2010: The year in review
Germany

2010: The year in review

As 2011 prepares to kick off, The Local takes a look back at some of the stories that caught our attention during the past year in Germany.

Inflation hits 1.1 percent in 2010
Germany

Inflation hits 1.1 percent in 2010

German inflation jumped higher in December, official figures showed on Wednesday, pushing the overall rate for 2010 up to 1.1 percent.

RWE chief branded climate ‘dinosaur’
Germany

RWE chief branded climate ‘dinosaur’

Environmentalists have conferred the dubious honour of “dinosaur of the year” for backwards attitudes to green issues to energy giant RWE’s chief executive Jürgen Großmann.

The Local’s end-of-year quiz 2010
Sweden

The Local’s end-of-year quiz 2010

We've had a Royal Wedding, a general election, not to mention the drama of Wikileaks and an attempted suicide bomb. But have you been paying attention? Find out in The Local's bumper end-of-year quiz.

Man buried alive by snow
Germany

Man buried alive by snow

A 51-year-old man has died in Bavaria after being buried in a mini-avalanche of snow while he was working to clear ice from a stream bed, police said Wednesday.

Swedes arrested over ‘Muhammad cartoon plot’
Sweden

Swedes arrested over ‘Muhammad cartoon plot’

Scandinavian intelligence agencies said they had foiled a plot Wednesday to kill staff at a Danish newspaper which published caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad and had arrested five suspects.

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Sweden

Swedish trade surplus continues to swell

Sweden posted a 10 billion kronor ($1.4 billion) trade surplus in November, up from a 2.1 billion kronor surplus in November 2009, data released Wednesday by Statistics Sweden showed.

Swedish ski resort hit by avalanches
Sweden

Swedish ski resort hit by avalanches

Two avalanches were triggered in two consecutive days at the Swedish ski resort of Åre this week, prompting warnings about increased avalanche risk in the Swedish mountains.

UEFA apologises to Bayern fans for banning jokey Latin banner
Germany

UEFA apologises to Bayern fans for banning jokey Latin banner

The European football association UEFA has apologized to FC Bayern Munich fans for banning a humorous banner telling supporters of AS Rome to “go home” in Latin during a Champions League match in September.

Three convicted for Malmö Art Museum theft
Sweden

Three convicted for Malmö Art Museum theft

Three men were convicted on Wednesday of involvement in the theft of several works of art, including Edvard Munch's "Two Friends", from the Malmö Art Museum.

Zlatan voted Sweden’s most popular sportsman
Sweden

Zlatan voted Sweden’s most popular sportsman

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, AC Milan star and captain of the national team, is by far the most popular sportsman in Sweden, a new survey published by Sveriges Television (SVT) and Aftonbladet on Wednesday showed.

Leon and Mia most popular baby names in 2010
Germany

Leon and Mia most popular baby names in 2010

Leon and Mia have emerged as the favoured names for boys and girls born in Germany in 2010 – the second year in a row they have topped the chart.

Skanska nets windfall from Chile highway sale
Sweden

Skanska nets windfall from Chile highway sale

Swedish construction and engineering group Skanska said Wednesday it would make a €556 million ($730 million) gain from the sale of a 50 percent share in a company that owns a Chilean highway concession.

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Sweden

Suspected war criminal arrested in Sweden

A man has been arrested in northwestern Sweden on suspicions of having committed war crimes in the former Yugoslavia.

Swedish docs identify deadly legal drug
Sweden

Swedish docs identify deadly legal drug

A team of Swedish forensic physicians have concluded that nine young people have died over the past year after having taken the legal drug Krypton.

Ramsauer mans ramparts against English
Germany

Ramsauer mans ramparts against English

Transport Minister Peter Ramsauer is declaring war on English words creeping into everyday German usage and urging fellow politicians to follow his lead.

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Sweden

Man’s penis amputated following misdiagnosis

A Swedish man was forced to have his penis amputated after waiting more than a year to learn he had cancer.

Justice Minister rejects passenger profiling
Germany

Justice Minister rejects passenger profiling

Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger has roundly slapped down a call by Germany’s airports for passengers to be profiled for security checks, warning such discrimination would contravene EU and German laws.

Birth rate on the rise
Germany

Birth rate on the rise

Germany’s birth rate is rising faster than it has in a decade, with 18,000 more babies born between January and September than the same period last year, government figures show.

Bomb rattles home of Swedish prison worker
Sweden

Bomb rattles home of Swedish prison worker

An explosive device detonated on the steps of the home of an employee of the Swedish prison service early Tuesday morning in what is being described as a threat against the man’s family.