Survey finds nerds get laid later in life
Germany

Survey finds nerds get laid later in life

A new study by an online dating site has fuelled the popular belief that those with academic ambitions are more likely to hit the books than slip under the sheets.

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Sweden

Swedish women keep working after 65 despite job cuts: study

Despite recent job cuts in the wake of the financial crisis, there are almost twice the number of women over the age of 65 in work today than four years ago, new figures from Statistics Sweden (SCB) show.

SPD meets as Schmidt storm rumbles
Germany

SPD meets as Schmidt storm rumbles

With weak poll numbers and an awkward scandal filling the airwaves, the Social Democratic Party (SPD) met Tuesday in Hannover hoping for a reboot nine weeks before national elections.

GPS mix up sends Swedish couple on impromptu Italian odessy
Sweden

GPS mix up sends Swedish couple on impromptu Italian odessy

A middle-aged Swedish couple on holiday in Italy drove 650 kilometres out of their way when their GPS system confused the island of Capri with the northern Italian town of Carpi.

Rinkeby fire claims seventh victim
Sweden

Rinkeby fire claims seventh victim

The 13-year-old girl that was badly burned in the fire in an apartment in Rinkeby in western Stockholm on Saturday evening has died of her injuries. The fire has now claimed seven victims.

Lufthansa deal with Austrian Airlines nears takeoff
Germany

Lufthansa deal with Austrian Airlines nears takeoff

German airline Lufthansa said Tuesday it was near to a compromise agreement with the European Commission on its planned takeover of Austrian Airlines.

Flash mobs banned in Braunschweig
Germany

Flash mobs banned in Braunschweig

Tired of flash mobs holding gatherings in Braunschweig’s Schlossplatz square, the city says it is forbidding the social networking phenomenon, according to a report published Tuesday by the news site Zeit Online.

Young Swedish film director takes Hollywood by storm
Sweden

Young Swedish film director takes Hollywood by storm

Even though there’s an ocean between Per Hanefjord and Hollywood, the budding Swedish film director explained to The Local’s Lydia Parafianowicz that tinsel town honours aren’t out of reach for a kid who grew up 40 kilometres away from the nearest grocery store.

Kalmar: more than merely a Baltic gateway
Sweden

Kalmar: more than merely a Baltic gateway

Nestled along the shores of Sweden’s southeastern coast, the historic town of Kalmar has plenty to offer travelers who dare to venture off the well-worn road which leads to the more-high profile Baltic island situated nearby, The Local’s Marge Thorell discovers.

Pirate Bay facing new suit from US film giants
Sweden

Pirate Bay facing new suit from US film giants

Disney, Universal, Warner Bros and Colombia Pictures are among more than ten major film companies behind a writ to sue for the closure of Swedish file-sharing site The Pirate Bay in Stockholm District Court.

Freiburg public drinking ban overturned
Germany

Freiburg public drinking ban overturned

A Freiburg court overturned a city ban on consuming alcohol in public Tuesday. Freiburg and many other German cities have been putting such bans in place to combat public drunkenness and underage drinking.

Replacement busses on S-Bahn routes pulled off road for repairs
Germany

Replacement busses on S-Bahn routes pulled off road for repairs

Busses running to replace Berlin's temporarily cancelled commuter rail routes have been pulled off the road for mechanical defects, including the risk of fire, adding to commuter frustration.

Church of Sweden in Brüno advert uproar
Sweden

Church of Sweden in Brüno advert uproar

The official Church of Sweden newspaper, Kyrkans Tidning, is at the centre of a storm of controversy after advertisers reacted to the depiction of scenes from UK comic Sacha Baron Cohen's new blockbuster movie Brüno.

Boy arrested at playground sandbox with heroin
Germany

Boy arrested at playground sandbox with heroin

A 12-year-old boy was arrested by Berlin police Monday evening after he was discovered to be carrying 150 small packets of heroin at a playground.

Sweden looks to boost healthcare exports
Sweden

Sweden looks to boost healthcare exports

Healthcare services are set to become Sweden's new major export industry, the Swedish Trade Council (Exportrådet) has announced.

Scientologists reported for harassing Swedish family
Sweden

Scientologists reported for harassing Swedish family

A family from Kävlinge in southern Sweden has reported the local Church of Scientology to the police for harassment after a fortnight of incessant phone calls, local newspaper Sydsvenskan reports.

Insurers argue over cost of swine flu shots
Germany

Insurers argue over cost of swine flu shots

German health insurers are urging the government to take on the costs of immunising the population against swine flu, daily Leipziger Volkszeitung reported on Tuesday.

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Sweden

No third boat involved in Swedish ferry crash

There is nothing to indicate that a third ship was directly involved in last week’s ferry crash near Nynäshamn off of Sweden’s east coast, according to preliminary interviews.

Deutsche Bank posts surprise gains
Germany

Deutsche Bank posts surprise gains

Deutsche Bank, Germany's largest, reported on Tuesday a better-than-expected 68 percent increase in second quarter net profit to €1.1 billion ($1.6 billion dollars).

Rumours point to Schumi return
Germany

Rumours point to Schumi return

Speculation is rampant that German Formula 1 champion Michael Schumacher will come out of retirement and once again take the wheel for Ferrari.

Sjöström swims to title in world record time
Sweden

Sjöström swims to title in world record time

Swedish teen swimming sensation Sarah Sjöström took home the women's 100m butterfly world title in Rome on Monday, setting a new world record of 56.06sec.

Ibrahimovic finally signs ‘dream’ contract with Barcelona
Sweden

Ibrahimovic finally signs ‘dream’ contract with Barcelona

Swedish star footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic said he is finally "living a dream" upon signing a five-year contract with Barcelona on Monday.