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Sweden

Krona recovers against euro and dollar

The beleaguered Swedish currency continued its recovery on Monday as the cost of the euro slipped under 11 kronor to 10.99 kronor for the first time since mid-February.

Russian disgust over Sweden Eurovision skit
Sweden

Russian disgust over Sweden Eurovision skit

The Russian embassy in Stockholm has launched a scathing critique of Sveriges Television (SVT) for what it sees as a “disgusting” portrayal of Russia during the weekend’s Melodifestivalen finals.

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Sweden

Activists jailed for weapons sabotage

A man and a woman have each been sentenced to four months in prison for the sabotage of 14 grenade launchers during a raid on the premises of Saab Bofors Dynamics in Eskilstuna in central Sweden.

Bavarian towns hoping to claim huge cement Jesus statue
Germany

Bavarian towns hoping to claim huge cement Jesus statue

A 55-metre-tall (180-foot) Jesus statue recently rejected by two towns has sparked the interest of more than a dozen Bavarian communities interested in distinguishing their landscape with the massive redeemer, project organiser Harry Vossburg said on Monday.

Gunman’s father probed for negligent homicide
Germany

Gunman’s father probed for negligent homicide

Police on Monday said they were investigating the father of the teenage gunman who murdered 15 people last week in southwestern Germany for negligent homicide.

Winter weather to return just in time for first day of spring
Germany

Winter weather to return just in time for first day of spring

Just when spring seemed to be peering over the horizon, Old Man Winter is apparently scheduled for another visit this week, the German Weather Service (DWD) reported on Monday.

Germany to work with US on secret research
Germany

Germany to work with US on secret research

Germany and the United States signed a new government accord in Berlin on Monday to cooperate closely on national security research, the Research Ministry reported.

Hoeneß’ TV football fee idea gets the boot
Germany

Hoeneß’ TV football fee idea gets the boot

Politicians, broadcasters and football functionaries on Monday all roundly rejected an idea by FC Bayern Munich manager Uli Hoeneß to slap a €2 fee on all German households with a TV to help finance the Bundesliga.

Bits of mysterious ‘stinky’ meteorite found
Germany

Bits of mysterious ‘stinky’ meteorite found

A German researcher has located nine ‘stinky’ pieces of the four-billion-year-old meteorite that broke through the atmosphere above Germany in January, daily Bild reported on Monday.

Swedes have less trust in banks: study
Sweden

Swedes have less trust in banks: study

Swedes’ confidence in their banks has been devastated by the current financial crisis, prompting roughly one in five customers to change their savings habits, a new study shows.

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Sweden

‘Frozen’ truck driver trapped in industrial oven

An attempt by a truck driver with a chill to warm himself in an industrial oven has prompted a reaction from Sweden’s work safety agency.

Berlin scientists create organic alternative to Viagra
Germany

Berlin scientists create organic alternative to Viagra

Researchers at Berlin’s Charité Hospital have developed an organic alternative to the male potency drug Viagra, made entirely from plant extracts. “Plantagrar” should sprout onto the market in spring of 2010.

Guide Michelin awards two stars to second Swedish eatery
Sweden

Guide Michelin awards two stars to second Swedish eatery

Mathias Dahlgren’s Matsalen restaurant in Stockholm has been awarded a second star in this year’s Guide Michelin, becoming Sweden’s second two-star eatery.

Swedish banks badly exposed to Baltic bust
Sweden

Swedish banks badly exposed to Baltic bust

Swedish banks invested massively in the emerging Baltic states when times were good but now that the tiger economies are going bust the banks risk big losses, experts said.

Greenpeace calls for environmental bailout
Germany

Greenpeace calls for environmental bailout

Greenpeace activists on Monday draped a giant banner from a Deutsche Bank tower in Frankfurt to demand more funding for efforts to combat climate change.

‘Psychotic’ art student could face jail
Sweden

‘Psychotic’ art student could face jail

A Stockholm-based art student is suspected of four criminal offences after feigning mental illness in order to gain admission to a psychiatric hospital, Metro reports.

Guttenberg says private investors key to Opel’s survival
Germany

Guttenberg says private investors key to Opel’s survival

In the United States to discuss the future of troubled German carmaker Opel, Economy Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg has said finding a private investor is key to the company’s survival.

Official admits to building code violations near Cologne archive
Germany

Official admits to building code violations near Cologne archive

Two weeks after the dramatic collapse of Cologne's historical archive left two people dead, a city official has admitted to building code violations in the area.

Clothier Odd Molly gives Stockholm a colourful new store
Sweden

Clothier Odd Molly gives Stockholm a colourful new store

The days might be getting longer, but the chilly Swedish springtime still calls for something warm and wooly from time to time. And a new shop in Stockholm might just have the answer for those looking to stave off the goose bumps, The Local’s Charlotte West discovers.

Regular tobacco use falling in Sweden: study
Sweden

Regular tobacco use falling in Sweden: study

The number of regular smokers in Sweden has fallen by 200,000 in the last five years, with women comprising the largest part of the drop.

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Sweden

Teenage footballer dies during match

A 14-year-old boy died during a youth football match in Örebro in central Sweden on Sunday afternoon.

Two explosions shake Gothenburg
Sweden

Two explosions shake Gothenburg

Police in Gothenburg continue their search for suspects believed to be involved with two separate explosions that rocked different parts of the city on Sunday night.