The government’s reforms to sick benefits have resulted in a large number of people moving into work or training programmes.
A group promoting German linguistic purity published an open letter on Wednesday to the head of Deutsche Telekom, lambasting the company for its rampant use of English terms.
Swedish hoteliers have already given tourists the chance to live in a hotel made of ice and a hotel under a lake, so it was only a matter of time before someone decided to put a hotel in a tree.
Social Democrat Hannelore Kraft has been elected premier of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), sealing her minority centre-left government rule in Germany’s most populous state.
A court handed a former head of IKB bank, the first German casualty of the global financial meltdown, a suspended prison sentence on Wednesday for covering up losses from the US subprime crisis.
A man who sold a nearly 50-year-old stuffed bird on the internet is being taken to Sweden’s Supreme Court by prosecutors, who claim that he has broken laws designed to protect endangered species.
The German Weather Service (DWD) on Wednesday issued a tornado warning for northern and western Germany, as severe storms cling to the tail of the heat wave moving across the country.
German prosecutors on Wednesday raided 13 branches of the Swiss bank Credit Suisse in connection with an investigation into widespread tax evasion.
Swedish ice hockey legend Peter Forsberg has announced the closure of his shoe firm Pforce which became synonymous with the Crocs brand of sandals in Sweden - known as "Foppatofflan" after the star's nickname.
A German advertising agency is pushing the “beauty is skin deep” adage to the limit with a promotional calendar for radiologists featuring 12 “bone bunnies” – X-ray images of skeletal pin-up girls.
A police unit was forced to give up the chase of a getaway vehicle in northern Sweden as it ran out of fuel, with officers unable to fill up as they had only a charge card for a petrol station 20 kilometres away.
A man accused of murdering his fiancée has been found guilty of moving and hiding her body after her death.
Passengers were trapped on a train in sweltering heat for nearly seven hours on Tuesday afternoon, for much of the time without food or water. Rail operator SJ said on Wednesday afternoon that it would offer all passengers 800 kronor in compensation and refund the cost of their tickets.
The Bavarian State Library this week released a free application for Apple’s iPhone and iPad offering users the ability to browse rare books including the Gutenberg Bible and precious medieval manuscripts.
Sveriges Television (SVT) offers a clear alternative to the commercial television channels and offers programming which "the market" does not, a new inspection report has said.
A policeman has earned himself seven extra days’ holiday by persuading a court this week that putting on and taking off his uniform should be included in his work shift.
German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle is pushing for a quick end to military service, which he said Wednesday could be scrapped before the next federal election in 2013.
As the new minority government in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) prepares to take power on Wednesday, conservative leaders including Chancellor Angela Merkel have launched scathing attacks on the centre-left coalition.
Lindahls dairy in Jönköping in Sweden has paid almost two million kronor ($270,000) in compensation to Minas Karatzoglis, a Greek man whose picture is used on a Turkish yoghurt product.
Germany’s top domestic intelligence agency is to delve into its own post-war history to examine the role played by former Nazis and war criminals in the agency’s early days, a Wednesday media report said.
Sven Otto Littorin has explained that he resigned as employment minister to save his family and friends from "untrue and very unpleasant information" in response to allegations that he bought sex in 2006.
Experts attending the 11th International Congress on Obesity in Stockholm this week warned that over-the-counter slimming supplements were a waste of money and could in fact be detrimental to health.