Children hurt in Slovenian bus accident
Germany

Children hurt in Slovenian bus accident

A bus carrying a group of German schoolchildren on holiday heading to Croatia veered off a motorway in Slovenia Monday, injuring three adults and three children, the police said.

Painting with a broad (toilet) brush
Germany

Painting with a broad (toilet) brush

On the heels of The Local's series on the German workplace, Portnoy ddecides to offer a few choice nuggets of experience from his interactions with some of the nation’s Stromberg clones.

Rowdy Finns ‘invade’ Swedish border town
Sweden

Rowdy Finns ‘invade’ Swedish border town

Several thousand Finnish ice hockey fans crossed the border to Haparanda in northern Sweden late on Sunday night after their spectacular 6-1 World Championship win, forcing local police to call for reinforcements to control order.

Public health insurance premiums seen spiking
Germany

Public health insurance premiums seen spiking

The 71 million people covered by Germany’s statutory health insurance system may soon be forced to pay up to €840 ($1,195) per year over normal premiums, according to the the head of the state insurance association.

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Sweden

Swedish church makes money from porn

The diocese of Lund is going against church policy by investing in companies that make money through distributing porn.

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Switzerland

Seven hit in lightning strike on soccer field

Seven people were hit in a lightning strike during a soccer game on Sunday, as heavy rain over the weekend broke Switzerland's recent dry spell. 

Facebook set to invest in Swedish north: report
Sweden

Facebook set to invest in Swedish north: report

Facebook, the world's largest social network company, is planning to invest in a giant server park in Luleå in northern Sweden, local media reports.

Getting out and about in springtime Stockholm
Sweden

Getting out and about in springtime Stockholm

As the Scandinavian sun continues to pour more and more light onto Stockholm, The Local has compiled a list of off-the-beaten-path ways in which you can soak up the slowly warming sights and sounds of the Swedish metropolis.

Gardening goes guerrilla in Berlin
Germany

Gardening goes guerrilla in Berlin

Berlin might already be a leafy city, but a growing number of urban gardeners are adding to its guerrilla greenery in public spaces. Christine Madden reports.

Merkel wants EU boss at IMF if Strauss-Kahn goes
Germany

Merkel wants EU boss at IMF if Strauss-Kahn goes

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday that Europe should remain in charge of the International Monetary Fund and stressed the presumption of innocence of IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who has been arrested for attempted rape in New York.

‘Tall, slim man’ wanted for Malmö killing
Sweden

‘Tall, slim man’ wanted for Malmö killing

Police are looking for a tall, slim man in his mid-twenties in connection with the killing near a popular swimming spot in Malmö in southern Sweden last week.

Christian Democrats discuss same-sex adoption stance
Sweden

Christian Democrats discuss same-sex adoption stance

A branch of the Christian Democrats in Skåne in the south of Sweden, has made a u-turn on same-sex adoption and is motioning for the party to change its policy at its annual conference in the summer.

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Switzerland

Zurich voters reject suicide clinic curbs

 

Voters in the Swiss region of Zurich, which has become known as a hub for "death tourism", voted on Sunday against plans to restrict assisted suicide to local residents.

 

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Switzerland

Plans for second Gotthard tunnel rejected

Voters in Canton Uri have rejected the planned construction of a second road tunnel under the Gotthard massif, a non-governmental group said.

Fire breaks out on high-speed ICE train
Germany

Fire breaks out on high-speed ICE train

A fire broke out in the roof of a high-speed ICE train carriage occupied by 400 passengers in Bavaria on Monday morning, police announced.

Beavers buzzing in Bernese waters
Switzerland

Beavers buzzing in Bernese waters

An influx of beavers is causing trouble in the Bern area, with their constant digging posing a threat to buildings and trees.

Swedish queen probes her father’s Nazi past
Germany

Swedish queen probes her father’s Nazi past

Sweden's German-born Queen Silvia has begun an investigation into the nature of controversial ties between her father and the Nazi regime, the palace said Sunday.

Registration begins for tickets for pope visit
Germany

Registration begins for tickets for pope visit

Want to see the pope during his visit to Germany in September? Those interested in attending services in Berlin, Erfurt or Freiburg can now register online, Catholic Church officials have announced.

Saab announces new Chinese partnership
Sweden

Saab announces new Chinese partnership

Swedish car maker Saab has signed a new framework agreement with China's Pang Da Automobile, the firm's Dutch owner Spyker said on Monday.

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Sweden

New blast hits Malmö nightspot

Another explosion shook Malmö, in the south of Sweden, in the early hours of Monday when an explosive device detonated outside of the floating nightclub Prince Bernhard.

German world beard champ judged a cut above the rest
Germany

German world beard champ judged a cut above the rest

A German man scooped the title of world's best beard on Sunday after impressing competition hosts in Norway with his facial hair featuring a moose and a Norwegian flag.

New FDP calls for end to parenting payment
Germany

New FDP calls for end to parenting payment

In an effort to signal a break with the past and whip up fresh momentum, the pro-business Free Democrats have blasted the “bureaucratically fossilised welfare state” and called for an end to parenting payments.

Police failures contributed to Love Parade crush: report
Germany

Police failures contributed to Love Parade crush: report

The Love Parade disaster in which 21 people were killed and hundreds injured in Duisburg last July was partly the result of serious police mistakes, media reported Monday.

Schäuble warns investors on Greek restructure
Germany

Schäuble warns investors on Greek restructure

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said Sunday evening Greece could be granted an extension to the repayment of its massive debt but only if private creditors are also involved.

Baltic cruise ship adrift after power failure
Sweden

Baltic cruise ship adrift after power failure

A cruise liner carrying some 2,000 crew and passengers spent much of Sunday adrift in the Baltic seas after a power outage, according to the Swedish sea rescue.

Sweden fall at Finnish hockey hurdle
Sweden

Sweden fall at Finnish hockey hurdle

Sweden were given a hockey lesson in their World Championship final clash with Finland on Sunday, with their Nordic neighbours coming back from a goal down to walk away wit the title 6-1 in the Bratislava arena.

Red-Green success in Sweden election re-run
Sweden

Red-Green success in Sweden election re-run

The Red-Green opposition claimed 45.8 percent of the vote in the election re-run in Västra Götaland in western Sweden on Sunday, with the Alliance parties polling 42.3 percent and the Sweden Democrats 5.8 percent.