How Swedish research allows doctors to ‘see pain’
Sweden

How Swedish research allows doctors to ‘see pain’

Pain-ridden whiplash patients, overworked doctors and insurance companies are just some of the potential beneficiaries of groundbreaking Swedish research that has led to the development of a new way of “seeing” pain.

Norway teams with US in maternal health intiative
Norway

Norway teams with US in maternal health intiative

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Friday the United States would provide $75 million to a private-public effort to improve the health of mothers and their babies in developing countries.

Nude model ‘scarred’ by sex addict’s spying
Sweden

Nude model ‘scarred’ by sex addict’s spying

A self-proclaimed sex addict from the UK has been fined in Sweden after using a camera hidden in a briefcase to secretly film a female model undressing in a Stockholm hotel room.

Stockholm’s Olympic Stadium turns 100 years
Sweden

Stockholm’s Olympic Stadium turns 100 years

The Stockholm Olympic Stadium celebrates 100 years since it was inaugurated as the main venue for the 1912 Games by once again welcoming the city’s marathon runners into the stadium for the final straight of the race.

Schlecker rescue fails, 13,000 jobs doomed
Germany

Schlecker rescue fails, 13,000 jobs doomed

The insolvent German drugstore chain Schlecker is to be broken up with the loss of 13,200 jobs after a panel of creditors decided there was no way forward for the beleaguered business, administrators announced on Friday.

Merkel and Putin: tackle Syria with politics
Germany

Merkel and Putin: tackle Syria with politics

Germany and Russia agree that the Syrian conflict would best be resolved by political means, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday after meeting President Vladimir Putin who underlined his opposition to the use of armed force.

Girl found hanged in tree near Stockholm
Sweden

Girl found hanged in tree near Stockholm

A 17-year-old girl was found hanging dead from a tree near Stockholm on Thursday in what police initially thought was a suicide but which is now being investigated as a murder.

Conductor goes off rails, steals driver seats
Germany

Conductor goes off rails, steals driver seats

Police who raided a train conductor's house found it rammed full of stolen Deutsche Bahn signs, a collection of train driver seats and loads of radio equipment. His frustrated house-mate had called the cops.

British flyer finds lost WWII plane on The Local
Sweden

British flyer finds lost WWII plane on The Local

An aging WWII veteran who ditched his plane off the Swedish coast in the late summer of 1943 has been able to share his harrowing tale thanks to an article on The Local about an airman who landed on a cow in a field in southern Sweden.

Airport delays expected amid security staff strike
Norway

Airport delays expected amid security staff strike

Air passengers are being advised to arrive earlier than usual at Norway’s airports on Friday after the Norwegian Union of General Workers announced it was calling a strike for security personnel.

Football delegation visits Auschwitz
Germany

Football delegation visits Auschwitz

Germany captain Philipp Lahm and team-mates on Friday honoured Holocaust victims in an emotionally-charged visit to the site of the former Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Swedish site chosen in Google’s World Wonders
Sweden

Swedish site chosen in Google’s World Wonders

A unique collection of wooden buildings in northern Sweden has been chosen by Google in its new World Wonders Project, which takes people on a digital tour of selected heritage sites around the world.

France to ban Swiss pesticide as bee threat
Switzerland

France to ban Swiss pesticide as bee threat

The French government is to ban a pesticide made by Swiss giant Syngenta used in rapeseed cultivation that has been found to shorten bees' lifespan, Agriculture Minister Stephane Le Foll said on Friday.

France to ban Swiss pesticide as bee threat
France

France to ban Swiss pesticide as bee threat

The French government is to ban a pesticide made by Swiss giant Syngenta used in rapeseed cultivation that has been found to shorten bees' lifespan, Agriculture Minister Stephane Le Foll said on Friday.

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Norway

Experts cast doubt on Breivik’s sanity

A psychiatric evaluation concluding that Anders Behring Breivik was sane when he massacred 77 people last year in Norway was cast into doubt by a panel of experts on Friday.

Foreign PhDs ‘won’t give up’ residency rights fight
Sweden

Foreign PhDs ‘won’t give up’ residency rights fight

A group of foreign PhD students have said they will continue their fight for new rules to ease their path to permanent residency in Sweden, despite the defeat this week of a parliamentary motion in favour of the move.

Fair weekend but rockers face rainy Sunday
Germany

Fair weekend but rockers face rainy Sunday

Germans hoping to enjoy alfresco pursuits over the weekend should find the weather mostly cooperative, but may have to contend with occasional showers, the German Weather Service (DWD) reported on Friday.

Thousands of Swiss bank jobs in peril: report
Switzerland

Thousands of Swiss bank jobs in peril: report

More than 15,000 jobs may have to be cut to compensate losses sustained by the Swiss private banking sector, Boston Consulting Group has predicted.

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Switzerland

Swiss canton to vote on assisted suicide

The people of the canton of Vaud will vote in June on whether to require nursing homes and hospitals to accept assisted suicide on their premises.

Swedish ‘summer’ kicks off with June snow
Sweden

Swedish ‘summer’ kicks off with June snow

Residents in northern Sweden were forced to grab shovels rather than sun lotion on what was supposed to be the first day of summer, as much of the region was left covered in a thick blanket of snow on Friday.

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Switzerland

Zurich detectives clamp down on welfare cheats

Social welfare detectives helped Zurich City claim back a record 8.23 million francs from welfare cheats last year.

Butcher unveils sausage vending machine
Germany

Butcher unveils sausage vending machine

An enterprising German butcher has built a sausage vending machine outside his shop so that late-night carnivores can get their hands on after-hours meaty treats.

Men hatch Swedish chicks from organic eggs
Sweden

Men hatch Swedish chicks from organic eggs

Two men in northern Sweden who bought organic eggs from their local supermarket have now had four chicks hatch from the batch.

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France

Man blocks ambulance ‘because he needed a cig’

Two brothers have been sentenced to eight months in jail after blocking an ambulance which was rushing a 7-year-old to hospital near Paris. One of the pair blamed his actions on the fact that he hadn't had his first coffee and cigarette of the day.

Kids – eat 59,000 calories for a football shirt!
Germany

Kids – eat 59,000 calories for a football shirt!

Children in Germany are being encouraged to eat their way through 59,000 calories to get a free football shirt ahead of the Euro 2012 championship – even though they may have trouble fitting into it by the time it arrives.

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France

Daughter finds remains of resistance fighter

A woman has discovered the remains of her father, a WWII Belgian resistance fighter, 68 years after he was shot by the Nazis.

Clinton’s coming? Mayor of Tromsø last to know
Norway

Clinton’s coming? Mayor of Tromsø last to know

If Tromsø’s mayor had not read the newspapers he could easily have missed the fact that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is visiting his city this Friday evening.

Le Pen in fake Arabic pamphlet scandal
France

Le Pen in fake Arabic pamphlet scandal

Supporters of far right leader Marine le Pen have been distributing fake pamphlets in Arabic to discredit her opponent, far left leader Jean-Luc Melenchon.

Sweden ranked ‘most competitive’ EU country
Sweden

Sweden ranked ‘most competitive’ EU country

Sweden has been ranked as the most competitive country in the European Union (EU) and the fifth most competitive in the world, according to a new ranking from the Swiss business school IMD.

Man fined for thinking dynamite was sausage
Sweden

Man fined for thinking dynamite was sausage

A Swedish man charged for possessing several sticks of dynamite claimed in court he was innocent as he thought the explosives were sausages.

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Switzerland

Switzerland world’s third most competitive country

Hong Kong, the United States and Switzerland have the most competitive economies in the world, according to a ranking compiled by the Swiss-based business school IMD.

Narcolepsy traced to specific vaccine batches
Sweden

Narcolepsy traced to specific vaccine batches

A new Swedish study shows that all Swedes who developed narcolepsy from the swine flu vaccine Pandemrix received the vaccine from 12 of the 35 batches, despite the Swedish Medical Products Agency’s (Läkemedelsverket) previous claim that no such connection exists.

Germany beat Israel, still ‘have far to go’
Germany

Germany beat Israel, still ‘have far to go’

Germany coach Joachim Löw admitted his team have much to improve after they laboured to a 2-0 friendly win over minnows Israel on Thursday in their final warm-up game before Euro 2012.

Deutsche Bank CEO steps down
Germany

Deutsche Bank CEO steps down

Deutsche Bank chief Josef Ackermann officially stepped down on Thursday, ending a decade-long reign as head of Germany's biggest bank during which he repeatedly courted controversy.

Ex-pat Brits gear up for royal jubilee
Germany

Ex-pat Brits gear up for royal jubilee

This weekend sees the climax of the year-long celebrations of Queen Elizabeth II’s diamond jubilee - and in Germany it is not just the ex-pats who are gearing up for the festivities.

Lidström retires after 20 NHL seasons
Sweden

Lidström retires after 20 NHL seasons

Swedish defenseman Nicklas Lidström announced his retirement from ice hockey on Thursday, hanging up his skates after 20 National Hockey League seasons with the Detroit Red Wings.