Murder suspect: ‘the noise made me do it’
Sweden

Murder suspect: ‘the noise made me do it’

A 39-year-old man from Karlskrona in southern Sweden who admitted to stabbing his neighbour to death blamed the attack on the incessant noise coming from the victim's flat.

Bonuses to boost gender equity at Swedish unis
Sweden

Bonuses to boost gender equity at Swedish unis

Swedish universities should be offered cash ‘equality bonuses’ for making significant strides toward increased gender equity, a government commission has proposed.

Rail chaos more severe in December than first thought
Germany

Rail chaos more severe in December than first thought

Fewer than half of Deutsche Bahn’s long-distance trains were running on schedule during most of December, according to statistics cited in a news report Friday. The figures point to the extent of last month's travel chaos due to heavy snowfall.

Complaints over Swedish mobile services rise
Sweden

Complaints over Swedish mobile services rise

The number of complaints directed at Swedish mobile and mobile broadband services increased once again in 2010, a consumer advocacy group announced on Friday.

Spotify signs US deal with Sony: report
Sweden

Spotify signs US deal with Sony: report

Swedish online music service Spotify has inked its first United States distribution deal, bringing the popular music service one step closer to the desktops and mobile phones of US-based listeners.

Düsseldorf could build ‘tent city’ for Eurovision as hotels fill up
Germany

Düsseldorf could build ‘tent city’ for Eurovision as hotels fill up

Facing sky-high demand for overnight lodging in the run-up to this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, host Düsseldorf is considering erecting a “tent city,” with hotels in the city centre near capacity just five months before the event.

Astrid Lindgren heirs lose in copyright spat
Sweden

Astrid Lindgren heirs lose in copyright spat

The Stockholm district court ruled on Friday against the heirs of beloved Swedish children's author Astrid Lindgren in a copyright dispute with a company owned by Swedish publisher Bonnier.

Dr. Rösler to the rescue: Health Minister attends to fainting woman
Germany

Dr. Rösler to the rescue: Health Minister attends to fainting woman

German Health Minister Philipp Rösler played the part of politician and paramedic on Thursday evening, after a woman began to feel faint during an event organised by his fellow Free Democrats in the state of Hessen.

Alliance faces defeat in sale of state-owned firms
Sweden

Alliance faces defeat in sale of state-owned firms

Sweden's ruling minority Alliance coalition may lose yet another vote in parliament after the Sweden Democrats announced their intention to support a motion tabled by the Social Democrats and Green Party to stop or restrict the sale of state-owned enterprises.

Connecting expats’ online and offline worlds
Sweden

Connecting expats’ online and offline worlds

As the popularity of international social networking site InterNations continues to grow in Sweden, The Local speaks with the site’s Stockholm ambassador, Barbara Weinzierl, about how it brings expats’ online and offline worlds together.

Bedbugs found on Swedish passenger train
Sweden

Bedbugs found on Swedish passenger train

A passenger on an overnight train traveling to Gothenburg from northern Sweden was shocked to discover some unexpected company in his bunk.

Guttenberg denies cover-up allegations
Germany

Guttenberg denies cover-up allegations

German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg on Friday rejected claims he withheld information on an investigation into a soldier’s death in Afghanistan, as well as an alleged “mutiny” on board a German navy training ship late last year.

Business confidence hits new record high
Germany

Business confidence hits new record high

German business confidence began the new year at record highs, the Ifo institute said on Friday, good news for the 17-nation eurozone as it grapples with a dogged debt crisis.

Scientists model ancient bog woman’s face
Germany

Scientists model ancient bog woman’s face

German researchers have shed light on life during the Iron Age after examining the ancient remains of a woman found in a bog in what is now Lower Saxony. The body dates back to the pre-Roman era, more than 2,600 years ago.

Porn star dies after heart attack during breast enlargement
Germany

Porn star dies after heart attack during breast enlargement

German porn actress “Sexy Cora” has died following a heart attack she suffered during her sixth breast augmentation last week. A police investigation of the Hamburg plastic surgery clinic where she was treated is ongoing.

‘Alcolocks’ can’t be trusted: sobriety group
Sweden

‘Alcolocks’ can’t be trusted: sobriety group

Ignition interlock devices designed to bar intoxicated individuals from driving cannot be trusted, according to a Swedish sobriety group for motorists on Friday.

Women and immigrants must fill labour shortage, study says
Germany

Women and immigrants must fill labour shortage, study says

Women and immigrants will have to fill the skilled worker shortage expected to hit Germany in the coming years, according to a new 10-point plan by the Federal Employment Agency (BA).

Bildt WikiLeak ‘troublesome’ if true: MP
Sweden

Bildt WikiLeak ‘troublesome’ if true: MP

A Green Party member is considering reporting Foreign Minister Carl Bildt and Migration Minister Tobias Billström to a parliamentary committee following a WikiLeak exposing statements that they made in 2007 about Iraqi refugees.

US authorities clear ABB’s Baldor takeover
Sweden

US authorities clear ABB’s Baldor takeover

US competition authorities have cleared Swedish-Swiss engineering giant ABB's takeover of American motor and generator manufacturer Baldor Electric, the company announced on Thursday.

Retirees help foreign students adjust to German life
Germany

Retirees help foreign students adjust to German life

A university in the southern state of Baden-Württemberg has been honoured for its scheme to help foreign students adjust to life in Germany by pairing them with senior citizens who volunteer to help with language and integration.

Müller admits Bundesliga title race over for Bayern Munich
Germany

Müller admits Bundesliga title race over for Bayern Munich

With Dortmund dominating the Bundesliga, Bayern Munich midfielder Thomas Müller admits this season's title race is effectively over as the defending champions prepare to host Kaiserslautern on Saturday.