Merkel and Obama close ranks in DC
Germany

Merkel and Obama close ranks in DC

US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed in Washington on Friday to work closely to tackle climate change and presented a united front in dealing with Iran and Russia.

Porsche close to cinching deal with Qatar
Germany

Porsche close to cinching deal with Qatar

Porsche said Friday it was close to cinching a deal that would see Qatar stake in the heavily indebted luxury carmaker.

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Sweden

Stockholm from the water

Situated on dozens of small islands, Stockholm is a city of water. The Local gives you tips on how to make the most of the Swedish capital’s greatest resource.

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Sweden

Stockholm: the city that loves kids

Children love Stockholm because Stockholm loves children. It almost seems that the city had children in mind as it evolved over the centuries. There are parks and play areas among the many green areas; walkways are wide, pedestrian crossings are not only at every corner but wherever people are likely to cross the street. And the city is clean.

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Sweden

Gay Stockholm: The Local’s guide

It’s the city that gave the world gay icons like Abba and Greta Garbo, so the fact that Stockholm is becoming a favourite destination of gay tourists should be no surprise. Stockholm’s tradition of tolerance and openness means it never developed a gay ghetto, so gay life is integrated into the life of the rest of the city.

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Sweden

The Local’s guide to shopping in Stockholm

Whatever you’re shopping for, the Swedish capital has something for you. An achingly fashion-conscious city, Stockholm is the perfect place to while away the hours drifting from trendy boutique to trendy boutique. For aficionados of sleek, minimalist Scandinavian design, there are great finds to be made. For foodies, Stockholm’s historic market halls are gourmet heaven. This guide will be constantly updated and expanded –if you know of an establishment you think we should include, tell us!

Insider knowledge from Sweden’s top political shindig
Sweden

Insider knowledge from Sweden’s top political shindig

A week-long political conference may not seem like the event of the season, but Sweden’s annual Almedalen Week has practically the entire country talking about who’s who in politics and what they’re up to on the Baltic island of Gotland.

Wattenmeer mudflats named world heritage site
Germany

Wattenmeer mudflats named world heritage site

Germany’s Wattenmeer – North Sea mudflats which are feeding grounds to millions of migratory birds and a unique ecosystem – was made a world natural heritage site by UNESCO on Friday.

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Sweden

Arla facing steep fines in competition probe

Scandinavian dairy producer Arla Foods faces more than 7 billion kronor ($900 million) in fines if the company is found to have breached laws ensuring fair competition.

Deflation threat fades as prices rise by tiny degree
Germany

Deflation threat fades as prices rise by tiny degree

German consumer prices rose by a meagre 0.1 percent in June compared with the same month in 2008, but a threat of deflation appeared to be easing, provisional official figures released on Friday showed.

Swedish king feted in Ukraine 300 years after landmark battle
Sweden

Swedish king feted in Ukraine 300 years after landmark battle

Sweden's King Karl XII and a Cossack commander are emerging as disputed figures in Ukraine-Russia relations some 300 years after Russia's comprehensive defeat of Sweden in the Battle of Poltava.

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Sweden

Woman charged for raping another woman

A 32-year-old woman has been charged for the rape of another woman by the Gothenburg District Court.

Hamelin rat catcher recreates children kidnapping
Germany

Hamelin rat catcher recreates children kidnapping

Hamelin commemorated the 725th anniversary of the legendary kidnapping of its children by an unpaid rat catcher on Friday, with a recreation of the tragedy that made the town famous.

Sweden mourns death of Michael Jackson
Sweden

Sweden mourns death of Michael Jackson

Pop music fans and musicians in Sweden were reeling on Friday following news of the unexpected death of Michael Jackson, who died suddenly on Thursday in Los Angeles at the age of 50.

Asse nuclear dump contains explosives
Germany

Asse nuclear dump contains explosives

The controversial salt-mine nuclear waste storage facility in Asse, Lower Saxony is not only crumbling but also contains unknown amounts of explosive, it has emerged.

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Sweden

Gang members get two years for forced tattoo

Two men with connections to a Swedish criminal gang have each been sentenced to two years in jail for forcing an 18-year-old boy to cover over a tattoo resembling the gang's logo.

Dresden UNESCO debacle embarrasses Germany
Germany

Dresden UNESCO debacle embarrasses Germany

In blow to Germany's cherished Kulturnation reputation, the baroque city of Dresden lost its UNESCO world heritage status this week. The Local’s media roundup explores the cultural fallout.

Former East Germans miss failed communist dictatorship
Germany

Former East Germans miss failed communist dictatorship

More than half of Germans from the former communist east see the failed dictatorship in a positive light, according to a new survey conducted for the government.

Thirteen charged over counterfeit cash
Sweden

Thirteen charged over counterfeit cash

Thirteen people were indicted by a Swedish court on Thursday after being caught with 2.5 million kronor ($318,000) in counterfeit dollar and euro bills.

The Local’s Swedish summer festival guide
Sweden

The Local’s Swedish summer festival guide

From heavy metal to jazz and from pop to classical, Sweden’s roster of summertime musical festivals has something to suit all tastes.

What’s on in Germany: June 25 – July 1
Germany

What’s on in Germany: June 25 – July 1

This Week's Highlights: Berlin parties like it's Sweden, Harley Davidsons roar through Hamburg, and a big beer garden sets up in Cologne.

Police kill man in Berlin after attack on officer
Germany

Police kill man in Berlin after attack on officer

A man shot dead by police in central Berlin on Thursday evening attacked the two officers with pepper spray, wrestled a pistol from one of them and shot at him before being gunned down himself.

Jerebko becomes first Swede drafted into NBA
Sweden

Jerebko becomes first Swede drafted into NBA

Jonas Jerebko, a native of Borås in western Sweden, became the first Swedish national to be drafted into the National Basketball Association (NBA), being picked on Thursday night by the Detroit Pistons as the 39th pick overall.

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Sweden

Swedish man and his dog fall into fecal lagoon

What started as a pleasant Midsummer’s Eve stroll had an unpleasant and smelly end for a man and his dog in eastern Sweden.

Inmates commit crimes using prison phones
Sweden

Inmates commit crimes using prison phones

Swedish inmates are routinely able to bypass blocks put on prison telephones, allowing them to make calls to fellow criminals with instructions for carrying out new crimes.

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Sweden

Moderates lose as Green Party gains: poll

Support for the Moderate Party dropped significantly in June, while Sweden’s Green Party reached heights not seen since the 2006 Riksdag elections, a new poll shows.

Obama hosts Merkel for White House talks
Germany

Obama hosts Merkel for White House talks

US President Barack Obama is holding his first White House talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday, in the latest of a flurry of meetings between the leaders dogged by reports of disagreements.

T-Mobile seen losing iPhone stranglehold in Germany
Germany

T-Mobile seen losing iPhone stranglehold in Germany

T-Mobile could soon lose its exclusive rights to Apple’s widely popular iPhone in Germany, Manager Magazin reported on Friday.

Two dead and 11 injured in bus crash
Germany

Two dead and 11 injured in bus crash

Two people died and 11 others were seriously injured in a bus crash on the A24 motorway near Hamburg on Friday morning, according to the police.