Navigating the employment – unemployment roundabout
Sweden

Navigating the employment – unemployment roundabout

Losing your job may be traumatic, but there are worse places to find yourself out of a job than Sweden, The Local's Geoff Mortimore explains.

TILIA Living Resort in Berlin: a vacation in your own home
Germany

TILIA Living Resort in Berlin: a vacation in your own home

Living a stone's throw from the heart of the city, while surrounded by nature: that's the reality of life at a new ecologically sound housing development in Berlin.

Swede extradited over ‘Muhammad cartoon plot’
Sweden

Swede extradited over ‘Muhammad cartoon plot’

A man arrested in Stockholm in connection to a foiled plot to murder staff at Jyllands-Posten, a Danish newspaper that published caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, is set to face trial in Denmark, a Swedish court ruled Monday.

Auto sales race ahead for March
Germany

Auto sales race ahead for March

Germany's giant auto economy continued to roar ahead in March, the sector federation VDA said Monday, with an 11-percent-jump in new car registrations compared to the same period last year.

Kafka’s letters bought by German archive
Germany

Kafka’s letters bought by German archive

More than 100 letters that the great German-language author Franz Kafka wrote to his sister will go on display in Baden-Württemberg after they were bought by the German Literature Archive Marbach.

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Sweden

Flats for the needy given to the aristocracy: report

A Stockholm-based foundation providing apartments for the less well-off, is under investigation after having allowed a number of wealthy politicians, church officials and members of the aristocracy to benefit.

Submarine helps in Air France salvage
Germany

Submarine helps in Air France salvage

Bodies of people killed in the Air France plane that crashed in the Atlantic near Brazil in 2009 have been found, French officials said Monday. Their search for the wreckage and victims – among them 28 Germans – was aided by a robot from a Kiel institute.

Caribbean paradise holds on to its Swedish past
Sweden

Caribbean paradise holds on to its Swedish past

While Sweden's Caribbean colonial ambitions ended long ago, a group on the island of Saint Barthélemy is working to preserve the former colony's Swedish heritage, contributor Carina Chela discovers.

Saab seeks to allay financial health fears
Sweden

Saab seeks to allay financial health fears

Swedish carmaker Saab and its Dutch owner Spyker took steps on Monday to reassure investors that the future is based on solid financial ground.

Finding company when you’re a freelancer
Germany

Finding company when you’re a freelancer

Freelancers and entrepreneurs tired of working in their pyjamas or nursing a cold cappuccino are coming together in communal offices. David Sharp reports on the hot trend among Germany's self-employed.

New Swedish aid portal a ‘transparency guarantee’
Sweden

New Swedish aid portal a ‘transparency guarantee’

The Swedish government on Monday launched a new online service - Openaid.se - in a bid to increase transparency within development aid and enable interested parties to follow the entire aid chain.

New files reveal bungled Nazi submarine mission to US
Germany

New files reveal bungled Nazi submarine mission to US

A Nazi submarine mission to the United States during World War II that aimed to unleash a wave of terror ended in farce after being hit by a series of disasters, newly released files showed Monday.

Berlin condemns arrest of Chinese artist
Germany

Berlin condemns arrest of Chinese artist

Germany expressed its "great concern" on Monday about the detention of Ai Weiwei, a prominent Chinese artist and outspoken critic of the regime in Beijing who was planning to set up a studio in Berlin.

Prosecutor drops probe into US embassy ‘spying’
Sweden

Prosecutor drops probe into US embassy ‘spying’

A prosecutor looking into whether or not a surveillance programme run by the US embassy in Stockholm violated Swedish law has dropped the investigation.

Lucky lotto player wins €24.8-million jackpot
Germany

Lucky lotto player wins €24.8-million jackpot

A lucky lotto player from Stuttgart has become the third-biggest winner in German history by snaring a €24.8-million jackpot on Saturday.

Sweden mulls ban on texting while driving
Sweden

Sweden mulls ban on texting while driving

Sweden's Riksdag backs the banning of texting while driving and the introduction of a hands-free requirement while making calls at the wheel.

German media roundup: Westerwelle steps down
Germany

German media roundup: Westerwelle steps down

The political body blows that have rained down on Free Democrats leader Guido Westerwelle for more than a year have finally taken their toll. But can his party recover? The Local’s press round-up gauges the debate.

Electricity imports making up for nuclear suspension
Germany

Electricity imports making up for nuclear suspension

Electricity shortfalls created by the German government's suspension of seven old nuclear reactors is being filled by a jump in imports from neighbouring countries, the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW) said Monday.

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Switzerland

Swiss women expect to live to 84

The Swiss Federal Office of Statistics has released new figures on life expectancy, but there are large differences between regions.

 

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Switzerland

Swiss politico dropped from music fest over Qaddafi links

The famed Salzburg music festival has withdrawn an invitation to former Swiss politician Jean Ziegler to speak at the event's opening, citing alleged links to Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi.

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Switzerland

Japanese Ambassador slams Swiss food checks

The Japanese Ambassador to Switzerland says the Alpine country’s checks on food imports are over-the-top.

 

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Sweden

Cops probed for beating handicapped driver

A Swedish prosecutor has opened an investigation concerning police officers alleged to have dragged a partially handicapped man from his car, calling him an "idiot" and a "druggie", and having erased his phone of the evidence.

Switzerland basks in summer weather
Switzerland

Switzerland basks in summer weather

Temperatures over the weekend rose to record-highs for the season.

‘Missing snake’ note rattles Malmö residents
Sweden

‘Missing snake’ note rattles Malmö residents

A report that a deadly snake has escaped has left residents of an apartment building in Malmö in southern Sweden living in fear.

Women’s boxing champ shot by stepfather
Germany

Women’s boxing champ shot by stepfather

World champion German boxer Rola El-Halabi is unlikely ever to fight again after she was shot repeatedly by her stepfather in her dressing room before a bout on Friday night.

Winter births bring higher depression risk: Swedish study
Sweden

Winter births bring higher depression risk: Swedish study

New mothers of children born in the last three months of the year have twice as high a risk of suffering from depression than do women who give birth during other times of the year, a new Swedish study shows.

Wolfsburg squeak out of relegation zone
Germany

Wolfsburg squeak out of relegation zone

Former Bundesliga champions VfL Wolfsburg moved a step closer to safety on Sunday with a late equaliser to draw 1-1 at home with Eintracht Frankfurt, despite having been reduced to 10 men.

Rösler frontrunner for new FDP leader
Germany

Rösler frontrunner for new FDP leader

Health Minister Philipp Rösler was shaping up Monday morning as the most likely new leader of the Free Democrats as the business-friendly party geared up for generational change and tough times ahead.

Principal spied on pupils with hidden camera
Sweden

Principal spied on pupils with hidden camera

A principal at a middle school in south central Sweden has admitted to secretly installing a surveillance camera after it was discovered by a group of students.

‘Electric shower’ kills two Swedes in Thailand
Sweden

‘Electric shower’ kills two Swedes in Thailand

A Swedish couple were killed in Thailand at the weekend after being electrocuted in the shower of their hotel on the island of Krabi.