Oslo battles Stockholm for Harry Hole movie

Oslo battles Stockholm for Harry Hole movie

Oslo and Stockholm have entered into a bidding war to try and get the Jo Nesbø thriller The Snowman shot in their city, with both offering funding, free parking and other services.

Norway storms into Eurovision final
Norway

Norway storms into Eurovision final

“This could go all the way,” Stian Malme, the head of Norway’s delegation told NRK, after Kjetil Mørland and Debrah Scarlett won wild cheers from the Eurovision audience with their most powerful performance yet.

Wawrinka knocked out of Geneva Open in shocker
Switzerland

Wawrinka knocked out of Geneva Open in shocker

Argentine Frederico Delbonis knocked top seed and local Swiss favourite Stan Wawrinka out of the Geneva Open tennis tournament on Thursday in a shock result.

Macedonian PM’s plane makes forced Zurich stop
Switzerland

Macedonian PM’s plane makes forced Zurich stop

A jet carrying Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski made an emergency landing in Zurich on Thursday due to technical problems but no one was hurt in the incident, a spokesman said.

Woman’s scoop for news site: ‘I killed my husband’
Switzerland

Woman’s scoop for news site: ‘I killed my husband’

A woman visiting the office of Lugano-based news website in the canton of Ticino jolted staff on Thursday by informing them that she had murdered her husband.

Bearded man in dress finds Conchita ‘repulsive’
Austria

Bearded man in dress finds Conchita ‘repulsive’

The Patriarch of Russia's Orthodox Church on Thursday said he found the Eurovision Song Contest repulsive with its "bearded female singers", referring to last year's drag queen winner Conchita Wurst.

Swedish ‘whore’ murder plotter faces charges
Sweden

Swedish ‘whore’ murder plotter faces charges

A 20-year-old man alleged to have written notes about his plans to kill a "whore", an "unfriendly" person and an "immigrant child" has been charged with three counts of conspiring to murder in a gruesome case that is gripping the Swedish media.

Can you get your tongue around Sweden’s nurse?
Sweden

Can you get your tongue around Sweden’s nurse?

Whenever Swedish learners are asked what they struggle with, pronouncing the word for "nurse" always gets a terrified mention. Watch what happened when The Local asked some unsuspecting tourists to get their tongues around "sjuksköterska".

35-hour week leaves Paris hospitals in a spin
France

35-hour week leaves Paris hospitals in a spin

While the French government insists the famous 35-hour week is here to stay, the notorious 2002 employment reform has caused a real headache for hospital chiefs.

Wage disparity drives up inequality in Germany
Germany

Wage disparity drives up inequality in Germany

A report on Thursday showed that while the gap between rich and poor has somewhat stabilized in Germany since the economic crisis, the rich and highly educated continue to gain more while the poor struggle, creating some of the biggest wealth gaps among developed countries.

Norway terror prep no better than on 22/7
Norway

Norway terror prep no better than on 22/7

Norway’s security and emergency services are no better prepared for a disaster or terror strike than at the time of mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik’s brutal twin attacks in 2011, the country’s Auditor General has concluded in a damning report.

Danish Bronze Age girl may have been German
Denmark

Danish Bronze Age girl may have been German

One of Denmark's proudest relics may not be Danish after all, researchers have found.

Boat migrant jihadist threat ‘overblown’
Italy

Boat migrant jihadist threat ‘overblown’

The arrest in Italy of a terror suspect posing as a boat migrant has fuelled nightmare scenarios of jihadist infiltration of Europe, but experts say the threat is overblown and attacks by homegrown extremists are more likely.

Fixed fares: Do Paris taxi drivers have a point?
France

Fixed fares: Do Paris taxi drivers have a point?

Paris cab drivers protested on Thursday after new government plans were announced to introduce flat rates from the airports into the city centre. But maybe the famously unpopular cabbies have a point this time.

Russian bombers caught close to Swedish island
Sweden

Russian bombers caught close to Swedish island

Two Swedish Jas Gripen aircraft warned off a pair of Russian fighter jets that were flying close to the southern Swedish island of Öland on Thursday.

Russia moves to deport Danish activist group
Denmark

Russia moves to deport Danish activist group

A Russian court has ruled that members of the Danish Institute Against Torture are participating in "a socio-political event" under the pretense of conducting business.

IN PICTURES: Berlusconi joins Instagram
Italy

IN PICTURES: Berlusconi joins Instagram

Silvio Berlusconi has finally succumbed to the image-sharing site Instagram, posting over 60 photos in just 24 hours.

Home-grown terrorists stand trial in Stuttgart
Germany

Home-grown terrorists stand trial in Stuttgart

Forty years ago, on May 21 1975, a trial began in Stuttgart against the leaders of the Red Army Faction (RAF), a Marxist organisation which began an underground war against the Federal Republic five years earlier.

Gap widens between Spain’s rich and poor
Spain

Gap widens between Spain’s rich and poor

The gap between the rich and poor of Spain has widened during the economic crisis, a new report on income inequality has confirmed.

‘World’s most relaxing film’ made in Denmark
Denmark

‘World’s most relaxing film’ made in Denmark

A Danish tourism organization claims to have made the 'world's most relaxing film' using nature images from the western coast of Zealand. See it here and judge for yourself.

Geneva particle smasher sets energy level record
Switzerland

Geneva particle smasher sets energy level record

The world's largest particle smasher broke the record for energy levels in a test run after a two-year upgrade, the Geneva-based European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) announced on Thursday.

Boat migrant arrest was a success: minister
Italy

Boat migrant arrest was a success: minister

Italy's interior minister said on Thursday that the arrest of a Moroccan illegal immigrant wanted for the Tunis museum attack had been a police success, rebuffing claims it had exposed gaping holes in the country's security net.

Minimum wage threatens Germany’s fave pickles
Germany

Minimum wage threatens Germany’s fave pickles

Vegetable farmers in Brandenburg are worried about the future of the famous Spreewald gherkins, as the new national minimum wage has driven prices up.

Teen scores prom date with Swedish hockey star
Sweden

Teen scores prom date with Swedish hockey star

UPDATED: One of Sweden's most famous ice hockey stars, Mathias Tjärnqvist, is set to play Prince Charming to an 18-year-old schoolgirl with Down's Syndrome after agreeing to go to prom with the pupil, who had been struggling to find a date.

IVF bid for Swedish singles moves forward
Sweden

IVF bid for Swedish singles moves forward

Plans to allow single women in Sweden to have fertility treatment funded by taxpayers are expected to come into force next year. The new rules would allow the same reproductive rights to singles as women in a relationship.

Italian senator in tantrum over missed Alitalia flight
Italy

Italian senator in tantrum over missed Alitalia flight

Tempers can easily be frayed at airports, but a video of an Italian senator having a meltdown after narrowly missing an Alitalia flight from Rome has gone viral.

French drug dealers offer customer loyalty cards
France

French drug dealers offer customer loyalty cards

Drug dealers in southern France have turned heads after handing out loyalty cards for their customers. But not everyone is amused.

Denmark has OECD’s lowest inequality
Denmark

Denmark has OECD’s lowest inequality

Inequality is less of a problem in Denmark than other wealthy countries according to an OECD study that shows that income ineqality has reached historical highs.

Cheaper kebabs for ‘polite customers’
Austria

Cheaper kebabs for ‘polite customers’

A kebab shop owner in Vienna who is sick of rude and unfriendly customers has come up with a novel way to get people to be friendly - cheaper food for people who say please and thank you.

Juve to boldly go into Barcelona final: Allegri
Italy

Juve to boldly go into Barcelona final: Allegri

A boldly-worded message by Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has revealed the worst kept secret in Turin: the Serie A giants' confidence of a first Champions League title in 19 years is growing.

Gap between rich and poor widens
Austria

Gap between rich and poor widens

The gap between rich and poor is widening in Austria, with incomes at the top increasing in real terms, and those at the bottom falling, according to a new report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Suitcase boy can stay with parents in Spain
Spain

Suitcase boy can stay with parents in Spain

Adou, the eight-year-old boy who was discovered curled up inside a suitcase during a security scan, has been granted permission to stay in Spain.

France sees jump in gap between rich and poor
France

France sees jump in gap between rich and poor

Income inequality has increased more in France than in many other wealthy countries, according to an OECD study, which also found that France was a slow mover when it came to decreasing the gender pay gap.

Far-right party reports salon’s ‘racist’ pricelist
Italy

Far-right party reports salon’s ‘racist’ pricelist

Italy’s far-right Northern League party has accused a hairdresser in the northern Italian city of Padua of racism for charging white customers more than black customers.

Minister gets tough on asylum quota situation
Austria

Minister gets tough on asylum quota situation

Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner (ÖVP) has sent a strong message to Austria’s states regarding their quotas for taking in asylum seekers - saying that they must accept responsibility or give up their power as she would be forced to make the decision over where asylum seekers are housed a federal matter.

Man threatens to murder mother over meatballs
Spain

Man threatens to murder mother over meatballs

A teenager in Mallorca has been taken into custody by police after threatening to stab his mother because her meatballs were not to his liking.

Bin Laden sought info on Danish journalists
Denmark

Bin Laden sought info on Danish journalists

Among the trove of documents seized by US military forces when they killed Osama bin Laden was a command by the former al Qaeda leader to dig up information on two Danish journalists.

Spain in top ten for EU ‘excellent’ beaches
Spain

Spain in top ten for EU ‘excellent’ beaches

Nearly 86 percent of Spain's beaches were rated 'excellent' for bathing water quality according to a report released on Wednesday, but the country also had one of the highest numbers of beaches rated 'poor' across Europe.

Police seize tiny lamb from Munich brothel
Germany

Police seize tiny lamb from Munich brothel

Police in Munich raided a brothel after it was reported that a prostitute there possessed contraband. During their search they found marijuana, other narcotics... and a three-week-old lamb.

Swedish beaches ranked among poorest in EU
Sweden

Swedish beaches ranked among poorest in EU

Swimming spots on the Swedish coast are among the dirtiest in Europe, with only Estonia and Finland recording a poorer water quality, according to a new EU report.

Six Paris Metro stations you really have to visit
France

Six Paris Metro stations you really have to visit

Tourists visiting Paris are normally advised to stay well clear of the Paris Metro, but there is a whole alternative underground sightseeing experience worth checking out. Here are six Paris Metro stations definitely worth going underground for.

Should France change its income tax system?
France

Should France change its income tax system?

Before you get too excited at the French government's plan to end the annual tax declaration ordeal in favour of "les impots" being taken automatically at source, it might actually be better to keep it how it is.

Whirlpool to shed almost 2,000 jobs in Italy
Italy

Whirlpool to shed almost 2,000 jobs in Italy

Industry Minister Federica Guidi said a plan by US appliance company Whirlpool to shed almost 2,000 jobs in Italy was “disgraceful”.

Syrian rebels show off Nazi howitzer in video
Germany

Syrian rebels show off Nazi howitzer in video

A video has been uploaded to Youtube showing Syrian rebels proudly showing off their "brand-new" weapon: a Nazi howitzer dating back to the Second World War.

Four Swiss bathing areas ‘unfit’ for swimmers
Switzerland

Four Swiss bathing areas ‘unfit’ for swimmers

Three beaches in Lausanne by the shores of Lake Geneva and an area of the Rhine River in Kaiseraugst in the canton of Aargau have water unfit for swimming, a new European Environment Agency (EEA) study says.

France to scrap minimum bank card payments
France

France to scrap minimum bank card payments

France's finance minister Michel Sapin has announced plans this week to pass a new law to abolish minimum payments by credit and debit cards.

Army chief calls for ‘massive’ funding boost
Germany

Army chief calls for ‘massive’ funding boost

The Bundeswehr (German army) Chief of Staff Bruno Kasdorf claimed on Wednesday that he faces a funding shortage of €4 billion.

Lucía and Hugo are the top baby names in Spain
Spain

Lucía and Hugo are the top baby names in Spain

Spain's most popular baby names have been revealed by Spain's national statistics office, with parents choosing more traditional names over modern monikers.

Ryanair strikes back at Copenhagen’s mayor
Denmark

Ryanair strikes back at Copenhagen’s mayor

On the same day the Danish Labour Court set a date for a final decision on whether Ryanair needs to follow Danish labour laws, the airline sent out a tweet mocking the "High Fare Mayor".

For sale on Chinese site: Italian villa for $16.4m
Italy

For sale on Chinese site: Italian villa for $16.4m

UPDATED: For sale online to a wealthy Chinese buyer: historic Italian villa, starting price $16.4 million, possibility of permanent residency thrown in.

Police snare France’s ‘Robin Hood’ cashier
France

Police snare France’s ‘Robin Hood’ cashier

A woman who worked on a supermarket checkout in eastern France has been caught after "forgetting" to scan items for her less well-off customers, with police swooping in when she sold a computer for just €10.

Oz rules for the ESC drinking game
Austria

Oz rules for the ESC drinking game

Australia is a land of immigrants, which goes some way to explaining why people across the vast continent will dress in flamboyant costumes and party hard for the carnival of camp that is Eurovision this weekend.

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Sweden

June 1: Guest lecture on empathy, physical and social pain (Linköping)

France courts foreign entrepreneurs with €5m
France

France courts foreign entrepreneurs with €5m

France is offering international entrepreneurs a share of €5 million worth of subsidies in a bid to persuade them to launch their start-ups in Paris rather than other capital cities. Applicants must speak English and will also get help finding a flat.

Danish beaches are better than ever
Denmark

Danish beaches are better than ever

Denmark may not be able to offer the best beach weather, but it does have some of the best swimming options according to a new European report.

Spain to make another EU bank bailout payment
Spain

Spain to make another EU bank bailout payment

Spain plans to pay back €2.5 billion ($2.8 billion) in bailout loans it received in 2012 from the European Union to bolster its ailing banks, the economy ministry said on Wednesday.

Police discover Hitler’s long-lost bronze horses
Germany

Police discover Hitler’s long-lost bronze horses

German police on Wednesday recovered two life-sized bronze sculptures of horses worth millions that once stood outside Adolf Hitler's chancellery but vanished in the year the Berlin Wall fell.

Sun, sea and corruption: Valencia looks to change
Spain

Sun, sea and corruption: Valencia looks to change

Valencia, the seaside city famed for huge scale public works projects and blighted by corruption scandals, will be a key test for the new electoral dynamic when it goes to the polls on Sunday.

Row after boat migrant arrested for Tunis attack
Italy

Row after boat migrant arrested for Tunis attack

Italy said on Wednesday it had arrested a Moroccan illegal immigrant suspected of involvement in a deadly attack on a Tunis museum, fuelling a row over the threat of jihadists arriving in Europe by boat.

Matri’s cup winner keeps Juve treble alive
Italy

Matri’s cup winner keeps Juve treble alive

An extra-time winner by Alessandro Matri kept Juventus on track for the treble as the Serie A champions ended a 20-year wait for an Italian Cup final victory with a 2-1 win over Lazio on Wednesday.

Schäuble warns Greece and woos Britain
Germany

Schäuble warns Greece and woos Britain

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said he could not categorically rule out a Greek debt default as Athens negotiates with its creditors, US and French newspapers reported on Wednesday.

Did Bin Laden aim to strike French economy?
France

Did Bin Laden aim to strike French economy?

Osama bin Laden's "bookshelf" suggested he may have been obsessed about the French economy and may have planned to strike at its heart.

Train drivers agree to end strike at 7pm
Germany

Train drivers agree to end strike at 7pm

German railways operator Deutsche Bahn on Thursday announced an end to a drivers strike that had paralysed train travel in Europe's biggest economy, after the feuding sides agreed to mediation.

Swedish Spotify’s new video streaming plan
Sweden

Swedish Spotify’s new video streaming plan

Sweden's Spotify, the world's leader in music streaming, has confirmed an expansion into video and original content, reaching beyond music as the company faces challenges to its dominance and strives to turn a profit.

Eurovision: A stage for geopolitical conflicts?
Austria

Eurovision: A stage for geopolitical conflicts?

Behind the kitsch, glitz and smoke machines of the Eurovision Song Contest - hosted on Saturday by Vienna - hide more serious international geopolitical tensions, says the creator of the world's first university course on the popular music competition.

SAS strike averted after Swedish pilots sign deal
Sweden

SAS strike averted after Swedish pilots sign deal

UPDATED: A planned strike by Swedish pilots has been called off after dramatic overnight negotiations between unions and Scandinavian Airlines. More than 100 flights had already been cancelled on Thursday in anticipation of a potential walkout.

What’s on in Sweden: May 21th – May 28th
Sweden

What’s on in Sweden: May 21th – May 28th

US talkshow host Bill Maher is heading to Sweden for his first Europe tour, a star photographer will chat to visitors at one of Stockholm's trendiest museums and there's a half-marathon kicking off in Gothenburg - as usual, Sweden has something to offer everyone.

Green light for gay themed t-shirts
Austria

Green light for gay themed t-shirts

Gay-themed traffic lights installed in Vienna for the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest have proven so popular that authorities have now decided to keep them for good and even turn them into t-shirts.