Classy Kalla claims first Swedish gold
Sweden

Classy Kalla claims first Swedish gold

Olympic debutante Charlotte Kalla won the women's 10km freestyle in Vancouver on Monday to claim Sweden's first gold medal at the 2010 games.

Berlin begins jockeying for top ECB job
Germany

Berlin begins jockeying for top ECB job

Germany on Monday appeared likely to step up its campaign to make Bundesbank chief Axel Weber the next European Central Bank president, as eurozone ministers met to decide on the ECB's vice president.

Sony Ericsson unveils new smartphones
Sweden

Sony Ericsson unveils new smartphones

Swedish-Japanese handset maker Sony Ericsson unveiled its new smartphones on Sunday as it seeks to close the gap on its main competitors.

MAN industrial group posts 2009 loss
Germany

MAN industrial group posts 2009 loss

The German industrial group MAN swung to a net loss last year owing to exceptional items, but remained profitable at the operating level, it said on Monday.

Karneval floats feature giant Obama, naked Merkel and zombie bankers
Germany

Karneval floats feature giant Obama, naked Merkel and zombie bankers

Huge effigies of US President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and zombie bankers starred in Karneval parades across the Rhineland on Monday.

Cop forgets child porn in laundry room
Sweden

Cop forgets child porn in laundry room

A Swedish police officer is facing disciplinary action after a neighbour found child pornography on a memory stick the policeman had neglected to remove from a trouser pocket.

Thieves steal road salt as harsh winter depletes supply
Germany

Thieves steal road salt as harsh winter depletes supply

The exceptionally harsh winter this year has spurred enterprising criminals in Lower Saxony to steal a tonne of road salt, a police spokesperson told The Local on Monday.

Pernod Ricard sells off Swedish brands
Sweden

Pernod Ricard sells off Swedish brands

French drinks firm Pernod Ricard has announced its intention to sell off Explorer vodka and a slew of other Swedish and Danish labels to Finnish state-owned wine and spirit service company Altia.

Izzy Young: A folk man in Sweden defined by Dylan
Sweden

Izzy Young: A folk man in Sweden defined by Dylan

Folk music impresario Izzy Young went from organizing Bob Dylan’s first concert to promoting small acts in Stockholm. Gabriel Stein charts the unusual journey of a man who dedicated his life to folk music.

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Sweden

Holocaust survivor wins right to Jewish care

Jakub Mangell, an 86-year-old man who survived the Nazi Holocaust in Poland and fled to Sweden in 1946, has won his battle against a Swedish district council for the right to a place in a Jewish nursing home.

Bob Edwards: From US soldier to musical maestro
Germany

Bob Edwards: From US soldier to musical maestro

The Local's series "Making it in Germany" presents Bob Edwards, a former US soldier who has conducted his way to the top of the country’s musical scene.

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Sweden

Swedish pilot wrests gun from hijacker

Swedish pilot Mikael Andersson, 32, was the hero of an attempted hijacking of a plane in Portugal on Friday. The drama unfolded shortly after take off from Cascais, west of Lisbon, on Friday.

Catholic school sex abuse scandal widens
Germany

Catholic school sex abuse scandal widens

A scandal over sexual abuse by Jesuit priests at an elite Berlin school in the 1970s and 80s widened on Monday as the college's rector said he expected more than 100 victims to come forward.

Why deny a princess her fairytale? Republicans and the royal weddings
Sweden

Why deny a princess her fairytale? Republicans and the royal weddings

With Sweden's royal wedding year now upon us, writer and commoner Allan Burnett hoists the flag for an influential group catering for the anti-monarchy needs of a large and flabbergasted minority.

Terrified tax dodgers turning themselves in
Germany

Terrified tax dodgers turning themselves in

The number of tax dodgers turning themselves in has reportedly risen dramatically in recent days, following the German government’s decision to purchase stolen bank data on secret Swiss accounts.

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Sweden

Injury sidelines hockey star Holmström

Tomas Holmström's Olympic dream came an abrupt end this weekend as the Swedish right wing suffered an injury to his left knee while playing for the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday.

Organised crime may have caused Cologne archive collapse
Germany

Organised crime may have caused Cologne archive collapse

Suspicion that organised crime may have been behind the deadly collapse of Cologne’s city archive grew on Monday as more falsified building protocols emerged.

Rescuers locate remains at small plane crash in Saxony
Germany

Rescuers locate remains at small plane crash in Saxony

Rescue workers on Monday located human remains and identification papers following the crash of a small airplane in Saxony near the Czech border.

‘Sexual harassment rife in Swedish theatre’
Sweden

‘Sexual harassment rife in Swedish theatre’

Every third woman working within Swedish film and theatre has been subjected to sexual harassment, often by those in a supervisory capacity, a new survey by Sveriges Radio published on Monday shows.

Germany takes gold and silver in men’s luge
Germany

Germany takes gold and silver in men’s luge

Felix Loch won Winter Olympics gold in the men's singles luge on Sunday to lead a German 1-2 with compatriot David Möller finishing second and Italy's Armin Zöggeler third.

Söderling sets sights on top 5 after Rotterdam win
Sweden

Söderling sets sights on top 5 after Rotterdam win

Swedish tennis player Robin Söderling has set his sights on claiming a top five spot in the ATP world rankings after on Sunday becoming the first Swede in almost two decades to win the Rotterdam Open.

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Sweden

Hirvonen beats Loeb to Swedish rally crown

Finland's Mikko Hirvonen beat the reigning world champion, Frenchman Sebastien Loeb, to win the Rally of Sweden on Sunday.

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Sweden

Plane crashes en route to Sweden

A plane on its way to Sweden crashed on Sunday evening in Germany, south-east of Dresden. According to Dresden police there were at least two pilots onboard. It is unclear whether more passengers were involved.