Swiss railways declare war on littering
Switzerland

Swiss railways declare war on littering

Swiss trains are not as squeaky clean as their image.

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Norway

Oslo theatre to stage play about Breivik

A small Oslo theatre plans to stage a controversial Danish play based on a manifesto written by the Norway gunman who killed 77 people in July 2011, a theatre official said on Monday.

Norwegian mother and child ‘died of illness’
Norway

Norwegian mother and child ‘died of illness’

A Norwegian mother and her 9-month-old baby found dead in a flat in Arboga, in central Sweden, died "due to illness or as a result of it", local police said on Monday.

Greece no threat to world economy: ECB man
Germany

Greece no threat to world economy: ECB man

Greece, which is teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, is "no threat to the world economy," Germany's European Central Bank executive board member Jörg Asmussen said on Monday.

Mum and baby died ‘due to illness’: police
Sweden

Mum and baby died ‘due to illness’: police

The mother and 9-month-old baby found dead in a flat in Arboga, in central Sweden, died “due to illness or as a result of it” local police said on Monday.

Stingy banks prod firms to tap bond market
Germany

Stingy banks prod firms to tap bond market

German companies are increasingly turning to the bond markets for their financing as banks restrict lending, a new study by Moody's Investors Service found on Monday.

Swedish hospital seeks new ‘hot’ nurses
Sweden

Swedish hospital seeks new ‘hot’ nurses

A hospital in Stockholm has published a job advertisement trying to attract nurses who are both qualified and "TV-series hot" in what has been explained as an "attempt to catch people’s attention".

Youngman makes new Saab offer: owner
Sweden

Youngman makes new Saab offer: owner

Chinese company Youngman has made a new offer for Saab to the administrators for the bankrupt Swedish car-maker, confirmed the founder and owner of the Youngman concern Pang Qingnian to Swedish daily Svenska Dagbladet (SvD).

Judge to confiscate Facebook account
Germany

Judge to confiscate Facebook account

A judge in the southern town of Reutlingen is set to make legal history by becoming the first German judge to confiscate a Facebook account as evidence.

Petrol prices surge to record highs
Germany

Petrol prices surge to record highs

German petrol prices have hit record highs and look set to crack €1.70 per litre, according to the Aral petrol company.

‘Swedes should eat more rabbits’: scientist
Sweden

‘Swedes should eat more rabbits’: scientist

Swedes are eating an increasing amount of meat each year and in order to reduce the effect this has on the climate, Swedes ought to change beef or chicken for rabbit meat, according to an expert from the University of Agricultural Sciences.

Rhinelanders go mad for Rose Monday
Germany

Rhinelanders go mad for Rose Monday

Rosenmontag, or Rose Monday, is when the Rhinelanders show off their satirical side with the traditional parade of bizarre Karneval floats. Check out our photo gallery of the best pics of the day.

Sweden’s ‘cosiest’ summer house for sale
Sweden

Sweden’s ‘cosiest’ summer house for sale

What may just be Sweden’s smallest house is being sold in Mellbystrand, southern Sweden – a beach getaway measuring in at just three metres squared - but the buyer won’t be getting much more than the absolute basics.

Swiss pilot in 3-day solar flight simulation
Switzerland

Swiss pilot in 3-day solar flight simulation

Swiss pilot André Borschberg will undergo a three-day simulated flight for a new Solar Impulse aircraft that can travel around the world powered only by solar energy, organizers said on Monday.

Spoof Sarkozy Twitter accounts removed
France

Spoof Sarkozy Twitter accounts removed

A number of Twitter accounts parodying the French president have been suspended.

Einstein’s Swiss-friendly letter for sale
Switzerland

Einstein’s Swiss-friendly letter for sale

A letter written by celebrated physicist Albert Einstein extolling the virtues of Switzerland is expected to fetch thousands of francs when it goes under the hammer there in June.

Rape suspect politician released from hospital
Norway

Rape suspect politician released from hospital

The Liberal Party’s former deputy leader Helge Solum Larsen was arrested by police in Stavanger on Saturday immediately after his release from a psychiatric hospital.

Profile: Joachim Gauck, Germany’s ‘President of Hearts’
Germany

Profile: Joachim Gauck, Germany’s ‘President of Hearts’

Joachim Gauck, 72, an East German Lutheran pastor and human rights activist nominated as Germany's next president, hopes to restore faith in the office after damaging scandals toppled his predecessor.

Murder of Lucie Trezzini: trial next week
Switzerland

Murder of Lucie Trezzini: trial next week

A 28-year-old man, known only as Daniel H, goes on trial next week for the murder in 2009 of the 16-year-old au-pair, Lucie Trezzini.

A painful submission or Merkel’s masterpiece?
Germany

A painful submission or Merkel’s masterpiece?

Joachim Gauck’s ascension to the German presidency looks like a slap in the face for Chancellor Angela Merkel, but as many papers have spotted, they have plenty in common. The Local’s media roundup surveys opinion.

Norway driver stopped with five reindeer in car
Norway

Norway driver stopped with five reindeer in car

Lapland may be the mythical home of Santa Claus and his famous hoofed hauliers, but police in the far north of Norway were astonished recently to find three live local reindeer packed into the back seat of a car.

Convicted lay judges found working in Sweden
Sweden

Convicted lay judges found working in Sweden

The discovery that several of Sweden's lay judges have continued to work while having criminal records of their own has resulted in many either stepping down or being fired.

Immigrant firefighters hired ‘to stop attacks’
Sweden

Immigrant firefighters hired ‘to stop attacks’

The Swedish fire service is looking to hire more personnel with a foreign background in order to increase safety for fire fighters in big city areas, according to a report by Swedish broadcaster Sveriges Television (SVT)

Frankfurt Airport strike extended to Wednesday
Germany

Frankfurt Airport strike extended to Wednesday

A strike by air traffic workers at Frankfurt Airport has been extended to early Wednesday morning, crippling flights at Germany's most important air hub.

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Sweden

Missing teen girl found naked in 42-year-old’s flat

A Swedish teenage girl, reported missing by her foster parents last week, was found by police officers at the flat of a 42-year-old man in Jönköping, in central Sweden, on Saturday.

New French diet:      ‘Fork yourself thin’
France

New French diet: ‘Fork yourself thin’

A new book out this week in France touts "le forking" as the new way to lose weight.

Force banks to make tax checks: finance minister
Switzerland

Force banks to make tax checks: finance minister

Swiss banks could be forced to carry out checks on the tax status of foreign assets they hold under a new "clean money" strategy being proposed by the finance minister, it was reported on Sunday.

Khedira shocked by Tunisian arrests over sexy pics
Germany

Khedira shocked by Tunisian arrests over sexy pics

German-Tunisian footballer Sami Khedira has expressed regret that three Tunisian journalists were arrested because their paper printed an erotic photo of him and his model girlfriend Lena Gercke.

Sarkozy says rival is ‘Thatcher in London, Mitterrand in Paris’
France

Sarkozy says rival is ‘Thatcher in London, Mitterrand in Paris’

President Sarkozy lashed out at his Socialist rival on Sunday claiming he said different things to please different audiences.

Swedes seek breast milk donors via Facebook
Sweden

Swedes seek breast milk donors via Facebook

Swedish health authorities have turned to Facebook in an attempt to find women who are willing to donate breast milk.

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Switzerland

More assisted suicides in 2011: report

The number of assisted deaths carried out by the Swiss association Dignitas rose by 35 percent last year, it was reported on Sunday.

Germany’s most wanted criminal collared
Germany

Germany’s most wanted criminal collared

Germany’s most wanted violent criminal Thomas Feldhofer was finally captured on Sunday near the northern coastal town of Lübeck. He had been on the run for several months after a series of armed robberies.

Hallyday settles suit against surgeon
France

Hallyday settles suit against surgeon

French rock star Johnny Halliday has settled a suit against a doctor who operated on him before he fell ill in late 2009, a lawyer for the doctor said on Sunday.

DSK to be quizzed on prostitution ring: source
France

DSK to be quizzed on prostitution ring: source

Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is to be quizzed as a suspect about involvement in an alleged illegal prostitution ring, a source familiar with the case said at the weekend.

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France

Teacher killed in British school trip crash

A coach taking 47 British holidaymakers home from a school skiing trip rolled into a ditch in northern France on Sunday, killing a teacher and injuring 23 people, officials said.

Whitney Houston ‘chose death’: Swedish politician
Sweden

Whitney Houston ‘chose death’: Swedish politician

Whitney Houston was an “awful mother” who “chose drugs and death” and thus doesn’t deserve all the media attention being devoted to her death, a local Swedish politician has argued.

East German activist to be new president
Germany

East German activist to be new president

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said her coalition and the opposition had agreed Sunday to nominate former East German rights activist Joachim Gauck as a consensus candidate to become the country's next president.

‘We don’t know why he didn’t try to leave’
Sweden

‘We don’t know why he didn’t try to leave’

Many questions remain about how and why a 44-year-old Swedish man survived subzero temperatures in his snow-bound car for two months without any food.