Switzerland’s women hit by gender pay gap
Switzerland

Switzerland’s women hit by gender pay gap

Switzerland has one of the worst records in Western Europe for gender pay gap, says a report from movehub, a website that provides information for people moving abroad.

US court gives Norway Bieber fraudster 11 years
Norway

US court gives Norway Bieber fraudster 11 years

A Los Angeles court has handed an 11-year jail term to a well-known Norwegian innovator who fraudulently claimed to own the rights to Justin Bieber concerts before conning an American investor out of $1 million.

Norwegians on raccoon alert after Sweden find
Norway

Norwegians on raccoon alert after Sweden find

A recent raccoon sighting in Sweden has given Scandinavian conservationists the jitters, with Friends of the Earth Norway now fearful of the consequences for the ecosystem should the adaptable animal gain a foothold.

Khodorkovsky applies to become Swiss resident
Switzerland

Khodorkovsky applies to become Swiss resident

Former Russian oil tycoon and Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who spent a decade in prison in Russia, has applied to become a resident of Switzerland, his spokesman says.

Bus crash in Canaries ‘kills Swiss tourist’
Switzerland

Bus crash in Canaries ‘kills Swiss tourist’

UPDATE: A tour bus carrying 17 Swiss citizens overturned on Spain's Gran Canaria island on Monday, killing one Swiss passenger and seriously injuring 12 others, according to the latest information from Spanish police.

French chicken farmers clucking mad over porno
France

French chicken farmers clucking mad over porno

High-end French chicken breeders have been left outraged after a video shot in their famous village, involving a pseudo "farmer’s daughter" turned out to be anything but your average chick flick. It was in fact a hardcore porn film.

Gangsta rap expert to pen Hollande’s speeches
France

Gangsta rap expert to pen Hollande’s speeches

President François Hollande's will try anything it seems to boost his flagging approval ratings. The beleagured head of state has just named a new speech writer who has been leading a secret life as Pierre Evil, a music journalist and gangsta rap expert.

Norway’s PM warns against tapping oil fund
Norway

Norway’s PM warns against tapping oil fund

Norway's Prime Minister has warned against tapping further into the country's $850-billion oil fund in the coming budget -- warning that this would overheat the economy and harm the competitiveness of Norwegian industry.

U2 singer Bono tells EU to ‘buy Spanish’
Spain

U2 singer Bono tells EU to ‘buy Spanish’

Irish rock star Bono delivered a poignant speech at the European People's Party congress in Dublin, in which he spoke of the need for a "Europe-wide campaign to spotlight Spain".

Saab targets Kockums submarine staff
Sweden

Saab targets Kockums submarine staff

A defence source told The Local on Monday that Saab had begun to poach Kockums staff, the latest twist in a standoff, said to threaten Swedish defence capacity, between the Swedish submarine makers and their German owners.

‘Love locks have made Paris a visual cesspool’
France

‘Love locks have made Paris a visual cesspool’

For the first of our "Reader's Rants" series, in which we offer you a platform to air your views, we hear from two Americans who have fallen out of love with Paris's love locks, claiming they are a stain on the City of Light. Respond with your own rant below.

Frenchmen jailed over bid to wage jihad abroad
France

Frenchmen jailed over bid to wage jihad abroad

Four Frenchmen convicted of trying and failing to fight 'holy war' abroad were handed up to seven years behind bars by a court on Monday. The men tried to reach Pakistan, Somalia and Afghanistan.

Man robs car with sleeping 8-yr-old in back
Norway

Man robs car with sleeping 8-yr-old in back

A car thief in Norway robbed a car parked at a petrol station on Saturday, only to discover that there was an eight-year-old boy sleeping in the back seat.

Top ten jobs that only exist in Italy
Italy

Top ten jobs that only exist in Italy

Italians have emigrated the world over and taken their skills with them. But despite this, some jobs can still only be done in Italy. The Local takes a look at the best and the bizarre of those very Italian careers.

Boy with brain tumour ‘should see psychologist’
Sweden

Boy with brain tumour ‘should see psychologist’

After several years fighting to get a diagnosis for their son, a Swedish family was told to send him to a psychologist after a Lund doctor failed to find the brain tumour causing his persistent cough.

‘We can’t rule out a Swedish Breivik’: MP
Sweden

‘We can’t rule out a Swedish Breivik’: MP

A high-profile Swedish MP said on Monday that "it couldn't be ruled out" that a Swedish equivalent to Norwegian right-wing terrorist Anders Behring Breivik was behind attacks in Malmö at the weekend that left one man in a critical condition.

VIDEO: 7-year-old channels Billie Holiday
Norway

VIDEO: 7-year-old channels Billie Holiday

Seven-year-old Norwegian girl Angelina Jordan Astar's performance of the jazz standard Gloomy Sunday sounds so eerily close to Billie Holiday's version that you've really got to have a listen.

‘Elderly woman’ robbed bank with toy gun
Italy

‘Elderly woman’ robbed bank with toy gun

A woman, believed to be in her seventies, robbed a bank near Florence with what is understood to have been a toy gun on Monday morning.

Dad fined for hitting son who didn’t do homework
Spain

Dad fined for hitting son who didn’t do homework

A father who smacked his eight-year-old son for not doing his homework has received a harsh sentence from a Spanish judge.

Mother tried for drowning child live on MSN
Norway

Mother tried for drowning child live on MSN

A Norwegian woman on Monday pleaded not guilty to murdering her 22-month-old daughter at the opening of a trial where she is accused of drowning the child while following live online instructions.

Italian child dies after being hit by skiier
Italy

Italian child dies after being hit by skiier

A three-year-old girl from Milan died and two other children were injured on a ski slope in the Aosta Valley after they were hit by a 17-year-old skier.

Murder probe into elderly Swede’s Brazil death
Sweden

Murder probe into elderly Swede’s Brazil death

An elderly Swedish man has been found dead under unusual circumstances in Brazil, with local police suspecting that he was murdered in a robbery.

France to hand back artworks stolen by Nazis
France

France to hand back artworks stolen by Nazis

France will on Tuesday return three paintings seized by the Nazis to their rightful owners, just the tip of an iceberg in a country where nearly 2,000 such artworks remain unclaimed.

Wind energy chief slams ‘disastrous’ Spain
Spain

Wind energy chief slams ‘disastrous’ Spain

The head of Europe's key wind energy association has described the Spanish government's policy towards wind power as "quite disastrous" and "nothing to do with rational policy".

Twelve strange things Norwegians believe
Norway

Twelve strange things Norwegians believe

Norwegians are not generally a cynical bunch. Indeed, some of their neighbours might go so far as to call them a little bit gullible. Here, The Local's list of some of the stranger things that they believe.

Swiss tourist killed in Canary bus crash
Spain

Swiss tourist killed in Canary bus crash

A bus carrying 17 Swiss tourists overturned on Monday on Spain's Gran Canaria island, killing one Swiss passenger and seriously injuring two others, police said.

Paris air pollution is ‘putting lives in danger’
France

Paris air pollution is ‘putting lives in danger’

Environmental groups in the French capital have said "enough is enough" and lodged a legal complaint forcing judges to investigate high levels of pollution in Paris, which they say are putting people’s lives in danger.

Bayern boss: ‘I was crazy but I’m no parasite’
Germany

Bayern boss: ‘I was crazy but I’m no parasite’

On the first day of his tax evasion trial, Bayern Munich boss Uli Hoeneß confessed he had evaded at least €18.5 million in taxes - €15 million more than prosecutors had initially believed.

‘We wanted to capture the other side of Berlin’
Germany

‘We wanted to capture the other side of Berlin’

“What do you do when you fail to make it at home? You go to Berlin and fail to make it there.” That at least is the premise of a new movie by two Italian directors who capture the humour of being a foreigner in the capital.

‘Bundestag should be searched for bugs’
Germany

‘Bundestag should be searched for bugs’

The German parliament should be thoroughly searched for security leaks and bugs, government cyber security experts will recommend on Thursday.

Gunmen fire shots in brazen Zurich bank heist
Switzerland

Gunmen fire shots in brazen Zurich bank heist

Two men fired guns during the holdup of a Migros Bank in Zurich on Monday before nabbing foreign currency worth tens of thousands of francs, city police said.

Crisis-hit Italians opt for eggs over meat
Italy

Crisis-hit Italians opt for eggs over meat

Italians are cutting meat from their diet and getting protein from eggs as a cheaper alternative, while overall supermarket spending has dropped to 1981 levels, new statistics show.

Rabbits slaughtered as part of ‘Satanic ritual’
Italy

Rabbits slaughtered as part of ‘Satanic ritual’

Nine rabbits, found skinned and gutted in a cemetery in the northern Italian city of Vicenza, are believed to have been sacrificed as part of a Satanic ritual.

‘I’ll be slave to ex-wife’ broke dad tells court
Spain

‘I’ll be slave to ex-wife’ broke dad tells court

An unemployed father has told a judge in Spain he is willing to become his ex-wife's 'slave' as he can no longer afford to pay the monthly €1,600 ($2,200) child support payments legally agreed after their divorce.

Firing rubber bullets was wrong: Minister
Spain

Firing rubber bullets was wrong: Minister

Spain's interior minister admitted on Monday that border authorities had been wrong to shoot rubber bullets during a recent incident which saw 15 immigrants die while trying to swim to the country's North African enclave of Ceuta.

German football boss on trial over Swiss account
Switzerland

German football boss on trial over Swiss account

German football legend Uli Hoeness, boss of powerhouse club Bayern Munich, went on trial on Monday for evading millions in taxes by hiding his wealth in a Swiss bank account.

French economy set for minimal growth
France

French economy set for minimal growth

The French economy is set to grow by a minimal amount in the first quarter of 2014, the country's central bank confirmed on Friday. France's economy is forecast to grow around 1 percent in 2014, which does not compare favourably to predictions for the UK or Germany.

Armed robbery disrupts train traffic in Fribourg
Switzerland

Armed robbery disrupts train traffic in Fribourg

A man armed with a gun held up a public transport ticket vending counter at the Bulle train station in the canton of Fribourg and made off with several thousand francs in cash early Monday, according to a report.

Jewish kids face Nazi graffiti at Swedish school
Sweden

Jewish kids face Nazi graffiti at Swedish school

A central Stockholm high school with special classes for Jewish pupils was covered in Nazi graffiti on Monday morning, leaving a parent in tears and fearing the rise of fascism in Europe.

Young women keener on uni than male peers
Sweden

Young women keener on uni than male peers

Six out of ten Swedish students about to graduate from high school (gymnasium) want to pursue higher education, but many more young women than men showed an interest in university.

Peeing American girl sparks Florentine fury
Italy

Peeing American girl sparks Florentine fury

Residents of Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance, have been given another reason to lament foreigners in their fine city after an American girl was caught urinating at a taxi rank in the heart of the city.

‘Desperate’ mother kills her three daughters
Italy

‘Desperate’ mother kills her three daughters

A woman in northern Italy killed her three children over the weekend, reportedly telling police afterwards that she was "desperate" and in poverty after her husband left the family.

Ripa beats Ukrainian for Swedish Paralympic gold
Sweden

Ripa beats Ukrainian for Swedish Paralympic gold

Swedish skiing star Helene Ripa took home gold at the Sochi Paralympics on Monday, after a dramatic comeback in the women's 15-kilometre race.

Plans for Paris scooter-sharing scheme unveiled
France

Plans for Paris scooter-sharing scheme unveiled

After the bike version Vélib’ and the four-wheel form Autolib’, Paris now looks set to get a ground-breaking scooter-sharing system, after plans were unveiled by the favourite to become the next mayor of Paris. But how will it work?

Spain’s Freemasons show faces for first time
Spain

Spain’s Freemasons show faces for first time

More than 120 years after Spain's Mixed Masonic Order was founded, members have revealed their identity for the first time in history as part of a protest against the country’s stringent draft abortion laws.

Union comes out against minimum wage bid
Switzerland

Union comes out against minimum wage bid

Most unions in Switzerland are supportive of a proposal to establish a legal minimum wage but at least one has come out forcefully against the proposal.

Swedish library retracts defence of ‘child porn’
Sweden

Swedish library retracts defence of ‘child porn’

Graphic illustrations of child molestation in a vintage book have landed librarians in southern Sweden in a spot of trouble with police, despite claims it was not their job to "clean up history".

Two dead, six missing in shipwreck drama
Spain

Two dead, six missing in shipwreck drama

Two people have died and six are still missing after a Portuguese fishing ship sunk off the coast of Spain on Monday morning, Spanish press are reporting.

‘Learning German gets you closer to people’
Germany

‘Learning German gets you closer to people’

In this week's My German Career, Anupama Gopalakrishna, who is originally from Bangalore in India, tells The Local about her new life in Frankfurt.

Norway world’s best place to be a woman
Norway

Norway world’s best place to be a woman

Norway has overtaken New Zealand to become the best place in the world to be a working woman, according to The Economist Magazine's 'Glass Ceiling Index', published for International Women's Day on Saturday.

Artists make noise to protest funding cuts
Spain

Artists make noise to protest funding cuts

Drummers, singers, dancers, actors and other artists swarmed the streets of Madrid on Sunday to stage outdoor performances to protest against declining state support in Spain for the arts.

Historian ‘reveals’ secret of Mona Lisa’s smile
Italy

Historian ‘reveals’ secret of Mona Lisa’s smile

It's taken him 12 years, but an amateur art historian from Texas reckons he's solved the mystery of the Mona Lisa's enigmatic smile, five centuries after it was immortalized by Leonardo da Vinci.

Greens reclaim status from Sweden Democrats
Sweden

Greens reclaim status from Sweden Democrats

A new opinion poll has found that Sweden's Green Party would edge the anti-immigration party the Sweden Democrats into fourth place if Swedish voters were to head to the ballot box now.

France enjoys record-breaking start to spring
France

France enjoys record-breaking start to spring

France baked in spring sunshine over the weekend, as temperatures rose to record-breaking 22°C in parts of the country. The summer-like weather was in stark contrast to this time last year, when parts of the country including Paris were under a blanket of snow.

One year on: how Pope made Catholicism ‘cool’
Italy

One year on: how Pope made Catholicism ‘cool’

Five minutes. That's all it took to make papal history. Never has a leader of the Roman Catholic Church become as popular in as short a time as Pope Francis did when he humbly asked the crowd gathered in St Peter's Square on March 13th last year to pray for him.

Single parents suffer under tax rules
Germany

Single parents suffer under tax rules

Single parents in Germany are increasingly at risk of poverty, a study revealed over the weekend. Authors blamed unfair tax rules for the problem.

Historian ‘reveals’ secret of Mona Lisa’s smile
France

Historian ‘reveals’ secret of Mona Lisa’s smile

It's taken him 12 years, but an amateur art historian from Texas reckons he's solved the mystery of the Mona Lisa's enigmatic smile, five centuries after it was immortalized by Leonardo da Vinci.

German love of Russian gas ‘limits’ EU power
Germany

German love of Russian gas ‘limits’ EU power

UPDATE: Germany's reliance on Russian natural gas poses a threat to European sovereignty, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said on Monday amid rising East-West tensions over Ukraine.

Germany, UK team up for super fast internet
Germany

Germany, UK team up for super fast internet

Britain and Germany will team up to work on developing the next super-fast mobile network, 5G, Prime Minister David Cameron told the opening of the world's biggest high-tech fair on Sunday.

Fans stick by Bayern boss despite jail threat
Germany

Fans stick by Bayern boss despite jail threat

The trial of Bayern Munich boss Uli Hoeneß kicks off on Monday in a case which could rewrite legal history. But fans told The Local they would stand by the football legend even if he is sent to jail.

Never rely on a Dane: Melodifestivalen review
Sweden

Never rely on a Dane: Melodifestivalen review

With mermaids, Abba tributes, and an obligatory voting fiasco, the Melodifestivalen competition is over for another year. And Saturday's final left The Local's frazzled Mello fan David Jørgensen rather satisfied.

‘On-the-job training can give Sweden an edge’
Sweden

‘On-the-job training can give Sweden an edge’

Happier, richer, and with a stab at survival. That's how Swedish researcher Anna Jonsson describes Swedish companies that provide in-house education and mentoring to their staff, and in so doing outfox their rivals.