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Sweden

Swedes recruited by Somali terror group

An al-Qaeda-linked extremist group in Somalia has recruited more than 20 young people from Sweden to fight in the war-torn African country, the Swedish Security Service (Säpo) fears.

Honey bees monitor air quality at Hamburg Airport
Germany

Honey bees monitor air quality at Hamburg Airport

The Hamburg Airport has welcomed a group of special environmental detectives to its runways this spring. For the next few months, six hives of honey bees will be stationed along the tarmac to monitor air quality.

Making comfy footwear for hippies and supermodels
Germany

Making comfy footwear for hippies and supermodels

The Local’s series “Made in Germany” presents the best the country has to offer. And what better way to get things off on the right foot than by profiling the iconic Teutonic footwear maker Birkenstock?

Mortgages could be capped at 85 percent
Sweden

Mortgages could be capped at 85 percent

The Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority (Finansinspektionen) has proposed banks limit the amount offered for new residential mortgages to 85 percent of a property's market value.

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Sweden

Swine flu bill tops 900 million kronor

The swine flu vaccine is set to cost the Swedish tax payer 900 million kronor ($121 million), according to new figures released by the National Board of Health and Welfare.

Anna Lindh memorial inaugurated in Stockholm
Sweden

Anna Lindh memorial inaugurated in Stockholm

A memorial square to Anna Lindh, the former Swedish foreign minister murdered in 2003, was inaugurated in Stockholm on Tuesday near where she made her final public appearance.

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Sweden

Ericsson predicts mobile broadband boom

Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg has said the company number of mobile broadband users worldwide will grow from 400 million presently to 3.5 billion by 2015.

German police using their guns less
Germany

German police using their guns less

Despite increasing violence against police, officers are reaching for their weapons less often, statistics from the IMK association of state interior ministers showed on Wednesday.

Lady Gaga set to hit Sweden
Sweden

Lady Gaga set to hit Sweden

Eccentric singing sensation Lady Gaga is set to hit Stockholm this weekend on the first date of her European tour. According to reports, the star will be rehearsing in Malmö ahead of Friday's premiere.

Lufthansa forecasts higher profits for 2010
Germany

Lufthansa forecasts higher profits for 2010

Lufthansa, the biggest European airline, said on Wednesday it expected stronger profits this year despite a sharp first-quarter loss, but stressed the environment was uncertain.

Stockholm in the picture for ‘Millennium’ movie
Sweden

Stockholm in the picture for ‘Millennium’ movie

The Danish producer behind the Millennium trilogy films, Søren Stærmose, has said that he remains hopeful that the Hollywood version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo will be filmed in Stockholm but that reports of a final decision are premature.

Arms dealer Schreiber jailed for eight years
Germany

Arms dealer Schreiber jailed for eight years

A court in Augsburg on Wednesday sentenced Karlheinz Schreiber, an arms dealer who was a key player in a party funding scandal that helped propel Chancellor Angela Merkel to power, to eight years in prison.

Voters blasé ahead of crucial state vote in the Rhineland
Germany

Voters blasé ahead of crucial state vote in the Rhineland

Voter turnout for the crucial May 9 election in North Rhine-Westphalia will likely be low, polling experts said on Wednesday. Meanwhile support for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) in the state continues to slide.

Transport agency anger at Eurovision music vid
Sweden

Transport agency anger at Eurovision music vid

The Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) has reacted strongly to a music video for the country's Eurovision hope Anna Bergendahl's song This is My Life which features the singer walking along a railway line.

Merkel says EU’s future at stake in Greek crisis
Germany

Merkel says EU’s future at stake in Greek crisis

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday that the Greek debt crisis had put the fate of the Europe Union and Germany's role within the bloc on the line.

Cavern likely caused deadly rock slide that crushed family home
Germany

Cavern likely caused deadly rock slide that crushed family home

The enormous boulder that fell on a Bavarian home and killed two in January has been linked to a cave in the cliff behind the home, a media report said on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Young woman died by accident

The death of the 19-year-old woman found under a walkway in the Södermalm area of Stockholm in the early hours of Sunday was an accident, an autopsy of the young woman's body has shown.

BMW upgrades 2010 outlook following profitable quarter
Germany

BMW upgrades 2010 outlook following profitable quarter

BMW, the world’s leading luxury car maker, posted Wednesday a first-quarter net profit to €324 million, and upgraded its full-year outlook.

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Sweden

Policeman fired after deportee sex demand

An officer employed within the Swedish border police in Västra Götaland has been fired after offering a female asylum seeker assistance in return for sex. The man now risks up to six years in prison.

Klein unlikely to be disciplined over air strike
Germany

Klein unlikely to be disciplined over air strike

Colonel Georg Klein, the Bundeswehr officer who ordered a deadly bombardment that left dozens of civilians dead in Afghanistan last year, is reportedly not likely to face disciplinary action.

Skanska lands Karolinska hospital contract
Sweden

Skanska lands Karolinska hospital contract

Swedish construction firm Skanska has won the contract for the development and construction of the New Karolinska Solna (NKS) hospital near Stockholm in a deal worth around 14.5 billion kronor ($2 billion).