Increased use of guides cuts Matterhorn deaths
Switzerland

Increased use of guides cuts Matterhorn deaths

The Matterhorn remains a dangerous mountain but the number of accidents on the iconic Swiss peak is declining because of a greater appreciation of the risks by climbers, officials say.

‘No regrets’ for jailed Swiss Greenpeace man
Switzerland

‘No regrets’ for jailed Swiss Greenpeace man

A Swiss Greenpeace activist in custody in Russia for scaling an oil rig to protest Arctic drilling is unbowed, saying in a letter published on Sunday that Moscow's reaction showed the need for the stunt.

Six Red Cross workers abducted in Syria
Switzerland

Six Red Cross workers abducted in Syria

The International Committee of the Red Cross said on Sunday that six of its aid workers and a member of the Syrian Red Crescent had been kidnapped by gunmen in Syria.

Sweden to share DNA files with foreign police
Sweden

Sweden to share DNA files with foreign police

As of November DNA samples taken in Swedish police investigations will also be available to Dutch police in a move which will eventually include all countries in the EU having access to a shared database.

Brandless Madrid suffers tourism blues
Spain

Brandless Madrid suffers tourism blues

The number of foreign visitors to Madrid in August plunged 22 percent over last year to 290,494, bringing the total during the first eight months of the year to 2.76 million, a 7.7 percent drop on the year before which officials blame on a loss of flights to the city and weak promotion.

The week’s news from Sweden in ten pictures
Sweden

The week’s news from Sweden in ten pictures

Nobel prizes, ancient massacres, steamy tango, and reasons to date a Swede – this week at The Local has been downright full of suspense. Missed a story? Never fear, we've got you covered with a gallery of this week's news highlights.

Sweden buzzing to inspect sex toys
Sweden

Sweden buzzing to inspect sex toys

Several Swedish local municipalities are stepping out of the boardroom and into the bedroom to inspect the levels of reproductive reducing substances found in sex toys.

Federer splits with coach after disastrous year
Switzerland

Federer splits with coach after disastrous year

Roger Federer split with coach Paul Annacone on Saturday as the 17-time Grand Slam title winner attempted to pull his career out of its worrying tailspin.

Prince presides over toned down national day
Spain

Prince presides over toned down national day

Crown Prince Felipe presided for the first time over Spain's national day celebrations on Saturday, while King Juan Carlos recovers from a hip operation.

Venice tests €5 billion ‘Moses’ flood barriers
Italy

Venice tests €5 billion ‘Moses’ flood barriers

Flood-prone Venice on Saturday carried out the first test of its 5.4 billion euro ($7.3 billion) barrier system known as "Moses", designed to protect the Renaissance city from rising sea levels.

Protesters stage ‘die-in’ over asbestos risk
France

Protesters stage ‘die-in’ over asbestos risk

Thousands of people staged a "die-in" in Paris on Saturday over authorities' failure to clear workplaces of asbestos, which can cause fatal respiratory diseases after long exposure.

German retailers embrace ugly fruit
Germany

German retailers embrace ugly fruit

Some European retailers are entering the market of ugly fruits and vegetables, positioning themselves as crusaders against food waste after Germany's Edeka started selling flawed items in some stores across the country.

Sweden ‘worked with USA on FRA law’
Sweden

Sweden ‘worked with USA on FRA law’

British investigative journalist Duncan Campbell has claimed Sweden collaborated with the USA on the internet monitoring FRA law and that the country is on the same level of surveillance as Israel.

Danny Boyle to make TV series on Telemark raid
Norway

Danny Boyle to make TV series on Telemark raid

Danny Boyle, the director of the Slumdog Millionaire and creative mind behind the London Olympics opening ceremony, is to make a ten-part TV series about the Norwegian resistance fighters who sabotaged Nazi plans to make an atomic bomb.