Web campaign launched to cut avalanche deaths
Switzerland

Web campaign launched to cut avalanche deaths

A new campaign was launched on Wednesday in a bid to reduce the number of avalanche deaths in Swiss mountains.

Norwegian adds to Dreamliner fleet
Norway

Norwegian adds to Dreamliner fleet

Budget airline Norwegian Air Shuttle said on Wednesday that it had ordered two new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners in a vote of confidence in the aircraft, despite a series of initial problems.

Credit Suisse brushes aside New Jersey suit
Switzerland

Credit Suisse brushes aside New Jersey suit

Credit Suisse is denying charges levelled by the state of New Jersey that it misrepresented the risks on more than $10 billion in mortgage-backed securities.

Russian amnesty ‘frees’ Swiss Greenpeacer
Switzerland

Russian amnesty ‘frees’ Swiss Greenpeacer

Russian lawmakers on Wednesday approved a Kremlin-backed amnesty bill that is set to end the prosecution of 30 members of Greenpeace, including Swiss citizen Marco Weber, while freeing the two jailed members of the punk band Pussy Riot.

Saab shares soar on Brazil fighter jets deal
Sweden

Saab shares soar on Brazil fighter jets deal

UPDATED: The shares of Swedish defence firm Saab soared more than 23 percent on Thursday after the group secured a $5 billion contract to equip the Brazilian air force with 36 new fighter jets.

Three remanded for Swedish Nazi attack
Sweden

Three remanded for Swedish Nazi attack

Three people have been held on remand after taking part in a neo-Nazi attack against anti-racist demonstrators in Stockholm on Sunday.

Italian who robbed the Trevi Fountain dies
Italy

Italian who robbed the Trevi Fountain dies

Roberto Cercelletta, who made international headlines in 2002 after raiding Rome's Trevi Fountain of its coins for 34 years, has died aged 62.

Merkel: I’ll fight probe on energy subsidies
Germany

Merkel: I’ll fight probe on energy subsidies

Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday she would fight against moves by the European Commission to probe German help for large companies amid its shift to green energy.

‘France can replace its exiles with foreigners’
France

‘France can replace its exiles with foreigners’

With the number of young French people leaving France for foreign shores continuing to rise, the head of a leading think tank says there is no need to panic as long as Paris does more to attract foreigners from around the world to replace them.

Scant insurance for Typhoon Haiyan: report
Switzerland

Scant insurance for Typhoon Haiyan: report

Disasters caused global economic losses of about $130 billion this year, Swiss Re said on Wednesday, but there was little insurance coverage for the deadliest catastrophe, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

The Local’s top ten top ten lists of 2013
Sweden

The Local’s top ten top ten lists of 2013

This year, The Local's weekly top ten lists have tackled everything from words, weather, and everyday weirdness in Sweden. But what were the top ten top tens?

France dreaming of a wet and windy Christmas
France

France dreaming of a wet and windy Christmas

France looks set to be hit by some extreme weather over the Christmas holiday but unfortunately for those dreaming of a white Christmas, it is not snow that is forecast but heavy rain and gales.

Thousands rally at Rome anti-austerity protest
Italy

Thousands rally at Rome anti-austerity protest

Thousands of protesters from the Forconi (Pitchforks) movement including far-right activists rallied in Rome on Wednesday for an anti-austerity protest.

Spain should slash severance pay: OECD
Spain

Spain should slash severance pay: OECD

Spain must fight unemployment by doing more to free up its labour market, including further cuts to severance pay, the OECD club of industrialized nations said on Wednesday.

Beer maker launches ‘satanic’ Christmas brew
Spain

Beer maker launches ‘satanic’ Christmas brew

A boutique brewery on the Spanish island of Majorca has decided to celebrate the Christmas season by releasing a limited edition beer called Satan Klaus.

State ends breast implant checks on police
Germany

State ends breast implant checks on police

A German state has told a police doctor to stop checking female officers' breasts for implants during driving medicals following a series of complaints. Union officials told The Local that it was not normal practice.

Bern extends freeze on former leaders’ assets
Switzerland

Bern extends freeze on former leaders’ assets

The Swiss government on Wednesday extended by three years a freeze on the assets of ousted Tunisian dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and Egypt's Hosni Mubarak.

Russia to free Italian Greenpeace activist
Italy

Russia to free Italian Greenpeace activist

Russian lawmakers on Wednesday approved a Kremlin-backed amnesty bill that is set to end the prosecution of Cristian D'Alessandro, an Italian Greenpeace activist, along with fellow members of the organization and the two jailed singers of the punk band Pussy Riot.

Sweden dominates Apple’s annual apps list
Sweden

Sweden dominates Apple’s annual apps list

Swedish creations topped the tables in Apple's yearly global app lists, with Candy Crush earning the most money and Minecraft Pocket Edition topping the paid downloads charts.

Mette-Marit shows recovery with night out
Norway

Mette-Marit shows recovery with night out

Norway's Crown Princess Mette-Marit on Wednesday showed how well she has recovered after last month's neck surgery, after she was spotted out on the town in Oslo on Tuesday night.

Hose-down was staged: migrant centre boss
Italy

Hose-down was staged: migrant centre boss

The head of the contractor that runs an immigration centre in Lampedusa on Wednesday claimed that footage showing migrants stripping and being sprayed with disinfectant was staged. The centre has received international condemnation after the images were broadcast on Italian TV.

‘Breastfeeding is addictive’: Penélope Cruz
Spain

‘Breastfeeding is addictive’: Penélope Cruz

The Spanish Hollywood star is enjoying being a mum at 39; so much so that she doesn't want to stop breastfeeding her baby girl.

‘My gingerbread village is bigger than yours’
Norway

‘My gingerbread village is bigger than yours’

A battle has broken out between Bergen and New York over which city has constructed the world's largest gingerbread village.

Germans ‘cut HIV out of infected cells’
Germany

Germans ‘cut HIV out of infected cells’

German scientists have managed to remove HIV from cells while leaving those cells alive - opening the door to potential cures for the disease.

Bad bank loans balloon to 50-year high
Spain

Bad bank loans balloon to 50-year high

Spanish banks' bad loans hit the highest level for 50 years in October, data showed on Wednesday, despite the sector getting good marks from creditors as it exits its bailout programme.

Norwegian students in sperm cocktail shocker
Norway

Norwegian students in sperm cocktail shocker

High school students have scandalised a town in Norway after they drank sperm and urine on stage at an end-of-term club night.

Brit faces fine over Nazi outfit at Alps stag party
France

Brit faces fine over Nazi outfit at Alps stag party

A French prosecutor has demanded a €1,500($2065) fine be handed out to a Briton who wore a Nazi uniform to a stag party at a French ski-resort that was famously attended by a British MP. The lawmaker was sacked after images of him appeared in the press.

EU in aid threat over Italy migrant treatment
Italy

EU in aid threat over Italy migrant treatment

The EU has threatened to stop support to Italy in dealing with the thousands of migrants who land each year on its shores after a video emerged showing migrants stripping outside a reception centre in Lampedusa before being hosed down with disinfectant.

Ten ways to celebrate Christmas like a German
Germany

Ten ways to celebrate Christmas like a German

The Germans celebrate the holiday season better than most and this week's Local List is the perfect recipe for a traditional Christmas, with ten top tips to enjoy the festive period like a German.

Rome tightens security ahead of protests
Italy

Rome tightens security ahead of protests

Security has been tightened across Rome amid fears of violence during protests planned by the so-called Pitchfork Movement later on Wednesday.

Pub fined after customer takes glass back to bar
France

Pub fined after customer takes glass back to bar

Next time you're in a pub in France think twice about taking your glass back to the bar. A pub in Brittany has been fined €9,000 by French officials, who accused it of using punters as “undeclared labour” when one was seen taking empties back to the bar.

Smoking can affect DNA: Swedish study
Sweden

Smoking can affect DNA: Swedish study

Swedish researchers have discovered that common health complications associated with smoking can have long-lasting effects on DNA and thus be passed down the generations.

Top funniest rude expressions in Spanish
Spain

Top funniest rude expressions in Spanish

In this week's The Local List, we offer you a round-up of some of the most common 'rude' Spanish expressions you can get away with in just about any social situation — even with your in-laws.

Spain confirms plans to ban e-cigarettes in public
Spain

Spain confirms plans to ban e-cigarettes in public

Spain's Minister of Health will tell regional officials on Friday that she wants to ban the smoking of e-cigarettes in enclosed public places. It's part of a bid to regulate a rapidly growing industry.

Women take lion’s share of unpaid baby leave
Sweden

Women take lion’s share of unpaid baby leave

Swedish women take around 80 percent of both paid and unpaid parental leave, according to a new report by the National Social Insurance Agency, which shows that the situation affects how other household chores are divided.

Italian man arrested for keeping pet tiger
Italy

Italian man arrested for keeping pet tiger

A man has been arrested after he was found to be keeping a tiger in a cage in his farmhouse in Mugnano di Napoli, a town near Naples.

Japan pursues Novartis unit over ‘fake’ drug data
Switzerland

Japan pursues Novartis unit over ‘fake’ drug data

Japan's health ministry intends to file a criminal complaint against the local arm of Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis over alleged fabrication of drugs data, a report said on Wednesday.

Holidaymakers give Tui a surprise boost
Germany

Holidaymakers give Tui a surprise boost

Germany's biggest travel agency Tui has unexpectedly hit the black - thanks to the Germans and British going on holiday despite uncertain economic times.

Nazi activity increases in Sweden: report
Sweden

Nazi activity increases in Sweden: report

Swedish neo-Nazi groups were more active in 2012, according to a new report, while the number of groups operating within the white power movement has declined.

Pope celebrates birthday with the homeless
Italy

Pope celebrates birthday with the homeless

Pope Francis celebrated his 77th birthday on Tuesday by having breakfast with three homeless people, one of whom brought his dog along.

France celebrates birth of royal baby in Monaco
France

France celebrates birth of royal baby in Monaco

Charlotte Casiraghi, the eldest daughter of Princess Caroline of Monaco, has given birth to a son, the Riviera principality's royal palace announced on Wednesday.

Italy migrant centre like a ‘concentration camp’
Italy

Italy migrant centre like a ‘concentration camp’

The EU executive on Wednesday denounced the "appalling conditions" of many Italian migrant centres as the mayor of Lampedusa compared the island's migrant reception centre to a "concentration camp", after video footage emerged showing migrants stripping en masse and being disinfected.

Rising ‘phoney grandson’ cases traced to Poland
Switzerland

Rising ‘phoney grandson’ cases traced to Poland

Granny look out! The Federal Office of Police says scams in German-speaking Switzerland involving phoney relatives who hit up grandparents for money have more than doubled this year from 2012.

Merkel: ‘EU must be ready for treaty changes’
Germany

Merkel: ‘EU must be ready for treaty changes’

Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday that European Union members must be ready for treaty changes to strengthen the 28-member bloc, speaking on the eve of an EU summit.

Swedish horse owners face abattoir queues
Sweden

Swedish horse owners face abattoir queues

New demands for separate slaughterhouses for horses following the European horse-meat scandal mean many abattoirs in Sweden are turning away horse-owners who want to put down their horses.

Kim Jong-un’s nephew ‘under guard’ in France
France

Kim Jong-un’s nephew ‘under guard’ in France

The nephew of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has reportedly been placed under police guard in France, where he is currently studying, amid fears he may be targeted by the regime. He has previously slated his uncle in TV interviews.

Google reveals French obsession with UK royals
France

Google reveals French obsession with UK royals

It appears the French are clearly missing having a royal family of their own. At least that's the conclusion we could draw from the publication of the most searched terms in France throughout 2013, which threw up some interesting results.

Pic of the day: Stunning Canary meteor shower
Spain

Pic of the day: Stunning Canary meteor shower

The annual Geminids meteor shower created a spectacular display in Spain's Canary Islands on Sunday and astrophotographer Juan Carlos Casado was on hand to capture the space weather event.

Norway researchers in cancer breakthrough
Norway

Norway researchers in cancer breakthrough

Researchers at the University of Oslo have invented a new technique which potentially massively broadens the range of cancers which can be treated with cutting edge immunotherapy.

Etihad preparing offer for Alitalia: report
Italy

Etihad preparing offer for Alitalia: report

Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways is thought to be preparing an offer for the troubled Alitalia, with an announcement expected next Monday, La Stampa reported.

Spain to join EU troops in strife-hit CAR
Spain

Spain to join EU troops in strife-hit CAR

Spain will send troops to the Central African Republic to prop up a military force on the ground attempting to disarm militias dispensing deadly violence, the French government announced on Tuesday.

Parliament creates ‘internet committee’
Germany

Parliament creates ‘internet committee’

Germany's new government has confirmed it will set up a parliamentary committee for internet matters - six months after Chancellor Angela Merkel described the internet as "virgin territory".

What did Germans Google in 2013?
Germany

What did Germans Google in 2013?

Elections, football and the new iPhone dominated German searches on Google in 2013. The internet giant on Tuesday revealed the most searched for terms in the country over the last 12 months.

Bomb detonates at Sweden Democrat home
Sweden

Bomb detonates at Sweden Democrat home

Unknown assailants set off an explosive device at the home of a Sweden Democrat politician in the south on Tuesday. The blast peeled off the inside of the door, but left the three people inside unharmed.

Vet planned to smuggle heroin inside puppies
Spain

Vet planned to smuggle heroin inside puppies

Spanish police said on Tuesday they have captured a Colombian vet who tried to smuggle liquid heroin by surgically implanting plastic bags of the drug into live Rottweiler and Labrador puppies.

Norway wants Viking sites on UN list
Norway

Norway wants Viking sites on UN list

Norway's government is lobbying to get three Viking ship burial grounds and a viking quarry classified as Unesco World Heritage sites, hoping that this will help draw more tourists the country.

Soldier’s souvenir rocket blows up comrades
France

Soldier’s souvenir rocket blows up comrades

A French soldier broke down in tears in court on Tuesday when he apologized to colleagues after his souvenir rocket blew up in their office. One comrade lost his legs, another lost a testicle and part of his foot and the third his hearing.

Court: villages will not be ripped up for coal
Germany

Court: villages will not be ripped up for coal

Germany's highest court threw out on Tuesday a lawsuit against plans for an enormous open-cast coal mine for which entire villages will have to be uprooted.

Bergen hospital to hand out free heroin
Norway

Bergen hospital to hand out free heroin

A hospital in Bergen is planning to give out heroin to hardened addicts in an effort to reduce the number of overdoses and other health complications.

Dead migrant found among 110 saved
Italy

Dead migrant found among 110 saved

Italy's navy on Tuesday rescued 110 mostly African men from an inflatable dinghy in trouble off the coast of the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa, and found one passenger on board dead.

One in five in Germany have ‘migrant roots’
Germany

One in five in Germany have ‘migrant roots’

A fifth of people living in Germany have foreign roots, figures released to coincide with International Migrants Day show. This is an 8.5 percent rise since 2005.

Stenson first Swede to get top golfer crown
Sweden

Stenson first Swede to get top golfer crown

Henrik Stenson became the first Swedish man to be named the European Tour's Golfer of the Year, as he picked up the crown on Tuesday.

‘Sweden missing chance to host UN agency’
Sweden

‘Sweden missing chance to host UN agency’

The Swedish government risks missing a slim window of opportunity to host its first permanent UN agency, as the global increase in investor-state disputes involving public money could allow Sweden to publicize its commitment to transparency, argues trade lawyer Annette Magnusson.