Germany to develop ‘happiness index’
Germany

Germany to develop ‘happiness index’

German politicians Monday began investigating ways to gauge the country's quality of life and prosperity as a way to complement gross domestic product (GDP) figures in Europe's top economy.

Yugoslav assassin killed Olof Palme: report
Sweden

Yugoslav assassin killed Olof Palme: report

The murder of Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme was carried out by a contract killer hired by Yugoslav security services, according to German media reports.

MAN demands millions from Swedish ex-CEO
Sweden

MAN demands millions from Swedish ex-CEO

Swedish businessman Håkan Samuelsson, the former CEO of German truckmaker MAN, has been ordered to pay €237 million in damages to his former employer for his alleged part in a major corruption scandal.

Aquarium to honour octopus oracle Paul with memorial
Germany

Aquarium to honour octopus oracle Paul with memorial

Paul, a 'psychic' octopus who shot to fame last year for his ability to predict World Cup matches, will get a shrine three months after his untimely demise, his German aquarium said Monday.

Grenade sent to Croatian embassy in Berlin
Germany

Grenade sent to Croatian embassy in Berlin

Berlin police recovered on Monday a grenade in a parcel delivered to the Croatian embassy, two days before the country's president was to visit the German capital.

Sweden’s wolf hunt heading to court: EU
Sweden

Sweden’s wolf hunt heading to court: EU

Sweden's wolf hunt violates EU law, environment commissioner Janez Potocnik said on Monday, vowing to drag Sweden to court for allowing the hunt to continue this year.

A guide to second-hand shopping in Sweden
Sweden

A guide to second-hand shopping in Sweden

If you're low on cash but still keen to upgrade your wardrobe, second-hand shopping may be the solution. Contributor Clara Guibourg investigates what Sweden has to offer in the way of vintage.

MAN demands €237 million from ex-CEO
Germany

MAN demands €237 million from ex-CEO

Heavy truck and mechanical engineering company MAN has demanded €237 million in damages from former CEO Hakan Samuelsson for his alleged part in a major corruption scandal, a media report said Monday.

Your winter of discontent: A German TV primer
Germany

Your winter of discontent: A German TV primer

In the dead of winter, Ben Knight and Jacinta Nandi delve into the wacky world of German TV for Exberliner magazine looking for enough entertainment to last until spring. Be warned: this journey gets weird fast.

Swedish charter operator cancels all Tunisia trips
Sweden

Swedish charter operator cancels all Tunisia trips

Swedish tour operator Apollo said Monday it had cancelled all its trips to Tunisia until the beginning of May due to political unrest following the ouster of the country's president.

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Sweden

Woman ‘scalped’ at Swedish swimming pool

Parts of a woman's scalp were torn off in central Sweden after her hair got caught near the edge of a pool over the weekend.

More cheaters booted from Swedish colleges
Sweden

More cheaters booted from Swedish colleges

The number of students expelled from Sweden’s colleges and universities for cheating went up by nearly 50 percent in 2010 compared to the year before, new statistics show.

Rocker Rio Reiser’s grave to be moved
Germany

Rocker Rio Reiser’s grave to be moved

The grave of German rock star Rio Reiser will be moved following the sale of his former home in Schleswig-Holstein, his family said Monday. Maintaining the farm that once belonged to the popular musician became too expensive, they said.

Brüderle wants discount petrol from Aldi and Lidl
Germany

Brüderle wants discount petrol from Aldi and Lidl

Discount supermarket chains like Aldi and Lidl should enter the petrol business to increase competition and reduce gasoline prices for German drivers, Economy Minister Rainer Brüderle said Monday.

Recruitment woes plague Swedish military
Sweden

Recruitment woes plague Swedish military

Recruiting soldiers to the Swedish Armed Forces following the abolishment of mandatory conscription has proven harder than expected, with the military meeting less than half of its recruitment goal for 2010.

Swedish boar hunters safe after Tunisia attack
Sweden

Swedish boar hunters safe after Tunisia attack

Sweden's foreign ministry announced that 12 Swedish boar hunters in Tunisia who were attacked are all accounted for, safely back at their hotel, and preparing to leave the country.

Persbrandt film scoops up Golden Globe
Sweden

Persbrandt film scoops up Golden Globe

A film starring Swedish actor Mikael Persbrandt won the 2011 Golden Globe award for Best Foreign Language Film at a red carpet ceremony in Hollywood on Sunday.

Schäuble: EU’s Barroso ‘complicating’ euro crisis
Germany

Schäuble: EU’s Barroso ‘complicating’ euro crisis

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said Monday that European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso was making the eurozone debt crisis more complicated with calls to boost a rescue fund.

Costs of hard winter feared
Germany

Costs of hard winter feared

The hard winter suffered so far this season could be particularly expensive for Germany, according to parts of a confidential report by Transportation Minister Peter Ramsauer released on Monday.

Masked men smash slot machines at food kiosks
Sweden

Masked men smash slot machines at food kiosks

A pair of masked men smashed the video lottery terminals (VLT) and furnishings at three fast food kiosks in Gothenburg on Sunday with clubs and hammers.

Merkel referees dioxin scandal bickering
Germany

Merkel referees dioxin scandal bickering

As Germany tries to cope with the dioxin animal feed scandal, Chancellor Angela Merkel has stepped in to settle bickering over the issue between Agriculture Minister Ilse Aigner and Lower Saxony premier David McAllister.

Additional body part of Örebro prof discovered
Sweden

Additional body part of Örebro prof discovered

Police found an additional body part on Sunday of an Örebro University professor who was murdered and dismembered near the location of the initial discovery of some of her body parts.

Hannover takes second, but Dortmund still on top of Bundesliga
Germany

Hannover takes second, but Dortmund still on top of Bundesliga

Hannover went second in the Bundesliga on Sunday with an impressive 3-0 win at Eintracht Frankfurt, but leaders Borussia Dortmund remain 12 points clear at the top.