‘Four metre snow drifts and buried cars’
Sweden

‘Four metre snow drifts and buried cars’

Our northern Sweden correspondent, Paul Connolly, endured the region's worst snowstorm of the winter earlier this week and explains how he lived to tell the tale.

Lost US skier recounts his two-day ordeal
Switzerland

Lost US skier recounts his two-day ordeal

A 19-year-old American student who survived more than 48 hours on a mountain in the Swiss Alps said on Wednesday that he got lost while skiing at Les Diablerets and ended up falling into a ravine.

Fourth Swiss citizen killed in Philippines
Switzerland

Fourth Swiss citizen killed in Philippines

An investigation is under way into the stabbing death of a 67-year-old Swiss man in the Philippines, the latest in a string of killings involving citizens of Switzerland in that country.

China upset at Norway for expelling academic
Norway

China upset at Norway for expelling academic

China on Wednesday sharply criticized Norway for expelling a Chinese academic, in the latest diplomatic fracas to roil relations between the two countries.

Scandinavian couple pick up Sundance gong
Sweden

Scandinavian couple pick up Sundance gong

It was another golden day for Scandinavian cinema on Wednesday as a Swedish-Danish couple picked up an award at one of the biggest film festivals in the US.

Could street urinals for women work in Paris?
France

Could street urinals for women work in Paris?

Would outdoor urinals be a hit for chic Parisian women? We may soon find out, as Paris Town Hall mulls the idea.

Radio boss denied bail over Italian nuns’ murder
Italy

Radio boss denied bail over Italian nuns’ murder

A Burundi court denied bail on Wednesday to a radio station boss accused of complicity in the murder of three Italian nuns, his lawyer said.

Prostitutes vow to resist sex work law
Germany

Prostitutes vow to resist sex work law

After months of negotiations, Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and Social Democratic Party (SPD) MPs agreed the final details of a new law governing sex work on Tuesday night – but prostitutes say it isn't fit for purpose.

French comic condemns Paris attacks in court
France

French comic condemns Paris attacks in court

French comedian Dieudonné told a court on Wednesday he condemned last month's Paris attacks "without any ambiguity" as he stood trial on charges of condoning terrorism over a comment suggesting he sympathized with the gunmen.

Stockholm events get ‘gender’ funding rules
Sweden

Stockholm events get ‘gender’ funding rules

From festivals to sports games, organisers seeking public funding to help market their events in Sweden's capital now have to submit their company's gender policies, as part of new rules designed to make Stockholm the best city in the world for women to do business.

Half of Danes want to limit Muslims in Denmark
Denmark

Half of Danes want to limit Muslims in Denmark

Depending on who you ask, the fact that 50 percent of Danes want to limit the number of Muslims in the country is either "common sense" or a sign of waning tolerance.

Fourth Swede arrested over ferry ‘gang rape’
Sweden

Fourth Swede arrested over ferry ‘gang rape’

A Swedish man has been detained over an alleged gang rape on a Viking Line ferry in Finnish waters over the weekend.

Bizarre Spanish fashions you shouldn’t try at home
Spain

Bizarre Spanish fashions you shouldn’t try at home

With the Autumn/Winter fashion weeks about to take place and high street brands Zara and Mango conquering the world, Spain is, in many respects, a trailblazing fashion force. There are some looks, however, that should stay strictly within Spain’s borders.

France raises terror threat level for Riviera
France

France raises terror threat level for Riviera

France raised the terror alert to the highest level for part of the south of the country including the Riviera on Wednesday, the day after a man wielding a knife attacked three soldiers in a suspected terrorist attack in Nice.

Dane calls cops over aggressive swans
Denmark

Dane calls cops over aggressive swans

Two young swans are on a rampage in a northern Zealand town... or something like that.

France says it won’t supply Ukraine with arms
France

France says it won’t supply Ukraine with arms

France insisted on Wednesday it had no plans to supply weapons to Ukraine to help the country tackle the pro-Russian insurgency in the east of the country.

Restructuring costs dent Syngenta profits for 2014
Switzerland

Restructuring costs dent Syngenta profits for 2014

Leading agrochemicals group Syngenta on Wednesday posted a two percent drop in net profit in 2014 compared to the previous year, due in part to restructuring costs and pressure on currencies in emerging markets.

Paris Opera offers cheap tickets to young fans
France

Paris Opera offers cheap tickets to young fans

With this season's line up revealed on Wednesday and the new director hungry for a younger audience, Paris Opera has announced that people under the age of 28 will be able to get discounted tickets.

Swedish firm to look for fresh oil in the Arctic
Sweden

Swedish firm to look for fresh oil in the Arctic

A Swedish oil and gas firm is hoping to strike black gold in the Arctic, as the industry battles dwindling revenues.

Danish unions to drag Ryanair into labour court
Denmark

Danish unions to drag Ryanair into labour court

Danish labour unions have made good on their threats against Ryanair and have told the budget airline that they will meet them in court.

Tycoon bids for Swiss sports marketing firm
Switzerland

Tycoon bids for Swiss sports marketing firm

The Dalian Wanda conglomerate of Chinese billionaire Wang Jianlin has bid around one billion francs ($1.09 billion) for influential Swiss sports marketing giant Infront Sports & Media, according to a report on Wednesday.

Nine brilliant quotes about speaking German
Germany

Nine brilliant quotes about speaking German

German gives you plenty to say, but there is also plenty to say about it, as everyone from authors to tennis champs have taught us.

Italy drawing up ‘bad bank’ plan: report
Italy

Italy drawing up ‘bad bank’ plan: report

Italy is working on creating a state-backed "bad bank" to help Italian lenders shed non-performing loans, the country's Il Messaggero daily said on Wednesday.

US teen survives 48 hours lost in Swiss Alps
Switzerland

US teen survives 48 hours lost in Swiss Alps

A 19-year-old American student who disappeared over the weekend while skiing in the Les Diablerets area of the Vaud Alps was rescued Tuesday, alive but suffering from hypothermia, police said.

Handelsbanken scores record global profits
Sweden

Handelsbanken scores record global profits

Sweden's second-largest bank, Handelsbanken, announced record annual profits on Wednesday driven by strong growth in private lending and continued overseas expansion.

Sweden’s defence slammed in global report
Sweden

Sweden’s defence slammed in global report

UPDATED: An international think tank has warned that Sweden might not be able to defend itself against Russia, should its Baltic neighbour become more aggressive in future.

Why most UK expats will shun general election

Why most UK expats will shun general election

The deadline for registering to vote in the UK general elections is fast approaching, but not all UK expats will be casting their vote. We talked to Brits around Europe about why they will be voting – or not.

Podemos leap ahead in new poll
Spain

Podemos leap ahead in new poll

A new poll has revealed that more Spaniards plan to vote for left-wing protest party, Podemos, than the traditional opposition party, the Socialists (PSOE) hearalding the end of Spain's traditional two-party system.

Austria’s shadow economy booming
Austria

Austria’s shadow economy booming

Rising unemployment and high tax and social insurance contributions are causing an increasing number of people in Austria to abandon formal employment and work in “shadow economies”, according to a study published by economist Friedrich Schneider of the University of Linz.

Norway pledges to cut emissions by 40 percent
Norway

Norway pledges to cut emissions by 40 percent

Norway has pledged to cut its emissions of greenhouse gases by 40 percent of 1990 levels by 2030, matching targets set by the European Union.

Neo-Nazis send journalists death notices
Germany

Neo-Nazis send journalists death notices

Police in Dortmund are investigating after several journalists from Dortmund received death notices with their names on them earlier this week. The Local spoke to one of those journalists and police about the growing neo-Nazi threat in the Ruhr-area city.

Court finds that you need money to pay rent
Germany

Court finds that you need money to pay rent

Germany's highest court has found that there are definite limits to the excuses you can offer your landlord for not paying your rent.

Hells Angels: 55 charged in crime probe
Spain

Hells Angels: 55 charged in crime probe

Over 50 members of the Majorcan chapter of the notorious biker gang have been charged for crimes ranging from prostitution to drugs trafficking.

Missing family of five ‘has joined jihad’
Austria

Missing family of five ‘has joined jihad’

The international police agency Interpol has issued a missing alert for a family of five from Styria in Austria, who are believed to have travelled to Syria to join jihadist fighters.

Lost rare car collection set for auction in France
France

Lost rare car collection set for auction in France

A treasure trove of extremely rare classic cars, discovered on a farm in western France last year after lying forgotten for almost 50 years, goes under the hammer this week where they are expected to fetch €16 million ($18 million).

Cold snap: Paris police find chilly croc in car
France

Cold snap: Paris police find chilly croc in car

Police in Paris were left scratching their heads this week after they found a freezing cold crocodile in the back of a car during a routine traffic control.

Greek finance minister calls ECB talks ‘fruitful’
Germany

Greek finance minister calls ECB talks ‘fruitful’

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said Wednesday that his meeting with European Central Bank (ECB) chief Mario Draghi in Frankfurt had been "fruitful" and gave him "a great deal of encouragement".

Experts call for sunbed ban in sunless Norway
Norway

Experts call for sunbed ban in sunless Norway

Norway's national health research institute has called for a ban on sunbeds, arguing that their popularity in the dark, often overcast nation has led to a tenfold increase in skin cancer.

Lost in Sistine Chapel: Gran found after 3 days

Lost in Sistine Chapel: Gran found after 3 days

An elderly Spanish woman spent three days wandering lost on the streets of Rome after she became separated from her family during a tour of the Sistine Chapel.

‘There’s no such thing as failing, only feedback’
Denmark

‘There’s no such thing as failing, only feedback’

In our ongoing feature series, The Local looks into a successful entrepreneur's life - the story behind his successes, major challenges and how being an entrepreneur changed him forever. This week, we speak to Jonas Bruun Nielsen, founder of Screenmailer.

Sarkozy’s UMP party in chaos over Le Pen threat
France

Sarkozy’s UMP party in chaos over Le Pen threat

France's centre-right opposition party appears in turmoil after it ignored the wishes of its leader Nicolas Sarkozy, by telling its supporters to abstain rather than vote against Marine Le Pen's National Front in a key by-election this weekend.

Italian police salvage looted Pompeii treasures
Italy

Italian police salvage looted Pompeii treasures

Artefacts from Pompeii were found during 147 searches nationwide on Wednesday, as part of a crackdown on the trafficking of Italy's cultural heritage.

Greek PM seeks help from Hollande in Paris
France

Greek PM seeks help from Hollande in Paris

The Prime Minister of Greece, Alexis Tsipras, is bound for Paris in the hopes of earning the support of French President Francois Hollande as the Greeks struggle to clamber out of financial despair.

Norway teacher charged with abusing 20 girls
Norway

Norway teacher charged with abusing 20 girls

A music teacher from eastern Norway has been charged with abusing nearly 20 young girls, with the youngest alleged victim only ten years old when the offence took place.

Brussels blunders with wrong Swiss flag
Switzerland

Brussels blunders with wrong Swiss flag

Swiss sensibilities have been affronted by a faux pas committed by the European Commission in Brussels over a false representation of Switzerland’s flag.

Dog poisoner on the loose in Pressbaum
Austria

Dog poisoner on the loose in Pressbaum

Police are warning dog owners in the town of Pressbaum in Lower Austria to be vigilant as four dogs have fallen ill after eating meat laced with rat poison.

‘Xenophobes’ are one third of Pegida: study
Germany

‘Xenophobes’ are one third of Pegida: study

Around a third of Pegida members are “far-right nationalist xenophobes”, a study from the Technische Universität (TU) Dresden published on Tuesday found.

Five spots for Berlinale celeb-spotting
Germany

Five spots for Berlinale celeb-spotting

Want to do some star gawking? Berlin's film festival, Berlinale, is the place to do it if you happen to be in the German capital for the next two weeks. Here are some places to stake out with your autograph book and camera.

Nuclear reactor shut down after blackout
Spain

Nuclear reactor shut down after blackout

The Vandellos II nuclear power plant, in northeastern Spain, was closed on Tuesday after suffering an electricity failure caused by high winds.

Vienna’s Pegida spokesman steps down
Austria

Vienna’s Pegida spokesman steps down

The spokesman for the Vienna branch of the German Pegida movement has said that he is “stepping down” and that in future any press information will be posted on Facebook.

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Sweden

Feb. 12: Job hunting in Sweden (Jönköping)

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Sweden

Feb. 11: Seminar: Bitcoin, financial ‘hacking’ and the new digital economy (Stockholm)

Welcome to the first of four seminars hosted by the Global Economic Dynamics and the Biosphere Programme about financial markets and their influence on the Biosphere.

Archbishop blames Italy’s crisis on abortions
Italy

Archbishop blames Italy’s crisis on abortions

The archbishop of Ferrara-Comacchio has blamed Italy's economic crisis on abortions, while also describing the country's anti-homophobia law as a "crime against humanity".

Isis urges fresh attacks on France
France

Isis urges fresh attacks on France

The Islamic State group released a new video calling for its followers to launch fresh attacks on France, just a month after a deadly Islamist assault on a Paris magazine shocked the world.

Wrap up warm! Cold front hits Spain
Spain

Wrap up warm! Cold front hits Spain

Cold weather is set to sweep across Spain and continue over the weekend and into next week.

Novartis faces Japan penalty over drug effects
Switzerland

Novartis faces Japan penalty over drug effects

Japanese health authorities said Wednesday that they will soon make a decision on a possible penalty against the local unit of Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis for failing to report drug side effects.

France faces new threat of ‘open-to-all terrorism’
France

France faces new threat of ‘open-to-all terrorism’

France’s interior minister said the country faced a new phenomenon of “open access terrorism” on the day three soldiers were attacked by a knifeman outside a Jewish centre in Nice.

Greens ask for electric car buyer allowance
Germany

Greens ask for electric car buyer allowance

The Green Party wants to boost electric and hybrid car sales by offering buyers a subsidy worth thousands of euros, it was reported on Wednesday.

UN calls on Denmark to take more refugees
Denmark

UN calls on Denmark to take more refugees

The top UN official for refugees has called on the European Union to consider imposing a quota system to stop Sweden and Germany taking in a greater proportion than other nations.

Police arrest ten in people smuggling ring
Spain

Police arrest ten in people smuggling ring

Police have arrested ten suspected members of a ring that smuggled Algerian migrants by boat into Spain, charging around €600($680) per person to make the dangerous crossings in which two people died.

Italy’s Renzi says EU-Greece deal possible
Italy

Italy’s Renzi says EU-Greece deal possible

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said on Tuesday he believes Greece will be able to strike a deal with its EU partners over its massive debts.

UN calls on Europe to share refugee care
Italy

UN calls on Europe to share refugee care

The top UN official for refugees has called on the European Union to consider imposing a quota system to stop Sweden and Germany taking in a greater proportion than other nations, following the arrival of over 170,000 boat migrants in Italy last year.

Muhammad cartoon editor put up for Nobel
Denmark

Muhammad cartoon editor put up for Nobel

Jyllands-Posten editor Flemming Rose, who made waves in 2005 by publishing Prophet Mohammed cartoons, has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by a Norwegian MP.

F1 boss ‘trying’ to save German Grand Prix
Germany

F1 boss ‘trying’ to save German Grand Prix

Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone hopes to keep the German Grand Prix on this season's calendar despite money problems at the tracks, he said in an interview published by Britain's Press Association on Tuesday.

Swedish astronaut could be among first on Mars
Sweden

Swedish astronaut could be among first on Mars

Jessica Meir, a Swedish-American astronaut, is on course to become the next Scandinavian in space and could even reach Mars.

Trial opens in Paris over €100m jewellery heists
France

Trial opens in Paris over €100m jewellery heists

The trial of eight people accused of stealing gems and watches worth more than €100 million ($114 million) in a double heist at a Harry Winston jewellery shop kicked off on Tuesday in Paris.

Mohammed cartoon editor put up for Nobel
Norway

Mohammed cartoon editor put up for Nobel

The Danish newspaper editor Flemming Rose, who made waves in 2005 by publishing Prophet Mohammed cartoons in his paper Jyllands-Posten, was one of those nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize ahead of this week's deadline.

Swedish man feared killed fighting in Syria
Sweden

Swedish man feared killed fighting in Syria

A man from Örebro in central Sweden who went to Syria to fight alongside Islamist extremists has died, according to reports.

‘Scream’ actress to star in Swedish comedy
Sweden

‘Scream’ actress to star in Swedish comedy

Neve Campbell is about to add some Hollywood glamour to Greg Poehler’s show ‘Welcome to Sweden’, with a recurring role in the comedy, which next season will be set in the Stockholm snow.

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Sweden

Stockholm opens digital innovation ‘Epicenter’

It’s no secret that Sweden is on the forefront of digital innovation, with companies such as Spotify, Klarna, and Skype. Now Stockholm has gained its first ‘innovation center’.