German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday urged the new civilian government in Burma to release political prisoners as she spoke by phone with pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi.
A parliamentary committee has proposed granting work permits to rejected asylum seekers and allowing immigrants to live abroad for up to five years without losing their right to reside in Sweden.
A Swedish lifestyle magazine is looking to hire someone skilled at receiving full-body massages, drinking wine at local taverns, and reading books for a not-too demanding temporary assignment.
The owner of four dogs that attacked and killed a three-year-old last year was handed a suspended sentence of one year and 80 hours of community service by a Thuringian court on Friday.
Prescriptions of antidepressants continue to rise in Sweden, according to new statistics from the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen).
German police said on Thursday they had foiled an apparent blackmail plot involving bombs placed near the stadium of football club Borussia Dortmund.
The European Commission, which enforces competition regulations in Europe, on Thursday said it had raided the premises of German national rail company Deutsche Bahn in an anti-trust probe.
Germans from the southwestern state of Baden-Württemberg are the least likely to claim sick leave, and when they do their time off is shorter than in other regions, a new study revealed on Thursday.
The condensation trails emitted by aircraft may be warming the planet more on any given day than all the carbon dioxide that planes have pumped out since aviation began, German scientists have found.
The first trial in a major bribery scandal began in Gothenburg on Thursday as a former housing chief faced charges of having accepted 24 tonnes of free bricks for a private building project.
A 34-year-old Swiss woman is about to become one of the country’s youngest grandmothers.
Sweden's government has announced plans to chart the extent of Islamophobia and anti-Semitism in the country, as it attempts to counteract the spread of intolerance towards minorities.
Confidential police photographs of a woman who was raped and murdered in Gothenburg last year have been leaked onto a pornographic website, local newspaper GT reports.
The number of foreigners living in Germany rose for the first time in five years in 2010, growing by about one percent, new data from the National Statistics Office (Destatis) revealed Thursday.
The Swedish government has announced that it is to "fight all the way" against an EU Commission ruling to reject an application to restrict the levy of VAT (value Added Tax) payable by non-profit groups.
German unemployment reached a post-reunification low in March, official data showed Thursday, but inflation is nonetheless dampening consumption and sentiment in Europe's biggest economy.
Swedish actor Mikael Persbrandt, the star of the Oscar-winning film "In a Better World", has lost his role as an ambassador for the UN's children's fund Unicef after being caught using cocaine.
Fed up with trying to find a job in Sweden? Why not try starting your own business? As The Local's Geoff Mortimore discovers, it's not always easy, but there is plenty of help available, regardless of your Swedish language skills.
Gothenburg police are set to deport two siblings back to Azerbaijan with their parents, despite social services knowing that they had sustained abuse and had been placed in foster care.
Sonova Holding, a Switzerland-based market leader in hearing healthcare products, has been put under investigation for suspected insider trading.
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Economy Minister Rainer Brüderle has thrown fuel on the fire of the potentially explosive debate within his government over nuclear power, as his Free Democratic Party (FDP) inches closer to a leadership battle.
A Swedish ice racing rider has died in hospital after an accident during Wednesday's tournament in the ABB Arena in Västerås in central Sweden.
Investigators probing a massive fraud involving fake euro coins have arrested six people in the Frankfurt area, including Lufthansa flight attendants, authorities announced Thursday.
Regional train commuters across Germany may need to find alternative transport after drivers from 21 private rail operators went on a two-day strike Thursday morning.
Two downed power lines caused a complete stoppage for trains between Gothenburg and Stockholm during Wednesday night with further delays expected throughout Thursday.