What’s on in Sweden: May 1 – 7
Sweden

What’s on in Sweden: May 1 – 7

What's on in Sweden: American Football & Labour Day parade in Stockholm; Terence Blanchard in Gothenburg; International Noise Conspiracy in Malmö

Sauerland cell planned 9/11 anniversary attacks
Germany

Sauerland cell planned 9/11 anniversary attacks

Four suspected Islamist on trial for plotting to kill Americans in Germany discussed carrying out bombings on the sixth anniversary of 9/11, police said Wednesday.

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Sweden

Factory workers boo Volvo Group CEO

Volvo Group CEO Leif Johansson was booed and heckled by disgruntled employees during a visit to a Volvo truck plant in Tuve near Gothenburg.

SAP Q1 profits tanks
Germany

SAP Q1 profits tanks

German professional software giant SAP posted a 16-percent drop in first quarter profit on Wednesday, where analysts had expected a slight increase.

Court climax premature for Madonna of Orgasm Church
Sweden

Court climax premature for Madonna of Orgasm Church

The Madonna of Orgasm Church (Orgasmens Madonnas kyrka) has suffered a disappointing reversal following a Swedish court ruling that the church’s name is unacceptable and offensive.

Climate change causes hottest April in 120 years
Germany

Climate change causes hottest April in 120 years

As a result of accelerating climate change, this month will likely be the hottest April since records began in 1891, according to the German Weather Service (DWD) on Wednesday.

Activists buzz Vattenfall CEO with paint bombs
Sweden

Activists buzz Vattenfall CEO with paint bombs

Several masked assailants threw paint grenades at Vattenfall CEO Lars G. Josefsson on Wednesday, interrupting a press conference during which he was set to present the state-owned power company’s interim results.

What’s that? Germany is too loud
Germany

What’s that? Germany is too loud

Wednesday is International Noise Awareness Day and it’s simply too loud in Germany, according to the country's Federal Environment Agency.

Swede’s father ‘wrote Auschwitz bottle note’
Sweden

Swede’s father ‘wrote Auschwitz bottle note’

The daughter of a Polish man who survived the Nazi death camps and fled to Sweden in 1945 is reeling upon learning that her late father’s name stood at the top of a letter written by Auschwitz prisoners recently discovered by workers in Poland.

Facebook takes ‘knockoff’ German site StudiVZ to court
Germany

Facebook takes ‘knockoff’ German site StudiVZ to court

Online social networking website Facebook has taken German rival StudiVZ to court for stealing its intellectual property, daily Financial Times Deutschland reported on Wednesday.

Germany slashes 2009 growth forecast
Germany

Germany slashes 2009 growth forecast

Germany slashed its economic forecast on Wednesday, predicting one of the worst recessions in the developed world this year. But Economy Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg raised hopes of a recovery in 2010.

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Sweden

Sweden issues swine flu travel warning

The Swedish Institute for Infectious Disease Control (Smittskyddsinstitutet) has called on Swedes to refrain from non-essential travel to Mexico in a bid to curtail the risk of a swine flu outbreak in the country.

Five soldiers injured hours after Steinmeier arrives in Afghanistan
Germany

Five soldiers injured hours after Steinmeier arrives in Afghanistan

Five German soldiers were injured in a suicide bombing in northern Afghanistan on Wednesday, just hours after Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier landed in Kabul for a surprise visit.

What’s your favourite Swedish dialect?
Sweden

What’s your favourite Swedish dialect?

The Local's regular panel grapples with Sweden's many dialects and tries to decide whether they should be classified as throat diseases or things of poetic beauty.

Klinsmann was his own worst enemy
Germany

Klinsmann was his own worst enemy

A much-hyped era at FC Bayern Munich is over after just ten months. Jürgen Klinsmann left a lot to be desired as a coach despite his grand plans, says Alexander Ludewig from Germany’s Netzeitung.

Dita von Teese to strip with Germany’s Eurovision entry
Germany

Dita von Teese to strip with Germany’s Eurovision entry

American burlesque star Dita von Teese will take her clothes off while Germany’s Eurovision Song Contest band “Alex Swings Oscar Sings” performs in Moscow next month, daily Bild reported on Wednesday.

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Germany

Siemens posts strong Q1 but cuts forecast

The German industrial group Siemens on Wednesday lowered its full-year operating profit forecast by 17.5 percent even as it presented strong quarterly results.

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Germany

Bayer books steep slump in profits

The German chemicals and pharmaceuticals giant Bayer on Wednesday posted a 44 percent drop in first quarter net profit, owing mainly to poor results from its chemical division.

Swedish men ‘not as masculine as they used to be’: study
Sweden

Swedish men ‘not as masculine as they used to be’: study

Swedish men have become more metrosexual and less masculine in recent times, according to a new survey polling both sexes on their opinion of the Swedish male.

Language test scares off potential citizenship applicants
Germany

Language test scares off potential citizenship applicants

The number of immigrants becoming naturalised citizens in Germany has dropped by some 15 percent since the country introduced a controversial language test two years ago, daily Süddeutsche Zeitung reported on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Nordea’s profits down but better than expected

First quarter results at Sweden’s Nordea bank beat expectations despite worries over possible mounting loan defaults amid worsening global economic conditions.

Germany confirms three cases of swine flu
Germany

Germany confirms three cases of swine flu

German health officials on Wednesday confirmed three cases of the potentially deadly swine flu in Hamburg and Bavaria.

Arla Foods targeted in competition probe
Sweden

Arla Foods targeted in competition probe

Swedish competition authorities raided offices of Arla Foods on Tuesday to investigate whether the Scandinavian dairy producer had entered into an illegal agreement with the Coop grocery chain.

German on trial in UK for gaming murder
Germany

German on trial in UK for gaming murder

A German man faces trial in the UK this week, accused of flying to Britain and stabbing a student 86 times after he became obsessed with his victim's girlfriend through a gaming website.

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Sweden

Charges unlikely for admitted panty pic snapper

A 46-year-old Swedish man who used a hidden camera to take pictures beneath the skirts of several young girls may escape prosecution because none of his victims can be positively identified.

Man’s body discovered near Uppsala
Sweden

Man’s body discovered near Uppsala

A dead man was discovered around lunch time on Tuesday near an Iron Age graveyard outside of Uppsala in central Sweden.