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Sweden

Drunk student wakes in startled stranger’s home

A first-year university student has been fined and issued a suspended sentence for trespassing, as well as ordered to pay damages after he mistakenly entered the wrong home in southern Sweden following a night of heavy drinking.

Former Chancellor Helmut Schmidt’s wife Loki dies at 91
Germany

Former Chancellor Helmut Schmidt’s wife Loki dies at 91

Hannelore Schmidt, wife and childhood sweetheart of former West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt, has died aged 91, his office said Thursday.

Vattenfall to build €1-billion wind farm in Germany
Germany

Vattenfall to build €1-billion wind farm in Germany

Swedish energy group Vattenfall said on Tuesday it would invest about €1 billion along with Germany's Stadtwerke München (SWM) in a 80-turbine offshore wind farm in the North Sea.

Sweden looks at limits for profit-making schools
Sweden

Sweden looks at limits for profit-making schools

The Swedish government plans to look at disciplining profit-making schools that don't make the grade by limiting how much money they can make.

Most children’s toys unsafe, consumer watchdog reveals
Germany

Most children’s toys unsafe, consumer watchdog reveals

As retailers prepare for the Christmas shopping season, Germany’s top consumer watchdog Stiftung Warentest on Thursday revealed that 80 percent of children's toys tested by the organisation posed health risks to children, regardless of their price.

McAllister: UK troops leaving a ‘sad moment’
Germany

McAllister: UK troops leaving a ‘sad moment’

Lower Saxony's premier David McAllister on Thursday told The Local parts of the state will be hit hard by the early closure of British military bases. But as the son of a British solider, the issue is also deeply personal for McAllister.

Swedish leaders see unity on Afghanistan
Sweden

Swedish leaders see unity on Afghanistan

Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and Social Democrat leader Mona Sahlin both expressed satisfaction that common ground could be found after talks on the Swedish force in Afghanistan on Thursday.

Vattenfall invests in North Sea wind farm
Sweden

Vattenfall invests in North Sea wind farm

Swedish energy group Vattenfall said on Thursday it would invest about one billion euros ($1.4 billion) along with Germany's Stadtwerke Munchen (SWM) in a 80-turbine offshore wind farm in the North Sea.

Snow covers mountains
Germany

Snow covers mountains

Germany got a taste of the coming winter on Thursday, as many of the country‘s mountainous regions – and even some northern flatlands – were blanketed in up to 24 centimetres of snow, the German Weather Service (DWD) said.

Bavarian farmers try to make agriculture sexy with pinups
Germany

Bavarian farmers try to make agriculture sexy with pinups

A youth farming association in Bavaria has presented its latest edition of a calendar showing farm girls in erotic poses in the hopes of making agriculture more attractive to younger Germans.

Swedbank leaps on strong interim report
Sweden

Swedbank leaps on strong interim report

Sweden's Swedbank stock jumped on Thursday after the firm posted stronger-than-expected third quarter operating profit, lower credit losses and a profit in the Baltics for the first time since late 2008.

Police warn immigrants after Malmö shootings
Sweden

Police warn immigrants after Malmö shootings

Police in Malmö issued a warning on Thursday urging residents with immigrant backgrounds to be extra careful when out alone at night or in the evenings.

Iconic lighthouse turned ‘lonely hotel’ celebrates 125 years
Germany

Iconic lighthouse turned ‘lonely hotel’ celebrates 125 years

Described by some as the “loneliest hotel in Germany,” the Roter Sand lighthouse off the coast of Lower Saxony has been welcoming guests for over 10 years, but that’s just a tiny slice of the landmark’s 125-year history.

Germany hikes growth forecasts sharply
Germany

Germany hikes growth forecasts sharply

Germany is again Europe's growth engine, the country's economy minister declared Thursday, as Berlin more than doubled its forecast for output this year and predicted a steady expansion in 2011.

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Sweden

Sweden’s employment picture brightens

Sweden's unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent in September from 8.3 percent the previous month, Statistics Sweden announced on Thursday.

What’s on in Germany: October 21 – 27
Germany

What’s on in Germany: October 21 – 27

This week's highlights: A night run in Berlin, Irish writers recite in Hamburg, and the BBC Scottish National Orchestra takes the bandstand in Munich.

What’s On in Sweden: October 22nd – 21st
Sweden

What’s On in Sweden: October 22nd – 21st

What’s on in Sweden: Roger Federer makes his debut at the Stockholm Open, ZZ Top top the bill in Gothenburg and The Divine Comedy plays in Malmö.

Police call for tougher gun crime penalties
Sweden

Police call for tougher gun crime penalties

Police in Skåne in southern Sweden want to see tougher penalties for gun crimes in hopes of cutting down on the number of shootings in the region.

‘Dr. Death’ takes body parts online
Germany

‘Dr. Death’ takes body parts online

Gunther von Hagens, the man behind the controversial anatomical Body Worlds exhibitions, announced this week he would be opening an online store selling his human and animal plastinations. But church leaders in Germany are outraged.

Housing still scarce for refugee children
Sweden

Housing still scarce for refugee children

The Migration Board (Migrationsverket) is putting more pressure on Sweden's municipalities to help it cope with a major shortage of places to house refugee children.

Quarter-million opt out of Google Street View
Germany

Quarter-million opt out of Google Street View

Some 245,000 buildings were registered for Google Street View’s opt-out scheme in Germany, the company revealed on Thursday, saying the figure did not correspond with the widespread controversy over the online navigation service.

Snow causes slick roads in southern Sweden
Sweden

Snow causes slick roads in southern Sweden

The year’s first snowfall has resulted in slippery roads in many parts of southern Sweden, with some areas received up to 10 cenitmetres of wet snow.

Merkel tries to calm locker room visit hubbub
Germany

Merkel tries to calm locker room visit hubbub

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has had a 'clear the air' chat with football bosses after a surprise visit to the national team's changing room caused a storm.

Schalke down Hapoel as Raul makes history
Germany

Schalke down Hapoel as Raul makes history

Spanish striker Raul made history on Wednesday as Bundesliga strugglers Schalke 04 kept up their Champions League hopes of a place in the Round of 16 with a 3-1 win over Hapoel Tel Aviv.