The Local’s Quick Guide to Stockholm’s Culture Festival 2011
Sweden

The Local’s Quick Guide to Stockholm’s Culture Festival 2011

As the Stockholm Culture Festival gets set to kick on Tuesday, The Local's Caroline Bursell offers up a few suggestions to help visitors get the most out of the Swedish capital's annual cultural odessy.

YouTube talking twins celebs to pitch Swedish broadband service
Sweden

YouTube talking twins celebs to pitch Swedish broadband service

A viral clip of babies in conversation is Com Hem’s latest YouTube-inspired commercial, which premieres on television on Wednesday as the start of their autumn campaign.

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Sweden

Teenage boy suspected of sand box blast

A teenage boy has been arrested on suspicion of causing the sand box blast that injured a 4-year-old girl in the Stockholm district of Sköndal on Thursday.

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Switzerland

Transocean offers $1.43 billion for Norway’s Aker Drilling

Global offshore drilling group Transocean said on Monday it will offer $1.43 billion to acquire Aker
Drilling, which currents runs two rigs in Norwegian waters.

Spymaster’s widow loses pension battle
Germany

Spymaster’s widow loses pension battle

The widow of Markus Wolf, the shadowy spymaster of communist East Germany, lost a court battle on Monday to reclaim his "honorary" pension.

Coop takes ‘overpriced’ products off shelves
Switzerland

Coop takes ‘overpriced’ products off shelves

Swiss retailer Coop has taken the extraordinary step of removing the products of several major international manufacturers that have refused to reduce their prices despite making massive profits from a buoyant Swiss franc.

‘Sex box’ to get new name as parents revolt
Switzerland

‘Sex box’ to get new name as parents revolt

Officials in Basel have agreed to rename the "sex box" after receiving some 3,000 letters of protest from parents angered by the controversial trove of wooden penises and fabric vaginas set to be used in a new sex education programme for playschool and primary school kids.

Heavy rains cause Rügen chalk cliffs to fall into Baltic Sea
Germany

Heavy rains cause Rügen chalk cliffs to fall into Baltic Sea

A huge chunk of the island of Rügen’s chalk cliffs fell into the Baltic Sea over the weekend, prompting concern that more of the scenic outcrops could be about to crumble away.

How to do Nice on a budget
France

How to do Nice on a budget

The city of Nice on the French Riviera might be one of the world's most glamorous holiday spots, but it is also possible to stay there on a budget. 

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France

Sarkozy and Merkel to meet on debt

France's Nicolas Sarkozy will meet counterpart Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday amid market dismay over the eurozone debt crisis, but Germany warned not to expect a breakthrough on financial reform.

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Sweden

Trucker goes berserk in bizarre berry picker blitz

A 42-year-old truck driver is being questioned by police in central Sweden after he tried to run down two berry pickers and then used a truck to drag their car 700 metres before dumping it in a ditch.

Execs face jail for carbon dioxide trade tax fraud
Germany

Execs face jail for carbon dioxide trade tax fraud

Six business executives went on trial in Frankfurt on Monday accused of illegally claiming hundreds of millions of euros in tax refunds in a scheme linked to carbon emissions trading.

Warmer temps on the way but wet weather will continue
Germany

Warmer temps on the way but wet weather will continue

The rain seen across much of Germany is set to take a break on Tuesday. Temperatures will rise later in the week – just as the wet weather returns.

Students jailed for killing former teacher
Sweden

Students jailed for killing former teacher

The three young adults charged with beating a 54-year-old Swedish schoolteacher to death in Hofors, in eastern Sweden, in April were on Monday sentenced to nine years, three years and eight months respectively.

‘Sex chamber’ rapist gets five years in prison
Sweden

‘Sex chamber’ rapist gets five years in prison

The 47-year-old charged with kidnapping a woman and keeping her prisoner in an underground sex chamber in western Sweden was sentenced to 5 years in prison on Monday.

New share issue to help raise quick cash for Saab
Sweden

New share issue to help raise quick cash for Saab

Swedish Automobile, owner of under-pressure carmaker Saab, said Monday it had issued a subscription notice for four million shares under an agreement with US-based GEM Global Yield Fund Limited.

Investigation seeks reason behind cable car-paraglider snarl-up
Germany

Investigation seeks reason behind cable car-paraglider snarl-up

An investigation has been launched after a paraglider crashed into the wires of a cable car, trapping 20 people in a gondola 100 above the ground for 17 hours overnight at the weekend.

Germany fights growing support for eurobonds
Germany

Germany fights growing support for eurobonds

The German government is struggling to maintain its line against the issue of eurobonds to try to stem the European debt crisis, with opposition parties and heavyweight European figures lining up to push the idea.

‘Skinny ideal’ worries Swedish 7-year-olds
Sweden

‘Skinny ideal’ worries Swedish 7-year-olds

A new Swedish study shows that one in five 7-year-old girls want to lose weight but that it generally takes a year or two before they actively try to do something about it.

Pipe bomb hurts man at Berlin park
Germany

Pipe bomb hurts man at Berlin park

Police are on the hunt for the person who planted a pipe bomb at a Berlin park over the weekend. The device exploded and injured a man.

‘We never had a single conversation with a Swede’
Sweden

‘We never had a single conversation with a Swede’

UK native Suhail Din reflects on why Swedes refused to talk to him and his family during their recent visit to Stockholm on holiday.

France’s Orange adds to iPhone 5 release hype
France

France’s Orange adds to iPhone 5 release hype

French mobile network operator Orange has broken the secrecy surrounding Apple's new iPhone 5 through a job advert, despite the US firm's ban on its partners referring to the product before its
expected September release.

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France

In lean times, internet spurs second-hand market in France

Used to the good life, France has lagged behind many other countries in using the marketing muscle of the internet to spur interest in second-hand goods.

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France

French soldier killed in Afghanistan

An insurgent shot dead a French soldier on Sunday in the northeastern Afghan region of Kapisa, the French presidency said in a statement.

CIA rendition deportee: ‘Sweden is responsible’
Sweden

CIA rendition deportee: ‘Sweden is responsible’

Ahmed Agiza, who was flown out of Sweden to Egypt by the CIA in 2001 where he was imprisoned until last week, has claimed that Sweden needs to take responsibility for what happened to him.

Police probe family tragedy after two girls found dead in burned car
Germany

Police probe family tragedy after two girls found dead in burned car

A post-mortem will be conducted on Monday on the bodies of two girls found in a burned-out car in Brandenburg after their severely injured father flagged down a car for help.

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Sweden

New rains prompt west Sweden flood warning

Heavy rains that caused flooding in parts of southern and western Sweden on Sunday are expected to continue on Monday, prompting a warning from Swedish meteorological agency SMHI.

Missing Malmö woman found unharmed
Sweden

Missing Malmö woman found unharmed

Jenny Persson, a 30-year-old woman who was reported missing on August 2nd, was found in good health Sunday afternoon in Lomma, 10 kilometres north of Malmö in southern Sweden.

Computer Chaos Club throws out former Wikileaks spokesman
Germany

Computer Chaos Club throws out former Wikileaks spokesman

With hammocks hanging from trees and the smell of marijuana lingering in the air, the summer camp organised by Germany's Chaos Computer Club (CCC) almost felt like Woodstock.

Top CDU man resigns over love affair with teen
Germany

Top CDU man resigns over love affair with teen

The designated leader of the conservative Christian Democratic Union in Schleswig-Holstein has resigned after intense internal party pressure over his love affair with a 16-year-old girl.