Prison for ‘Stockholm Syndrome’ accomplice
Sweden

Prison for ‘Stockholm Syndrome’ accomplice

One of Sweden’s most notorious criminals, 62-year-old Clark Olofsson, has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for his involvement in a drug smuggling syndicate.

Coca-Cola looking to buy Germany’s Bionade
Germany

Coca-Cola looking to buy Germany’s Bionade

US soft drink giant Coca-Cola is eyeing a takeover of the pioneering German healthy soft drink label Bionade, according to a report in Handelsblatt on Friday.

It’s official: German beer is ‘very good’
Germany

It’s official: German beer is ‘very good’

Despite falling consumption, those who are still enjoying Germany’s beer can know that it's been given top marks from the national consumer watchdog association.

Berlin’s S-bahn chaos opens new canvas to grafffiti artists
Germany

Berlin’s S-bahn chaos opens new canvas to grafffiti artists

Berlin’s S-Bahn chaos has created a Cockaigne for graffiti artists as the lack of rail traffic opens up a whole new canvas for taggers, daily Der Tagesspiegel reported on Wednesday.

Eurofighter planes get set for takeoff in Munich
Germany

Eurofighter planes get set for takeoff in Munich

Germany and three other European countries have signed a contract for the delivery of 112 Eurofighter aircraft worth around €9 billion ($13 billion), the defence ministry said on Friday.

Swedish calendar men show the full monty
Sweden

Swedish calendar men show the full monty

A group of men in Arvidsträsk in the far north of Sweden has celebrated the tenth anniversary of a local fishing competition by baring all for a special edition calendar.

Dead couple’s cat emerges two weeks after landslide tragedy
Germany

Dead couple’s cat emerges two weeks after landslide tragedy

Two weeks after tragedy struck, a spark of good news has emerged from the Nachterstedt landslide: a cat belonging to the couple killed in the accident has survived, Bild newspaper reported on Friday.

Squabbling neo-Nazis set for election drubbing
Germany

Squabbling neo-Nazis set for election drubbing

Neo-Nazi political parties are likely to go backwards in Germany’s upcoming elections as internal strife and growing tribalism in the far-right scene leaves their support in tatters, the domestic intelligence agency said on Friday.

Foreign investors thrive on the Stockholm exchange: report
Sweden

Foreign investors thrive on the Stockholm exchange: report

The Stockholm stock exchange has retained its allure among foreign investors who now own 35 percent of its total value, new figures published on Friday.

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Sweden

Stockholm Nightlife: area by area

Whether you want to drink champagne with the A-listers in Stureplan, find an alternative groove on Söder, soak up the history in Gamla Stan or get down with the locals on Kungsholmen, Stockholm's nightlife has something to offer.

Swedes have the longest holidays in Europe: study
Sweden

Swedes have the longest holidays in Europe: study

With an average of 33 days annual leave, Swedes are streets ahead of their European counterparts when in comes to taking holidays, a new report from a European Union body shows.

Pride march a ‘game changer’ for Stockholm football clubs
Sweden

Pride march a ‘game changer’ for Stockholm football clubs

As Stockholm gears up for the weekend’s Pride Parade, The Local’s Gabriel Stein takes a look at the difficulties facing two Stockholm-area football clubs as they attempt to show their solidarity with the city’s gay community.

Tel Aviv players freed in Sweden rape probe
Sweden

Tel Aviv players freed in Sweden rape probe

Two members of an Israeli football club were detained on Friday at Gothenburg's Landvetter Airport after police received a report they were involved in an alleged rape.

Key union turns its back on flailing SPD
Germany

Key union turns its back on flailing SPD

The Social Democratic (SPD) rivals to German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) suffered another blow on Friday when the IG Metall union, a traditional backer, withdrew its support two months before federal elections.

Germany’s jobless queue set to hit 4.7 million in 2010
Germany

Germany’s jobless queue set to hit 4.7 million in 2010

Unemployment in Germany will climb even further than previously feared, with 4.7 million people out of work in 2010, the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) predicted this week.

Swedish princess gets hefty libel payment from German press
Germany

Swedish princess gets hefty libel payment from German press

False German media reports that Sweden’s Princess Madeleine was pregnant and planning to marry have resulting in the princess being awarded €400,000 ($565,000) in damages by a German court.

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Sweden

Swedish GDP fall slows to 6.2 percent: report

Sweden's GDP fell by 6.2 percent during the second quarter on the corresponding period of 2008, according to new figures published by Statistics Sweden (SCB) on Friday.

Six men missing as ship sinks off Sweden
Sweden

Six men missing as ship sinks off Sweden

Six men are missing at sea after a Norwegian cargo ship sank off the west coast of Sweden, maritime officials said on Friday.

Pensioner enters Jehovah’s Witness church with machine gun
Germany

Pensioner enters Jehovah’s Witness church with machine gun

An 82-year-old man who entered a meeting of Jehovah’s Witnesses armed with a submachine gun, three magazines, a Samurai sword and a knife has been arrested, Bielefeld police reported on Friday.

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Sweden

Swine flu swindlers target Swedish seniors

Elderly residents in Stockholm are being robbed by a gang posing as public health officials wishing to inform them about the dangers of the swine flu.

Bayern beats Manchester in Audi Cup shootout
Germany

Bayern beats Manchester in Audi Cup shootout

Manchester United missed a handful of decent opportunities before losing out to Bayern Munich 7-6 in a penalty shootout in the final of the Audi Cup on Thursday.

German court ups Princess Madeleine’s libel award
Sweden

German court ups Princess Madeleine’s libel award

False German media reports that Sweden’s Princess Madeleine was pregnant and planning to marry have resulting in the princess being awarded €400,000 ($565,000) in damages by a German court.

German work week getting longer
Germany

German work week getting longer

Germans work more per week than their counterparts in most other European Union countries, a study published on Friday by daily Die Welt reported.

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Sweden

Dutch court bans Pirate Bay in the Netherlands

A Dutch court on Thursday ordered Swedish file sharing website The Pirate Bay be banned from operating in the Netherlands.