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Sweden

What’s on in Sweden: September 4 – 10

What's on in Sweden: International polo & feminist porn in Stockholm; International art biennial in Gothenburg; Paul Potts (UK) in Malmö.

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Sweden

Drunk and disorderly soldiers sacked

Two soldiers who left their weapons unattended while drinking themselves senseless during service in Kosovo in May have been dismissed by the Swedish Armed Forces.

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Sweden

Swedish dad in bid for breast milk

Swedish father Ragnar, 26, has entered into an experiment that he hopes will help him breastfeed his future children.

Hospitals ‘bribing’ doctors for patients
Germany

Hospitals ‘bribing’ doctors for patients

Doctors and hospitals are blaming each other this week after it emerged that medical facilities have been secretly paying premiums to doctors for sending them patients.

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Malmö gets thumbs up for text message pee charge

Sweden's Data Inspection Board (Datainspektionen) has approved a new system of paying for public toilets using text messages in Malmö's famous Folkets Park.

Merkel ahead in polls as election battle heats up
Germany

Merkel ahead in polls as election battle heats up

With 25 days until Germany’s federal elections, Chancellor Angela Merkel looks set to win a second term in power with her preferred centre-right coalition, according to two opinion polls published on Wednesday.

No Angels singer pans police and press for public HIV outing
Germany

No Angels singer pans police and press for public HIV outing

Five months after she was arrested on suspicion of infecting her lovers with HIV, No Angels singer Nadja Benaissa criticised both law enforcement officials and the German media on Wednesday.

Bank bonus culture must end: Borg
Sweden

Bank bonus culture must end: Borg

Finance Minister, Anders Borg, will tell EU finance ministers today that the culture of high bonuses that exists in the banking sector must end.

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Sweden

Swine flu victim given correct advice: inquiry

A man in Sweden who died of swine flu received correct information from official medical phone line 1177, an inquiry just completed by local health care authorities has found.

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Sweden

No equality quotas for boards: Olofsson

Center Party leader and Industry Minister Maud Olofsson has washed her government’s hands of the responsibility for ensuring equal representation of women and men on the boards of listed companies, according to a report in the Svenska Dagbladet newspaper.

BMW to invest €1 billion in German plants
Germany

BMW to invest €1 billion in German plants

BMW announced on Wednesday it would stay committed to producing cars in Germany by investing €1 billion into its factories around the country.

10,000 skilled labour traineeships go unfilled
Germany

10,000 skilled labour traineeships go unfilled

More than 10,000 apprenticeship positions remain open in the skilled labour sector despite the economic crisis, daily Bild reported on Wednesday.

Neo-Nazi NPD faces tax-money windfall for victory in Saxony
Germany

Neo-Nazi NPD faces tax-money windfall for victory in Saxony

Germany's neo-Nazi National Democratic Party (NPD) stands to gain a taxpayer-funded windfall for being re-elected to Saxony's state parliament on Sunday, according to daily paper Die Tageszeitung.

Car scrapping premium funds run out
Germany

Car scrapping premium funds run out

Germany’s popular "cash for clunkers" car scrapping premium ran out of funds on Wednesday, the government said.

Court allows suspected terrorist to name son ‘Jihad’
Germany

Court allows suspected terrorist to name son ‘Jihad’

After a three-year legal battle, an Islamist under surveillance by Germany’s domestic intelligence agency has been allowed to name his young son “Jihad,” daily Bild reported on Wednesday.

GM to fill Saab funding hole: report
Sweden

GM to fill Saab funding hole: report

The prospective purchaser of the ailing Saab Automobile company – the Koenigsegg Group – has found new investors to enable it to complete the deal, according to reports in the Dagens Industri business daily.

Health supplements from smelly herring
Sweden

Health supplements from smelly herring

‘Surströmming’ – the slimy, smelly, fermented Baltic herring, that is sold in cans and is a popular favourite for many Swedes and converts – is to be turned into a health food supplement.

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Sweden

Gothenburg man critical after knifing

A 40-year-old man has received multiple stab wounds after being attacked with a knife in an apartment in the Gothenburg suburb of Biskopsgården, on Hisingen island, on Monday night.

Berlin fights Google Books project in US court
Germany

Berlin fights Google Books project in US court

Berlin on Wednesday opposed a legal settlement that would allow Google to digitise and sell millions of books online, arguing it violated international treaties on authors' rights.

Four dead in house fire
Sweden

Four dead in house fire

Three children and a woman died and a child was seriously injured in a house fire in Staffanstorp in southern Sweden on Monday night. According to the fire and rescue service each of the family were victims of smoke inhalation.

Wild horses taking refuge at former US base
Germany

Wild horses taking refuge at former US base

A former US military base in Hanau, Hesse, is to become home to a group of endangered horses next month in an effort to conserve the habitat and protect the rare animals.