Swedish King to face book’s love affair claims
Sweden

Swedish King to face book’s love affair claims

Sweden is bracing for the release of a controversial book detailing the private life of King Carl XVI Gustaf, who has announced he will comment on the book during a Thursday press conference.

Village asks to be wiped from Google’s map
Germany

Village asks to be wiped from Google’s map

A day after a small town became the first in Germany to welcome Google's controversial Street View service with open arms and cake, a tiny northern village responded Wednesday with a resounding Nein.

The ‘American dream’ is actually Swedish: study
Sweden

The ‘American dream’ is actually Swedish: study

While US voters shunned the Democratic Party's traditionally redistributive policies in Tuesday's mid-term elections, most Americans actually prefer a wealth distribution model similar to Sweden's, writes the AFP's Andrew Beatty.

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Sweden

Bear leaves faecal greeting in front of Swedish town hall

Town councillors in Ytterhogdal in northern Sweden arrived at work on Tuesday to discover that a member of the local bear population had left an insalubrious pile of dung outside the front door.

Finding peace in Westphalia
Germany

Finding peace in Westphalia

Named after a mediaeval monastery, the northwestern German city of Münster is religious about its cultural heritage. But Olivia Hambrett finds more than just a fusty collection of pretty churches.

Sahlin in the clear over tennis ticket gift
Sweden

Sahlin in the clear over tennis ticket gift

There will be no investigation into alleged corruption against Social Democrat leader Mona Sahlin for accepting hospitality at the Stockholm Open tennis tournament.

Roxette to embark on new world tour in 2011
Sweden

Roxette to embark on new world tour in 2011

Veteran Swedish pop duo Roxette will embark on their first world tour since 1995 next year ahead of a new album release in the spring.

North Rhine-Westphalian roads clogged by mysterious traffic
Germany

North Rhine-Westphalian roads clogged by mysterious traffic

The motorways of North Rhine-Westphalia ground to a halt on Tuesday as traffic jams totalling a length of 310 kilometres filled the state's roads, yet experts and officials remain puzzled as to just what caused the gridlock.

CSU party newspaper offers holidays to ‘occupied East Prussia’
Germany

CSU party newspaper offers holidays to ‘occupied East Prussia’

Bavaria’s Christian Social Union was embarrassed this week by flyer included in the conservative party's newspaper advertising holidays to “occupied East Prussia,” using German names for territory now belonging to Russia and Poland.

WikiLeaks founder: I’m going to sue Sweden
Sweden

WikiLeaks founder: I’m going to sue Sweden

WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange has said that he intends to sue the Swedish state over the handling of rape allegations against him by the Swedish Prosecution Authority (Åklagarmyndigheten).

Aquarium unveils heir to Paul the psychic octopus
Germany

Aquarium unveils heir to Paul the psychic octopus

Paul II, octopus successor to the tentacle tipster that wowed the world with his uncanny knack of correctly predicting World Cup football games, was unveiled amid great fanfare at an Oberhausen aquarium on Wednesday.

BMW roars ahead
Germany

BMW roars ahead

The world's leading luxury car maker, BMW, reported a huge leap in third-quarter net profit on Wednesday, with recovering global markets snapping up its saloons and sports utility vehicles.

Making the most of spousal support for a big move
Sweden

Making the most of spousal support for a big move

Moving to a new country is daunting for any couple. The challenges in a job-related relocation to Sweden are especially difficult since on the surface, the country appears to be easy to settle into given the widespread use of English.

Sahlin and Åkesson clash in first Riksdag duel
Sweden

Sahlin and Åkesson clash in first Riksdag duel

Social Democratic leader Mona Sahlin and the Sweden Democrats' Jimmie Åkesson traded barbs on the floor of the Riksdag on Wednesday in the first party leader debate since Sweden's September 19th general election.

Berlin demands security crackdown on cargo
Germany

Berlin demands security crackdown on cargo

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday called for tighter security measures for international cargo shipments and postal services, one day after an explosive package was discovered in the Chancellery’s mailroom.

Germany seeks better integration of immigrants
Germany

Germany seeks better integration of immigrants

Federal, state and municipal officials met with immigrant associations on Wednesday in Berlin for a national summit on how to improve integration in Germany. This year's focus was the recognition of foreign job qualifications.

Lufthansa confirms interest in SAS purchase
Sweden

Lufthansa confirms interest in SAS purchase

German airline Lufthansa has declared its interest in buying Scandinavian competitor SAS, with a spokesperson describing the firms as a "perfect couple."

Energy giants to drill for untapped natural gas in Rhineland
Germany

Energy giants to drill for untapped natural gas in Rhineland

A group of international energy companies plans to bore into enormous stores of untapped natural gas deposits across the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, according to a media report Wednesday.

Kachelmann won’t work as TV weatherman after trial
Germany

Kachelmann won’t work as TV weatherman after trial

Germany's high-profile TV weatherman Jörg Kachelmann said Wednesday he will not return to television after his trial concludes next month. He stands accused of threatening his long-time girlfriend with a knife and raping her.

No tax cuts, Merkel says
Germany

No tax cuts, Merkel says

German Chancellor Angela Merkel rejected calls for tax cuts on Wednesday, saying that though the economy has rebounded, the government must still cut its deficit.

Lundin Petroleum trumps profit forecasts
Sweden

Lundin Petroleum trumps profit forecasts

Swedish oil and gas firm Lundin Petroleum has reported a profit before tax of $105.4 million for the third quarter, up from $13.5 million in the corresponding period of 2009 and over analyst expectations.

Sweden ends asylum seeker returns to Greece
Sweden

Sweden ends asylum seeker returns to Greece

Sweden announced on Tuesday that it has stopped sending asylum seekers back to Greece, due to a "deteriorating" situation for the EU partner state's overwhelmed immigration system.

Stockholm hotel replaces keys with mobile phones
Sweden

Stockholm hotel replaces keys with mobile phones

A Stockholm hotel has launched a new pilot security system enabling guests to open their rooms, and even check in and out, with the help of their mobile phones, the participating companies said Tuesday.

Poll: Strong support for common Nordic state
Sweden

Poll: Strong support for common Nordic state

Nearly half of all Danes, Finns, Norwegians, Swedes and Icelanders would like their countries to unite in a federal state, according to a poll published as members of the Nordic Council met Tuesday.