Linus, 11, solves long-running chemistry riddle
Sweden

Linus, 11, solves long-running chemistry riddle

An 11-year-old Swedish boy has made scientific history for helping to discover the atomic structure of complex crystals, a problem which had vexed his professor father for most of his young son's life.

The battle at Needle Park: a success story
Switzerland

The battle at Needle Park: a success story

Switzerland’s parks were at one time notoriously packed with heroin addicts. Lyssandra Sears meets with one of the world’s leading drug experts to find out how the Swiss broke with convention and cracked the problem.

Habo voted Sweden’s ‘best place to live’
Sweden

Habo voted Sweden’s ‘best place to live’

Habo, a small municipality in southern Sweden, is the best place in Sweden to live, according to a new ranking published on Thursday by Swedish news magazine Fokus.

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Switzerland

Green light for tax deals with UK and Germany

Switzerland's lower house voted on Wednesday in favour of approving tax treaties with the United Kingdom, Germany and Austria.

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Sweden

No help for neighbours of noisy masturbator

Irate neighbours upset by the high-volume moans of a noisy masturbator in southern Sweden won't get any help from local public authorities to help rub out the problem.

St-Moritz to host 2017 world ski championships
Switzerland

St-Moritz to host 2017 world ski championships

The Swiss resort of St-Moritz was designated Thursday as the host of the 2017 world alpine ski championships, following the International Ski Federation (FIS) congress in Kangwonland, South Korea.

Prison plans to hire cell buddies for Breivik
Norway

Prison plans to hire cell buddies for Breivik

The Norwegian prison where Anders Behring Breivik may be locked up for massacring 77 people last year will hire people with whom he can socialise, to keep him away from other inmates, media reported on Thursday.

Holocaust contrition ‘too much for new generation’
Germany

Holocaust contrition ‘too much for new generation’

German President Joachim Gauck has warned against elevating Holocaust commemoration to "a quasi-religious dimension,” as he met Palestinian leaders in the West Bank on Thursday.

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Norway

Breivik used drug mix before massacre: expert

Anders Behring Breivik took illegal substances to increase his physical and mental capacities on the day he launched the killing spree last July, an expert told an Oslo court on Thursday.

Kidnapped German killed in raid to save him
Germany

Kidnapped German killed in raid to save him

A German engineer kidnapped in Nigeria in January and purportedly held by al-Qaeda's north African branch was killed by his captors on Thursday during a military raid to save him, security sources said.

Jail for dad who killed daughters in car fireball
Germany

Jail for dad who killed daughters in car fireball

A man who murdered his two young daughters by drugging them, strapping them into his car and then setting it on fire after a custody battle with his former wife was jailed for life in Germany on Thursday.

Swedish summer music festival preview: June
Sweden

Swedish summer music festival preview: June

With summer just around the corner, Sweden's festival season is only weeks away and The Local's Joe Lynskey provides a round up of the most mouth-watering line-ups in the country.

Obituary mix-up gave man’s mum heart attack
Germany

Obituary mix-up gave man’s mum heart attack

A man whose mother had a heart attack when she saw his picture over an obituary in a German newspaper has been given just €300 to cover the cost of the flight he took to reassure her he was alive.

Swedish king pledges support for Korean peace
Sweden

Swedish king pledges support for Korean peace

Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf on Thursday pledged his country's continued support to help maintain peace between North and South Korea, through its membership of a truce monitoring body.

Past Eurovision winners: where are they now?
Sweden

Past Eurovision winners: where are they now?

As Sweden's Loreen basks in Eurovision glory, The Local looks back at the the fates of some of the contest's former winners and reveals that her place in European pop spotlight may not stand the test of time.

Swedes ‘not safe enough’ online: report
Sweden

Swedes ‘not safe enough’ online: report

As Swedes use more and more password protected internet sites, a new report shows that average Swedish web-surfers uses too few passwords to keep themselves safe from hackers.

WSOP 2012 – the German hopes
Germany

WSOP 2012 – the German hopes

Which players have the biggest chances to win a bracelet at the WSOP 2012? We have taken a look and made some surprising discoveries.

Women catching up men in smoking deaths
Germany

Women catching up men in smoking deaths

Nearly 14,000 women died of cancers closely related to smoking in 2010, an increase of 36 percent on ten years previously, the Federal Statistic Office said on Thursday – World No Tobacco Day.

Ken Lennaárd Gets Sweden’s First Cash in the 2012 World Series of Poker
Sweden

Ken Lennaárd Gets Sweden’s First Cash in the 2012 World Series of Poker

The 2012 World Series of Poker (WSOP) started in Las Vegas this weekend, and we have already seen a Swedish money winner. The controversial Ken Lennaárd finished in 74th place in Event 2, and took home $5,261.

Hillary Clinton set for two-day Oslo visit
Norway

Hillary Clinton set for two-day Oslo visit

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will arrive in Norway on Thursday evening for a two-day visit during which she will participate in a healthcare conference, meet survivors of the Utøya massacre and travel to Tromsø.

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Switzerland

Swiss mull minimum wage law for foreigners

The Swiss parliament's upper house, the Council of States, wants to implement laws to ensure foreign workers receive the minimum wage and do not fall victim to “wage dumping”.

Irish ‘mad at Merkel’ as they vote on Fiscal Pact
Germany

Irish ‘mad at Merkel’ as they vote on Fiscal Pact

Anti-German sentiment on the Emerald Isle was said to be running high on Thursday as Irish voters entered the polls to deliver their verdict on ratifying the European Union Fiscal Pact pushed by Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Unemployment down but ‘cracks showing’
Germany

Unemployment down but ‘cracks showing’

Headline unemployment in Germany declined further in May, shrugging off the eurozone debt crisis, although there are signs the downward trend is slowing, official data showed on Thursday.

Migros to label goods from Israeli settlements
Switzerland

Migros to label goods from Israeli settlements

Swiss supermarket chain Migros has announced that it will begin adding special labels to any products that come from "Occupied Palestinian Territories".

US artist plans ‘cultural’ project for French hamlet
France

US artist plans ‘cultural’ project for French hamlet

US-based photographer Ahae plans an "environmental, artistic and cultural" project for the abandoned village of Courbefy in south-western France which he acquired last week for €520,000.

Dozens injured at Oslo Bieber show
Norway

Dozens injured at Oslo Bieber show

Oslo’s governing mayor has called for a full investigation after dozens of teenage girls sustained minor injuries at a free Justin Bieber concert in the city centre on Wednesday evening, while the city's mayor hid behind a tree to avoid a stampede.

‘Fake’ grandkids held for conning 150 seniors
Sweden

‘Fake’ grandkids held for conning 150 seniors

Two men have been held in northern Sweden on suspicion of repeatedly swindling elderly people by pretending to be their grandchildren.

Lundin stakes sold over rights probe rejection
Sweden

Lundin stakes sold over rights probe rejection

Swedish insurance giant Folksam as well as the Handels trade union are dumping their shares in Lundin Petroleum over the oil company's refusal to agree to an independent probe of suspected human rights violations committed in connection with its operations in Sudan and Ethiopia.

Top French prof died in New York of ‘heart attack’
France

Top French prof died in New York of ‘heart attack’

The New York coroner on Wednesday announced that a top French academic whose body was found naked in his hotel room last month, died of natural causes.

French journalist freed by Colombian rebels
France

French journalist freed by Colombian rebels

French journalist Romeo Langlois has been freed by the Colombian Marxist rebels who have held him hostage for over a month, a move described by the French president as a "happy end".

‘We are not interested in Assange’: US envoy
Sweden

‘We are not interested in Assange’: US envoy

The US ambassador to Australia has dismissed suggestions Washington wants WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange extradited to America, as his mother on Thursday accused Canberra of failing to help her son.

Wooden plane crashes, burns, kills four
Germany

Wooden plane crashes, burns, kills four

A 47-year-old man and his two teenage children were killed along with the pilot just minutes into a pleasure flight in a wooden plane which crashed into a forest and burst into flames in western Germany.

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Sweden

Angry teen attacks friend for nude mum joke

A joke between two Gothenburg teens went out of hand when a taunt from one against the other’s mother made the boy see red.

‘It was a good game’: Ibrahimovic
Sweden

‘It was a good game’: Ibrahimovic

Sweden beat Iceland 3-2 in an international friendly on Wednesday, with Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic early on suggesting a promising Euro 2012 to come before the Swedes lost speed.

Merkel talks Syria, euro crisis with Obama
Germany

Merkel talks Syria, euro crisis with Obama

German chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Barack Obama on Wednesday discussed the euro crisis and the need for an end to violence in Syria in a video conference along with leaders of France and Italy.

Doggie bags, smaller servings to cut waste
Germany

Doggie bags, smaller servings to cut waste

Restaurants should offer smaller portions and take-out containers to pack up uneaten food to reduce food waste, Germany's consumer minister and a leading restaurant organisation said on Wednesday.