Prison guard loses her job at brothel
Austria

Prison guard loses her job at brothel

After a panel decision, a prison guard in Vienna has lost her job working as security for a local brothel.

Job candidates unhappy with hiring process
Switzerland

Job candidates unhappy with hiring process

More than one in two job seekers in Switzerland are dissatisfied with the process used by employers to hire people, according to a new survey by staffing company Kelly Services.

India names tax dodgers with Swiss accounts
Switzerland

India names tax dodgers with Swiss accounts

India's government revealed Monday new names of people accused of illegally stashing funds in Swiss bank accounts, and those in Liechtenstein and other offshore havens, as it seeks to recover billions of untaxed dollars parked abroad.

French culture minister ‘has no time to read’
France

French culture minister ‘has no time to read’

France's culture minister sparked controversy this week when she admitted she'd never read a single book by the French author who just won the Nobel Prize for literature. In fact, she says she hasn't read a book in two years.

No stress: Spain’s banks pass ECB tests
Spain

No stress: Spain’s banks pass ECB tests

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Sunday said Spain's banking system was in "stupendous" shape after almost all of the country's banks passed a European Central Bank stress test exercise.

Ten things you should never say to an Austrian
Austria

Ten things you should never say to an Austrian

Since it declared its everlasting neutrality on October 26, 1955, the national holiday, the Alpine country of Austria has gone from strength to strength, boasting a staggering twenty Nobel Prize laureates, including seven in physiology or medicine, five in chemistry, three in physics and one for economist Friedrich Hayek.

Construction worker has ‘Sweden’s best beard’
Sweden

Construction worker has ‘Sweden’s best beard’

A father-of-two from west Sweden has fought off competition from more than a hundred hairy men to win a national prize in honour of his beard.

Student entrepreneurs – rags, riches, and research
Sweden

Student entrepreneurs – rags, riches, and research

NFGL student Liridona Sopjani, along with her international student friends Jan, Alexis, and Martha, needed a job. So she created one. Or rather, they created a company. Now she explains how they did it.

France tries to appease EU with ‘new’ budget
France

France tries to appease EU with ‘new’ budget

Crisis-hit France, which has come under fire from the European Union for breaking the bloc's spending rules, announced "new measures" and "clarifications" to its budget Monday to reduce its deficit by €3.6 billion ($4.6 billion).

French cop on trial for rape at police station
France

French cop on trial for rape at police station

A French policeman is on trial for allegedly raping a drunken woman being held at a police station while he was on duty in 2012. If this sounds familiar, that's because a separate but similar case came about earlier this year.

Vodafone examines Ono tax fraud claims
Spain

Vodafone examines Ono tax fraud claims

Mobile phone giant Vodafone said Monday it was investigating allegations of tax fraud at its recently-acquired Spanish unit Ono.

Minister wants to ban hooligan protests
Germany

Minister wants to ban hooligan protests

North Rhine-Westphalia's interior minister wants to ban future violent far-right and hooligan demonstrations, following chaotic scenes in Cologne on Sunday in which 44 police officers were injured.

Mass goose slaughter begins in Austria
Austria

Mass goose slaughter begins in Austria

St Martin's Day on November 11th, also known as Martinstag or Martinmas, is a time for feasting in Austria - and those of you who are new to the country may have noticed that many restaurants and guest houses are now serving goose.

Stockholm taxis offer free therapy sessions
Sweden

Stockholm taxis offer free therapy sessions

A Swedish taxi company has launched a new project that will see therapists sitting in the back of its cars in an effort to fight Stockholmers' winter blues.

Offer: Unlimited airmiles from British Airways
France

Offer: Unlimited airmiles from British Airways

Whether you're a frequent flyer because you live and work abroad, or are close to someone who does, British Airways (BA) can help you earn thousands of extra airmiles when you fly through December 19th. Find out how.

Offer: Unlimited airmiles from British Airways
Germany

Offer: Unlimited airmiles from British Airways

Whether you're a frequent flyer because you live and work abroad, or are close to someone who does, British Airways (BA) can help you earn thousands of extra airmiles when you fly through December 19th. Find out how.

Offer: Unlimited airmiles from British Airways
Italy

Offer: Unlimited airmiles from British Airways

Whether you're a frequent flyer because you live and work abroad, or are close to someone who does, British Airways (BA) can help you earn thousands of extra airmiles when you fly through December 19th. Find out how.

Queen Letizia flies solo for Austrian art affair
Spain

Queen Letizia flies solo for Austrian art affair

Spain’s Queen Letizia will be in Vienna on Monday for the opening of a major new exhibition of works by Spanish painter Velázquez at the city's Kunsthistorisches Museum, her first overseas trip without her husband.

France tries to settle Karabakh dispute
France

France tries to settle Karabakh dispute

French President François Hollande held talks with leaders from Armenia and Azerbaijan on Monday as Europe makes a fresh push to end the festering conflict over the disputed region of Nagorny Karabakh.

One German killed, one abducted in Nigeria
Germany

One German killed, one abducted in Nigeria

Gunmen killed one German national and abducted another after opening fire on two vehicles in southwest Nigeria, police said on Monday.

Danes’ trust in public institutions has fallen
Denmark

Danes’ trust in public institutions has fallen

Immigration Services, tax authority Skat, the Tax Ministry, the Employment Ministry and state-run transportation companies DSB and Banedanmark are among the public institutions that bottomed out in a new survey.

Schoolgirl (12) spent thousands on stolen card
Austria

Schoolgirl (12) spent thousands on stolen card

A 12-year-old schoolgirl from Carinthia stole a friend’s father’s debit card and went on a spending spree, racking up purchases amounting to several thousand euros.

Ebola crisis: ten patients go home after all-clear
Spain

Ebola crisis: ten patients go home after all-clear

All of the patients who were isolated a Madrid hospital after having contact with a Spanish nursing assistant who contracted and beat the deadly virus left the facility on Monday, after being given the all-clear by doctors.

Italy bows to EU pressure over budget
Italy

Italy bows to EU pressure over budget

Italy said on Monday it was pledging "additional measures" to reduce its structural budget deficit by 0.3 percent of GDP in 2015, after it was warned by the European Commission it risked breaching EU fiscal rules.

German bank boss: I bribed Haider
Austria

German bank boss: I bribed Haider

Munich district court has given former BayernLB Chief Executive Werner Schmidt a suspended prison sentence of 18 months for bribing Austrian politician Jörg Haider when acquiring the Hypo-Alpe-Adria bank.

An Arctic tradition: hunting and handicraft
Sweden

An Arctic tradition: hunting and handicraft

You've seen the city life, Stockholm clubs and Gothenburg streetcars - but there's another side of Sweden, wild and raw. The Local spoke with Peter Siikavuopio, a Swedish trapper living in the far north, about his craft.

Ten Rome baristas who brighten your day
Italy

Ten Rome baristas who brighten your day

Whether you drink it or not, it’s hard not to succumb to Italy’s coffee culture and the conviviality that comes with it.

Shooter, 81, avoids jail for killing teen burglar
Germany

Shooter, 81, avoids jail for killing teen burglar

An 81-year-old man avoided a jail sentence on Monday for shooting and killing a teenage intruder who broke into his house in western Germany.

Barcelona to beef up free Wi-Fi network
Spain

Barcelona to beef up free Wi-Fi network

Anyone needing internet access in Barcelona will soon get a boost with the city planning to extend its free public Wi-Fi network to include locations including public buses and metro stations.

DF politician retracts racist comment
Denmark

DF politician retracts racist comment

The Danish People's Party's Mogens Camre wrote about the "strange feeling" he had while watching two "people from foreign countries" discuss Denmark's problems. One of those 'foreign' people was a minister, the other a host for national broadcaster DR.

Swedish doctor put ‘Ebola’ patient in taxi
Sweden

Swedish doctor put ‘Ebola’ patient in taxi

A Stockholm doctor breached national guidelines by sending a girl suspected of having the Ebola virus to hospital in a taxi, it has emerged.

Where’s the best place to live in Austria?
Austria

Where’s the best place to live in Austria?

Want to know which Austrian region has the best and worst healthcare? Or the highest and lowest incomes? And what about the quality of housing. Read on to discover the best (and worst) that Austria's nine states have to offer.

A third of the world wants to work in Germany
Germany

A third of the world wants to work in Germany

Germany is the number one non-English speaking destination for migrant workers, according to a global study. But which nationalities are keenest on Germany and where do Germans want work?

France falls to Germans in nude swim tourney
France

France falls to Germans in nude swim tourney

France is known for its clothing-optional beaches, but this weekend it was an international nude swimming competition that drew au naturel swimmers. And of course the Germans took the most medals.

Massive anti-corruption raids rattle Spain
Spain

Massive anti-corruption raids rattle Spain

Updated: In a new blow to Spain's ruling conservative Popular Party, over 50 people have been targeted in anti-corruption raids across Spain on Monday including the former secretary general of the party for Madrid.

Most Spanish Eurofighter jets can’t fly: report
Spain

Most Spanish Eurofighter jets can’t fly: report

Sources inside Spain's military have reportedly told a Spanish newspaper that only a handful of the country's Eurofighter Typhoon jets are fully operational and that semi-retired F-18 aircraft are being called back into full service to meet NATO commitments.

Ban on cars proposed for welfare recipients
Switzerland

Ban on cars proposed for welfare recipients

People receiving welfare in the canton of Zurich face losing the right to drive a car under proposed legislation that appears to have majority backing.

Nurse accused of 38 murders hit with fan mail
Italy

Nurse accused of 38 murders hit with fan mail

A nurse accused of killing 38 patients and photographing herself with her victims has been receiving fan mail in prison, according to Italian media reports.

Homeless turtles get Stockholm police ride
Sweden

Homeless turtles get Stockholm police ride

After two turtles were abandoned at a pet shop in southern Stockholm, local police had no choice but to round up the creatures and find them a new home.

Denmark gets sunny end to near-record October
Denmark

Denmark gets sunny end to near-record October

An October that already looks like a lock for the second or third warmest in Danish history will finish off with a week of sunshine and relatively high temperatures and increase the chances that 2014 goes down as the hottest year ever.

Federer aims to retake number one spot
Switzerland

Federer aims to retake number one spot

Switzerland's Roger Federer is taking his battle with Novak Djokovic for the world number one spot down to the wire as he arrives as the hottest player on tour at the Paris Masters tennis tournament, which begins on Monday.

Italian musician jazzes up Sweden’s Lapland
Sweden

Italian musician jazzes up Sweden’s Lapland

For this week’s My Swedish Career we meet Italian musician Luigi Bozzolan, whose love for jazz led him to move to Sweden, not once but twice. Now lingering in Lapland, he's sharing his passion with students in the frozen north.

Nordic Nature Prize omits Norway entrants
Norway

Nordic Nature Prize omits Norway entrants

This year's Nordic Council's Nature and Environment Prize will be contested without a single nominee from Norway in the running.

Topless feminists fight French anti-nudity rules
France

Topless feminists fight French anti-nudity rules

Topless protesters from the radical feminist group Femen turned up outside the Paris courthouse on Sunday afternoon, calling for an end to the court proceedings against two members of their group charged with indecent exposure.

Spain’s cinemas slash prices for film fiesta
Spain

Spain’s cinemas slash prices for film fiesta

Movie fans in Spain will be able to snap up tickets for just €2.90 ($3.60) in over 2,500 cinemas from Monday to Wednesday as part of a promotional festival organized by the Spanish Federation of Cinemas.

Ludwigshafen blast: Did a cigarette do this?
Germany

Ludwigshafen blast: Did a cigarette do this?

Police are investigating reports that workers were smoking at a building site where a gas pipe exploded in Ludwigshafen on Thursday, killing one person and destroying part of the town.

They treated us as scum: husband of Ebola nurse
Spain

They treated us as scum: husband of Ebola nurse

The husband of Spanish nursing assistant Teresa Romero who beat the Ebola virus has slammed the handling of the country's Ebola crisis as a "complete disaster", saying he now plans to take Madrid's health boss to court over comments made about him and his wife.

Stabbing murder of Pole declared ‘cold case’
Switzerland

Stabbing murder of Pole declared ‘cold case’

Just ahead of his retirement Philippe Vautier, chief prosecutor for the northern part of the canton of Vaud, has officially closed the books on an investigation into a sensational murder case — without finding a suspect.

‘Sadomasochist medics used hospital tools’
Italy

‘Sadomasochist medics used hospital tools’

Two medics in Pisa are being investigated for using surgical equipment to practice sadomasochism, after a USB stick containing photos of their sexual antics was given to police.

Spain’s Queen on solo visit to Vienna
Austria

Spain’s Queen on solo visit to Vienna

Spain’s Queen Letizia will be in Vienna on Monday 27th for the opening of the Velazquez exhibition at the Kunsthistorisches Museum.

British tourist found dead near French hotel
France

British tourist found dead near French hotel

French police were investigating the death of a British tourist in France, whom they suspect may have been murdered, according to media reports. The man was found in a pool of blood with a large head wound.

‘We can control Ebola here, by helping Africa’
Sweden

‘We can control Ebola here, by helping Africa’

The Local meets the face of Sweden's Ebola crisis team, the country’s new 29-year-old Public Health Minister, Gabriel Wikström.

Syria ‘more free’ than Vienna says teen jihadist
Austria

Syria ‘more free’ than Vienna says teen jihadist

One of the two Viennese teenage girls who is believed to have joined the jihadists in Syria, denied wanting to return home, according to a SMS interview with the French magazine Paris Match.

Merkel: I won’t support UK on EU migration
Germany

Merkel: I won’t support UK on EU migration

Chancellor Angela Merkel has dealt a blow to UK Prime Minister David Cameron's hopes of renegotiating Britain's relationship with the EU by ruling out changes to freedom of movement.

Prospective buyer shot at by armed robber
Austria

Prospective buyer shot at by armed robber

A conman who had offered a motor boat for sale via a classified selling website for €50,000 threatened the prospective buyer and his family with a gas pistol and fired two shots in Styria on Sunday.

Disgruntled Liverpool fans ditch Balotelli shirts
Italy

Disgruntled Liverpool fans ditch Balotelli shirts

Liverpool fans, unhappy with Italian striker Mario Balotelli’s performance since he joined the club, queued on Saturday to swap shirts featuring the footballer’s name with “real” Liverpool stars.

Complaints spark refugee guide review
Sweden

Complaints spark refugee guide review

After a huge jump in the number of complaints lodged about staff employed by Sweden's Employment Agency to help new refugee immigrants find work, there will be a review of the service.

Winemakers bring ‘French touch’ to Virginia
France

Winemakers bring ‘French touch’ to Virginia

When Matthieu Finot moved to Virginia, he only planned to stay for a year. That was a decade ago. He's now among a growing number of French winemakers setting up shop in the US state, where former president and Francophile Thomas Jefferson struggled to produce grapes 200 years ago.

Danish burial mounds fleeced by grave robbers
Denmark

Danish burial mounds fleeced by grave robbers

For the first time in over a century, plunderers have dug up ancient artifacts that date back over 4,000 years.

Protester dies in clash over French dam project
France

Protester dies in clash over French dam project

A protester died overnight on Saturday in unclear circumstances during a violent clash between demonstrators and police at the site of a contested dam project in south-western France.

No stress for German banks, but faith falls
Germany

No stress for German banks, but faith falls

UPDATE: A Europe-wide banking audit was failed by just one small German bank on Sunday, but on Monday an influential business confidence index fell to its lowest level for almost two years.

Refugees beaten up ‘by pimps’ in Hamburg
Germany

Refugees beaten up ‘by pimps’ in Hamburg

Five young refugees were beaten up in Hamburg on Saturday and Sunday in vicious assaults by groups of men in the red light district.

Spain’s ‘indignant’ party runners-up in new poll
Spain

Spain’s ‘indignant’ party runners-up in new poll

Updated: Spain's new anti-austerity party Podemos is the second most popular choice among voters, an opinion poll released on Sunday showed while party members have now voted to accept the policies and party structure put forward by charismatic leader Pablo Iglesias.

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Sweden

Nov. 10-12: International Student Cruise (from Stockholm)

Sweden set for sunny end to October
Sweden

Sweden set for sunny end to October

Meteorologists have predicted sunny weather and temperatures of up to 17C across Sweden in the coming days.

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Sweden

Nov. 6: Career coaching – personal branding (Jönköping)

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Sweden

Nov. 5: Student entrepreneur advice (Linköping)

German spies warn Isis has anti-aircraft weapons
Germany

German spies warn Isis has anti-aircraft weapons

Germany's intelligence service believes Islamic State jihadist fighters in northern Iraq possess anti-aircraft weapons that could take down passenger jets, according to a newspaper report Sunday.

Far-right thugs injure 44 officers in Cologne clash
Germany

Far-right thugs injure 44 officers in Cologne clash

Police deployed water cannon and tear gas against an anti-Salafist demonstration by thousands of hooligans and far-right supporters in central Cologne when it descended into violence on Sunday.

Mozart’s violin meets Korean prodigy
Austria

Mozart’s violin meets Korean prodigy

A violin that belonged to musical genius Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart has been preserved inside a glass case at a museum in Mozart's hometown of Salzburg, Austria up until recently, when it was removed from its nest for the first time and brought to Korea.

US authorities subpoena Novo Nordisk
Denmark

US authorities subpoena Novo Nordisk

American authorities are looking into potential problems at the company's Kalundborg facility, the world's largest insulin production site.

Nine Italian banks fail European stress test
Italy

Nine Italian banks fail European stress test

Nine Italian banks have failed crucial tests of their financial health, leaving a shortfall of €9.41 billion in the country's banking system.

Saab sells 36 Gripen jets to Brazil
Sweden

Saab sells 36 Gripen jets to Brazil

Swedish defence company Saab has signed a deal with Brazil to build and send 36 Gripen fighter jets in return for 39.3 billion kronor ($5.5 billion).

Danish banks passed European stress test
Denmark

Danish banks passed European stress test

Denmark's four largest banks passed the European Central Bank's assessment but all four will face large write-downs.

‘Reform critics are like grumpy pensioners’: PM
Italy

‘Reform critics are like grumpy pensioners’: PM

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi defended his job reform plans on Sunday, comparing naysayers to grumpy pensioners, a day after a mass protest in Rome against the measures.

Dolce and Gabbana cleared of tax fraud
Italy

Dolce and Gabbana cleared of tax fraud

The Italian Supreme Court has overturned fraud convictions and 18-month jail terms against celebrated fashion duo Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, their company announced.

Norway cuts subsidies to seal hunters
Norway

Norway cuts subsidies to seal hunters

The Norwegian government is set to cut 12 million kroner of economic support for seal hunters, which could see the industry in jeopardy, warned critics of the move on Sunday.

Christian mission makes rude typo gaffe
Norway

Christian mission makes rude typo gaffe

It was a case of send the the proofreader to perdition after a Christian organization in Norway suffered the embarrassment of a printing error on their pamphlets that promoted sex over religion.