Supermarket trio tops Norway billionaires list
Norway

Supermarket trio tops Norway billionaires list

Three supermarket moguls topped the list of Norway's richest people compiled by Forbes Magazine in 2014, after hotelier and real estate mogul Olav Thon put his fortune into trust and lost his billionaire status.

Syrian cineaste ‘denied visit to Swiss festival’
Switzerland

Syrian cineaste ‘denied visit to Swiss festival’

Prominent Syrian filmmaker Mohammad Malas has been prevented by authorities in his country from leaving his homeland to attend a human rights film festival in Geneva, a news media report says.

Record 278 people nominated for Nobel
Norway

Record 278 people nominated for Nobel

US whistleblower Edward Snowden, Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai and Russian President Vladimir Putin are among the nominees for this year's Nobel Peace Prize, as the Nobel Institute announced a record 278 candidates on Tuesday.

High costs continue to hit Zurich and Geneva
Switzerland

High costs continue to hit Zurich and Geneva

Zurich and Geneva are among the ten most expensive cities in the world, according to the results of a comprehensive study released on Tuesday.

Small cars take centre stage at motor show
Switzerland

Small cars take centre stage at motor show

Automobile giants are pitching smaller, nimbler cars to tempt cash-strapped consumers in a recovering European market, with compact vehicles taking centre stage at the 2014 Geneva International Motor Show.

A homeless person dies ‘every 20 hours’ in France
France

A homeless person dies ‘every 20 hours’ in France

France's growing problem of homelessness was laid bare by new figures released this week, which show that a person living on the streets dies every 20 hours. Life expectancy for homeless people is also 30 years lower than for those people with fixed homes, figures revealed.

Ryanair sacks staffer for eating sandwich
Spain

Ryanair sacks staffer for eating sandwich

A Spanish flight attendant has lost his case against the Irish low-cost airline after he was sacked by his employers for eating a baguette meant for passengers.

Gay clergy win right to live with partners
Germany

Gay clergy win right to live with partners

Protestant churches in northern Germany have voted to allow gay pastors to live in church residences with their same-sex partners for the first time.

Revealed: France’s most prolific speed cameras
France

Revealed: France’s most prolific speed cameras

New data and perhaps very useful data released on Tuesday reveals where in France drivers are most likely to be snared by one of the country’s thousands of speed cameras. Find out the location of the top 10 most prolific cameras here.

‘Bank of Italy’ mobster sparks fears of new mafia
Italy

‘Bank of Italy’ mobster sparks fears of new mafia

An Italian judge warned on Tuesday that a "new type" of mafia organization has taken root in Italy, after police discovered a money-laundering operation headed up by a mobster nicknamed the "Bank of Italy".

‘I was raped when I was seven’: Oslo deputy
Norway

‘I was raped when I was seven’: Oslo deputy

The deputy mayor of Oslo has generated a wave of support after revealing that her stepfather repeatedly raped her from when she was seven years old.

Becoming a gondolier: The long journey to riding Venice’s waterways
Italy

Becoming a gondolier: The long journey to riding Venice’s waterways

With their straw hats and their stripy shirts, the gondoliers lining the canals of Venice are proud members of one of Italy’s oldest and most impenetrable clubs. Each holds the coveted gondolier licence, the prize reward for lengthy training and exams, and many were born into gondolier families.

Spaniards unearth stunning pharonic tomb
Spain

Spaniards unearth stunning pharonic tomb

Archaeologists have discovered the nearly 3,500-year-old tomb of a royal stable master from the pharaonic era in the famed temple city of Luxor, Egypt, the government said on Tuesday.

Headteacher in trouble for shouting ‘Sieg Heil’
Germany

Headteacher in trouble for shouting ‘Sieg Heil’

A German headteacher who shouted the Nazi greeting “Sieg Heil” to pupils at the start of her school's annual mini car race is now at the centre of an investigation by Bavarian authorities. She said she blurted it out by accident.

Milan bar forced to shut over €7 ‘tax dodge’
Italy

Milan bar forced to shut over €7 ‘tax dodge’

A bar in Milan has been slapped with a €2,500 fine and forced to shut temporarily for evading €7.20 in tax – the equivalent of just a few cups of coffee.

‘Give Princess Leonore gifts to charity’: Palace
Sweden

‘Give Princess Leonore gifts to charity’: Palace

Sweden's Princess Madeleine has thanked all well-wishers after the birth of her daughter Leonore, asking that any gifts be made to the charities for which she works.

Ferrari chairman is helping to save Alitalia
Italy

Ferrari chairman is helping to save Alitalia

The chairman of Italy’s famous sports carmaker said on Tuesday he was helping to clinch a deal for Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways to invest in the struggling Alitalia.

Mutilated seal found hanging from rocks
Norway

Mutilated seal found hanging from rocks

Pauline Wiggen (25) was out with her two children walking on Oksebåsen, just outside Ålesund, on Saturday, when she stumbled upon this mutilated seal, hanged from the rocks by its neck, a star shape slashed deep into its back.

Swedes sound off on another manic bun day
Sweden

Swedes sound off on another manic bun day

The Local hit the streets of Stockholm to find out how sweet-toothed Swedes enjoy their semlor buns. And we also put together the top five methods for how to devour the delicious delicacies.

Italy’s billionaires thrive on style and chocolate
Italy

Italy’s billionaires thrive on style and chocolate

Fashion designer Miuccia Prada and chocolatier Michele Ferrero have been named among the world's richest people in the annual global ranking of billionaires by the business magazine, Forbes.

VIDEO: Freak tornado hits western France
France

VIDEO: Freak tornado hits western France

France has seen some freakish weather this winter but not many would have expected the tornado that came crashing through a town in western France this week, cutting power to 13,500 homes. See the video here.

Sweden sends jets to Baltic after Russian move
Sweden

Sweden sends jets to Baltic after Russian move

The Swedish Armed Forces sent extra air defence to the island of Gotland on Tuesday in response to a large-scale Russian training exercise being carried out in the Baltic Sea.

Italians help unearth pharaonic era tomb
Italy

Italians help unearth pharaonic era tomb

Archaeologists have discovered the nearly 3,500-year-old tomb of a royal stable master from the pharaonic era in the famed temple city of Luxor, Egypt, the government said on Tuesday.

Auction house forced to buy back record diamond
Switzerland

Auction house forced to buy back record diamond

Auction house Sotheby's said on Tuesday that it has been forced to buy back a flawless, near-60 carat pink diamond it sold in Switzerland last November after the buyer defaulted on the record $83-million payment.

Forbes list reveals Germany’s richest people
Germany

Forbes list reveals Germany’s richest people

To be rich in Germany you either need to inherit your wealth, start a discount supermarket chain or own a chunk of BMW, according to the Forbes Billionaires List published on Tuesday.

How Barcelona is getting it wrong on cannabis
Spain

How Barcelona is getting it wrong on cannabis

The number of so-called 'cannabis clubs' in Barcelona has exploded in recent years but some are worried a lack of clear rules about how they operate could have a negative impact on the city.

‘I meant no harm’: Man who threw kids in well
Spain

‘I meant no harm’: Man who threw kids in well

A Spanish man is facing up to 65 years in prison after he kidnapped two children and threw them into a well.

‘Concentrate’ Roma in ‘camps’: far-right runner
France

‘Concentrate’ Roma in ‘camps’: far-right runner

A National Front party candidate running in Paris’s municipal elections has caused outrage by suggesting the best way to deal with the country's Roma population was to "concentrate" them in "camps". It is just the latest outrageous gaffe made by National Front affiliates.

Escargots threatened by invasion of Asian worm
France

Escargots threatened by invasion of Asian worm

Scientists and chefs alike were left nervous after a nasty, invasive species of worm that loves to eat snails was discovered in northern France, researchers said on Tuesday.

Bertarelli family tops list of Swiss billionaires
Switzerland

Bertarelli family tops list of Swiss billionaires

Ernesto Bertarelli, heir to biotech giant Serono, and his family top the list of wealthiest people in Switzerland in Forbes magazine's 2014 list of the world’s billionaires.

Nineteen Swedes make Forbes billionaire list
Sweden

Nineteen Swedes make Forbes billionaire list

H&M owner Stefan Persson was the highest placed Swede on the Forbes billionaire list published on Tuesday, with five more Swedes making the annual list compared to the year before.

Gallery: The Local’s Property of the Week
Sweden

Gallery: The Local’s Property of the Week

A classically furnished pad under the Stockholm skies offers any would-be buyer superb views of the inner-city rooftops. Bold tiles and luxury finishes show the potential to create a truly unique home, bang in the middle of the capital.

Huge assault on Spanish border ‘biggest ever’
Spain

Huge assault on Spanish border ‘biggest ever’

Police stopped more than 1,600 migrants trying to cross the border from Morocco into the Spanish territory of Ceuta on Tuesday, an official said.

Italy sees record number of businesses go bust
Italy

Italy sees record number of businesses go bust

An estimated 111,000 Italian companies went bust in 2013, the highest number since 2001, according to figures released on Tuesday.

French scientists ‘wake’ 30,000-year-old virus
France

French scientists ‘wake’ 30,000-year-old virus

French scientists said on Monday they had re-activated an ancient virus they found preserved in the Siberian ice. It may not sound like a good idea, but the scientists insist it is a warning about what unknown killer strains could be released by global warming.

What will Germans give up for Lent?
Germany

What will Germans give up for Lent?

Will it be chocolate, alcohol or sex? One in ten Germans will give up something naughty for Lent, according to a study released on Tuesday.

GALLERY: Statoil’s after a new architecture prize
Norway

GALLERY: Statoil’s after a new architecture prize

It's only a year and half since Statoil's award-winning Oslo offices were completed, but already the company wants to commission another architecturally awesome building, this time for Stavanger. Too much money, anyone?

‘They attacked us’ says alleged Swedish neo-Nazi
Sweden

‘They attacked us’ says alleged Swedish neo-Nazi

The suspected neo-Nazi leader allegedly at the helm of the violent altercation in Stockholm last year told court on Tuesday that anti-racism demonstrators attacked them, not the other way around.

Paris looks to London with Olympic bid in mind
France

Paris looks to London with Olympic bid in mind

A delegation from Paris visited London this week to pick up a few tips before the French capital is expected to make an official bid to host the 2024 Olympics later this year. But after losing out before are Parisians in favour of bidding again?

‘Ukraine crisis won’t affect Spain’s gas supply’
Spain

‘Ukraine crisis won’t affect Spain’s gas supply’

Spain's foreign minister said on Monday the political crisis in the Ukraine would have no affect on the country's gas supply and criticized the European Union for not looking at alternative supplies in northern Africa.

Leaking pipes lead to massive Swiss water loss
Switzerland

Leaking pipes lead to massive Swiss water loss

Switzerland prides itself on its modern infrastructure but a new report suggests that when it comes to piped drinking water, the country still has progress to make.

‘Putin is the dealer, Germany the junkie’
Germany

‘Putin is the dealer, Germany the junkie’

As one of Russia’s biggest trading partners, Germany is well-placed to defuse the Ukraine crisis, but it has reacted coolly to suggestions of sanctions. Does its dependency on gas make it “Russia’s helper”?

Trojan Horse thieves ‘major threat to Europe’
Spain

Trojan Horse thieves ‘major threat to Europe’

Europe's top crime fighting body has been alerted by Spanish Civil Guard Police of a new style of cargo theft happening on roads across the continent: the Houdini-like 'Trojan Horse' method.

Semla convert foists buns on expat friends
Sweden

Semla convert foists buns on expat friends

Semla convert and missionary Abhinav Goel tells The Local why he loves the Swedish Shrove Tuesday bun and preaches its cream-covered loveliness to anyone who will listen. But he doesn't want to talk calories.

Italian mother kills son over father’s affair
Italy

Italian mother kills son over father’s affair

A woman from the southern Italian region of Calabria allegedly stabbed her 11-year-old son to death over her husband's affair.

Germany: ‘No solution’ in sight over Ukraine
Germany

Germany: ‘No solution’ in sight over Ukraine

No solution is in sight on the Ukraine crisis, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Tuesday after a "difficult" talk in Geneva with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.

Politician grilled over ‘hasjtag’ drugs protest
Norway

Politician grilled over ‘hasjtag’ drugs protest

A Conservative politician in Norway who last week took a brave stand for marijuana smokers by admitting to smoking the drug, has made a humiliating climb-down after being hauled in by the police for questioning.

Parliament to tighten up spy service scrutiny
Germany

Parliament to tighten up spy service scrutiny

The German parliament plans to tighten its oversight of the country's intelligence services in a attempt to win back voters' trust after the NSA and NSU scandals.

‘What? Swedish doctors wear shorts to work?’
Sweden

‘What? Swedish doctors wear shorts to work?’

After six years studying medicine in Russia, Mumbai-born doctor Sandeep Jha chose Sweden over India for his career. He tells The Local about the chance encounter that lead him to the hidden beauty of cardiology.

Mother ‘kept dead baby in freezer for two years’
France

Mother ‘kept dead baby in freezer for two years’

A French mother was charged late on Monday after police found her dead baby in a freezer, where it had apparently lain for the past two years, prosecutors said.

Avalanche severs road and rail links to Zermatt
Switzerland

Avalanche severs road and rail links to Zermatt

An avalanche early Tuesday morning briefly cut off access to the mountain resort town of Zermatt in the canton of Valais.

Renzi senator quits over censorship scandal
Italy

Renzi senator quits over censorship scandal

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s new government has been hit by a second controversy in its first week after a new undersecretary resigned on Monday over allegations that he gagged a newspaper from publishing a story about his son.

Jobs ministry trumpets ‘strong’ monthly figures
Spain

Jobs ministry trumpets ‘strong’ monthly figures

Spain's government on Tuesday hailed a wafer-thin cut in the nation's jobless queues in February, a result it says is a fresh sign the labour market is stabilizing after the loss of millions of jobs since 2008.

Europol to help ‘torture camp’ Swedish-Eritreans
Sweden

Europol to help ‘torture camp’ Swedish-Eritreans

Swedish-Eritreans whose families are held for ransom in "torture camps" in the Sinai learned on Tuesday that Europol has looked at tackling criminal networks who demand in excess of $30,000 to keep their victims alive.

Jews jump at chance of Spanish citizenship offer
Spain

Jews jump at chance of Spanish citizenship offer

Spain's offer of citizenship to the descendants of Jews who were expelled from the country over 500 years ago during the Inquisition has sparked a flurry of global interest.

German Paralympic team leaves for Sochi
Germany

German Paralympic team leaves for Sochi

Germany’s Paralympic team left Frankfurt Airport on Tuesday morning to head for the Winter Games in Sochi, despite the crisis sparked by Russia in Crimea.

Truffle wars: Fraudsters anger French growers
France

Truffle wars: Fraudsters anger French growers

French truffle growers are up in arms over cheaper imports from China which they say are being doctored by unscrupulous chefs and passed off fraudulently as the hugely prized local variety.

Driver rams into fancy dress charity collectors
Germany

Driver rams into fancy dress charity collectors

Two Karneval-goers were left seriously injured after a car rammed into their group on Monday in western Germany. They were going door-to-door in fancy dress costumes collecting charity donations when the vehicle hit them.

Papal paradise is opened to the public
Italy

Papal paradise is opened to the public

The sumptuous gardens of Castel Gandolfo, a summer getaway for centuries of popes, have opened to the public at the behest of Pope Francis, the Vatican Museums announced on Monday.

Man given first artificial heart dies after 75 days
France

Man given first artificial heart dies after 75 days

A 70-year-old man, who was given the first artificial heart at a hospital in Paris, died this week, just two and a half months after undergoing the operation.

Energy giant RWE lists first losses in 60 years
Germany

Energy giant RWE lists first losses in 60 years

Germany's second-biggest power supplier, RWE, unveiled on Tuesday losses of almost €2.8 billion - its first full-year loss in more than 60 years as it grapples with the crisis in conventional electricity generation.

Four Swedes with womb transplants get embryos
Sweden

Four Swedes with womb transplants get embryos

In a cutting-edge bid to fall pregnant, four Swedish women with transplanted uteruses have been implanted with test-tube embryos, researchers announced on Monday.

‘Wrong to flood firms with bad job candidates’
Sweden

‘Wrong to flood firms with bad job candidates’

Jobseekers inundating an office of Sweden's national jobs agency last week illustrates the agency's bad habit of flooding companies with unsuitable candidates, argues liberal commentator Nima Sanandaji.