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Sweden

Parental ‘child sick leave’ peaks in February

Each February, Swedish parents take an estimated 600,000 paid leave days to take care of sick children, according to new Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan) statistics.

Löw backs down in contract dispute
Germany

Löw backs down in contract dispute

National coach Joachim Löw ended his stand-off with the German Football Federation (DFB) on Tuesday, as both parties agreed to plough all their efforts into Germany's 2010 World Cup campaign.

Germans splashing out on Karneval despite bad economy
Germany

Germans splashing out on Karneval despite bad economy

The tough economic climate is failing to dent Germans’ enthusiasm for Karneval, with partygoers set to spend €300 million on costumes and makeup during this year’s season, the Toy Retailers’ Association said Monday.

Study finds major discrimination against Turkish job applicants
Germany

Study finds major discrimination against Turkish job applicants

Jobseekers with Turkish names are clearly discriminated against when looking for work in Germany, a study released this week has found.

Young literary star Hegemann counters plagiarism claim
Germany

Young literary star Hegemann counters plagiarism claim

Best-selling teenage novelist Helene Hegemann rejected accusations of plagiarism in her debut novel “Axolotl Roadkill” on Tuesday, after it emerged she had taken slabs of text from an anonymous author and blogger.

‘Only good foreign soldier on Afghan soil is a dead one’: Myrdal
Sweden

‘Only good foreign soldier on Afghan soil is a dead one’: Myrdal

Swedish author and anti-war activist Jan Myrdal, 82, has sparked outrage following a public lecture in which he appeared to welcome the killing of Swedish, US and other soldiers.

China claims Germany’s export crown
Germany

China claims Germany’s export crown

China overtook Germany last year to become the world's leading exporter as German trade suffered its sharpest slump since 1950, figures from Germany's Federal Statistics Office showed on Tuesday.

Sharp increase in asylum seeker deportations
Sweden

Sharp increase in asylum seeker deportations

The number of asylum seekers deported from Sweden rose by 1,300 during 2009, according to new figures from the Swedish Migration Agency (Migrationsverket).

A layman’s look at cross-country skiing
Sweden

A layman’s look at cross-country skiing

Cross-country skiing, isn't that like alpine skiing but on the flat?

Three arrested for killing of Swedish soldiers
Sweden

Three arrested for killing of Swedish soldiers

Three men have been arrested in Afghanistan on suspicion of being connected to the deaths of the two Swedish soldiers near Mazar-e Sharif on Sunday, according to a report in the Expressen newspaper.

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Sweden

A layman’s look at ski jumping

Are these guys insane? Leaping at high speed from two daunting, hills with just a pair of skis to save them?

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Sweden

Dental service probed as girl dies after toothache

The Swedish Welfare Board (Socialstyrelsen) is set to investigate the Swedish Public Dental Service (Folktandvården) after a nine-year-old girl died following repeated visits to the dentist complaining of toothache and an abscess.

Opel boss unveils plan to slash 8,300 jobs
Germany

Opel boss unveils plan to slash 8,300 jobs

Opel boss Nick Reilly presented on Tuesday a plan for the future of the ailing General Motors unit, with a forecast loss of 8,300 jobs from a total of around 50,000, as expected.

Hartz IV welfare benefits ruled unconstitutional
Germany

Hartz IV welfare benefits ruled unconstitutional

Millions of German families on welfare could receive more government assistance after the nation’s highest court ruled Tuesday the controversial Hartz IV system of payments was unconstitutional.

Hamburg politician puts the ‘I’ in street de-icing
Germany

Hamburg politician puts the ‘I’ in street de-icing

The president of Hamburg's city parliament is reportedly in hot water for ordering authorities to clear the footpaths of ice outside his own home while leaving the rest of the city to slip and slide their way home.

Swedbank reports heavy losses
Sweden

Swedbank reports heavy losses

Swedbank has reported a bigger than expected operating loss of 1.6 billion kronor ($226.7 million) for the final quarter of 2009, largely due to its heavy exposure in the Baltic States and Russia, yet the bank's CEO Michael Wolf sees opportunities for profits in 2010.

Construction worker confesses in Cologne archive collapse case
Germany

Construction worker confesses in Cologne archive collapse case

Eleven months after the deadly collapse of Cologne’s city archive, a construction worker has given investigators their first confession in the case, media reports said on Tuesday.

SAS cuts 650 jobs
Sweden

SAS cuts 650 jobs

Troubled Scandinavian airline SAS has announced a new share issue to raise 5 billion kronor ($674 million) as well as a programme of cuts and savings designed to save a further 2 billion kronor.

Berlinale highlights shift to 3-D films
Germany

Berlinale highlights shift to 3-D films

Buyers at the Berlin film festival will be seeing triple this year, as 3-D productions such as "Avatar" transform the global cinema industry.

Munich and Nuremberg airport workers strike
Germany

Munich and Nuremberg airport workers strike

One day ahead of wage talks with state and municipal employers, public workers' union Verdi called for further temporary strikes on Tuesday – this time at airports in Munich and Nuremberg.

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Sweden

Ingrid, 79, declared dead by Swedish tax authorities

79-year-old Ingrid Ståhl of Malmö in southern Sweden found out to her surprise that she had been registered as dead after a mistake by the Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket).

Söderling claims comeback win
Sweden

Söderling claims comeback win

Swedish tennis star Robin Söderling showed no signs of the elbow complaint which knocked him out of the Australian Open as he earned a straight sets win over Frenchman Florent Serra on Monday in the Rotterdam Open.

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Sweden

Man shot on Stockholm street

A 29-year-old man was shot on Södermalm in Stockholm on Monday night. He was hit in the leg and in the shoulder, but was able to call an ambulance.