Swiss seem happiest with their lives: OECD
Switzerland

Swiss seem happiest with their lives: OECD

Swiss residents live longer than those in any other country in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and have the highest level of life satisfaction among the group’s 34 members, a new report says.

Ronaldo double seals Real’s place in last eight
Spain

Ronaldo double seals Real’s place in last eight

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid cruised into the quarter-finals of the Champions League with a 9-2 aggregate victory over Schalke thanks to a 3-1 win at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday.

Gammel Dansk becomes Gammel Norsk
Norway

Gammel Dansk becomes Gammel Norsk

Gammel Dansk, the bitter liqueur that is Denmark's answer to Jägermeister, will now be made in Norway, the brand's new owners Arcus Group have announced.

Stoltenberg leads race to head Nato: Italian paper
Norway

Stoltenberg leads race to head Nato: Italian paper

Former Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg is the clear favourite to become the next Secretary General of Nato when Denmark's Anders Fogh Rasmussen steps down in September, Italy's La Repubblica newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Spring breaks out in much of Switzerland
Switzerland

Spring breaks out in much of Switzerland

Spring-like conditions have settled into Switzerland with temperatures on Tuesday reaching up to 22.5 degrees in Geneva and Sion, the capital of the canton of Valais.

Spain’s rich virtually unscathed by crisis
Spain

Spain’s rich virtually unscathed by crisis

Spain's rich have been left virtually unaffected by the crisis while the poor have seen their incomes seriously dented, a new OECD study shows. Here The Local outlines the report's key findings.

How to make money by renting out your home
Sweden

How to make money by renting out your home

Many people in Sweden - including many expats - have second homes. And whether it’s a cottage by the sea or an apartment in the big smoke, there’s a big market out there of people wanting to rent it for holidays.

Neknominate: French bid to make craze illegal
France

Neknominate: French bid to make craze illegal

A French association fighting alcohol addiction has filed a legal complaint in a bid to crackdown on Neknominate - the deadly social media booze craze. The group wants anyone caught playing to be charged with offences that come with jail sentences of up to two years.

Toddler gunned down in mafia assassination
Italy

Toddler gunned down in mafia assassination

The killing of a three-year-old toddler along with two adults in an apparent fight for territory in a violent drug war has sparked reactions of horror in Italy.

Is Germany to blame for the Paris smog?
France

Is Germany to blame for the Paris smog?

After a steep rise in air pollution levels last week led to drastic action by Paris authorities, people are asking what was to blame for the dirty air. And some have pointed the finger at Germany.

Maize lunch ‘makes cow burps better for climate’
Germany

Maize lunch ‘makes cow burps better for climate’

German scientists tackling one of the less appetising problems in modern agriculture reckon that cow burps and farts could become less damaging for the ozone layer if their dinner is more maize than grass.

Nine-year-old girl takes on bag thieves
Germany

Nine-year-old girl takes on bag thieves

A pair of men trying to break into a car in western Germany got more than they bargained for when they came face-to-face with a young, angry girl on the back seat.

French firm to steer Solna’s Friends Arena
Sweden

French firm to steer Solna’s Friends Arena

A French company is set to take financial responsibility for Friends Arena, after the Solna stadium posted losses of 600 million kronor ($94.6 million) in its first year of operations.

Spanish beach in Trip Advisor world top ten
Spain

Spanish beach in Trip Advisor world top ten

The popular travel site has announced that a beach on a Spanish island has been voted by users as one of the best worldwide. Can you guess which one it is?

500 immigrants storm borders to enter Spain
Spain

500 immigrants storm borders to enter Spain

The number of immigrants who successfully crossed border fences to enter Spain's north African enclave of Melilla on Tuesday morning has been revised up to 500, one of the largest crossing in years, officials said.

Italy braces for day of transport strikes
Italy

Italy braces for day of transport strikes

Public transport across Italy will come to a halt tomorrow, affecting all of the country's major cities, after unionists failed to reach an agreement over workers’ contracts.

Merkel: Crimea grab ‘against international law’
Germany

Merkel: Crimea grab ‘against international law’

Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday that Russia's absorption of Ukraine's Crimea region after a secession referendum and declaration of independence there violated international law.

In pictures: Madrid Zoo greets new baby gorilla
Spain

In pictures: Madrid Zoo greets new baby gorilla

Madrid zoo has a new resident after Gorka the gorilla gave birth on Saturday. New photographs from Monday show mother and child enjoying bright spring sunshine.

Crimea: Hollande wants firm EU retort to Russia
France

Crimea: Hollande wants firm EU retort to Russia

French president François Hollande reacted angrily on Tuesday to Moscow signing a treaty that makes Crimea part of Russia, demanding a strong response from the EU. The French foreign minister earlier threatened to call off a deal to sell two warships to Russia.

Thailand arrests bank hacker on Swiss request
Switzerland

Thailand arrests bank hacker on Swiss request

An infamous computer hacker has been arrested in Thailand at the request of Switzerland on suspicion of hacking into bank computer systems in Europe, an official said on Tuesday.

Frenchman crash lands in record car jump bid
France

Frenchman crash lands in record car jump bid

A Frenchman’s attempt to perform a world-record-breaking car stunt in Tignes, in the southern Rhône-Alpes region, went awry on Tuesday morning when his car crashed during a practice session. The moment was captured on camera.

Banksy set for Stockholm street art show
Sweden

Banksy set for Stockholm street art show

Elusive street artist Banksy is set to bring his unique brand of graffiti to a Stockholm exhibit, an anonymous letter revealed on Tuesday.

Serbia catches Swedish woman with grenades
Sweden

Serbia catches Swedish woman with grenades

A Swedish woman has been arrested after she was caught trying to smuggle guns, grenades, and drugs across the Serbian border and into Hungary. She was believed to be heading home to southern Sweden.

VIDEO: France’s feline version of Harry Houdini
France

VIDEO: France’s feline version of Harry Houdini

Move over Harry Houdini. A crafty cat in southern France shot to internet fame this week for his escape-artist tactics after he was caught on camera unlocking his cage at a veterinary practice. See for yourself how he did it.

Berlusconi’s European elections hope dashed
Italy

Berlusconi’s European elections hope dashed

Silvio Berlusconi, Italy’s former prime minister and convicted criminal, has had his hopes of competing in the upcoming European Parliament elections dashed by European Justice Minister Viviane Reding, who said his election bid “won’t be happening”.

The top 12 English words reinvented by the French
France

The top 12 English words reinvented by the French

While the French are notoriously protective of their sacred tongue, they aren’t so careful with other people’s languages, it seems, most notably English. The Local gathered a list of the some the French’s favourite ‘English’ words that aren’t Anglo at all.

Economy to grow for 3rd straight quarter: Minister
Spain

Economy to grow for 3rd straight quarter: Minister

The Spanish government expects first quarter growth to "at least" match the 0.2 percent expansion posted in the final quarter of 2013, Economy Minister Luis de Guindos said on Tuesday.

Spain expat blogs 2014: Six of the best
Spain

Spain expat blogs 2014: Six of the best

Spain's blogosphere is full of passionate and knowledgeable expat writers covering everything from recipes to yoga retreats and Spanish grandmothers. The Local has put together a list of six great Spain blogs everyone should be reading.

Thieves steal part of Pompeii fresco
Italy

Thieves steal part of Pompeii fresco

Thieves have stolen part of an ancient fresco from Pompeii, breaking in to a closed area of the UNESCO World Heritage landmark and chipping off a portrait of a Greek deity.

Deportations rose in 2013 as asylum denied
Germany

Deportations rose in 2013 as asylum denied

Germany last year deported the highest number of people in years, government figures revealed on Tuesday. Many of those refused asylum and sent home had come from Balkan countries.

Gallery: The Local’s Property of the Week
Sweden

Gallery: The Local’s Property of the Week

An eight-room house with a wine-cellar, sauna, home cinema, and pool room. Something for you? Have a look inside.

‘Germany should moot Russian gas ban’
Germany

‘Germany should moot Russian gas ban’

As Russian President Vladimir Putin this week moved to turn the Crimean referendum result to his advantage, the EU imposed sanctions. Our media round-up shows what the German press had to say.

Crimea and Catalonia ‘the same’: Foreign Minister
Spain

Crimea and Catalonia ‘the same’: Foreign Minister

Spain's foreign minister on Monday said there was a 'clear parallel' between an 'illegal' planned independence referendum in the Spanish region of Catalonia and a recent vote in the Crimea on whether the region should join Russia.

Police arrest 42 in war on toxic ‘shabu’ drug
Spain

Police arrest 42 in war on toxic ‘shabu’ drug

Spanish police have arrested 42 people for selling and trafficking a highly addictive and dangerous form of methamphetamine known on the street as shabu.

Nursery kids find drugs stash in woods
Sweden

Nursery kids find drugs stash in woods

Police were called in after Swedish nursery children, on a routine outing to the forest, found a mystery drugs stash which authorities said was worth a lot of money.

Thousands of expats go up for election in France
France

Thousands of expats go up for election in France

France's upcoming local elections may seem like a very French affair, but in fact they will be anything but. Thousands of EU nationals are putting themselves up for election. Find out which country's citizens are top of the table.

Top German court: euro bailout fund is kosher
Germany

Top German court: euro bailout fund is kosher

Germany's highest court ruled on Tuesday that the European bailout fund, the ESM, was in line with the country's constitution, throwing out numerous objections by eurosceptics.

Canada fights EU seal trade ban at WTO
Switzerland

Canada fights EU seal trade ban at WTO

Seal-hunters must have the same rights as fishermen, Canada's Environment Minister Leonoa Aglukkaq insists, as her country battles a Brussels' trade ban this week at the Geneva-based World Trade Organization.

‘Sweden’s entry-level wages are too high’
Sweden

‘Sweden’s entry-level wages are too high’

A new report has blamed youth unemployment on Sweden's high entry-level salaries. Liberal commentator Nima Sanandaji says bringing Sweden's wage scale in line with other rich EU countries could boost employment opportunities.

Swiss artist’s daughter charged in mum’s death
Switzerland

Swiss artist’s daughter charged in mum’s death

French authorities have charged the daughter of the late Swiss artist Rémy Zaugg with murder following the death of her 69-year-old mother in January near Mulhouse in Alsace, France.

Italian navy saves dozens of boat migrant children
Italy

Italian navy saves dozens of boat migrant children

The Italian navy said on Tuesday it had rescued nearly 600 Syrian, Palestinian and Eritrean migrants crossing the Mediterranean in two overcrowded boats, including 62 minors.

Scania board rejects Volkswagen takeover bid
Sweden

Scania board rejects Volkswagen takeover bid

The board of Swedish truck giant Scania has turned down a $9.2 billion takeover bid from Volkswagen telling members that their shares are worth more and not to sell up to the German manufacturer.

Germany fails to bridge gender pay gap
Germany

Germany fails to bridge gender pay gap

Germany has failed to do anything to close the yawning pay gap between men and women, for the third year running. Women still earn an average of a fifth less per hour than men.

Boy given up by foster parents ‘for being gay’
Italy

Boy given up by foster parents ‘for being gay’

A teenage boy who was fostered by an Italian family has been disowned by his foster parents – simply for being gay, Italian media reported on Tuesday.

Man dies while taking selfie on top of train
Spain

Man dies while taking selfie on top of train

A 21-year-old from southern Spain died on Saturday after being electrocuted when he climbed on to a train to take a photo of himself with friends.

Pictures: Car rips wall off southern Sweden home
Sweden

Pictures: Car rips wall off southern Sweden home

IN PICTURES: A car crashed so forcefully into a Lund home that it ripped the entire facade off the building. No one in the car or the house sustained any injuries.

Swiss economic growth to accelerate: forecast
Switzerland

Swiss economic growth to accelerate: forecast

Economic growth in Switzerland is expected to accelerate this year and next driven by a robust domestic economy and an improved climate in Europe and the rest of the world, says a federal government report released on Tuesday.

New Berlin airport ‘four-percent ready’
Germany

New Berlin airport ‘four-percent ready’

Just four percent of the delayed Berlin-Brandenburg BER airport is ready, despite new measures to get the building process off the ground, it has emerged.

Bundeswehr loses 32,000 bullets in break-in
Germany

Bundeswehr loses 32,000 bullets in break-in

Robbers have stolen more than 32,000 bullets from the Bundeswehr - the biggest such theft in 30 years and one which a newspaper says illustrates dreadful security standards in German barracks.

India in Italy court battle over helicopter deal
Italy

India in Italy court battle over helicopter deal

The Indian defence ministry on Tuesday said it will appeal against an Italian court order rejecting its request to recover some €278 million in bank guarantees over a scrapped helicopter deal.

Half of Swedish teen girls bullied online: survey
Sweden

Half of Swedish teen girls bullied online: survey

More than half of Swedish teenage girls aged between 13 and 16 have been the subject of cyber abuse, a survey revealed on Tuesday.

Dalai Lama to visit Oslo in May
Norway

Dalai Lama to visit Oslo in May

The Dalai Lama has announced plans to visit Norway at the start of May, adding new complications to Norway's efforts to mend its troubled relationship with China.

Dutch agree to return Italian high-speed trains
Italy

Dutch agree to return Italian high-speed trains

Dutch national railways announced on Monday that it has reached an agreement with Italian train builder AnsaldoBreda to return engines and carriages after a deal for high-speed trains dramatically ran off the rails last year.

Canadian tourist steals brick from Colosseum
Italy

Canadian tourist steals brick from Colosseum

A Canadian teenager got into hot water with police on Monday after she was caught trying to steal a brick from Rome’s Colosseum, stashed away in her backpack, Italian media reported.

Stockholm man shot in the back of the head
Sweden

Stockholm man shot in the back of the head

A man in the north-western suburbs of Stockholm was rushed to hospital on Monday night when an unknown assailant shot him in the head. Another man on the scene was also shot.

Solider sacked for party celebrating failed coup
Spain

Solider sacked for party celebrating failed coup

The Spanish government on Monday removed a senior military police officer from his post for celebrating in his barracks the anniversary of a failed 1981 coup led by his father.

‘Stop obese getting disabled parking’: MP
Norway

‘Stop obese getting disabled parking’: MP

A Conservative MP in Norway has launched a campaign to stop morbidly overweight people getting disabled parking tickets, arguing that having to walk a bit further from their parking places would help them shed a few kilograms.

Merkel ‘impressed by Italian PM’s package’
Germany

Merkel ‘impressed by Italian PM’s package’

Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday she was "very impressed" with the stimulus and reform package of Italy's new centre-left Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

Greenpeace militants storm nuclear plant
France

Greenpeace militants storm nuclear plant

Around 60 activists from environmental group Greenpeace occupied France’s oldest nuclear power station on Tuesday to highlight the lack of security and denounce “the risks” taken by France and other countries in Europe by continuing to use nuclear power.

Merkel ‘very impressed’ with Renzi’s plans
Italy

Merkel ‘very impressed’ with Renzi’s plans

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday she was "very impressed" with the stimulus and reform package of Italy's new centre-left Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

A fifth of girls in Norway sexually abused: survey
Norway

A fifth of girls in Norway sexually abused: survey

More than a fifth of girls in Norway experience sexual abuse before they reach adulthood, according to a new survey by the Norwegian Centre for Violence and Traumatic Stress.

French airports hit by nationwide strike
France

French airports hit by nationwide strike

Air traffic in France will be cut by 20-30 percent nationwide on Tuesday due to an air traffic control strike that unions say is prompted by president François Hollande's signature jobs' creation policy initiative.

The Swede who’s taking over Bollywood
Sweden

The Swede who’s taking over Bollywood

Bollywood's next big thing could be a 23-year-old Swede who has entranced India and mastered Hindi on the way. She tells The Local's Deepti Vashisht about her love for Mumbai, and why she feels safer there than in Sweden.

Norway gets new Arctic spy ship
Norway

Norway gets new Arctic spy ship

Norway on Sunday took delivery of a new intelligence collection ship which it has commissioned to help it track developments in the Barents Sea and Arctic Ocean as it is opened up to international competition by the melting ice cap.