Most Norwegians worried about invasion: survey
Norway

Most Norwegians worried about invasion: survey

A new survey carried out for Norway's armed forces has shown a sharp increase in the number of Norwegians who are worried about a war or attack on Norwegian soil.

Norway cat video wins YouTube glory
Norway

Norway cat video wins YouTube glory

Thought the cat video had gone to the internet graveyard? Think again! A Norwegian video of a fluffy feline jumping on her owner’s chest just got more than 1.2 million views on YouTube.

Denmark to get one-party government
Denmark

Denmark to get one-party government

Denmark will have a one-party government consisting solely of Lars Løkke Rasmussen’s Venstre after talks with the Danish People’s Party and other right-of-centre parties failed to bear fruit.

PM: ‘We know what France is going through’
Denmark

PM: ‘We know what France is going through’

Denmark's political leaders have pledged their support to France, Tunisia and Kuwait after all three nations were hit by terror attacks on Friday.

EU deal on migrants ‘disappointing’ says UN
Italy

EU deal on migrants ‘disappointing’ says UN

The European Union's stance on a surge in asylum seekers seeking to enter the bloc was attacked as derisory by a top UN official.

Man decapitated in terror attack in France
France

Man decapitated in terror attack in France

At least one suspected Islamist launched a daylight raid on an industrial gas factory in France Friday and pinned a severed head to the gates, in what President Francois Hollande called a "terrorist" attack.

French terror victim was attacker’s boss
France

French terror victim was attacker’s boss

The man decapitated in an attack on Friday at an industrial gas factory in eastern France was the boss of the suspect now in police custody, legal sources said.

France shocked but not surprised by terror attack
France

France shocked but not surprised by terror attack

For the second time in less than six months French leaders urged their country to unite after it was struck by another Islamist terrorist attack, that while shocking in its nature did not come as a surprise.

‘Hero’ ambulance driver has heart attack at wheel
Italy

‘Hero’ ambulance driver has heart attack at wheel

An ambulance driver in Lazio has been hailed a hero after safely transporting an elderly woman to hospital while himself suffering a heart attack at the wheel.

British sailor on verge of Gothenburg double
Sweden

British sailor on verge of Gothenburg double

Briton Ian Walker aims to complete a rare Volvo Ocean Race double on Saturday as the biggest yachting race in the world finally reaches its climax in the Swedish port of Gothenburg.

Refugee host school bans revealing clothes
Germany

Refugee host school bans revealing clothes

A school in Bavaria has sent a letter home to parents warning them not to let their daughters wear revealing blouses or short skirts, because emergency accommodation for refugees has been set up next to the gym.

Swedes stuck in Tunisia after deadly terror attack
Sweden

Swedes stuck in Tunisia after deadly terror attack

UPDATED: Sweden's foreign minister has condemned a terror attack which killed dozens of holidaymakers at a Tunisian tourist resort on Friday, where around 200 Swedes were staying.

Spanish hotel targeted in Tunisia terror attack
Spain

Spanish hotel targeted in Tunisia terror attack

At least 27 people were killed by gunmen in an attack at the popular beach resort of Sousse in Tunisia on Thursday at a Spanish-owned hotel.

Tunisian govt confirms Germans killed in attack
Germany

Tunisian govt confirms Germans killed in attack

UPDATE: German tourists were among those killed by gunmen in a terrorist attack on the Mediterranean resort town of Sousse, Tunisian state media reported on Friday, citing government sources.

Italy’s five most outrageous adverts
Italy

Italy’s five most outrageous adverts

Adverts. Whether you love them or hate them, they tend to be memorable – often going down in pop-culture folklore. Here are the five most outrageous ones from Italy.

Tourist hash brown order leads to drug confusion
Sweden

Tourist hash brown order leads to drug confusion

A foreign tourist ran into problems on a Midsummer visit to Stockholm when a restaurant misunderstood her English and thought she had ordered marijuana instead of a traditional Swedish potato dish.

Medics ‘pumped patient with air instead of blood’
Italy

Medics ‘pumped patient with air instead of blood’

A patient at a hospital in Genoa, north-west Italy, died after hospital staff allegedly pumped air into her veins instead of blood, Italian media has reported.

Helene Fischer stolen from apartment stairwell
Germany

Helene Fischer stolen from apartment stairwell

The owner of a house in Geseke in North Rhine Westphalia was awoken early on Friday morning to find a thief stealing pop superstar Helene Fisher from his stairwell.

Germany stands with France in face of terror
Germany

Germany stands with France in face of terror

Germany stands united with France against "terror's blind hate" and in defence of "free society", Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said after a deadly attack Friday at a factory near Lyon.

Rent your own Danish castle
Denmark

Rent your own Danish castle

Tired of living among the peasants? Well then we've got some great news for you.

What we know about France’s factory attacker
France

What we know about France’s factory attacker

An "Islamist terrorist" carried out a shocking attack in eastern France on Friday, which saw one victim "abjectly decapitated" and others injured. Here's what we know about the suspect, so far.

Runaway ape on the loose in Denmark
Denmark

Runaway ape on the loose in Denmark

Police on the island of Zealand had a peculiar assignment on Friday: to track down a loose ape seen near the town of Solrød.

Man decapitated in terror attack in France
France

Man decapitated in terror attack in France

A man was decapitated in a terrorist attack at a gas factory near Lyon, eastern France, on Friday. The attacker, who had links to an extremist movement, has been arrested.

Air France denies reports of sweeping job cuts
France

Air France denies reports of sweeping job cuts

Air France on Friday denied a report that it was preparing to lay off 3,300 employees as part of continuing cost cutting at the French flag carrier.

Spain’s lefties snap selfies in stuck elevator
Spain

Spain’s lefties snap selfies in stuck elevator

Barcelona's radical new mayor, Ada Colau, was trapped in a city hall lift on Friday morning along with Podemos leader, Pablo Iglesias, who live-tweeted the unfolding drama.

Spain population drops with exodus abroad
Spain

Spain population drops with exodus abroad

The population of Spain fell for the third year running in 2014 as people left the crisis-hit country to seek a better future elsewhere.

Danish theme park rejects racism charge
Denmark

Danish theme park rejects racism charge

A 20-year-old attraction in Djurs Sommerland suddenly became a hot topic this week after a group accused it of being racist and many others rushed to defend it.

Tidal wave of litter risks choking Venice
Italy

Tidal wave of litter risks choking Venice

Venice. The historic city goes by many names: it's the “city of bridges”, “the city of masks” and “the city of canals”. But perhaps a more fitting name would be “the city of rubbish”.

Wimbledon draw leaves Germans out in cold
Germany

Wimbledon draw leaves Germans out in cold

As the tennis world gears up for the high point of the year at Wimbledon, starting on Monday the seedings have been released and the draws made. For the first time since 1998, there isn't a single German seed in the men's draw.

Swedish military moves after Russia worries
Sweden

Swedish military moves after Russia worries

Sweden is stepping up its military capabilities and exercises with Nato amid concerns over Russia's military resurgence, Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist said on Friday.

Spaniards in frenzy to be Game of Thrones extras
Spain

Spaniards in frenzy to be Game of Thrones extras

Spain is in a frenzy of anticipation ahead of auditions for extras in Games of Thrones scenes to be filmed on location this summer.

Munich man seeks help to care for his 300 rats
Germany

Munich man seeks help to care for his 300 rats

On Thursday the Tierschutzverein (animal protection services) in Munich were horrified to find a man living with 300 rats in his two-room flat.

Austrians launch petition for EU withdrawal
Austria

Austrians launch petition for EU withdrawal

Opponents of Austria’s EU membership have started a petition for withdrawal from the union, which citizens can sign until July 1st.

Federer joins Murray and Nadal in Wimbledon draw
Switzerland

Federer joins Murray and Nadal in Wimbledon draw

Former Wimbledon winners Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal were all placed in the same section of the draw for this year's tournament at the All England Tennis Club on Friday.

Record bookings boost at Swedish camp sites
Sweden

Record bookings boost at Swedish camp sites

Swedish camp sites are well positioned to break all records this summer as foreign tourists flock to the Nordic country, according to an industry survey.

Copenhagen invests in urban renewal
Denmark

Copenhagen invests in urban renewal

The city has announced plans to modernize the Tinbbjerg housing district and the area surrounding Nørrebro Station in an effort to make them more secure and attractive.

Spain fights back over Jeremy Clarkson jibe
Spain

Spain fights back over Jeremy Clarkson jibe

The Spanish Embassy in London has hit back after the former Top Gear host wrote a scathing review of a Spanish car, that included plenty of his usual "stereotyping".

Former boxer sues for prison bunk bed injury
Austria

Former boxer sues for prison bunk bed injury

A former prisoner is suing Austria for €680,000 after he was seriously injured because of a broken bunk bed in St. Pölten prison.

Greens warn: German breast milk unsafe
Germany

Greens warn: German breast milk unsafe

The Green Party warned on Friday about the health risks of breast-feeding after traces of a substance found in weed-killer were found in breast milk.

Italy arrests Peshawar market bombing suspect
Italy

Italy arrests Peshawar market bombing suspect

UPDATED: A Pakistani accused of organizing a 2009 bomb attack on a Peshawar market that killed more than 130 people, has been detained in Italy, police said on Friday.

Summer fun for under-fives in Vienna
Austria

Summer fun for under-fives in Vienna

Welcome to Gymboree Vienna! As the mother of a young child in our busy world, it is important to me that we spend quality time together.

Glencore’s Congo mine acquisition raises issues
Switzerland

Glencore’s Congo mine acquisition raises issues

The Carter Center Friday called on the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo to reveal the terms under which a state firm sold a mining concession to a subsidiary of Swiss group Glencore.

Chess genius Carlsen in crisis after fourth loss
Norway

Chess genius Carlsen in crisis after fourth loss

Norwegian chess champion Magnus Carlsen is facing the first serious crisis in his career, after losing no fewer than four matches at the Norway Chess tournament in Stavanger.

Germany gear up for France quarter final
Germany

Germany gear up for France quarter final

Germany take on France on Friday in the quarter finals of the Women's World Cup in Canada, but are trying to shirk off the 'favourite' tag.

Copenhagen Airport to have year’s busiest day
Denmark

Copenhagen Airport to have year’s busiest day

Copenhagen Airport will have its busiest day of the year on Friday, as more than 90,000 Danes are expected to pass through its gates on what is the last day of school for the nation’s children.

Sardinia’s poor give all to refugees
Italy

Sardinia’s poor give all to refugees

Italy's wealthy north may have tired of asylum seekers, but in one of the poorest regions of Sardinia locals are giving everything to clothe and feed refugee families.

Crane collapses on apartment building
Switzerland

Crane collapses on apartment building

One man was injured and more than one million francs’ ($1.07 million) worth of damage resulted from the collapse of a building crane near Zurich on Thursday, police said.

Paraglider flies into French Alps cable car
France

Paraglider flies into French Alps cable car

Not many would dare to fly into a moving cable car, 150 metres off the ground high up in the French Alps, with no room for error. But Arnaud Longobardi did.

Billionare gives Rome opera one million euros
Italy

Billionare gives Rome opera one million euros

Malaysian tycoon and performing arts lover Tan Sri Francis Yeoh has given Rome's struggling opera house one million euros ($1.1 million), the opera said on Thursday.

Spain home stays now more popular than hotels
Spain

Spain home stays now more popular than hotels

Private home rentals have surpassed the number of hotel beds on offer in Spain for the first time, thanks to popular online services such as Airbnb, a study published by Spanish tourism sector body Exceltur showed.

Chinese property giant eyes Madrid investment
Spain

Chinese property giant eyes Madrid investment

Chinese property giant Wanda is considering another big investment in Madrid worth billions of euros but will face strict conditions from the city's new left-wing council, a councillor said on Thursday.

Police turn to Facebook to stop bike thefts
Sweden

Police turn to Facebook to stop bike thefts

After figures suggested more than 70,000 bikes were stolen in Sweden last year, police turned to Facebook to help people keep hold of their cycles for the rest of the summer.

Renzi slams EU leaders over migrant quotas
Italy

Renzi slams EU leaders over migrant quotas

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi lashed out at fellow EU leaders on Thursday for rejecting mandatory migrant quotas amid sharp divisions over how to halt the tide of humanity washing up on Europe's southern shores.

Refugee jailed for killing wine merchant with log
Switzerland

Refugee jailed for killing wine merchant with log

A Moroccan asylum seeker who used a log to beat a 63-year-old Swiss wine merchant to death has been sentenced to 18 years in prison by a court in the canton of Aargau.

Hollande wants UberPop gone as cabbies fight on
France

Hollande wants UberPop gone as cabbies fight on

French president François Hollande has stepped in to condemn the violent protests by taxi drivers and called for UberPop to be taken off the road. A number of taxi drivers continued their strike on Friday.

As it happened: Final day of Queen’s state visit
Germany

As it happened: Final day of Queen’s state visit

The Queen still has a couple of vital stops on her state visit to Germany before she flies back to the UK this afternoon. This morning she's in Berlin followed by Bergen Belsen in the afternoon. Follow all the action here!

Schäuble: Greek bailout deal only a 50-50 chance
Germany

Schäuble: Greek bailout deal only a 50-50 chance

UPDATE: Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said Friday he sees a 50-50 chance that Greece will be able to reach an agreement with its creditors on reforms needed to unlock vital bailout funds.

US says Iran nuclear deal deadline may ‘slip’
Austria

US says Iran nuclear deal deadline may ‘slip’

High-stakes talks to nail down a historic deal with Iran to curtail its nuclear programme may "slip" past a June 30th deadline, a top US official admitted on Thursday ahead of crunch weekend negotiations in Vienna.

Swedish weapons exports in spotlight
Sweden

Swedish weapons exports in spotlight

Countries that fall short of following the principles of democracy should not be allowed to buy Swedish weapons, a parliamentary investigation in Sweden has concluded.

How to make Swedish shellfish on rye bread
Sweden

How to make Swedish shellfish on rye bread

This attractive party appetiser is yummy at any time of year, but is a perfect easy treat if you're hosting guests during the summer. John Duxbury shares his favourite recipe with The Local.

A-ha’s Mags makes giant Oslo sculpture park
Norway

A-ha’s Mags makes giant Oslo sculpture park

A-ha keyboardist Magne ‘Mags’ Furuholmen has been commissioned to create a giant ceramics sculpture park that he refers to as “the most comprehensive single mission in my artistic career”.