Teen Mozart manuscript returns to Salzburg
Austria

Teen Mozart manuscript returns to Salzburg

The Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation has unveiled a manuscript penned by a teenaged Mozart that it acquired for €237,000 ($258,000) at a Sotheby's auction.

‘Most of Breivik victims’ parents still cannot work’
Norway

‘Most of Breivik victims’ parents still cannot work’

More then half the parents of the victims of Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik remain too traumatised to return to full-time work, a study showed on Wednesday as Norway marked the fourth anniversary of the attacks.

Cow pat bingo makes a big splat in Norway
Norway

Cow pat bingo makes a big splat in Norway

There’s a new type of game gaining popularity in rural Norway - welcome to cow poo bingo.

Swedish firm linked to Russian treason case
Sweden

Swedish firm linked to Russian treason case

A Swedish business is at the heart of a Moscow court case in which a military engineer is facing allegations that he sold Russian state secrets to the Nordic company.

Life may get easier for expats settling in France
France

Life may get easier for expats settling in France

A French senator has put together a 49-strong list of proposals to make life easier for French expats returning home. She tells The Local that many of her proposals would also help smooth out the process for foreigners.

Switzerland needs own island off Greece: MP
Switzerland

Switzerland needs own island off Greece: MP

Maverick Swiss national councillor Pierre Rusconi has once again sparked controversy by suggesting that Greece should sell one of its islands to Switzerland to make up for its debts to the Alpine country.

‘No theory ruled out’ over journos missing in Syria
Spain

‘No theory ruled out’ over journos missing in Syria

Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Wednesday "no theory is being ruled out" about what has happened to the three Spanish journalists missing for 10 days in war-torn Syria.

Mystery soldier’s bones found on Swedish island
Sweden

Mystery soldier’s bones found on Swedish island

Swedish police revealed on Wednesday that bones discovered on an island in western parts of the country were believed to be the remains of a fallen Second World War soldier.

British girl drowns on school trip to France
France

British girl drowns on school trip to France

A British girl on a school trip to France died on Wednesday after drowning in a lake whilst swimming with other classmates. Authorities have been forced to issue warnings as the number of drownings in France soars.

Gazpacho: Spaniards are going crazy for cold soup
Spain

Gazpacho: Spaniards are going crazy for cold soup

Sales of the summery soup have skyrocketed by over 50 percent thanks to Spain’s long-running heatwave. The Local takes a look at the craze for gazpacho.

Italian town bans dog barking during naptime
Italy

Italian town bans dog barking during naptime

Sick and tired of barking dogs ruining your midday nap? Then maybe you should move to Controne in Italy's southern province of Campania...

Online sex scammers cash in on German men
Germany

Online sex scammers cash in on German men

A 17-year-old from Baden-Württemberg recently fell victim to blackmail after taking part in an online sex game - and his case is far from unusual, police said on Wednesday.

Foreign students flock to Germany at record rate
Germany

Foreign students flock to Germany at record rate

International students are coming to Germany in record numbers. Only the USA and UK are more attractive study destinations, a report released by the Education Ministry on Wednesday shows.

Germany confronts US over new spy scandal
Germany

Germany confronts US over new spy scandal

Germany said on Wednesday it was "demanding answers" from the United States over fresh allegations of official US espionage, this time against German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

Six odd things Germans do in the summer
Germany

Six odd things Germans do in the summer

These summer pastimes show that Germans' reputation for being uptight and straight-laced sticklers for punctuality couldn't be further from the truth. Many like nothing better than getting naked and drunk, and blocking up public traffic routes on the way.

Fake Swedish berries get their day in court
Sweden

Fake Swedish berries get their day in court

Claims that a summer fruit shortage has prompted some retailers to sell fake "Swedish" strawberries in order to dupe customers are set to be brought in front of prosecutors.

Danish teacher: ‘Golden ratio’ on rune stone
Denmark

Danish teacher: ‘Golden ratio’ on rune stone

A new theory claims that the depiction of Jesus on one side of the larger Jelling stone may have also served as a hidden mathematical tribute to the relationship between the heavens and the earth.

Chelsea fans banned for Paris racist abuse
France

Chelsea fans banned for Paris racist abuse

Five Chelsea fans have been banned from all football matches for up to five years over an incident of racism in Paris in February, in court proceedings that concluded on Wednesday.

Population of Bornholm shrinking rapidly
Denmark

Population of Bornholm shrinking rapidly

In a trend mirrored by many other regions in Denmark, the sunny vacation island's population has been decreasing rapidly as young Danes head for the cities.

‘July 22nd is the day Norway will not forget’
Norway

‘July 22nd is the day Norway will not forget’

Top Norwegian politicians attended a memorial service at government headquarters on Wednesday to mark the fourth anniversary of the attacks by Anders Behring Breivik on Oslo and the the island of Utøya.

France to hand €600m to its desperate farmers
France

France to hand €600m to its desperate farmers

The French government Wednesday unveiled a package worth more than €600 million ($655 million) for farmers, after days of protests that have blocked cities, roads and tourist sites. Some farmers have threatened to continue blockades.

Danish teens set off school shooting scare
Denmark

Danish teens set off school shooting scare

A concerned resident contacted police on Wednesday about what they thought was a potential shooting incident at Copenhagen Business School.

Italy seizes mafia assets worth €2 billion
Italy

Italy seizes mafia assets worth €2 billion

Italian anti-mafia police said on Wednesday they had seized assets belonging to an organized crime syndicate in Reggio Calabria worth €2 billion.

‘Angela Merkel’ stars in lesbian magazine ad
Germany

‘Angela Merkel’ stars in lesbian magazine ad

Wednesday sees the launch of new magazine "Straight," aimed at gay women across Germany – but the magazine's advert is already causing something of a stir, reports Der Tagesspiegel.

Nesting sea turtles return to Sicily
Italy

Nesting sea turtles return to Sicily

Loggerhead sea turtles have returned to lay their eggs at a historical nesting site in Pozzolana di Ponente, on the island of Linosa, in Sicily.

‘Travel drones’ give lift to armchair tourists
Austria

‘Travel drones’ give lift to armchair tourists

For those of you who aren’t able to fly somewhere exotic this summer - do not despair. Austrian scientists have developed a new drone which means you could soon enjoy the bustling streets of Tokyo or the amazing vistas over the Grand Canyon from the comfort of your sofa.

Seven daft TripAdvisor comments about Italy
Italy

Seven daft TripAdvisor comments about Italy

From award-winning beaches to ancient ruins, Italy is full of amazing holiday destinations. But some of the country’s hotspots have left travellers either nonplussed, or completely bewildered.

Ten things Spaniards do better than anyone else
Spain

Ten things Spaniards do better than anyone else

We're not saying Spaniards are perfect, but there are certain things they just seem to do better in Spain than anywhere else. The Local gives you a rundown of the top ten.

Fresh push for longer alcohol store hours
Sweden

Fresh push for longer alcohol store hours

A board member for Sweden's state-run alcohol monopoly Systembolaget has caused a stir by calling for stores to be open on Sundays, but the company's management team has insisted that his suggestions are not likely to be implemented.

Munich plans cycle paths in the sky
Germany

Munich plans cycle paths in the sky

Cyclists' commute into Munich could fly by in the future if planners decide to opt for elevated "bike motorways" - car-free routes that literally lift cyclists above the rush hour jam.

France hit by fires and drought as sun stays out
France

France hit by fires and drought as sun stays out

High summer temperatures and a lack of rain has meant water restrictions had to be imposed on swathes of France on Wednesday, while others face potential forest fires in the south west and avalanches in the south east.

Switzerland to launch new ‘smart’ railcards
Switzerland

Switzerland to launch new ‘smart’ railcards

The trusty blue Swiss railcards are about to become a thing of the past with a new high-tech version taking their place. Here's what you need to know.

Record number of raids on Swedish drug farms
Sweden

Record number of raids on Swedish drug farms

Swedes are growing more and more cannabis. Never before have so many illegal drug farms been reported to the police, according to Swedish media.

Chechen jihadist sentenced to five years
Austria

Chechen jihadist sentenced to five years

A court in Krems, Lower Austria has found a man of Chechen origin guilty of being involved with Islamic State (Isis) fighters in Syria and sentenced him to five years in prison.

‘Danes have a very open mentality’
Denmark

‘Danes have a very open mentality’

In the latest My Danish Career installment, The Local met with content editor Javier López, who told us what it's like to work in Copenhagen after living in several other European cities.

Why Sweden and Russia are fighting over soil
Sweden

Why Sweden and Russia are fighting over soil

Both Russian and Swedish media have been debating whether the Nordic nation is set to seal a controversial deal to buy Ukranian soil. Russia analyst Elena Bazina shares her take on what the fuss is about.

‘What is this obsession with French women?’
France

‘What is this obsession with French women?’

An article in the British press on the "art of being a French woman" has irked many a Gallic female, many of whom it seems are fed up with the stereotypes written about them. One of them is blogger Muriel Demarcus, who penned this angry response.

Girl, 5, dies after mum leaves her in boiling car
Switzerland

Girl, 5, dies after mum leaves her in boiling car

A five-year-old girl in the Swiss canton of Ticino has died after her mother left her alone in a boiling hot car, as Switzerland continues to sizzle in a record-breaking heatwave.

Diver killed in collision with Swiss windsurfer
Switzerland

Diver killed in collision with Swiss windsurfer

A Russian died on Monday after being hit in the neck by the board of a professional Swiss windsurfer on the popular Spanish tourist island of Gran Canaria.

Madrid plaza renamed to honour gay rights hero
Spain

Madrid plaza renamed to honour gay rights hero

A square in the heart of Madrid’s gay district of Chueca is to be renamed and dedicated to Pedro Zerolo, a Spanish lawyer, politician and gay rights activist who died in June 2015.

Londoner dies in bungee jump after hitting bridge
Spain

Londoner dies in bungee jump after hitting bridge

A British woman has died after bungee jumping from a bridge in southern Spain. It was her second jump of the afternoon and police are puzzled as to why the cord was too long.

Midwife charged with attempted murder
Germany

Midwife charged with attempted murder

A midwife in Munich has been charged with attempting to murder four women in the delivery room as they were about to give birth.

Surprise: Norwegian man hauls in seal not fish
Norway

Surprise: Norwegian man hauls in seal not fish

Trondheim fisherman, Wictor Wahlberg, set his lines in Verrafjorden to catch a large halibut on Monday night. He caught a 300kg grey seal instead.

Tornado predicted as Italy heatwave ends
Italy

Tornado predicted as Italy heatwave ends

The hot stuffy weather brought by the hellish heatwave Caronte is set to end this weekend, but meteorologists are warning that it's no cause for celebration.

Anti-whaling activists arrested in Faroe Islands
Denmark

Anti-whaling activists arrested in Faroe Islands

Two volunteers from the militant conservation group Sea Shepherd have been arrested and charged with interfering in the annual whale hunt in the Faroe Islands, the group has announced.

Tom Cruise in Vienna for M:I5 premiere
Austria

Tom Cruise in Vienna for M:I5 premiere

Hollywood star Tom Cruise is back in Vienna for the world premiere of his new movie Mission: Impossible ‎- Rogue Nation on Thursday. Parts of the film were shot in the Austrian capital last year - including dramatic stunt scenes on the roof of the State Opera.

Angry French farmers step up road blocks
France

Angry French farmers step up road blocks

Struggling French farmers who say their livelihoods are threatened by low prices stepped up their protests on Wednesday as the government comes under pressure to find a solution to the crisis.

Italy loses the most in EU from rip-off fashion
Italy

Italy loses the most in EU from rip-off fashion

Italy suffers the biggest losses in the EU from counterfeited fashion, according to a study released on Tuesday.

Bardot blasts Australia’s plan to slay wild cats
France

Bardot blasts Australia’s plan to slay wild cats

French actress Brigitte Bardot has condemned an Australian plan to cull two million feral cats to stop them harming native animals, a proposal animal rights groups said on Wednesday was unlikely to be successful.

Fifa faces long struggle to pass reforms
Switzerland

Fifa faces long struggle to pass reforms

The high-profile person who will head up the task force established to finetune crucial reforms of football's scandal-hit world governing body Fifa will be named very soon a source close to the organization's leadership said.

Madrid’s Ritz to get more glitz in Saudi makeover
Spain

Madrid’s Ritz to get more glitz in Saudi makeover

From a cocktail inspired by Salvador Dali to a piano Frank Sinatra once played for Ava Gardner, Madrid's Ritz hotel has a century's worth of classy artefacts and anecdotes. But its gilded taps and Baroque facade are showing their age. Could new investment from Saudi Arabia return the hotel to its former glory?

Syria kidnap fears for three Spanish journalists
Spain

Syria kidnap fears for three Spanish journalists

Three Spanish freelance journalists have gone missing in Syria where they were reporting from the northwestern Aleppo region, the head of a Spanish press federation said on Tuesday.

Swedish Airbnb rental properties double in year
Sweden

Swedish Airbnb rental properties double in year

More than ten thousand Swedes are promoting their houses and apartments on Airbnb, double the number using the site a year ago. But reports suggest many are breaking housing association rules.

Danish inflation outpaces EU average
Denmark

Danish inflation outpaces EU average

Inflation in Denmark is at an historic low but still higher than the European average, new figures from Statistics Denmark have revealed.

Two held over plotting Isis-style attacks
Italy

Two held over plotting Isis-style attacks

UPDATED: Italian police arrested two men on Wednesday suspected of supporting the Islamic State group and plotting to carrying out attacks in the country.

World loves the Tour de France (except French)
France

World loves the Tour de France (except French)

Interest in the Tour de France is growing worldwide despite cycling's battle with doping, but the host nation is bucking the trend, according to a study released on Wednesday.

Lufthansa defends crash compensation offer
Germany

Lufthansa defends crash compensation offer

Lufthansa Tuesday defended its treatment of families of victims of the Germanwings crash in the French Alps, saying its compensation offer had gone "well beyond" what was required by law.

Eurotunnel seeks €10m to cover migrant disorder
France

Eurotunnel seeks €10m to cover migrant disorder

The company that runs the cross-Channel rail tunnel said on Wednesday it was seeking €9.7 million ($10.67 million) from the British and French governments in compensation for disruption caused by illegal migrants.

Gorbachev: Berlin and Moscow must build trust
Germany

Gorbachev: Berlin and Moscow must build trust

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev urged Moscow and Berlin on Tuesday to "re-establish trust" amid fierce tension caused by the ongoing Ukraine crisis.

Nine ways to become a truly Swedish man
Sweden

Nine ways to become a truly Swedish man

You can shop the look at cool Scandinavian fashion stores, or stick around long enough to get your own residency permit. But to really become a Swedish man, The Local reckons you've got to share these nine experiences.