The 15-year-old boy who was shot in the head and chest in the Malmö suburb of Rosengård, in the south of Sweden, late on Saturday night, has died in hospital from his injuries.
The support for Sweden's Social Democrats continue to fall and in the first survey of the year, conducted by pollsters Novus opinion, they only received 25.3 percent of votes, a decline by 1.2 percentage points since the last survey.
During the first day of 2012 there were still some 1,000 households in Sweden left with no power as a result of the storm Dagmar, which pummeled Sweden over Christmas.
A 39-year-old man stabbed his own dog to death after a fight with his wife on New Year's Eve, police reported Sunday.
13.31 billion Deutsche Marks in cash remain unaccounted for on the tenth anniversary of the introduction of the euro, according to a newspaper report.
German Federal Bank President Jens Weidmann has called on the government to make bigger budget cuts than planned so far, because of the country's "special responsibility" to the euro.
A 27-year-old man apparently killed himself with a homemade firework early Sunday morning in the Swabian Alps region of south-western Germany.
Police were kept busy during the last evening of 2011 with celebrations all over Sweden getting out of hand and resulting in brawling and firework accidents.
In the dark days between Christmas and New Year, Swedes gather their families, celebrate the season and – buy package holidays to the sun. For 2012 the numbers of holidays sold is at a record high.
The official New Year's celebrations in the German capital drew over a million people on Saturday night. Overcrowding meant that the two-kilometre "party-mile" in front of the Brandenburg Gate was closed at 10 p.m.
A group of investment funds is suing Porsche for €2 billion ($2.6 billion) in damages after the German luxury sports car firm's merger with the Volkswagen group failed in 2008, the fund's lawyers said Saturday.