Norway overtakes Russia in European gas
Norway

Norway overtakes Russia in European gas

Norway has overtaken Russia as the leading supplier of gas to western Europe, according to data collected by Reuters from Norway’s state gas network operator Gassco and Russian state company Gazprom.

Oslo woman ‘cut up frozen mother with a saw’
Norway

Oslo woman ‘cut up frozen mother with a saw’

A 62-year-old woman in Oslo has been charged for leaving the body of mother outside until it was frozen solid and then attempting to saw her legs off.

Switzerland extradites French teen jihadist
Switzerland

Switzerland extradites French teen jihadist

Switzerland has extradited a French teenager who was trying to reach Syria for a second time since March, the federal department of justice said on Friday.

Norway man in ‘human flag’ stunt over waterfall
Norway

Norway man in ‘human flag’ stunt over waterfall

Norwegian extreme balancing artist Eskil Rønningsbakken has performed his terrifying 'human flag' stunt over a 275-meter waterfall without safety equipment.

Elections will be critical test for fractured system
Spain

Elections will be critical test for fractured system

You have to be either foolish or very brave to try and predict the outcome of Sunday’s local elections in Spain.

Oslo builds world’s first bumblebee highway
Norway

Oslo builds world’s first bumblebee highway

The Norwegian capital has inaugurated the world's first 'bumble bee highway', a corridor through the city pollen stations every 250 meters.

Police manhunt: Have you seen this couple?
Spain

Police manhunt: Have you seen this couple?

Police believe the notorious north London gangster Patrick Adams and his wife may have fled to Spain where they have previous links to Torremolinos.

Family’s ten-year quest for truth about dead son
Germany

Family’s ten-year quest for truth about dead son

The family of a British student killed in Wiesbaden over 12 years ago made a fresh step towards justice on Thursday, after a London coroner disagreed with German authorities' belief that he killed himself.

Seven adorable animals facing extinction in Spain
Spain

Seven adorable animals facing extinction in Spain

To mark International Day for Biodiversity, The Local takes a look at some of the Spanish animals most at risk of extinction.

Armed robbers attack Stockholm money truck
Sweden

Armed robbers attack Stockholm money truck

Police in the Swedish capital are investigating a raid on a van transporting cash in the city, with at least two robbers suspected to have made off with a bag of money.

France’s cheapest holiday spots revealed
France

France’s cheapest holiday spots revealed

It doesn't take a genius to figure out that Paris is the most expensive region in France to spend a summer holiday... but where is the cheapest? A new study has found the answer.

Day care worker charged with abusing 11 kids
Norway

Day care worker charged with abusing 11 kids

A man in Tromsø has been charged with sexually abusing at least eleven children at the kindergarten where he worked, in a case which has alarmed Norway.

83-year-old gets second drug dealing sentence
Germany

83-year-old gets second drug dealing sentence

An 83-year-old man was handed a six month suspended sentence on Thursday after being caught carrying seven bags of heroin in Düsseldorf.

Italy to revisit anti-Isis plan amid growing fears
Italy

Italy to revisit anti-Isis plan amid growing fears

Italy is growing increasingly concerned about the threat of Isis as the militant group makes rapid advances in Syria and Iraq.

Magaluf bans drunk badly-behaved tourists
Spain

Magaluf bans drunk badly-behaved tourists

Bare chests, sex parties, falling down drunk in the streets and balconing will no longer be tolerated in Magaluf under new bylaws.

Swedes among least likely to die from cold
Sweden

Swedes among least likely to die from cold

Cold weather kills 20 times more people as hot weather, according to a new global study, but despite Sweden's harsh climate its inhabitants are less likely to die in chilly temperatures than Brits, Spaniards or Italians.

Tunisia asks Italy to extradite Bardo suspect
Italy

Tunisia asks Italy to extradite Bardo suspect

Tunisia has asked Italy to extradite a Moroccan suspected of involvement in the deadly attack on the Bardo museum in Tunis in March, the interior ministry said on Friday.

Carnival of Cultures in Berlin: six top picks
Germany

Carnival of Cultures in Berlin: six top picks

This weekend Berlin will be lit up by the vibrancy and colour of the Carnival of Cultures, an annual four-day urban festival that celebrates the diversity of Germany's capital. Here are six things not to miss.

France pulls up sunken tyres from artificial reefs
France

France pulls up sunken tyres from artificial reefs

Tourists and film stars hitting the beach at the French Riviera resort of Cannes may be blissfully unaware but lurking beneath the sparkling waves are tens of thousands of now troublesome scrap tyres, sunk deliberately to boost marine development.

The best French films you’ve never heard of
France

The best French films you’ve never heard of

Here's a look back at the best ten French movies you've probably never heard of, thanks to French cinema expert Judith Prescott.

Five things to do in Denmark over Pentecost
Denmark

Five things to do in Denmark over Pentecost

Monday is another day off so there's no excuse not to get out of the house and have a little fun. Here are our five picks for how to spend the Whitsun weekend.

‘Grexit’ poses medium-term risks to euro: Italy
Italy

‘Grexit’ poses medium-term risks to euro: Italy

Greece crashing out of the euro, or 'Grexit', doesn't pose a short-term risk to the shared European currency but a medium-term one as it demonstrates that the union is not permanent, Italy's finance minister said on Friday.

Eiffel Tower shuts as staff protest pickpockets
France

Eiffel Tower shuts as staff protest pickpockets

The Eiffel Tower was closed on Friday morning, as workers protested over the scourge of pickpockets around the famous monument, who they say have threatened and attacked them.

12 points for Vienna’s cost of living
Austria

12 points for Vienna’s cost of living

Vienna is not only the world’s most liveable city - according to international consulting firm Mercer - but it’s also one of the best value capitals in Europe.

Frozen berry sales up despite deadly sickness
Sweden

Frozen berry sales up despite deadly sickness

UPDATED: Sales of frozen berries are rising at one of Sweden's biggest supermarket chains, despite the fruits causing a deadly bug outbreak at an elderly care home, which has led to other EU nations reviewing their safety guidelines.

Bayern fans bring club’s earliest years to light
Germany

Bayern fans bring club’s earliest years to light

For decades the early history of FC Bayern München was forgotten, but FCB fans have re-discovered a book from 1925 documenting the club's founding moments.

Italy’s ex-foreign minister wins cancer battle
Italy

Italy’s ex-foreign minister wins cancer battle

Italy’s former foreign minister Emma Bonino has overcome her battle against lung cancer.

10 brilliant alternatives for Barcelona’s bullring
Spain

10 brilliant alternatives for Barcelona’s bullring

Since Barcelona banned bullfighting there has been much debate over what should be done with the city's famous bullring, La Monumental. Here's The Local's pick of alternative uses for Barcelona's iconic venue.

Paris couple found in flat with throats slit
France

Paris couple found in flat with throats slit

A woman, who was reportedly pregnant, was found dead with her throat slit in a Paris apartment on Friday while her partner was left in a critical condition. An electric sander was found running beside their bodies.

‘It’s good that Swedish defence is quick to react’
Sweden

‘It’s good that Swedish defence is quick to react’

Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has praised the Swedish Air Force after two Jas Gripen aircraft warned off a pair of Russian fighter jets that strayed close to Swedish airspace this week.

Man posts sex ads to get revenge against clients
Spain

Man posts sex ads to get revenge against clients

Police have arrested a man in Castellón for allegedly seeking to get revenge against former clients by posting ads offering "free sex" with their phone numbers after the women did not renew services with his company.

Autobahn driver suffers drone windscreen smash
Germany

Autobahn driver suffers drone windscreen smash

After a low flying drone crashed into the windscreen of a car on the Autobahn outside Bochum, police announced on Thursday they are looking for witnesses.

Business confidence slack as growth slows
Germany

Business confidence slack as growth slows

German business confidence slipped fractionally from its previous high level in May, as the upturn in Europe's biggest economy continues, the Ifo economic institute said Friday.

Richemont confirms financial losses cut profit
Switzerland

Richemont confirms financial losses cut profit

Geneva-based Richemont, the world's second largest luxury goods group, confirmed on Friday that its annual net profit fell by more than a third due to losses on financial instruments.

Producer warns of global Prosecco shortage
Italy

Producer warns of global Prosecco shortage

Sales of Prosecco surged last year but lovers of the Italian bubbly might want to moderate their drinking amid fears of a global shortage.

‘Eurovision promotes peace and tolerance’

‘Eurovision promotes peace and tolerance’

With only a day to go before the Eurovision final in Vienna, The Local caught up with Peter Huber, the Austrian ambassador to Madrid to hear his views on the world’s most prestigious singing competition.

Sophie Marceau: Queen of baring all at Cannes
France

Sophie Marceau: Queen of baring all at Cannes

French actress Sophie Marceau is surely the undisputed queen of the Cannes wardrobe malfunction after her plunging jacket gave photographers more than an eyeful once again this week. And it's not the first time she's given the paparazzi palpitations.

Top court refuses to accept child’s two fathers
Switzerland

Top court refuses to accept child’s two fathers

Switzerland’s highest court has refused to recognize two Swiss gay men as the legitimate fathers of a four-year-old child who was born to a surrogate mother in the US.

Sweden dedicates €2 million to empower Egyptian women
Sweden

Sweden dedicates €2 million to empower Egyptian women

Sweden is expanding its support for women's rights in Egypt, in order to battle sexual harassment and increase gender equality.

Two criminals on the run after daylight escape
Germany

Two criminals on the run after daylight escape

Police are searching for two fugitives in North Rhine-Westphalia after a young woman freed a man from custody as he was being taken to the doctor.

Cameron to visit Paris to push for EU reform
France

Cameron to visit Paris to push for EU reform

UK Prime Minister David Cameron is to visit Paris next week as part of his charm offensive as he tries to persuade European leaders to allow Britain to renegotiate its ties with the EU, ahead of a planned In/Out referendum in the UK.

Homes in northern France shaken by quake
France

Homes in northern France shaken by quake

The tremors from a 4.4 magnitude earthquake were felt in northern France early on Friday morning, prompting several worried calls to the emergency services.

Ryanair vs Copenhagen mayor, round three
Denmark

Ryanair vs Copenhagen mayor, round three

Danish politicians have rushed to the defence of Mayor Frank Jensen, who has been mocked as the "High Fare Mayor" on Twitter by Ryanair.

Danish football fan nails 100,000 kroner kick
Denmark

Danish football fan nails 100,000 kroner kick

Someone might want to sign Michael Hansen up for their roster, as the football fan’s got one heck of a left foot.

‘I could have died at any moment’
Denmark

‘I could have died at any moment’

A Danish investigative journalist is trying to get the world to turn its attention to the human rights abuses in Swaziland.

Traditional parties on the ropes ahead of vote
Spain

Traditional parties on the ropes ahead of vote

Spain's indignado movement are out to conquer city halls and regional governments across Spain in elections on Sunday.

Hepburn’s son wed ‘illegally’ at the Alhambra
Spain

Hepburn’s son wed ‘illegally’ at the Alhambra

Sean Hepburn, son of the Breakfast at Tiffany's star, is in trouble with authorities at the Alhambra in Granada after he threw an 'illegal' wedding celebration at the scenic location.

France: ‘World must act over threat to Palmyra’
France

France: ‘World must act over threat to Palmyra’

French President Francois Hollande on Thursday said the world must respond to Islamic State jihadists' seizure of Palmyra amid fears they could destroy the Syrian city's world renowned ancient monuments.

Italy moves to battle rampant corruption
Italy

Italy moves to battle rampant corruption

Italy made progress towards tackling rampant corruption on Thursday after approving a bill that will see tougher action against those convicted of fraud.

Top spy admits: We’re ‘dependent’ on NSA
Germany

Top spy admits: We’re ‘dependent’ on NSA

The head of the German Intelligence Agency (BND) told a special parliamentary committee on Thursday that his agency is 'dependent on' the American National Security Agency (NSA).

Give us a vote: we’ve got most to lose if UK quits

Give us a vote: we’ve got most to lose if UK quits

Brits in the rest of the EU should all be given a vote in the country’s upcoming referendum - as should Europeans who live in the UK. We’re the ones with most to lose, argues The Local's managing editor James Savage.

French supermarkets to give away unsold food
France

French supermarkets to give away unsold food

France has taken steps to crackdown on the amount of food wasted by supermarkets when MPs voted to outlaw the destruction of unsold products. Instead they will have to hand any edible food goods over to charities.

Pupil sent bullets after Charlie Hebdo Tribute
France

Pupil sent bullets after Charlie Hebdo Tribute

Teachers and students at a French school rallied Thursday in support of a pupil who received death threats for publishing an edition of the school newspaper in support of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Total drops shale gas project in Denmark
Denmark

Total drops shale gas project in Denmark

The French gas giant Total is giving up on one of its two shale gas exploration projects in Denmark.

Brutal double murder in Vienna’s Donaustadt
Austria

Brutal double murder in Vienna’s Donaustadt

An elderly couple have been murdered at their home in Vienna’s Donaustadt, according to a report on Austrian broadcaster ORF.

Sweden’s Eurovision star Måns through to final
Sweden

Sweden’s Eurovision star Måns through to final

Sweden's Eurovision hope, Måns Zelmerlöw, sailed through with his track 'Heroes' in a semi-final that was mostly lined with rock goth-inspired ballads. But will he nail his gnome fist bump in time for Saturday's final?

Merkel pushes for Greece deal at Euro meet
Germany

Merkel pushes for Greece deal at Euro meet

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras held "friendly and constructive" debt talks with the leaders of France and Germany Thursday, but gave no sign of a breakthrough ahead of a crucial June deadline.

Swiss fail Eurovision Song Contest semifinals
Switzerland

Swiss fail Eurovision Song Contest semifinals

Switzerland will have to find another “time to shine” after the country’s entry to the Eurovision Song Contest failed to sway voters on Thursday night.

Italian football chief sacked for ‘lesbian’ slur
Italy

Italian football chief sacked for ‘lesbian’ slur

The president of Italy's amateur football federation, Felice Belloli, was sacked from his post on Thursday following reports he made homophobic comments against women footballers, according to reports.

First civil unions celebrated in Rome
Italy

First civil unions celebrated in Rome

A total of 17 gay, lesbian and heterosexual couples on Thursday signed the first civil unions registered in Rome and called on the government to legislate quickly to make them possible across Italy.

From the archive: The Local’s interview with Margot Wallström
Sweden

From the archive: The Local’s interview with Margot Wallström

Interview originally published in 2015: Two months after one of Sweden's biggest diplomatic disputes in decades, foreign minister Margot Wallström is ready to look to the future. In an exclusive interview with The Local, she discusses Sweden's strong stance on the Mediterranean migrant crisis and why she wants the UK to remain in the EU.

Eurovision’s turkeys and triumphs
Austria

Eurovision’s turkeys and triumphs

As the Eurovision Song Contest celebrates its 60th anniversary watched by some 200 million worldwide, here is a trip down Eurovision memory lane - turkeys, dictators, Mormons, orcs, drag queens and all.

Refugees to Sweden left in six-month limbo
Sweden

Refugees to Sweden left in six-month limbo

UPDATED: Asylum seekers arriving in Sweden are now likely to face a wait of up to six-months before they can have their cases heard, as migration officers struggle to cope with the workload.

How to make crispy Swedish asparagus
Sweden

How to make crispy Swedish asparagus

Asparagus season is upon us. Swedes love this green vegetable, so what better way to celebrate than with some crispy asparagus baked with traditional Swedish cheese. Food writer John Duxbury shares his recipe with The Local.

Norway start-up founder in multi-million sell-out
Norway

Norway start-up founder in multi-million sell-out

Norwegian start-up entrepreneur Magnus Jepson has sold WooThemes, his Wordpress template company, for a rumoured price of around $50m (400m Norwegian kroner) making him an instant multi-millionaire..