Danish swimmers set world record in Doha
Denmark

Danish swimmers set world record in Doha

Denmark set a new world record in the women's 4x50m medley relay as they claimed the gold medal at the World Short-Course Swimming Championships in Doha on Friday.

Denmark to Gulf states: ‘Honour your promises’
Denmark

Denmark to Gulf states: ‘Honour your promises’

Denmark urged wealthy Gulf states Friday to honour their promises on funding humanitarian aid for Syrian refugees as a crucial UN food aid programme was cut after running out of money.

Pirate Bay: France orders providers to block site
France

Pirate Bay: France orders providers to block site

A French court has ordered France’s leading Internet operators to block all clients who try to access Swedish file-sharing website The Pirate Bay to stop them illegally downloading copyright-protected content.

Spanish drugs cops bust ‘Colombia-style’ lab
Spain

Spanish drugs cops bust ‘Colombia-style’ lab

12 people were arrested on Friday in the quiet Spanish town of Nijar as police seized 229 kilograms of cocaine as well as chemical equipment and firearms.

Spanish labour costs ‘2/3 less than Norway’s’
Spain

Spanish labour costs ‘2/3 less than Norway’s’

A survey by Spain's Instutute of Economic Studies (IEE) has revealed that the average cost per hour for labour in the manufacturing sector in Spain in 2013 was €22.68 ($27.90), much lower than in some European countries but well above costs in the Philippines (€1.83) and China (€4.44).

Holocaust: France to pay US victims $60 million
France

Holocaust: France to pay US victims $60 million

France is to pay $60 million to compensate American victims of the Holocaust who were transported to Nazi death camps on French trains after a landmark deal was sealed, a French diplomat announced.

Marino mulls bodyguard amid mafia probe
Italy

Marino mulls bodyguard amid mafia probe

Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino on Friday said he was considering adopting a security escort, just days after police announced a widespread operation into a mafia organization at city hall.

Spanish ski resorts: eight of the best
Spain

Spanish ski resorts: eight of the best

If you've ever thought that skiing and Spain don't mix, think again. Here are eight great resorts worth checking out this winter.

IN IMAGES: French Bond girls over the years
France

IN IMAGES: French Bond girls over the years

James Bond has had a lot of women over the years, and, to little surprise, many of them have been French. Here's a look at ten of 007's Gallic conquests.

Alps snow shortage moves ski races to Åre
Sweden

Alps snow shortage moves ski races to Åre

A shortage of snow in the French Alps has led to the ladies' and men's Alpine Skiing World Cup being moved from Courchevel in France to Sweden's Åre next week. The resort has told The Local that it is now busy preparing to make sure things run smoothly.

Ferris wheel’s Christmas lights draw ire
Germany

Ferris wheel’s Christmas lights draw ire

Do you see what I see? A couple in Düsseldorf says you can't miss it: the festive Ferris wheel lights are too bright and have filed an official complaint, according to a report.

What should happen to capital’s iconic junction?
Sweden

What should happen to capital’s iconic junction?

Stockholm's Social Democrat-Green city council recently halted demolition work on Slussen, an iconic Stockholm junction that has split opinion in the city for decades. The Local asked Stockholmers what they thought should happen next?

Germany rejects Putin’s ‘transparent’ speech
Germany

Germany rejects Putin’s ‘transparent’ speech

The government rejected on Friday the justification given by Russian President Vladimir Putin for annexing the Crimea in his annual state of the nation address.

Immigration debate intensifies in Sweden
Sweden

Immigration debate intensifies in Sweden

After the nationalist Sweden Democrat party called for Sweden's snap election to be a 'referendum on immigration', a group of veteran politicians has called on the nation's other political groups to engage in debates about refugee numbers or risk losing votes.

Ukraine minister in Basel urges ‘real ceasefire’
Switzerland

Ukraine minister in Basel urges ‘real ceasefire’

Ukraine's foreign minister said in Basel on Friday that his war-torn country needed a "real" ceasefire, a day after Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels agreed on a fresh truce starting on December 9th.

Syrian opposition leader warns of mass starvation
Denmark

Syrian opposition leader warns of mass starvation

The leader of the moderate Syrian opposition was in Copenhagen on Friday to meet with Denmark’s foreign minister, Martin Lidegaard.

Club Med takeover heats up with Italian’s offer
Italy

Club Med takeover heats up with Italian’s offer

The bidding war for French holiday group Club Med heated up on Friday as Italian businessman Andrea Bonomi's Global Resorts raised its offer to counter the takeover ambitions of Chinese rival Fosun, a source close to the matter told AFP.

A very Weltkrieg Christmas
Germany

A very Weltkrieg Christmas

In The Local's latest expat dispatch, history teacher Kathleen Ralf explores her favourite contemporary Christmas music, which leads her down the road of the evolution of German Weihnachtslieder through the Second World War and discovers a lesson in humanity.

‘No evidence Pantani was murdered’: prosecutor
Italy

‘No evidence Pantani was murdered’: prosecutor

Nothing has emerged in the latest investigation into the death of Italian cycling star Marco Pantani to indicate he was murdered, the public prosecutor in Rimini said on Friday.

No snow in Alps means no World Cup skiing
France

No snow in Alps means no World Cup skiing

A shortage of snow in the French Alps on Friday prompted the International Ski Federation (FIS) to cancel two days of Alpine World Cup races that were scheduled at France’s Courchevel next week.

Spanish theatre group sells porn to dodge tax
Spain

Spanish theatre group sells porn to dodge tax

An all-women theatre group has found an ingenious way around a sales tax hike that is crippling Spanish theatres -- by selling pornography.

LGBT group slams ‘homophobic’ ad inquiry
Spain

LGBT group slams ‘homophobic’ ad inquiry

An investigation by Spanish regulators into a TV advertisement that shows two men kissing has been criticized as "homophobic" by the Catalan Gay Liberation Front (FAGC) who asked "Can anyone imagine a complaint about a kiss between a man and a woman?"

Seven found guilty in people smuggler trial
Austria

Seven found guilty in people smuggler trial

Seven asylum seekers have been found guilty of smuggling people from Asia into Europe, after a lengthy and controversial trial in Wiener Neustadt.

Baby Christmas goat attacked in Gävle
Sweden

Baby Christmas goat attacked in Gävle

The prospects of Sweden's iconic straw goat surviving Christmas have taken a knock after its infant brother was vandalised just days after going on display in Gävle.

Dane gets three years for ‘insulting’ Bahrain’s king
Denmark

Dane gets three years for ‘insulting’ Bahrain’s king

Just days after her sister was sentenced to prison in absentia, Zainab al-Khawaja has now also been convicted of charges in Bahrain. Their father also sits in a Bahraini jail.

One in four Spaniards ‘addicted to internet’
Spain

One in four Spaniards ‘addicted to internet’

25 percent of 16-24 year olds show symptoms of internet addiction, spending on average five hours a day on mobile devices, according to a new study.

17 people dead in new migrant tragedy
Italy

17 people dead in new migrant tragedy

Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni on Friday described migration across the Mediterranean as "one of the great European problems", following the death of 17 people on an Italy-bound boat.

Linke politician takes reins in Thuringia
Germany

Linke politician takes reins in Thuringia

Thuringia officially has a Linke (The Left) politician as minister-president after Bodo Ramelow was sworn in on Friday to lead the red-red-green coalition.

French film industry ‘has clout’ despite Hollywood
France

French film industry ‘has clout’ despite Hollywood

French Oscar winning actress Juliette Binoche insists her country's film industry is still a force despite the dominance of Hollywood, because it is more creative, even if less commercial.

Bavaria fears for health over aluminium pretzels
Germany

Bavaria fears for health over aluminium pretzels

One in five pretzels produced in Bavaria contains dangerous levels of aluminium, a consumer group said on Thursday.

Austria ‘could do more’ to help refugees
Austria

Austria ‘could do more’ to help refugees

Human rights group Amnesty International has accused the majority of European countries of a “shocking” lack of support for Syrian asylum seekers - but said that Austria is doing more to help than the UK, France, or Italy.

Swiss petrol and fuel prices hit four-year lows
Switzerland

Swiss petrol and fuel prices hit four-year lows

The price of petrol and diesel fuel for motor vehicles has dropped in Switzerland to its lowest level in four years, a new report says.

‘Treason!’: France to sell Airbus airport to China
France

‘Treason!’: France to sell Airbus airport to China

The French government sparked anger on Friday by announcing it was selling half of the Toulouse-Blagnac airport in southwest France, the home of aircraft maker Airbus, to a Chinese-led consortium for a cool €308 million.

Teenager loses leg in Madrid Metro accident
Spain

Teenager loses leg in Madrid Metro accident

UPDATED: An 18-year-old man fell onto the rails of the Spanish capital's underground transport system on Friday morning and was run over by a train, losing his left leg below the knee.

Judge hands Isis fighter three-year sentence
Germany

Judge hands Isis fighter three-year sentence

A German man has been sentenced to three years and nine months in prison on Friday for fighting with Islamic State (Isis) in the first court decision of its kind in Germany.

Wooden spoon rebel ready for prison
Austria

Wooden spoon rebel ready for prison

The owner of a health food shop in Graz who is refusing to comply with health and safety guidelines and stop using wooden spoons and chopping boards has said that she is willing to spend two and a half days in prison rather than pay a €550 fine.

New king rules out free gifts for Spain’s royals
Spain

New king rules out free gifts for Spain’s royals

King Felipe VI on Thursday laid out new rules for Spain's royal family that will prevent members from accepting free flights on commercial airlines, luxury gifts or favours which 'could compromise the dignity of the institution'.

Police launch Christmas crack-down in Vienna
Austria

Police launch Christmas crack-down in Vienna

Vienna's police have launched two major initiatives to target burglars and crack down on aggressive beggars in the run up to Christmas and the New Year.

Google offers virtual views of Spain’s wonders
Spain

Google offers virtual views of Spain’s wonders

50 of Spain’s most iconic cultural, artistic and architectural wonders have been added to Google's 'Street View', giving users a 360 degree tour of the Alhambra, Sagrada Familia and many more.

‘Russian sanctions are not the solution’: Italy FM
Italy

‘Russian sanctions are not the solution’: Italy FM

Sanctions against Russia over the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine are essential “but not the solution” to the crisis, Italy’s Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni said on Friday.

Sweden praised as EU ‘abandons’ refugees
Sweden

Sweden praised as EU ‘abandons’ refugees

Sweden and Germany have been recognized for taking in more Syrian asylum seekers between them than the rest of the EU. But human rights group Amnesty International has accused its European neighbours of a "shocking" lack of support for people forced to flee their homes.

Volvo scoops award for viral Van Damme advert
Sweden

Volvo scoops award for viral Van Damme advert

A viral advertising campaign starring Jean-Claude van Damme performing a set of "epic splits" has won Sweden's Volvo Trucks a top industry award.

Outrage forces Marseille to bin yellow triangle IDs
France

Outrage forces Marseille to bin yellow triangle IDs

France's second city Marseille has been forced to ditch a controversial initiative that saw homeless people handed ID cards adorned with yellow triangles prompting critics to accuse authorities of implementing a "Nazi-style" scheme.

Tweeting from Sweden to Kenya in support of women
Sweden

Tweeting from Sweden to Kenya in support of women

IN MY VOICE: Kenya is in turmoil as women are attacked for their clothing choices. Can anything be done from Sweden? Absolutely, argues SI student Shamsa Birik, who organized a solidarity event at Lund University.

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Sweden

Dec. 10: Breakfast in the spirit of Nobel (Stockholm)

Swedes get bottle message after 22 years
Sweden

Swedes get bottle message after 22 years

A group of Swedes who sent a pirate map in a bottle two decades ago have finally got a response after their message made it all the way to Panama.

Bundesbank halves 2015 growth forecasts
Germany

Bundesbank halves 2015 growth forecasts

The German central bank on Friday downgraded its growth forecasts for Europe's biggest economy for this year and the next two.

Three dead in traffic accident near Horsens
Denmark

Three dead in traffic accident near Horsens

A traffic accident involving several vehicles and 17 people near Horsens claimed at least three lives and injured eight others on Friday morning.

Far-right mayor refuses to remove nativity scene
France

Far-right mayor refuses to remove nativity scene

A far-right French mayor, supported by the National Front, is sticking to his guns by refusing to take down the Christmas crib in the town hall, despite being warned it’s against the country’s principle of secularism.

Opel closes flagship Bochum factory
Germany

Opel closes flagship Bochum factory

It's the end of an era as the last car rolls off the production line at Opel's Bochum factory, making Friday a bitter day for the city and the factory's 3,000 workers.

Bailed out Spanish bank ‘cooked books’
Spain

Bailed out Spanish bank ‘cooked books’

Bailed-out Spanish financial giant Bankia misrepresented its accounts ahead of its doomed 2011 stock listing which coincided with suspect buying and selling of its shares, central bank experts claimed on Thursday.

Saipem told to stop work on Russian gas project
Italy

Saipem told to stop work on Russian gas project

Saipem, the Italian oil services company, said on Thursday that it had been told by Russia’s Gazprom to suspend work on the South Stream gas pipeline project.

Danish actor to take third turn as Bond villain
Denmark

Danish actor to take third turn as Bond villain

Jesper Christensen will reprise his role as Mr. White in the new James Bond movie Spectre, hitting screens in November 2015.

ILO warns of flatlining and falling wages
Switzerland

ILO warns of flatlining and falling wages

Wages in developed countries are flatlining and even falling in some places, holding down economic growth after the financial crisis and increasing the risk of deflation, the Geneva-based International Labour Organization said on Friday.

Nazi hunter says Brunner died 20 years ago
Germany

Nazi hunter says Brunner died 20 years ago

Top Nazi fugitive Alois Brunner died in Syria at least two decades ago, a renowned French Nazi hunter said Thursday, disputing recent claims he died four years ago.

French shipyard boosted by €1.2b cruise ship deal
France

French shipyard boosted by €1.2b cruise ship deal

The Saint-Nazaire shipyard in western France has been given a major boost after a preliminary deal was signed for two new cruise ships worth a €1.2 billion.

Swedish courts hit with multiple bomb threats
Sweden

Swedish courts hit with multiple bomb threats

Four district courts across the country have been targeted with bomb threats, just days after a Malmö justice centre was attacked.

Seven finalists picked for Swiss anthem contest
Switzerland

Seven finalists picked for Swiss anthem contest

Organizers of a competition to compose a new national anthem for Switzerland have announced seven finalists from more than 200 entries.

Rome unveils virtual tour through the ghetto
Italy

Rome unveils virtual tour through the ghetto

Rome has a new walk on its historical tourism circuit: a virtual stroll through the streets of the ghetto to which Jews were confined for more than three centuries.

DFL votes for English goal line technology
Germany

DFL votes for English goal line technology

The Bundesliga will be implementing goal line technology starting next season, but the decision to use the UK-based Hawk-Eye system has left a German competitor "bitterly disappointed".

‘We aim to bring Italian excellence to the world’
Italy

‘We aim to bring Italian excellence to the world’

With a difficult business climate at home, some Italian companies are focusing on foreign markets. The Local heads to Turin to find out how gourmet food company Eataly succeeded in going global.

Swedish PM: New election isn’t my fault
Sweden

Swedish PM: New election isn’t my fault

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has defended his decision to call a snap election saying that he had no alternative, while a new poll has revealed that just two percent of the public felt that a Social Democrat/Green led government was best for Sweden.

Swedish hockey legend Alfredsson calls it quits
Sweden

Swedish hockey legend Alfredsson calls it quits

Sweden's Daniel Alfredsson, who starred for 17 years with the NHL's Ottawa Senators, returned to his adopted Canadian home on Thursday to formally announce his retirement.

Norwegian takes a step closer to a life on Mars
Norway

Norwegian takes a step closer to a life on Mars

A 20-year-old man was one of two Norwegians selected from over 200,000 people to enter the next phase of a competition to win a seat on a space mission to create a settlement on Mars in 2023, on Thursday.

A-ha! The Norwegian super-group is back!
Norway

A-ha! The Norwegian super-group is back!

One of Norway's most famous pop bands, A-ha, will reunite this summer for their 30th anniversary, the group announced on Thursday.

Martin Odegaard trains with Liverpool
Norway

Martin Odegaard trains with Liverpool

Norway's top soccer talent Martin Ødegaard was spotted training with the Liverpool FC players on Thursday, prompting speculation he may sign for the club he has supported for many years.