Are you ready for your flying car?
Austria

Are you ready for your flying car?

Austria's Pioneer Festival was the venue for the launch of what has been called the world's first production-ready flying car.

Norway’s Statoil suffers shock profit loss
Norway

Norway’s Statoil suffers shock profit loss

Norwegian oil giant Statoil posted on Wednesday an unexpected third-quarter loss owing to weak oil prices and a charge for depreciated assets.

Russian fighter planes skirt Norwegian airspace
Norway

Russian fighter planes skirt Norwegian airspace

Norway's air force was on high alert on Wednesday after eight Russian military airplanes were spotted over the sea, near to Norwegian restricted airspace.

‘Trade your current life for a better one’
Denmark

‘Trade your current life for a better one’

In our new feature series, The Local looks into a successful entrepreneur's life - the story behind their successes, their major challenges and how being an entrepreneur changed them forever. This week, Sparsh Sharma talks to Morten Larsen, founder of Hungry.dk and the CEO of Miinto Group, Scandinavia’s biggest online fashion retailer.

Federer struggles to win opener at Paris Masters
Switzerland

Federer struggles to win opener at Paris Masters

Switzerland’s Roger Federer struggled at times but finally prevailed in three sets in his opening match at the Paris Masters tennis tournament against hard-serving Frenchman Jérémy Chardy.

Teen jihadist planned to make bombs
Austria

Teen jihadist planned to make bombs

A 14-year-old boy who was arrested on Tuesday evening has been revealed to be a Turkish national who has lived in Austria for the past eight years.

Spaniards ‘ignorant’ on impact of immigration
Spain

Spaniards ‘ignorant’ on impact of immigration

Spaniards massively overestimate the number of people in their country who are Muslims, unemployed or teenage mothers, but are well-informed about how long they can expect to live, according to a new 'ignorance index' released on Wednesday.

Rocky Horror to rock staid Vienna’s corsets
Austria

Rocky Horror to rock staid Vienna’s corsets

A bizarre story of an engaged couple whose car breaks down and they're forced to seek refuge in a mysterious castle occupied by sinister aliens is the theme of one of the most popular rock musicals of the past forty years.

‘Corruption virus is in the guts of the system’
Spain

‘Corruption virus is in the guts of the system’

A Madrid court on Wednesday summoned 17 suspects including five mayors and a French energy executive for questioning in a corruption scandal that has rocked the Spain government, while there were also heated exchanges in the national parliament.

Cannabis: A burning issue for Austria’s Neos
Austria

Cannabis: A burning issue for Austria’s Neos

Austria’s centrist Neos party has sparked controversy by speaking out in favour of legalizing cannabis.

Doing business in Italy is getting harder
Italy

Doing business in Italy is getting harder

It is becoming increasingly difficult to do business in Italy, particularly when it comes to paying taxes and getting electricity connected, according to a new survey by the World Bank.

Hooligan marches ‘likely to be banned’
Germany

Hooligan marches ‘likely to be banned’

The German Police Union (DPolG) said on Wednesday that future anti-Islamic marches by hooligan groups, which are planned for Berlin and Hamburg and caused chaos in Cologne on Sunday, could be banned.

The Local offers advertisers great value
Austria

The Local offers advertisers great value

The Local Austria is looking to build new partnerships with advertisers. We’re a small business based in Vienna, staffed by experienced English-language journalists and social media specialists. We produce independent daily news from around Austria, providing a window on life in this fascinating country.

Ferrari spin-off ‘will preserve Italian heritage’
Italy

Ferrari spin-off ‘will preserve Italian heritage’

Luxury car company Ferrari is to be spun off as an independent business with ten percent floated on the stock exchange, parent group Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said on Wednesday, reporting firm profits.

These French wines will be great this year
France

These French wines will be great this year

A gorgeous Indian Summer helped France reclaim its title as world's top wine producer this year, but the weather also is expected to result in some really good vino. These are wines that should be great this year.

German jets scrambled to face Russian planes
Germany

German jets scrambled to face Russian planes

German Eurofighters were scrambled on Tuesday to intercept seven Russian planes flying over the Baltic Sea in international airspace.

Russians say France will hand over warship
France

Russians say France will hand over warship

Russia says it's due to receive its French-made Mistral warship by November 14th, according to AFP, potentially ending months of speculation over whether France would fold to international pressure to not conclude the deal.

More Danish children are living in poverty: Unicef
Denmark

More Danish children are living in poverty: Unicef

At least 2.6 million children have fallen below the poverty line in the world's richest nations since the economic crisis struck in 2008, Unicef said in a hard-hitting report on Tuesday. Although Denmark was among the least affected nations, it too saw a rise in child poverty.

Bus drivers hit by racist and sexist messages
Sweden

Bus drivers hit by racist and sexist messages

Police are investigating after several bus drivers were forced to read "highly inappropriate" messages sent through the Stockholm bus network's internal communications network.

Police warn of Halloween hooligans
Austria

Police warn of Halloween hooligans

Despite Halloween being a relatively new phenomenon in Austria, teenagers are using the holiday as an excuse for running a little wild - with police warning that some see the US-centric festival as an excuse to commit property damage and theft.

Top ten quotes from Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Sweden

Top ten quotes from Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Swedish football hero Zlatan Ibrahimovic makes the headlines almost as much for his offhand comments as for his footballing prowess. Here are our ten favourite Zlatan quotes.

Campbell’s driver picks up fine in Vienna
Austria

Campbell’s driver picks up fine in Vienna

British supermodel Naomi Campbell was in Vienna on Tuesday afternoon for a quick shopping spree - but her driver received a fine after driving down a pedestrian precinct to get to the Chanel store on Kohlmarkt, according to the Austrian daily Kronen Zeitung.

Germans are wide of the mark on immigration
Germany

Germans are wide of the mark on immigration

Germans massively overestimate the number of people in their country who are immigrants, unemployed and Muslim, but know exactly how many are Christian, according to a survey released on Wednesday.

Badminton ace heads to Norway for drug test
Norway

Badminton ace heads to Norway for drug test

The world's number one men's badminton champion, Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, must travel to Norway to complete a compulsory drug test that could see him banned from the sport after he failed initial testing in his home country.

Spanish bank BBVA says quarterly profits triple
Spain

Spanish bank BBVA says quarterly profits triple

Spain's second-biggest bank by market value BBVA said on Wednesday its profits tripled in the third quarter despite falling over the first nine months of this year after exceptional gains in 2013.

Swedes are ‘least ignorant’ in Europe
Sweden

Swedes are ‘least ignorant’ in Europe

People in Sweden are the best in Europe when it comes to understanding the scale of key social issues or knowing core facts about their country's population.

Dad told to pay child support to daughter, 29
Spain

Dad told to pay child support to daughter, 29

A Spanish judge has ordered a father to pay his 29-year-old daughter €500 ($630) a month in financial assistance, citing the difficulties under 30s have in finding work because of the country's crisis.

‘Swindler’ Gypsies slam Spain’s new dictionary
Spain

‘Swindler’ Gypsies slam Spain’s new dictionary

Roma rights groups are to protest against the decision by Spain's Royal Language Academy (RAE) to include a definition of a 'gypsy' as a 'swindler' in their new official dictionary.

Outrage as Italy’s broke far-right party sacks 76
Italy

Outrage as Italy’s broke far-right party sacks 76

The leader of Italy’s far-right Northern League has confessed the political party is “money poor”, angering staff by announcing a series of layoffs at its Milan headquarters.

French union spends €130k to fix boss’s flat
France

French union spends €130k to fix boss’s flat

One of France's top labour unions was facing uncomfortable questions on Wednesday over reports it had spent €130,000 to rehab an apartment for its top boss. Plans for property had at one point included a wine cellar and home cinema.

Pensioner snapped stealing champagne
Austria

Pensioner snapped stealing champagne

Police in Vienna are looking for an elderly woman who has been stealing champagne and ice cream from a supermarket in the city’s 1st district.

Eight of the best subjects to study in Germany
Germany

Eight of the best subjects to study in Germany

No tuition fees, more courses in English and yearly rises up global rankings - German universities are a great place for international students. But which subjects are they best at?

Nestlé to ’employ’ robot clerks in Japan stores
Switzerland

Nestlé to ’employ’ robot clerks in Japan stores

Swiss-based food giant Nestlé says its Japan unit is hiring 1,000 robots as sales clerks at stores across the country.

Ryanair halts flights from Sweden’s Malmö
Sweden

Ryanair halts flights from Sweden’s Malmö

Budget airline Ryanair has announced it will stop flying from Malmö's Sturup airport and will instead open a base at Copenhagen Airport.

Dodgy boom-year loans cost Spain €2.6 billion
Spain

Dodgy boom-year loans cost Spain €2.6 billion

Dubious lending by regional Spanish savings banks in the boom years before the collapse of a property bubble in 2008 generated huge losses in the billions of euros, Spain's Economy Minister Luis de Guindos said on Tuesday.

Hottest October recorded on the French Riviera
France

Hottest October recorded on the French Riviera

If you’re wondering why Nice was unusually hot for this time of year you weren’t dreaming. This October is in fact the hottest on record in the Riviera, French media has reported.

Furore after Milan boss called ‘fat Indonesian’
Italy

Furore after Milan boss called ‘fat Indonesian’

Inter Milan president Erick Thohir was subjected to a fresh attack after an Italian columnist with the Huffington Post labelled him a "a fat little Indonesian", reports said Wednesday.

Ryanair announces new Copenhagen base
Denmark

Ryanair announces new Copenhagen base

Beginning in March 2015, the airline will fly from Copenhagen to three European locations, with ten more to be announced shortly.

Mouse delays Norwegian plane five hours
Norway

Mouse delays Norwegian plane five hours

One small mouse caused a lengthy five hour delay for airline passengers travelling from Norway to the US on Tuesday.

Austrian sparkling wines ‘surpass Champagne’
Austria

Austrian sparkling wines ‘surpass Champagne’

Austria's Sparkling Wine Committee claims that its new quality standards mean that the country's sparkling wines are as good as the world's best - and in some aspects, surpass them.

Swedes mourn World Cup hero Klas Ingesson
Sweden

Swedes mourn World Cup hero Klas Ingesson

Former Sweden international midfielder Klas Ingesson has died at the age of 46 following a long battle with cancer, his former club Elfsborg said on Wednesday.

Italian sex abuse priest hangs himself in church
Italy

Italian sex abuse priest hangs himself in church

An Italian priest who admitted to sexually abusing a young teenage girl hanged himself in the sacristy - the cleric's changing room in his church - the diocese of Santa Croce in northern Italy said on Wednesday.

Uproar over US troops’ Ebola quarantine in Italy
Italy

Uproar over US troops’ Ebola quarantine in Italy

The decision to put a dozen American soldiers returning from Liberia into quarantine for Ebola at their base near Venice rather than in the United States sparked controversy in Italy on Wednesday.

Doing business in Spain now easier: World Bank
Spain

Doing business in Spain now easier: World Bank

Spain has made excellent progress towards slashing red tape and making it easier to do business in the country, a new World Bank report reveals, although there is still work to be done in areas including tax and contract enforcement.

‘Health minister must quit over Excalibur death’
Spain

‘Health minister must quit over Excalibur death’

An animal rights group will present a petition signed by nearly 100,000 people to the Spanish parliament on Tuesday calling for the resignation of health minister Ana Mato over a decision to put down the dog of a Madrid-based nursing assistant who contracted Ebola.

Top ten: funniest English translations in Italy
Italy

Top ten: funniest English translations in Italy

It's kind when Italians translate menus and signs into English for the benefit of us Anglos, but the result is sometimes hilarious. We've gathered a collection of photos of the most amusing translations.

Munich customs find 200 dead birds in a suitcase
Germany

Munich customs find 200 dead birds in a suitcase

Customs officers at Munich Airport found 200 dead songbirds in a passenger's suitcase, officials said on Wednesday.

Frenchman dies after taking 56 shots of booze
France

Frenchman dies after taking 56 shots of booze

The French are known to be moderate drinkers but this week a man in south-central France died after downing 56 shots during a drinking competition. He's only the latest victim of the rise of ‘le binge drinking’ in France.

Denmark will not recognize Palestine: PM
Denmark

Denmark will not recognize Palestine: PM

Speaking in Stockholm on Tuesday, Helle Thorning-Schmidt said that Denmark is not ready to follow Sweden's lead in recognizing a Palestinian state.

Seville sets €750 fine for rubbish rummagers
Spain

Seville sets €750 fine for rubbish rummagers

The southern Spanish city of Seville has come under fire for raising the fine for people who trawl through rubbish containers to €750 ($950), a move opponents have described as like "shooting flies with cannon balls".

Doctor ‘forged baby scan to hide deformity’
Italy

Doctor ‘forged baby scan to hide deformity’

A gynaecologist at a hospital in the northern Italian province of Vicenza is being investigated for allegedly falsifying a pregnancy scan after a baby was born without a hand and part of its forearm.

Lagging Swiss ease ‘barriers’ for business
Switzerland

Lagging Swiss ease ‘barriers’ for business

Switzerland may be best in the world for competitiveness but when it comes to ease of starting a business the Alpine country lags behind 19 other countries — although it has improved over the past year, a new World Bank report says.

Swedish support for joining Nato swells
Sweden

Swedish support for joining Nato swells

More Swedes are now in favour of their country joining Nato than are against the idea, according to a new survey by pollsters Novus.

Germany slips in world business rankings
Germany

Germany slips in world business rankings

Germany may be Europe's biggest economy but it is only the continent's eighth best place to do business. It's easier to start a firm in Iran or Tajikistan than Germany, according to the World Bank.

Danish students to be taught to have babies
Denmark

Danish students to be taught to have babies

With national fertility rates continually dropping, the Danish school system’s sex education curriculum will no longer just teach teens how to prevent getting pregnant, it will also encourage young people to have children before it’s too late.

Austria beaten by Liberia in startup ranking
Austria

Austria beaten by Liberia in startup ranking

A new survey released by the World Bank shows that Austria lags far behind its European neighbours when it comes to making it easy to start and run a business.

EU clears France’s budget for 2015
France

EU clears France’s budget for 2015

The European Commission said on Tuesday it had found no serious fault with eurozone member states' 2015 budget plans, clearing France and Italy after they made last-minute changes to meet EU demands.

German exports to Russia dive by a quarter
Germany

German exports to Russia dive by a quarter

German exports to Russia have collapsed by more than a quarter, according to figures released on Wednesday, as sanctions brought about by the Ukraine crisis take effect.

Free entry to Velázquez with lotto ticket
Austria

Free entry to Velázquez with lotto ticket

Vienna’s Kunsthistorische Museum is celebrating Halloween by giving anyone with an Austrian lottery ticket free entry to the Diego Velázquez exhibition on October 31st.

Stockholm ‘sinking’ oil spill ship safe
Sweden

Stockholm ‘sinking’ oil spill ship safe

After fears a ship carrying around 52 tonnes of oil could sink in Stockholm's archipelago, Sweden's Coast Guard said the vessel had been towed to safety.

British migrant fences ‘laughable’: Calais mayor
France

British migrant fences ‘laughable’: Calais mayor

The mayor of Calais told lawmakers in London on Tuesday that fencing donated by Britain to keep illegal migrants from the French exit port was "laughable" and said the border controls should be in Britain.

Severe flooding hits western Norway
Norway

Severe flooding hits western Norway

Homes have been evacuated and people left stranded or homeless after major floods hit the west of Norway on Tuesday.

One in four Spaniards live in poverty: report
Spain

One in four Spaniards live in poverty: report

The number of people living in poverty in Spain has risen by 4.4 million since the country was battered by an economic crisis to reach 11.7 million, or one in four, a leading Catholic charity said Tuesday.

A year of Mare Nostrum: Italy’s ‘proud’ rescuers
Italy

A year of Mare Nostrum: Italy’s ‘proud’ rescuers

As Italy mulls ending its "Mare Nostrum" sea operation, Italians recount their experiences on the front lines of the battle to save tens of thousands of boat migrants.

France pledges €20m for fight against Ebola
France

France pledges €20m for fight against Ebola

France on Tuesday said it was pledging €20 million ($25.4 million) in the fight against Ebola in west Africa,including the opening of several care centres in Guinea.

Milk loving Swedes could suffer from high intake
Sweden

Milk loving Swedes could suffer from high intake

A new Swedish study suggests that there are more health risks connected to drinking milk than were previously believed. It could be an especially big problem in a country renowned for its love of dairy products.

Bundeswehr has a black hole of €300 million
Germany

Bundeswehr has a black hole of €300 million

Germany's defence budget is too small to fund Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen's plan to make the military a more family-friendly and attractive employer, according to reports.

Olympic chiefs want German 2024 bid
Germany

Olympic chiefs want German 2024 bid

Germany should bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, the board of the German Olympic Committee (DOSB) decided on Tuesday with either Berlin or Hamburg the favoured potential candidate.

Sweden records warmest October day in 63 years
Sweden

Sweden records warmest October day in 63 years

Tuesday was particularly warm - at least by Swedish standards - and one town recorded the hottest October day since 1951.

Denmark best in Europe for doing business
Denmark

Denmark best in Europe for doing business

Denmark was ranked as the fourth best country in the world for ease of doing business in a new report from the World Bank.

States sign Berlin deal to fight tax evasion
Germany

States sign Berlin deal to fight tax evasion

More than 80 countries signed an agreement in Berlin on Wednesday that could end banking secrecy in the global battle against tax evasion and fraud, even though critics pointed to shortcomings in the deal.

Da Vinci’s self-portrait in rare public show
Italy

Da Vinci’s self-portrait in rare public show

The only existing self-portrait by Italian master Leonardo da Vinci is to make a rare appearance in a new exhibition in Turin in northern Italy, organizers said on Tuesday.

EU clears Italy’s budget for 2015
Italy

EU clears Italy’s budget for 2015

The European Commission said on Tuesday it had found no serious fault with eurozone member states' 2015 budget plans, clearing Italy and France after they made last-minute changes to meet EU demands.

Malala donates prize winnings to Gaza
Sweden

Malala donates prize winnings to Gaza

UPDATED: Girls' rights champion Malala Yousafzai, who was in Sweden to accept the World's Children's Prize on Wednesday, said she would use all her winnings to help rebuild schools in war-ravaged Gaza.

Bishop of Oslo returns to job after long absence
Norway

Bishop of Oslo returns to job after long absence

Bishop of Oslo, Ole Christian Kvarme, was back at work again on Tuesday after being on sick leave for almost eight months due to a heart operation.