What’s On in Sweden: September 10th – 16th
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What’s On in Sweden: September 10th – 16th

What’s on in Sweden: Irish artwork in Stockholm, organic food in Gothenburg and a killer queen comes to Malmö.

Swedish fashion house launches trans collection
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Swedish fashion house launches trans collection

Swedish fashion label Acne has released a new "transvestite and cross-dressing collection", promising to make gender bending easier.

Borg: Strong economic recovery continues
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Borg: Strong economic recovery continues

Sweden appears to be making a spectacular recovery from the deep recession its export-reliant economy experienced during the global financial crisis.

Von der Leyen blasts hard line on immigrants
Germany

Von der Leyen blasts hard line on immigrants

As Labour Minister Ursula von der Leyen rejected calls to slash welfare payments to unemployed immigrants who don’t send their children to day care, the government on Wednesday pledged to improve its integration efforts.

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Introducing the Greens

The Greens are bidding to become the second largest party within the centre-left Red-Green coalition that is fighting to wrestle back power after four years in opposition.

German wage rises lowest in Europe
Germany

German wage rises lowest in Europe

Wages have risen less in Germany over the past 10 years than anywhere else in the European Union, the national statistics office said Wednesday, a trend irritating France and other neighbouring countries.

Cartoonist slams Islam ahead of Merkel speech
Germany

Cartoonist slams Islam ahead of Merkel speech

A Danish cartoonist who sparked protests around the world with a satire of Muslim violence has branded Islam a “reactionary” religion, just hours before Chancellor Angela Merkel presented him with an award defending freedom of speech.

Pastor’s former church in Cologne denounces Koran-burning plan
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Pastor’s former church in Cologne denounces Koran-burning plan

The Cologne-based evangelical church founded by Terry Jones, a Florida pastor whose threat to burn copies of the Koran on September 11 has prompted global outrage, on Wednesday denounced his plans as "shocking."

Assange: ‘I’m the only victim’ in rape scandal
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Assange: ‘I’m the only victim’ in rape scandal

Julian Assange has alleged the United States pressured Swedish intelligence to deny WikiLeaks "safe-haven", claiming in an interview that the rape charges against him are part of "a clear set-up".

Swedish military turns to jobless to fill ranks
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Swedish military turns to jobless to fill ranks

Job-seekers with a military background could be required to accept a vacancy as a soldier when the Public Employment Service (Arbetsförmedlingen - AF) begins recruiting professionals for the Swedish Armed Forces (Försvarsmakten) in the autumn.

Ladies love men with rhythm, study finds
Germany

Ladies love men with rhythm, study finds

Looking to get lucky on the dance floor? German scientists have found men who dance vigorously with a fast-moving right knee and large, varied movements of their neck and torso are more attractive to women.

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Swedes voting early in record numbers

More than 400,000 Swedes have already cast their vote for the 2010 elections, even though election day is more than 10 days away.

Stockholm acts to block drunken bus drivers
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Stockholm acts to block drunken bus drivers

Stockholm public transport operator SL will install ignition locks on all of its buses within the next two years, ensuring drivers who have been drinking can't start their vehicles.

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Swedish GDP growing faster than expected

Sweden's second quarter GDP growth was even greater previously reported, according to revised figures from Statistics Sweden (SCB).

Most Swedes hit by internet crime: survey
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Most Swedes hit by internet crime: survey

More than half of all Swedes have been exposed to crime on the internet, a new survey published on Wednesday indicates.

Introducing the Liberals
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Introducing the Liberals

The Liberals are one of the three smaller parties which make up the centre-right Alliance coalition that has been in government since 2006, having polled 7.5 percent in the 2006 general election.

State gambling monopoly illegal, EU court rules
Germany

State gambling monopoly illegal, EU court rules

Germany’s state monopoly on many forms of gambling and sports betting is illegal and should be abandoned because they do not help curb problem gambling, Europe’s highest court ruled on Wednesday.

Drinking culture: Oktoberfest gets odour-eating bacteria
Germany

Drinking culture: Oktoberfest gets odour-eating bacteria

A new smoking ban at Munich's Oktoberfest means visitors to the world-famous beer bash won't leave smelling like an ashtray, but what about the stink of sweat, roasted chicken and stale alcohol? One businessman has the answer: an odour-eating bacteria.

Galloping exports continue to drive growth
Germany

Galloping exports continue to drive growth

German exports rose sharply in July compared to the year before, official data showed Wednesday, providing a further boost to Europe's top economy as it bounces back from last year's crippling recession.

Fraunhofer warns Adobe Flash can be used as PC spying tool
Germany

Fraunhofer warns Adobe Flash can be used as PC spying tool

The popular program Adobe Flash Player can be used to take over another person’s computer and spy through their camera and microphone, researchers at Germany's Fraunhofer Institute have discovered.

Parties court pensioner votes in tight election
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Parties court pensioner votes in tight election

As strikes ripple across debt-ridden Europe over pension reforms, the two coalitions battling it out in Sweden's close upcoming elections on September 19th are courting elderly voters, who may end up holding the balance, writes AFP's Rita Devlin Marier.

Alliance dominates the polls as election nears
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Alliance dominates the polls as election nears

The centre-right Alliance coalition enjoyed a clear lead in a brace of new opinion polls published on Wednesday.

Best schools in Sweden’s far north: survey
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Best schools in Sweden’s far north: survey

Six towns in northern Sweden ranked among the top ten municipalities with the best schools in the country, according to a ranking by the Swedish Teachers' Union (Lärarförbundet).

Germans retiring later in life
Germany

Germans retiring later in life

Germans are retiring later in life, according to a government-commissioned study that could bolster calls to raise the pension age.

Ibrahimovic scores twice in 10-man Euro rout
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Ibrahimovic scores twice in 10-man Euro rout

Star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic netted two goals in front of a hometown crowd in Malmö, as Sweden beat San Marino 6-0 on Tuesday in Euro 2012 football qualification.

Iceland MP: Assange should resign
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Iceland MP: Assange should resign

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should step aside as a spokesman for the website in light of rape allegations against him in Sweden, an Icelandic parliamentarian and close associate of the site said on Tuesday.

Germany tops group with 6-1 rout against Azerbaijan
Germany

Germany tops group with 6-1 rout against Azerbaijan

Germany coach Joachim Löw said he was pleased to see his side reproduce some of its dazzling World Cup form in the 6-1 rout of Azerbaijan in Tuesday night's Euro 2012 qualifier.