SAS shares jump on bidding war rumours
Sweden

SAS shares jump on bidding war rumours

Shares in Scandinavian airline SAS soared Monday after a report said carriers Air France-KLM, Lufthansa and British Airways would be ready to enter a bidding war for the beleaguered company.

Cartoons made Scandinavia terror threat ‘much bigger’: experts
Sweden

Cartoons made Scandinavia terror threat ‘much bigger’: experts

Five years after a Danish newspaper first published controversial cartoons of the Muslim prophet, targets in Scandinavia are increasingly in the crosshairs of would-be terrorist attackers, the AFP's Nina Larson explains.

Sweden braces for year’s first solar eclipse
Sweden

Sweden braces for year’s first solar eclipse

Many sun-starved Swedes will have to make due with a partial sunrise on Tuesday morning as Sweden is set to experience the first solar eclipse of 2011.

Dioxin shuts farms, forces hen cull
Germany

Dioxin shuts farms, forces hen cull

The discovery of animal feed laced with poisonous dioxin has forced the closure of countless farms and the slaughter of at least 8,000 egg-laying chickens, as German officials on Monday reacted to a widening agriculture scandal.

Millions paid to Swedish lotto chief
Sweden

Millions paid to Swedish lotto chief

The boss of the Swedish Postcode Lottery (Postkodlotteriet) earned close to three million kronor ($450,000) more in wages and bonuses than was previously declared, it was revealed on Monday.

‘I thought we were going to crash’
Sweden

‘I thought we were going to crash’

Chaos and fear gripped travelers on a Swedish passenger plane Monday morning after a loss of cabin pressure caused the aircraft to drop thousands of metres in less than three minutes.

From euro crisis to Eurovision
Germany

From euro crisis to Eurovision

What will be the big stories in Germany in 2011? The Local breaks down what could be a difficult year for the government but a triumphant one for the economy, music and women’s football.

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Sweden

Malmö train crash likely caused by human error

Human error was most likely behind the train crash at Malmö Central station which saw an x2000 train crash into a stop barrier on the morning of New Year's Day.

Swine flu kills two
Germany

Swine flu kills two

Two people have died from swine flu in the German state of Lower Saxony, state officials announced on Monday.

Swedish state pharmacies still enjoy ‘special position’: report
Sweden

Swedish state pharmacies still enjoy ‘special position’: report

There has been great interest in starting new pharmacies in Sweden, which has led to a greater number of local pharmacies and increased consumer accessibilty according to a recent report.

US and Germany allegedly developing secret spy satellites
Germany

US and Germany allegedly developing secret spy satellites

The United States and Germany are jointly developing secret spy satellites under the guise of a commercial programme despite opposition from France, leaked US diplomatic cables showed Monday.

Last Bundeswehr conscripts report for duty
Germany

Last Bundeswehr conscripts report for duty

Germany’s final batch of military conscripts, some 12,000 young men, reported for duty on Monday, as the country moves toward a smaller, professional armed forces.

YouTube post suggests bomber had help: report
Sweden

YouTube post suggests bomber had help: report

A message from the Stockholm suicide bomber was posted on YouTube two days after he blew himself up in an attempt to wreak carnage among Christmas shoppers, suggesting he had accomplices, media reported Monday.

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Sweden

Swedish road safety ‘best in the world’: official

The number of deaths on Sweden's roads was at an all time low in 2010, according to new statistics.

Tourists rescued from croc-infested Aussie river
Germany

Tourists rescued from croc-infested Aussie river

Four German tourists had to be rescued Monday after they ignored warning signs and got their car stuck in a crocodile-infested river in northern Australia.

Workers canned for ‘disloyal’ Facebook post
Sweden

Workers canned for ‘disloyal’ Facebook post

Three workers at at a Volvo engine plant in central Sweden were given their marching orders after one of them described his place of work as a 'madhouse' in a Facebook status update.

Top firms urge antitrust sanctions on Hungary
Germany

Top firms urge antitrust sanctions on Hungary

Thirteen leading European firms including Germany's RWE, EON and Deutsche Telekom have reportedly urged the European Union to impose sanctions on Hungary for anti-competitive measures.

Lufthansa to create 4,000 jobs in Germany
Germany

Lufthansa to create 4,000 jobs in Germany

German national air carrier Lufthansa will create 4,000 jobs in the country in 2011, its new boss Christoph Franz said on Monday.

Ski champ’s brother killed in fireworks accident
Germany

Ski champ’s brother killed in fireworks accident

The brother of skiing champion Annemarie Gerg was killed on New Year’s Eve when a homemade firework exploded unexpectedly, according to a Monday media report.

Bayern to sign no new players over winter break
Germany

Bayern to sign no new players over winter break

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge declared on Sunday that the club would sign no new players in the January transfer window.

German Coptics fear Islamist attacks
Germany

German Coptics fear Islamist attacks

German politicians of all stripes have called for a tougher line against religious intolerance after 21 Coptic Christians were murdered in Egypt, while Copts in Germany warned on Monday they also feared violent attacks.

Woman freezes to death inside Swedish castle
Sweden

Woman freezes to death inside Swedish castle

A 65-year-old woman froze to death after somehow being locked inside the fortress walls of an historic Swedish castle where she had attended a special New Year's Eve mass, police said Sunday.

Swede Pietilä Holmner notches second World Cup win
Sweden

Swede Pietilä Holmner notches second World Cup win

Sweden’s Maria Pietila Holmner emerged victorious in the parallel slalom event in Munich, Germany on Sunday, marking her second World Cup victory this season.

‘He was a normal Muslim’: bomber’s wife
Sweden

‘He was a normal Muslim’: bomber’s wife

The wife of the Stockholm suicide bomber said she had no idea he had become radicalised and was plotting a terror attack, in an interview out Sunday.

Remains found at site of Swedish actor’s home
Sweden

Remains found at site of Swedish actor’s home

Swedish actor Per Oscarsson, who took top honours at the 1966 Cannes film festival, and his wife were feared dead on Sunday after human remains were discovered among the ashes of their burned home.