Four Swedish home design trends for spring
Sweden

Four Swedish home design trends for spring

Swedish interiors are world famous and this weekend the largest design fair in the Nordics, Formex, is taking place in Stockholm. Interior Designer and blogger Angeline Eriksson has had a preview of the top home trends it is showcasing in 2015.

Police track Montreux jewellery shop robbers
Switzerland

Police track Montreux jewellery shop robbers

Vaud cantonal police on Thursday sought help from the public in tracking down three men suspected of armed robbery at a jewellery shop in Montreux.

Italian aid workers held in Syria freed
Italy

Italian aid workers held in Syria freed

Two Italian women aid workers abducted in Syria last summer have been released, the Italian government said on Thursday.

Oil prices continue to plummet says OPEC
Austria

Oil prices continue to plummet says OPEC

The Vienna-based Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) expects the current excess of crude supply responsible for plummeting oil prices to continue through 2015, despite a slight increase in global demand.

A portrait of Germany in ten statistics
Germany

A portrait of Germany in ten statistics

From a low birth rate to rising inequality, these facts and figures show that the Germany of tomorrow may not fit the preconceived ideas of the past.

A portrait of modern Austria in ten stats
Austria

A portrait of modern Austria in ten stats

Quality of life is known to be high in Austria and the Alpine nation has registered economic growth each year since 2009. But issues such as increasing immigration and creeping unemployment mean this traditionally Catholic country is starting to change. Here's how.

A portrait of modern Italy in ten stats
Italy

A portrait of modern Italy in ten stats

Covering everything from the falling murder rate to the lack of newborn babies, The Local brings you ten stats to paint a portrait of modern Italy.

A portrait of modern Switzerland in ten stats
Switzerland

A portrait of modern Switzerland in ten stats

From wages to welfare, we've picked out ten stats from the country's and the world's top institutions, drawing out figures that give a fascinating snapshot of Switzerland today.

A portrait of modern Denmark in ten stats
Denmark

A portrait of modern Denmark in ten stats

From the fast growing inequality in Europe to birth rates that continue to fall, here are ten stats that give a portrait of the modern Denmark.

Europe in stats: from Spain to Sweden

Europe in stats: from Spain to Sweden

From women in the workplace to income inequality, the differences between European countries are getting greater in lots of areas. Find out who's best at having babies, who's most dependent on the state and who's most likely to get cancer.

Spain in stats: a portrait of a nation
Spain

Spain in stats: a portrait of a nation

From a very low crime rate to the largest wealth divide in the European Union, here are ten key statistics that shine a light on modern Spain.

Denmark gets (partial) Oscar nods
Denmark

Denmark gets (partial) Oscar nods

The Lego Movie may have been snubbed at the Oscars, but as if to compensate, Song of the Sea, the Irish animated film which knocked it from the nominations, was largely made by a Danish studio, while a Danish-Polish film is in the running for best Foreign Language Film.

Markets panic as Swiss scrap euro rate cap
Switzerland

Markets panic as Swiss scrap euro rate cap

Switzerland's central bank on Thursday scrapped a three-year bid to hold down the value of its currency against the euro, in a shock announcement that set off panic in the markets.

Judge to investigate terrorist’s trip to Madrid
Spain

Judge to investigate terrorist’s trip to Madrid

Updated: A Spanish High Court judge has opened a preliminary investigation into French Islamist gunman Amedy Coulibaly's stay in Madrid before recent Paris terror attacks, a judicial source said on Thursday.

Spain’s Air Europa spends €3b on new jets
Spain

Spain’s Air Europa spends €3b on new jets

Majorca-based airline Air Europa said on Thursday it had made a huge order for 14 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners valued at $3.6 billion (€3.0 billion) at list prices.

Malian ‘hostage helper’ to get French citizenship
France

Malian ‘hostage helper’ to get French citizenship

The French government has announced that it will bestow French citizenship on a man from Mali, who has been hailed as a hero for helping hostages during the supermarket shooting in Paris last week.

Police foil forgers who copied Miró and Picasso
Spain

Police foil forgers who copied Miró and Picasso

Police in Zaragoza and Tarragona have taken down a network of art fraudsters who tried to sell nine forged copies of works by Miró, Picasso and Matisse for hundreds of thousands of euros.

Who will be Italy’s next president?
Italy

Who will be Italy’s next president?

Just a day after Giorgio Napolitano stepped down, the political circus has begun to decide who will be Italy's next president. The Local takes a look at the possible candidates to take over at the Quirinale Palace.

‘Muslims main victims of fanaticism’: French PM
France

‘Muslims main victims of fanaticism’: French PM

French President Francois Hollande said on Thursday that Muslims were the "main victims" of fanaticism, as five of the 17 people killed in last week's Islamist attacks in Paris were laid to rest.

Migrants arrested over high seas massacre
Spain

Migrants arrested over high seas massacre

Two Cameroonian men have been arrested for allegedly throwing as many as ten people overboard while travelling on a makeshift boat from Morocco in a bid to reach Spain in December.

A portrait of modern Sweden in ten statistics
Sweden

A portrait of modern Sweden in ten statistics

Swedes are less dependent on the state, more likely to be foreign born and less likely to have their car stolen than they were in the past. Here are ten statistics that show you the state of modern Sweden.

Alpine skiing: Vonn chases record in Italy
Italy

Alpine skiing: Vonn chases record in Italy

American Lindsey Vonn lead downhill training on Thursday as she bids to equal and overtake the record of World Cup wins at Cortina d'Ampezzo this weekend.

Beheaded Frenchman found in Algeria
France

Beheaded Frenchman found in Algeria

The army has found the body of a French tourist who was beheaded by jihadists last year in Algeria.

Sweden’s hit Turist movie shunned at Oscars
Sweden

Sweden’s hit Turist movie shunned at Oscars

Swedish hit film Turist, known as Force Majeure abroad, was widely tipped to make the Oscars shortlist for Best Foreign Language film, but did not feature in the nominations.

Woman suspected of Christmas bomb plot
Sweden

Woman suspected of Christmas bomb plot

A woman has been arrested on suspicion of conspiring to bomb a property in the Malmö suburb of Rosengård on Christmas Eve. A 15-year-old and a two men had already been arrested in connection with the blast.

Jewish school head: ‘It could have been us’
France

Jewish school head: ‘It could have been us’

The Yaguel Yaacov Jewish school in Paris is believed to be one of the intended targets of last week's terror attack. The headmistress tells The Local how students are fighting to live normally again.

Pakistanis burn French flag in Charlie Hebdo row
France

Pakistanis burn French flag in Charlie Hebdo row

Pakistan's parliament on Thursday condemned satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo for printing a "blasphemous" cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad as religious groups held rallies throughout the country, including one at which the French flag was burnt.

Family wound 14 police in revenge attack
Germany

Family wound 14 police in revenge attack

After an alleged robber fell from the seventh floor of a courthouse, his enraged family members tried to storm the clinic in Hamelin where he was being treated for his injuries, wounding 14 police officers.

‘Swedish Schindler’ death linked to Germany
Sweden

‘Swedish Schindler’ death linked to Germany

Swedish Holocaust hero Raoul Wallenberg who helped thousands of Jews escape Budapest with Swedish papers, may have had closer ties to Germany than previously thought, it has emerged ahead of the seventieth anniversary of his disappearance.

‘Basque freedom tree’ declared dead
Spain

‘Basque freedom tree’ declared dead

The 'tree of Gernika', an oak that has symbolized the freedom of the people of the Basque Country since the Middle Ages, is to be replaced next month for the fourth time in history because the current specimen has been declared dead.

Richemont shares pummelled as franc rises
Switzerland

Richemont shares pummelled as franc rises

Geneva-based Richemont, the world's second largest luxury group, says its global sales inched higher in the third quarter despite plunging demand in its key Asian market but investors punished the company's share price on Thursday over worries about the surge in the Swiss franc.

Denmark sends help to Boko Haram victims
Denmark

Denmark sends help to Boko Haram victims

Committing 12.5 million kroner, Development Minister Mogens Jensen said that the world must not overlook the actions of Boko Haram in Nigeria, where the Islamic group is displaying "one of the ugliest" faces of extremism.

Cafe boss ‘sorry’ for kicking lesbians out
Austria

Cafe boss ‘sorry’ for kicking lesbians out

The boss of Cafe Prückel on Vienna’s Ringstrasse has apologized for having thrown a lesbian couple out for kissing last week, after a storm of protest erupted on social media and made headlines around the world.

John Kerry offers Paris a ‘big hug’ after attack
France

John Kerry offers Paris a ‘big hug’ after attack

US Secretary of State John Kerry, who is due to arrive in Paris on Thursday, said that he wants to give the French capital "a big hug" after the terror attack that rocked the world last week.

Mancini vision for Inter decisive for Shaqiri
Italy

Mancini vision for Inter decisive for Shaqiri

Xherdan Shaqiri claimed his unhappiness at warming the substitutes' bench at Bayern Munich, and Roberto Mancini's vision for Inter Milan, prompted his decision to join the Italian giants.

German jihadist says Isis ‘will conquer Europe’
Germany

German jihadist says Isis ‘will conquer Europe’

A German Muslim convert fighting with Isis has warned his compatriots that Germans should “brace themselves” for terrorist attacks.

Probe launched into failed Hypo bank
Austria

Probe launched into failed Hypo bank

Austria's parliament has launched an investigation into the failed Hypo Alpe Adria bank, and will call several high-profile figures to testify over the lender’s near-collapse and role in increasing state debt and the budget deficit.

Sweden broadcasts baby bear births live online
Sweden

Sweden broadcasts baby bear births live online

Three bear cubs were born at a zoo in central Sweden on Thursday, with the event captured by a live camera, which has been tracking the animals since December and proving addictive viewing for tens of thousands of Swedes.

Mafia deters foreigners from investing in Italy
Italy

Mafia deters foreigners from investing in Italy

Mafia infiltration in Italy’s institutions is deterring foreign investors and cost the country €16 billion in potential investment between 2006 and 2012, the head of Italy’s central bank has said.

Critics slam ‘happy condom’ carnival deal
Spain

Critics slam ‘happy condom’ carnival deal

A company offering trips to the annual carnival in the southern Spanish city of Cadiz has been criticized for including alcohol and 'happy condoms' alongside transport and food in its €18 ($21) package deal.

Swiss franc soars after central bank action
Switzerland

Swiss franc soars after central bank action

The Swiss National Bank in a shock move on Thursday scrapped an exchange rate floor of 1.20 francs against the euro and slashed interest rates from minus 0.25 percent to minus 0.75 percent.

VIDEO: Swiss soldiers publish antics online
Switzerland

VIDEO: Swiss soldiers publish antics online

By posting to the internet a series of videos and photos showing them engaging in fun and daring activities, Swiss soldiers have proven that working for the military can be more exciting than you might think.

3,707 boat migrant children missing in Italy
Italy

3,707 boat migrant children missing in Italy

At the end of last year there were 3,707 children unaccounted for who arrived in Italy by boat, a quarter of minors who came ashore, Interior Minister Angelino Alfano has said.

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Switzerland

US-Iran nuclear talks resume in Geneva

Iran and the US held more than six hours of talks in Geneva on Wednesday seeking to nail down a complex nuclear deal, but negotiators remained tight-lipped on what progress had been made as the clock ticks down to a third deadline.

Merkel: Germany will fight Islamist extremists
Germany

Merkel: Germany will fight Islamist extremists

Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged on Thursday to heighten security measures against Islamist militants following the Paris attacks, while vowing that Germany would not be divided by extremism of any kind.

Are there really ‘no-go zones’ in Paris?
France

Are there really ‘no-go zones’ in Paris?

After US network Fox News compared some parts of Paris to Baghdad, The Local heads to one of the capital's eight so-called "no-go zones" to find out how the locals respond.

Charlie Hebdo artists buried in Paris
France

Charlie Hebdo artists buried in Paris

Two of Charlie Hebdo's cartoonists who lost their lives during the terrorist attack last week were buried on Thursday in private funerals.

Clooney’s ex is VIP guest at Opera Ball
Austria

Clooney’s ex is VIP guest at Opera Ball

George Clooney’s former girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis will be billionaire Richard Lugner’s celebrity guest at the Vienna Opera Ball on February 12th.

27 reasons Danes are the happiest people on Earth
Denmark

27 reasons Danes are the happiest people on Earth

Is Denmark still the happiest country on Earth? Recent studies suggest that their reign is over, but this list might make you think twice.

Where are the women in Sweden’s history books?
Sweden

Where are the women in Sweden’s history books?

Despite Sweden's international reputation for gender equality, the lack of women in the country's history books is causing a stir in the Swedish media.

French towns don’t want to bury Paris killers
France

French towns don’t want to bury Paris killers

As a mourning France struggles to overcome last week's atrocities, the question of where to bury the terrorist's bodies is alarming authorities in the home towns of the Kouachi brothers and Amedy Coulibaly.

Janosch the dog gets TV licence bill
Germany

Janosch the dog gets TV licence bill

Janosch Städtler, just like millions of Germans across the country, received a bill for his TV licence fee at the beginning of the year. Unlike millions of Germans, however, he is a Hungarian Vizsla hunting dog.

Diesel drops below €1 in parts of Germany
Germany

Diesel drops below €1 in parts of Germany

Motorists in parts of Germany were treated to a rare sight this week as filling station signs showed the price of diesel slipping below €1.

Tractor ruins ancient rock art in Galicia
Spain

Tractor ruins ancient rock art in Galicia

A rock bearing prehistoric designs was seriously damaged recently when annual weeding works at a Galician archaeological park went wrong.

Isis video encourages Swiss terror attacks
Switzerland

Isis video encourages Swiss terror attacks

In the wake of last week’s murderous terror attacks in Paris, the Islamic State group (Isis) has issued a disturbing video encouraging jihadists to launch a fresh round of violent attacks in Europe, including Switzerland.

Denmark to be hit by ‘Siberian’ winter temps
Denmark

Denmark to be hit by ‘Siberian’ winter temps

Storm-strength winds are once again hammering parts of Denmark on Thursday and winter is set to truly make its presence felt next week.

Hitler’s childhood home in legal battle
Austria

Hitler’s childhood home in legal battle

Austria's government has made an offer to buy the house where Adolf Hitler spent his early years, and is looking at options that would allow it to expropriate the house should the owner refuse to sell.

German economy beats 2014 growth predictions
Germany

German economy beats 2014 growth predictions

The German economy, Europe's biggest, shrugged off global weakness to expand by a solid 1.5 percent in 2014, and could see growth accelerate this year, analysts said on Thursday.

German hospital finds rare ‘obesity mutation’
Germany

German hospital finds rare ‘obesity mutation’

Doctors at the University Clinic in Ulm have discovered a new disease causing obesity while studying an extremely overweight three-year-old.

Turin to evict refugees from ex-Olympic village
Italy

Turin to evict refugees from ex-Olympic village

Authorities in Turin are due to evict refugees living in the city's Olympic village, where they have occupied accommodation built to house athletes during the 2006 Winter Games.

Huge Danish demand for new Charlie Hebdo issue
Denmark

Huge Danish demand for new Charlie Hebdo issue

So many people in Denmark have asked about the new edition of Charlie Hebdo that the magazine distribution company is trying to massively increase its order to meet demand.

The art of public speaking for future leaders
Sweden

The art of public speaking for future leaders

In December NFGL student Maxim Vlasov arranged a workshop about rhetoric and public speaking. What do future global leaders need to know about speech skills and persuading others? Maxim presents a recipe for successful public speaking.

Hooligans join Cologne Pegida demo
Germany

Hooligans join Cologne Pegida demo

Around 150 people marched through Cologne on Wednesday in the name of anti-Islam movement Pegida, including hooligans and members of far-right party Pro NRW, significantly fewer than last week's 500.

Spain bans ‘female genital mutilation trips’
Spain

Spain bans ‘female genital mutilation trips’

Parents in Spain will be asked to sign a declaration promising their daughters will not undergo female genital mutilation when they visit nations where the practice is common, under a new government protocol approved on Wednesday.

Murdoch stirs Twitter storm with Muslim jab
France

Murdoch stirs Twitter storm with Muslim jab

Media tycoon Rupert Murdoch sought to backtrack on Wednesday from a Twitter storm stemming from comments about Muslims following the Paris attacks.

Sweden’s Ikea in hot water after US crib recall
Sweden

Sweden’s Ikea in hot water after US crib recall

Swedish furniture company Ikea has recalled 169,000 crib mattresses in the US, after reports that two children became trapped, America’s consumer watchdog has announced.

Rome media told to up security amid terror alert
Italy

Rome media told to up security amid terror alert

Media outlets in Rome have been told to tighten security against possible attacks by Islamic extremists after 12 people working for the French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, were shot dead last week.

French Armed Forces tackle terror with Twitter
France

French Armed Forces tackle terror with Twitter

The branch of the French Armed Forces known as the Gendarmerie has made the headlines for its active and popular use of social media during the Paris terror attacks last week.

Gang ‘hid cocaine in chorizo sandwiches’
Spain

Gang ‘hid cocaine in chorizo sandwiches’

Spanish police in Zaragoza recently stopped a car carrying the presumed head of a drugs gang and seized two chorizo sausage sandwiches containing a surprise ingredient – 150g of cocaine.

Men sentenced for sharing girlfriend’s sexts
Germany

Men sentenced for sharing girlfriend’s sexts

Two men in northern Germany were sentenced on Wednesday for sharing naked pictures of young women and children.

Police investigate jihadi cell in Wolfsburg
Germany

Police investigate jihadi cell in Wolfsburg

State prosecutors are investigating at least one man, a veteran of fighting with Isis in western Iraq, for planning attacks in Germany as part of a 50-strong cell of jihadist sympathisers.

Afghan Taliban hail Paris gunmen
France

Afghan Taliban hail Paris gunmen

The Afghan Taliban have condemned the publication of further cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in France and lauded last week's deadly Islamist attack on the Charlie Hebdo magazine office in Paris.

Plane evacuated at Rome airport over bomb alert
Italy

Plane evacuated at Rome airport over bomb alert

A bomb alert at Rome's Fiumicino airport forced officials to evacuate a Vienna-bound flight shortly before take-off after a passenger told the captain he had explosives in his luggage, Italian media reported on Wednesday.

Over 1,000 French sites hacked since attacks
France

Over 1,000 French sites hacked since attacks

Websites in France have been hit by self-described Islamist hackers in the week since Paris was hit by attacks on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, internet experts have said.

14-year-old bomb plot boy on the run
Austria

14-year-old bomb plot boy on the run

A 14-year-old boy who was arrested in October for plotting to explode a bomb at a crowded railway station has gone missing, according to police reports.

What’s on in Sweden: January 15th – 22nd
Sweden

What’s on in Sweden: January 15th – 22nd

What do Swedish sin, indie rock and international jazz all have in common? They're some of The Local's top picks of things to check out in Sweden this week.

Sweden’s cancelled Israel trip stirs debate
Sweden

Sweden’s cancelled Israel trip stirs debate

UPDATED: Sweden’s foreign minister cancelled a trip to Israel last week because no Israeli official was willing to meet her, it has been claimed. On Thursday the country's opposition parties criticized her approach to relations with the Middle East.

Fly Niki bomb threat grounds plane
Austria

Fly Niki bomb threat grounds plane

A bomb alert at Rome's Fiumicino airport forced officials to evacuate a Vienna-bound flight shortly before take-off after a passenger told the captain he had explosives in his luggage, Italian media reported Wednesday.

Swedish 50-year-old evicted for ‘loud’ sex
Sweden

Swedish 50-year-old evicted for ‘loud’ sex

A woman in west Sweden has been evicted from her apartment for playing loud music and making too much noise when she had sex.