Beer makers barred from showing beer in Norway
Norway

Beer makers barred from showing beer in Norway

Norwegian beer makers have reacted with fury to "surreal" rulings by two state agencies forbidding brewers from reviewing beer or showing pictures of beer on their own websites.

Swedish blogger snaps commuting ‘macho men’
Sweden

Swedish blogger snaps commuting ‘macho men’

A Stockholm woman fed up with male passengers on public transport taking up the space of women sitting next to them, has started a blog snapping secret pics of straddle-legged commuters and posting them on the internet.

Dog attack victim tries to save owner’s life
Germany

Dog attack victim tries to save owner’s life

A jogger who was attacked by four dogs shook off her bite wounds and battled to save the life of the animals’ owner after he suffered a heart attack trying to pull them off her.

Swedish town gives ‘Negro Village’ new name
Sweden

Swedish town gives ‘Negro Village’ new name

A suburb of Mjällby, southern Sweden, which has been known by locals as ‘Negro Village’ for forty years, will be changing its name after a storm of recent attention.

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Sweden

German ‘tourist’ living in Gothenburg airport

A 27-year-old German man has been living at the Gothenburg Landvetter airport for two months having no wish to return to Germany and nowhere to go in Sweden.

Deutsche Bank ‘to pay €800 mln’ in Kirch case
Germany

Deutsche Bank ‘to pay €800 mln’ in Kirch case

Deutsche Bank will pay €800 million to the heirs of a media mogul whose empire collapsed after the bank’s CEO said investors were not willing to lend him any more money, the German media reported on Monday.

Norwegian billionaire to buy 10 oil tankers: report
Norway

Norwegian billionaire to buy 10 oil tankers: report

Norwegian-born shipping tycoon John Fredriksen plans to spend millions of dollars to buy 10 oil tankers, hoping that their fuel capacity will give him an edge in a market facing severe overcapacity, the Financial Times reported on Monday.

Swedish recruiters check jobseekers on the net
Sweden

Swedish recruiters check jobseekers on the net

40 percent of recruiters are checking potential employee’s social networking pages during the hiring process, a figure which has shot up from last year, according to a recent report.

Olympic bosses cannot ban underwear luger
Germany

Olympic bosses cannot ban underwear luger

The Olympics Committee cannot stop the Tongan luger whose apparently amazing name coincidence was revealed to be a German underwear firm' marketing ploy, from taking part in the Games should he qualify.

Norway sending Tooji to Eurovision Song Contest
Norway

Norway sending Tooji to Eurovision Song Contest

Norway has selected 24-year-old one-time refugee Tooji Keshtkar to represent the country at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

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Switzerland

Swiss billionaire sentenced to 16 years

A Swiss billionaire and a Belgian baron were found guilty on Monday in a groundbreaking trial into 3,000 alleged asbestos-related deaths, and were sentenced to 16 years each in prison.

Dramatic rise in dementia numbers in Sweden
Sweden

Dramatic rise in dementia numbers in Sweden

Every second Swede is at risk of developing dementia, according to a new study from Umeå University, which concentrated on the 85+ population in northern Sweden.

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Switzerland

Swiss hostage gives birth in Pakistan

Swiss hostage Daniela Widmer has reportedly given birth to a baby boy while in captivity in Pakistan.

 

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Sweden

Masked man raped cyclist in Malmö park

After a 28-year-old woman was pulled off her bicycle and raped by an unidentified assailant in Malmö over the weekend, and police are fearing it could be the work of a budding serial rapist.

Ex-minister Siri Bjerke dies
Norway

Ex-minister Siri Bjerke dies

Norway’s former Minister for the Environment, Siri Bjerke, has died at the age of 53 after a long battle with cancer.

Drug data firm ‘sold raw info’ to big pharma
Germany

Drug data firm ‘sold raw info’ to big pharma

A German company which studies drug prescription habits for the pharma industry is accused of selling raw data to drug companies, in what magazine Der Spiegel said on Monday could be a huge data protection scandal.

Shitstorm ‘best English gift to German language’
Germany

Shitstorm ‘best English gift to German language’

Germany needed Shitstorm, according to a group of language experts who elected the word as the top English contribution to the German language last year.

Maurer ‘unaware’ of Gripen criticism
Switzerland

Maurer ‘unaware’ of Gripen criticism

Swiss Defence Minister Ueli Maurer had no knowledge of a critical report on the Gripen jet, the aircraft chosen to replace Switzerland's ageing F5 fighter fleet, his spokeswoman told Swiss radio on Monday.

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Switzerland

Muslim refugees housed in Swiss brothel

Eleven Muslim refugees have been housed by Social Services in a brothel in Thurgau in north-eastern Switzerland.

Rise in polls ‘Löfven-effect’: political expert
Sweden

Rise in polls ‘Löfven-effect’: political expert

Since the new Social Democrat party leader Stefan Löfven took up the post at the end of January, the party is gaining strength in the polls, causing political experts to speak of a ”Löfven-effect”.

Barefoot snow runner sets 5km world record
Germany

Barefoot snow runner sets 5km world record

A German physiotherapist who ran barefoot over snow for five kilometres in less than 25 minutes has gotten into the Guinness Book of Records – but paid for it with bloody feet which needed medical treatment afterwards.

Swiss work ethic trumping extra holidays
Switzerland

Swiss work ethic trumping extra holidays

With the Swiss looking likely to reject an initiative extending paid holiday time to six weeks, politicians and academics believe a mixture of fear and Calvinism are keeping workers off the beach. 

Narcolepsy victims in new compensation bid
Sweden

Narcolepsy victims in new compensation bid

Families of children in Sweden suffering from narcolepsy caused by vaccination for the swine flu can expect some form of compensation, Swedish health minister Göran Hägglund said on Sunday.

Löfven ready to negotiate over nuclear power
Sweden

Löfven ready to negotiate over nuclear power

The new leader of the Social Democrats Stefan Löfven has indicated he's ready to negotiate with the government over the future of nuclear power despite a previous party decision to phase out nuclear energy in Sweden.

Princess Astrid celebrates 80th birthday
Norway

Princess Astrid celebrates 80th birthday

Princess Astrid celebrated her 80th birthday on Sunday evening with a dinner at the royal palace hosted by King Harald and Queen Sonja.

Thousands hit streets to protest copyright law
Germany

Thousands hit streets to protest copyright law

Tens of thousands of people demonstrated on the streets of Germany over the weekend to voice their opposition to a copyright law which they fear the government will sign, despite having put it on hold.

Greece leaving the euro not so scary – Germans
Germany

Greece leaving the euro not so scary – Germans

German ministers continued to increase pressure on Greece to implement savings measures over the weekend, despite the Greek parliament voting clearly in favour of a radical reform packet which provoked riots in Athens.

Cologne witchcraft trial reopens after 400 years
Germany

Cologne witchcraft trial reopens after 400 years

A witchcraft trial is re-opening in Cologne on Monday in the hope that one woman will have her name cleared, centuries after being burned at the stake.

Where is the most active speed camera in France?
France

Where is the most active speed camera in France?

Car magazine Autoplus has tipped off motorists on the most likely places they are likely to be caught speeding by putting together a list of the 100 busiest speed cameras and radars in France.

Love Parade disaster city votes out mayor
Germany

Love Parade disaster city votes out mayor

The mayor of the city where the Love Parade stampede killed 21 people a year and a half ago has been voted out of office in a rare example of German recall democracy.

One in five Swedes ‘believes in ghosts’
Sweden

One in five Swedes ‘believes in ghosts’

One in five Swedes believes that people rise from the grave after they've died, a new survey has shown.

The Artist cleans up at the BAFTAs
France

The Artist cleans up at the BAFTAs

French film The Artist cleaned up at the BAFTAs on Sunday night, the British equivalent of the Oscars.