Man rowing entire coast of Norway
Norway

Man rowing entire coast of Norway

A Norwegian man has embarked on a mission to row the entire length of Norway, from the Swedish border in the south to the Russian border in the north.

Mystery skull decapitated as sacrifice: experts
Norway

Mystery skull decapitated as sacrifice: experts

A skull found by two walkers at a popular seaside park in Bergen may have belonged to an iron age woman who had been ritually decapitated in a human sacrifice, archeologists have concluded.

Severed rope recalls Matterhorn’s first ascent
Switzerland

Severed rope recalls Matterhorn’s first ascent

As Zermatt celebrates the 150th anniversary of the first ascent of the Matterhorn, The Local’s Emily Rose Mawson delves into the story and finds out more about the iconic Swiss summit that so many people want to climb.

UN head calls for global climate change action
Switzerland

UN head calls for global climate change action

UN chief Ban Ki-Moon on Monday called for "global action" this year to limit climate change as international weather experts began a quadrennial congress in Geneva.

Pirate Bay founder to appeal domain ruling
Sweden

Pirate Bay founder to appeal domain ruling

One of the Swedish Pirate Bay founders will appeal a court ruling to let the state seize two domains used by the controversial file-sharing site, his lawyer has told a Swedish daily.

Barca man banned from showing pals round park
Spain

Barca man banned from showing pals round park

Barcelona’s struggle with tourists has been well publicized recently, but now residents are getting told off for showing their own friends around some of the city's biggest sites.

Bitter ex-pupils fake Isis school attack
Italy

Bitter ex-pupils fake Isis school attack

Three people in central Italy have been caught by police trying to set their former school on fire, setting up the arson attack as a crime by terrorist group Isis.

Russian veterans in Nazi attack on Swedish Ikea
Sweden

Russian veterans in Nazi attack on Swedish Ikea

A group of Moscow veterans has lashed out at Ikea, accusing the Swedish furniture giant of deliberately destroying war memorials in a move to help Nazi ideology take hold in Russia.

Cannes judges were too France-friendly: Italians

Cannes judges were too France-friendly: Italians

Three of Italy's most acclaimed film directors left Cannes empty-handed at the weekend, prompting criticism of the festival's "Francophile" judges in the Italian press.

EU states must help Med migrants: Mogherini
Italy

EU states must help Med migrants: Mogherini

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Monday called on European countries to share Italy’s burden in tackling the Mediterranean migration crisis, as agreement on a regional quota system for refugees looks increasingly unlikely.

French baker ‘tried to kill girlfriend with rolling pin’
France

French baker ‘tried to kill girlfriend with rolling pin’

A baker has been arrested near the southern French city of Nice for allegedly attempting to kill his waitress girlfriend with a rolling pin, prosecutors said on Monday.

Brits in Sweden will get to vote in EU referendum
Sweden

Brits in Sweden will get to vote in EU referendum

British nationals who have been living in Sweden for less than 15 years will be allowed to vote in the EU referendum, while most citizens from other EU countries who are living in the UK will have no say on whether the nation in the European Union, the British government has announced.

Backlash over Danish cop’s rape remarks
Denmark

Backlash over Danish cop’s rape remarks

A North Jutland Police officer has apologized for comments that seemed to make light of the three rapes and two attempted rapes that occurred during the weekend's Aalborg Carnival.

Odegaard youngest ever Real Madrid debutant
Norway

Odegaard youngest ever Real Madrid debutant

Norwegian football prodigy Martin Ødegaard on Saturday night became the youngest player ever to debut for Real Madrid, taking to the pitch against Getafe at just 16 years, five months and six days old.

Could olive ‘ebola’ wipe out crop in Spain?
Spain

Could olive ‘ebola’ wipe out crop in Spain?

Spanish olive groves are under threat from a bacteria that has made its way from America and is currently blighting Italian olive groves.

Man cuts off nephew’s finger in row over dog
Italy

Man cuts off nephew’s finger in row over dog

A pensioner was arrested in Rome province on Sunday night for allegedly cutting off his nephew's finger in a row over a barking dog.

Sweden’s bid to speed foreigners into work
Sweden

Sweden’s bid to speed foreigners into work

A new fast-track scheme's been proposed to help foreign skilled workers find employment more quickly in Sweden. The plans, which were presented by the Swedish government on Monday, could come into effect within a year.

Avicii confirms DJ set at Sweden’s royal wedding
Sweden

Avicii confirms DJ set at Sweden’s royal wedding

Sweden's most famous DJ has confirmed he is set to play at the wedding of Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist next month after befriending King Carl XVI Gustaf's son in Ibiza last year.

‘Americans laugh louder, Spaniards are reserved’
Spain

‘Americans laugh louder, Spaniards are reserved’

In the latest instalment of My Spanish Career, The Local talks to Amy Elliott, an American born and raised in Pennington, New Jersey who has managed to combine a passion for theatre with Spain’s ever growing thirst for English learning.

Brits abroad will get to vote in EU referendum

Brits abroad will get to vote in EU referendum

British nationals who have been living abroad for less than 15 years will be allowed to vote in the EU referendum, while EU citizens in the UK will have no say on whether the UK stays in the European Union.

Platini wants Jordanian prince to batter Blatter

Platini wants Jordanian prince to batter Blatter

Uefa president Michel Platini has thrown his weight behind Jordan's Prince Ali bin al Hussein in his bid to unseat Sepp Blatter as the head of football's world governing body Fifa.

Ten things to do in Milan when you visit Expo
Italy

Ten things to do in Milan when you visit Expo

With the World Expo in town, tourists are descending on Milan as never before. If you're one of them, check out this quick guide for a weekend in the city.

Maradona: Swiss Fifa chief Blatter is a dictator
Switzerland

Maradona: Swiss Fifa chief Blatter is a dictator

Argentina legend Diego Maradona has attacked world football chief Sepp Blatter, calling the 79-year-old Swiss "a dictator" and claiming his bid for a fifth term as Fifa president is "an absurdity".

Pressure on Italy after Irish gay marriage vote
Italy

Pressure on Italy after Irish gay marriage vote

The Italian government is facing increasing pressure to give same-sex couples more rights after Ireland voted to legalize gay marriage, with the president of Italy's parliament arguing it's time to legislate for civil unions.

Stories from Gothenburg:  Where vision becomes reality
Sweden

Stories from Gothenburg: Where vision becomes reality

The year is coming to an end, and NFGL member Artem Gumeniuk reflects upon the Gothenburg network's activities - including a fascinating tour of a futuristic, sustainable cityscape.

French refugee thriller wins Cannes Palme d’Or
France

French refugee thriller wins Cannes Palme d’Or

A French thriller spotlighting the plight of traumatised refugees building new lives, "Dheepan", captured the Cannes Film Festival's Palme d'Or top prize on Sunday.

Dane sets new world record for longest plank
Denmark

Dane sets new world record for longest plank

A Danish fitness instructor held his body's weight on his forearms, elbows, and toes for four and a half hours, smashing his previous record and bringing planking glory back to Denmark.

Man dead after fatal shooting on Vienna tram
Austria

Man dead after fatal shooting on Vienna tram

One man was killed and another seriously injured in a shooting on a tram car in Vienna on Sunday evening.

Two arrested in massive migrant cash scam
Italy

Two arrested in massive migrant cash scam

Italian police have arrested two people as they attempted to flee the country, allegedly responsible for a vast scam using funds set aside in Campania to manage the refugee crisis.

Ada Colau, Barcelona’s ‘Indignada’ protest mayor
Spain

Ada Colau, Barcelona’s ‘Indignada’ protest mayor

A career spent pounding the streets in anti-austerity campaigns has brought Ada Colau close to leading one of Spain's most powerful and most visited cities, Barcelona.

Sweden hosts giant global ‘war’ air challenge
Sweden

Sweden hosts giant global ‘war’ air challenge

The Arctic Challenge Exercise (ACE 2015) is taking place in northern Sweden with more than 3600 military staff from nine countries practising how they might work together during war.

Fiorentina score spot in Europa League
Italy

Fiorentina score spot in Europa League

Europa League semi-finalists Fiorentina secured their place in next season's competition with a stunning 3-2 win at Palermo, as Verona striker Luca Toni moved top of the Serie A scoring charts on Sunday.

‘Stockholm is the prettiest city in Europe’
Sweden

‘Stockholm is the prettiest city in Europe’

In this week's My Swedish Career feature, we meet a Kiwi teacher who relocated to Stockholm and became a semi-professional globetrotter. The Local speaks to Joshua Goddard just after he completed his grand tour of Europe.

Hero neighbour rescues young boy in window fall
Sweden

Hero neighbour rescues young boy in window fall

A six-year-old boy who fell out of a third floor apartment’s window in Västervik in southern Sweden was saved by a neighbour.

Blonde grans locked in battle to be Madrid mayor
Spain

Blonde grans locked in battle to be Madrid mayor

Esperanza Aguirre just wins most votes in City Hall but protest candiadate Manuela Carmena could forge an alliance with socialists to take the City Hall.

Protest movement deals PP an historic battering
Spain

Protest movement deals PP an historic battering

Sunday's election saw a dramatic shake-up of Spanish politics. In Madrid the ruling PP saw their majority shattered, while in Barcelona, a 41-year-old "indignado" won the most votes toppling CiU's grip on City Hall.