Seminar helps Volvo Cars cross Chinese cultural divide
Sweden

Seminar helps Volvo Cars cross Chinese cultural divide

When Volvo Car Corporation was taken over by Chinese carmaker Geely, it meant adapting not only to Geely’s way of doing things, but to Chinese culture as a whole. The Swedish car company found a special course from Berlitz that could help its employees adapt.

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Switzerland

Swiss hikers die in Norway avalanche

Five people died, four Swiss and one French, after an avalanche hit an expedition on a mountain in northern Norway on Monday, Norwegian authorities said.

Police link scooter to three shootings
France

Police link scooter to three shootings

The same stolen scooter was used in three deadly shooting incidents in eight days in France, a police source said Monday after three children and a teacher were killed at a Jewish school.

Pirate Bay convicts to be split up in jail: agency
Sweden

Pirate Bay convicts to be split up in jail: agency

The Swedish Prison and Probation Service revealed on Monday which prisons have been selected for the men convicted in the Pirate Bay trial.

Cheating students prompt uni crackdown
Sweden

Cheating students prompt uni crackdown

University students in Sweden are cheating to the same level as last year according to a new study, prompting the government to enter talks of how to clamp down on academic cheating.

20,000 walk out in public sector strike
Germany

20,000 walk out in public sector strike

Thousands of public sector workers in Germany staged a warning strike over a pay dispute Monday, in a second wave of industrial action that is set to roll out across the country.

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France

Concern over threats to Paris synagogues

Police have opened an inquiry after two synagogues in Paris received a threatening letter, a source close to the probe said Monday, making no link to a shooting at a Jewish school that killed four.

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France

French tourists ‘buried under Norway avalanche’

Six foreign ski tourists, all believed to be French, have been buried under masses of snow after an avalanche hit at Kåfjord in northern Norway on Monday afternoon.

 

 

Bank robber jailed for heist 20 years ago
Germany

Bank robber jailed for heist 20 years ago

A bank robber has been convicted for his role in what has been described as one of Germany's most brutal heists, when armed men killed a security guard during a raid on a money transport and escaped with millions.

Stockholm theatre scene meets British humour
Sweden

Stockholm theatre scene meets British humour

When Relatively Speaking, a play written by award winning English playwright Sir Alan Ayckbourn, opened in Stockholm, The Local was there to talk to the cast about British humour, a script from the sixties, and why Swedes have been loving this play.

Drink deposit decade shows mixed results
Germany

Drink deposit decade shows mixed results

Ten years into the German recycling law which put deposits on drinks containers that cannot be used again, the share of drinks sold in re-usable containers has actually gone down.

Five hikers die in Norway avalanche
Norway

Five hikers die in Norway avalanche

Five people died, four Swiss and one French, after an avalanche hit an expedition on a mountain in northern Norway on Monday, Norwegian authorities said.

Mother convicted of drowning young sons
Sweden

Mother convicted of drowning young sons

The 31-year-old mother who pushed her two young sons into a lake in central Sweden and watched them drown was convicted of murder on Monday and sentenced to closed psychiatric care and deportation.

Occupy returns to Zurich
Switzerland

Occupy returns to Zurich

The Occupy movement returned to Zurich on Saturday as protestors congregated outside the new stock exchange building.

Make foreigners wait to buy homes: Swiss party
Switzerland

Make foreigners wait to buy homes: Swiss party

The Social Democratic Party wants to make property purchase for foreigners more complicated.

Princess Estelle baptism ‘revealed’ in RSVP slip-up
Sweden

Princess Estelle baptism ‘revealed’ in RSVP slip-up

Sweden's Royal Court was scrambling on Monday after a county governor's scheduling conflict appeared to inadvertently reveal the as-yet-unreleased date when Princess Estelle will be baptized.

C-sections ‘twice as frequent as necessary’
Germany

C-sections ‘twice as frequent as necessary’

Almost a third of German babies born in 2010 were delivered by Caesarean section – twice as many as 20 years ago and more than twice the World Health Organisation says is generally necessary.

‘Look, smell, taste’ before chucking out food
Germany

‘Look, smell, taste’ before chucking out food

Germans are being urged to look beyond the best-before date printed on their food, and use their own judgement on whether to throw something away.

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Switzerland

Children and woman missing after house fire

A wooden house in Steinerberg, canton Schwyz, has gone up in flames, leaving two children and an elderly woman missing.

Norway’s population hits five million
Norway

Norway’s population hits five million

As Norway's population continues to boom, the number of inhabitants in the country is set to reach five million on Monday, according to Statistics Norway.

Teacher shot dead at Swedish school in Yemen
Sweden

Teacher shot dead at Swedish school in Yemen

A teacher at a Swedish school in Yemen was gunned down by an unknown perpetrator on Sunday in an attack claimed by some to be a response to what is perceived as Christian proselytising.

Gauck ‘cannot meet all expectations’
Germany

Gauck ‘cannot meet all expectations’

New German president Joachim Gauck tried to dampen the huge expectations Germans have for him - and despite one hysterical headline, newspapers agreed he cannot be all things to all people. The Local’s media roundup surveys opinion.

Reggae singer’s lyrics spark Swedish outrage
Sweden

Reggae singer’s lyrics spark Swedish outrage

Jamaican reggae singer Sizzla has been prevented from performing in Stockholm after his anti-gay lyrics have sparked outrage among Swedish music-lovers.

European rabbis denounce ‘barbarity’ of school shooting
France

European rabbis denounce ‘barbarity’ of school shooting

A European rabbis' group demanded justice on Monday after four people, including three children, were killed in a shooting outside a Jewish school in France, denouncing it as an "act of barbarity."

Warm weather sparks early hay fever
Germany

Warm weather sparks early hay fever

Hay fever, which affects one in five Germans, has struck early this year as an unusually warm weekend kick-started pollen production, setting noses running and eyes watering weeks ahead of schedule.

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Norway

Porn-watching motorist held for sordid sex drive

Police in southern Norway arrested a 43-year-old man on Saturday after he was spotted feasting his eyes on pornography while out driving.

Teen caught with nipple chain down his pants
Sweden

Teen caught with nipple chain down his pants

A cash-strapped 18-year-old man from northern Sweden was found leaving a sex shop with a nipple chain hidden in his pants after his lack of funds prompted him to pilfer the trinket for his girlfriend.

Family anger over death of three sisters
France

Family anger over death of three sisters

The family of three sisters who died when they were hit by traffic on a busy motorway on Friday evening plans to file a complaint against train company SNCF, accusing them of behaving irresponsibly by throwing them off a train.

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Switzerland

Swiss legend Cuche bows out on wooden skis

Swiss veteran Didier Cuche ended his two-decade long career on Saturday in characteristically goofy fashion, racing the giant slalom's second leg in wooden skis and traditional woollen ski clothes.

German music industry goes more native
Germany

German music industry goes more native

Germans seem to be winning back their own music industry, with more than half the top-selling albums sold in the country also made here, and 29 percent of them sung in German rather than English.

Federer unstoppable in desert heat
Switzerland

Federer unstoppable in desert heat

The forehand thundered, the backhand sizzled, the Swiss timing was back as Roger Federer steamrolled his way past Rafael Nadal and into the Indian Wells final, which he won on Sunday.

Four killed in Jewish school shooting
France

Four killed in Jewish school shooting

A gunman burst into a Jewish school in France on Monday, shooting dead three children and a teacher in the third deadly gun attack in a week by a man who made his escape on a motorbike.

Swan ‘chaos’ erupts after Swedish rocket attack
Sweden

Swan ‘chaos’ erupts after Swedish rocket attack

Thousands of swans were whipped into a chaotic frenzy near a lake in central Sweden at the weekend after being targeted by fireworks.

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Switzerland

Teacher gave driver DVD before crash: survivor

A Swiss bus crash which killed 22 children and six adults may have been caused by a teacher who distracted the driver by handing him a DVD film to play, a newspaper said on Sunday.

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Norway

Bjørgen skis to third World Cup title

Norway's Marit Bjørgen on Sunday lifted the World Cup Nordic Skiing trophy, winning the final 10km pursuit race in Falun, Sweden.

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Switzerland

Pakistan calls off search for missing climbers

Pakistan has called off a search for three climbers -- from Austria, Switzerland and Pakistan -- who went missing in the Karakoram mountain range some 10 days ago, an official said on Monday.

Internet’s share of economy on the rise
Germany

Internet’s share of economy on the rise

The Internet is becoming increasingly important for the German economy, which traditionally has been based firmly on manufacturing and export.

Debt collectors take wrong people’s stuff
Sweden

Debt collectors take wrong people’s stuff

Two Swedish women are fighting uphill battles to reclaim their possessions after agents from Sweden's debt collection confiscated their items by mistake.

Tens of thousands march for leftist candidate
France

Tens of thousands march for leftist candidate

Tens of thousands marched in Paris on Sunday to support firebrand leftist presidential candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon, who has shaken up France's election campaign with a surprise jump in the polls.

Women’s match called off over headscarves
France

Women’s match called off over headscarves

A referee on Sunday refused to officiate a women's football match, when players for one of the teams took to the pitch wearing Muslim headscarves, the club involved said.

Political focus turns to tiny state election
Germany

Political focus turns to tiny state election

Political attention in Germany turns to the tiny state of Saarland this week, as it prepares for an election on Sunday following the collapse of an unusual three-way coalition in January.

Swedish arms exports keep booming
Sweden

Swedish arms exports keep booming

Sweden's weapons exports rose by 31 percent in the last five years compared to the five previous years, while Asian countries lead the world when it comes to arms imports, new figures from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) show.