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Sweden

Swedish manager pay varies widely: report

A new report from Ledarna, Swedens organization for managers, presented Wednesday, shows a large discrepancy between managers in city areas and their countryside counterparts, as well as between the public and the private sector.

Chinese ‘invited’ for talks on detained artist Ai
Germany

Chinese ‘invited’ for talks on detained artist Ai

Germany has "invited" the Chinese ambassador for talks at the foreign ministry to press home Berlin's call for artist Ai Weiwei to be freed, Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman said Wednesday.

‘Man food’ site baffles Swedish blogosphere
Sweden

‘Man food’ site baffles Swedish blogosphere

The link to a site promising to deliver food for ‘real men’ has been spreading like wildfire among the Swedish blogosphere since the beginning of the month.

The sad tooth: one in three people avoid dentists
Germany

The sad tooth: one in three people avoid dentists

Nearly one in three Germans don't visit a dentist regularly despite having health insurance, a survey by insurer Barmer GEK has found.

Gran Canaria: Pride under the sun
Sweden

Gran Canaria: Pride under the sun

Lots of European gay travellers are discovering a friendly and exuberant gay pride festival on the Spanish island of Gran Canaria - with great flight connections from Sweden.

Saab production halted ‘until further notice’
Sweden

Saab production halted ‘until further notice’

The problems faced by cash-strapped Swedish carmaker Saab continued on Wednesday with the firm advising that due to delivery problems production has been halted until further notice.

Galloping growth to hit 2.8 percent
Germany

Galloping growth to hit 2.8 percent

Germany’s stellar growth is set to continue at full steam, according to leading forecasters who are predicting Europe’s largest economy will grow by 2.8 percent, a media report said Wednesday.

Online funerals ruled in breach of Swedish law
Sweden

Online funerals ruled in breach of Swedish law

The Stockholm Cemetery Administration (Stockholms Kyrkoförvaltning) was hoping to be the first in the country to offer funerals broadcasted online, a practice common in several other countries.

Intelligence agency still keeping secrets on Eichmann
Germany

Intelligence agency still keeping secrets on Eichmann

Fifty years after Adolf Eichmann went on trial in Israel, Germany is still keeping mum on how much it knew before Mossad agents kidnapped the Nazi war criminal in Argentina in 1960.

Swedish sex offenders to get internet access
Sweden

Swedish sex offenders to get internet access

Convicted paedophiles and sex offenders at a secure clinic in Växsjö in southern Sweden will regain internet access after a ban instigated in 2008 has been deemed illegitimate.

‘Death threat’ lifted for Bernese dogs
Switzerland

‘Death threat’ lifted for Bernese dogs

The local government in Bern has scrapped an old law stipulating that dogs be killed when their owners don’t pay dog tax.

Bavarian cowgirl udderly over the moon about leaping Luna
Germany

Bavarian cowgirl udderly over the moon about leaping Luna

Regina Mayer is a cowgirl in the true sense. After her parents refused to buy her a horse, she saddled up the next best thing.

Cabinet moves to erase child porn sites
Germany

Cabinet moves to erase child porn sites

The centre-right coalition cabinet has decided to remove online child pornography, burying an initiative to block it by former Family Minister Ursula von der Leyen, dubbed “Censorsula” by internet activists.

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Switzerland

Airline catering boss quits over internal fraud

The Chief Executive Officer of gategroup, a Switzerland-based market leader in airline catering and hospitality has resigned following a case of internal fraud.

Ingmar Bergman to adorn new Swedish banknote
Sweden

Ingmar Bergman to adorn new Swedish banknote

Sweden's Riksbank on Wednesday announced the new faces to adorn the country's currency, including a celebrated film director, a former UN secretary-general and a children's author.

After Knut, Berlin Zoo loses young elephant
Germany

After Knut, Berlin Zoo loses young elephant

Barely a fortnight since the death of beloved polar bear Knut, the Berlin Zoo has lost another young animal – six-year-old Indian elephant Shaina Pali, according to media reports.

Chance and skill to Texas Hold’em: Swedish court
Sweden

Chance and skill to Texas Hold’em: Swedish court

The Supreme Court in Sweden ruled Wednesday that it is both chance and skill that decide the outcome in the poker game Texas Hold’em.

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Sweden

Clinic ‘forgot’ baby due to summer holidays

A 10-month-old baby suffering from malnutrition was hospitalised after Swedish healthcare workers failed to follow up on the case due to the onset of the summer holiday season.

Germany can power itself, environment agency says
Germany

Germany can power itself, environment agency says

Contrary to previous reports that Germany needs electricity from abroad after suspending operations at eight ageing nuclear reactors, the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) said Wednesday that the country can power itself.

Commerzbank reveals €11-billion capital increase
Germany

Commerzbank reveals €11-billion capital increase

The German bank Commerzbank said Wednesday it would redeem €14.3 billion in silent participations held by the government by June, with a capital increase worth €11 billion.

Greens flying high with record voter approval
Germany

Greens flying high with record voter approval

The environmentalist Greens continue gaining popularity in Germany, where a new poll on Wednesday showed the party had reached their highest approval rating in history.

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Sweden

Palace fuming at photographer following Queen Silvia injury

Sweden's Royal Court has accused a photographer of "stalking" Queen Silvia after she was injured trying to avoid "obstinate" shutterbug during her current visit to New York.

Schalke stun Inter Milan
Germany

Schalke stun Inter Milan

Schalke 04 coach Ralf Rangnick claimed his side had been rewarded for their attacking mentality as they stunned the reigning champions Inter Milan 5-2 at the San Siro on Tuesday night.

New action against deportations to Iraq
Sweden

New action against deportations to Iraq

A group of activists gathered outside of a Migration Board (Migrationsverket) facility north of Gothenburg on Tuesday night in an attempt to halt another round of Iraqi deportations.