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Sweden

Telenor to sell iPhones in Sweden

Norwegian telecom operator Telenor has signed a deal with Apple to begin selling the US multinational's popular iPhone in Sweden, Denmark and Norway.

Germany passes historic stimulus plan
Germany

Germany passes historic stimulus plan

Germany approved a record stimulus package Friday aimed at lifting Europe's biggest economy out of its worst recession since World War II.

Legal downloading alternatives ‘just not good enough’
Sweden

Legal downloading alternatives ‘just not good enough’

Peter Alvarsson, CEO of Headweb, argues that illegal downloading sites will continue to thrive until consumers are offered a viable alternative.

Joining the ranks of the Righteous after helping Polanski’s ‘Pianist’
Germany

Joining the ranks of the Righteous after helping Polanski’s ‘Pianist’

Israel has said it will honour Wilm Hosenfeld – the German officer made famous by Roman Polanski’s film “The Pianist” – for aiding Jews during World War II. Hannah Cleaver speaks to his daughter.

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Sweden

Two convicted over Hitler salute

Two men have been convicted of agitation against an ethnic group after performing Hitler salutes in front of a crowd in Arvika in western Sweden last summer.

Thirteen languages face extinction
Germany

Thirteen languages face extinction

This week Germany got a few words of warning from UNESCO. According to the cultural organisation’s new online Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger, the country is home to 13 languages threatened with extinction.

Drunk British soldier takes tank joyride
Germany

Drunk British soldier takes tank joyride

A drunk British soldier stole two small tanks from his northern German base for a joyride towards the town of Bergen at 4 am on Friday morning, a British Army spokesperson told The Local.

Non-prescription drugs coming soon to Swedish stores
Sweden

Non-prescription drugs coming soon to Swedish stores

The government presented a bill on Friday that would allow Swedes to buy non-prescription drugs in shops other than the state-run pharmacies, bring the country closer to discarding the Apoteket pharmacy monopoly.

Swedes abandon political parties in droves
Sweden

Swedes abandon political parties in droves

Sweden’s political parties continue to shed members, as parties on the right and the left together saw thousands drop from their membership rolls in 2008.

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Sweden

Placido Domingo honoured with Swedish opera prize

The late Swedish soprano Birgit Nilsson picked Spanish tenor Placido Domingo to receive the first prize given in her memory, organizers announced on Friday

Opel reportedly needs more state aid
Germany

Opel reportedly needs more state aid

The German car maker Opel, a division of US giant General Motors, needs more help in the form of public loan guarantees than expected, a press report said on Friday.

Berlin predicts long and bleak recession
Germany

Berlin predicts long and bleak recession

The German Finance Ministry on Friday warned in its monthly report that it anticipates a long-lasting and deep recession due to worsening industrial conditions and glum business sentiment.

Green light for Saab restructuring
Sweden

Green light for Saab restructuring

A Swedish court granted automaker Saab's request for protection from creditors while it attempts to restructure.

Evidence feud over ‘Perry Mason’ tactics
Sweden

Evidence feud over ‘Perry Mason’ tactics

The Pirate Bay trial was interrupted on Friday morning as lawyers quarreled over admissible evidence, prompting a defence attorney to liken the proceedings to an episode of the classic US legal drama Perry Mason.

Germany opens new Antarctic research station
Germany

Germany opens new Antarctic research station

After seven months of assembly in snowstorms and icy cold, the new €39-million German Antarctic research station Neumeyer III opens on Friday.

US soldier found dead in Mannheim barracks
Germany

US soldier found dead in Mannheim barracks

A US soldier has been found dead at his Mannheim barracks in the German state of Baden-Württemberg after not reporting for duty, US Army spokesperson Hilde Patton told The Local on Friday.

US investor sets price for Hypo Real Estate nationalisation
Germany

US investor sets price for Hypo Real Estate nationalisation

The US investor Christopher Flowers, a key shareholder in the troubled bank Hypo Real Estate, said Friday he expected to get about three euros per share for his holding if the bank is nationalised.

The Pirate Bay ‘best for choice and efficiency’
Sweden

The Pirate Bay ‘best for choice and efficiency’

As The Pirate Bay trial gathers pace, The Local catches up with Swedish writer Sam Sundberg, who recently published a book about the Swedish internet piracy movement: Piraterna - De svenska fildelarna som plundrade Hollywood ('The Pirates - The Swedish File Sharers Who Plundered Hollywood').

Sweden’s air force ‘can’t send secret messages’
Sweden

Sweden’s air force ‘can’t send secret messages’

A prominent Riksdag member has expressed outrage upon learning that Sweden's new JAS Gripen fighter jets can’t receive encrypted communications.

One dead, one injured, and one missing in avalanches
Germany

One dead, one injured, and one missing in avalanches

One man is dead, one severly injured, and another missing after heavy snowfall in southern Germany caused numerous avalanches in the Bavarian Alps, police said on Friday.

Booze gets Karneval off to a violent start
Germany

Booze gets Karneval off to a violent start

Violence at the start of Cologne's bacchanalian Karneval celebration on Thursday evening was more intense than usual, police in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia reported on Friday.

Hoffenheim boss says his boys are players, not pop stars
Germany

Hoffenheim boss says his boys are players, not pop stars

Hoffenheim travel to Stuttgart on Saturday with coach Ralf Rangnick fearing stardom has turned his players' heads after they were dumped from the Bundesliga summit.

Riksdag to hear from art school head over vandalism video
Sweden

Riksdag to hear from art school head over vandalism video

The Riksdag’s education committee said on Thursday it plans to call in the head of Sweden's University College of Arts, Craft and Design (Konstfack) in the wake of a controversial art project.

Estonia: no new ferry disaster probe
Sweden

Estonia: no new ferry disaster probe

Estonia on Thursday decided against opening a new probe into the 1994 Baltic Sea ferry disaster which claimed the lives of 852 victims, discounting claims of a cover up.