As 2010 kicks off, The Local takes a look back at some of the stories that caught our attention during the past year in Germany.
The German national tenants association (DMB) has warned the government that unless investment in new construction is increased, the country could face an acute housing shortage in urban areas in the next two or three years.
German punk pioneer and scandal queen Nina Hagen said on Thursday she is writing a book about Jesus.
Police on Thursday said two men were injured by an explosion while making fireworks in their apartment. The severely damaged flat apparently contained a substantial cache of pyrotechnical equipment.
Long-distance rail-links were disrupted across Germany on Thursday, as ice on overhead contact wires affected Inter-city services between Amsterdam and Berlin and between Hamburg and Cologne.
Despite occasional interference by the Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket), Swedes have set a new record in changing their last names.
Rescue workers and police are searching for two climbers who went missing two days ago on Germany’s highest mountain, the Zugspitze, in southern Bavaria.
German security and aviation officials on Thursday said duty-free shops in airports pose a security risk as they sell potentially dangerous items like razors, cigarette lighters and flammable alcohol and perfume.
The Swedish Language Council's (Språkrådet) has added slidkrans (vaginal corona) to its list of official Swedish words following successful lobbying by a sexual rights group. In total, the council added 30 new words to its linguistic roster.
A court in Halmstad on the southwest coast of Sweden has dismissed charges against a man who reportedly took a photo of a 17-year-old girl's genitals while she was sleeping. The court said that the incident was was not a punishable offense.
At a time when Sweden's largest automakers, Saab and Volvo – both owned by American companies – are up for grabs, Swedish companies remain sceptical about foreign ownership.
The Chinese government will support the sale of Swedish automaker Volvo to Geely Automobile, the company said on Thursday.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned in a New Year's television address to be broadcast on Thursday that the effects of the country's worst post-war recession would drag into 2010.