One of Germany's most important painters, the modernist Sigmar Polke, died overnight aged 69 after a long battle with cancer, his art dealer Erhard Klein said on Friday.
Germany coach Joachim Löw may have selected Philipp Lahm as skipper for the World Cup in place of the injured Michael Ballack, but the real 'boss' of the German team is arguably Bastian Schweinsteiger.
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After two nights of severe thunder storms and flooding across parts of the country, the German Weather Service (DWD) on Friday forecast calmer, milder conditions for the weekend.
Christian newspaper Dagen has rejected an ad for a camp for gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Christian youth.
The antiquity of Gamla Stan, the forests of Djurgården, the cliffs of Södermalm and of course the surrounding blue sea: all these elements combine to help make Stockholm one of the world’s most beautiful cities.
German teachers are to get guidelines on handling the issue of forced marriages with their pupils, the government said Friday following a spate cases in recent months.
Employment rates between local- and foreign-born workers differ by more than 30 percentage points in some areas of Sweden, according to a report from Statistics Sweden (Statistiska centralbyrån, SCB) based on data from 2008.
The Bundesbank boosted its growth forecast for Germany on Friday for this year, as Europe's biggest economy cashes in on the gradual global recovery.
Next week's Royal Wedding could be a wet and chilly affair, if early weather forecasts are to be believed.
Swedish furniture giant Ikea has recalled 3.4 million blinds sold in the United States and Canada after a 18-month-old baby nearly died after being strangled by a cord, the company said on Friday.
Swedes plan to increase the the money they lavish on annual holidays, as they did in 2009, a new report from Scandinavian bank Nordea shows.
Sweden is simply the best. And don't take our word for it - this is the conclusion of a whole range of global rankings, write Bo Ekman and James Wine from the Tällberg Foundation.
A Malmö-based art network has decided to join in the royal wedding fun and organise their own mass wedding under the theme "kinda cheaper, not as good" and with a twist - he hopefuls will not know whom they will marry until the day.
The majority of candidates running for the parliamentary election in the fall are middle-aged men, according to a survey from Sveriges Radio's (SR) news service Ekot.
The normally staid world of German politics has been enlivened recently by some colourful name-calling within Angela Merkel's centre-right coalition. But now she has had enough.
Luxury goods producers are slowly recovering from the global financial crisis, with four percent growth expected for 2010, according to analysis published in Munich on Friday.
Andy Fite is bringing jazz to new audiences in Stockholm. Lysanne Sizoo has met him.
A shy 21-year-old called Alisar took home the title on Heidi Klum’s show “Germany’s Next Topmodel” Thursday evening in Cologne, winning the chance to grace the cover of German Cosmopolitan and modelling contracts worth €400,000.
US president Barrack Obama has called BP's Swedish chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg to a meeting at the White House to discuss the Mexican Gulf oil catastrophe.
Talks to form a “traffic light coalition” of Social Democrats, Greens and Free Democrats in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) broke down early on Friday morning, leaving the future of the country’s most populous state uncertain a month after voters went to the polls.
Controversial Bundesbank board member Thilo Sarrazin made further anti-immigrant comments this week, alleging that Germany is getting “dumber” because of its foreign population.
The Bollywood film industry, famous for its lip-synched singing, exuberant dancing and wet sari scenes, is set to stray into unfamiliar dark territory with a film on Adolf Hitler.
The Church of Sweden pastor who welcomed a 15-year-old convicted rapist to the end of term celebrations in a high profile incident in Bjästa in northern Sweden, has been issued with a written caution by the diocese of Harnösand.
A Swedish prosecutor has indicated that there will be an investigation into claims made in a report that Swedish company Lundin Oil was involved in war crimes in Sudan during the time that Foreign Minister Carl Bildt sat on the board.