Norwegians jailed for smuggling fake valium
Norway

Norwegians jailed for smuggling fake valium

Two Norwegians have been jailed for smuggling, even though the pills they were caught with, which they told police were valium, were in fact antihistamines available over the counter.

Dead pianist’s husband did time for beating her
Norway

Dead pianist’s husband did time for beating her

The Norwegian husband of murdered pianist Natalia Strelchenko beat and threatened to kill her less than a year before they married, Norway's VG newspaper has discovered.

Seven English words Germans get hilariously wrong
Germany

Seven English words Germans get hilariously wrong

As much as English-speakers might feel insecure about their Deutsch skills when faced with Germans' comparatively widespread grasp of English, Germans themselves often mess up English - in some pretty hilarious ways.

‘I get a kick out of doing things that hurt you’
Sweden

‘I get a kick out of doing things that hurt you’

Sweden's star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has caused a stir after mouthing off in a press conference when a Swedish journalist asked about his business interests, ahead of his national side's Euro 2016 qualifier with Russia.

Mannschaft step forward to welcome refugees
Germany

Mannschaft step forward to welcome refugees

Germany's World Cup-winning footballers have condemned xenophobic attacks on the thousands of foreigners pouring into their country and led calls to help the refugees amidst the ongoing crisis.

Norway’s armed forces get organic underwear
Norway

Norway’s armed forces get organic underwear

Norway's armed forces are embracing eco-friendly clothing, putting in a massive order for organic bras, boxer-shorts and pants.

Game of Thrones to add another Danish actor
Denmark

Game of Thrones to add another Danish actor

UPDATED: HBO has confirmed that Pilou Asbaek will play the role of Euron Greyjoy when the sixth season of Games of Thrones hits screens next year.

Hairy Swedish panties sew up artist’s reputation
Sweden

Hairy Swedish panties sew up artist’s reputation

A pair of knickers made from thousands of strands of human hair has knitted overnight success for its maker. Swedish craftswoman Nina Sparr tells The Local that her efforts mirror a traditional craft that has been popular in her family for centuries.

Italy to approve civil union bill by year end
Italy

Italy to approve civil union bill by year end

Premier Matteo Renzi said on Wednesday that Italy’s parliament will approve a long-awaited civil unions bill by the end of the year.

Police file complaint as confiscated cannabis puts station on ‘high’ alert
Spain

Police file complaint as confiscated cannabis puts station on ‘high’ alert

Police in a Catalan town are complaining that they are "feeling the effects of smoking something illegal" due to the huge amounts of confiscated weed stored in the station.

Eurostar nightmare: ‘We can hardly complain’
France

Eurostar nightmare: ‘We can hardly complain’

The Local's Oliver Gee was one of thousands of passengers stranded for hours on six Eurostar trains that became blocked when migrants broke through security. He says it's hard to complain given the hardship of those that caused the chaos.

Man arrested over deadly Paris apartment fire
France

Man arrested over deadly Paris apartment fire

UPDATED: A fire in an apartment building in the north of Paris early on Wednesday morning killed eight people, including two children. A criminal investigation has been launched and one man has been arrested on suspicion of arson.

Islamist vigilantes face trial for ‘Sharia police’
Germany

Islamist vigilantes face trial for ‘Sharia police’

State prosecutors in the Ruhr city of Wuppertal said on Tuesday that they have brought charges against notorious Islamic fundamentalist Sven Lau, who was behind a short-lived 'Sharia police' vigilante force in the city.

Lego profits surge thanks to Asian growth
Denmark

Lego profits surge thanks to Asian growth

First-half numbers released by Lego on Wednesday showed that neither Barbie nor Transformers are any match for the classic Danish bricks.

French Couchsurfer host filmed guests in shower
France

French Couchsurfer host filmed guests in shower

A host of the "Couchsurfing" scheme, who secretly filmed his guests while they showered and added acid to their shower gel at his home in Marseille has been jailed for six months by a French court.

Faroes eyes gay unions as govt loses election
Denmark

Faroes eyes gay unions as govt loses election

The Faroe Islands could become the final Nordic territory to recognize same-sex unions after the centre-left opposition won a general election, results showed on Wednesday.

Former Swedish Saab bosses appear in court
Sweden

Former Swedish Saab bosses appear in court

Swedish car maker Saab's former CEO Jan Åke Jonsson and the firm's former head lawyer Kristina Geers have appeared in court in Vänersborg in west Sweden, accused of falsifying financial documents shortly before the company went bankrupt in 2011.

France mulls new tax on home internet boxes
France

France mulls new tax on home internet boxes

With more and more people watching television online the French government believes a tax on household’s internet boxes may be the only option to raise funds for the audio-visual sector.

Migrant crisis threatens Europe’s borderless area
Italy

Migrant crisis threatens Europe’s borderless area

As European countries grapple with record numbers of desperate refugees and migrants clamouring to enter Europe, the continent's cherished system of borderless travel is increasingly at risk, officials and analysts say.

Fifa reform body holds first meeting in Bern
Switzerland

Fifa reform body holds first meeting in Bern

A 12-member committee set up by Fifa to draw up far-reaching reforms to the Zurich-based world governing body for football in the wake of a corruption scandal met for the first time in Bern on Wednesday.

Are you a typical expat living in Germany?
Germany

Are you a typical expat living in Germany?

A new survey is full of revealing facts about expats in Germany, why they came here, what they love and what they loathe. So how do you measure up?

Italy ready to impose Austria border controls

Italy ready to impose Austria border controls

Italy is ready to impose identification checks at Brennero on the border with Austria after receiving a request from Germany for help in easing the flow of migrants into Bavaria, the northern province of Bolzano said on Wednesday.

Everest epic kicks off Venice film festival
Italy

Everest epic kicks off Venice film festival

The Venice film festival kicks off on Wednesday with a world premiere for "Everest", a $65-million 3D drama based on a real-life disaster on the Himalayan peak.

Ministry hired ‘40,000 undeclared workers’
France

Ministry hired ‘40,000 undeclared workers’

France's justice ministry promised Tuesday to take action after an investigation leaked in the press found it had hired over 40,000 undeclared workers on a casual basis.

Wolf attacks: French farmers kidnap park boss
France

Wolf attacks: French farmers kidnap park boss

Around 50 angry French farmers have kidnapped the chief of a national park in the Alps, demanding he take action against repeated wolf attacks on their livestock.

Ryanair flying high in CPH despite labour battle
Denmark

Ryanair flying high in CPH despite labour battle

Despite a high-profile fight with Dansh labour unions that led to two base closures, discount airline Ryanair is planning a massive expansion in Copenhagen.

Tax changes could cut costs for Swedish firms
Sweden

Tax changes could cut costs for Swedish firms

UPDATED: Swedish Enterprise and Innovation Minister Mikael Damberg has told The Local about his action plan to turn Stockholm into the top startup city in the world. But critics of his proposals say they are too vague.

Spaniard arrested for keeping cash after €60k bank error in his favour
Spain

Spaniard arrested for keeping cash after €60k bank error in his favour

A Spanish man has been arrested after failing to report and instead withdrawing funds when his bank account was credited €60,000 in error.

Italian woman sues after Spanish nudist beach photos appear online
Spain

Italian woman sues after Spanish nudist beach photos appear online

An Italian woman has brought a civil lawsuit in Spain against dozens of naturist websites which used a naked photo of her as promotional material.

Lufthansa pilots ‘could strike at any moment’
Germany

Lufthansa pilots ‘could strike at any moment’

Airline pilots' union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) said on Wednesday that talks with Lufthansa had failed to reach an agreement and that their members could walk off the job at any moment.

Cardinal calls for Church to house migrants
Austria

Cardinal calls for Church to house migrants

Thousands more accommodation places for migrants and refugees arriving to Austria could be found in parishes around the country, according to the Archdiocese of Vienna.

Secret anti-immigration blogger’s name exposed
Sweden

Secret anti-immigration blogger’s name exposed

UPDATED: 'Julia Caesar', an anonymous right-wing blogger who has blasted Swedish journalists for writing an "epoch of lies" about the benefits of immigration, is herself a former reporter for Sweden's biggest broadsheet, Dagens Nyheter, according to a Swedish tabloid.

Builder on speed blasts pepper spray at refugees
Germany

Builder on speed blasts pepper spray at refugees

A man was arrested in Brandenburg on Tuesday evening after he attacked refugees with pepper spray while he was high on amphetamines. Eight of his victims were taken to hospital for treatment.

Italian woman sues over Spain nudist beach snap
Italy

Italian woman sues over Spain nudist beach snap

An Italian woman has opened a civil lawsuit in Spain against dozens of naturist websites which used a naked photo of her as promotional material.

Spain breaks its own record to stay global leader in organ transplants
Spain

Spain breaks its own record to stay global leader in organ transplants

Spain has remained world leader when it comes to the number of transplants carried out for the 24th year running, new figures have revealed.

‘Now you can truly be global Danes’
Denmark

‘Now you can truly be global Danes’

Around 300 guests celebrated Denmark’s acceptance of dual citizenship at a party in central Copenhagen on Tuesday night.

Spanish unemployment creeps up for the first time in seven months
Spain

Spanish unemployment creeps up for the first time in seven months

The number of people claiming unemployment benefits went up during August as temporary seasonal jobs came to an end.

Ten great things to do in France in September
France

Ten great things to do in France in September

Who said summer was over? It may be back to work for most of us but there’s still plenty to do and see this September. Here are some unmissable events around France.

MP’s Facebook profile closed after complaints
Switzerland

MP’s Facebook profile closed after complaints

The personal Facebook account of right-wing Swiss politician Christoph Mörgeli has been closed following complaints over controversial comments he posted, including one deriding migrants, according to a media report.

Third of young people are regular smokers
Austria

Third of young people are regular smokers

Every third young person aged between 12 and 16-years-old in Lower Austria smokes regularly, according to latest research into young people's smoking habits.

Italian priest closes parish over child claims
Italy

Italian priest closes parish over child claims

A priest in Italy has suspended all parish activity apart from Sunday mass, after being dogged by rumours that he fathered a child with a married member of his congregation.

Police search home of France train suspect’s parents in southern Spain
Spain

Police search home of France train suspect’s parents in southern Spain

Police in Spain on Tuesday searched the family home of an alleged jihadist accused of launching a foiled attack on a French express train last month.

Ex-Chancellor Schmidt rushed to intensive care
Germany

Ex-Chancellor Schmidt rushed to intensive care

Helmut Schmidt, German Chancellor in the 1970s and early 1980s, has been taken into intensive care at a Hamburg hospital after suffering from a vascular obstruction in his right leg.

Thousands offer time and money to help refugees
Austria

Thousands offer time and money to help refugees

The city of Vienna says it has been flooded with offers from members of the public to help donate time and money in support of refugees.

VIDEO: Danish astronaut launched into orbit
Denmark

VIDEO: Danish astronaut launched into orbit

Andreas Mogensen's mission began smoothly Wednesday morning as he secured himself a space in Danish history books.

Another Muslim cemetery vandalized in Denmark
Denmark

Another Muslim cemetery vandalized in Denmark

Funen Police are investigating the destruction of up to 60 tombstones in a Muslim cemetery in Odense.

Madrid and Barcelona residents to welcome refugees into their homes
Spain

Madrid and Barcelona residents to welcome refugees into their homes

Madrid will join Barcelona to form a network of cities where residents can register to welcome into their homes some of the hundreds of thousands of desperate migrants arriving in Europe.

Sicily double murder suspect faces judge
Italy

Sicily double murder suspect faces judge

A judge will on Wednesday rule whether to confirm the arrest of an 18-year-old asylum seeker from the Ivory Coast, who is accused of killing an elderly couple at their home in Palagonia, Sicily, on Sunday.

‘Denmark is like a little America’
Denmark

‘Denmark is like a little America’

In the latest edition of My Danish Career, The Local met Santiago Obama, an entrepreneur raised in France who came to Denmark to 'make it' in the entertainment business.

Smartwatches to shine at Berlin mega gadget fair
Germany

Smartwatches to shine at Berlin mega gadget fair

Sleeker and sexier smartwatches are expected to premiere this week in Berlin at one of the world's biggest consumer electronics shows, with both phone manufacturers and watchmakers jostling for a share of the fast-growing market.

Saint-Gobain clears hurdle in Sika takeover
Switzerland

Saint-Gobain clears hurdle in Sika takeover

French building materials giant Saint-Gobain cleared a key hurdle in its bid for Swiss adhesives maker Sika, under a court ruling on Tuesday.

Swedish museum makes way for iconic train
Sweden

Swedish museum makes way for iconic train

Railway buffs in Sweden are on track for a treat as a rare Swiss locomotive is set to roll into a Swedish transport museum in the coming days to celebrate a century of electric trains in the Nordic country.

Poland to deploy army to hunt for Nazi gold train
Germany

Poland to deploy army to hunt for Nazi gold train

Poland said on Tuesday it would deploy the military to look for an alleged Nazi "gold train" that sparked global fascination after two anonymous treasure hunters claimed they had pinpointed where it is buried.

Eurostar chaos after migrants ‘climb on trains’
France

Eurostar chaos after migrants ‘climb on trains’

Hundreds of passengers were left stranded on Eurostar trains in the early hours of Wednesday after several suspected migrants climbed onto the tracks near the French port of Calais.

Rail operator launches online shopping service
Switzerland

Rail operator launches online shopping service

Shopping for supermarket items by smartphone and picking them up at the train station half an hour later is now possible under a pilot project introduced on Tuesday in the Zurich region.

Conte demands Italy seal Euro 2016 ticket
Italy

Conte demands Italy seal Euro 2016 ticket

Coach Antonio Conte has demanded Italy seal their Euro 2016 ticket this weekend but has warned that only first team regulars will figure in his travelling plans for next summer's tournament in France.

Plea for help in hunt for Swedish woman’s killer
Sweden

Plea for help in hunt for Swedish woman’s killer

Swedish police have released a picture of the 21-year-old jogger murdered on a running track almost a month ago as her mother prepares to make a television appeal.

Refugees barred from Hungarian rail hub
Austria

Refugees barred from Hungarian rail hub

Hundreds of migrants were left stranded outside Budapest's main railway station on Wednesday after being barred from travelling to Germany by police, as new figures highlighted the massive scale of Europe's refugee crisis.

Munich woman bit sex attacker’s tongue off
Germany

Munich woman bit sex attacker’s tongue off

A mother in Bavaria managed to bite off the tongue of a sex attacker who targeted her and her teenage daughter in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Seven bizarre Swedish academic traditions
Sweden

Seven bizarre Swedish academic traditions

The Local guides you through Sweden's ancient universities' top academic traditions all foreign students need to know about.