Swedish unions upbeat after Spyker talks
Sweden

Swedish unions upbeat after Spyker talks

Representatives for two of Sweden's formost trade unions met with with Spyker on Monday to discuss the Dutch sports car maker's last gasp bid for GM's beleaguered Saab Automobile unit.

Foreign collector behind Auschwitz theft
Germany

Foreign collector behind Auschwitz theft

A foreign memorabilia collector ordered last week's theft of the notorious Arbeit macht frei sign from Auschwitz concentration camp, Polish police said Tuesday.

Sweden risks facing severe labour shortages
Sweden

Sweden risks facing severe labour shortages

Over the next ten years, the number of native-born Swedes of working age will decline by 100,000. Without more immigrants, we will be unable to sustain our welfare standards, writes Olle Wästberg, head of the Swedish Institute.

Body of missing American found in river
Germany

Body of missing American found in river

The drowned body of a 22-year-old American teacher who went missing a month ago in Frankfurt has been found in the Rhine River, police announced on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Ikea announces global baby chair recall

Safety concerns have prompted flatpack furniture giant Ikea to announce a global recalled of 5,474 high chairs.

White Christmas forecast for parts of Germany
Germany

White Christmas forecast for parts of Germany

The chilly weather of the last week may bring rewards after all, with Germany set for a white Christmas - at least in some parts of the country, forecasters said Tuesday.

Swedish collector behind Auschwitz theft: reports
Sweden

Swedish collector behind Auschwitz theft: reports

A Swedish citizen may have been behind the theft of the infamous metal sign that hung at the entrance of the former Nazi death camp Auschwitz, according to Polish media.

Economic outlook darkens for 2010
Germany

Economic outlook darkens for 2010

Prospects for Europe's biggest economy look gloomier in 2010 as consumer sentiment, business investment and borrowing polls warn of weak patches following the worst recession since World War II.

Nobel fashion quips land writer in hot water
Sweden

Nobel fashion quips land writer in hot water

While the neckline of Princess Madeleine's gown is often under scrutiny by the media during Nobel Week, fashion commentary by one Swedish freelance writer earned her a ban from the leadership of top Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter (DN).

Airport chaos continues in Frankfurt
Germany

Airport chaos continues in Frankfurt

Delays at Frankfurt airport continued on Tuesday, with 140 flights axed from the schedule by midday.

Christmas post offices swamped with letters to Santa – from adults
Germany

Christmas post offices swamped with letters to Santa – from adults

More and more adults in Germany are writing to Santa – and the official Christmas post offices that deal with the mail are not amused.

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Sweden

Immigrants a risk factor on housing group form

“Immigrants” were listed along with “asbestos” and “noise” on a list of 39 risk factors on a form to be filled out by cooperative housing associations belonging to HSB Skåne in southern Sweden, reports Sydsvenskan newspaper. The list was intended to assess the health and safety environment of various HSB properties.

Barcelona Christmas gift for Zlatan’s first club
Sweden

Barcelona Christmas gift for Zlatan’s first club

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's first club FBK Balkan have got an early Christmas present of 1.5 million kronor ($206,000) courtesy of FC Barcelona.

Christmas shopping guide: Swedish design online
Sweden

Christmas shopping guide: Swedish design online

Waited till the last minute to pick up a gift for the design aficionado in your life? Here's help. We've dusted off The Local’s quintessential guide to the best of Swedish design online with some old, some new and some just plain odd.

German coffee makers fined for massive price-fixing scheme
Germany

German coffee makers fined for massive price-fixing scheme

Coffee lovers have been overpaying in Germany, the competition watchdog announced this week as it slapped fines totalling €159.5 million on three of the country’s biggest coffee makers, Tchibo, Melitta and Dallmayr.

Traditional Christmas recipes
Germany

Traditional Christmas recipes

Still not sure what to cook for Christmas? Try some of these German recipes collected by Deutsch Perfekt magazine.

Merry Christmas, watch out for blood-sucking ticks on the tree!
Germany

Merry Christmas, watch out for blood-sucking ticks on the tree!

Families who bring Christmas trees into their homes should watch out for ticks this holiday season because the tiny blood-sucking, disease-ridden creatures often survive winter temperatures, German daily Bild reported on Monday.

Unemployment insurance tipped to rise
Germany

Unemployment insurance tipped to rise

Employees in Germany would have to pay much more towards unemployment insurance under a new plan to slash the government deficit, daily Süddeutsche Zeitung reported Tuesday.

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Sweden

Sweden slapped with hefty Development Days limousine bill

Sweden has received a bill of almost 3.5 million kronor ($480,000) limousine services transporting delegates during a five-day summit meeting of European development aid ministers hosted this autumn by the Swedish EU presidency, financial daily Dagens Industri (DI) reports.

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Sweden

Mystery Dutch billionaire behind Spyker bid: report

A Dutch billionaire is the main financier behind Spyker's latest bid for Swedish automaker Saab, reports Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) newspaper, referring to several insider sources.

Egyptian Nefertiti bust is rightfully ours, Germany says
Germany

Egyptian Nefertiti bust is rightfully ours, Germany says

German authorities on Monday again rebuffed Egyptian claims to the rightful ownership of a 3,400-year-old bust of Queen Nefertiti, after a high-level meeting in Cairo.

Sida officials reject aid minister’s criticism
Sweden

Sida officials reject aid minister’s criticism

Five top officials at the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) have issued a statement criticizing development aid minister Gunilla Carlsson, report several Swedish media.

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Sweden

White Christmas in store for Sweden

Those who have asked Santa for a white Christmas might see their wish come true on Christmas Eve. Sweden has remained covered in snow, although the snowfall is expected to let up in many parts of Sweden – with a chance of sun.

Thousands stranded at Frankfurt airport
Germany

Thousands stranded at Frankfurt airport

More than 3,000 travellers spent Monday night at the Frankfurt airport after runways were closed down because of snow and ice.

Elin Nordegren to spend Christmas in Sweden
Sweden

Elin Nordegren to spend Christmas in Sweden

Former model Elin Nordegren will visit her family in Sweden over the holidays along with her two children, while husband Tiger Woods is retreating to the Bahamas on his private yacht named 'Privacy'.