Wednesday, 12. March 2014
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It might be cold comfort to British commuters, but even Sweden's super-efficient railways can be brought to a halt by snow.
The country - whose train network is often held up as an example to Britain's delay-prone service - has been paralysed by heavy snowfalls which have left thousands of travellers stranded.
Rail officials were criticised this week after they cancelled more than 200 trains, claiming they were preparing for the "Christmas rush."
Social Democrat MP Anders Ygeman told the the country's parliament:"Here we are again, the snow has arrived and the trains stand still."
Now Sweden's powerful national auditor's office is to examine the system's national operators, Swedish Rail.
"Big delays, drawn-out travel times and the number of cancellations could speak to bad management from the state. Poor weather is not a excuse," said spokeswoman Monica Rupprecht Hjort.
Amy Winehouse exhibition in Vienna
Personal items belonging to late musician Amy Winehouse will be going on show in Vienna this week, as part of an exhibition designed in collaboration with her brother Alex Winehouse.
Task force recommends wind-down vehicle for Hypo
The task force assigned to find the best way to deal with ailing bank Hypo Alpe Adria has recommended that the government initiate a wind-down vehicle rather than creating the state "bad bank" preferred by Finance Minister Michael Spindelegger (OeVP).
American youth orchestras play free concerts in Austria
A free concert from an American youth orchestra is taking place in the Mozarteum in Salzburg this Friday 28 March.
Formal negotiations on Telekom Austria yet to begin
The state holding company that owns shares in Telekom Austria has said that negotiations over the pooling of its shares with telecoms company America Movil have not entered formal stages.
Victorias Secret could open soon in Vienna
A job posting on the website of the Vienna International Airport in Schwechat has fuelled rumours that Austria might be getting it's very first Victoria's Secret store.
Fashion students graduate with style
Last Saturday the fashion students from Vienna’s A-College held a fashion show for their graduating class at the MGC Modecenter.
English graffiti artists arrested in Austria
Austrian police say they have caught an internationally active graffiti artist from the UK together with three pals who now face up to 5 years in jail and a bill for thousands for the clean up work.
Irish banker in Austria with two wives
An Irish banker who worked for the World Bank in Vienna is being investigated by Austrian police after he was found to have two wives and children with both when he died suddenly, apparently of a natural death.
'Carnival of Languages' in Vienna
A "Carnival of Languages" is being put on in Vienna in March to celebrate the third birthday of the language centre Eton Institute in the city.
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