Swiss hailed for saving Jews from Holocaust
Switzerland

Swiss hailed for saving Jews from Holocaust

A Swiss policemen who saved thousands of Jews from the Holocaust and ended up being punished for forging their entry documents was honoured by his former force on Friday.

Teen shot dead in Saint Gallen city mosque
Switzerland

Teen shot dead in Saint Gallen city mosque

UPDATE: One person was killed Friday in a shooting in the prayer hall of a mosque in the Swiss city of Saint Gallen, police said. Media reports said the victim was 18 and was killed as a result of a row between Albanian families.

Top ten: best bike rides in Spain
Spain

Top ten: best bike rides in Spain

To honour the start of the 2014 edition of Spain's amazing Vuelta cycling race on Saturday, The Local has put together a list of some of the greatest Spanish bicycle rides. Saddle up everyone!

Six quick tips for finding a job in France in 2016
France

Six quick tips for finding a job in France in 2016

A new year... and a new job? We take a look back at some quick and easy tips from a French recruitment expert for how Anglos can land that dream job in 2016.

Islamophobic attack on 84-year-old woman
Austria

Islamophobic attack on 84-year-old woman

An 84-year-old woman originally from Turkey wearing a traditional headscarf was kicked to the ground on Thursday afternoon in an attack that was clearly motivated by anti-Islamic sentiments, according to a press release from Austria's Islamic Religious Community Association (IGGiÖ).

Dad jailed for assaulting his infant twin sons
Sweden

Dad jailed for assaulting his infant twin sons

A man in central Sweden was sentenced to prison for aggravated assault on Friday after doctors noticed that both his twin sons had sustained serious and unexplained injuries.

Iraq: ‘The jihadists raped women and children’
France

Iraq: ‘The jihadists raped women and children’

Iraqi refugees who landed in France this week spoke of the horror as Islamic extremists rampaged through their homeland "raping women and children".

Chris Froome to take on hot Quintana in Spain
Spain

Chris Froome to take on hot Quintana in Spain

Chris Froome will go head-to-head with in-form Colombian rider Nairo Quintana when the final Grand Tour of the season, the majestic Tour of Spain, gets underway in Jerez on Saturday.

‘The crisis is extremely healthy for Italy’
Italy

‘The crisis is extremely healthy for Italy’

Italy’s economic crisis has created the perfect opportunity to plough money into the country, the chairman of the Italian Business & Investment Initiative tells The Local.

Elderly tourist impaled by sun umbrella in Italy
Italy

Elderly tourist impaled by sun umbrella in Italy

An elderly tourist was badly injured after she was impaled by a sun umbrella while sunbathing on a beach in Sardinia.

Rock star tried to save Norway’s FlyNonStop
Norway

Rock star tried to save Norway’s FlyNonStop

Bruce Dickinson, frontman of Iron Maiden, bid to save ailing FlyNonStop of Norway just hours after the company went bankrupt, said the airline's former owner.

Holidays financed with black market mushrooms
Austria

Holidays financed with black market mushrooms

Carinthia’s mountain guard says it has uncovered a thriving black market in mushrooms, with some travellers funding their holidays by selling some of the more desirable edible fungi to restaurants.

International vs French schools: How to decide?
France

International vs French schools: How to decide?

Put your kids in the local French state school system or shell out for an international school? It’s the choice that many expat parents in France have to make. But is there a right option? We've asked the parents.

Isis may not have Italian captives: government
Italy

Isis may not have Italian captives: government

Italy’s undersecretary of foreign affairs on Friday dismissed reports that two Italian aid workers captured 20 days ago in Syria are in the hands of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (Isis), Italian media reported.

Swedish city all set for six-hour workday trial
Sweden

Swedish city all set for six-hour workday trial

Officials finalized plans on Friday for the "Gothenburg guinea pigs" who will test out the six-hour workday, a move it's hoped will cut down on sick leave, boost efficiency, and ultimately save Sweden money.

Mountain bikers risk serious injury
Austria

Mountain bikers risk serious injury

With the growth of mountain biking as a sport in Austria, hospital admissions for bike-related serious injuries have reached a high of 6,500 people per year.

Traffic cops help deliver baby boy
Austria

Traffic cops help deliver baby boy

Police who stopped a man who ran several red lights in Rudolfsheim-Fünfhaus in Vienna took on more than they bargained for when it turned out the man’s wife was in labour.

Spain welcomes record tourist numbers in July
Spain

Spain welcomes record tourist numbers in July

Spain reported Friday record foreign visitor numbers in July, raising the prospect of a significant economic boost from the important summer tourism season.

130 jihadists from Austria fighting abroad
Austria

130 jihadists from Austria fighting abroad

According to the Interior Ministry as many as 130 people from Austria are fighting as jihadists abroad, with some having returned to Austria, and some on their way to war zones.

Size does matter in this case, rules judge
Germany

Size does matter in this case, rules judge

A judge has ordered a deliveryman's manhood to be measured after he claimed in court that it was too small for him to be guilty of exhibitionism.

Crimea annexation unnerves Germans: Poll
Germany

Crimea annexation unnerves Germans: Poll

Almost two thirds of Germans fear Russia plans further land grabs in Ukraine, according to an opinion poll released on the eve of Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit to the conflict-torn country.

Bear outsmarts captors after attacking Italian
Italy

Bear outsmarts captors after attacking Italian

A bear that reportedly attacked a man on the Ferragosto weekend has so far managed to evade capture in the northern Italian province of Trentino. Meanwhile, a social media campaign seeks to stop the animal from being caught.

Norway prisons face overcrowding crisis
Norway

Norway prisons face overcrowding crisis

Norwegian jails need urgent state money to avoid over-capacity and make urgent building repairs, said a prison chief.

Scottish councillor’s Austrian commute
Austria

Scottish councillor’s Austrian commute

According to a report in The Scotsman newspaper, a Scottish National Party councillor called Arthur Morrison attended only seven out of the 47 meetings for the committee on which he serves last year. His excuse? He lives in Austria.

Vienna’s ‘unpopular’ tourist buses
Austria

Vienna’s ‘unpopular’ tourist buses

A group of concerned residents in Vienna’s trendy 2nd district are complaining about the number of double decker tourist buses travelling through the area, saying that they are dangerous and that it shouldn’t be necessary for them to drive through small residential streets.

Italians say ‘good riddance’ to Balotelli exit
Italy

Italians say ‘good riddance’ to Balotelli exit

Mario Balotelli's departure from AC Milan for Liverpool provoked few tears among Italian football fans with many saying 'good riddance' to the controversial striker.

Ebola: Cabin crew told to boycott Air France flights
France

Ebola: Cabin crew told to boycott Air France flights

Pressure mounted on Air France to suspend flights to West Africa on Friday when a trade union called on cabin crew to refuse to board planes to Ebola hit countries. It comes after panic spread through a Paris flight earlier this week.

Ice bucket challenge gets dumped on Germany
Germany

Ice bucket challenge gets dumped on Germany

German football players, German tennis players, German TV characters and Germany's latest Topmodel winner are all taking on the ice bucket challenge, but is it actually making a difference?

Armed royal guards caught drunk on the job
Sweden

Armed royal guards caught drunk on the job

Three Swedish soldiers risk prison after they were found to be drunk while guarding Stockholm's Royal Palace. The men, who were all armed at the time, were charged on Friday.

What do the Swedes do when summer’s over?
Sweden

What do the Swedes do when summer’s over?

The heatwave is well and truly over, the days are getting shorter, and winter is coming. With this in mind, The Local's Isabela Vrba chatted to ten Stockholmers about how they plan to tackle the autumn.

Sexist mayor shocks Spain with rape gaffe
Spain

Sexist mayor shocks Spain with rape gaffe

Another Spanish politician has got himself into hot water after voicing his opinions on the Interior Ministry's controversial anti-rape guidelines and the shelved case of an alleged group rape in Malaga.

Swedes spend fortune on nail polish trend
Sweden

Swedes spend fortune on nail polish trend

Swedes are spending more than ever on makeup - and a growing chunk is going directly to their fingernails, new figures showed on Friday.

Defence chief shot down over shooting quip
Germany

Defence chief shot down over shooting quip

Amid heated debates over arms for Iraq, the Ukraine crisis, and Germany's foreign military involvement despite its WWII legacy, defence chief Ursula von der Leyen stirred a debate of her own on Friday after a dud World Cup gag.

Italian woman in suspected Ebola case
Italy

Italian woman in suspected Ebola case

An Italian woman travelling from Nigeria on Friday was stopped at Istanbul airport in a suspected Ebola case, Turkish media reported.

Salmonella fears lead to egg recall
Denmark

Salmonella fears lead to egg recall

Eggs and egg products sold in popular stores like Netto and Føtex have been recalled after salmonella is discovered among chickens used by Hedegaard Foods.

He’ll take my name: yes he’s really sure!
Germany

He’ll take my name: yes he’s really sure!

A quick and uncomplicated conversation between a recently engaged couple concluded that the husband-to-be would take on his fiancee's surname. However, no one was more surprised by people's reactions than Australian expat Liv Hambrett.

Two Spanish shipwreck victims still missing
Spain

Two Spanish shipwreck victims still missing

Indonesian authorities are continuing to search for two Spanish citizens, including a 43-year-old from Seville, the only people still missing after a tourist boat carrying 25 people in the country's waters sank on Sunday.

Crook uses 3D printer to steal thousands
France

Crook uses 3D printer to steal thousands

Three-dimensional printers are not always used to positive effect. A criminal in southern France managed to use one to steal thousands of euros from bank users, it emerged this week.

‘Mugged’ youth admits he stabbed himself
Switzerland

‘Mugged’ youth admits he stabbed himself

A man who claimed to have been attacked and stabbed by muggers in Balsthal, in the canton of Solothurn, has confessed to police that he made the incident up and actually stabbed himself.

Majority of drink driving accidents in August
Austria

Majority of drink driving accidents in August

Balmy evenings sitting outside bars and lots of barbecues and bank holidays make summer in Austria a sociable time - and also the time of year when the most drink driving accidents happen.

Locals ramp up ‘war’ on low-cost tourism
Spain

Locals ramp up ‘war’ on low-cost tourism

Barcelona has seen a second night of street protests against so-called 'drunken tourism' and illegal apartment rental despite authorities announcing they will clamp down on unregistered holiday apartments "by the end of the year".

France drinks to bumper 2014 wine harvest
France

France drinks to bumper 2014 wine harvest

There was some much-needed good cheer for France on Friday when winegrowers predicted a successful 2014. With over 6 million bottles set to be produced this year, there should be enough to go round. Although there was bad news for another crop.

Danish tourist’s cigarette costs dearly in Italy
Denmark

Danish tourist’s cigarette costs dearly in Italy

Italian authorities are cracking down on littering on the beach as one Danish woman found out the hard way. Putting her cigarette butt in the sand cost her €600.

Ferry firm LD Lines slashes UK-Spain routes
Spain

Ferry firm LD Lines slashes UK-Spain routes

Ferry company LD Lines has been slammed by customers and Spanish authorities after it announced it will be stopping its services from the south-eastern UK city of Poole to Gijón and Santander in northern Spain.

Newborn white lion cubs are pride of the circus
Germany

Newborn white lion cubs are pride of the circus

Four white lions born into the Krone Circus during its stop in Magdeburg yesterday find themselves in a Germany reliving a decades-old fight over exotic animals displayed for profit.

Graubünden derailment claims first fatality
Switzerland

Graubünden derailment claims first fatality

An 85-year-old man injured in the Rhaetian Railway train derailment in the canton of Graubünden on August 13th has died in hospital.

Jewish school vandalised in Copenhagen
Denmark

Jewish school vandalised in Copenhagen

Carolineskolen in Østerbro had its windows smashed and its walls painted with "political" anti-Semitic messages. The school's leader says nothing like it has happened before in the school's 200 year history.

Italy’s ‘determined’ women boost business
Italy

Italy’s ‘determined’ women boost business

Italian women are taking over the male-dominated business world by launching an increasing number of new firms, but one expert tells The Local there is still a long road to gender equality.

Mario Balotelli says farewell to A.C. Milan
Italy

Mario Balotelli says farewell to A.C. Milan

Mario Balotelli said his goodbyes to fellow A.C. Milan teammates and staff after training on Thursday, the club's website reported, suggesting that only personal terms remain to be finalized before his shock move to Liverpool.

Jura to vote on extending expat political rights
Switzerland

Jura to vote on extending expat political rights

Foreigners may be allowed to become local councillors in the canton of Jura if the population votes in favour of an extension of political rights for expat residents in a referendum on September 28th.

Austrian student finds baby in box in Brazil
Austria

Austrian student finds baby in box in Brazil

An Austrian student living in Brazil found an abandoned baby in a box and saved its life.

Dogs give clue in hunt for schoolgirl attacker
Norway

Dogs give clue in hunt for schoolgirl attacker

Police hunting a man who sexually assaulted a six-year-old girl in Bergen on Tuesday, believe two dogs seen near the scene of the crime may help them catch the attacker.

Facebook lawsuit moving forward despite setback
Austria

Facebook lawsuit moving forward despite setback

The first Austrian court to hear a lawsuit organized on behalf of 25,000 Facebook users regarding data privacy rejected the suit, but has referred it to another court this week.

FPÖ in hot water over election posters
Austria

FPÖ in hot water over election posters

Austrian singer and entertainer Rainhard Fendrich has threatened to sue Upper Austria’s Freedom Party (FPÖ) for ripping off the lyrics from his popular I Am From Austria song.

Miss Spain comes out of closet on Instagram
Spain

Miss Spain comes out of closet on Instagram

The winner of the 2013 Miss Spain contest, Patricia Yurena, has become the first holder of the tile to declare herself gay, posting a picture of herself with her lover in bed on the social media site Instagram.

Denmark will join Nato’s missile defense system
Denmark

Denmark will join Nato’s missile defense system

At least one Danish warship will be outfitted with a radar system that will contribute to Nato's joint missile defense shield project.

Swiss workers face increased physical risks
Switzerland

Swiss workers face increased physical risks

More than half of employed people in Switzerland are exposed to physical risks in the workplace, ten percent more than five years previously, according to figures released by the Federal Statistics Office this week.

Sweden mulls stripping paracetamol from shops
Sweden

Sweden mulls stripping paracetamol from shops

After a drastic increase in the number of paracetamol poisonings in Sweden, authorities have said the drug should only be available in pharmacies.

€600 fine for tourist’s beach cigarette stub
Italy

€600 fine for tourist’s beach cigarette stub

Smokers might want to be extra cautious next time they visit Sardinia's pristine coastline, after a Danish tourist was fined €600 for putting out her cigarette on one of the island's beaches.

Teenager sentenced for running Nazi chat forum
Austria

Teenager sentenced for running Nazi chat forum

Salzburg Regional Court has sentenced an 18-year-old youth to 12 months for operating a right-wing internet forum, under the Prohibition Act Section 3g.

Nine jihadists placed into remand
Austria

Nine jihadists placed into remand

The remaining five alleged jihadists from a group of nine suspects arrested earlier this week have been given pre-trial detention by Vienna's criminal court.

Ten ways expats in France drive you mad
France

Ten ways expats in France drive you mad

This week The Local France has been asking readers about the things their fellow countrymen and women do that embarrass them or drive them mad. Needless to say we’ve had plenty of responses.

France welcomes 40 Iraqi Christian refugees
France

France welcomes 40 Iraqi Christian refugees

Some 40 Iraqi Christians were flown into Paris on Thursday as they seek refuge from the Islamic extremists who have captured the northern reaches of Iraq. French authorities expect to receive hundreds more.

Heart centre accused of fiddling transplant list
Germany

Heart centre accused of fiddling transplant list

UPDATE: The German Heart Institute of Berlin (DHZB) is under investigation for attempted manslaughter after evidence showed a doctor manipulated patient data to get them a new heart faster.

Man tries to snatch toddler off Rome street
Italy

Man tries to snatch toddler off Rome street

A man has been arrested in Rome after trying to snatch a two-year-old girl, while she was on the way to the park with her grandmother.

Listeria fears prompt meat recall in Sweden
Sweden

Listeria fears prompt meat recall in Sweden

After finding traces of listeria in ham sold in Sweden, food companies decided on Friday to recall several Danish cold cuts.

French pensioner told to prove he is alive
France

French pensioner told to prove he is alive

A retired Frenchman became embroiled in bureaucratic nightmare after he was denied a refund through his state health insurance on the grounds he was dead. He has been asked to prove otherwise.

Canada to push Arctic claim in Denmark
Denmark

Canada to push Arctic claim in Denmark

Canada's foreign affairs minister will be in Denmark next week to discuss the Arctic in a meeting that will be closely watched by Moscow.

‘Germany must apologize for Spain Civil War role’
Spain

‘Germany must apologize for Spain Civil War role’

Spanish campaigners said on Thursday they have written to the German Chancellor demanding she apologize for her country helping the country's former dictator Francisco Franco in Spain's civil war.

Planes can cope with new ash threat: expert
Norway

Planes can cope with new ash threat: expert

The imminent threat of a volcanic eruption in Iceland causing an ash cloud may be less serious a problem for airspace traffic due to new plane technology, says a Norwegian aviation expert.

Germany sues Swiss bank over missing marks
Germany

Germany sues Swiss bank over missing marks

Berlin is suing one of Switzerland's largest banks in its bid to recuperate hundreds of million euros that went missing during the reunification of East and West Germany, the bank said Thursday.

Ikea opens first store in the Balkans
Sweden

Ikea opens first store in the Balkans

Swedish furniture giant Ikea has opened its first store in the former Yugoslavia, near Croatia's capital Zagreb. The move marks the company's first step in an expansion to the Balkans market.

When Ernest Hemingway took back the Ritz bar
France

When Ernest Hemingway took back the Ritz bar

Writer Ernest Hemingway's role in the Liberation of Paris from Nazi forces 70 years ago has become the stuff of legend. He was on a one-man mission to liberate the famous bar at the Ritz Hotel from the Germans.

Trial of cannibalism fetish cop to begin
Germany

Trial of cannibalism fetish cop to begin

The trial of a German police officer accused of murdering a willing victim he met on a website for cannibalism fetishists starts on Friday in the eastern city of Dresden.

False teeth of the dead: finders keepers?
Germany

False teeth of the dead: finders keepers?

An Erfurt court has decided not to force a 56-year old man to pay damages for more than 31 kilos of gold teeth taken from the crematorium in Hamburg where he worked between 2003 and 2011.

13 injured in highway pile-up on A22 in Vienna
Austria

13 injured in highway pile-up on A22 in Vienna

There was a serious traffic accident on the A22 near Floridsdorfer bridge on Thursday afternoon. Nine vehicles, including two trucks were involved. A total of 13 persons were injured, some seriously.