BMW launches electric and hybrid brand
Germany

BMW launches electric and hybrid brand

The German luxury carmaker BMW unveiled on Monday its long-awaited new brand, BMW i, with two new models to be equipped with electric and hybrid drive systems from 2013.

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Sweden

Charges rare in Swedish sex crime complaints

More often than not, sex crimes accusations in Sweden don't lead to formal charges, a new study shows. The frequency with which charges are filed also varies widely across the country.

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Sweden

Reaching expats in Europe simplified with new ad network

English-speaking professionals in other European countries form a growing and valuable market. Reach:Europe, launched today by The Local, helps advertisers reach nearly 6 million of these high-earning consumers with one phone call.

Boost for Swedes’ charitable giving in 2010
Sweden

Boost for Swedes’ charitable giving in 2010

Charitable giving in Sweden reached near record levels in 2010, according to preliminary statistics, approaching levels not seen since the year following the tsunami catastrophe in southeast Asia.

William and Kate snub German nobles on wedding invitations
Germany

William and Kate snub German nobles on wedding invitations

Though many are closely connected to the British throne, most of Germany’s aristocratic houses have not been invited to the upcoming royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Big high-tech firms return to CeBIT
Germany

Big high-tech firms return to CeBIT

CeBIT, the world’s largest technology trade fair, is welcoming back several big-name tech firms following a few rough, crisis-hit years.

Libyan embassy staff resign in Stockholm
Sweden

Libyan embassy staff resign in Stockholm

Three non-diplomatic employees of the Libyan embassy in Stockholm have resigned in protest against the "genocide" currently taking place in the country.

130 people say they killed Olof Palme: police
Sweden

130 people say they killed Olof Palme: police

With the 25th anniversary of the assassination of former Swedish prime minister Olof Palme a week away, Swedish police revealed on Monday that 130 people have confessed to the killing.

Business confidence hits new record high
Germany

Business confidence hits new record high

German business confidence hit its third straight record high in February, the Ifo economic institute said Monday, signaling solid momentum for a sustained recovery.

German media roundup: Hamburg’s bellwether vote
Germany

German media roundup: Hamburg’s bellwether vote

Is the Social Democrats’ crushing election victory in Hamburg a state-level anomaly or will there be national implications? Newspapers in The Local’s media roundup on Monday attempt to divine the impact on Chancellor Merkel’s government.

Swedish finance firms skirt bonus rules: report
Sweden

Swedish finance firms skirt bonus rules: report

Roughly half of Sweden's financial firms have failed to abide by rules for handing out performance-based bonuses, a new report has shown.

Website finds huge parts of Guttenberg’s thesis plagiarized
Germany

Website finds huge parts of Guttenberg’s thesis plagiarized

Embattled German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg plagiarized huge chunks of his legal thesis, according to a new internet site.

Obesity gene linked to dementia: Swedish study
Sweden

Obesity gene linked to dementia: Swedish study

People with a particular genotype associated with obesity may have three times higher a risk of developing dementia than those who do not, according to a study by Stockholm's Karolinska Institute.

Snow and ice blitz southern traffic
Germany

Snow and ice blitz southern traffic

Snow and ice caused numerous accidents in southern and western Germany on Monday. One man was killed and several drivers injured, as the weather shut down many roads for hours.

Google Maps ignites Dutch border dispute
Germany

Google Maps ignites Dutch border dispute

Google Maps has reignited long-running border tensions between a northern German city and the Netherlands after reportedly handing over Emden's port to the Dutch by mistake.

Sweden issues Libya travel warning
Sweden

Sweden issues Libya travel warning

Sweden has warned its citizens against all travel to Libya amid reports that dozens of people have been killed as government forces attempt to quash growing unrest in the country.

Ten fall through ice on Swedish lake
Sweden

Ten fall through ice on Swedish lake

At least 10 people fell through the ice on Vättern, Sweden's second-largest lake, on Sunday, but no serious injuries were reported, according to the Swedish Sea Rescue Society (Sjöräddningssällskapet).

Youths attack homeless man in Berlin metro station
Germany

Youths attack homeless man in Berlin metro station

A gang of youths have attacked another person in a Berlin metro station, just a week after a similar incident in the city left a man in a coma, police said Monday.

Train drivers to strike nationwide Tuesday
Germany

Train drivers to strike nationwide Tuesday

Germans face commuting chaos on Tuesday morning, with train drivers set to go on strike nationwide to put pressure on railway operators in a wage dispute.

Two Swedes notch wins at Nordic World Cup
Sweden

Two Swedes notch wins at Nordic World Cup

Swedes topped the podium twice over the weekend with Nordic World Cup wins in Norway. A Swedish alpine skier also won silver in the slalom at the World Ski Championships in Germany.

Breakthrough forged in Hartz IV welfare talks
Germany

Breakthrough forged in Hartz IV welfare talks

After some eight weeks of difficult talks between the German government and the opposition, both sides reached a deal on reforms to Hartz IV welfare benefits early on Monday morning.

Global arms sales on the rise: Swedish think tank
Sweden

Global arms sales on the rise: Swedish think tank

The world's 100 largest arms dealers, excluding Chinese vendors, sold weapons for $401 billion in 2009, with US vendors remaining in first place, according to a report published Monday.