Merkel says debt biggest danger to Europe
Germany

Merkel says debt biggest danger to Europe

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday called on fellow European countries to slash their deficits, warning that debt is the main threat to the economies of the crisis-hit eurozone.

‘Your home is too important to let it look like a rat hole’
Sweden

‘Your home is too important to let it look like a rat hole’

The Local catches up with Simon Davies of the English-Swedish design duo Simon & Tomas to hear more about their upcoming American television show, and whether US homes are any uglier than homes in Sweden.

Germany celebrates automobile’s 125th anniversary
Germany

Germany celebrates automobile’s 125th anniversary

On the eve of the 125th anniversary of the automobile's invention in Germany, one woman’s journey is being remembered as the seminal road trip.

New English-language international school opens in Stockholm
Sweden

New English-language international school opens in Stockholm

A new educational option has emerged for internationally minded families in Stockholm looking for an affordable international education delivered in English.

NASA history goes on display in Stockholm
Sweden

NASA history goes on display in Stockholm

A major exhibit of more than 400 space-related objects, from engines to space suits to food rations, opened in Stockholm Friday in the largest gathering of NASA objects outside of the US.

Egyptians in Sweden: Tunisia was the trigger
Sweden

Egyptians in Sweden: Tunisia was the trigger

Egyptians in Sweden plan to demonstrate in solidarity with protesters in their home country as Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt slammed Egyptian authorities for shutting down internet access.

Father of three confesses to Mirco’s murder
Germany

Father of three confesses to Mirco’s murder

A man arrested by Mönchengladbach police this week has confessed to murdering missing 10-year-old boy Mirco almost five months ago, police said on Friday. He claims his motive was job stress.

Half of young Swedes ‘face raped’: survey
Sweden

Half of young Swedes ‘face raped’: survey

Half of Sweden's young people have endured a "face rape," or having their Facebook account hijacked by someone else who writes mean or "funny" things under the user's name, according to Sweden's online privacy watchdog on Friday.

Migration board worker ‘ate refugees’ food’
Sweden

Migration board worker ‘ate refugees’ food’

A member of the staff at Sweden's migration board (Migrationsverket) is facing the sack after having been caught eating food intended for asylum seekers.

Sweden’s mortgage cap keeps out new buyers
Sweden

Sweden’s mortgage cap keeps out new buyers

Home lending in Sweden has cooled following the introduction of a new mortgage cap, a majority of real estate agents believe, but has also resulted in the virtual disappearance of first-time home buyers.

China promises Merkel help with debt crisis
Germany

China promises Merkel help with debt crisis

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao told German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday that Beijing would continue to take "practical action" to support Europe in its battle to resolve its debt crisis.

Lena aiming not to come last at Eurovision
Germany

Lena aiming not to come last at Eurovision

Teen singer Lena Meyer-Landrut admitted on Friday she had few illusions she would be able to defend her Eurovision title in this spring – instead setting the modest aim not to come last at this year’s kitschy song contest.

Schools board slams anti-bullying plans
Sweden

Schools board slams anti-bullying plans

Sweden's National Agency for Education (Skolverket) has criticized a slew of ready-made programmes used by municipalities to combat bullying, arguing that they may even make the problem worse.

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Sweden

Nurse tells Ukrainian to ‘go home’ after complaint

A Ukrainian woman who sought a referral for an endocrinologist in Sweden was told to go back to Ukraine after expressing her frustrations to a nurse.

Court ruling could mean equal adoption rights for gay couples
Germany

Court ruling could mean equal adoption rights for gay couples

Gay couples in Germany are not allowed to adopt children together – only one partner goes on the papers. But a higher regional court ruling that deemed the law unconstitutional this week may change this.

Berlin exhibition shows real-life ‘Indiana Jones’ artefacts
Germany

Berlin exhibition shows real-life ‘Indiana Jones’ artefacts

A treasure trove of 3,000-year-old giant birds, lions, and goddesses goes on show in Berlin on Friday with a past so incredible that it could rival archaeology action film hero Indiana Jones.

Adventurous duo fined for nude photo shoot in Bavarian church
Germany

Adventurous duo fined for nude photo shoot in Bavarian church

After holding an impromptu nude photo shoot inside a Bavarian church and attempting to invoke Michelangelo, a woman and man now face stiff penalties for disturbing the practice of religion.

Sweden’s economy on display in Davos
Sweden

Sweden’s economy on display in Davos

Sweden's strong economy is in focus at this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos, giving the centre-right Alliance government a chance to spread a new image of Sweden, writes Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and three of his ministers.

National library seeks guidance on child porn
Sweden

National library seeks guidance on child porn

Sweden’s National Library has sought guidance from the government after determining that a portion of its magazine collection features child pornography.

Bundestag extends Afghanistan mission
Germany

Bundestag extends Afghanistan mission

Germany's parliament voted in favour of extending the country’s unpopular military mission in Afghanistan by one year on Friday, with a new mandate allowing for the withdrawal of troops to begin in 2011 if conditions permit.

Clinton praise as Sweden woos Davos
Sweden

Clinton praise as Sweden woos Davos

Sweden's prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt will on Friday address the ongoing World Economic Forum in Davos to explain Sweden's relative economic prosperity as ex-US president Bill Clinton joined the chorus of admirers, reported the business daily Dagens Industri (DI).

In privacy-crazed Germany, web users neglect online security
Germany

In privacy-crazed Germany, web users neglect online security

Despite the frequent politicization of internet privacy laws in Germany, a survey released this week revealed that an alarming number of people are still going online with inadequate privacy protection.

Germany signs Barbie for Women’s World Cup
Germany

Germany signs Barbie for Women’s World Cup

The German Football Federation (DFB) is planning to cash in on hosting the Women's World Cup in June with a football version of the children's doll Barbie wearing the national team's colours.

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Sweden

Swedish CEO under fire for naked Xmas greeting

The CEO of a taxi firm in Örebro in central Sweden has been criticised for his lewd choice of Christmas greeting sent out to staff.