Discounting death
Germany

Discounting death

Discount supermarkets and economy airlines have long done a roaring trade in Germany, but an increasing number of Germans are taking their thriftiness to the grave. The Local’s Kristen Allen reports on the trend toward bargain burials and anonymous funerals.

Car explodes at Stockholm petrol station
Sweden

Car explodes at Stockholm petrol station

Two people were injured on Friday afternoon when a car exploded at a Statoil service station in the Stockholm suburb Gubbängen.

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Sweden

Married couple found dead in cellar

A married couple in their sixties have been found dead in the cellar of their home near Sollefteå in northern Sweden.

Pärson scores timely World Cup victory
Sweden

Pärson scores timely World Cup victory

Top Swedish skier Anja Pärson sealed her first World Cup win of the season in the women's super-combined event in St. Moritz on Friday.

No need for ‘unease’ about Greece, Berlin says
Germany

No need for ‘unease’ about Greece, Berlin says

Germany said on Friday that it sees no reason for "unease" over Greece's fiscal woes and that it is confident that Athens will live up to its promises to rein in its yawning budget deficit.

Hamburg put on ice as Alster freezes
Germany

Hamburg put on ice as Alster freezes

The deep freeze hitting Germany this winter has frozen Hamburg’s Alster Lake for the first time in over a decade. Jeff Kavanagh laces up his skates to go for a spin.

Two homes evacuated after landslide opens huge crater
Germany

Two homes evacuated after landslide opens huge crater

Two homes in the town of Tiefenort in Thuringia were evacuated on Friday after a landslide opened up a two-metre crater nearby.

Dutch shareholders doubt Saab-Spyker deal
Sweden

Dutch shareholders doubt Saab-Spyker deal

The director of the Dutch Shareholder's Association VEB has thrown a spanner in the works of the Saab-Spyker deal by publicly demanding answers from Spyker CEO Victor Muller on his financing plans.

Fifth of Swedish population foreign
Sweden

Fifth of Swedish population foreign

Latest figures from Statistics Sweden reveal that in the last 50 years the number of foreigners living in Sweden or those with two foreign-born parents has risen from four to nearly 20 percent.

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Sweden

Taxi driver charged with raping customers

A 34-year-old illegal taxi operator has been charged in Malmö on eight counts of rape and attempted rape.

Government closes voter gap: poll
Sweden

Government closes voter gap: poll

Sweden's ruling centre-right alliance has increased its pulling power among voters to take a 45.7 percent share according to a new poll. But the left-green opposition still maintains its lead with 48.6 percent.

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Sweden

Social Insurance Agency ‘too slow’: report

Sweden's justice ombudsman (JO) has levelled heavy criticism at the Social Insurance Agency for a string of perceived shortcomings.

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Sweden

Fewer student swindlers suspended for cheating

A tighter control of plagiarism across the Swedish education system is thought to be working after the number of students suspended on grounds of cheating at colleges and universities fell by 15 percent last year.

Freight train derailment in Lower Saxony delays commuter traffic
Germany

Freight train derailment in Lower Saxony delays commuter traffic

A freight train laden with auto parts derailed near the village of Schandelah in the state of Lower Saxony on Friday morning, forcing commuter traffic in the state to be rerouted.

Bayern Munich must win all games for title, Gomez says
Germany

Bayern Munich must win all games for title, Gomez says

Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez believes the German giants need to win all of their remaining Bundesliga games to be sure of the title - starting with Mainz on Saturday.

BMW sales slid by almost five percent in 2009
Germany

BMW sales slid by almost five percent in 2009

German group BMW said Friday that 2009 sales slipped by 4.7 percent as the luxury car market was hit by the global recession, but added it expected to sell more than 1.3 million autos this year.

Haitian children arrive in Frankfurt for adoption
Germany

Haitian children arrive in Frankfurt for adoption

Sixty Haitian children have arrived in Germany where they will be adopted some two weeks after the earthquake that devastated their country.

Berlin says Afghanistan talks a ‘turning point’
Germany

Berlin says Afghanistan talks a ‘turning point’

Germany believes Thursday's conference in London to map out Afghanistan's future could be a "turning point" for the country, Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle.

Teen kicked off train on coldest night of the year
Germany

Teen kicked off train on coldest night of the year

A Deutsche Bahn conductor will be disciplined after she threw a 16-year-old girl off a train on the coldest night of the year. The incident is the latest in a string of controversial measures taken against children without proper tickets.

Gothenburg congestion charges get green light
Sweden

Gothenburg congestion charges get green light

The first step towards introducing congestion charges in Gothenburg was taken on Thursday evening when council leaders met to fine-tune a proposal, which will now be submitted to the Swedish parliament.