Swedish cop warned over ‘temporary massage parlour’
Sweden

Swedish cop warned over ‘temporary massage parlour’

A shirtless Swedish police officer who was caught massaging a scantily-clad woman in the back of a Gothenburg police station has been disciplined for damaging the public’s confidence in the police.

Stormy weekend to be wet, warm and windy
Germany

Stormy weekend to be wet, warm and windy

The most powerful storm front seen so far this autumn is heading towards Germany, bringing strong winds and heavy rain, but also warmer temperatures.

Take the SJ train to Jämtland
Sweden

Take the SJ train to Jämtland

Home to one of Sweden's most popular ski resorts, the province of Jämtland will not disappoint travellers looking for a classic Swedish winter experience. Its location in central Sweden suits both downhill and cross-country skiers looking for a quick getaway from the south of the country, with the train ride between Stockholm and Östersund taking only five hours.

Riksbank head warns of soaring household debt
Sweden

Riksbank head warns of soaring household debt

The head of Sweden's central bank has warned against expanding household debt, pointing out that it plays a significant role in the bank's decisions to raise interest rates.

Spain’s ACS presents Hochtief takover bid
Germany

Spain’s ACS presents Hochtief takover bid

Spain's largest construction group ACS said it presented its offer for German rival Hochtief to Germany's financial supervisory authority Bafin on Thursday.

Jobless Swedes told to look for work abroad
Sweden

Jobless Swedes told to look for work abroad

With unemployment reaching double digits in some parts of northern Sweden, job seekers are being encouraged to look for work in other countries.

Several children injured in bus crash
Germany

Several children injured in bus crash

At least seven children and two adults were injured Thursday after the bus bringing them to a horse-riding event collided with a motorway maintenance vehicle in Lower Saxony, police said.

German ‘ß’ to be allowed in internet domain names
Germany

German ‘ß’ to be allowed in internet domain names

The German character “ß” can be used in internet domain names as of November 16, an IT industry association announced on Thursday. New rules will make web addresses such as www.straße.de possible.

Suspected serial rapist confesses
Sweden

Suspected serial rapist confesses

A 23-year-old man in custody for several suspected rapes in Örebro in central Sweden has confessed to all the seven assaults for which he was remanded into custody on Thursday.

Karl Lagerfeld pans Berlin fashion scene
Germany

Karl Lagerfeld pans Berlin fashion scene

German designer Karl Lagerfeld on Thursday disparaged Berlin's budding fashion scene, calling it “pretentious” and uninspired.

Swedish nobility scoffs at woman’s claims to blue-blooded name
Sweden

Swedish nobility scoffs at woman’s claims to blue-blooded name

Sweden's House of Nobility (Riddarhuset) has objected to an application for a name change by a woman in Stockholm, arguing that its regulations do not allow for hereditary claims via the mother's side of the family.

Swedish press question Sahlin’s call to resign
Sweden

Swedish press question Sahlin’s call to resign

Mona Sahlin’s demand for the Social Democratic leadership to resign received mixed reviews in Swedish newspapers on Thursday, while a new poll shows Sahlin isn’t the most popular Social Democrat.

Karneval season kicks off
Germany

Karneval season kicks off

At exactly 11:11 am on Thursday, an army of jesters descended on the central squares in several Rhineland cities to kick off the traditional "Fifth Season" of Karneval. Months of clownish, alcohol-fuelled partying are to follow.

What’s On in Sweden: November 12th – 18th
Sweden

What’s On in Sweden: November 12th – 18th

What’s On in Sweden: Monster Jam in Stockholm, Goths gather in Gothenburg and Zappa plays Zappa in Malmö.

Swedes’ emails to be stored for six months
Sweden

Swedes’ emails to be stored for six months

Emails and mobile phone text messages would be stored for six months by internet service providers (ISPs), according to a bill presented by the Swedish government on Thursday to bring the country in line with EU data retention rules.

Judge refuses to prosecute speeders
Germany

Judge refuses to prosecute speeders

A judge in North Rhine-Westphalia has stopped imposing penalties on people caught driving too fast, saying speed traps are often unjustified and simply used by municipalities to fill empty coffers.

What’s on in Germany: November 11 – 17
Germany

What’s on in Germany: November 11 – 17

This week’s highlights: Karneval kicks off in Cologne, horses compete in Stuttgart and Berlin celebrates short film.

Surprise security checks at logistics firms after letter bomb scare
Germany

Surprise security checks at logistics firms after letter bomb scare

Officers from the Federal Office of Civil Aviation have conducted unannounced checks on more than 20 shipping and logistics companies in Germany in what appears to be a reaction to two separate parcel bomb incidents last week.

Rolling Stone attacks Swedish journalist
Sweden

Rolling Stone attacks Swedish journalist

Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards was left so angry over a review of the band's concert in Gothenburg in 2007, that he threatened to beat up the Swedish journalist who wrote it, during an interview over three years later.

Sweden to launch online access to medical files
Sweden

Sweden to launch online access to medical files

Patients and medical professionals in Sweden will soon be able access electronic medical records online, a government health official announced this week.

Merkel attacks ‘political’ limits on trade surpluses
Germany

Merkel attacks ‘political’ limits on trade surpluses

German Chancellor Angela Merkel Thursday attacked "political" limits on national trade surpluses, hitting back at US proposals to tackle world economic imbalances.

Men locked in mosque during terror raid
Sweden

Men locked in mosque during terror raid

The Gothenburg police are facing more criticism following revelations that they locked eight men in a mosque when responding to a terror threat on October 30th.

Group honoured for saving world’s oldest stationary carousel
Germany

Group honoured for saving world’s oldest stationary carousel

A group of historical preservation enthusiasts in the Hessian town of Hanau have been honoured for more than 20 years of work to bring the world’s oldest stationary carrousel back to life.