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Sweden

Ticket fuels stock exchange surge

The Stockholm Stock Exchange's recent recovery gained fresh momentum on Monday with the OMXS index up 1.8 percent at the close of the day.

Hamburg considers Google Street View ban
Germany

Hamburg considers Google Street View ban

Hamburg’s data protection commissioner Johannes Caspar has given Google an ultimatum: the company must provide a written guarantee that its online Street View project will follow German privacy laws by Wednesday at 10 am.

One-fifth of Easterners threatened by poverty
Germany

One-fifth of Easterners threatened by poverty

Nearly 20 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Germans from the country’s formerly communist eastern half remain at greater risk of falling into poverty.

Dita disaster sparks Eurovision revamp
Germany

Dita disaster sparks Eurovision revamp

After yet another embarrassing result at the Eurovision Song Contest this weekend, Germany wants to change how it select its entry after not winning the camp musical spectacle since 1982.

Obese man acquitted for squashing wife to death
Germany

Obese man acquitted for squashing wife to death

A German appeals court overturned a five-year jail sentence on Monday for an obese bus driver who fatally squashed his wife by falling on her during a booze-fuelled row.

Verheugen slams German banks for risky investments
Germany

Verheugen slams German banks for risky investments

Germany's representative in the European Commission launched a sharp attack on his own country's banks on Monday, saying they had been "world champions" in investing in risky financial products.

Metro abandons 12 Swedish cities
Sweden

Metro abandons 12 Swedish cities

Swedish free newspaper group Metro International has announced that it is to end distribution of its publication in 12 cities in the north and south-east of Sweden.

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Sweden

Man convicted in teen suicide rape case

A 42-year-old man charged with sex offences against a 15-year-old girl who committed suicide prior to the trial was sentenced to three years imprisonment by a Jönköping court on Monday.

World’s largest polar bear park opens in Sweden
Sweden

World’s largest polar bear park opens in Sweden

Polar World, the world's largest polar bear park, opens today in Dalarna, Sweden. It is also the first park to engage in the breeding of the endangered species.

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Sweden

Spy ship rescues Russian fishermen

A Swedish surveillance ship operating in the Baltic sea has saved two Russian fisherman from drowning, according to a report in Svenska Dagbladet.

Axe attack feud ‘not as simple as it seems’
Sweden

Axe attack feud ‘not as simple as it seems’

A neighbourhood feud near Haparanda in northern Sweden has held the media focus for several years - the accepted story being that a Roma family terrorized the whole village. But when the acclaimed Swedish investigative journalist Maciej Zaremba visited the village of Vojakkala for Dagens Nyheter he found the truth to be quite different.

Crisis and EU dominate party leader debate
Sweden

Crisis and EU dominate party leader debate

The financial crisis and its effects dominated the debate between the seven parliamentary party leaders on national Swedish television's Agenda programme on Sunday evening.

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Sweden

Opera chief fined for concert floor collapse

The chief executive of the Norrland Opera House, Magnus Aspegren, has been fined 60,000 kronor ($7,550) as a result of the floor collapse at a rock concert at the Opera in 2007.

Mollie Söderlind: Why I’m chasing Conan
Sweden

Mollie Söderlind: Why I’m chasing Conan

There may be a lot of talk show hosts in the world but there's only one Conan O'Brien. Since stalking is such a strong word, The Local's blogger Mollie Söderlind explains why she's in hot pursuit of the Tonight Show supremo.

Critics not impressed with Merkel’s first town hall meeting
Germany

Critics not impressed with Merkel’s first town hall meeting

Chancellor Angela Merkel appeared on television for her first American-style “Town Hall Meeting” on Sunday night. While she made a good impression, critics have dismissed the show as scripted and safe.

‘The whole point was to throw a few bombs’
Germany

‘The whole point was to throw a few bombs’

Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin sparked controversy this month with a critique exploring why blogs thrive elsewhere yet seem to struggle in Germany. The Local spoke with US-based blogger Felix Salmon about becoming the most hated man in German cyberspace.

Walking in nature is unnatural
Sweden

Walking in nature is unnatural

While pondering the remembrance of things past, Jeanne Rudbeck decides she'd much rather sip a latte in the city than flee Stockholm for Nature with the rest of the population.

Tamil demonstrators block Frankfurt train traffic
Germany

Tamil demonstrators block Frankfurt train traffic

Some 600 Tamil demonstrators blocked traffic at the Frankfurt train station on Sunday afternoon as they tried to draw attention to their plight in Sri Lanka, police said.

Day care workers broaden strike
Germany

Day care workers broaden strike

Public day care centres remained closed across Germany on Monday morning as workers staged a second day of strikes to pressure state employers into better wage and health care benefits.

Formerly kidnapped German ‘mad’ for returning to Somalia
Germany

Formerly kidnapped German ‘mad’ for returning to Somalia

Jurgen Kantner, kidnapped from his sailboat by Somalia pirates last year, has baffled locals by returning to the scene of the crime to retrieve his beloved sailboat.

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Sweden

Swedes feel full force of the law for public peeing

An increasing number of southern Swedes have felt the full force of the law since a 2006 crack down on peeing in public, a practice long forbidden but widely tolerated.

Activists occupy Lund buildings
Sweden

Activists occupy Lund buildings

New disturbances broke out in Lund in southern Sweden on Sunday as two deserted buildings were occupied by activists.