A gastronomic Swedish Easter
Sweden

A gastronomic Swedish Easter

Looking for a treat for your tastebuds this Easter? In Västervik you can enjoy the best of traditional Swedish food with a special Easter package.

‘Can Germany be counted on?’
Germany

‘Can Germany be counted on?’

Has Germany’s decision to abstain from the UN resolution on Libya seriously damaged transatlantic ties and NATO? Dr. Jackson Janes, director of the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, sifts through the foreign policy wreckage.

Broad political backing of Gripen deployment
Sweden

Broad political backing of Gripen deployment

The Left party agreed Wednesday to vote through the government proposal that Sweden send fighters to Libya when the Riksdag votes on Friday, but continued to support the Greens' and the Social Democrats' line of restricting Sweden's involvement.

Prost! Weekend set for beer garden weather
Germany

Prost! Weekend set for beer garden weather

This weekend could bring the first glorious beer garden weather of the year. The German Weather Service (DWD) is forecasting widespread sunshine and balmy temperatures across the country.

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Switzerland

Fall in Swiss unemployment

The Swiss Federal Statistical Office says the number of people in Switzerland with jobs rose by 1.4 percent between the 4th quarter 2009 and the 4th quarter 2010.

Top corporations resist quota for hiring women execs
Germany

Top corporations resist quota for hiring women execs

Germany's top companies pledged Wednesday to publish new targets for placing more women in their boardrooms but resisted fresh calls for legal quotas to rectify a wide gender gap.

Win tickets for Långholmen FC’s international party
Sweden

Win tickets for Långholmen FC’s international party

To celebrate the start of the new football season, Långholmen Football Club is hosting a sparkling international party at a top Stockholm venue. As the club’s proud partner, The Local has five pairs of tickets to give away to an event that will bring together the city’s international groups, sports teams, societies and clubs for one big social night out.

Sweden launches review of nuclear security
Sweden

Sweden launches review of nuclear security

Security at Swedish nuclear power stations is set to undergo a comprehensive review, the nuclear industry and the Radiation Safety Authority (Strålsäkerhetsmyndigheten - SSM) announced on Wednesday.

Swedish house debates migration policy
Sweden

Swedish house debates migration policy

Sweden's parliament debated the agreement on migration and asylum policy between the Alliance coalition government and the Green Party at the request of the Sweden Democrats on Wednesday.

Pay back to pre-crisis levels for top bosses
Germany

Pay back to pre-crisis levels for top bosses

Wages earned by top German bosses have climbed back to pre-crisis levels but are tied more closely to a company's longer-term performances, a private study showed on Wednesday.

Örebro prof murder suspect commits suicide
Sweden

Örebro prof murder suspect commits suicide

A 52-year-old man suspected of murdering and dismembering a female colleague from Örebro University committed suicide on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Swedish police catch ‘clairvoyant’ con-artist

A 48-year-old phony fortune teller who managed to make millions of kronor disappear from the bank accounts of unsuspecting Swedes has finally been arrested after years of evading capture.

Mauling victim pleaded for put-down cubs
Sweden

Mauling victim pleaded for put-down cubs

Police in Jämtland County decided Tuesday that to put down the abandoned cubs of the female bear that attacked and injured 12-year-old Olle Frisk last week.

Bertelsmann reportedly targeting Warner Music
Germany

Bertelsmann reportedly targeting Warner Music

German media group Bertelsmann and investment fund KKR want to buy the US company Warner Music for up to $3 billion, a press report said Wednesday.

Berlin’s techno scene shows its feminine side
Germany

Berlin’s techno scene shows its feminine side

While a woman behind the decks is nothing new, Berlin's electronic ladies say they have to work extra hard to get the attention they deserve in a male-dominated industry, Ruth Michaelson reports.

Naked Scandinavians too much for Facebook
Sweden

Naked Scandinavians too much for Facebook

Moderators chose to erase an image posted on the Swedish underwear giant Björn Borg’s Facebook page, after deeming the contents to be pornographic.

Pressure mounts on Westerwelle to resign
Germany

Pressure mounts on Westerwelle to resign

Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle on Wednesday faced growing calls for him to step aside as leader of the Free Democrats following his party’s disastrous performance in two German state elections.

German boy’s message in a bottle found 24 years later in Russia
Germany

German boy’s message in a bottle found 24 years later in Russia

A 13-year-old Russian boy found a message in a bottle on a beach and was reunited with its German author, who wrote the note 24 years ago, tabloid Komsomolskaya Pravda reported Wednesday.

Malmö braces for Scandinavia’s largest shopping mall
Sweden

Malmö braces for Scandinavia’s largest shopping mall

A mall billed as one of Europe’s most spectacular shopping centres is under construction in Malmö, but questions remain as to whether the city can handle the massive expansion in retail space, The Local's Karen Holst discovers.

Father in court for castrating daughter’s older boyfriend
Germany

Father in court for castrating daughter’s older boyfriend

A Bielefeld man faced criminal charges in a court on Wednesday for violently castrating his 17-year-old daughter’s much older boyfriend. He could be jailed for at least three years.

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Switzerland

Swiss Casinos hit by Russian Scammers

A gang of Russian scammers may have tampered with slot machines in casinos across Switzerland, according to reports.

Teens warned of risks from ‘vodka tampon’ use
Germany

Teens warned of risks from ‘vodka tampon’ use

Police in southern Germany warned this week of a dangerous new form of alcohol abuse among teens – using tampons soaked in vodka to get drunk quickly and hide the smell. The practice poses grave health risks, they said.

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Sweden

Elderly Swedes ‘not interested’ in using the internet: study

More than 1.3 million Swedes over the age of 50 don't use the internet, a new study has shown.

Hamburg port preps for radioactive ships
Germany

Hamburg port preps for radioactive ships

Hamburg port authorities prepared on Wednesday for the arrival of Japanese ships contaminated with radiation, a media report said.

Sweden beats Moldavia in Euro 2012 qualifier
Sweden

Sweden beats Moldavia in Euro 2012 qualifier

Sweden gained three points with a lackluster 2-1 home victory over Moldavia in Euro 2012 qualifying play on Tuesday night.

Australia stuns young Germany line-up in friendly
Germany

Australia stuns young Germany line-up in friendly

Australia took revenge for last year's heavy World Cup defeat with a shock 2-1 win over hosts Germany on Tuesday night in a friendly - their maiden victory over the Germans.

Unpaid bills halt Saab car production
Sweden

Unpaid bills halt Saab car production

Transport company DB Schenker has stopped delivering goods to Saab Automobile because they haven't gotten paid by the Swedish automaker.