The environment was in focus as the King gave his traditional Christmas Day speech. He also thanked the people of Sweden for their support for the royal wedding which took place earlier this year when Crown Princess Victoria married Daniel Westling.
Santa is barely out of the door before many Swedes are sitting in front of their computers and putting their unwanted gifts online as more and more people sell their unwanted Christmas presents.
A German development worker was killed by insurgents in northern Afghanistan on Friday night. Development Minister Dirk Niebel described the killing as a "cowardly attack," while Chancellor Angela Merkel has expressed her shock.
German President Christian Wulff used his first Christmas speech to call for "solidarity and understanding" in German society. He also eschewed tradition by not delivering the speech from behind a desk and hosting 190 model citizens at the recording.
A new survey has found that 49 percent of Germans think Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle should resign. Westerwelle has come under increasing pressure from within his own Free Democratic Party (FDP).
Nearly two-thirds of Swedes would like to see King Carl XVI Gustaf abdicate and hand the throne over to his daughter, Princess Victoria, according to a new poll published on Saturday.
Snow, freezing temperatures and driving winds continue to cause chaos in parts of southern Sweden.
The Left party has spoken out against a proposed museum commemorating Germans displaced by World War II. The museum is being founded without representatives from the Jewish Council or the Council of Sinti and Roma.
The Gävle Goat (Gävlebocken) has survived Christmas Eve and is still standing in the town's main square.
Bundeswehr soldiers on active duty in Afghanistan are hoping for a quiet holiday, though the situation in the Kunduz region is still too dangerous to relax.