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Sweden

Stockholm suburb claims top spot in business-friendliness ranking

The north Stockholm suburb of Solna has been named the most business-friendly municipality in Sweden according to a new ranking.

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Sweden

Swedish firm loses bid to be named ‘Whore-child’

A company in Västerås in central Sweden has been fighting for two years to have the right to call itself the ‘The Whore-child’ or ‘Horungen’ in Swedish.

US sues Deutsche Bank for mortgage fraud
Germany

US sues Deutsche Bank for mortgage fraud

The US Justice Department sued German giant Deutsche Bank Tuesday for mortgage fraud, saying the bank illegally obtained government insurance for substandard mortgages during the US housing boom.

Mosel Valley bridge to be built in wine country
Germany

Mosel Valley bridge to be built in wine country

Opponents of a giant bridge to be built through Germany's historic wine country, prized for its world-class Rieslings, mourned on Tuesday their defeat in a years-long battle to stop the project.

Status-savvy Swedish parents pick child names for success: study
Sweden

Status-savvy Swedish parents pick child names for success: study

Swedish parents are working ever harder to aid their offspring's prospects with the choice of name seen by many as a key to wealth and prosperity, a new study from Uppsala University shows.

Man throws firecracker at crying child
Germany

Man throws firecracker at crying child

An annoyed resident of Berlin’s Treptow district responded to the sound of a crying child on a playground by pelting it with an illegal firecracker, the Berliner Morgenpost daily reported on Tuesday.

East Side Gallery artists sue over Berlin Wall restoration
Germany

East Side Gallery artists sue over Berlin Wall restoration

In the latest chapter of a controversy over the restoration of the Berlin Wall’s famed East Side Gallery, several artists are demanding compensation from the city because they say their artwork was removed, painted over or reproduced without their consent.

Pub smoking still widespread despite ban
Germany

Pub smoking still widespread despite ban

Despite widespread smoking bans across Germany, more than four out of five corner pubs and bars still have patrons smoking inside, a study released Tuesday has found.

Woman dies after dung pool plunge
Sweden

Woman dies after dung pool plunge

A woman's body has been unearthed in a manure basin in the countryside near Essunga in western Sweden, with police yet to establish the cause of death.

German media roundup: The death of bin Laden
Germany

German media roundup: The death of bin Laden

History’s most extensive and expensive manhunt has come to an end. In The Local's media roundup, the German press on Tuesday gauge the symbolism versus the reality.

Patti Smith shares Polar Music Prize
Sweden

Patti Smith shares Polar Music Prize

US poet and musician Patti Smith has been awarded the 2010 Polar Music Prize, along with US string quartet Kronos Quartet, organisers announced on Tuesday.

Swedish women warned off wheelchair clubbing
Sweden

Swedish women warned off wheelchair clubbing

Two disabled women were made to feel like "a menace to society" after being told by a Swedish Q&A hotline that Stockholm clubs were an "inappropriate" environment for wheelchairs.

Media welcome bin Laden killing
Switzerland

Media welcome bin Laden killing

Swiss media have welcomed Osama bin Laden’s death, but have also warned that the war on terror is far from being over.

 

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Switzerland

Dictators see Swiss millions frozen

Switzerland said on Monday it had frozen 830 million francs ($960 million) in funds belonging to north African strongmen since the start of this year's popular uprisings.

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Sweden

Power shift beckons in Swedish election re-run

As a county council election re-run beckons in western Sweden, the Social Democrats are losing ground and could lose power, new figures show.

Saab secures partnership with Chinese firm
Sweden

Saab secures partnership with Chinese firm

Saab has entered into a "strategic partnership" with Chinese Hawtai Motor Group, who plan to invest billions of kronor into the Swedish firm, it was announced on Tuesday.

German recycling system gets an overhaul
Germany

German recycling system gets an overhaul

Confused by Germany's recycling system? It just got even more complicated with an orange bin. But as Alexander Bakst discovers, Germans are taking the new element in their stride.

MPs call for hike in commuter allowance
Germany

MPs call for hike in commuter allowance

Amid rising petrol prices, a cross-party group of MPs is calling for a hike in the Pendlerpauschale commuter allowance, which lets German workers write off travel costs on their tax.

Sweden terror threat stands despite bin Laden death
Sweden

Sweden terror threat stands despite bin Laden death

The death of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden on Sunday has not affected Sweden's security situation regarding terrorist threats, according to the Swedish Security Service.

Wulff condemns Mexican drug violence
Germany

Wulff condemns Mexican drug violence

President Christian Wulff has spoken out during a visit to Mexico against the appalling drug-related violence gripping the North American country.

Private train drivers to strike again
Germany

Private train drivers to strike again

Many regional rail commuters will once again have to find alternative transport this week with train drivers for several private operators set to strike from Tuesday afternoon until Friday.

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Sweden

Winter chill brings snowfall to Sweden

Wintry conditions have made a return to much of Sweden with snow showers reported in central and northern areas.