Swedish industrial giant Alfa Laval announced plans on Monday to lay off 1,000 workers globally in the next six months, including 300 redundancies in Sweden.

HIV infection risk dependent on blood type: Swedish researchers
Sweden

HIV infection risk dependent on blood type: Swedish researchers

The risk of being infected by HIV may be determined by the presence of a molecule in a person’s blood cells, according to a discovery made by Swedish scientists working as part of an international research team.

Berlin district mayor wants prostitution ban near schools
Germany

Berlin district mayor wants prostitution ban near schools

Berlin’s Tempelhof-Schöneberg district mayor wants less sex in the city and is supporting a ban on prostitution in front of public buildings like schools and religious facilities, daily Berliner Zeitung reported on Monday.

Merkel’s coalition grapples with stimulus plan as elections loom
Germany

Merkel’s coalition grapples with stimulus plan as elections loom

As Germany's economy slides deeper into recession, Chancellor Angela Merkel's fractious government aims Monday to put party politics aside in a bid to haul the country out of the slump.

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Sweden

Apartment prices climb in Stockholm

After a few turbulent months, apartment prices in central Stockholm finally crept back upwards in December.

Airbus A400M military transport reportedly too heavy and weak
Germany

Airbus A400M military transport reportedly too heavy and weak

The Airbus A400 military transport plane is too heavy and does not deliver on performance, the Financial Times Deutschland newspaper reported on Monday.

Nine injured in Bavarian rush hour train fire
Germany

Nine injured in Bavarian rush hour train fire

A fire on a regional train near the Bavarian town Dachau injured nine passengers during the morning commute on Monday, national rail operator Deutsche Bahn reported.

Alcohol fuels snowmobile death toll
Sweden

Alcohol fuels snowmobile death toll

Snowmobile accidents claimed eighteen lives in Sweden in 2008, with an estimated two thirds of the deaths caused by excessive alcohol intake, according to the Swedish Snowmobile Owners Federation (Snofed).

Retiree freezes to death in own apartment
Germany

Retiree freezes to death in own apartment

A 79-year-old man has been found frozen to death in his Ober-Erlenbach home in the German state of Hesse, police said on Monday.

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Sweden

Woman jailed for American Express fraud

A 29-year-old former American Express employee has received a three year jail sentence after she was found guilty of paying for 121 luxury holidays with customers' credit cards.

Club Transmediale: State of the art
Germany

Club Transmediale: State of the art

Berlin's multimedia arts festival Transmediale turns 10 this month. Co-founder of its club component Oliver Baurhenn celebrates a decade of unique club culture and Exberliner Magazine grilled him on how it all began, how tourists are changing Berlin nightlife and why the independent music scene must evolve to survive.

German woman found dead on Thai beach
Germany

German woman found dead on Thai beach

Thai police on Monday arrested a local man for the murder of a female German tourist who was killed during a notorious full moon party on a beach in southern Thailand, an official said.

Parliamentarian says Germany in violation of UN children’s rights
Germany

Parliamentarian says Germany in violation of UN children’s rights

The children of illegal immigrants in Germany should have the same “human right” to an education as German students, head of the parliamentary committee for education Ulla Burchardt told news agency DPA on Monday.

Thousands pay tribute to fallen communist figures
Germany

Thousands pay tribute to fallen communist figures

Thousands of Germans paid tribute Sunday to two communists 90 years after they were murdered by far-right soldiers during an uprising, police said.

GM executive: Saab ‘dependent on Swedish state’
Sweden

GM executive: Saab ‘dependent on Swedish state’

Assistance from the Swedish state is the only way Saab Automobile can bring any new models to market, a General Motors (GM) executive said over the weekend.

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Sweden

Arson suspected after Södertälje blazes

Police in Södertälje have launched an arson investigation following two suspicious fires which broke out in the city early Monday morning.

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Sweden

Swedish Church-funded clinic hit in Gaza

One of three Gaza health clinics financed in part by the Church of Sweden was destroyed in an Israeli air attack Saturday evening, but no one was hurt in the attack as the building was evacuated in time.