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!

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Sweden

Algal blooms under way in Baltic Sea

The first signs of this year's cyanobacteria - also known as blue-green algae - blooms are now visible in the Baltic Sea on satellite images.

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Sweden

State-owned companies jump in value

The 57 Swedish state-owned firms are estimated to have increased their total worth by 24 percent or 120 billion kronor ($15.77 billion) to 620 billion kronor in 2009, according to new government estimates.

Malmö celebrates as Öresund bridge turns 10
Sweden

Malmö celebrates as Öresund bridge turns 10

Tens of thousands of people lined Malmö's beaches on Thursday to watch a massive fireworks display to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the opening of the Öresund bridge.

BMW announces carbon fibre electric car
Germany

BMW announces carbon fibre electric car

Bavarian luxury carmaker BMW has decided to create its first electric car with a passenger compartment made of carbon fibre, the company announced on Friday.

Heightened security urged at nuclear plant
Sweden

Heightened security urged at nuclear plant

Swedish authorities on Friday called for tighter security at Forsmark nuclear power station, a day after Greenpeace activists were issued with fines for breaking into the plant in June.

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Sweden

Household tax relief retains popularity

In the last 12 months, nearly 890,000 people have claimed a tax deduction for work carried out on and in their homes, according to Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket) figures.

Man held after Stockholm bank drama
Sweden

Man held after Stockholm bank drama

A man was arrested after police stormed a branch of Handelsbanken on Östermalmstorg in central Stockholm shortly before 2.30pm on Friday bringing an end to a hostage drama and suspected attempted robbery.

Church of Sweden warns of SMS opt-out service
Sweden

Church of Sweden warns of SMS opt-out service

The Church of Sweden has reacted angrily to a company offering a fast-track SMS service for those wishing to resign their membership.

Police search for missing judge
Germany

Police search for missing judge

Berlin police continued to search on Friday for a prominent judge in a wooded area near the city’s Heiligensee neighbourhood after her car was found there earlier this week.

Love before the law: child custody set for overhaul
Germany

Love before the law: child custody set for overhaul

In the wake of a European court ruling that German child custody laws discriminated against single fathers, the government is preparing an overhaul. The Local examines the painful reality facing parents when they split up.

Germany and Argentina trade barbs ahead of big game
Germany

Germany and Argentina trade barbs ahead of big game

Germany and Argentina have turned up the heat ahead of their eagerly-anticipated World Cup quarter-final on Saturday, with sparks flying as both sides traded barbs.

Deutsche Bahn planning high-speed trains to southern France and UK
Germany

Deutsche Bahn planning high-speed trains to southern France and UK

German national rail provider Deutsche Bahn plans to expand its long-haul offerings to include foreign destinations such as southern France and the UK, the company said on Friday.

Majority of Germans expect coalition failure
Germany

Majority of Germans expect coalition failure

Germany’s trust in its government was shaken by the difficult presidential vote this week, with a poll released on Friday showing more than two-thirds believe Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition will soon collapse as a result.

Alliance inches ahead of opposition: poll
Sweden

Alliance inches ahead of opposition: poll

Support for the ruling Alliance coalition has eclipsed the red-green opposition in the latest poll from Norway-based Sentio Research.

German killed in Kunduz aid compound attack
Germany

German killed in Kunduz aid compound attack

A German security guard was killed Friday when suspected Taliban militants stormed the compound of a US aid organisation in northern Afghanistan, a US embassy official said.

Swede’s remand for Auschwitz theft extended
Sweden

Swede’s remand for Auschwitz theft extended

A Polish court has remanded in custody a Swedish suspect on Thursday for a further two months over the theft of the "Arbeit macht frei" sign from the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz.

Abandoned pets responsible for massive wildlife killing spree
Germany

Abandoned pets responsible for massive wildlife killing spree

Each year some seven million wild creatures in Germany are killed by starving cats and dogs abandoned over the summer vacation months, the German Hunter’s Association (DJV) announced this week in a plea for more responsibility from pet owners.

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Sweden

Anti-Semitic hate crimes rise in 2009: report

The number of anti-Semitic crimes reported in Sweden rose 57 percent last year, mainly in the southern region of Skåne, the national crime prevention council said on Thursday.