Sweden by Rail: Gothenburg
Sweden

Sweden by Rail: Gothenburg

Having long been defined by its industrial and maritime history, Göteborg has since reinvented itself. The old ports and warehouses have been replaced by cafes, bars, and one of the liveliest cultural scenes in the region.

‘He was a part of the team at the Sobibor’
Germany

‘He was a part of the team at the Sobibor’

The likely trial of Nazi death camp guard John Demjanjuk may be one of the last times anyone is prosecuted for crimes committed during World War II.

Dortmund police arrest serial bunny butcherer suspect
Germany

Dortmund police arrest serial bunny butcherer suspect

A suspect in a series of grisly rabbit killings has been arrested from a neglected apartment full of animals – both dead and alive, Dortmund police reported on Friday.

Saudi files for ‘killer’ tracking chip patent
Germany

Saudi files for ‘killer’ tracking chip patent

A Saudi Arabian inventor has filed for a patent on a potentially lethal science fiction-style human tracking microchip, the German Patent and Trademark Office (DPMA) told The Local on Friday.

Scania to save jobs in Sweden with 4-day work week
Sweden

Scania to save jobs in Sweden with 4-day work week

Truckmaker Scania announced on Friday plans to implement a 4-day week in June for its 12,000 workers in Sweden in an effort to avoid redundancies as the economic crisis continues to take its toll on truck sales.

Sweden wants to force ISPs to save user data
Sweden

Sweden wants to force ISPs to save user data

Internet service providers (ISPs) in Sweden will be forced to store customer data for at least six months starting in 2010, according to a new proposal from the government.

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Advice for Swedes on STDs just an MMS away

A pilot scheme in western Sweden will allow residents to take photographs of suspected skin problems and send them via mobile phone to the local health authority for analysis.

Art historian calls Berlin’s Nefertiti bust a fake
Germany

Art historian calls Berlin’s Nefertiti bust a fake

The world-famous bust of Egypt's Queen Nefertiti housed in a Berlin museum and believed to be 3,400 years old is a fake dating from 1912, according to a Swiss art historian.

Military agencies threatened by 3 billion kronor in cuts
Sweden

Military agencies threatened by 3 billion kronor in cuts

Sweden’s leading defence research agency and primary military procurement body should be shuttered as part of an effort to reduce the country’s military spending, according to a new report.

Germany suffers worst economic contraction in four decades
Germany

Germany suffers worst economic contraction in four decades

The global recession is hammering exporting giant Germany harder than any time since records began 40 years ago, with data on Friday showing a first-quarter output slump of 3.8 percent.

Man run over by two trains escapes with scrapes and bruises
Germany

Man run over by two trains escapes with scrapes and bruises

A drunk man who bunked down for a night’s sleep in a railyard near Erfurt narrowly escaped it being his last. After being run over by two trains he walked away with minor scratches.

Showbiz lawyers report Pirate’s cyber-blitz site
Sweden

Showbiz lawyers report Pirate’s cyber-blitz site

Supporters of The Pirate Bay have begun acting on a plan hatched by one of the masterminds behind the popular file sharing site, prompting the Swedish law firm targeted by the attack to report the matter to police.

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Sweden

Seven years for car-ride rape of Swedish teens

A 30-year-old man who repeatedly raped two 17-year-old girls during a frightful 16-hour car ride through southern Sweden was sentenced on Friday to seven years in prison.

Centuries-old royal desk uncovered in Sweden
Sweden

Centuries-old royal desk uncovered in Sweden

Swedish royalists and antique enthusiasts are celebrating the discovery of a 300-year-old wooden desk which once belonged to Queen Hedvig Eleonora.

States pushing for tougher penalties for rotten meat
Germany

States pushing for tougher penalties for rotten meat

Germany’s upper house of parliament the Bundesrat has sent a consumer protection bill back to the drawing board, saying regulations regarding rotten meat need to be toughened up.

Stuttgart polar bear Wilbär headed to Sweden
Germany

Stuttgart polar bear Wilbär headed to Sweden

Stuttgart Zoo polar bear Wilbär has been amply sedated and is on his way to his new home in Sweden, zoo officials announced on Friday.

Missing German tourist sparks French manhunt
Germany

Missing German tourist sparks French manhunt

Blood left on stairs leading to the Rhône River have French search and rescue teams combing the banks and rivers for a missing German tourist.

Abba fans go for ‘world record’ ahead of Eurovision finals
Sweden

Abba fans go for ‘world record’ ahead of Eurovision finals

Swedish Eurovision fever spread across the continent on Thursday, as Abba enthusiasts gathered in London for a world record crooning Waterloo and a second Swedish vocalist helped Azerbaijan advance to the 2009 Eurovision finals.

Stockholm hotel offers free haven for creative souls
Sweden

Stockholm hotel offers free haven for creative souls

Anyone planning a trip to the Swedish capital might be a bit aghast at cost of a place to lay their head at night, but Creators Inn by Elvine - the world’s first hotel-in-hotel - might just sport the most shocking price tag of all.

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Swedish CEO ‘lays himself off’ rather than fire more workers

The head of a manufacturing company in Örnsköldsvik in eastern Sweden decided he’d rather quit than lay off more employees.

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Sweden

Universities clamp down on internet piracy

Swedish universities have begun denying students suspected of illegal file sharing access to school computer networks, prompting criticism from both student groups and file sharing advocates.

Dairy farmers go on hunger strike outside chancellery
Germany

Dairy farmers go on hunger strike outside chancellery

Ringing cowbells and shouting slogans, German dairy farmers are staging a hunger strike next to Chancellor Angela Merkel's offices demanding that she take action fight falling milk prices.

Day care workers begin nationwide strike
Germany

Day care workers begin nationwide strike

Public day care workers began an open-ended strike in five German states on Friday in an ongoing wage and healthcare dispute. Parents were forced to find last-minute alternatives or stay home from work.