Concert review: The Baboon Show
Sweden

Concert review: The Baboon Show

Swedish punk four-piece, The Baboon Show launched its ‘best of’ album with a live show at Debaser Slussen on Wednesday night.

Swimwear designer rejects sexism charges
Sweden

Swimwear designer rejects sexism charges

Swedish swimwear firm Panos Emporio has come out strongly in defence of its marketing material following allegations of sexism from a leading advertising watchdog.

Supermarket worker finds loads of cocaine in banana crates
Germany

Supermarket worker finds loads of cocaine in banana crates

A supermarket worker in southern Germany was stunned to discover 28 kilogrammes (62 pounds) of cocaine while unpacking crates of bananas, police reported on Friday.

Over There: When reunification doesn’t bring reconciliation
Germany

Over There: When reunification doesn’t bring reconciliation

With this year marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Mark Ravenhill's new play “Over There” makes separated identical twins into a metaphor for the reunification of Germany. Ben Knight talks to co-director Ramin Gray.

Berlin backs Hypo Real Estate bank privatisation bill
Germany

Berlin backs Hypo Real Estate bank privatisation bill

German deputies on Friday approved a first reading of legislation that could lead to a nationalisation of the Hypo Real Estate bank and the expropriation of US shareholder Christopher Flowers.

Swedish team helps uncover prehistoric ‘monster predator’
Sweden

Swedish team helps uncover prehistoric ‘monster predator’

Researchers from Uppsala University have helped reveal that an old collection of fossils sitting in storage in the United States actually belong to a massive prehistoric predator previously unknown to archeologists.

CDU attacks new proposal to ban children from tanning beds
Germany

CDU attacks new proposal to ban children from tanning beds

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) on Friday attacked a new proposal to ban young Germans from using tanning beds for health reasons.

Supercomputer to improve forecasting of lousy German weather
Germany

Supercomputer to improve forecasting of lousy German weather

Meteorologists this week booted up one of the fastest supercomputers in the world to improve German weather forecasting – if not Germany's notoriously bad weather.

New Rosengård fires ‘revenge’: police
Sweden

New Rosengård fires ‘revenge’: police

Police in Malmö claim a recent wave of deliberately set fires in the city’s heavily-immigrant Rosengård neighbourhood constitutes an act of retaliation for recent arrests.

Art exhibitions you mustn’t miss
Sweden

Art exhibitions you mustn’t miss

From the Pre-Raphaelites to the Danish surrealists, art critic Katarina Wadstein MacLeod samples the season's most eye-catching exhibitions in Sweden and Denmark.

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Sweden

Sharp drop in asylum applications to Sweden

Fewer people are seeking asylum in Sweden, with the number of applications dropping 33 percent last year, according to new statistics.

Sony Ericsson issues profit warning
Sweden

Sony Ericsson issues profit warning

Mobile phone maker Sony Ericsson warned investors on Friday that its first quarter profits wouldn’t meet expectations, as a slump in global demand hit the company's sales and earnings.

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Sweden

Coke condemned a second time for ‘sexist’ ads

An admittedly “boorish” Coca-Cola web advertisement for its Zero drink has been scolded by Sweden’s sexist ad watchdog for portraying women as “pure sex objects”.

Sweden’s baby boom hits new high
Sweden

Sweden’s baby boom hits new high

Swedish women are giving birth to more babies than at any point since the earlier nineties, new figures show.

Toy radio turned police scanner becomes Mickey Mouse operation
Germany

Toy radio turned police scanner becomes Mickey Mouse operation

A Mickey Mouse toy included with the most recent edition of the Disney character’s comic book has made a mockery of German police, who are investigating reports that it picks up scanner dispatches.

Siemens lands €750 million China train deal
Germany

Siemens lands €750 million China train deal

German industrial group Siemens said Friday it had won another Chinese contract for 100 high-speed trains worth €750 million ($1 billion).

Surf’s up as Munich to buy endless wave
Germany

Surf’s up as Munich to buy endless wave

Munich's surfing outlaws might soon have a legit wave to ride amid plans for the city to buy a popular Isar River break to assuage liability concerns.

Bullet sent to Sweden’s finance minister
Sweden

Bullet sent to Sweden’s finance minister

A letter with a .22-calibre bullet arrived at the offices of Swedish Finance Minister Anders Borg on Thursday courtesy of a leftist extremist group angered by bonuses paid to executives at state-owned companies.

Court rules Dresden tunnel would damage Elbe more than bridge
Germany

Court rules Dresden tunnel would damage Elbe more than bridge

A Dresden court has ruled that a tunnel under the Elbe River would be more environmentally damaging than a proposed bridge that caused UNESCO to warn the city it could lose its World Heritage Site status.

ThyssenKrupp cutting more jobs than expected
Germany

ThyssenKrupp cutting more jobs than expected

German industrial conglomerate ThyssenKrupp plans to cut another 3,000 jobs - more than previously expected, the Financial Times reported on Friday.

Women stage wage-gap protests nationwide
Germany

Women stage wage-gap protests nationwide

Women’s groups across Germany will protest on Friday to highlight the yawning pay gap between the sexes in the country, one of the worst in Europe.

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Sweden

Local government layoffs looming

Shrinking tax revenues will force one in three Swedish municipalities to lay off employees this year.

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Sweden

Criminal justice agencies concerned over budget woes

Sweden’s criminal justice system lies on the brink of a major budget crisis, with deficits of more than 12 billion kronor ($1.5 billion) expected by 2012.

Sörenstam announces she’s pregnant
Sweden

Sörenstam announces she’s pregnant

Swedish golf star Annika Sörenstam, who finished her last tournament just three months ago, said on Thursday she is pregnant with her first child.