Fourteen-year-old Swiss whiz kid enrols at uni
Switzerland

Fourteen-year-old Swiss whiz kid enrols at uni

A Swiss teenager has become the youngest university student in Germany, according to media reports in Switzerland.

Calais police fire tear gas as migrants storm trucks
France

Calais police fire tear gas as migrants storm trucks

French police on Monday fired tear gas at hundreds of migrants trying to force their way onto trucks in the northern port of Calais in a desperate bid to reach Britain.

Clown panic in France: Fake joker given jail term
France

Clown panic in France: Fake joker given jail term

The party is over for a fake clown who received a six-month suspended jail term Monday for threatening passers-by while in full circus garb, a disturbing trend terrifying towns in northern France.

France launches fresh strikes against IS in Iraq
France

France launches fresh strikes against IS in Iraq

French fighter jets have carried out a third round of air strikes against Islamic State jihadists in support of Iraqi ground forces, the defence ministry said on Monday.

A vegetarian’s guide to surviving in Denmark
Denmark

A vegetarian’s guide to surviving in Denmark

It's not always easy to be a vegetarian in a country with a hot dog stand seemingly on every corner, but The Local's contributor Sparsh Sharma spoke with a few fellow vegetarians in the Aarhus area to come up with this mini guide.

Steinmeier wants epidemic task force
Germany

Steinmeier wants epidemic task force

At the World Health Summit in Berlin, the Ebola crisis took centre stage at talks meant to create plans for how to handle future outbreaks.

French GPs urged to strike over Christmas
France

French GPs urged to strike over Christmas

You might have more reason than ever not to fall sick over Christmas if you're in France this year. GPs are being urged by unions to shut up their surgeries over the Christmas period in protest against a new government health bill.

Up to a million to march for jobs creation in Rome
Italy

Up to a million to march for jobs creation in Rome

Up to a million protesters will descend on Rome on Saturday to call for job creation and greater investment in the economy, the secretary general of union CGIL said on Monday.

Nazi-stolen painting put on display, sort of
Germany

Nazi-stolen painting put on display, sort of

The Wiesbaden Museum was once a collection house for art stolen from Jewish owners by the Nazi. With one painting, they hope to right at least one wrong while bringing awareness to its ongoing restitution work.

CurrencyFair: Why it pays when making overseas transfers
Sweden

CurrencyFair: Why it pays when making overseas transfers

Tired of losing money when you send cash back home? Join other expats in Sweden who avoid bank fees and hidden charges by sending money internationally with CurrencyFair, an online marketplace where secure transactions are faster and cheaper.

CurrencyFair: Why it pays when making overseas transfers
Norway

CurrencyFair: Why it pays when making overseas transfers

Tired of losing money when you send cash back home? Join other expats in Norway who avoid bank fees and hidden charges by sending money internationally with CurrencyFair, an online marketplace where secure transactions are faster and cheaper.

Five dogs poisoned in Salzburg
Austria

Five dogs poisoned in Salzburg

The city of Salzburg has responded to reports that dogs are being killed with poisoned bait by closing and screening the city’s dog zones and putting surveillance cameras in a park that is popular with dog walkers.

‘It’s only an internship if you’re learning’
Germany

‘It’s only an internship if you’re learning’

How long should an intern work for without being paid? At least eight months, according to a ruling by a court in western Germany last week. JobTalk looks at the warning signs for abusive internships.

Lazio’s Keita crashes Lamborghini in Rome
Italy

Lazio’s Keita crashes Lamborghini in Rome

Lazio footballer Keita Baldé Diao on Monday morning crashed his Lamborghini sports car into a bridge in central Rome.

What’s on in Spain: November 2014
Spain

What’s on in Spain: November 2014

November in Spain is bursting at the seams for lovers of art, culture, food and sport. Find out what's on as The Local showcases the best the country has to offer in the month before Christmas.

Single parents, common law families on rise
Germany

Single parents, common law families on rise

The German family structure is changing, with nearly a third of every family no longer living in the "classic model" and big differences in what family looks like in the former East and West, statistics agency Destatis announced on Monday.

Italy tax-breaks could be ‘a costly flash in the pan’
Italy

Italy tax-breaks could be ‘a costly flash in the pan’

UPDATED: Italy’s planned tax incentives risk being "a costly flash in the pan”, an economist told The Local, as the country’s finance minister said on Monday that the measures could create 800,000 jobs.

UN slams Spain over assault on migrant
Spain

UN slams Spain over assault on migrant

The United Nations has criticized Spain over a recent incident which saw a Cameroonian man dumped back inside Morocco after video footage showed him being assaulted by Spanish border police.

Austria’s first memorial for Nazi ‘deserters’
Austria

Austria’s first memorial for Nazi ‘deserters’

After years of debate a memorial to the thousands of people executed by the Nazis for deserting or refusing to serve in the military during World War II will be opened in Vienna on Friday.

‘Glass ship’ Vuitton museum opens in Paris
France

‘Glass ship’ Vuitton museum opens in Paris

Emerging from the woods at the edge of Paris like a glass ship, the hyper-modern Louis Vuitton art museum will be inaugurated on Monday, kicking off an art-filled week in the French capital.

Grasser appears in court to sue tax advisor
Austria

Grasser appears in court to sue tax advisor

Former Austrian politician Karl-Heinz Grasser has appeared in court today as the plaintiff at the civil trial against his former tax consultant and the agency Deloitte.

No truth to Russia’s submarine claim: Dutch
Sweden

No truth to Russia’s submarine claim: Dutch

The Netherlands on Monday denied a Russian claim that a mystery vessel the Swedish military has been looking for could be Dutch.

A Made in France ‘Halal test’ to check for pork
France

A Made in France ‘Halal test’ to check for pork

A French company has developed a so-called “Halal test” which will allow Muslim consumers to detect, within a matter minutes, the presence of pork or alcohol in food.

Spanish nurse may get Ebola all-clear Tuesday
Spain

Spanish nurse may get Ebola all-clear Tuesday

Updated: Spanish nursing assistant Teresa Romero will be declared free of Ebola on Tuesday if further tests confirm Sunday's result which showed she no longer had the virus, health officials said on Monday.

Denmark drops its first bombs on Isis targets
Denmark

Denmark drops its first bombs on Isis targets

Danish F-16 jets have dropped their first bombs on Isis targets, military officials said on Monday.

Paris traffic jams will become world’s costliest
France

Paris traffic jams will become world’s costliest

Anyone who has ever been for a drive through Paris will know exactly what it's like to get stuck in a traffic jam, but it's not just time they are wasting, it's money too, and lots of it. And things are about to get a lot worse.

Sereni tipped to be Italy’s new foreign minister
Italy

Sereni tipped to be Italy’s new foreign minister

Marina Sereni, the deputy president of Italian parliament, has been tipped to take over from Federica Mogherini as foreign minister in November.

Real Madrid star Bale in doubt for Barça clash
Spain

Real Madrid star Bale in doubt for Barça clash

Real Madrid look set to be without Gareth Bale for their Champions League trip to Liverpool on Wednesday after a scan revealed the Welshman has an abdominal injury.

Immigrant kids may get swifter Italy citizenship
Italy

Immigrant kids may get swifter Italy citizenship

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has promised to make it easier for children born to foreigners in his country - a prime destination for immigrants making risky boat voyages from Africa - to get citizenship.

Four arrested in raids against Isis
Germany

Four arrested in raids against Isis

Police raided 15 homes across Germany over the weekend and arrested four suspected supporters of the Islamic State (Isis). They are alleged to have smuggled a teenager and thousands of winter military clothes to the terrorist group's frontlines.

Why a foreign vessel lurks in Swedish waters
Sweden

Why a foreign vessel lurks in Swedish waters

With Sweden engaged in its biggest domestic military operation since the Cold War, The Local spoke to Johan Wiktorin, a fellow at the Swedish Royal Academy of War Sciences, to get insight into what’s going on in the Stockholm archipelago.

Norway minister charged with violence to family
Norway

Norway minister charged with violence to family

A minister whose crimes include pulling his son by his ears and threatening his wife with a knife, has been charged with family violence in Norway, on Monday.

Copenhagen is world’s greenest city: study
Denmark

Copenhagen is world’s greenest city: study

Copenhagen is viewed as the greenest city in the world, according to the newest edition of the Global Green Economy Index (GGEI).

France steps up pleas for Germany to invest
France

France steps up pleas for Germany to invest

French ministers were in Berlin on Monday for talks aimed at ways to boost growth the eurozone's two biggest economies. Paris has reiterated calls for Berlin to invest more to help spark life in both the French economy and that of the eurozone.

Ten travel warnings about Austria
Austria

Ten travel warnings about Austria

Although Austria is widely acknowledged to be a trouble-free destination for tourists there are still warnings in place for the almost 30 million people who visit Austria each year. The Local List looks at ten things other countries warn their citizens before making the trip.

Six police charged over drug addict’s murder
Spain

Six police charged over drug addict’s murder

A judge believes six police officers from the Spanish city of Cartagena murdered a man who had called them for assistance, taking him to a remote cove and beating him before dumping his body in the sea.

Spain’s Ferrovial bids for Australian Transfield
Spain

Spain’s Ferrovial bids for Australian Transfield

Spanish construction giant Ferrovial offered €687 million ($875 million) to buy Australian firm Transfield Services, which rejected the bid as poor value, the companies said on Monday.

US woman starts up Swedish toy store online
Sweden

US woman starts up Swedish toy store online

For this week's My Swedish Career we meet Leigh Neil, who one day came to realize that there was a gap in the Swedish market for children's toys and decided to do something about it.

Deradicalization hotline to launch in December
Austria

Deradicalization hotline to launch in December

A telephone hotline intended to help deradicalize young Muslims in Austria will launch in December, according to an interview with Family Affairs minister Sophie Karmasin of the conservative Austrian People's Party (ÖVP).

Over 20 Swedish flights hit by Lufthansa strike
Sweden

Over 20 Swedish flights hit by Lufthansa strike

A strike by pilots at German airline Lufthansa will affect over 20 flights in and out of Sweden over the next two days.

‘There’s no room but we have nowhere else to go’
Germany

‘There’s no room but we have nowhere else to go’

Around 300 refugees are arriving in Munich each day, but accommodation centres are full. With authorities struggling for answers, The Local meets those at the sharp end of the crisis.

Motorway panic as priest drives in wrong direction
Italy

Motorway panic as priest drives in wrong direction

A priest lost his driving licence and was fined after causing havoc when he sped along a busy Italian motorway in the wrong direction.

Dentist gives free care to Roma beggars
Sweden

Dentist gives free care to Roma beggars

A dentist in western Sweden is offering free dental care to his town's Roma begging population.

Electrolux to close Swiss manufacturing plant
Switzerland

Electrolux to close Swiss manufacturing plant

Swedish home appliances maker Electrolux plans to close its production plant in Schwanden in the canton of Glarus, eliminating 120 full-time jobs, partly because of tighter rules about Swiss-made products.

How to rent out a second home in France legally
France

How to rent out a second home in France legally

The French property market has changed significantly in recent years, leading to much confusion among foreigners. Andy Denison, director of an expat advice service, explains how to stay on the right side of the law when renting out a second home in France.

Killer businessman commits suicide in jail
Italy

Killer businessman commits suicide in jail

An Italian businessman committed suicide in prison overnight, a month after killing two former employees who demanded €20,000 in overdue wages.

Exposed: student conman who fooled king
Spain

Exposed: student conman who fooled king

A 20-year-old student from an elite business school who was arrested last week on suspicion of swindling, forging documents and impersonating public officials cozied up to the cream of Spanish society, even managing to attend King Felipe VI’s proclamation.

Buses up prices, football fans brawl, trains return
Germany

Buses up prices, football fans brawl, trains return

UPDATE: Deutsche Bahn trains are chugging along again after a 50-hour train strike cost the service "tens of millions" and brought travel headaches across the country, leaving millions of passengers struggling for transportation over the weekend as well as at least one mass brawl in its tracks.

Danish clothing costs the environment billions
Denmark

Danish clothing costs the environment billions

Each simple cotton T-shirt costs the environment nearly 22 kroner and Danes' annual clothing use has an environmental cost of three billion kroner, leading the Environment Ministry to plea for less wasteful habits among Danish consumers.

Three kids hospitalized in crossing car crash
Switzerland

Three kids hospitalized in crossing car crash

Three children are in hospital, including a six-month-old infant, after a car collided with a family walking across a pedestrian crossing in Oberglatt, a municipality near the Zurich airport, police said on Monday.

Flash floods: woman dies in Canary Islands
Spain

Flash floods: woman dies in Canary Islands

Heavy rain caused chaos in the Canary Island city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife on Sunday with one woman dying after she found herself trapped underneath a parked car during flash flooding.

Foreigner toll to hit motorways only
Germany

Foreigner toll to hit motorways only

Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt plans to limit his road toll for foreigners initially to motorways only, Spiegel reported on Sunday.

Vaccinations clinic opens at MedUni Vienna
Austria

Vaccinations clinic opens at MedUni Vienna

Austria's first specialist vaccinations clinic will open at the Medical University of Vienna on October 22nd. The outpatient clinic will specialise in patients who, as a result of illness or disease, require personalised care in relation to vaccinations.

Ebola posters put up at Austrian airports
Austria

Ebola posters put up at Austrian airports

Multilingual posters to inform people about the symptoms of Ebola and Mers virus are being put up at airports and train stations across Austria, Health Minister Sabine Oberhauser (SPÖ) told the state broadcaster ORF.

Electrolux profit soars after cost-cutting efforts
Sweden

Electrolux profit soars after cost-cutting efforts

Swedish electrical appliance maker Electrolux reported its third-quarter net profit soared 42 percent to 933 million kronor ($130 million) thanks to a cost-cutting programme started at the end of last year.

Italy’s new mums to get €80 ‘baby bonus’
Italy

Italy’s new mums to get €80 ‘baby bonus’

Families with a newborn child will be given a "baby bonus" of €80 a month as part of premier Matteo Renzi’s plans to lift Italian families out of the economic doldrums.

Norwegian ski champ in freak soccer injury
Norway

Norwegian ski champ in freak soccer injury

Ski star Aksel Lund Svindal may miss the entire World Cup season after getting a serious injury while playing a game of football with his teammates at the weekend.

‘We will pay off debt’: Spain’s ‘indignant’ party
Spain

‘We will pay off debt’: Spain’s ‘indignant’ party

Spain's left-wing Podemos grouping on Sunday backed away from previous hints it would refuse to pay off Spain's public debt, in a bid to win more voters to its cause.

Frisky Slovak lashes out after sauna ejection
Austria

Frisky Slovak lashes out after sauna ejection

A 30-year-old Slovak man was arrested for assault after lashing out at a sauna employee when he was being ejected from the sauna where he had been canoodling with his 26-year-old girlfriend.

Bank chauffeurs had ‘black’ Visa cards: report
Spain

Bank chauffeurs had ‘black’ Visa cards: report

A dozen chauffeurs working for two major Spanish banks were issued company credit cards so that drivers could make luxury purchases on the behalf of top executives, a Spanish newspaper reported on Monday, part of a scandal which has rocked Spain.

Gay unions debate to reach Senate by January
Italy

Gay unions debate to reach Senate by January

Legalizing civil partnerships for gay couples will reach the Senate floor by January, following fierce debate over the handling of same-sex foreign marriages in Italy, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said on Sunday.

Quarter of workers ‘stressed out’: survey
Switzerland

Quarter of workers ‘stressed out’: survey

More than 40 percent of employed people in Switzerland believe they suffer from overwork, while a quarter of them say they are stressed out, according to a new survey.

VIDEO: Mass brawl after Corsica flag unfurled
France

VIDEO: Mass brawl after Corsica flag unfurled

It was an eventful weekend in Ligue 1 with a mass brawl in Nice involving players and fans sparked by the unfurling of a Corsica flag, a record-equalling win for taple topping Marseille and a PSG - Lens match marred by red cards. Catch up on all the latest action here.

Family tragedy on Hohe Wand mountain ridge
Austria

Family tragedy on Hohe Wand mountain ridge

A 36-year-old man and his three-year-old son fell to their deaths whilst hiking on the Hohe Wand mountain ridge in Lower Austria on Sunday afternoon.

Dozens of Danish flights hit by Lufthansa strike
Denmark

Dozens of Danish flights hit by Lufthansa strike

A strike by Lufthansa pilots will affect 27 flights in and out of Denmark, but Danish travellers may have other options for getting to German cities.

Criminals blow Berlin Sparkasse wide open
Germany

Criminals blow Berlin Sparkasse wide open

Criminals robbed a Berliner Sparkasse bank branch early on Sunday morning - using a bomb.

School photographer fired for homophobic slur
Sweden

School photographer fired for homophobic slur

A photographer at a high school in southern Sweden was sacked after he called one of the students a "fag" during a shoot.

Turkey confirms release of Islam critic’s assailant
Denmark

Turkey confirms release of Islam critic’s assailant

Turkish officials told a Danish delegation that the 27-year-old man accused of trying to execute Lars Hedegaard has been released from prison, but both the Hedegaard and the justice minister are demanding more answers.

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Sweden

Oct. 30: Epic Halloween Party (Stockholm)

40 yobs wreck girls’ taco party in Norway
Norway

40 yobs wreck girls’ taco party in Norway

40 Norwegian youths gatecrashed and caused havoc at a taco evening on Saturday organised by a group of teenage girls in south-east Norway.

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Sweden

Oct. 28: Seminar on On Ideologies of ‘The US in the World’ (Linköping)

Canadian Ebola vaccine headed for Geneva
Switzerland

Canadian Ebola vaccine headed for Geneva

Canada will start sending more than 1,000 doses of an experimental Ebola vaccine to Switzerland this week as part of the global fight against the deadly virus, a Geneva hospital says.

French retread path to Berlin finance ministry
Germany

French retread path to Berlin finance ministry

French and German ministers are due to meet on Monday to discuss ways of boosting growth in Europe's two biggest economies, as Paris called on Berlin to step up investment.

Sweden hit by two Ebola false alarms in two days
Sweden

Sweden hit by two Ebola false alarms in two days

UPDATED: A patient has been cleared of any Ebola suspicions at the Uppsala University Hospital. It marks the second suspected case in Sweden in two days.

Average Statoil salary is 1 million kroner
Norway

Average Statoil salary is 1 million kroner

Statoil, the Norwegian oil and gas giant, pay their staff an average annual wage of 1 million kroner ($153,000), the company revealed on Monday.

Paris Opera ejects woman for wearing veil
France

Paris Opera ejects woman for wearing veil

France will urgently update its law around the wearing of full face veils in public after it emerged a female spectator was told to leave the Paris Opera during a performance La Traviata after singers spotted her wearing a niqab.

Vessel hunt continues at ‘full strength’
Sweden

Vessel hunt continues at ‘full strength’

The search for a suspected foreign vessel in the Stockholm archipelago continues with "full strength" on Tuesday morning, according to Sweden's armed forces.