Jews better at sex than Christians: theologian
Sweden

Jews better at sex than Christians: theologian

Jews are better at sex than Christians, according to a Swedish theology professor speaking at the Hönö Conference of Christian faith groups organised each year off the west coast of Sweden.

Germans hit by flu and fitness worries ahead of match for third
Germany

Germans hit by flu and fitness worries ahead of match for third

Germany's squad have been hit by a flu virus and have worries over the fitness of star striker Miroslav Klose ahead of Saturday's World Cup third place play-off against Uruguay.

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Sweden

Swede on trial for human smuggling in Ethiopia

The trial of a Swede indicted for human smuggling and fraud has begun in Ethiopia. The woman is also wanted in Sweden for social insurance fraud.

Parents give schools bad marks for fairness
Germany

Parents give schools bad marks for fairness

More than half of German parents feel their country’s school system is unjust, a new survey published on Friday revealed.

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Sweden

Sweden posts gains in industrial output

Sweden reported significant gains in industrial output in May, mirroring improvements elsewhere in Europe, according to new figures released on Friday.

Heathrow fire has ‘no effect’ on Sweden flights
Sweden

Heathrow fire has ‘no effect’ on Sweden flights

An ongoing fire at London Heathrow Airport is not expected to have any effect on flight from Stockholm Arlanda Airport, a spokesperson for the airport has confirmed.

Swedish photographer sued by Paris Hilton
Sweden

Swedish photographer sued by Paris Hilton

Swedish celebrity photographer Bingo Rimér is being sued by American hotel heiress and Hollywood socialite Paris Hilton for allegedly using photos of her without permission.

Financial authority confirms mortgage cap
Sweden

Financial authority confirms mortgage cap

The Financial Supervisory Authority (Finansinspektionen - FI) announced on Friday that it will implement new guidelines limiting new mortgages to a maximum of 85 percent of the home's market value.

Millennium novel named among 2010’s best books
Sweden

Millennium novel named among 2010’s best books

Online retail giant Amazon has named the final installment of the Millennium trilogy, "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest," in its list of "Best Books of the Year... So Far" as the film of the second instalment opens in US cinemas.

BMW and Daimler planning electric city scooters
Germany

BMW and Daimler planning electric city scooters

German luxury carmakers BMW and Daimler are moving into new territory, developing city-friendly scooters that operate on battery power, a media report said on Friday.

Paul the ‘psychic’ octopus predicts wins for Germany and Spain
Germany

Paul the ‘psychic’ octopus predicts wins for Germany and Spain

The cephalopod oracle has spoken. Germany will beat Uruguay in the third-place play-off on Saturday and Spain will defeat the Netherlands in the World Cup final on Sunday, according to the "psychic" octopus Paul, who has an unblemished record in picking winners this tournament.

Jasmine scent could replace Valium, scientists discover
Germany

Jasmine scent could replace Valium, scientists discover

Instead of taking sleeping pills or mood-enhancing pharmaceuticals, people should try a whiff of jasmine, which is molecularly similar to drugs like Valium, according to new research published by German scientists this week.

Football coach Löw reportedly set to continue with new contract
Germany

Football coach Löw reportedly set to continue with new contract

Germany coach Joachim Löw will be handed a new contract as a reward for guiding the national football team to the World Cup semi-finals, the Bild newspaper reported on Friday.

Berlin: Belt-tightening won’t hit Afghan mission
Germany

Berlin: Belt-tightening won’t hit Afghan mission

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said Friday his country's proposed austerity measures would not affect its military presence in Afghanistan where it is the third-largest contributor of troops.

Rail accidents leave one youth dead, four others injured
Germany

Rail accidents leave one youth dead, four others injured

Two teenagers were hit by a high speed train while allegedly spraying graffiti on Friday in Brandenburg. The deadly accident followed another rail-related mishap in Cologne where three youths were electrocuted at a train yard.

Sick leave for psychological problems at record high
Germany

Sick leave for psychological problems at record high

The number of Germans missing work due to psychological problems reached a new record last year, according to a health insurance study released on Friday.

Alliance retains lead as gap narrows: poll
Sweden

Alliance retains lead as gap narrows: poll

The gap between the centre-right and centre-left blocs in Swedish politics has narrowed, but the Alliance retains a lead of 4.9 percentage points as the Almedalen political week nears its end, a new poll shows.

Farmers fear for crops as summer heat continues
Germany

Farmers fear for crops as summer heat continues

This summer’s hot and dry weather has German farmers fearing for the health of their harvest, president of the National Union of Farmers (DBV) said on Friday.

Dead eels baffle local authority
Sweden

Dead eels baffle local authority

Nyköping county administrative board has been left baffled after over 100 dead eels were found in a pile on beach near the town of Nyköping, south of Stockholm on Wednesday evening.

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Sweden

EU court backs ban on online gambling ads

Sweden's ban on the advertising of online gambling on the grounds of public order was give the backing of Europe's top court on Thursday after two Swedish newspapers challenged fines for publishing gambling ads.