Man injured after jumping from train window
Switzerland

Man injured after jumping from train window

A 19-year-old man suffered serious injuries on Thursday after jumping out of the window of a train as it was pulling out of the station in Chur, the capital of the canton of Graubünden.

Tesla S tops new car registrations in Norway
Norway

Tesla S tops new car registrations in Norway

An electric car model has topped the list of new car registrations in Norway for the first time, a car industry group said Thursday.

Swiss back deportation of Sri Lankan Tamils
Switzerland

Swiss back deportation of Sri Lankan Tamils

Switzerland on Thursday defended the deportation of two asylum seekers who were arrested upon returning to Sri Lanka, saying they were accused of backing Tamil rebels.

Google Maps lashed for Swiss ‘linguistic chaos’
Switzerland

Google Maps lashed for Swiss ‘linguistic chaos’

You have to pity the poor folks at Google when it comes to mapping Switzerland’s largest and easternmost canton.

Bookies’ odds for the Nobel Peace Prize
Norway

Bookies’ odds for the Nobel Peace Prize

They've got Sweden's Carl Bildt at 99/1, they're taking bets on basketball wild man Dennis Rodman, and of course there's this year's favourite, Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai. Find out who the bookies think is in the running.

300 feared dead after refugee boat sinks
Italy

300 feared dead after refugee boat sinks

UPDATED: 300 asylum-seekers are feared dead after a boat carrying some 500 people caught fire and capsized near an island off Lampedusa on Thursday. A national day of mourning will be held in Italy on Friday.

Telecom Italia chairman resigns
Italy

Telecom Italia chairman resigns

The chairman of struggling Telecom Italia resigned on Thursday - the victim of a decision to allow Spain's Telefonica to increase its stake in the Italian flagship company.

The man who survived Berlusconi’s uprising
Italy

The man who survived Berlusconi’s uprising

Italy's government was on the verge of collapse this week thanks to a Silvio Berlusconi-led uprising. But the mild-mannered prime minister Enrico Letta kept his cool and swept up the votes of confidence in his fragile coalition, leaving Berlusconi and his dwindling number of supporters shame-faced.

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France

Ten famous foreigners who helped make France

A new ‘dictionary’ will hit French bookshelves next week, dedicated to honouring over 1000 foreigners who have made France the country it is today. From the arts, to science, sport and business, here are ten well known figures who came from abroad to help make 'la France'.

Swiss unions slam FIFA over ‘Qatar slavery’
Switzerland

Swiss unions slam FIFA over ‘Qatar slavery’

Global football's governing body FIFA on Thursday kicked off a crunch meeting in Zurich amid claims of rights abuses by 2022 World Cup Qatar and wrangling over plans to hold the tournament in the winter.

Striker’s ‘faggy’ surname forces jersey change
Spain

Striker’s ‘faggy’ surname forces jersey change

A Romanian footballer who has just signed for Spanish side Getafe is having jersey problems because his surname means anything from "sissy" to "faggot" in Spanish.

Spain dumps Davis Cup coach Alex Corretja
Spain

Spain dumps Davis Cup coach Alex Corretja

Àlex Corretja's contract as Spain's Davis Cup captain will not be renewed when it expires at the end of the year, the Spanish Tennis Federation announced on Thursday.

Borrowing costs sink as investor confidence rises
Spain

Borrowing costs sink as investor confidence rises

Spain auctioned bonds at lower costs on Thursday with the country's 10-year borrowing costs falling to the lowest level in three years in a further sign of growing investor confidence in the country.

Photo of the day: Italians set vegan panino ‘record’
Italy

Photo of the day: Italians set vegan panino ‘record’

Italy may be a notoriously difficult country for vegetarians and vegans but on Tuesday it was home to the largest vegan sandwich in the world, according to Italian media reports.

Nuclear families make comeback in Sweden
Sweden

Nuclear families make comeback in Sweden

The traditional nuclear family has made a recovery in the past decade, according to Statistics Sweden (SCB), with fewer children experiencing divorce and more being born with only full siblings.

Photo of the Day: The ‘white wolf’ of the Atlantic
France

Photo of the Day: The ‘white wolf’ of the Atlantic

The man in the picture dragging his surf board out of the waters of the Atlantic Ocean on France's south west coast is certainly not your average surfer dude. In fact surfing for 'the white wolf',as he is known, is not just about catching the perfect wave.

Investigation begins into fatal mine gas leak
Germany

Investigation begins into fatal mine gas leak

Details emerged on Thursday as an investigation was launched into the worst mining accident in Germany since 1989. Three men died in a mine in central Germany on Tuesday afternoon after deadly gas escaped into a mine shaft.

€10 billion typo sends Spanish debt soaring
Spain

€10 billion typo sends Spanish debt soaring

A simple typographical error boosted Spain's 2014 public debt forecast by 10 billion euros ($13.6 billion), the government admitted on Thursday.

We are not extreme right: France’s National Front
France

We are not extreme right: France’s National Front

Marine Le Pen, leader of France’s National Front party will consider the somewhat extreme measure of suing journalists who refer to the party as “extreme right”. The Local speaks to an expert on the far-right who says she may have a point, but is making a big mistake.

Italy calls for European help over refugee influx
Italy

Italy calls for European help over refugee influx

Italian Deputy Prime Minister Angelino Alfano on Thursday called for European assistance in dealing with an influx of refugees, saying it was "a European tragedy, not just an Italian one".

Mosques open doors to non-Muslims
Germany

Mosques open doors to non-Muslims

Over a thousand mosques welcomed visitors on Thursday as part of an annual event celebrating the integration of Germany's four million Muslims into society.

Everest brawl climber returns to Nepal peaks
Switzerland

Everest brawl climber returns to Nepal peaks

A Swiss climber who vowed never to return to Mount Everest after a brawl with local Sherpa guides last season is back in Nepal to scale another peak, an official said Thursday.

Dos and don’ts for dating a Spanish woman
Spain

Dos and don’ts for dating a Spanish woman

Are you an expat man looking to find love in Spain? In this week's The Local List, we give you the lowdown on how to impress the Spanish señoritas and how not to put your foot in it.

Chinese and Russian buyers eye Verdi’s palace
Italy

Chinese and Russian buyers eye Verdi’s palace

An elegant palace where the legendary Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi once created his finest work may be sold to a foreigner, with buyers from China and Russia showing particular interest.

Man injured by half-tonne of falling bacon
Sweden

Man injured by half-tonne of falling bacon

A man was sent to hospital in Gothenburg in western Sweden after being crushed under nearly 600 kilogrammes of bacon early Thursday morning.

‘He can flirt like you wouldn’t believe’
Germany

‘He can flirt like you wouldn’t believe’

Joachim Gauck was a popular figure even before he was selected as German President. Now a biography promises to show a new angle to the pastor, human rights activist and revolutionary. He is our German of the Week.

TeliaSonera head rolls after Uzbek affair
Sweden

TeliaSonera head rolls after Uzbek affair

Swedish-Finnish telecom operator TeliaSonera said on Thursday it was replacing the head of its mobile services unit over his role in the group's controversial investments in Uzbekistan.

Refugee groups outraged as hundreds die at sea
Italy

Refugee groups outraged as hundreds die at sea

International human rights groups expressed shock and outrage as 300 people were feared dead in a boat tragedy off the Italian island of Lampedusa on Thursday.

Religion teacher ‘sorry’ for chopping up brother
Spain

Religion teacher ‘sorry’ for chopping up brother

The Spanish religion teacher who recently confessed to killing his brother and hiding the chopped up remains in a freezer showed remorse as he detailed the grizzly attack in a Majorca court room.

Dad admits to killing children in cabin fire
Sweden

Dad admits to killing children in cabin fire

A father suspected of having murdered two of his children who were found following a fire in a holiday home in the Stockholm archipelago last weekend admitted on Thursday to two murders, one attempted murder and aggravated arson.

French ‘organ dealer’ lynched in Madagascar
France

French ‘organ dealer’ lynched in Madagascar

Two suspected organ traffickers, at least one of them French, were brutally murdered by an angry mob at a tourist resort in Madagascar on Thursday. The rioters blamed them for the death of a boy found with his tongue and genitals removed. Some reports said they were burned alive.

Spain links ‘microquakes’ with offshore gas plant
Spain

Spain links ‘microquakes’ with offshore gas plant

Spain's government came out on Thursday and said a wave of small earthquakes that have rattled the country's eastern coast could be caused by a large offshore gas storage plant.

Letta faces tough time ahead
Italy

Letta faces tough time ahead

Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta faced an uncertain future with major economic challenges ahead, analysts said on Thursday, even after the defeat of a Silvio Berlusconi-led uprising.

France targets Amazon in bid to protect bookstores
France

France targets Amazon in bid to protect bookstores

French lawmakers unanimously approved a new bill on Thursday aimed at supporting small bookstores struggling in the face of giant online retailers like Amazon. The online giant hit back at France, saying the law was 'discriminatory'.

Naked vegetarians serve up ‘plate of human flesh’
Spain

Naked vegetarians serve up ‘plate of human flesh’

Animal rights activists staged a dramatic protest in Barcelona on Tuesday when they stripped naked and displayed themselves as "a plate of human flesh" to draw attention to the plight of the world's farm animals.

How united is Germany?
Germany

How united is Germany?

Germany has come a long way in the 23 years since reunification, yet deep-seated differences between the east and west still remain. On German Unity Day we ask how united is the country really?

Village fetes cows’ descent from Swiss Alps
Switzerland

Village fetes cows’ descent from Swiss Alps

As the cows come down from the mountains, Charmey in the canton of Fribourg throws a festival, like dozens of Swiss villages, to honour the traditions of alpine cheese-making, Caroline Bishop discovers.

Young renters’ odds for Stockholm flat: 1 in 2,000
Sweden

Young renters’ odds for Stockholm flat: 1 in 2,000

Young people in the Stockholm rental housing queue are unlikely to find a home any time soon, with new statistics showing that out of the 86,179 people on the list under the age of 25, just 40 found a home last year.

Celebrities call for end to toxic waste near Naples
Italy

Celebrities call for end to toxic waste near Naples

Olympic swimming champion Federica Pellegrini is among the top Italian celebrities leading a social media campaign to stop the mafia from dumping toxic industrial waste in the Campania region around Naples.

Experts call on ‘fat cat’ Sweden to reform
Sweden

Experts call on ‘fat cat’ Sweden to reform

Several influential opinion-makers have claimed that Sweden is losing its competitive edge and is not taking renewal and reform seriously, warning that escalating healthcare costs are outstripping GDP growth.

State leader sends Merkel error-packed note
Germany

State leader sends Merkel error-packed note

The office of the state premier of Rhineland-Palatinate has apologized after a worker sent a letter full of grammatical mistakes to Chancellor Angela Merkel on behalf of their boss.

A country estate in Lower Saxony
Germany

A country estate in Lower Saxony

On the market for €860,000, this leafy country estate in Lower Saxony is a relic of a bygone era. Protected as a site of historical interest, its impressive surroundings and classic interior make it The Local's Property of the Week.

Spain’s universities sink in global rankings
Spain

Spain’s universities sink in global rankings

Just one Spanish university has made it onto the prestigious Times Education Supplement's (TES) World University Rankings 2013–2014 of the top 200 universities in the world.

Nutella? It’s got your name on it
Italy

Nutella? It’s got your name on it

Following successful campaigns by Coca Cola and Heineken, Italy’s popular Nutella label is offering chocolate lovers the chance to buy their favorite product with their name on the label.

‘Beefy’ lion triplets the pride of Swedish zoo
Sweden

‘Beefy’ lion triplets the pride of Swedish zoo

Three baby lions that were born at a Swedish zoo last month were finally unveiled to the public on Wednesday, with caretakers explaining that the spotty cubs have only just gained the strength to bear their own weight.

French teens ‘drink and smoke more’ since ban
France

French teens ‘drink and smoke more’ since ban

French efforts to call time on underage drinking appear to have had the reverse effect as a new report revealed 16 and 17-year-olds are actually smoking and drinking more since France raised the minimum age at which a person can buy alcohol and cigarettes in 2009.

Doctor charged with killing Spanish werewolf
Spain

Doctor charged with killing Spanish werewolf

The family of Paul Naschy, a Spanish weightlifting champion who went on to star in countless Hollywood horror movies, has won a case against the doctor who refused to give the "Wolf Man" what could've been a life-saving biopsy.

Paris sees drop in crime against tourists
France

Paris sees drop in crime against tourists

A recent crackdown by Paris police on crime against tourists appears to have paid off, with figures released on Thursday showing the number of robberies against visitors to the French capital fell dramatically over the summer.

Elite school’s court win marred by drunken pupils
Sweden

Elite school’s court win marred by drunken pupils

Scandal-hit Swedish boarding school Lundsberg was back in the headlines this week when a gang drunken pupils were thrown out of a performance of Hamlet just hours after a court ruled the Schools Inspectorate (Skolinpektionen) was wrong to shutter the school over a violent hazing incident.

Italy misses out in world university ranking
Italy

Italy misses out in world university ranking

Not a single university in Italy features among the top 200 of the world’s best universities, according to an annual league table published on Wednesday.

Aargau policeman shoots himself in the knee
Switzerland

Aargau policeman shoots himself in the knee

A policeman shot himself with his own revolver during a scuffle at an apartment building in the northern canton of Aargau early Thursday.

Data tsar blocks Oslo prostitute register
Norway

Data tsar blocks Oslo prostitute register

A plan to protect Oslo prostitutes by building a database of their customers has been dropped after Norway's Data Protection Agency ruled it would violate people's privacy.

‘Spain’s job market forecasts are too rosy’
Spain

‘Spain’s job market forecasts are too rosy’

Spain's government says the country has turned the corner on unemployment but analysts are warning it's far too early to jump up and down about the prospect of much shorter jobless queues in the country.

Norway whalers take bumper catch
Norway

Norway whalers take bumper catch

Norwegian whale hunters announced a big increase in their annual catch on Wednesday, spearing nearly 600 whales over the summer.

Germans celebrate once-in-a-lifetime holiday
Germany

Germans celebrate once-in-a-lifetime holiday

An American professor has found that Thursday's October 3rd national holiday is a palindrome - it reads the same backwards as it does forwards. Germans will have to wait another thousand years before this happens again.

Probe after journalist’s torso found in Paris
France

Probe after journalist’s torso found in Paris

Police in Paris have been left mystified after a woman’s torso found in the French capital last week was identified as that of a French TV journalist.

Leading the revolution in Gaza…from Lillehammer
Norway

Leading the revolution in Gaza…from Lillehammer

It may seem an unlikely spring-bed for a revolution, but a Norwegian-Palestinian based in Lillehammer is leading a huge demonstration aimed at toppling the government in the Gaza strip.

PSG hammer Benfica to lay down marker
France

PSG hammer Benfica to lay down marker

Paris Saint-Germain laid down a marker in the Champions League on Wednesday with an impressive 3-0 win at home to Benfica. The result, their second win of the group stage, will not have gone unnoticed by Europe's big clubs.

Who is Veronika? Online mystery vexes Swedes
Sweden

Who is Veronika? Online mystery vexes Swedes

An exposé about a mysterious online personality who refers to herself as "TheIneffableSwede" captivated Swedish media this week and left the country wondering just who exactly is Veronika Larsson, making her our pick for Swede of the Week.

Ronaldo double sees Real ease past Danes
Spain

Ronaldo double sees Real ease past Danes

Real Madrid made it six points from two games in Group B as doubles from Cristiano Ronaldo and Angel di Maria guided them to a 4-0 win over FC Copenhagen on Wednesday.

German universities slip in world rankings
Germany

German universities slip in world rankings

Germany’s top university is no longer among the 50 best in the world, according to the Times Higher Education rankings released on Wednesday night.

‘Italy can’t afford an artificial political crisis’
Italy

‘Italy can’t afford an artificial political crisis’

European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso on Wednesday hailed the Italian Senate's vote in favour of the government as "decisive" not just for Italy, but for the eurozone and European Union as a whole.

‘The Fox’ is Norway’s second ever US Top 10
Norway

‘The Fox’ is Norway’s second ever US Top 10

Norway's Ylvis brothers have gone where only A-ha has gone before, with their electropop hit 'The Fox' making the US's Billboard top-ten list in an update on Wednesday.

Swedish universities climb in global ranking
Sweden

Swedish universities climb in global ranking

Five Swedish universities are among the top 200 globally, according to the latest Times Higher Education ranking, including one that cracked the top 40 for the first time since 2011.

University of Oslo back in world’s top list
Norway

University of Oslo back in world’s top list

Norway has regained its foothold in the world's top 200 universities, after the University of Oslo leapt back into 185th place.

Shadow budget focuses on jobs and pensioners
Sweden

Shadow budget focuses on jobs and pensioners

The Social Democrats promised generous tax cuts to pensioners in the shadow budged unveiled on Wednesday, going even further than the government in attempts to woo the over-60 vote.