Cell phone owners could face TV licence fees
Sweden

Cell phone owners could face TV licence fees

Swedish TV licensing body Radiotjänst has indicated that cell phone users may soon face licence fees as technological advances bring television to the mobile.

Rapper fined for threatening to beat disabled woman with her crutches
Germany

Rapper fined for threatening to beat disabled woman with her crutches

Berlin rapper Sido reached a €14,000 settlement in a district court on Monday after being accused of defamation, intimidation, and attempted battery due to an August 2007 incident during which he threatened to beat a disabled elderly woman with her crutches.

Left coalition set to take power in Brandenburg
Germany

Left coalition set to take power in Brandenburg

The centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) will join forces with the socialist Left party to give Brandenburg its first “red-red” coalition, ending a decade of “grand-coalition” rule with the conservative Christian Democrats.

Swine flu vaccinations underway in Sweden
Sweden

Swine flu vaccinations underway in Sweden

The largest vaccination programme in Swedish history got underway on Monday as health workers in the south of the country received the first shots to protect against the swine flu.

Lufthansa revives offer of mile-high web surfing and text messaging
Germany

Lufthansa revives offer of mile-high web surfing and text messaging

German flag carrier Lufthansa and Japanese electronics giant Panasonic have teamed up to offer passengers wireless Internet on long-haul flights from 2010, the airline announced Monday.

Army first in line to get cutting-edge swine flu shot
Germany

Army first in line to get cutting-edge swine flu shot

The German army has ordered a stock of special swine flu vaccine that does not contain controversial additives that will be given to the general public, the Defence Ministry confirmed on Monday.

Stockholm’s bunnies burned to keep Swedes warm
Sweden

Stockholm’s bunnies burned to keep Swedes warm

The bodies of thousands of rabbits culled every year from the parks in Stockholm’s Kungsholmen neighbourhood are being used to fuel a heating plant in central Sweden.

Little Sweden on the Prairie
Sweden

Little Sweden on the Prairie

Välkommen till Lindsborg - Between barbecued ribs and meatballs, Robert La Bua finds Swedish culture alive and well in Little Sweden, USA.

Americans claim Nobel economics prize
Sweden

Americans claim Nobel economics prize

Two Americans have been awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize in economics for their research on economic governance.

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Sweden

Swedish firm snaps up Russian farmland

A Swedish company is aiming to help meet the world's growing grain needs by buying up vast swathes of highly arable "black earth" land in Russia.

Three million Swedes file share illegally: study
Sweden

Three million Swedes file share illegally: study

More than one in three Swedes continue to ignore the country’s anti-file sharing laws, according to a new study by a recording industry interest group.

Butt-flashing boozer dragged 200 metres while stuck to train
Germany

Butt-flashing boozer dragged 200 metres while stuck to train

A drunk young man was dragged 200 metres after pressing his bare buttocks to a departing train window to insult a ticket inspector who had just thrown him off, police reported on Monday.

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Sweden

Another Swede held in Pakistan: report

Sweden’s foreign ministry confirmed on Monday that one an additional Swedish citizen is currently being held in prison in Pakistan.

Merkel vows to prod China over human rights
Germany

Merkel vows to prod China over human rights

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she would press Chinese officials on human rights ahead of talks on Monday with the country's possible next president.

The Best of Berlin in October
Germany

The Best of Berlin in October

This month Exberliner, Berlin's leading English-language magazine, highlights a travel writing workshop, a killer iPhone app and locally produced pasties.

Police brutality claims follow anti-Nazi protest
Germany

Police brutality claims follow anti-Nazi protest

Berlin police face fresh claims of brutality in the wake of a violent neo-Nazi demonstration on Saturday in which anti-fascist counter-protesters clashed with riot police, daily Der Tagesspiegel reported Monday.

Unemployment jumps among well-educated
Germany

Unemployment jumps among well-educated

The current job market has become particularly difficult for well-educated people, with unemployment among high school graduates jumping by 25 percent in the last year, daily Frankfurter Rundschau reported on Monday.

Baby ‘could have died’ due to hospital drug error
Sweden

Baby ‘could have died’ due to hospital drug error

A three-month old baby was mistakenly prescribed a dose of painkillers ten-times higher than the recommended level following an operation at Astrid Lindgren Children’s Hospital near Stockholm.

Meatball-snacking secretary can have her job back, boss says
Germany

Meatball-snacking secretary can have her job back, boss says

The Dortmund secretary who made headlines last week for being fired after 34 years on the job due to a conference buffet meatball snack can have her job back, her employer said on Sunday evening.

Bodström under fire for missed Riksdag votes
Sweden

Bodström under fire for missed Riksdag votes

Former Social Democratic justice minister Thomas Bodström has been accused of abandoning his duties as a member of the Riksdag in favour of high paying engagements as a trial attorney.

Former East German jewel faces ghost town future
Germany

Former East German jewel faces ghost town future

Since the Berlin Wall fell 20 years ago the Saxon town of Hoyerswerda, once a jewel in the communist crown, has become a symbol of everything that is wrong with modern East Germany – with poverty, high unemployment and a dwindling population.

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Sweden

Man found dead in Söderhamn flat

A 27-year-old man was found dead in his apartment in Söderhamn in eastern Sweden on Sunday afternoon.