Train follows barefoot boy on tracks for 3 km
Sweden

Train follows barefoot boy on tracks for 3 km

An autistic boy who was found walking on train tracks in central Sweden was followed by a train for three kilometres before he was finally helped off the tracks.

Woman suspected of biting partner’s penis
Sweden

Woman suspected of biting partner’s penis

A woman in eastern Sweden is under suspicion for assault after allegedly biting down hard on her partner’s privates after a heated argument between the two at the weekend.

Stockholmers spend more time commuting than on holiday: report
Sweden

Stockholmers spend more time commuting than on holiday: report

Stockholmers commute for an average of 6.4 working weeks each year, which is more time than they spend on holiday, according to a new study.

US snakebite lands Norwegian student with massive bill
Norway

US snakebite lands Norwegian student with massive bill

A 23-year-old Norwegian student got a dual shock in the United States recently when he was first bitten by a rattlesnake, then hit by an astronomical hospital bill.

Royal Swedish Army Band in Loreen tribute
Sweden

Royal Swedish Army Band in Loreen tribute

The Local catches up with Captain Göran Mellblom, head of the Royal Swedish Army Band (Arméns musikkår), which has caused a stir in social media with a video of their version of Loreen's "Euphoria", Sweden’s winning entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012.

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Sweden

Swede plummets to death in balcony collapse

A man from Mariefred, central Sweden, has died after the balcony where he was standing with a friend gave way early on Sunday morning.

Pot smoker gets his confiscated drugs back
Norway

Pot smoker gets his confiscated drugs back

Svein Berg, 40, has finally got his marijuana back after it was confiscated late last year by over-zealous Norwegian customs officials who refused to believe he had been prescribed the drug.

Kiel handballers triumph in Champions League
Germany

Kiel handballers triumph in Champions League

What the Germans failed to achieve in football was won by the country’s handball stars when THW Kiel won the Champions League final in a dramatic game against Spain.

The thighs have it: stair climbing champ prevails
Germany

The thighs have it: stair climbing champ prevails

A German man has shown he has the toughest thighs in the world – by winning a stair climbing contest for the seventh time – after having completed the same feat in the Empire State Building in New York.

Gauck to tread delicate line in Middle East
Germany

Gauck to tread delicate line in Middle East

German President Joachim Gauck will be expected to discuss rising anti-Semitism and Günter Grass’ controversial poem when he visits Israel on Monday, the country’s new ambassador to Berlin said.

‘I am not into eating people’: sniper suspect
Sweden

‘I am not into eating people’: sniper suspect

A year prior to the shooting of a 23-year-old man in Malmö, suspected serial killer Peter Mangs sought medical help due to an increased interest in death and a fear “he might hurt someone”, according to the prosecution.

Goths gather in the sun at Leipzig festival
Germany

Goths gather in the sun at Leipzig festival

Goths from around the world came out into the sun in Leipzig over the weekend, peppering the town with a bit of black during the hot weekend, as costumed followers met for the 20th annual "Wave Goth" festival.

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Switzerland

Two Italian climbers die in Swiss Alps plunge

Two Italian climbers died after plunging 300 metres in the Swiss Alps, police said on Sunday.

Berlin carnival parade draws 700,000
Germany

Berlin carnival parade draws 700,000

Some 700,000 visitors watched on Sunday as a glorious parade of feathered dancers and drummers took to Berlin’s streets in the 17th annual Carnival of Cultures’ parade.

Stockholm mayor jumps at Eurovision chance
Sweden

Stockholm mayor jumps at Eurovision chance

The mayor of Stockholm has jumped at the possibility of hosting next year’s Eurovision in Stockholm, claiming that the financial benefits are obvious for the entire local tourism industry.

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Sweden

Exile Uzbeks suspect regime for imam attack

After three people were remanded into custody, of which two were Uzbek citizens, suspicions that the attempted murder against the imam Obid Nazarov in February was politically motivated are growing among Uzbeks in Sweden.

Red Square plane pilot ‘would not do it again’
Germany

Red Square plane pilot ‘would not do it again’

Mikhail Gorbachev controlled the Kremlin, Ronald Reagan was in the White House and Helmut Kohl had recently been elected to a second term when a teenage amateur pilot from Hamburg landed a Cessna near Red Square.

Two dead in Norwegian bus crash
Norway

Two dead in Norwegian bus crash

Two men died and seven people were injured on Monday morning when a bus veered off the road in Balsfjord in northern Norway.

Swedish teen reported to police for ‘face rape’
Sweden

Swedish teen reported to police for ‘face rape’

A 15-year-old boy from Norrköping in eastern Sweden has been reported to police for allegedly "face raping" another teen by writing false messages on the latter's Facebook page, an increasingly common phenomenon among young Swedes.

Deadly weekend claims five at Swedish beaches
Sweden

Deadly weekend claims five at Swedish beaches

Five people drowned across Sweden at the weekend, including a grandmother and her grandson, as record warmth drew Swedes to the country's still chilly waters.

Assange readies for UK extradition ruling
Sweden

Assange readies for UK extradition ruling

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will find out on Wednesday whether he can be extradited from Britain to Sweden, as the Supreme Court hands down its judgement at the end of a marathon legal battle.