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Sweden

Swedes show growing confidence in economy

Business and consumer confidence are booming in Sweden, according to new figures from the National Institute of Economic Research (Konjunkturinstitutet - NIER).

Book sale offers chance to learn about Sweden
Sweden

Book sale offers chance to learn about Sweden

Sponsored article: The end of February has been a traditional period for book sales in Sweden since the 1920s. Bookstores up and down the country offer their books for sale at knock-down prices, and customers descend on the stores in their hordes. Some bookstores even open at midnight, and queues sometimes form around the block.

Police bust child pornography ring
Germany

Police bust child pornography ring

Police in the city of in Münster announced on Thursday they had broken up a major child pornography ring, raiding houses across Germany and arresting eight suspects.

‘Don’t force mothers to stay at home’
Sweden

‘Don’t force mothers to stay at home’

The European Commission's proposed new directive on maternity leave is well-meaning but fatally flawed, argues Minister for EU Affairs Birgitta Ohlsson.

Schavan wants Islamic scholars for universities
Germany

Schavan wants Islamic scholars for universities

Guest Islamic scholars will be brought from overseas to teach at German universities in an effort to foster a home-grown theology for the religion followed by more than 4 million people here,

Allianz cautious despite solid profit for 2009
Germany

Allianz cautious despite solid profit for 2009

German insurance giant Allianz brandished on Thursday strong 2009 results as it emerged from the global financial crisis in good shape, while remaining modest for 2010.

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Sweden

Few Swedish firms have social media policy: survey

Only seven percent of Swedish firms operate a formal policy for how employees may use social media such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter during working hours.

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Sweden

Swedish firms lack social media policy: survey

Only seven percent of Swedish firms operate a formal policy for how employees may use social media such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter during working hours.

Bovine beauty queens primp and preen for udder domination
Germany

Bovine beauty queens primp and preen for udder domination

Some 200 of Germany’s prettiest dairy cows are strutting their stuff this week at one of the country’s largest livestock beauty contests near Versen.

Sahlin raps Malmö mayor over Jew comments
Sweden

Sahlin raps Malmö mayor over Jew comments

Social Democrat party leader Mona Sahlin has described as "unfortunate" comments made by Malmö mayor Ilmar Reepalu regarding a recent spate of attacks on the city's Jewish population.

Sweden slams forced maternity leave
Sweden

Sweden slams forced maternity leave

The Swedish government is critical of a new EU directive proposal making it obligatory for women to be at home for the first six weeks after birth.

German Media Roundup: Has Käßmann redeemed herself?
Germany

German Media Roundup: Has Käßmann redeemed herself?

Did Protestant church leader Margot Käßmann's resignation after her drink driving charge make up for endangering the lives of others? Some German newspapers have praised her, while others say resigning was the least she could do.

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Sweden

Man jailed for Malmö Davis Cup riot

A 23-year-old man from Stockholm has been sentenced to six months imprisonment for rioting in connection with a Davis Cup match between Sweden and Israel in Malmö last spring.

Publishers fear Apple iPhone app censorship
Germany

Publishers fear Apple iPhone app censorship

German publishers are ringing alarms over what they say are threats to press freedom stemming from Apple's scrutiny of an iPhone application from tabloid daily Bild that undresses women.

Deutsche Telekom profit tanks in 2009
Germany

Deutsche Telekom profit tanks in 2009

Deutsche Telekom, the biggest European telecommunications operator, said Thursday that 2009 net profit plunged by more than 70 percent owing to asset devaluations of more than €2 billion ($2.7 billion).

BASF surprises with strong Q4 results
Germany

BASF surprises with strong Q4 results

German chemicals giant BASF posted stronger than expected fourth quarter results on Thursday, saying the worst was over after its 2009 net profit was less than half from the previous year.

Ex-police chief suspected of pimping
Sweden

Ex-police chief suspected of pimping

Former Uppsala police chief Göran Lindberg, already accused of rape, is also suspected of involvement in the organised sex trade, a prosecutor said on Thursday.

What’s On in Sweden: February 26th – March 4th
Sweden

What’s On in Sweden: February 26th – March 4th

What’s on in Sweden: Spiders in Stockholm, Horse Show in Gothenburg and The Rumble hits Malmö.

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Sweden

‘Grim Reaper’ threatens to castrate incontinent patient

A sheltered housing facility in Torsby in western Sweden has found itself embroiled in a macabre controversy after a staff member dressed up as the Grim Reaper and threatened to castrate a bed-wetting patient.

What’s on in Germany: February 25-March 3
Germany

What’s on in Germany: February 25-March 3

This Week's Highlights: Macbeth in Berlin, pole dancing in Hamburg, and a folk metal festival comes to Munich.

Campaign kicks off for German language revival
Germany

Campaign kicks off for German language revival

Walking past the "Coffee Bar" advertising "breakfast and bakery" and the "Midtown Grill" offering "great steaks, chops and seafood," you could easily be in downtown Manhattan or central London.

Westerwelle inflating the obvious on welfare, says Merkel
Germany

Westerwelle inflating the obvious on welfare, says Merkel

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday took a swipe at her coalition partner Guido Westerwelle on Thursday, suggesting he was inflaming the debate over welfare by trumpeting himself as the lone voice on “taboo” topics.

Swedes knocked out of Olympic hockey
Sweden

Swedes knocked out of Olympic hockey

Sweden, the defending Olympic men's hockey champions, has been eliminated from the Vancouver Winter Olympics on Wednesday, losing to Slovakia 4-3 in their quarter-final.

Germany gets silver and a scare in Vancouver
Germany

Germany gets silver and a scare in Vancouver

German speed skater Stephanie Beckert has collected a silver medal while a crash in the women‘s bobsleigh capped a disappointing day for Germany at the Olympics in Vancouver.

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Sweden

Criminals threatened to blow up police station

Two seasoned criminals threatened to blow up themselves and the police station in Kristianstad in southern Sweden on Thursday morning. The drama ended when the men gave up shortly before 5am.

Swedes strike gold in cross country relay
Sweden

Swedes strike gold in cross country relay

Sweden claimed the 4x10 kilometres cross country relay gold on Wednesday, for a record fifth time. Norway settled for silver with the Czechs taking the bronze.