Norway pirate film sold in 100 countries
Norway

Norway pirate film sold in 100 countries

The Norwegian pirate blockbuster ‘Captain Sabertooth and the Treasure of Lama Rama’ has now been sold to more than 100 countries, the film's producer has revealed.

Exhibition looks at the lost land of Galicia
Austria

Exhibition looks at the lost land of Galicia

A new exhibition featuring the art and culture of the historical region of Galicia - which included parts of modern Ukraine - has opened in Vienna.

Transocean’s CEO best paid despite firm’s woes
Switzerland

Transocean’s CEO best paid despite firm’s woes

Steve Newman, president and CEO of Transocean, was the best paid executive in Switzerland last year with compensation of 14.2 million francs ($14.7 million), despite having to quit the company this year in the wake of massive losses, a new report says.

Norway’s top four April Fools’ Day tricks
Norway

Norway’s top four April Fools’ Day tricks

Norway’s media was more than usually po-faced on April Fools Day this year, with the biggest newspapers and TV channels opting out. But a few brave publications stood firm against the sanctimonious tide to maintain the “Aprilspøker” tradition. Here are some of the best gags of 2015.

Scandal of paedophile teachers shocks France
France

Scandal of paedophile teachers shocks France

France’s education minister promised a thorough investigation on Wednesday into "systematic failures” after it emerged that numerous teachers were employed to work in schools despite having previous convictions for paedophilia.

Company helps expats catch a ride
Denmark

Company helps expats catch a ride

In our ongoing weekly feature series on Denmark’s entrepreneurs, we speak with Jesper Løvendahl, CEO of ExpatRide, a service that helps expats with leasing and financing of new and used cars.

Crackdown on illegal streaming in Sweden
Sweden

Crackdown on illegal streaming in Sweden

Users of illegal movie and television series streaming sites in Sweden including Popcorn Time are set to be tracked by a Danish lawfirm representing "major Hollywood companies" and could face fines of around 2000 SEK ($231).

Swedes’ Easter holiday saved as strike called off
Sweden

Swedes’ Easter holiday saved as strike called off

Tens of thousands of Swedes hoping to spend their Easter weekend in Helsinki can rest easily again, as a sympathy strike threatening to hit all passenger traffic between Sweden and Finland was called off late on Wednesday afternoon.

Danish Central Bank reissues treasury bills
Denmark

Danish Central Bank reissues treasury bills

Danmarks Nationalbank, the Danish National Bank, this week started reissuing treasury bills as a first victory against international currency speculators.

Berlin refugee groups speak out against arson
Germany

Berlin refugee groups speak out against arson

Pro-refugee organizations in Berlin spoke out on Wednesday in defiance of an arson attack on an art installation and gathering-place in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Spanish Civil War ends, Franco moves to power
Spain

Spanish Civil War ends, Franco moves to power

April 1st 1939 brought about the end of the nearly three-year, bloody civil war that even entangled Nazi Germany, and also ushered in the reign of dictator Francisco Franco.

Prison without bail for mother of jihad twins
Spain

Prison without bail for mother of jihad twins

A mother who was planning to send her 16-year-old twin sons to Syria to join a jihadist group has been sent to prison without bail, while the boys’ father has walked free.

Teen admits to killing father in canton of Zurich
Switzerland

Teen admits to killing father in canton of Zurich

UPDATED: A 19-year-old man has admitted to killing his father, a former newspaper editor, in the apartment they shared in Pfäffikon in the canton of Zurich, police said on Wednesday.

Vatican and Italy unite against tax evaders
Italy

Vatican and Italy unite against tax evaders

The Vatican said on Wednesday it had signed an agreement to share financial information with Italy in a bid to stamp out tax evasion within the once-secretive city state.

Rocky six months for new Swedish PM Löfven
Sweden

Rocky six months for new Swedish PM Löfven

The Swedish centre-left coalition government's first six months in power since last year's general election have not been the whopping success that Prime Minister Stefan Löfven had been hoping for.

Turin’s Egyptian Museum unveils €50m revamp
Italy

Turin’s Egyptian Museum unveils €50m revamp

Turin's Egyptian Museum on Wednesday unveiled its €50 million revamp, marking the successful end of a five-year project which aims to boost the city’s cultural integration efforts.

Paris gets tough on café terrace smokers
France

Paris gets tough on café terrace smokers

As Parisians continue to ignore laws that ban smoking inside closed off cafe terraces, the Town Hall has sent a reminder to police that they shouldn't hesitate to crack down on both the smokers and the cafe owners not abiding by the rules.

Lufthansa promises long-term crash help
Germany

Lufthansa promises long-term crash help

On a visit to the Germanwings flight 4U9525 crash site in France, Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr said that the company will do its utmost to help relatives of victims and local people near the crash site.

CERN poised to restart particle accelerator
Switzerland

CERN poised to restart particle accelerator

Physicists in Geneva have fixed a short-circuit at the world's largest proton smasher, making the particle-hunting machine ready for a restart "within days' time" after a two-year shutdown.

Uber files EU complaint over Spain ban
Spain

Uber files EU complaint over Spain ban

The company behind the global drive-sharing app has filed a complaint on Monday with the European Commission over its ban from operating in Spain.

Explore your wild side at the Wildstyle tattoo show
Austria

Explore your wild side at the Wildstyle tattoo show

Austria’s Wildstyle and Tattoo Messe is a travelling carnival of creative and extreme tattooing, performance, and avant-garde body art - and this year it celebrates its 20th anniversary.

‘I don’t see signs of a turn in the economy’
Italy

‘I don’t see signs of a turn in the economy’

Figures published by the national statistics agency, Istat, on Monday said Italians were feeling more upbeat about the economy. But those we spoke to begged to differ.

Young French women turn to ‘le binge drinking’
France

Young French women turn to ‘le binge drinking’

More and more young French people are turning to binge-drinking, especially teenage girls, as the Anglo Saxon habit continues to be adopted by the youth of France. The country's health minister has vowed to tackle the issue.

Sweden’s silliest April Fools’ Day tricks
Sweden

Sweden’s silliest April Fools’ Day tricks

Alcohol is set to be sold in a Swedish supermarket, buses are introducing 'selfie zones' and Malmö football club's new grass contains cannabis, if you believe the country's newspapers. Here's The Local's round-up of this year's April Fool gags.

April Fool! The Local’s day in gags
Denmark

April Fool! The Local’s day in gags

No, you weren’t going crazy when you scrolled through The Local this morning. Today, our network temporarily lost its marbles for April Fools' Day. So, as the clock strikes 12pm, it’s time for The Local to fess up and reveal which of our stories were red herrings.

April Fool! The Local’s day in gags
Austria

April Fool! The Local’s day in gags

No, you weren’t going crazy when you scrolled through The Local this morning. Today, our network temporarily lost its marbles for April Fools' Day. So, as the clock strikes 12pm, it’s time for The Local to fess up and reveal which of our stories were red herrings.

April Fool! The Local’s day in gags
Norway

April Fool! The Local’s day in gags

No, you weren’t going crazy when you scrolled through The Local this morning. Today, our network temporarily lost its marbles for April Fools' Day. So, as the clock strikes 12pm, it’s time for The Local to fess up and reveal which of our stories were red herrings.

April Fool! The Local’s day in gags
Italy

April Fool! The Local’s day in gags

No, you weren’t going crazy when you scrolled through The Local this morning. Today, our network temporarily lost its marbles for April Fools' Day. So, as the clock strikes 12pm, it’s time for The Local to fess up and reveal which of our stories were red herrings.

April Fool! The Local’s day in gags
Germany

April Fool! The Local’s day in gags

No, you weren’t going crazy when you scrolled through The Local this morning. Today, our network temporarily lost its marbles for April Fools' Day. So, as the clock strikes 12pm, it’s time for The Local to fess up and reveal which of our stories were red herrings.

April Fool! The Local’s day in gags
Spain

April Fool! The Local’s day in gags

No, you weren’t going crazy when you scrolled through The Local this morning. Today, our network temporarily lost its marbles for April Fools' Day. So, as the clock strikes 12pm, it’s time for The Local to fess up and reveal which of our stories were red herrings.

Drone porn!? The best April Fools from France
France

Drone porn!? The best April Fools from France

France joined in on the fun of April Fools' on Wednesday, with everything from news about giraffe yoghurt to train journeys to Sydney from northern France. Here's a selection of our favourites from France and the rest of The Local Europe.

‘Cannibal cop’ gets 8-year sentence
Germany

‘Cannibal cop’ gets 8-year sentence

A court sentenced a German former police officer to eight years and six months in jail Wednesday for killing a willing victim he met on a website for cannibalism fetishists.

Germany’s best April Fools’ jokes
Germany

Germany’s best April Fools’ jokes

While it might not be as prevalent as in English-speaking countries, there is still a rich tradition of “Aprilscherze” in Germany. Take a look inside for some of the best of 2015.

Unemployment at lowest rate since 2012
Spain

Unemployment at lowest rate since 2012

Spain's unemployment rate sank 0.2 percent between January and February, to its lowest rate since January 2012, according to new EU figures.

Draft fracking law meets strong opposition
Germany

Draft fracking law meets strong opposition

The cabinet agreed upon a draft law on “fracking” on Wednesday which will allow testing under stringent rules. But it is unclear whether the law will pass through the Bundestag (German parliament).

Rome university runs exorcism course
Italy

Rome university runs exorcism course

A Rome university will this month run an exorcism course, teaching religious and secular students how to rid people of their demons.

France set to keep ban on gay men giving blood
France

France set to keep ban on gay men giving blood

France's national ethics committee has recommended that the country upholds the lifetime ban on gay men donating blood, stating that more research is needed before any changes are made to the law. Gay rights groups have reacted furiously.

April Fool: The Local’s collection of gags
Switzerland

April Fool: The Local’s collection of gags

No, you weren’t going crazy when you scrolled through The Local this morning. Today, our network temporarily lost its marbles for April Fools' Day. Now it’s time for The Local to fess up and reveal which of our stories were red herrings.

April Fools’ Day: The Local’s 2015 gags
Sweden

April Fools’ Day: The Local’s 2015 gags

Did you spot our story about Swedes in a former Viking town sounding Scottish? It was one of a range of April Fools' Day jokes across The Local's network of nine European news sites. Have a laugh reading about our other red herrings.

Swedish pilots fail to reach deal with SAS
Sweden

Swedish pilots fail to reach deal with SAS

A deal between Swedish pilots and Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) is being automatically extended a week at a time after the agreement ended at midnight on Tuesday.

Denmark donates 250 million kroner to Syria
Denmark

Denmark donates 250 million kroner to Syria

At an international donor conference for Syria held in Kuwait this week, Denmark has committed another 250 million Danish kroner for 2015 to the victims of the war-torn country. This brings Denmark’s total aid to Syria to more than 1 billion Danish kroner, according to the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Immigration remains ‘top issue’ of Swiss voters
Switzerland

Immigration remains ‘top issue’ of Swiss voters

Immigration and integration of foreigners remain the biggest concern of Swiss voters, according to a survey conducted for the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation six months ahead of national elections.

Woman found hanging from tree in Rome
Italy

Woman found hanging from tree in Rome

The body of a woman has been found hanging from a tree in Rome in what is believed to be a suicide.

Unemployment climbs to record levels
Austria

Unemployment climbs to record levels

Unemployment rose to record levels in Austria during March, according to figures released on Wednesday by the social affairs ministry.

Strong economy shrinks debt as share of GDP
Germany

Strong economy shrinks debt as share of GDP

Germany's total debt increased slightly in 2014, but because the economy grew, its proportion of overall output fell, the Bundesbank (central bank) said on Wednesday.

Spain’s incredible Holy Week processions
Spain

Spain’s incredible Holy Week processions

From the elaborate costumes to the hard work that goes on behind the scenes, The Local takes a look at Spain's incredible Semana Santa processions.

Top Gear Stavanger show to go ahead
Norway

Top Gear Stavanger show to go ahead

Sacked Top Gear star Jeremy Clarkson and his former co-presenters James May and Richard Hammond are to bring their live show to Stavanger’s Sørmarka Arena after all, BBC Worldwide revealed on Tuesday.

At least nine dead after hurricane strength winds
Austria

At least nine dead after hurricane strength winds

Hurricane strength winds brought chaos to Austria, Germany and Switzerland on Tuesday, killing at least nine people and causing major damage to travel infrastructure.

Alps plane crash video ‘must’ be given to police
France

Alps plane crash video ‘must’ be given to police

Prosecutors investigating the crash of a Germanwings plane in the French Alps have demanded that a video purportedly showing the final moments of the flight inside the cabin must be handed over to investigators.

Farmed reindeer ‘Norway’s new salmon’
Norway

Farmed reindeer ‘Norway’s new salmon’

Reindeer in Norway could be now farmed intensively for their skins and meat for the first time, opening up the way for a new revenue stream for the country’s hard-pressed farmers.

Connect Sweden: Examining Sweden’s place in the world
Sweden

Connect Sweden: Examining Sweden’s place in the world

The Local's Connect Sweden ambassador series features interviews with prominent figures in Sweden's business, diplomatic, and cultural spheres to learn more about the country's place in the world and how international air connectivity affects perceptions of Sweden.

Seven lives claimed by Storm Niklas
Germany

Seven lives claimed by Storm Niklas

Germany woke up on Wednesday morning to the chaos which hurricane-strength winds brought to the country for much of Tuesday, killing seven people and causing major damage to travel infrastructure.

No charges for Sarkozy in campaign finance case
France

No charges for Sarkozy in campaign finance case

French judges decided on Wednesday not to charge Nicolas Sarkozy over a campaign finance scandal but placed the former president under a special status that leaves the door open for further questioning.

Benidorm to ban ‘Full English’ breakfasts
Spain

Benidorm to ban ‘Full English’ breakfasts

A raft of new bylaws introduced in the Costa Blanca resort could see the banning of one Brit holiday favourite: the Full English Breakfast.

Italy’s steel workers risk cancer or hunger
Italy

Italy’s steel workers risk cancer or hunger

In the impoverished city of Taranto, work that has provoked cancer is preferable to starving.

Deal ´possible´ but not before Easter: EU pres
Spain

Deal ´possible´ but not before Easter: EU pres

A new Greek bailout deal is possible before an end-April deadline but it will not come before Easter, EU president Donald Tusk said on Tuesday during a news conference with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy in Madrid.

Two babies die in France after vaccinations
France

Two babies die in France after vaccinations

Health authorities in France are reviewing whether a common vaccine to prevent stomach illnesses should be given to babies, after it emerged this week that two newborns died following the inoculations.

Kaiser to rule again from Berlin
Germany

Kaiser to rule again from Berlin

In a shock decision, the German government announced on Wednesday that it had asked civil servants to re-draft the constitution to restore the monarchy.

Post, Amazon face Easter strikes
Germany

Post, Amazon face Easter strikes

The trade union Verdi has announced strikes for Wednesday at the Deutsche Post (German Post) and Amazon, meaning that Easter cards and packages might not arrive on time.

Talks on Iran’s nuclear future head into overtime
Switzerland

Talks on Iran’s nuclear future head into overtime

Russia and Iran claimed a breakthrough in Lausanne talks on a framework deal cutting back Tehran's nuclear programme, but the US denied everything had been agreed as discussions were due to resume Wednesday.

Thousands lose global TV channels in Telia row
Sweden

Thousands lose global TV channels in Telia row

Up to 700,000 households that subscribe to Nordic telecoms giant Telia’s television packages have seen several channels – including Eurosport – disappear due to a dispute with broadcaster SBS.

CEO: Bromma ‘essential’ for Skanska’s success
Sweden

CEO: Bromma ‘essential’ for Skanska’s success

The future of Bromma Airport has sparked a torrent of political debate, with supporters arguing it’s essential for Sweden's connectivity. But it’s more than that, says Skanska Sweden’s CEO Pierre Olofsson. It’s also critical for work-life balance.

Niklas sweeps through northern Switzerland
Switzerland

Niklas sweeps through northern Switzerland

UPDATED: Vestiges of Hurricane Niklas swept through northern Switzerland and parts of the Alps on Tuesday, uprooting trees, damaging buildings, blowing down signs and causing the death of one motorist and at least a dozen injuries, according to media reports.

Swedes rescue Syrian refugee’s cat in Sicily
Italy

Swedes rescue Syrian refugee’s cat in Sicily

A Syrian refugee will be granted her wish this Easter after staff at a Swedish animal shelter rescued her long lost cat from quarantine in Sicily.

Townsend steals show in Italy-England draw
Italy

Townsend steals show in Italy-England draw

Tottenham winger Andros Townsend came off the bench to steal the limelight from club-mate Harry Kane with a late leveller in a 1-1 draw against Italy in Turin on Tuesday.

Denmark to add English as second language
Denmark

Denmark to add English as second language

UPDATED: PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt has proposed officially recognizing English, saying it would help Denmark's global reputation and be a positive gesture toward the country's foreigners.

Paris bistros crack down on loud-mouthed tourists
France

Paris bistros crack down on loud-mouthed tourists

Numerous cafes and bistros across the City of Light have signed up to a provocative campaign aimed at cracking down on loud-mouthed foreign tourists, claiming they're ruining "the sophistication of the Paris dining experience".

The Swedish Viking town using a Scottish sound
Sweden

The Swedish Viking town using a Scottish sound

The way Swedes say 'no' is slightly different in one isolated town in the south of the country, where many Vikings settled in the 10th century after returning from Scotland. The Local's Maddy Savage has been to Åkeby in Kalmar to investigate why a strange, Scottish-sounding phrase has stuck around for centuries.

Swiss Army revives bike infantry to boost fitness
Switzerland

Swiss Army revives bike infantry to boost fitness

Switzerland’s defence department has ordered the reinstatement of the bicycle infantry for the Swiss Army in a bid to improve fitness standards among soldiers.

UN ‘should honour US as home of pizza’
Italy

UN ‘should honour US as home of pizza’

Neapolitan pizza should be recognized by the UN as American, pizza makers in Florida say. We've taken an Italian concept and made it better - and cheesier - they claim.

Tax hike brings gnome collectors out in protest
Austria

Tax hike brings gnome collectors out in protest

Garden gnome enthusiasts in Austria are up in arms and planning to protest in front of the parliament in Vienna on Friday over the proposed hike in sales tax for ornamental dwarves.