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Switzerland

Swiss train over speed limit in Norway crash

A Swiss-made high-speed train that crashed during a test run in Norway this week was travelling at almost twice the speed limit at the time of the accident, according to a preliminary report from the Accident Investigation Board Norway (AIBN).

Test train smashed speed limit: report
Norway

Test train smashed speed limit: report

A new high-speed train that crashed during a test run this week was travelling at almost twice the speed limit at the time of the accident, according to a preliminary report from the Accident Investigation Board Norway (AIBN).

Hospital preps for Swedish royal birth
Sweden

Hospital preps for Swedish royal birth

Preparations for Crown Princess Victoria's impending royal birth have angered patients at Karolinska Hospital near Stockholm and sparked a flurry of speculation that the next heir to the Swedish throne may be arriving sooner than anticipated.

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Norway

Norway lets Indian couple see kids after 3 months

Norwegian social workers, who caused a diplomatic storm by removing two Indian children from their parents' care, let the couple see the youngsters for the first time in three months on Friday, a lawyer said.

Greek debt relief decision expected on Monday
Germany

Greek debt relief decision expected on Monday

As even Germans were to be found protesting outside the German embassy in Athens on Friday, politicians said a decision would probably be made on Monday about further European aid to struggling Greece.

Anonymous do-gooder hands out €180,000
Germany

Anonymous do-gooder hands out €180,000

A wealthy do-gooder has given away at least €180,000 to good causes in Lower Saxony – delivering white envelopes with €10,000 to a range of people and groups whose stories have appeared in the local newspaper.

‘Being a stay-at-home mum is easier for expats’
Sweden

‘Being a stay-at-home mum is easier for expats’

A number of years ago, back when we lived in California, I read an article run in Swedish daily Expressen called, “Jag är hemmafru, men jag är inte desperate,” or “I’m a Housewife, but I’m not Desperate.”

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Switzerland

Swiss clamping down on Bonny dodgers

The Federal Tax Administration is investigating a large international conglomerate for abuse of its generous tax system.

More extreme weather heading toward Sweden
Sweden

More extreme weather heading toward Sweden

Swedish forecasters have issued warnings for the coming weekend, flagging for more snow over the whole region and a possibility of strong winds in the west.

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Switzerland

$6 trillion in fake bonds seized in Switzerland

Italian anti-mafia prosecutors Friday ordered the seizure in Switzerland of fake US Treasury bonds with a face value of $6.0 trillion -- or over a third of US national debt.

Swiss shoppers pay more for ‘Swiss made’ goods
Switzerland

Swiss shoppers pay more for ‘Swiss made’ goods

Swiss consumers are willing to pay between 20 and 50 per cent more for products described as being “Swiss made”, a recent report from the Universities of Zurich and St. Gallen found.

‘If it says Swiss on it, it should have Swiss inside it’
Switzerland

‘If it says Swiss on it, it should have Swiss inside it’

Brand value is in the eye of the beholder. But when that brand is a nation, the process can be extremely complex, as Switzerland’s government, parliament and federal institutions have come to realize ever since they started working on the "Swissness" project five years ago, writes contributor Marton Radkai. 

Ryanair slammed for ‘sexist’ bikini calendar
Sweden

Ryanair slammed for ‘sexist’ bikini calendar

After numerous complaints about a provocative Ryanair advert featuring a calendar bursting with a bevy of bikini-clad women, the discount airline has been rapped by Sweden's advertising watchdog which ruled the advert was "sexist".

Merkel’s presidential problem
Germany

Merkel’s presidential problem

The resignation of German President Christian Wulff amid allegations of corruption may be quickly forgotten, but Chancellor Angela Merkel’s poor judgement will remain, writes The Local’s Marc Young.

Tasty foreign cheeses ‘too cheap’: dairy giant
Norway

Tasty foreign cheeses ‘too cheap’: dairy giant

Norway's vast dairy cooperative Tine, which enjoys a near monopoly on the domestic market, has called for the country to impose much higher import duties on quality foreign cheeses.

Zlatan launches ‘first ever’ iPad autobiography
Sweden

Zlatan launches ‘first ever’ iPad autobiography

For fans who just can’t get enough of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, a new iPad application has been released to complement the footballer's 2011 biography “I am Zlatan Ibrahimovic”.

Football teams turn pink for women’s wallets
Germany

Football teams turn pink for women’s wallets

Do sports fans look pretty in pink? At least one-top flight German football team thinks so as it tries to appeal to the growing female segment of its fan base.

Swedish doc sews up urethra after C-section
Sweden

Swedish doc sews up urethra after C-section

A Swedish woman has reported a hospital in central Sweden to the country's health authorities after the surgeon sewed up her urethra when stitching her up following a Caesarian-section delivery.

‘Too much information in Swiss sex ed’
Switzerland

‘Too much information in Swiss sex ed’

Olivier Fleury, an evangelical Christian, has sparked debate in Switzerland after he objected to the level of detail provided to his 14-year-old son during a recent sex education class at a school in Vaud.

President Wulff resigns
Germany

President Wulff resigns

German President Christian Wulff resigned in disgrace on Friday, finally bowing to pressure and a lack of trust on the back of months of revelations about blurred lines between personal, business and political advantage.

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Germany

Profile: Christian Wulff lived and died by the media

Long criticised for a bland public profile as German head of state, Christian Wulff hurtled to the centre of the political stage with a rapid series of scandals that proved to be his undoing as president.

‘My Jar Jar Binks is better than yours’
Sweden

‘My Jar Jar Binks is better than yours’

From flying embryos to heroin-dealing grannies, here's a quick look at a some eyebrow-raising tidbits circulating among the big headlines in Sweden this week. Brace yourself for the first installment of Sweden's News In Brief.

Germans pick Eurovision Song Contest entry
Germany

Germans pick Eurovision Song Contest entry

The 21-year-old singer Roman Lob will represent Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest this spring after winning first place in a nationally televised competition.

Mouse droppings bankrupt Bavarian bakery
Germany

Mouse droppings bankrupt Bavarian bakery

The Müller Brot bakery chain in Bavaria has declared bankruptcy, two weeks after production was halted following the discovery of maggots in its flour and mouse droppings in its factory.

Springsteen: US should be ‘more like Sweden’
Sweden

Springsteen: US should be ‘more like Sweden’

Bruce Springsteen wants to see the United States transformed into something closer to a Swedish-style welfare state, the rock legend said Thursday as he unveiled his latest studio album “The Wrecking Ball” to reporters.

Norway paying victims of swine flu vaccine
Norway

Norway paying victims of swine flu vaccine

Norwegian authorities have so far received 93 compensation requests from people who claim to have suffered serious side effects from the swine flu vaccine widely administered amid a global outbreak of the virus in 2009.

More strike chaos hits Frankfurt Airport
Germany

More strike chaos hits Frankfurt Airport

Travel chaos at Frankfurt’s airport is only expected to worsen Friday and into the coming week as air traffic controllers plan to extend their action, grounding hundreds of flights.

Carla on Sarkozy: ‘his ideas are fabulous’
France

Carla on Sarkozy: ‘his ideas are fabulous’

Loyal first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy paid glowing tributes to her husband on Thursday as she pledged her "100 percent" support for him.

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Switzerland

Worst may be over in Swiss tax row: US envoy

Swiss-US relations over a tax dispute reached their lowest point with the indictment of the country's oldest bank Wegelin and should improve, the US ambassador to Switzerland said on Thursday.

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France

Travel agent murdered in her shop

A 51-year-old travel agent was stabbed to death in her shop in north-west Paris on Thursday.

Court bans cartoon character name for child
France

Court bans cartoon character name for child

A couple who wanted to name their son after a popular French cartoon character have been told they cannot, in the interests of the child.

Last day to exchange the French franc
France

Last day to exchange the French franc

Anyone holding any French franc notes will have to take them to the Banque de France on Friday if they want to exchange them for euros.

Dad hit daughter with shoe for needing a pee
Sweden

Dad hit daughter with shoe for needing a pee

A father in southern Sweden got so angry when his kids begged to use the toilet on the way home from a day out that he hit his 8-year-old daughter in the head with a shoe.

US to withdraw more than 11,000 troops
Germany

US to withdraw more than 11,000 troops

The United States vowed Thursday to retain close military ties to its European allies after unveiling plans to withdraw more than 11,000 troops from Germany and Italy as part of a strategic shift to Asia.

Diamond collar buried with Paris poodle stolen
France

Diamond collar buried with Paris poodle stolen

French police were investigating Thursday the theft of a diamond-studded dog collar from a grave at the world's oldest pet cemetery, whose most famous tenant is Hollywood canine star Rin Tin Tin.

Le Pen sentence for WWII remarks upheld
France

Le Pen sentence for WWII remarks upheld

A French court on Thursday upheld a three-month suspended jail sentence against former far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen for calling the Nazi occupation of France "not especially inhumane".

Sarkozy says rival “lies from morning to night”
France

Sarkozy says rival “lies from morning to night”

French President Nicolas Sarkozy used his first re-election campaign rally on Thursday to launch a blistering attack on his frontrunning Socialist rival, calling him an inveterate liar.

Sweden and the US in joint climate venture
Sweden

Sweden and the US in joint climate venture

Sweden and the US have joined another four countries in a bid to reduce emissions of soot, ozone and methane gas in the environment to slow down global warming.

Prosecutors want Wulff’s immunity lifted
Germany

Prosecutors want Wulff’s immunity lifted

Germany's embattled president Christian Wulff faced growing pressure to resign on Friday after prosecutors asked for his immunity to be lifted in order to investigate allegations of impropriety.

Frankfurt begins old town reconstruction
Germany

Frankfurt begins old town reconstruction

Known for its skyscrapers, Frankfurt once had one of Germany’s prettiest Gothic centres. But part of the city’s historic old town destroyed in Allied bombing raids in 1944 is now being partially rebuilt.

Berlin named a top world city for students
Germany

Berlin named a top world city for students

Berlin has been named one of the best cities for students in the world thanks to its cheap cost of living and bounty of cultural offerings, according to a new survey.

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Sweden

Swedish tourist found dead in Morocco

A Swedish tourist to Morocco has died after being found injured in a pool of blood. Local police call it an accidental death but his family is certain he was murdered.