Switzerland willing to join EU refugee quota
Austria

Switzerland willing to join EU refugee quota

Switzerland said on Wednesday it would be willing to adopt an EU migration proposal currently being debated by Brussels for the even geographical distribution of asylum seekers across Europe.

Swedes mock Norway Eurovision entry
Norway

Swedes mock Norway Eurovision entry

It’s that time of year again! Norway’s Eurovision entry, A Monster Like Me, has been mocked mercilessly by a panel of Swedish pop experts, with Tess Merkel from schlager-masters Alcazar dismissing it as an “Adele rip-off”.

Kyrgios knocks Federer out of Madrid Open
Switzerland

Kyrgios knocks Federer out of Madrid Open

Australian young gun Nick Kyrgios upset Roger Federer 6-7 (2/7), 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (14/12) on Wednesday to knock the Swiss star out of the Madrid Open tennis tournament.

Latvia stuns Switzerland in World Cup hockey
Switzerland

Latvia stuns Switzerland in World Cup hockey

Latvia stunned 2013 runners-up Switzerland 2-1 in overtime at the ice hockey world championships on Wednesday while defending champions Russia beat minnows Denmark 5-2.

High prices blunt Swiss tourism’s cutting edge
Switzerland

High prices blunt Swiss tourism’s cutting edge

High prices have knocked Switzerland off its pedestal for travel and tourism competitiveness, according to a new report from the Geneva-based World Economic Forum.

Head of Danish security agency PET steps down
Denmark

Head of Danish security agency PET steps down

UPDATED: Ahead of the release of a report on authorities' reactions to the February shootings in Copenhagen, the Justice Ministry announced that Jens Madsen will no longer lead PET.

Norway’s Baltic F-16 in first run-in with Russians
Norway

Norway’s Baltic F-16 in first run-in with Russians

The Norwegian F-16 aircraft sent to guard Nato’s eastern border have had their first run-in with a Russian aircraft, after an Antonov An-22 transport aircraft came close to entering Lithuanian airspace.

Electric cars lose right to drive in Oslo bus lanes
Norway

Electric cars lose right to drive in Oslo bus lanes

Norway is to strip electric cars of their nationwide right to drive in bus lanes, removing a key incentive that has helped turn the Nordic country into the world’s leader for electric vehicles.

Of sufferings, sacrifices, and success…
Sweden

Of sufferings, sacrifices, and success…

NFGL member Abu Tayub Mohammed Farhad of Örebro University talked with a former Swedish minister, recalling memories of his visit to refugee camps in India’s Kolkata and liberated areas in Bangladesh during Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971.

Denmark still winless after loss to Russia
Denmark

Denmark still winless after loss to Russia

The Danes are still searching for their first victory in the ice hockey world championships being held in the Czech Republic.

Norway’s men soon to be among Europe’s fattest
Norway

Norway’s men soon to be among Europe’s fattest

Norwegian men might want to cut down on the sticky cinnamon buns if a new WHO report is anything to go by. A shocking 76 percent will be overweight by 2030, up from 58 percent in 2010.

Swiss back shared migrant responsibility
Switzerland

Swiss back shared migrant responsibility

Switzerland said on Wednesday it would be willing to adopt an EU migration proposal currently being debated by Brussels for the even geographical distribution of asylum seekers across Europe.

Ticked off Rolex slaps Italian PM on wrist
Switzerland

Ticked off Rolex slaps Italian PM on wrist

Geneva-based Rolex has accused Matteo Renzi of damaging its brand after the Italian Prime Minister described protestors who ran amok in Milan last week as spoilt brats with a penchant for the Swiss company's luxury watches.

Push to stream foreign media sites in Sweden
Sweden

Push to stream foreign media sites in Sweden

Music and video streaming sites such as the BBC iPlayer, could become legally available for expats living in Sweden and elsewhere in Europe if EU officials get their way, while more Swedish media content may become accessible to foreigners.

Could Europe have ‘border-less’ internet?
Germany

Could Europe have ‘border-less’ internet?

The European Commission presented a plan for making the internet and digital content more ‘border-free’ on Wednesday, suggesting ways to loosen up restrictions that often see music, movies and other services blocked when users travel across borders. But could such a plan succeed?

Uber launches helicopter service for Cannes
France

Uber launches helicopter service for Cannes

US taxi service Uber is launching an on-call helicopter operation to get Cannes Film Festival-goers from the airport to the venue in a matter of minutes.

Germany sees drastic rise in racist crime
Germany

Germany sees drastic rise in racist crime

Crime figures released by the Interior Ministry on Wednesday showed sharp rises in xenophobic crimes in 2014, with anti-Semitism and attacks on refugee homes causing particular alarm.

Magaluf ‘shark’ terrifying tourists was tuna fish
Spain

Magaluf ‘shark’ terrifying tourists was tuna fish

Holidaymakers panicky about a 'sighting' of a great white shark in shallow waters off the popular resort of Magaluf can be assured; It is safe to get back in the water.

Astrid Lindgren family plans apartment museum
Sweden

Astrid Lindgren family plans apartment museum

The Stockholm apartment that was home Sweden's most famous children's author Astrid Lindgren is set to be turned into a tourist attraction, her family has announced.

How to stay clean while floating in space
Italy

How to stay clean while floating in space

Ever wondered how you wash, shampoo your hair or even clip your nails in space? All these questions are answered in a virtual tour of the International Space Station bathroom by Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti.

Could iPlayer access be extended across EU?
Spain

Could iPlayer access be extended across EU?

The European Commission presented a plan for making the internet and digital content more ‘border-free’ on Wednesday, suggesting ways to loosen up restrictions that often see music, movies and other services blocked when users travel across countries. But could such a plan succeed?

Doctor acquitted in organ donation scandal
Germany

Doctor acquitted in organ donation scandal

A court in Göttingen acquitted a doctor on Wednesday of charges of attempted manslaughter after he had manipulated patients' data to push them up the organ transplant list.

Pope awards sainthood to controversial monk
Spain

Pope awards sainthood to controversial monk

Pope Francis on Wednesday formally gave his blessing to the canonisation of Junipero Serra, an 18th-century Spanish missionary credited with evangelising California at a high price for native Americans.

Rolex issues slap on the wrist for Italian PM
Italy

Rolex issues slap on the wrist for Italian PM

Rolex has accused Matteo Renzi of damaging its brand after the Italian Prime Minister described protestors who ran amok in Milan last week as spoilt brats with a penchant for the Swiss company's luxury watches.

Palestinian club thrives under Italian coach
Italy

Palestinian club thrives under Italian coach

A Palestinian football club from the southern West Bank is hoping that the turnaround led by a new coach from Italy could see it reaching a top pan-Asian championship.

Pig farm plan to push away Muslim immigrants
Sweden

Pig farm plan to push away Muslim immigrants

Anti-immigration campaigners in Gullberg in southern Sweden are plotting to build a pig farm next to an asylum centre in a last-ditch effort to deter would-be Muslim immigrants, who might find the animals offensive.

Paris loses out in rankings for sexy singles
France

Paris loses out in rankings for sexy singles

The most attractive single people in France are not actually in gay Paris, (as the myths and Parisians would have you believe) but Lyon. Or at least that's according to a new survey which also ranked where the least attractive single people in the country are.

Counting Muslim kids: A very French scandal
France

Counting Muslim kids: A very French scandal

A far-right French mayor caused one heck of a hullaballoo this week when he admitted using the names of school children to count the number of Muslim pupils. A classic Made in France scandal that has once again provoked a row.

Majority of Danes to be overweight in 2030
Denmark

Majority of Danes to be overweight in 2030

The World Health Organization warns that obesity will sweep across Europe in the next 15 years and nearly three in five Danes will be overweight by 2030, while more than one in four will be obese.

More migrants arrive as backlash gathers force
Italy

More migrants arrive as backlash gathers force

Italy's financial and customs police said on Wednesday they had rescued 98 starving migrants who had been drifting in the Mediterranean for two days without food or water.

‘Drug use and sexual harassment’ in barracks
Austria

‘Drug use and sexual harassment’ in barracks

Soldiers from Zeltweg barracks in Murtal, Styria are facing serious allegations of drug use and sexual harassment.

France ‘trusts’ Germany to act on spying claims
France

France ‘trusts’ Germany to act on spying claims

France said on Wednesday that it was confident the German government will take the necessary action after claims that its intelligence services spied on top French officials.

Swedish nurses go viral with bizarre fitness video
Sweden

Swedish nurses go viral with bizarre fitness video

What do you get if you mix a group of medical staff, a world famous Swedish disco tune, and fears of rising obesity? A hospital-themed fitness video that went viral in Sweden in just a few hours, of course. The Local has spoken to one of the orthopaedic nurses behind the unusual smash hit.

Italians ‘exploited’ on Australian farms
Italy

Italians ‘exploited’ on Australian farms

Many young Italians who travel to Australia on temporary working holiday visas are reported to be working in “slave-like” conditions on the country’s farms.

Daredevil pensioner in reckless road rampage
Germany

Daredevil pensioner in reckless road rampage

Police in Meschede, western Germany, were astonished when a car overtook them on the wrong side of a state road, only to discover that the dangerous driver was 76 years old.

‘Sweden’s current military state is alarming’
Sweden

‘Sweden’s current military state is alarming’

A leading British defence expert has reignited debates about Sweden's preparedness for a potential invasion by Russia. Keir Giles from Chatham House – a London-based independent policy institute – has told several Swedish media outlets, including The Local, that he's convinced an attack on the Nordic nation "could come soon".

‘EU must protect rights of deported migrants’
Italy

‘EU must protect rights of deported migrants’

The EU border control agency Frontex must do more to protect the rights of thousands of deported migrants, the EU ombudsman said on Wednesday amid a surge of people landing on Europe's southern shores.

Vestas raises forecast after record order intake
Denmark

Vestas raises forecast after record order intake

Danish wind turbine maker Vestas Wind Systems on Wednesday raised its full-year guidance after posting an 18 percent revenue rise in a "historically strong first quarter" that saw orders rise to record levels.

Seven Vienna bars with breathtaking views
Austria

Seven Vienna bars with breathtaking views

Ever sipped your Zweigelt at eye level with the Volkstheater’s rooftop statuesque beauties? Barbara Cação of Vienna Unwrapped shares her cheat sheet of Vienna’s best high flying bars and hotels with amazing city views.

Iran says crew of seized Maersk vessel are ‘free’
Denmark

Iran says crew of seized Maersk vessel are ‘free’

Iranian officials said that the dispute over a Maersk payment could be resolved in the coming days.

Austrian to deliver love letter by gondola
Austria

Austrian to deliver love letter by gondola

An Austrian rowing enthusiast and an Italian swimming champion have set themselves the unusual task of rowing hundreds of kilometres down the river Po in a gondola to deliver a letter on behalf of a love-struck friend.

Coppola wins Spain’s biggest arts prize
Spain

Coppola wins Spain’s biggest arts prize

Francis Ford Coppola has won Spain's top arts prize, for a career making classics such as "The Godfather" and "Apocalypse Now". The Local looks at which other famous faces have won Spain's most prestigious award.

Danish-founded Skype ‘too similar’ to UK’s Sky
Denmark

Danish-founded Skype ‘too similar’ to UK’s Sky

Video chat giant Skype, co-founded by a Danish entrepreneur, has come out on the losing side in an EU court battle in which judges ruled that its name is too similar to Rupert Murdoch's television corporation Sky and could confuse the public.

Tornado devastates north German town
Germany

Tornado devastates north German town

People in the small town of Bützow, northern Germany, saw their community ripped apart on Tuesday night by a tornado that injured 31 people and smashed buildings.

Pep returns home for Champions League clash
Germany

Pep returns home for Champions League clash

FC Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola is preparing for his grand homecoming on Wednesday, as the newly crowned German champions travel to Barcelona for a Champions League semi final.

Not forever young, but a champion at 85
Germany

Not forever young, but a champion at 85

Long-distance runner Melitta Czerwenka-Nagel has broken so many world records she's stopped counting. And at the age of 85 she's not lowering her sights.

A-kassa: The Swedish secret no one tells you
Sweden

A-kassa: The Swedish secret no one tells you

Foreigners face a unique set of hurdles in the Swedish job market, but few understand how unemployment insurance can help. One UK native tells The Local how Akademikernas a-kassa made his working live in Sweden easier.

Conflicts displace 38 million people: NGO
Switzerland

Conflicts displace 38 million people: NGO

Conflicts and violence in places like Syria and Ukraine have displaced a record 38 million people inside their own countries, equivalent to the total populations of New York, London and Beijing, a Swiss watchdog group said on Wednesday.

Train crash leaves one dead and eight injured
Austria

Train crash leaves one dead and eight injured

A head-on collision by two local trains in Austria left one of the drivers dead and eight people seriously hurt on Wednesday, emergency services said.

Love-letter pair plot epic Venice gondola ride
Italy

Love-letter pair plot epic Venice gondola ride

An Italian swimming champion and an Austrian rowing enthusiast have set themselves the unusual task of rowing hundreds of kilometres down the River Po in a gondola to deliver a letter on behalf of a love-struck friend.

Five cities ‘interested’ in hosting 2024 Games
Switzerland

Five cities ‘interested’ in hosting 2024 Games

Five cities - Boston, Hamburg, Rome, Paris and Budapest - are "interested" in hosting the 2024 Olympic Games, the executive director of the Lausanne-based International Olympic Committee says.

Elysée guards ‘sick of heavy and sweaty gear’
France

Elysée guards ‘sick of heavy and sweaty gear’

Members of the nearly 200-strong contingent of presidential guards say heavy machine guns are leaving them in pain and sweaty bullet proof vests are resulting in spotty skin - basically making their working conditions "intolerable" in the wake of the Paris terror attacks, a report has claimed.

Denmark clears the way for cashless society
Denmark

Denmark clears the way for cashless society

The Danish government plans to allow shops to decide for themselves if they want to accept cash payments.

Police grab four in raids on far-right group
Germany

Police grab four in raids on far-right group

German police arrested four people on Wednesday accused of belonging to a far-right "terror" organisation that acquired explosives for attacks on Muslims and refugee homes, the federal prosecutor's office said.

French FM to attend Russian WWII ceremony
France

French FM to attend Russian WWII ceremony

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said he would go to Russia for Saturday's celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany which is being boycotted by most Western countries.

Obesity set to balloon across Sweden by 2030
Sweden

Obesity set to balloon across Sweden by 2030

UPDATED: Swedes might want to start cutting down on meatballs and cinnamon buns, following a warning that the nation's overweight population is set to swell over the next 15 years, as an obesity crisis sweeps across the EU.

Most Spanish people will be overweight by 2030
Spain

Most Spanish people will be overweight by 2030

A new report warns of an obesity crisis in Europe of "enormous proportions", with 80 percent of Spanish men set to be overweight by 2030.

UK economy leapfrogs France, new study claims
France

UK economy leapfrogs France, new study claims

There was more bad news for France on the economic front on Wednesday as another study claimed that the British economy was currently in the process of overtaking the French as Europe’s second largest.

Is Brexit a good idea? Lessons from Norway
Norway

Is Brexit a good idea? Lessons from Norway

Norway twice voted not to join the European Union, and British eurosceptics often use the country as a shining example. But a new study says membership would boost the Norwegian economy.

Charlie Hebdo handed ‘courage’ award in US
France

Charlie Hebdo handed ‘courage’ award in US

The PEN American Center stood its ground on Tuesday and presented satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo with an honorary award, even though their decision had already caused many writers to boycott the gala.

Water levels remain ‘critical’ in canton Bern
Switzerland

Water levels remain ‘critical’ in canton Bern

Boating was banned on Lake Biel amid ongoing flooding concerns on Wednesday as the body of water in the canton of Bern overflowed its banks following several days of heavy rain.

First Danish fracking site shut down by authorities
Denmark

First Danish fracking site shut down by authorities

UPDATED: Total's shale gas exploration in northern Denmark has been stopped over the use of a non-approved chemical.

Germany has uphill battle to fight racism
Germany

Germany has uphill battle to fight racism

German government representatives admitted to a United Nations (UN) committee on Tuesday that the country had a long way to go in stamping out racism.

Andy Murray confident ahead of Madrid open
Spain

Andy Murray confident ahead of Madrid open

Andy Murray arrived in the Spanish capital at the start of the Madrid Masters on Tuesday buoyed by his first clay court title in Munich.

Paris to drive cars off River Seine’s right bank
France

Paris to drive cars off River Seine’s right bank

With the left bank of the River Seine safely in the hands of pedestrians, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo now wants to take away the right bank from the city’s cars.

Italian navy chief shuns Australian migrant policy
Italy

Italian navy chief shuns Australian migrant policy

An Italian navy chief on Tuesday poured cold water on suggestions Europe should adopt Australia's policy of turning back migrant boats to end the current crisis in the Mediterranean.

Six cute Swedish towns you’ve never heard of
Sweden

Six cute Swedish towns you’ve never heard of

The streets of Stockholm and Gothenburg are often jam-packed with tourists, but further afield there are plenty of adorable Swedish towns you've probably never heard of, but which all offer some unique experiences.

Alps crash co-pilot did ‘trial run’ of fatal dive
France

Alps crash co-pilot did ‘trial run’ of fatal dive

The co-pilot who is believed to have deliberately crashed a Germanwings jet in the French Alps may have "rehearsed" steering the plane into a rapid descent on his previous flight, a French probe revealed on Wednesday.

Crash co-pilot did ‘trial run’ of fatal dive

Crash co-pilot did ‘trial run’ of fatal dive

The co-pilot who is believed to have deliberately crashed a Germanwings jet in the French Alps may have "rehearsed" steering the plane into a rapid descent on an earlier flight, Bild reported on Wednesday.

Shock and humour drive police safety video
Switzerland

Shock and humour drive police safety video

Lausanne city cops are resorting to shock images — and dark humour — to drive home a message about the potentially fatal consequences of inattention.

Spying scandal disrupts cosy coalition
Germany

Spying scandal disrupts cosy coalition

A widening scandal over claims Germany helped the US spy on European targets triggered tensions in Angela Merkel's coalition Tuesday, which analysts said could potentially prove dangerous for the "untouchable" Chancellor.

Heavy rain and lightning strikes in Sweden
Sweden

Heavy rain and lightning strikes in Sweden

Swedish weather forecasters predict that the sun may peek out from behind the clouds on Wednesday, after heavy rain and thunder storms battered parts of Sweden and much of Europe on Tuesday evening.

Man tries to pull twin switcheroo on police
Germany

Man tries to pull twin switcheroo on police

A man stopped by police while driving without a license tried to pretend to be his twin brother. But officers soon caught on, police said on Tuesday.

Five reasons why Italy is on the up
Italy

Five reasons why Italy is on the up

Italy’s economy is finally showing signs of recovery after falling back into recession last summer. With the help of Christian Shultz, a senior economist at Berenberg Economics, The Local has put together some of the reasons why.

UN Security Council to meet on migrant crisis
Italy

UN Security Council to meet on migrant crisis

The UN Security Council will hold a special meeting next week to discuss ways to address the crisis sparked by a relentless wave of thousands of Mediterranean boat migrants, diplomats said on Tuesday.

Tevez strike gives Juve win over Real Madrid
Italy

Tevez strike gives Juve win over Real Madrid

Alvaro Morata and Carlos Tevez struck a goal apiece as Juventus boosted their Champions League final chances with a 2-1 win over Real Madrid in their first leg semi-final on Tuesday.

Sweden’s Skype ‘too similar’ to UK’s Sky
Sweden

Sweden’s Skype ‘too similar’ to UK’s Sky

Sweden-founded video chat giant Skype has come out on the losing side in an EU court battle – in which judges ruled that its name is too similar to Rupert Murdoch's television corporation Sky and could confuse the public.

Working in Denmark: Taking parental leave
Denmark

Working in Denmark: Taking parental leave

Denmark has a generous parental leave policy but it can be difficult to understand. Human resources expert Nancy Rasmussen walks you through it.