Norway airs marathon ‘Slow TV’ history lecture
Norway

Norway airs marathon ‘Slow TV’ history lecture

Norway's national television channel on Friday launched its latest "Slow TV" extravaganza, broadcasting a marathon 200-minute lecture on Norwegian history to mark the bicentenary of the country's constitution.

Oil fund makes every Norwegian a millionaire
Norway

Oil fund makes every Norwegian a millionaire

A bumper 2013 for Norway's sovereign wealth fund, which invests surplus oil revenue, has made every Norwegian a virtual millionaire in kroner.

Migrants ‘beaten’ after border assault: Reports
Spain

Migrants ‘beaten’ after border assault: Reports

Dozens of sub-Saharan migrants were taken to a Moroccan hospital with injuries on Friday, after hundreds of them stormed the border fence into Spain's north African territory of Melilla, rights activists said.

Spain at the Oscars: What you need to know
Spain

Spain at the Oscars: What you need to know

With the 86th Academy Awards just around the corner, The Local takes you on a guided tour of some of Spain's great Oscar moments.

Italian nurses in cyclist doping scandal
Italy

Italian nurses in cyclist doping scandal

Four nurses in Pistoia, northern Italy, have been accused of stealing medicine from the hospital pharmacy to sell on the black market to the town's amateur cycling community.

France’s new UK import: Friday office beers
France

France’s new UK import: Friday office beers

The French have traditionally drawn a strict line between work and pleasure, but now the Anglo-Saxon habit of bringing the beers into the office on a Friday afternoon is taking off in Gallic workplaces.

Swede becomes YouTube star after saving duck
Sweden

Swede becomes YouTube star after saving duck

A man in eastern Sweden who jumped into chilly water in his underwear to save a duck in distress, becoming a minor YouTube sensation in the process, is our choice for Swede of the Week.

‘Self-destructing’ spy phone tested in Spain
Spain

‘Self-destructing’ spy phone tested in Spain

A 'self-destructing' smartphone made by airplane makers Boeing for the the U.S. defence and intelligence communities underwent its rigorous testing process at a lab in the Spanish city of Malaga.

Schoolgirls sold sex ‘to buy makeup and clothes’
Italy

Schoolgirls sold sex ‘to buy makeup and clothes’

Two Italian schoolgirls – aged 14 and 15 – have told police how they worked as prostitutes after school so that they could buy makeup and clothes.

French concern grows over Ukraine tension
France

French concern grows over Ukraine tension

The French foreign minister Laurent Fabius expressed his deep concern about the growing tensions in Crimea on Friday, which one expert told The Local was a "dangerous" situation that now affects all of Europe.

Italian workers flock to UK in record numbers
Italy

Italian workers flock to UK in record numbers

More than 44,000 Italians registered to work in the UK last year, a jump of 66 percent on the previous year, figures released on Thursday show.

Cologne’s controversial cardinal resigns
Germany

Cologne’s controversial cardinal resigns

The Vatican on Friday said the Archbishop of Cologne, Cardinal Joachim Meisner, who has made controversial comments about Muslims, was stepping down from his duties as archbishop after reaching retirement age.

Midwives quit over wages and ‘scared mums’
Sweden

Midwives quit over wages and ‘scared mums’

Several midwives walked out on the university hospital in Uppsala on Friday after a spat over wages, just one day after the medical union said Swedish women were now scared of giving birth.

Mr Made in France: The ultimate economic patriot
France

Mr Made in France: The ultimate economic patriot

France could do with a few economic patriots right now. So Benjamin Carle, from Paris, took it upon himself to show the way by ridding his life of anything foreign made, from food to furniture, to see whether it was possible to become 100 percent Made in France. See how he got on.

French drivers fear other drivers – and Italians
France

French drivers fear other drivers – and Italians

French drivers find nothing more terrifying than other French drivers, a new poll has found. Also, Spanish drivers are big on their horns, and everyone’s afraid of the Italians.

Women ‘big losers’ as Spain’s salary gap grows
Spain

Women ‘big losers’ as Spain’s salary gap grows

The pay gap between women and men Spain is higher than average for the EU and the country is one of only a handful where wage inequality is one the rise, a new report reveals.

Two women killed in attacks on law firms
Germany

Two women killed in attacks on law firms

UPDATE: A man was arrested in a pizzeria on Friday afternoon following the alleged murder of two women in separate law firms in western Germany. Five people were injured in the attacks.

Swiss included in EU asylum deal despite vote
Switzerland

Swiss included in EU asylum deal despite vote

The EU wants to include Switzerland in a new agreement on asylum, despite blocking other EU-Switzerland deals since the February 9th vote on quotas for EU citizens in Switzerland.

Malmö factory fire spills ‘molten lava’ sugar
Sweden

Malmö factory fire spills ‘molten lava’ sugar

Swedish firefighters have battled for three days to control several thousand tonnes of sugar that have melted from the heat of an industrial fire and spilled out like 'lava' into the countryside.

Is this the world’s most isolated sex shop?
Norway

Is this the world’s most isolated sex shop?

An entrepreneur is launching a sex shop in one of Norway's most northeasterly Arctic villages, betting on an untapped demand for sex toys, raunchy underwear and porn from its inhabitants and their Russian neighbours.

Norway picks Swedish artist for terror memorial
Sweden

Norway picks Swedish artist for terror memorial

A Swedish artist will tear a "radical and courageous" scar into a rocky outpost in the fjord where 69 young Norwegians were murdered by right-wing terrorist Anders Behring Breivik in 2011.

Karneval cooking to impress German friends
Germany

Karneval cooking to impress German friends

Food writer Nadia Hassani takes The Local through one of her best recipes just in time for Karneval - delicious, deep-fried pastries and shares her experiences of the German party season.

Hollande’s mistress hopes for French Oscar
France

Hollande’s mistress hopes for French Oscar

France is set to hold its verson of the Oscar awards on Friday night with all the build-up to the event focussed on whether the President's mistress Julie Gayet will scoop one of the prized gongs

Spain border assault ‘one of biggest in years’
Spain

Spain border assault ‘one of biggest in years’

More than 300 migrants stormed a triple-layer border fence on Spain's north African territory of Melilla on Friday with over 200 of them crossing successfully in what is said to be one of the largest such incidents in years.

‘We must show Paris is open for business’
France

‘We must show Paris is open for business’

The race to be the first woman in charge of Paris might be slipping away but centre right candidate Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet has plans to wake up the City of Light that may resonate with many expats and visitors alike.

US report slams Italy over anti-Semitism
Italy

US report slams Italy over anti-Semitism

The Jewish community in Italy faces persistent anti-Semitism, while other prejudices continue to be a problem in the country, according to a US government report published on Friday.

Spanish workers flock to UK in record numbers
Spain

Spanish workers flock to UK in record numbers

More than 51,000 Spanish workers registered with Britain's Social Security in 2013, an annual rise of over 36 percent and more than from any other country except Poland, but some UK politicians want fewer arrivals from the EU.

Swiss start Yanukovych money-laundering probe
Switzerland

Swiss start Yanukovych money-laundering probe

Judicial authorities in Geneva said on Friday they had launched a criminal investigation into alleged money laundering by ousted Ukrainian leader Viktor Yanukovych and his multi-millionaire son.

Oil fund to debate ending fossil fuel investments
Norway

Oil fund to debate ending fossil fuel investments

Norway's two governing parties have agreed to set up an expert group to examine whether the country's $840bn oil fund should institute a blanket ban on investing in fossil fuel companies.

Swedish teenage girl tapes sex-pest teacher
Sweden

Swedish teenage girl tapes sex-pest teacher

A Swedish teen girl successfuly took her sexually solicitous teacher to court after taping his advances, as she wanted to avoid becoming embroiled in a word-against-word legal battle.

Man dies after drinking whisky found in trash
Spain

Man dies after drinking whisky found in trash

One man has died and at least six others have been hospitalized in southern Spain after drinking from a bottle of whisky they found in a rubbish bin.

Foreigners and women face Swiss problems: US
Switzerland

Foreigners and women face Swiss problems: US

Switzerland has overcrowded prisons, security services that use excessive force, and lingering discrimination problems, according to the US State Department's Country Report on human rights practices in 2013.

Eni wins revised gas supply deal from Statoil
Norway

Eni wins revised gas supply deal from Statoil

ENI chief executive Paolo Scaroni on Friday hailed an initial deal with Norway's Statoil to revise gas supply contracts as "a big success", as the Italian energy major seeks to lower purchasing costs.

Berlin ‘deeply concerned’ about Ukraine tension
Germany

Berlin ‘deeply concerned’ about Ukraine tension

UPDATE: Germany says it is "deeply concerned" over spiralling tensions in the Russian-leaning Crimea area of Ukraine.

Mafia plot to kill ex-New York mayor revealed
Italy

Mafia plot to kill ex-New York mayor revealed

The Italian mafia in the 1980s plotted to murder Rudolph Giuliani, the former New York mayor, an informant in Sicily revealed this week.

Escaped python found in Swede’s loudspeakers
Sweden

Escaped python found in Swede’s loudspeakers

PICTURES: A Stockholm woman called the police after finding a python in her loudspeakers on Friday. Police were left baffled, and animal experts were called in with a "dead and delicious" treat to lure out the escapee.

Retail sales rise at fastest rate for seven years
Germany

Retail sales rise at fastest rate for seven years

German retailers reported a surprisingly strong increase in business at the start of the year, official data showed on Friday, with sales rising at their fastest rate for seven years.

Police to press charges against ‘Heil Hitler’ MEP
Germany

Police to press charges against ‘Heil Hitler’ MEP

Charges will be pressed against a vice president of the European Parliament who allegedly called two customs officials Nazis and shouted “Heil Hitler” at Frankfurt Airport.

Spain dumps stake in €20bn ‘catastrophe bank’
Spain

Spain dumps stake in €20bn ‘catastrophe bank’

The rollercoaster ride continues for Bankia, a Spanish bank that brought the country's financial system to the brink of disaster, as trading in its shares was suspended on Friday to allow its privatization.

Italian jobless rate hits record 12.9 percent
Italy

Italian jobless rate hits record 12.9 percent

Italy's unemployment rate reached a record 12.9 percent last month and youth joblessness also hit the highest-ever level at 42.4 percent of 15-24-year-olds not in school or university, official data showed on Friday.

Italy’s ENI hails energy deal with Norway’s Statoil
Italy

Italy’s ENI hails energy deal with Norway’s Statoil

ENI chief executive Paolo Scaroni on Friday hailed an initial deal with Norway's Statoil to revise gas supply contracts as "a big success", as the Italian energy major seeks to lower purchasing costs.

Swedish artist’s ‘memory wound’ to mark Utøya
Norway

Swedish artist’s ‘memory wound’ to mark Utøya

A Swedish artist will tear a "radical and courageous" scar into a rocky outpost in the fjord where 69 young Norwegians were murdered by right-wing terrorist Anders Behring Breivik in 2011.

French woman wins right to marry dead fiancé
France

French woman wins right to marry dead fiancé

A grieving French woman has been granted permission by the French President to marry her former fiancé, who tragically died in 2012, just a month before they were due to wed. The marriage is possible thanks to one of France's little known laws.

US troop withdrawals spark German job losses
Germany

US troop withdrawals spark German job losses

Hundreds of Germans will lose their jobs through US Army troop withdrawals under cutbacks announced by the American military.

Restaurant that invented Tiramisù to close down
Italy

Restaurant that invented Tiramisù to close down

The Italian restaurant credited with inventing Tiramisù – one of the most famous desserts in the world – is to close down as Italy's financial crisis continues to take its toll.

Vote prompts rush for Swiss passports
Switzerland

Vote prompts rush for Swiss passports

Naturalization requests from foreign residents in some parts of Switzerland have jumped since the February 9th anti-immigration yes vote, according to the population authorities.

Swedes surprised at ‘super’ GDP bump
Sweden

Swedes surprised at ‘super’ GDP bump

The Swedish statistics bureau reported on Friday that the country's GDP had risen 3.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013 compared to the same period the year prior.

Cannabis MP resigns all party positions
Norway

Cannabis MP resigns all party positions

The Bergen deputy of Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg has resigned all his Conservative party positions, after admitting in a police interview to smoking cannabis.

Police nab scammers who targeted Brits
Spain

Police nab scammers who targeted Brits

Police from Spain, the UK and Serbia have arrested 110 people around Europe in a sting operating targeting scammers who defrauded UK investors of millions of euros, new information shows.

‘Crimea not a question for Nato’: Sweden
Sweden

‘Crimea not a question for Nato’: Sweden

UPDATED: As pro-Russian forces took action in the Crimea, Sweden's foreign minister has said the EU and the IMF must help Ukraine through its political turmoil.

Man jailed for shooting Stockholmer in the face
Sweden

Man jailed for shooting Stockholmer in the face

A man was jailed on Friday for eight years and six months after he shot a man dead in central Stockholm.

Is the wine industry killing off French sperm?
France

Is the wine industry killing off French sperm?

The quality of French sperm is on the decline. But a new study released this week has raised the question of whether the one-third drop in French men's sperm count in recent years is linked to the production of the country's most famous export: wine.

Two men caught drunk driving in same car
Sweden

Two men caught drunk driving in same car

Two Swedish men are suspected of aggravated drunk driving after police pulled them both over in the same car within the same hour.

Neo-Nazi demonstration attack trial starts
Sweden

Neo-Nazi demonstration attack trial starts

The seven men, three deemed leading neo-Nazis, suspected of being behind the violent attack on peaceful demonstrators in Stockholm faced charges on Friday on the first day of the high-profile and high-security trial.

Forecasters: No sign of winter’s return
Germany

Forecasters: No sign of winter’s return

Winter is not set to return in March, according to forecasters, with February 2014 one of the warmest on record. This weekend it will be cloudy and wet but with highs of 11 C.

Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’ copies sell for €47,000
Germany

Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’ copies sell for €47,000

Two rare copies of "Mein Kampf" signed by the Nazi leader Adolf Hitler went under the hammer for €47,000 on Thursday in Los Angeles, auctioneers said.

French priest acquitted over parishioner’s rape
France

French priest acquitted over parishioner’s rape

A French court on Thursday acquitted a 69-year-old priest charged with raping a devout and vulnerable parishioner.

Alps: A British ‘rebellion’ vs ‘French protectionism’
France

Alps: A British ‘rebellion’ vs ‘French protectionism’

On the slopes of one of France's swankiest ski resorts, a bureaucratic battle is raging between local authorities and British ski instructors that goes to the heart of Europe's labour laws.

Bankrupt Rome ‘will come to a standstill’
Italy

Bankrupt Rome ‘will come to a standstill’

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi came under pressure on Thursday as the city of Rome verged towards bankruptcy after parliament threw out a bill that would have injected fresh funding.

Italian sunglasses get boost abroad
Italy

Italian sunglasses get boost abroad

Luxottica, the Italian group that owns high-end eyewear brands Ray-Ban and Oakley, said on Thursday it made a net profit last year of €544.7 million on sales of €7.3 billion.

Expats urged to register in time for EU elections
Germany

Expats urged to register in time for EU elections

British expats living in Germany will lose their UK vote in the upcoming European elections if they do not register in the coming weeks.