Protest blocks nuclear waste train headed for Germany
Germany

Protest blocks nuclear waste train headed for Germany

Anti-nuclear protestors chained themselves to train tracks in France on Friday, blocking a nuclear waste delivery billed by opponents as the “most radioactive in history” on its way to Germany.

Psychedelic Berlin art show hosts live reindeer, canaries and mice
Germany

Psychedelic Berlin art show hosts live reindeer, canaries and mice

A fantastical exhibition by renowned artist Carsten Höller featuring live reindeer, canaries, mice and flies opened Friday at Berlin’s Hamburger Bahnhof contemporary art museum. “Soma” also offers the chance for a limited number of guests to overnight in a bed suspended above the animals for €1,000.

Sweden Democrat in bar brawl in Iceland
Sweden

Sweden Democrat in bar brawl in Iceland

William Hahne, the press secretary of the Sweden Democrats (SD) youth league, caused embarrassment for the Swedish delegation to the Nordic Council meeting in Reykjavik this week after getting drunk and racially abusing a bartender.

Swedish births boom during summer holidays
Sweden

Swedish births boom during summer holidays

A summer birth trend in Sweden that has lasted for the last several years continued in 2010, with births so far this year peaking in July.

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Sweden

Anger over Ship to Gaza Swedes’ return to Israel

Two Swedes who were detained earlier this year following an Israeli raid on the Ship to Gaza convoy earlier this year plan to return to Israel to file an official complaint with police.

‘Rotten fish’ pills pose health risk: agency
Sweden

‘Rotten fish’ pills pose health risk: agency

A dietary supplement derived from freezedried fermented herring poses health risks for children as was as for young and pregnant women, Sweden’s National Food Administration (Livsmedelsverket) has warned.

Police arrest Islamist bomb threat suspect
Germany

Police arrest Islamist bomb threat suspect

German police arrested a man on Friday over videos published on the Internet threatening bomb attacks unless an Islamist jailed earlier this year is released, authorities said.

Sex-addict pastor defrocked for prostitute frolic
Sweden

Sex-addict pastor defrocked for prostitute frolic

A Church of Sweden pastor in Gothenburg has lost the right to practice as a pastor after admitting to buying sex from a prostitute.

BMW puts €400m into electric car race
Germany

BMW puts €400m into electric car race

The world's leading luxury car maker, BMW, said on Friday it will invest €400 million by 2013 to produce an electric car as German manufacturers try to catch up with global rivals.

US has lost its way, Schäuble thunders
Germany

US has lost its way, Schäuble thunders

Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble removed his diplomatic gloves on Friday, blasting the United States’ decision to go ahead with a massive economic stimulus measure that could harm Germany.

Gothenburg police: terror arrest a ‘mistake’
Sweden

Gothenburg police: terror arrest a ‘mistake’

Gothenburg police have accepted responsibility for wrongly suspecting and arresting a man in connection with a terrorist bomb scare in the city over the weekend.

Multicultural football team unites Malmö
Sweden

Multicultural football team unites Malmö

With Malmö’s football club poised to win Sweden’s top-flight Allsvenskan football league, The Local’s Peter Vinthagen Simpson looks at how the team's multicultural make up has united a city that is so often cited as a negative example of the challenge of integration.

Noisy children most likely to annoy wealthier tenants
Germany

Noisy children most likely to annoy wealthier tenants

Rich Germans are more likely to get riled up about noisy children in apartment buildings than people on lower incomes, a survey has found.

Sweden rises in business friendliness ranking
Sweden

Sweden rises in business friendliness ranking

Sweden has come in 14th in an ease of doing business ranking of countries issued by the World Bank, among the bottom performers of the Nordic countries, but an improvement from 18th last year.

All Saints: lighting a candle for the past
Sweden

All Saints: lighting a candle for the past

This weekend is All Saints, Allhelgonahelg, when every graveyard in Sweden bathes in the glow of hundreds of flickering candles lit by Swedes coming to remember their dead.

Swedish firms exploiting labour migrants: report
Sweden

Swedish firms exploiting labour migrants: report

Swedish companies are exploiting labour migration legislation, with work permits being sold for up to 30,000 kronor ($4,560) and either non-existent or poorly paid jobs offered in return.

Boar piglet learns to moo with new cow family
Germany

Boar piglet learns to moo with new cow family

A wild boar piglet that strayed from its family has found a new home with a herd of Galloway cattle in the German state of Lower Saxony, learning to moo and even suckle from the cows for nourishment, media reports said this week.

Women’s equality stronger in former east, study finds
Germany

Women’s equality stronger in former east, study finds

People in the former East German states have more progressive views of working mothers than their counterparts in the west, and eastern women are more likely to juggle work and family successfully, a study has found.

King won’t sue publisher over tell-all book
Sweden

King won’t sue publisher over tell-all book

Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf and the Royal Court have decided not to sue Lind & Co, the publisher of the book filled filled with previously unpublished details about the King's private life.

‘Going back is so foreign – I speak Polish with a German accent’
Germany

‘Going back is so foreign – I speak Polish with a German accent’

The Local’s series "The New Berliners" explores the lives of immigrants from around the world in Germany’s capital. For the seventh installment, Julia Lipkins spoke with Goska Soluch from Poland.

Neo-Nazi takes seat in local Swedish council
Sweden

Neo-Nazi takes seat in local Swedish council

A newly elected municipal council representative from a neo-Nazi nationalist party started his first day as an elected official in western Sweden with a lesson on the ABCs of democracy.

Boris Becker ordered to pay pastor for wedding
Germany

Boris Becker ordered to pay pastor for wedding

A Swiss court has told German tennis legend Boris Becker to pay the minister who presided over his celebrity wedding a fee of €1,450 after settling a long-running dispute.

Income tax could vary by city under government plan
Germany

Income tax could vary by city under government plan

Germans could pay different income tax rates according to where they live under a plan being drafted by Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble, media reported Friday.

Söderling sweeps into Valencia quarter-finals
Sweden

Söderling sweeps into Valencia quarter-finals

Sweden's Robin Söderling delivered a dominant performance to sweep aside hometown favourite Daniel Gimeno-Traver in just over one hour on Thursday, making him the man to beat at the ATP's Valencia Open 500.

Hospital, birthing house or at home? Delivery options in Germany
Germany

Hospital, birthing house or at home? Delivery options in Germany

Giving birth while living abroad can be a daunting prospect. The sixth instalment of The Local's series Motherhood in the Fatherland follows expectant mum Sabine Devins as she handles the cultural quirks of having a baby in Germany.