Introducing…Björn Ranelid
Sweden

Introducing…Björn Ranelid

Introducing... is The Local's guide to the Swedish celebrity. In this installment contributor Malin Nyberg profiles Björn Ranelid, a fleet-footed author who’s not afraid to battle the Nobel literary establishment.

Thomas Cook pulls 2,000 tourists from Tunisia
Germany

Thomas Cook pulls 2,000 tourists from Tunisia

Tourism company Thomas Cook on Friday said it was repatriating about 2,000 German holidaymakers from Tunisia following a travel warning from the Foreign Ministry due to mounting unrest in the North African country.

Swedish Match firm buys US tobacco maker
Sweden

Swedish Match firm buys US tobacco maker

A Danish company recently partially acquired by Swedish tobacco products maker Swedish Match has purchased a unit of American tobacco giant Reynolds American for $205 million.

Greek police arrest German in terror raid
Germany

Greek police arrest German in terror raid

Greek police on Friday said they had arrested a German woman, allegedly the daughter of a wanted leftist with ties to the Red Army Faction, in a sweep aimed at a radical anarchist group that sent bombs to embassies.

Swedish military staff surf porn daily: report
Sweden

Swedish military staff surf porn daily: report

Employees of the Swedish Armed Forces (Försvarsmakten) have surfed on porn sites several thousand times on personnel computers over the last three years, according to a report by the country's national television broadcaster on Friday.

Woman pleasures herself in train – other passengers not amused
Germany

Woman pleasures herself in train – other passengers not amused

The police on Friday said they had arrested a woman having a good time with herself and a vibrator on a train in Bavaria. Despite rubbing her fellow passengers the wrong way, she claimed she didn’t understand what all the fuss was about.

Top Swedish execs hire bodyguards over threats
Sweden

Top Swedish execs hire bodyguards over threats

An increasing number of Sweden's top business executives are hiring bodyguards as the threat and risk of robbery and extortion grows in the country.

SAP revs up electric car operations
Germany

SAP revs up electric car operations

German software maker SAP is taking steps into the electric car market. The company is developing programs to manage emission-free corporate fleets and will add electric vehicles to its own group of company cars.

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Germany

Young mother confesses to killing her newborn

A 20-year-old woman in the northern German city of Bremen has confessed that she killed her newborn baby, according to police. The baby’s body was found in her apartment.

Swedish wolf activists threaten to sabotage hunt
Sweden

Swedish wolf activists threaten to sabotage hunt

After threats from activists who posed for bloody images imitating dead hunters, Swedish police have been called in to protect hunters participating in the country's controversial wolf hunt, which begins this weekend.

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Germany

Belarus accuses Berlin of plotting coup

Belarus on Friday accused EU members Germany and Poland of seeking to topple its strongman President Alexander Lukashenko by organising the December mass protest against his re-election.

Floodwaters still rising
Germany

Floodwaters still rising

Rivers in some parts of Germany continue to rise due to rain and melting snow. Officials in Bavaria and Saxony are still concerned about floodwaters while Heidelberg is breathing easier as the situation there improves.

Tiger cub bitten to death at Swedish zoo
Sweden

Tiger cub bitten to death at Swedish zoo

A Siberian tiger cub at a Swedish zoo was bitten to death by an adult tiger on Monday, Kolmården Wildlife Park officials confirmed on Friday.

Ikea reports profit boost for 2010
Sweden

Ikea reports profit boost for 2010

Swedish furniture giant Ikea on Friday reported a significant hike in net profit in 2010 as sales rose, especially in China, Russia and Portugal.

Swedish flasher exposed himself to female cop
Sweden

Swedish flasher exposed himself to female cop

A Swedish flasher unbuttoned his trench coat in front of the wrong person in the southern Swedish city of Malmö on Thursday night.

Little hope of finding missing tanker crew members
Germany

Little hope of finding missing tanker crew members

Chances are slim of finding alive the two missing crew members of a tanker that capsized on the Rhine, according to officials. Two other crew members were rescued after Thursday’s accident.

New Swedish film puts sex back on the map
Sweden

New Swedish film puts sex back on the map

Sweden’s last official sex education film became a hit in XXX-cinemas around the world. Four decades later, it's time for the sequel, but the new film probably won't enhance Sweden's reputation for sin, The Local's Ben Kersley reports.

House fire kills boy,9, and his grandparents
Sweden

House fire kills boy,9, and his grandparents

An elderly couple and their 9-year-old grandson were killed in a house fire in the Stockholm suburb of Täby on Thursday evening.

Aigner to crack down on animal feed production
Germany

Aigner to crack down on animal feed production

Under fire for her response to Germany’s widening dioxin food safety scandal, Agriculture Minister Ilse Aigner on Friday said she will implement tougher animal feed regulations.

Peeing policewoman artwork pisses off Dresden
Germany

Peeing policewoman artwork pisses off Dresden

A prize-winning lifelike sculpture of a squatting policewoman urinating has whipped up a storm of protest in the eastern German city of Dresden, where it went on prominent display last week.

The best of Berlin in January
Germany

The best of Berlin in January

Exberliner, Berlin’s leading English-language magazine, in January tells you where to go batty, finds the knitty gritty in Mitte, and gets cozy in Kreuzkölln.

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Sweden

Missing Swedish pastor found dead

A 78-year-old retired female pastor who has been missing since mid-December was found dead in her car on an isolated country road in western Sweden on Thursday night.

Ohly affirms plans to stay on as Left Party leader
Sweden

Ohly affirms plans to stay on as Left Party leader

Despite a growing chorus of criticism from within his party, Left Party leader Lars Ohly reaffirmed his plans to continue at the helm beyond the party’s 2012 congress.