Norway inmates face pornography curbs
Norway

Norway inmates face pornography curbs

Norway's prisoners may have to make do with less porn after the country's prison authorities ruled that inmates can be denied access to titillating material if it "threatens peace, order and security".

US tourism to Norway still up on ‘Frozen effect’
Norway

US tourism to Norway still up on ‘Frozen effect’

Two years after the Disney hit Frozen put Norway firmly on the tourism map, the number of Americans flocking to experience the picturesque homeland of the Snow Queen Elsa and her kooky sister Anna continues to climb.

Start-up helps new Berliners slash red tape
Germany

Start-up helps new Berliners slash red tape

Why waste time jumping through the hoops of German bureaucracy when you can pay someone else to take the hassle off your hands? A new Berlin company is offering to do just that - and it's got city officials fuming in the process.

Sweden to crack down on silly police reports
Sweden

Sweden to crack down on silly police reports

The Swedish government announced on Thursday that is is going to launch an investigation into valuable police time being wasted by officers forced to deal with unnecessary reports and complaints.

Booming exports boost for Sweden’s economy
Sweden

Booming exports boost for Sweden’s economy

Figures showing a surprise financial growth spurt in the second quarter of the year have been hailed as proof that Sweden's economy is on the road to recovery.

Swissport to be sold in multi-billion franc deal
Switzerland

Swissport to be sold in multi-billion franc deal

Private equity company PAI Partners announced Thursday it is selling Zurich-based airport ground handling and cargo company Swissport International to China's HNA Group for 2.7 billion Swiss francs ($2.8 billion, 2.54 billion euros).

Danish group to publish pro-refugee ads
Denmark

Danish group to publish pro-refugee ads

Roughly 1000 Danes have made private contributions towards a campaign aimed at letting refugees and other countries know that 'other voices also exist in Denmark'.

Migrant dies in botched Eurotunnel crossing
France

Migrant dies in botched Eurotunnel crossing

French authorities said on Thursday that a migrant had died from head injuries suffered in a weekend attempt to cross the Channel into England, bringing the number of such deaths to ten since June.

Why buy a house when there’s a Swedish island?
Sweden

Why buy a house when there’s a Swedish island?

Ever dreamed of owning your very own Swedish island? This gem in the heart of the Stockholm archipelago could be yours. If you have 65 million kronor ($7.5 million) to spare, that is.

Swedes’ viral plea finds sender of bottle message
Sweden

Swedes’ viral plea finds sender of bottle message

A Swedish family has told The Local how they tracked down the sender of a mystery message in a bottle when their Facebook appeal went viral – 11 years after the letter was thrown into the sea by a Norwegian boy.

‘Women-only’ parking: sensible or sexist?
Germany

‘Women-only’ parking: sensible or sexist?

Frankfurt Airport is one of many places in Germany to offer women their own 'bigger and nicer' parking areas. Is this sensible practice or plain sexist?

German offshore wind power breaks records
Germany

German offshore wind power breaks records

The amount of new offshore wind energy put on the grid in Germany in the first six months of 2015 has broken all previous annual records for Europe combined, a report released on Thursday shows.

Mario Balotelli set for return to Italy: reports
Italy

Mario Balotelli set for return to Italy: reports

Italian striker Mario Balotelli is set for a return to Italy after a lacklustre performance in just one season with Liverpool FC, according to British media reports.

France’s Réunion braces for volcano eruption
France

France’s Réunion braces for volcano eruption

Le Piton de la Fournaise, one of the most active volcanoes in the world and a main tourist attraction on the Réunion island, was evacuated Thursday as authorities warned of an imminent eruption.

Norwegian’s message in a bottle back after 11yrs
Norway

Norwegian’s message in a bottle back after 11yrs

A Norwegian who threw a message in a bottle into the sea as a boy eleven years ago this week saw it reappear on Facebook after a post from the Swedish family which found it went viral.

Parents lock child in hot car to hit Marbella shops
Spain

Parents lock child in hot car to hit Marbella shops

Police have arrested a couple who left their 12-year-old daughter locked in a car in the midday sun outside a Marbella shopping centre.

Denmark sets ‘sad’ speeding ticket record
Denmark

Denmark sets ‘sad’ speeding ticket record

On a single highway stretch between Helsingør and Copenhagen, police issued fines totalling 4 million Danish kroner over a five-hour period.

KFOR soldiers charged with animal cruelty
Austria

KFOR soldiers charged with animal cruelty

Four Austrian soldiers from the Nato-led KFOR mission in Kosovo are being investigated on suspicion of animal cruelty.

Rome’s Fiumicino airport hit by power cut
Italy

Rome’s Fiumicino airport hit by power cut

Rome’s Fiumicino airport suffered yet another setback on Thursday morning – a 20-minute power cut.

Unemployment hovers at historic low
Germany

Unemployment hovers at historic low

German unemployment stayed at 6.4 percent in July, the lowest level since reunification almost a quarter century ago, despite an unexpected rise of 9,000 jobless, the federal labour office said on Thursday.

Footballer sparks row by wearing Franco T-shirt
Spain

Footballer sparks row by wearing Franco T-shirt

The latest signing to Real Jaén FC wore a T-shirt printed with the face of the fascist dictator and after causing a stir claimed not to have a clue who the man was.

Danish city to develop traffic-free suburb
Denmark

Danish city to develop traffic-free suburb

A new residential development project north of Aarhus will be a car-free zone, making it the first of its kind in Denmark.

‘Serious defects’ on wakeboarding course
Austria

‘Serious defects’ on wakeboarding course

Serious defects have been found in the cable lift system of a wakeboarding course on Vienna’s Neue Donau river, after a 41-year-old woman lost her right hand and forearm in an accident there.

Fastest economic growth in Spain since crisis
Spain

Fastest economic growth in Spain since crisis

Spain’s economy is powering ahead at the fastest pace since the start of the global financial crisis in 2007.

What happens to Italy’s missing migrant kids?
Italy

What happens to Italy’s missing migrant kids?

Almost 5,000 refugee children have disappeared after arriving on Italy’s shores since last summer, with many passing through the small Sicilian port town of Pozzallo. The Local spoke to one woman there, who has witnessed both their fear and determination to survive.

Italian man obtains identity – after 62 years
Italy

Italian man obtains identity – after 62 years

An man living in the Ligurian city of Genoa has been issued with an identity card after 62 years, having lived his entire life invisible to the Italian state.

Lifted by cheap fuel, Lufthansa triples profit
Germany

Lifted by cheap fuel, Lufthansa triples profit

German airline Lufthansa, still reeling from the crash of one of its Germanwings planes in March over the French Alps, said on Thursday it tripled net profit in the second quarter, helped by cheap fuel.

Missing Swiss cats spark record helpline calls
Switzerland

Missing Swiss cats spark record helpline calls

Switzerland’s recent heatwave resulted in a record number of cats going walkabout in the months of June and July, according to Swiss animal call centre STMZ.

New Danish flag trend sparks outrage
Denmark

New Danish flag trend sparks outrage

A new device that is intended to make life easier for Danes flying the Dannebrog flag in their gardens has prompted a royal society to issue a stern warning to Danes that its use violates one of the country's many 'flag traditions'.

Mystery of double murder and car crash
Austria

Mystery of double murder and car crash

Police are investigating the mysterious and tragic death of a 19-year-old and his parents in Klagenfurt, Carinthia.

French mayor ‘to force artists to mind kids’
France

French mayor ‘to force artists to mind kids’

A far-right mayor in the southern town of Fréjus is allegedly considering making a group of local artists mind children in exchange for the rent subsidies they receive.

Swedish terror suspect released from custody
Sweden

Swedish terror suspect released from custody

UPDATED: A man detained by a Gothenburg court on suspicion of committing murder in Syria has been released from custody pending an ongoing investigation.

Germany star scores own goal with PR gaffe
Germany

Germany star scores own goal with PR gaffe

World Cup winning goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has faced a wave of derision on social media since giving a cringe-worthy interview to football magazine Kicker explaining his choice of commercial partners.

Madrid’s traditional museum scene receives a haute couture makeover
Spain

Madrid’s traditional museum scene receives a haute couture makeover

Madrid’s museums are moving away from the traditional to embrace new artistic forms and the latest brings a touch of haute couture to the capital's celebrated art scene.

British press bashes France over Calais crisis
France

British press bashes France over Calais crisis

British tabloids combined two of their favourite themes in covering the Calais migrants controversy Thursday -- French bashing and railing against the government response to illegal immigration.

Swedish thieves use mobile app to rob man
Sweden

Swedish thieves use mobile app to rob man

In cashless Sweden even robbers have had to change their methods, with thieves on the island of Gotland resorting to the popular money transfer app Swish to extort money from their victim.

Swiss researcher creates yarn from abattoir waste
Switzerland

Swiss researcher creates yarn from abattoir waste

A PHD student at the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich has devised a fibre with similar properties to merino wool from gelatine gathered from slaughterhouse waste.

French nuclear giant Areva to sell unit to EDF
France

French nuclear giant Areva to sell unit to EDF

Atomic energy giant Areva on Thursday agreed to sell a majority stake of its nuclear reactor unit to electricity group EDF as part of an awaited reconfiguration of the French sector.

‘New York’s waste issue is worse than Rome’s’
Italy

‘New York’s waste issue is worse than Rome’s’

Romans have taken to Facebook to hit back at the Italian capital's critics following a wave of bad publicity the city has received in the international press.

Social network makes neighbours friends
Austria

Social network makes neighbours friends

Perched on makeshift seats next to a buffet with fresh fruit, elderflower cordial and home-made muffins, neighbours laugh and chat on a leafy patch amid modern apartment blocks in Vienna's 15th district.

Finally! Spain’s heatwave to end with fierce storms
Spain

Finally! Spain’s heatwave to end with fierce storms

One of the hottest July's on record will come to a close amid stormy weather and a drop in temperature of up to six degrees, Spain's weather agency has announced.

Child’s toy bow and arrow spark police alert
Sweden

Child’s toy bow and arrow spark police alert

After a summer of violence the southern Swedish town of Malmö is on edge, so much so that a full-scale police operation was launched for what turned out to be a child playing with a toy gun and a bow and arrow.

Ex-Sarkozy advisor charged in fraud probe
France

Ex-Sarkozy advisor charged in fraud probe

A one-time advisor to former French president Nicolas Sarkozy was charged on Wednesday with abusing his position to profit from state funds, as part of an inquiry into alleged fraud in awarding contracts to opinion polling companies.

OMV gives up Adriatic oil and gas project
Austria

OMV gives up Adriatic oil and gas project

Austrian oil and gas firm OMV has given up its licences to explore for oil and gas in Croatia's Adriatic, where border disputes risked complicating pursuit of the project it said on Wednesday.

Fireworks factory blast death toll rises to ten
Italy

Fireworks factory blast death toll rises to ten

The death toll from an explosion at a fireworks factory in southern Italy last week has risen to ten after one of the factory's owners died of his injuries.

Norway man rides north to south in wheelchair
Norway

Norway man rides north to south in wheelchair

A man has started journey from Nordkapp, Norway’s most northerly point, to Tønsberg in the south to raise money for a cancer charity.

10 amazing places to be on Swiss National Day
Switzerland

10 amazing places to be on Swiss National Day

From mountain-top barbecues to sunrise breakfasts and cliff walks, follow The Local’s suggestions for making the most of Swiss national day on Saturday.

Denmark’s ten must-see concerts in August
Denmark

Denmark’s ten must-see concerts in August

With the lazy holiday month of July behind us, August promises a number of good musical experiences and festivals to round off the summer.

PM backs ‘xenophobic’ candidate in Catalan vote
Spain

PM backs ‘xenophobic’ candidate in Catalan vote

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Wednesday backed a former mayor whose comments have been called xenophobic as his party's top candidate for regional elections in independence-minded Catalonia.

French far right wants Le Pen senior gone
France

French far right wants Le Pen senior gone

An overwhelming 94 percent of France's National Front (FN) members have voted in favour of stripping ex-leader Jean-Marie Le Pen of his title of honorary president, the far-right party announced Wednesday.

Tokyo 2020 logo sparks copycat calls from Spain
Spain

Tokyo 2020 logo sparks copycat calls from Spain

Tokyo's 2020 Olympic emblem has triggered astonishment in Europe due to its resemblance to the logo of a Belgian theatre and a separate Spanish design.

Shoot-out near Ku’damm leaves bystander injured
Germany

Shoot-out near Ku’damm leaves bystander injured

A shoot-out near Germany's most iconic shopping street, the Kurfürstendamm in west Berlin, left an apparently innocent bystander injured after she was shot in the leg on Wednesday evening.

Réunion’s plane debris to be probed in France
France

Réunion’s plane debris to be probed in France

UPDATED: Plane wreckage that washed up on a tiny Indian Ocean island will be sent to France for investigation, as hopes mounted Thursday the mysterious object could unlock the riddle of missing flight MH370.

Probe opens into fire near Rome airport
Italy

Probe opens into fire near Rome airport

Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said that an investigation has been opened after authorities found that a fire near Rome's Fiumicino airport started in multiple places, leading them to believe it was started deliberately.

Refugees live in fear of German far-right
Germany

Refugees live in fear of German far-right

It's an astonishing statement for a refugee from war-torn Syria, but Taher has had enough of the xenophobia he has experienced in Germany.

Heavy rail travel delays expected across Sweden
Sweden

Heavy rail travel delays expected across Sweden

UPDATED: Commuters or summer tourists experiencing Sweden by rail are set for travel chaos on Thursday as delays are expected in several parts of the Nordic country.

Five fun festivals to get you partying in Sweden
Sweden

Five fun festivals to get you partying in Sweden

Sweden is gearing up for a number of great festivals this week. Check out our favourite five picks as well as a handy interactive guide to all of Sweden's best events.

Gothenburg rocked by ‘fairly big’ earthquake
Sweden

Gothenburg rocked by ‘fairly big’ earthquake

A rare earthquake shook the Gothenburg area in western Sweden on Wednesday evening.

79-year-old Norwegian swims to own wedding
Norway

79-year-old Norwegian swims to own wedding

A 79-year-old Norwegian has swum across a fjord in the pouring rain dressed only in swimming trunks and a bow tie to wed his 65-year-old bride-to-be on the rocks.