Miniature pig saves its bacon in apartment fire
Sweden

Miniature pig saves its bacon in apartment fire

A miniature pot bellied pig is believed by police and rescue officials to have been the unwitting arsonist behind a fire that broke out on Thursday in an apartment in a northern Swedish town.

Berlin offers citizenship for French-German WWII babies
Germany

Berlin offers citizenship for French-German WWII babies

Germany is set to make it easier for tens of thousands of children fathered in France by German soldiers during World War II to gain citizenship six decades on, the Interior Ministry said Thursday.

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Sweden

No ethnic bias in Sweden: Labour Court

Sweden’s Ombudsman for Ethnic Discrimination (DO) hasn’t won a single case before the country’s labour court since 2003.

German jet pack helps humans fly above water
Germany

German jet pack helps humans fly above water

Ready for takeoff? A German company has developed a jet pack that solves a problem from almost every preceding model before it - propellant. Instead of rocket fuel, the JetLev Flyer uses pressurized water, making it the latest in sporting technology.

Car sharing gaining traction in Germany
Germany

Car sharing gaining traction in Germany

Sales by German car sharing agencies jumped by 12 percent last year as the idea of having a collective auto handy gains traction in the biggest European auto market, the BCS car sharing federation said onThursday.

A new Abba generation
Sweden

A new Abba generation

Abba may have gone the way of Napoleon, but their music and the Eurovision Song Contest retain their phenomenal popularity thirty-five years after the Swedes first faced their Waterloo, writes Peter Vinthagen Simpson.

Devil and angel rob shop owner in Cologne as Karneval begins
Germany

Devil and angel rob shop owner in Cologne as Karneval begins

Two thieves dressed in angel and devil costumes robbed a shop owner in Cologne at knifepoint on Thursday.

Berlin raises teacher salaries by almost half
Germany

Berlin raises teacher salaries by almost half

In a bid to keep Berlin’s teachers from escaping to higher paying jobs in other cities, the city-state government has decided to increase their salaries by almost 50 percent each month, daily Der Tagesspiegel reported this week.

Suspects defend Pirate Bay ‘hobby’
Sweden

Suspects defend Pirate Bay ‘hobby’

Two of the people behind The Pirate Bay took questions from the prosecutor and recording industry lawyers on Thursday, calling the popular file sharing site "a hobby site" and "a really strong brand".

Club and concert tips: Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö
Sweden

Club and concert tips: Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö

Get on the fast track to a great night out with The Local’s weekend going out guides in partnership with top Swedish entertainment website Djungeltrumman.

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Sweden

Malmö club and concert tips: Saturday, Feb 21

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

Prime Minister rejects artist’s tattoo proposal
Sweden

Prime Minister rejects artist’s tattoo proposal

Fredrik Reinfeldt has politely declined a suggestion from an unemployed Swedish artist that the Prime Minister tattoo his chest with an image designed by the artist himself.

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Sweden

Malmö club and concert tips: Friday, Feb 20

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

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Sweden

Gothenburg club and concert tips: Saturday, Feb 21

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

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Sweden

Gothenburg club and concert tips: Friday, Feb 20

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

Man stands trial 27 years after suffocating girl in box
Germany

Man stands trial 27 years after suffocating girl in box

A 58-year-old man faced trial in an Augsburg court on Thursday for the gruesome death of a young girl some 27 years ago.

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Sweden

Stockholm club and concert tips: Saturday, Feb 21

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

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Sweden

Stockholm club and concert tips: Friday, Feb 20

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

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Sweden

Sweden’s jobless rate climbs by 14 percent

Unemployment in Sweden jumped up over 7 percent in January, according to new statistics released on Thursday.

Bremen coating valuables with synthetic DNA to fight theft
Germany

Bremen coating valuables with synthetic DNA to fight theft

The city-state of Bremen plans to be the first place in Germany to use synthetic DNA on valuables to trace thieves, daily Berliner Morgenpost reported this week.

Public support for Sweden’s ‘no’ to Saab
Sweden

Public support for Sweden’s ‘no’ to Saab

Swedes generally support the government’s refusal to rescue beleaguered carmaker Saab using taxpayer money, according to several polls.

Music industry website hacked
Sweden

Music industry website hacked

The Swedish website of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) was hacked on Wednesday evening as internet intruders called on Håkan Roswall, chief prosecutor in the ongoing Pirate Bay tial, to "stop lying".

What’s on in Sweden: February 20 – 26
Sweden

What’s on in Sweden: February 20 – 26

What's on in Sweden: Bounce streetdance and Gypsy Queens in Stockholm; International horse show in Gothenburg; Morrissey tribute in Malmö

What’s on in Germany: February 19 – 25
Germany

What’s on in Germany: February 19 – 25

Saab restructuring imminent: report
Sweden

Saab restructuring imminent: report

The board of Swedish automaker Saab is expected to make a decision about whether or not to seek bankruptcy protection during a special meeting of the company’s board on Thursday.

Steinbrück: Berlin will consider aid for Opel
Germany

Steinbrück: Berlin will consider aid for Opel

German Finance Minister Peer Steinbrück said on Thursday the government would not rule out state aid for Opel, the German unit of troubled US carmaker General Motors.

Germans learn foreign languages while foreigners shun German
Germany

Germans learn foreign languages while foreigners shun German

Germans are more keen than ever to learn a second language, but fewer foreigners are choosing to study German, according to two new surveys.

Werder scores a late equaliser against Milan
Germany

Werder scores a late equaliser against Milan

Brazil midfielder Diego gave Werder Bremen a UEFA Cup lifeline with a late equaliser on Wednesday to seal a 1-1 draw against AC Milan in the Round of 32 first-leg clash.

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Sweden

Couple suspected of khat smuggling arrested in Malmö

Police in Malmö have arrested a man and a woman on narcotics charges after finding the pair had two suitcases filled with amphetamine-like substance khat.

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Sweden

Nord Stream gift prompts bribery probe

A Swedish prosecutor is looking into suspicions of bribery and corruption after a college on the island of Gotland received a donation from Nord Stream, which wants to build a gas pipeline in the Baltic Sea.