‘Karolinska shares patient data illegally’
Sweden

‘Karolinska shares patient data illegally’

Stockholm’s Karolinska University Hospital has been criticised for its failure to address “serious” shortcomings in how it handles patient information.

Stockholm tops Swedish student debt league
Sweden

Stockholm tops Swedish student debt league

Residents of Stockholm continue to carry the highest levels of student debt in the country, according to new figures from Sweden’s student lending agency, CSN.

Swedish military urged to use Twitter on the job
Sweden

Swedish military urged to use Twitter on the job

Employees of the Swedish Armed Forces (Försvarsmakten) have been encouraged to use social media during work hours to participate in discussions on the the authority's activities, according to a directive from the country's military headquarters.

Swedish electricity firms overcharge: study
Sweden

Swedish electricity firms overcharge: study

Sweden's privately-owned electricity companies behave in a "monopolistic" fashion, according to a homeowners advocacy group, which urges customers to be more proactive in choosing an electricity provider.

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Germany

Calling Germany home: The Local’s special immigration series

Immigration has been one of the most fiercely discussed issues of the past year since former central banker Thilo Sarrazin sparked a bitter debate about Muslim integration.

Sweden looks to ban pics taken by Peeping Toms
Sweden

Sweden looks to ban pics taken by Peeping Toms

The Swedish government wants to make it illegal to take pictures of people in "private places" without their knowledge.

Nicotine replacement therapy sales soar
Sweden

Nicotine replacement therapy sales soar

Sales of nicotine replacement therapy products in Sweden jumped 10 percent last year compared to 2009 as they become more easily available across the country, according to figures from the Apoteket Service.

Rich states push to curb federal redistribution
Germany

Rich states push to curb federal redistribution

The three big, rich states of Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg and Hesse are arming themselves for a fresh battle against paying support to Germany's financially weaker regions, officials announced Monday.

Guttenberg slams ‘clueless’ critics
Germany

Guttenberg slams ‘clueless’ critics

German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, facing mounting pressure over deadly accidents involving soldiers, on Monday called his critics "clueless" and uninformed.

Egypt demands Berlin return Nefertiti bust
Germany

Egypt demands Berlin return Nefertiti bust

Egypt's antiquities chief said Monday that Cairo has demanded that Germany return the 3,400 year-old bust of fabled Queen Nefertiti, 98 years after it was uncovered on the banks of the Nile.

Daimler teams up with Toray to form carbon fibre unit
Germany

Daimler teams up with Toray to form carbon fibre unit

Japanese synthetic fibre maker Toray Industries and German auto giant Daimler AG said on Monday they would set up a joint venture to make lighter carbon-fibre-based auto parts.

Eyewitnesses often wrong: Swedish study
Sweden

Eyewitnesses often wrong: Swedish study

Eyewitnesses cannot always be trusted, a psychologist at the Lund University has revealed in a recent study.

Capital gains tax revenue plummets
Germany

Capital gains tax revenue plummets

Germans paid dramatically less in capital gains taxes on income such as bank interest, share dividends and share sales last year than previously, prompting fresh debate about the tax code.

Young Israelis go crazy for Berlin
Germany

Young Israelis go crazy for Berlin

Growing numbers of young Israelis are moving to Berlin, eager to put the shadow of the past behind them. Ruth Michaelson reports on why so many are "meshugge" for the German capital and how they are shaping its culture.

From Pong to Wii: Museum offers glimpse of gaming over the years
Germany

From Pong to Wii: Museum offers glimpse of gaming over the years

A new exhibition in Berlin offers video game fans a hands-on blast to the virtual past. But as Amrit Naresh discovers, visitors also have the chance to learn what their computer pastimes say about our society.

US student builds online travel dreams in Sweden
Sweden

US student builds online travel dreams in Sweden

While he first came to Sweden for the free education and "hot women on bicycles," American entrepreneur Peter Sullivan now finds himself the centre of a new brand of social networking business, contributor Malin Nyberg discovers.

Nuder: I’m not running for party leader post
Sweden

Nuder: I’m not running for party leader post

Former Swedish Democratic finance minister Pär Nuder has said he will not run for the post of party leader following weekend speculation that he was a favourite to take over after Mona Sahlin.

Pharma firms urged to refuse US capital punishment drug
Germany

Pharma firms urged to refuse US capital punishment drug

Doctors are backing a call by Health Minister Philipp Rösler for German drug firms to refuse to supply a key agent used in lethal injection executions to the United States.

Swedish daily to jointly publish WikiLeaks
Sweden

Swedish daily to jointly publish WikiLeaks

Three major newspapers in northern Europe will join forces with a Norwegian paper to comb through about 250,000 cables originally exclusively handled by WikiLeaks' media partners, newspaper Svenska Dagbladet told AFP on Sunday.

Motorbike riders given licence plate break
Germany

Motorbike riders given licence plate break

Germany’s 3.8 million motorbike riders had cause to celebrate Monday with the news that they would no longer be forced to use the hated oversized “baking tray” number plates.

Hunt for new Social Democrat leader begins
Sweden

Hunt for new Social Democrat leader begins

The Social Democrats' 26 party districts spent the weekend having their say on who should lead the party by formulating the requirements for outgoing leader Mona Sahlin's successor.

Parents demand fresh probe in navy death
Germany

Parents demand fresh probe in navy death

The scandal over treatment of cadets on the Gorch Fock navy training ship widened Monday, when the father of a young woman sailor who drowned after falling from the ship in 2008 was demanding a fresh inquiry.

Söderling exits Aussie Open in shock defeat
Sweden

Söderling exits Aussie Open in shock defeat

Robin Söderling's Australian Open run ended after he was stunned in the fourth round by an unheralded Ukrainian on Monday.

Catholic abuse victims offered firm payout
Germany

Catholic abuse victims offered firm payout

Victims of sex abuse at Jesuit schools are finally being offered concrete compensation payouts one year after the abuse scandal was revealed, a Catholic official said Monday.