Singers drown out Sweden’s World Cup woes
Sweden

Singers drown out Sweden’s World Cup woes

Having failed to qualify for the World Cup, Sweden isn’t exactly gripped by football fever. Cue a musical collective of international Stockholmers who are hyping up the tournament with the help of a handful of Swedes. The Local’s Christine Demsteader meets The Grippers.

The daily World Cup roundup
Germany

The daily World Cup roundup

The Local’s World Cup blog offers an outsider’s perspective on German football as Die Mannschaft goes for glory in South Africa. Don’t miss our daily roundup!

Court rules Germany must recognise foreign gay marriages
Germany

Court rules Germany must recognise foreign gay marriages

A German man who wedded his gay partner in Canada won a partial victory Tuesday when a Berlin court ruled that the partnership must be recognised, albeit not as a marriage.

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Sweden

Adopted daughter left behind in The Gambia

A 13-year-old adopted girl has been left behind in her homeland of The Gambia by her adoptive parents. She had lived in Sweden since March 2007.

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Sweden

New pilots’ strike threatens major airlines

Tens of thousands of Swedish airline passengers face being grounded on Wednesday after talks to avert a pilots’ strike broke down.

Brits highlight Gothenburg links
Sweden

Brits highlight Gothenburg links

If you’re in Gothenburg this week, you might notice that there’s rather a British feel to the place. From a Queen’s tea party at the city’s Röhsska Museum to the presence of warship HMS Kent in the harbour, the city is making a fuss of all things British.

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Sweden

Swedish Armed Forces rejects ad films criticism

National service comes to an end in Sweden on June 30th, and a recruitment drive launched to attract new voluntary recruits has come in for criticism for allegedly painting a false picture of life in the armed forces.

Hostage taker in Leipzig shop gives up
Germany

Hostage taker in Leipzig shop gives up

An armed man who took hostages at H&M clothes shop in central Leipzig on Tuesday has given himself up to the police.

Volvo sales continue rise in Europe
Sweden

Volvo sales continue rise in Europe

Volvo Cars is continuing to triumph in the European market. In May, the company increased sales by 18.6 percent while the overall market shrank compared to the same period last year

More cars burned in Hamburg
Germany

More cars burned in Hamburg

Hamburg authorities are searching for arsonists after another rash of car burnings overnight in the port city, the fire department said on Tuesday.

Anxious middle class shrinks as gulf between rich and poor grows
Germany

Anxious middle class shrinks as gulf between rich and poor grows

A new study released on Thursday said the divide between Germany’s rich and poor continues to grow and is squeezing out the country's anxious middle class.

Madeleine expresses thanks for public support
Sweden

Madeleine expresses thanks for public support

Princess Madeleine, who has been on a time out after breaking off her engagement in April, has expressed her thanks for the support of the Swedish people after returning to Sweden in time for her sister's wedding.

Language group moots GEZ boycott and support for BBC over radio
Germany

Language group moots GEZ boycott and support for BBC over radio

A German language association has called for a boycott of the GEZ public broadcasting licence fees because radio stations in the country rarely play German music - instead listeners should pay the BBC.

Vuvuzela resellers eye World Cup gold in Europe
Germany

Vuvuzela resellers eye World Cup gold in Europe

Many World Cup fans might despise South Africa's noisy vuvuzelas, but two German entrepreneurs with the resale rights for Europe hope the plastic fan horns will become the sound of success.

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Sweden

Fewer Swedes favour euro over krona: poll

A clear majority of Swedes would vote against switching from the krona to the euro if a referendum on whether Sweden should adopt the common European currency were held today, a new poll shows.

Woman caught driving while nursing baby
Germany

Woman caught driving while nursing baby

A mother in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia has been issued several fines after a police officer was stunned to discover her driving while nursing her baby, authorities reported late on Monday.

Politicians suggest reducing German states
Germany

Politicians suggest reducing German states

Politicians from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats and the environmentalist Greens spoke out on Tuesday in favour of reducing the number of Germany’s federal states.

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Sweden

City property prices continue to cool

Apartments prices fell in Stockholm and Gothenburg in May, with house prices remaining stable, according to new broker statistics which show that supply remains larger than normal.

England gripe about Germany’s World Cup balls
Germany

England gripe about Germany’s World Cup balls

England's Jamie Carragher believes Germany gained a huge World Cup advantage by ensuring their players had four months to get used to the ball they banged into the net four times against Australia.

Left Party calls for municipal hairdressers
Sweden

Left Party calls for municipal hairdressers

The Left Party in Sjöbo in southern Sweden has called for municipality-owned hairdressers in order to challenge the existing private "monopoly", reports the local Skånska Dagbladet daily.

Boiled coffee cuts breast cancer risk: study
Sweden

Boiled coffee cuts breast cancer risk: study

Women who drink boiled coffee more than four times per day have a lower risk of contracting breast cancer than those drinking less than one cup a day, a new Swedish study shows.