Hooligans should report to police – Social Democrats
Sweden

Hooligans should report to police – Social Democrats

The Social Democrats want Sweden to implement new laws requiring known hooligans to report to the police before the start of the next football season.

Nazi plan to teach dogs to talk uncovered
Germany

Nazi plan to teach dogs to talk uncovered

The Nazis supported a bizarre project to teach dogs to talk, according to a new book. The Local's Moises Mendoza spoke with the author Jan Bondeson about the German fascination with “educating” the beasts for the Third Reich.

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Sweden

Agency rejects Swede’s FCKU2 licence plate bid

Having FCKU2 on your licence plate is not acceptable, according to The Swedish Transport Agency (Transportstyrelsen), who recently turned down a 31-year-old man from western Sweden.

Doctors test robotic suit to help paraplegics
Germany

Doctors test robotic suit to help paraplegics

Scientists hope robotic suits to be tested at a Bochum University clinic will enable paraplegics to regain the ability to walk, according to a Friday news report.

Farmers set to sue over E. coli warning
Germany

Farmers set to sue over E. coli warning

Farmers are threatening to sue German health authority the Robert Koch Institute and the Federal Consumer Ministry for damages over warnings about eating vegetables made to the public in the wake of the E. coli bacteria outbreak.

Web makes kids more sociable, study finds
Germany

Web makes kids more sociable, study finds

The internet, far from isolating children and adolescents as some parents fear, in fact facilitates social activities and makes youngsters more likely to have hobbies, German researchers have found.

Farm girls calendar casting begins
Germany

Farm girls calendar casting begins

Casting for the 2012 German Farm Girls Calendar kicked off Friday in Hamburg. But this is no typical beauty contest, as candidates must be able to drive a tractor or milk a cow – and look good doing it.

Swedes ‘most satisfied’ in Europe: report
Sweden

Swedes ‘most satisfied’ in Europe: report

Swedes are the most content among Europeans when it comes to a number of factors related to people's sense of well-being, a new OECD report shows.

Check your cucumbers: Swedish food agency
Sweden

Check your cucumbers: Swedish food agency

Swedish food authorities on Friday urged grocers to trace the origins of their cucumbers, after their German counterpart traced the outbreak of E. coli to two cucumber farms in southern Spain.

Eurail and InterRail Passes: Where a journey becomes an adventure
Switzerland

Eurail and InterRail Passes: Where a journey becomes an adventure

Whether it’s reading in the light of the Eiffel tower or discovering lavender fields in Croatia, taking the train gives you the opportunity to explore Europe at your own speed - and make friends along the way.

Casual sex ‘common’ among Stockholm youth
Sweden

Casual sex ‘common’ among Stockholm youth

Four out of ten young people in Stockholm last had sex with someone they weren't in a relationship with and only one in four used a condom, according to statistics from a recent study on youth sex habits in Sweden.

Media roundup: The contagious madness of E. coli
Germany

Media roundup: The contagious madness of E. coli

Another 60 people in Germany fell ill overnight Friday to E. coli bacteria. Roughly 82 million woke up feeling fine. Newspapers in The Local's media roundup ask whether the reaction to the latest food scare is rational.

Swedish scientists help people ‘feel like Barbie’
Sweden

Swedish scientists help people ‘feel like Barbie’

Scientists working at Stockholm's Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm have shown its possible to fool people into thiking they're a Barbie-doll or a 4-metre-tall giant.

Tiny instrument makes big impression on German musicians
Germany

Tiny instrument makes big impression on German musicians

The ukulele may be cute and small, but in just the last few years its influence has become outsized in German music circles. Moises Mendoza explores the country's burgeoning scene.

On-board train ticket sales reprieved
Switzerland

On-board train ticket sales reprieved

Train operator SBB had announced it would no longer allow ticket sales on board its long-distance trains after a journey had started, but after vocal criticism, it appears to have changed its mind.

 

Swiss women earn 41 percent less than men
Switzerland

Swiss women earn 41 percent less than men

Women in Switzerland earn 41 percent less than men, according to the Swiss Federation of Trade Unions (SGB). Wage discrimination has even increased over the past few years, the group said on Friday.

Coop pulls cucumbers over E. coli fears
Switzerland

Coop pulls cucumbers over E. coli fears

Switzerland's second-largest supermarket chain, Coop, has pulled Spanish cucumbers off its shelves after authorities in Germany found the produce partly responsible for a deadly food-poisoning outbreak there.

 

Outgoing US ambassador to Sweden looks back
Sweden

Outgoing US ambassador to Sweden looks back

In the final days of his shortened term as US ambassador to Sweden, Matthew Barzun tells The Local's David Landes about what Sweden can teach the world about balance as he prepares to help US President Barack Obama get reelected.

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Sweden

Swedish GDP grows by 6.4 percent

The Swedish economy continues to expand, growing by 6.4 percent in the first quarter of 2011, according to new statistics, although GDP growth has slowed slightly.

Poll: Social Democrats Sweden’s largest party
Sweden

Poll: Social Democrats Sweden’s largest party

The Social Democrats have reclaimed the title of Sweden's largest political party for the first time since the 2010 elections, a new poll shows.

Record companies move to block Pirate Bay in Finland
Sweden

Record companies move to block Pirate Bay in Finland

Finnish record labels said Thursday they filed a petition in court to block access to The Pirate Bay, a popular Swedish website that provides access to copyrighted music, movies, and other material.

Saab production resumes in Sweden
Sweden

Saab production resumes in Sweden

After seven-weeks of silence, the assembly lines at Saab Automobile's factory in Trollhättan in western Sweden rumbled to life again on Friday thanks to help from new Chinese partner Pang Da.

Toasting the renaissance of Germany’s oldest Sekt
Germany

Toasting the renaissance of Germany’s oldest Sekt

Who needs French Champagne when you’ve got quality Sekt? Tracy Moran travels to the birthplace of German sparkling wine in the heart of Esslingen’s old town.

Beer purity law proposed as UN world cultural heritage
Germany

Beer purity law proposed as UN world cultural heritage

A group of German brewers, politicians and public figures have called for the country's 16th-century beer purity law to be included on the UN's list of "intangible" world cultural treasures.

Seven old reactors set to be mothballed
Germany

Seven old reactors set to be mothballed

Germany’s seven oldest atomic reactors are likely to be switched off permanently after federal Environment Minister Norbert Röttgen struck an agreement with state counterparts on a final shutdown.

Death toll from E. coli outbreak rises to five
Germany

Death toll from E. coli outbreak rises to five

As authorities fought to identify the source of the Germany's E. coli outbreak, the public health authority Robert Koch Institute (RKI) confirmed Friday that five people have now been killed by the deadly bacteria.