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Sweden

Krona continues to strengthen

The Swedish krona could soon hit its strongest level against the word’s major currencies since the collapse of Lehman Brothers, almost two years ago.

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Sweden

Honour killing brother gives account of murder

The brother of a man convicted of a so-called honour killing in Högsby, southern Sweden in 2005, has told social workers more about who actually committed the murder.

Harbouring architecture in Hamburg
Germany

Harbouring architecture in Hamburg

Hamburg’s HafenCity is one of the largest urban redevelopment projects in the world. Sally McGrane tagged along on a walking tour looking at the new architecture on the Elbe.

Siemens said to secure major Russian rail deal
Germany

Siemens said to secure major Russian rail deal

German industrial group Siemens has won a major contract from Russian Railways to be signed during a visit by Chancellor Angela Merkel this week, government sources in Berlin said Tuesday.

Scissor Sisters rejuvenated by Berlin’s nightlife
Germany

Scissor Sisters rejuvenated by Berlin’s nightlife

Jake Shears, the frontman of the New York disco-glam band Scissor Sisters, has turned to Berlin's legendary nightlife to find inspiration for the group's latest album.

Paul the octopus gets suspicious citizenship offer from Spain
Germany

Paul the octopus gets suspicious citizenship offer from Spain

Paul the prescient octopus who predicted Spain's World Cup victory will be declared an honorary citizen of a Spanish town whose main industry, ominously, is producing calamari.

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Sweden

Summer drought threatens harvest

After the harsh winter and hot July, forecasts for this season's harvest in Sweden make difficult reading for the country's farmers.

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Sweden

SEB ‘has turned the page’ in Baltics

Sweden's SEB bank on Tuesday posted higher-than-expected second quarter profits and said it had "turned the page" in the Baltic countries, where it had been heavily exposed to the financial crisis.

BMW sales and profits roaring ahead
Germany

BMW sales and profits roaring ahead

The German luxury car maker BMW sharply hiked its 2010 forecast for sales and earnings on Tuesday, saying better conditions in global auto markets had boosted its outlook.

Music-loving Stockholmers get a taste of Parklife
Sweden

Music-loving Stockholmers get a taste of Parklife

A Stockholm music festival in an old royal pleasure palace gives new bands an audience and Stockholm music lovers an alternative venue with beer infused sunsets, writes Emy Gelb.

Littorin affair hits voter confidence in Reinfeldt
Sweden

Littorin affair hits voter confidence in Reinfeldt

Sweden's Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt's popularity has dipped as a result of the resignation of employment minister Sven Otto Littorin amid allegations that he bought sex in 2006, a new survey by Sifo shows.

Munich S-Bahn murder trial starts
Germany

Munich S-Bahn murder trial starts

Two young men have admitted beating “Good Samaritan” Dominik Brunner at a Munich commuter train station but denied they meant to kill him at the opening of their murder trial on Tuesday.

Swedish women equate jogging with sex: survey
Sweden

Swedish women equate jogging with sex: survey

Jogging is more important than a slew of other social activities, and is as important as sex and time with the family, according to a new survey of Swedish women by iFORM lifestyle magazine.

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Sweden

Swedish soldiers will be forced to serve abroad

All Swedish soldiers will in future be liable to be sent abroad on missions against their will. Any soldiers who refuse could lose their jobs, according to SVT.

New postal era beckons as official documents go electronic
Germany

New postal era beckons as official documents go electronic

Major German email providers are readying themselves for the new De-Mail system that will let users send letters and documents over the web that are just as legally binding as printed material delivered by post.

Nuclear power licences could be auctioned off
Germany

Nuclear power licences could be auctioned off

The lifespan of Germany’s nuclear reactors would be extended by auctioning off licences to energy suppliers under a plan being considered by the federal government, according to a Tuesday media report.

Party leaders slam opinion poll flood
Sweden

Party leaders slam opinion poll flood

There are too many voter opinion polls - on this point parliamentary party leaders are in agreement, according to a survey by the Svenska Dagbladet daily.

Catholic abbot returns to office despite abuse scandal
Germany

Catholic abbot returns to office despite abuse scandal

A German Benedictine Abbot who resigned in February amid the Catholic child abuse scandal for failing to properly report abuse accusations is already set to return to his former post, media reported Tuesday.

Fires, floods and tornado winds as storm rolls in
Sweden

Fires, floods and tornado winds as storm rolls in

Fires, floods, overturned trees and a tornado all hit western Värmland in central Sweden within the course of an hour on Monday as a storm front pushed in at around midnight.

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Sweden

Human head scares swimming children

Two siblings have reported that they saw a human head in the water off popular swimming spot Hamnvik in Nynäshamn south of Stockholm when they went for a dip at a round 8pm on Monday.

Toll mounts in ‘black wall’ storms
Germany

Toll mounts in ‘black wall’ storms

At least three people are now confirmed dead, and dozens injured, by the howling storms that hit northwestern Germany late Monday.