What's on in Sweden: World Cup baseball & Cirque du Soleil in Stockholm; Coco Chanel & All Time Low (US) in Gothenburg; Macy Gray (US) in Malmö
Swedish writers have stepped away from the serious business of writing books to do battle over the future of the Swedish novel. But perhaps they should get off their high horses and stick to the task, suggests The Local's Charlotte Webb.
The long, lazy Indian summer days are swiftly coming to an end, but as The Local’s Kristen Allen reports, there are few better ways to soak up the season than a relaxing and affordable jaunt to the canals of the Spreewald nature preserve.
Commerzbank, Germany's second biggest bank, is returning billions of euros in state guarantees and redrafting its models for staff pay, chief executive Martin Blessing said on Wednesday.
Recognizing that acceptance of a problem is the first step to recovery, The Local's Peter Vinthagen Simpson bravely leaves behind his quarantine and admits to being a swine flu victim.
Swedes' habit of relieving themselves in public swimming pools may heighten their risk of asthma if the indoor pools lack proper ventilation, new Swedish research shows.
Germany's socialist party The Left has surged to its best level this year in a new opinion poll, while Chancellor Merkel's preferred coalition has lost its potential majority just weeks before the general election.
An ambitious project was unveiled in Germany on Wednesday to install mini gas-fired power plants in people's basements that could produce as much electricity as two nuclear reactors within a year.
A German woman clearing out the cellar of her new house in southern Germany discovered in a hidden room the mummified body of a man declared missing 13 years ago, police said on Wednesday.
The two teenagers charged with killing 15-year-old Therese Johansson Rojo in the Stockholm suburb of Stureby in June were found guilty on Wednesday by the Södertörn District Court.
State prosecutors in Karlsruhe said Wednesday they had filed charges against Jörg Tauss, Germany's only MP for the Pirate Party, on suspicion of possession and distribution of child pornography.
Sweden's Koenigsegg Group has brought on Chinese auto company Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Co Ltd (BAIC) to secure the financing needed to buy Saab from General Motors, Koenigsegg said on Wednesday.
The largest circulation newspaper in Cyprus, Phileleftheros, reported on Wednesday that the wedding of one of the daughters of the Swedish king is to take place on the Mediterranean island this Friday, a claim rejected by Princess Madeleine's secretary Anita Söderlind.
Stockholm’s Moderna Museet has settled a long-running dispute with the heirs of a Jewish businessman over a painting the man’s family claimed was looted by the Nazis during World War II.
Labour Minister Olaf Scholz is planning a €100-million programme to provide micro-credit to small German businesses, financial daily Handelsblatt reported on Wednesday.
Fifteen leading German bloggers and online journalists have drawn up a 17-point manifesto of how they believe journalism functions in the internet era.
To the jubilation of Umeå residents, chairman of the jury Sir Robert Scott announced on Tuesday that Umeå will be the European Capital of Culture for 2014, beating the southern city of Lund by a clear margin.
Exasperated citizens of Stormbruch in Hesse will likely secede to North Rhine-Westphalia in a state parliamentary vote on Wednesday to make a border change the town has wanted since state-lines were redrawn after World War II.
Four people - including the wife of the victim - have been arrested for their involvement in the murder of a 45-year-old business man outside his home in Fagersta in central Sweden in April.
Germany has inaugurated a new memorial to some 3,100 German soldiers killed in service since 1955, breaking with usual reticence over military pride amid a heated debate about the country's role in Afghanistan.
General Motors was expected to reach a decision on Wednesday on the fate of European subsidiary Opel after weeks of delays, which have drawn ire from the German government and unions.
After another safety scandal at Berlin’s S-Bahn rail service created massive delays and cancellations this week, the Berlin city government has said it will give the company just a quarter of its monthly payment.
A 19-year-old woman from Sölvesborg in southern Sweden has had her request for permission to get a tattoo of the national coat of arms turned down by a chief heraldist at the National Archives, local newspaper Blekinge Läns Tidning reports.
Flatpack furniture giant Ikea has won its legal naming battle with a Swedish website selling second-hand Ikea goods at knockdown prices.
The opposition Social Democrats are preparing to raise taxes if elected next year in a bid to save jobs, and raise the quality of schools and health care, according to an article by party leader Mona Sahlin and economic affairs spokesman Thomas Östros in Wednesday's edition of Dagens Nyheter.
A fire brigade exercise in Wilkau-Haßlau on Tuesday evening left nine children and two adults injured after a mysterious explosion, authorities in the state of Lower Saxony reported on Wednesday morning.