‘Poverty’ clouds health status of Swiss elderly
Switzerland

‘Poverty’ clouds health status of Swiss elderly

Switzerland is one of the best places in the world to grow old, according to a UN-backed study that ranks the mountain country as among the top places on the planet when it comes to life expectancy.

Zurich plans billion-franc road tunnel and tram line
Switzerland

Zurich plans billion-franc road tunnel and tram line

Zurich’s cantonal government and Zurich city council have agreed to build a new road tunnel close to the heart of Switzerland’s largest metropolis at a cost that could rise to one billion francs ($1.1 billion).

Woman’s mystery death probed in Bern village
Switzerland

Woman’s mystery death probed in Bern village

Police in the canton of Bern are investigating the suspected murder of a 38-year-old Swiss woman whose body was found on Tuesday in an apartment in a village in the Oberaargau region.

Better to be old in Britain than in France: UN study
France

Better to be old in Britain than in France: UN study

Thousands of people leave Britain each year to while away their retirement years in France but the first global league table of the best countries to grow old in, published by the UN on Tuesday, suggests they might be better off staying put.

France mulls pardon for World War I ‘cowards’
France

France mulls pardon for World War I ‘cowards’

France's minister for veterans' affairs has said he would consider pardoning French First World War soldiers executed for "insubordination," after a group of historians appealed on Tuesday to restore the names of "good soldiers who did their duty."

Ten must-see French movies of the millenium
France

Ten must-see French movies of the millenium

With reports showing French movie-goers are snubbing home-grown cinema for Hollywood hits, you might conclude that French films haven't been worth the ticket price in recent years. Not as far as we are concerned. Here's 10 must-see French films from this millenium. What did we miss?

‘E-cigarettes not safer’: Spanish doctors
Spain

‘E-cigarettes not safer’: Spanish doctors

A top Spanish medical association has warned e-cigarette users that lungs suffer the same short-term health effects with them as with regular cigarettes.

Ligurian village gets first baby in 67 years
Italy

Ligurian village gets first baby in 67 years

The first baby in 67 years has been born in a village near La Spezia, in the northern region of Liguria, prompting celebrations in the hamlet which now boasts a population of six.

UN urges Spain to act on Franco-era crimes
Spain

UN urges Spain to act on Franco-era crimes

The Spanish Government needs to do more to investigate the disappearance of people during the dictatorship of Francisco Franco, United Nations (UN) experts warned on Monday.

Man ‘tortures’ ex for Facebook password
Italy

Man ‘tortures’ ex for Facebook password

A jealous lover in Catania, Sicily, has been accused of kidnapping, beating and threatening his ex-partner with a knife to obtain her Facebook password.

Camouflaged police ward off Stockholm burglars
Sweden

Camouflaged police ward off Stockholm burglars

Burglary season has begun in Sweden, yet Stockholm Police have decided to play dress-up to beat bands of thieves at their own game.

Author and NSA critic denied entry into US
Germany

Author and NSA critic denied entry into US

A German author and fierce NSA critic has pointed to his attacks on America's mass surveillance programme as the reason behind authorities denying him entry to the United States on Monday.

Witnesses ‘too scared’ to report Malmö hate crime
Sweden

Witnesses ‘too scared’ to report Malmö hate crime

Swedish police say witnesses believed to have filmed an alleged racist assault last month, when a man and his 18-month-old son were badly beaten and nearly thrown off a Malmö bridge, have failed to come forward.

Cinema-goers turn their backs on French films
France

Cinema-goers turn their backs on French films

Cinema fans in France are turning their backs on French films, according to audience figures published this week. What will hurt industry chiefs in France even more is that French film fans are ditching the "Made in France" movies in favour of American fare.

Unemployment hits high again amid political crisis
Italy

Unemployment hits high again amid political crisis

As the Italian government teeters on the edge, statistics released on Tuesday revealed that the unemployment rate had reverted to its highest ever level of 12.2 percent in August, with youth unemployment surpassing the 40 percent mark.

Germany ‘third best place to grow old’
Germany

Germany ‘third best place to grow old’

Germany is the third best place in the world to be a pensioner, according to a study released on Tuesday examining the best and worst countries to grow old in.

Roche head talks up Novartis ‘relationship’
Switzerland

Roche head talks up Novartis ‘relationship’

The head of Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche is open to renewed cooperation with competitor Novartis, he told the Financial Times in an interview published on Tuesday.

School’s Nazi flea market shocks Spain
Spain

School’s Nazi flea market shocks Spain

A Nazi and fascist memorabilia market held at a school gym on the outskirts of Madrid has led Spaniards to call into question the country's ruling party's far right roots.

Swedish housing policy leaves rich even richer
Sweden

Swedish housing policy leaves rich even richer

Sweden has paid homeowners to live in their homes, argue three economists who say rent control and the construction stall hamper social mobility by transferring wealth to already capital-rich homeowners.

‘Diana’ film poster taken down at Paris crash site
France

‘Diana’ film poster taken down at Paris crash site

The French distributor of the film "Diana" has removed an advertising poster that sparked outrage for being placed at the site in Paris where the Princess of Wales died in a car crash in 1997.

TV-maker Loewe files for bankruptcy
Germany

TV-maker Loewe files for bankruptcy

One of Germany's original electronics makers, Loewe, said on Tuesday it had filed for bankruptcy. The household name did voice hope that an investor could come to its rescue.

Stockholm voted best cruise hotspot in Europe
Sweden

Stockholm voted best cruise hotspot in Europe

Stockholm has been ranked as the hottest cruise destination in all of Europe, according to the Brits, who voted the Swedish capital ahead of Barcelona, Venice, and the Norwegian fjords in a recent survey.

Spanish zoo hails rare white rhino birth
Spain

Spanish zoo hails rare white rhino birth

A white rhinoceros was born in a Spanish safari park recently in what was an extremely rare birth in captivity for the species.

Spain’s King heads home after hip surgery
Spain

Spain’s King heads home after hip surgery

Spain's 75-year-old King Juan Carlos left hospital on Tuesday, a week after surgeons replaced his prosthetic left hip in the latest of a string of operations that have raised questions over his reign.

‘Clockwork Orange’ gang arrested in Italy
Italy

‘Clockwork Orange’ gang arrested in Italy

Members of a teenage gang that has been compared to the gang in the film 'Clockwork Orange' for the viciousness of their alleged crimes and their ages, were arrested in Milan on Tuesday.

Aldi attracts ever more British shoppers
Germany

Aldi attracts ever more British shoppers

British shoppers are shunning more expensive supermarkets in favour of German discount chain Aldi, figures released on Monday suggested, with profits climbing by 124 percent.

Avoid Vodka Red Bull, French watchdog advises
France

Avoid Vodka Red Bull, French watchdog advises

Making cocktails out of energy drinks and alcohol, like vodka and Red Bull, is ill advised, a French health watchdog warned on Tuesday. Its report into the dangers of energy drinks also said they should not be consumed during an intensive gym work-out.

Expat au pair kills two in Madrid Metro crash
Spain

Expat au pair kills two in Madrid Metro crash

A 17-year-old Swiss au pair who died in a bizarre subway accident in Madrid last year was at the controls of the train when it crashed, a media report says.

Vatican bank disloses earnings for first time
Italy

Vatican bank disloses earnings for first time

The Vatican bank has disclosed its annual report for the first time in its history as it seeks to improve transparency amid several corruption scandals.

Norway second best country to be old in
Norway

Norway second best country to be old in

Norway is the second best country in the world to be old in, a survey by HelpAge International has declared, bringing a new perspective to the country's pre-election panic about falling standards of elderly care.

Students break record for biggest paper plane
Germany

Students break record for biggest paper plane

A giant paper aeroplane built using 500 tubes of glue, 70 square metres of paper and 200 bottles of superglue has flown straight into the record books.

Swiss teen ‘at controls’ in Madrid Metro crash
Switzerland

Swiss teen ‘at controls’ in Madrid Metro crash

A 17-year-old Swiss au pair who died in a bizarre subway accident in Madrid, Spain last year was at the controls of the train when it crashed, a media report says.

Topless activists protest gang-rape acquittal
Sweden

Topless activists protest gang-rape acquittal

Protesters from the feminist network Femen bared all outside a Stockholm appeals court on Tuesday in a topless protest against the acquittal of six teenage boys who were cleared in a controversial gang rape ruling.

‘Bodies hung like rag dolls’: Norway SS man
Norway

‘Bodies hung like rag dolls’: Norway SS man

A 91-year-old Norwegian who served with the notorious Nazi SS regiment has spoken for the first time of the appalling crimes he witnessed in Ukraine in 1942.

Spain offers rich expats EU residency
Spain

Spain offers rich expats EU residency

Spain has finally passed a bill which will grant residency to investors and entrepreneurs from outside the EU with money to burn and jobs to offer. Here's the lowdown.

‘Government fall would be a mistake’ – PDL MP
Italy

‘Government fall would be a mistake’ – PDL MP

Once loyal supporters of Italy's Silvio Berlusconi spoke out against him as Prime Minister Enrico Letta worked on Tuesday to shore up support on the eve of a crucial confidence vote in parliament.

Gallery: The Local’s Property of the Week
Sweden

Gallery: The Local’s Property of the Week

Where would Pippi Longstocking live when she was all grown up? Probably somewhere like Hammarlundsvägen 97 in Kristianstad in southern Sweden. The property of the week is a stunning villa full of fun and fancy fairy-tale flavour.

French connected: 4G network expands
France

French connected: 4G network expands

France on Tuesday entered a brave new world of mobile communication, when leading provider Bouygues launched its 4G network. In theory, the move will offer 40 million people in France mobile internet 10 times faster than 3G.

Poverty trap threatens Spain’s pensioners
Spain

Poverty trap threatens Spain’s pensioners

One in seven Spanish pensioners is living in poverty and less than 50 percent of people aged 55 to 64 in the country are working according to a new global study on the living conditions of older people.

Norway to air five-hour ‘slow TV’ knitting show
Norway

Norway to air five-hour ‘slow TV’ knitting show

It will certainly have more than enough of twists and turns, but it may not make much of a thriller. Norway's state television channel is to broadcast an evening-long programme featuring a group of eight people knitting.

Atheist ad campaign riles Italy’s Catholics
Italy

Atheist ad campaign riles Italy’s Catholics

The emergence of a new poster campaign by an Italian atheist and agnostic organization telling people they can 'lead a good life without God' has caused controversy in the northern city of Turin.

France’s traffic tsar probed over fine dodging
France

France’s traffic tsar probed over fine dodging

The chief of the French agency that handles traffic violations had his own raft of fines paid by his department, a French media site claimed on Tuesday. French police have launched an investigation into the allegations.

What does Germany make of US shutdown?
Germany

What does Germany make of US shutdown?

The effects of the US government shutdown are being felt around the world. On Tuesday the German press gave its reaction to the disaster, warning of “fatal consequences” and another world economic crisis.

‘We need to know what happened’ – Kerchers
Italy

‘We need to know what happened’ – Kerchers

The family of Meredith Kercher, the 21-year-old British student murdered in Perugia in 2007, said in a letter to the Florence court where the retrial of Amanda Knox and Rafaelle Sollecito is being held that they "desperately want to discover the truth and to find justice for Meredith".

Unemployment rate rises in surprise spike
Germany

Unemployment rate rises in surprise spike

German unemployment registered a surprising rise in September, due to a scaling back of job creation schemes, official data showed on Tuesday.

Swiss banknotes stolen from central bank printer
Switzerland

Swiss banknotes stolen from central bank printer

The Swiss National Bank (SNB) kept secret for almost a year the fact that invalid banknotes with a face value of 1.8 million francs ($2 million) were stolen from its Zurich-based supplier Orell Füssli.

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Sweden

Sweden best place in the world to grow old: study

The one in four Swedes who are older than 60 can rest assured they are well-provided for, according to a new study that ranks Sweden as the best country to grow old in, but women and immigrants still lag behind.

Paris woman detained over ‘links to Al-Qaeda’
France

Paris woman detained over ‘links to Al-Qaeda’

French anti-terror police arrested a woman in Paris on Tuesday over her suspected links to Al Qaeda. Separately a court in the capital has jailed a group of Islamist militants for recruiting French citizens for training at militant camps in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

EU praises Spain’s banks but wary over debt risk
Spain

EU praises Spain’s banks but wary over debt risk

EU officials hailed the strengthening of Spain's banking sector on Monday after it was thrown a €41.3 billion ($56 billion) lifeline last year but warned that a drop in lending and high debt levels pose a risk to the nation's banks.

Sainthood for Pope John Paul II in April
Italy

Sainthood for Pope John Paul II in April

Pope John Paul II, the first Polish pontiff, will be canonized in on April 27th, the first Sunday after Easter.

Spain shuts down Eta prisoner support group
Spain

Spain shuts down Eta prisoner support group

Spanish police detained 18 leaders of an association that aids jailed members of the armed Basque separatist group Eta on Monday and froze its bank accounts, the interior ministry said.

Flour and cinnamon ‘bomb’ shut down airport
Germany

Flour and cinnamon ‘bomb’ shut down airport

A suitcase which caused police to shut down Düsseldorf airport in fear it was a bomb contained nine kilos of flour and cinnamon. Over 10,000 passengers were affected and 140 flights cancelled.

Sarkozy in late bid to halt corruption charges
France

Sarkozy in late bid to halt corruption charges

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy lauched a last-ditch bid on Monday to have corruption charges against him dropped, which could pave the way for a return to politics. He is accused of accepting campaign money from L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt.

Judge orders new DNA test in Knox retrial
Italy

Judge orders new DNA test in Knox retrial

Judges at the retrial of Amanda Knox for the murder of British student Meredith Kercher on Monday ordered new DNA testing on the alleged murder weapon, a kitchen knife, on the first day of hearings.

Migration Board had access to Roma lists
Sweden

Migration Board had access to Roma lists

Police in southern Sweden who kept registries of information on more than 4,000 Roma allowed other state agencies, including the Migration Board (Migrationsverket), to use the information on request.

France’s positive jobs data was down to a ‘bug’
France

France’s positive jobs data was down to a ‘bug’

When France released figures last week revealing the number of jobless people had fallen for the first time in two years in August, they were met with a certain amount of scepticism. It turns out the sceptics were right all along.

New Norway gov to get tough on immigration
Norway

New Norway gov to get tough on immigration

Norway's incoming government will get tough on immigration, future prime minister Erna Solberg said on Monday as she presented the main policies of the minority coalition she is forming with a populist right-wing party.

Berlusconi warns against ‘traitors’ in his ranks
Italy

Berlusconi warns against ‘traitors’ in his ranks

Silvio Berlusconi on Monday struggled to bridge divisions among supporters over his bid to topple the government, as the heightened political instability hit Italy on the financial markets.

Syria chemicals sale larger than thought
Germany

Syria chemicals sale larger than thought

The German government admitted on Monday that it had approved as recently as 2011 the export to Syria of chemicals that could be used as weapons, and in larger quantities than previously known.

Study: German men think gender equality reached
Germany

Study: German men think gender equality reached

Over a third of German men find it difficult to fulfill expectations, a study released on Monday suggested, while two thirds believe gender equality has already been achieved.

Villain in ‘The Bridge’ trained in Danish bars
Norway

Villain in ‘The Bridge’ trained in Danish bars

Norwegian actor Jakob Oftebro hung out alone in some of Copenhagen's roughest bars to develop his menacing character for The Bridge, the Swedish-Danish police series, he has told Aftenposten.

Swedish fashion designer in esteemed Vogue finals
Sweden

Swedish fashion designer in esteemed Vogue finals

A young Swedish fashion design graduate is in the running for the Talents Young Vision contest held by Italian Vogue, the most risqué of the style bible's many national editions.

Shock as World Cup hero named new coach
Sweden

Shock as World Cup hero named new coach

Reigning Swedish football champions Elfsborg on Monday shocked players and fans by naming Klas Ingesson, a veteran of Sweden's 1994 World Cup bronze winning squad and a cancer survivor, as their new coach.

Coffin used to smuggle spirits and cigarettes
Norway

Coffin used to smuggle spirits and cigarettes

It must have taken a bold customs officer to break open a coffin carrying the body of a dead Norwegian home across the Swedish border on Monday.

Swiss cities among top ten finance centres
Switzerland

Swiss cities among top ten finance centres

Zurich and Geneva remain among the world’s top 10 financial centres, according to the results of an index released on Monday.