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Sweden

Swedes face toilet paper shortage in wake of strike threat

The threat of a toilet paper shortage looming large over Sweden on Wednesday after a labour union warned it would block deliveries from several Swedish toilet paper factories in a show of solidarity with another union group negotiating for higher pay.

Victims’ groups slam prisoner ‘time out’ plans
Germany

Victims’ groups slam prisoner ‘time out’ plans

Victims' rights organisations and a police union sharply attacked a plan backed by 10 German states to allow prisoners convicted of dangerous crimes to apply for "holidays" after just five years in jail rather than the current 10.

Breivik ‘regrets not going further’: lawyer
Norway

Breivik ‘regrets not going further’: lawyer

Right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik, whose trial for the killing of 77 people in Norway begins on Monday, plans to tell the court he regrets "not going further", his lawyer said on Tuesday.

The site that will help you find your dream Swiss home
Switzerland

The site that will help you find your dream Swiss home

When you're looking for a home to buy or rent in a new country, the one thing you need is local knowledge. Now there's a site that will give you the knowledge you need to make the right choice - in English.

Breivik profile: From ‘boy next door’ to mass killer
Norway

Breivik profile: From ‘boy next door’ to mass killer

Anders Behring Breivik, whose trial opens next Monday, came across as your average guy but behind his courteous exterior lurked one of history's most gruesome killers fuelled by a hatred of multiculturalism and Islam.

Sex texting local official kept job for weeks
Sweden

Sex texting local official kept job for weeks

A local official in northern Sweden was allowed to stay on the job for several weeks after it was revealed that he had been sending sex-themed text messages to a disabled woman, before finally being asked to leave on Wednesday.

Investment firm ‘buys 22,000 German flats’
Germany

Investment firm ‘buys 22,000 German flats’

A notoriously aggressive American investment company, attracted to the German market by rising prices, is spending nearly €1 billion on more than 22,000 flats across Germany, the Financial Times Deutschland reported Tuesday.

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Sweden

Uni’s ‘bad advice’ costs student grad degree

A woman who recently completed a master's programme at Uppsala University may lose her "dream job" after erroneous information about eligible courses has left her without a diploma.

July 22nd 2011: Hell on a Norwegian island
Norway

July 22nd 2011: Hell on a Norwegian island

Ordinarily peaceful Norway, known for tolerance and high living standards, was wrenched out of its serenity on Friday, July 22nd 2011, when two deadly attacks from within plunged the nation into horror.

Would you park your car for a free bus ride?
Germany

Would you park your car for a free bus ride?

After petrol prices hit record highs and traffic jams snaked across Germany this Easter, Leipzig made its public transport free for four days this week, but will it get more people out of their cars in the long run? Have your say.

Bear set for Swedish zoo gets ‘cold feet’ and flees
Sweden

Bear set for Swedish zoo gets ‘cold feet’ and flees

A bear, which was destined for a zoo in central Sweden, has escaped from its enclosure in Alaska, and is now at large, forcing zookeepers to launch a search party.

Lawyer puts ‘soul on loan’ for Breivik defence
Norway

Lawyer puts ‘soul on loan’ for Breivik defence

As a member of the ruling Labour Party that Anders Behring Breivik targeted in the twin July 22nd attacks in Oslo, Geir Lippestad would not appear the obvious choice to defend Norway's probably most hated man.

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Norway

Breivik trial: Facts and figures

The trial of Anders Behring Breivik opens next Monday and will last about 10 weeks, involving hundreds of people.

Minister calls for crazed cyclists crack-down
Germany

Minister calls for crazed cyclists crack-down

"Aggressive cyclists" have come under fire from Germany's Transport Minister, who called Tuesday for a tougher course of action against bad behaviour on the roads.

Tortured farm worker left hanging for hours
Norway

Tortured farm worker left hanging for hours

Two Lithuanian men arrested in Norway on Saturday have been released and cleared of any involvement in the brutal torture of one of their countrymen at a farm in Nærøy over the Easter holidays.

‘Swedish loving’ Lady Gaga to hit Stockholm
Sweden

‘Swedish loving’ Lady Gaga to hit Stockholm

Pop music mega star Lady Gaga has announced that she will be performing in Stockholm, and it’s not the first time she has shown her love of Sweden… and the Swedish language.

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Sweden

Three convicted in killing of teen refugee

A 22-year-old man has been sentenced to eleven years in prison for fatally shooting a 16-year-old Afghan asylum seeker in the face at a refugee home in southern Sweden last autumn.

Bee rustlers cause a buzz after two stings
Germany

Bee rustlers cause a buzz after two stings

Police are warning that specialist bee rustlers are buzzing around in the Lower Saxony region, after two entire hives were stolen, complete with thousands of bees.

Swiss mag in racism row over Roma child shooter
Switzerland

Swiss mag in racism row over Roma child shooter

Swiss news magazine Weltwoche is facing angry accusations of racism in the German-speaking world after publishing a front page picture of a gun-toting child with a headline that warns of a looming Roma crime wave.

Saab trustees declare multi-billion kronor debt
Sweden

Saab trustees declare multi-billion kronor debt

Saab has announced official figures of their multi-billion kronor debt, as the struggling car manufacturer and its assets go under the hammer on Tuesday.

Norway killer Breivik is sane: psychiatric report
Norway

Norway killer Breivik is sane: psychiatric report

Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people in Norway last July, was not psychotic at the time of the twin attacks and can thus be held criminally responsible, a new psychiatric probe concluded on Tuesday.

Free public transport in Leipzig to combat cars
Germany

Free public transport in Leipzig to combat cars

The eastern German city of Leipzig began a four-day offer of free public transport to drivers Tuesday in a bid to get them out of their cars for good.

Basel smuggler strapped baby croc to thigh
Switzerland

Basel smuggler strapped baby croc to thigh

When customs officials in Basel examined the trousers of a passing motorist recently, they were surprised to find a baby caiman crocodile taped to his thigh.

Grandpa forgets girl locked in car boot
Germany

Grandpa forgets girl locked in car boot

A German grandfather was so distracted by a beauty spot that he left his nine-year-old granddaughter locked in the boot of his car and went for a walk.

‘Right motive but wrong tone’ Grass splits critics
Germany

‘Right motive but wrong tone’ Grass splits critics

German writer and Nobel laureate Günter Grass has been banned from Israel over his latest poem. But as The Local’s media roundup finds, pundits are split over whether what he said was justifiable or not.

Obama’s anti-Semitism expert to meet Reepalu
Sweden

Obama’s anti-Semitism expert to meet Reepalu

Malmö mayor Ilmar Reepalu, still in the doghouse for recent comments about the city's Jewish community, will meet with President Barack Obama’s anti-Semitism representative, who is due to visit Malmö in two weeks.

Swiss family makes rare bear sighting
Switzerland

Swiss family makes rare bear sighting

In a rare sighting, a bear was spotted at Scuol in the Lower Engadine in eastern Switzerland on Saturday.

Smoking in bars and cafes on the increase
France

Smoking in bars and cafes on the increase

Five Parisian cafes will find out on Tuesday whether they broke the law by allowing smoking, as reports suggest the law is being broken more and more.

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Switzerland

Swiss jobless rate drops to 3.2 percent

The jobless rate in Switzerland dropped to 3.2 percent in March from 3.4 percent in February, government figures showed on Tuesday.

Twitter could lead to election cancellation
France

Twitter could lead to election cancellation

Strict rules on exit polls could be undermined by users of social networks like Twitter and might even cause the presidential election to be cancelled.

Pirates take wind out of Greens’ sails
Germany

Pirates take wind out of Greens’ sails

Germany’s nascent Pirate Party has overtaken the Greens to become the nation's third strongest political force, according to a survey published on Tuesday.

Angry resident offers to buy speed camera
France

Angry resident offers to buy speed camera

A resident of a small village is offering to pay the €20,000 ($26,000) cost to have a speed camera installed in front of his house.

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Norway

Oslo braces for ‘world’s deadliest shooter’ trial

Anders Behring Breivik will go on trial in Norway next Monday charged with committing "acts of terror" when he slaughtered 77 people in twin attacks in July that shook the tranquil country to its core.

Swedish opera singers make ‘house calls’ for the soul
Sweden

Swedish opera singers make ‘house calls’ for the soul

Singers from a Stockholm opera house are using the power of their voices during private "house calls" designed to help lift people's spirits, the AFP's Igor Gedilaghine discovers.

Healthcare to produce 70,000 jobs in 2012
Germany

Healthcare to produce 70,000 jobs in 2012

The healthcare industry could create tens of thousands of new jobs this year, the German Association of Chambers of Commerce and Industry said in a report published on Tuesday.

Three outsiders gunning for presidential upset
France

Three outsiders gunning for presidential upset

From the far left, far right and centre, three outsiders are gunning for a surprise against Socialist frontrunner François Hollande and incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy in France's presidential vote.

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France

Indian suspect arrested in French tourist murder

Police arrested an Indian businessman in connection with the murder of a French woman in a New Delhi guesthouse located in a rundown district popular with backpackers, an official said on Monday.

Dior names Galliano successor
France

Dior names Galliano successor

French fashion powerhouse Dior on Monday named Raf Simons as chief designer to succeed disgraced John Galliano who was fired more than a year ago for racist outbursts.

Man invites cop to ‘do a line’ of cocaine
Sweden

Man invites cop to ‘do a line’ of cocaine

A man's happy-go-lucky night at a Stockholm pub took an abrupt turn for the worse on Saturday when he offered cocaine to a new-found friend that turned out to be an off-duty police officer.

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Sweden

19-year-old woman raped in stadium toilet

A 19-year-old woman reported being raped by an unknown man in a public toilet at a Stockholm football stadium during the middle of a match on Monday evening.