Tourist falls to death at Trolltunga photo shoot
Norway

Tourist falls to death at Trolltunga photo shoot

An Australian student has fallen to her death while having her photo taken at Trolltunga, the spectacular rock promontory which is one of Norway's leading tourist attractions.

Norway Prince mum on who lent luxury yacht
Norway

Norway Prince mum on who lent luxury yacht

Norway’s Crown Prince Haakon has refused to name the 'friend' courtesy of whom he enjoyed a stay on a luxury yacht which normally costs $280,000 a week.

Norway ‘Refugees Welcome’ group hits 80K
Norway

Norway ‘Refugees Welcome’ group hits 80K

More than 80,000 Norwegians have joined the Facebook group, "Refugees welcome to Norway", which people use to share ideas on how to help refugees come to the country.

France and UK’s Syria move ‘too little, too late’
France

France and UK’s Syria move ‘too little, too late’

France and Britain paved the way for air strikes against Isis targets in Syria on Monday but many experts say the move is too late in the game and not enough to ensure the impact Hollande and Cameron are hoping for.

Snowden slams Russia in Norway awards
Norway

Snowden slams Russia in Norway awards

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden criticised Russia's treatment of gay people and the internet as he accepted a Norwegian free speech prize.

Danish police stop refugee march to Sweden

Danish police stop refugee march to Sweden

Up to 150 refugees who began marching towards the border with Sweden, known for its more generous asylum policies, have finally agreed to be taken to police stations to register, as required under EU rules.

Montparnasse to become Paris’s Times Square
France

Montparnasse to become Paris’s Times Square

Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo has suggested the area around the Tour Montparnasse skyscraper could become the Times Square of the French capital. Now its owners plan to try and make that dream come true.

Sweden’s annual elk hunt goes off with a bang
Sweden

Sweden’s annual elk hunt goes off with a bang

Hunters in northern Sweden kicked off the annual elk hunt on Monday, with 87,000 elk set to be culled.

Berlin named vegetarian capital of the world
Germany

Berlin named vegetarian capital of the world

Renowned American culinary magazine Saveur has anointed Berlin The New Vegetarian Capital of the world, it was revealed over the weekend.

Spanish national police celebrates its first gay wedding on the force
Spain

Spanish national police celebrates its first gay wedding on the force

Spain may have led the way when it came to gay marriage but it has only just celebrated another first: the first ever same-sex marriage between officers in the country’s national police force.

Germany seek Scotland win to seal EC spot
Germany

Germany seek Scotland win to seal EC spot

The German national team face Scotland in Glasgow on Monday evening, hoping that a win will secure them a spot in the 2016 European Champions.

Hollande would say ‘non’ to any TV survival show
France

Hollande would say ‘non’ to any TV survival show

French President Francois Hollande said he would not take part in a TV survival show like Barack Obama, joking his time in office was already close enough to an endurance test in the wilderness.

Mystery solved in French identical twins rape case
France

Mystery solved in French identical twins rape case

An identical French twin has pleaded guilty in a rape case that saw police detain both brothers - who have almost identical DNA - while they figured out which was the suspect.

Spanish aristocrat welcomes Syrian refugee families to live in his palace
Spain

Spanish aristocrat welcomes Syrian refugee families to live in his palace

An aristocrat from one of Spain's wealthiest families has thrown open the doors of his estate to welcome two refugee families after they fled war-torn Syria.

AS Roma kick off fundraising for refugees
Italy

AS Roma kick off fundraising for refugees

Serie A giants Roma have followed in the footsteps of clubs from across Europe by launching an initiative aimed at gathering funds to help ease the burden of the ongoing refugee crisis.

PM: ‘The only solution is a European solution’
Denmark

PM: ‘The only solution is a European solution’

Lars Løkke Rasmussen said on Monday that even though Denmark is exempt from participating in the EU's asylum policies, the nation is willing to work with other European nations to address the "double pressure" of refugees and economic migrants.

Italy ponder Pirlo on way to Euro 2016 finals
Italy

Italy ponder Pirlo on way to Euro 2016 finals

Andrea Pirlo's status as one of Italy's 'untouchables' has been shaken after the Azzurri legend was sidelined by coach Antonio Conte in the wake of criticism following a mediocre performance in a Euro 2016 qualifier.

Catalan independence parties look set to win the most seats in election
Spain

Catalan independence parties look set to win the most seats in election

Pro-independence parties that want Catalonia to break away from Spain are on course to win the most seats in regional parliament elections at the end of the month, a poll published on Monday showed.

‘No proof beyond doubt’ in Kercher case: court
Italy

‘No proof beyond doubt’ in Kercher case: court

Italy’s top court said on Monday that there was an “absolute lack of biological traces” connecting American Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, to the murder of British student Meredith Kercher.

Sweden to give free dental care for under-23s
Sweden

Sweden to give free dental care for under-23s

Sweden is set to raise the maximum age for free dental care from 19 to 23, following government negotiations with the opposition Left Party.

Spain warns of jihadist infiltration threat with ‘avalanche’ of refugees
Spain

Spain warns of jihadist infiltration threat with ‘avalanche’ of refugees

Spain's interior minister on Monday called for tighter controls to prevent members of the armed jihadist group Isis from infiltrating the "avalanche" of refugees arriving in Europe from Syria.

Germany takes refugees because it cares
Germany

Germany takes refugees because it cares

According to the BBC, some British leaders are annoyed Germany is getting the pick of refugees coming to the EU. The Local Germany editor Tom Barfield responds that the country's good-guy image is no facade for greedy self-interest.

France won’t open arms to refugees like Germany
France

France won’t open arms to refugees like Germany

Despite President Hollande's pledge to take in 24,000 refugees, France is unlikely to offer the same kind and size of welcome Germany has afforded refugees, for both historical and economic reasons.

Italy plans cuts to business taxes
Italy

Italy plans cuts to business taxes

Italy's Finance Minister Pier Carlo Padoan has said a reduction in business tax will form part of the government’s overall tax cut pledge over the next few years.

Cops injured during riot at migrant detention centre in eastern Spain
Spain

Cops injured during riot at migrant detention centre in eastern Spain

Five police officers were hurt during a riot overnight at a detention centre for undocumented migrants in eastern Spain, police said Monday.

England fans clash with Italians over blow-up doll
Italy

England fans clash with Italians over blow-up doll

The theft of a blow-up doll was the catalyst for violence following an argument between English football fans and a group of Italians in Rimini.

The rain in Spain claims four lives and causes chaos across south coast
Spain

The rain in Spain claims four lives and causes chaos across south coast

UPDATED: Torrential rain caused massive flooding, closed roads and washed away vehicles across Spain's southern coast region and claimed the lives of four people in Andalusia.

‘Sweden may have equal boards in four years’
Sweden

‘Sweden may have equal boards in four years’

Following a record jump in the number of women working at executive level, Sweden's diversity lobbyists AllBright said on Monday that equality in the boardrooms could be reached in four years.

Health insurers eye higher costs for the ‘lazy’
Switzerland

Health insurers eye higher costs for the ‘lazy’

Swiss health insurers could demand higher premiums from customers who live sedentary lifestyles under plans to monitor people’s health through wearable digital fitness devices.

Refugees try to walk from Denmark to Sweden

Refugees try to walk from Denmark to Sweden

UPDATED: A group of refugees who fled from Rødby station in southern Denmark on Sunday night has now set off on foot towards Sweden, where many of them say they have family members waiting.

Refugees overwhelmed with generosity in Vienna
Austria

Refugees overwhelmed with generosity in Vienna

The efforts from NGOs such as Caritas and ordinary people who have volunteered to help and donate money, food and clothing has been overwhelming, as this UNHCR video footage from Westbahnhof railway station shows.

Swiss mining firm faces multi-billion-dollar debt
Switzerland

Swiss mining firm faces multi-billion-dollar debt

Swiss mining giant Glencore, hit by a collapse in commodities prices, announced on Monday a series of extraordinary measures to eliminate roughly a third of its $30 billion dollar (27 billion euros) net debt.

France to take in 24,000 refugees over two years
France

France to take in 24,000 refugees over two years

President François Hollande says France will take in 24,000 refugees over the next two years, as requested by Brussels.

Protesting French ferry workers ransack boat
France

Protesting French ferry workers ransack boat

French ferry workers who caused travel chaos in Calais this summer have caused millions of euros of damage by trashing one of the ferries before handing it over to Eurotunnel. Every single seat was slashed with a box cutter, reports say

Woman arrested in Catalonia for recruiting people to fight for Isis
Spain

Woman arrested in Catalonia for recruiting people to fight for Isis

The 19-year-old woman was arrested in the coastal Catalan town of Figueres on Monday morning by Spain’s National Police.

‘Hiking alone in the mountains and forests has a deeply positive effect’
Spain

‘Hiking alone in the mountains and forests has a deeply positive effect’

In this week's instalment of 'My Spanish career' The Local talks to Frankie Sikes, a therapist, trainer and the founder of rather a unusual walking retreat in northern Spain.

Austrian president visits Iran in EU first
Austria

Austrian president visits Iran in EU first

Austrian President Heinz Fischer is travelling to Iran on Monday, becoming the first European head of state to visit since 2004, his office said, two months after an international deal was struck over Tehran's contested nuclear programme.

Sweden ‘concerned’ ahead of Germany talks

Sweden ‘concerned’ ahead of Germany talks

Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has said he is "concerned" that some EU countries are still "shirking their responsibility" to take in refugees, ahead of talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss the crisis.

France plans air strikes against Isis in Syria
France

France plans air strikes against Isis in Syria

France will fly reconnaissance missions over Syria to target Isis, President François Hollande has announced. He ruled out sending in ground troops.

Mystery deaths of three sailors on Danube
Austria

Mystery deaths of three sailors on Danube

Three sailors working on a German towboat have died in mysterious circumstances on the Danube river at Greifenstein lock in Lower Austria.

Italian police foil Nutella heist
Italy

Italian police foil Nutella heist

Italian police managed to foil an audacious attempt by three people to make off with 29kg worth of Nutella from a supermarket in the Ligurian town of Sarzana.

Balotelli ‘has licence revoked for speeding’
Italy

Balotelli ‘has licence revoked for speeding’

Just weeks after Mario Balotelli signed a “good behaviour” clause as part of his return to AC Milan, the footballer reportedly had his driving licence revoked after being caught speeding near his home in Brescia.

Police warn teens off ‘train track-selfie’ trend
Germany

Police warn teens off ‘train track-selfie’ trend

The federal police have warned teenagers that a new trend of taking 'selfies' while standing on the tracks of train lines is putting their lives at risk.

Geneva beats Paris to claim top travel gong
Switzerland

Geneva beats Paris to claim top travel gong

Geneva has scooped its second tourism ‘Oscar’ by being named Europe’s Leading City Break Destination in the annual World Travel Awards.

‘Last days of summer’ on way for Sweden
Sweden

‘Last days of summer’ on way for Sweden

The Swedish summer may not be over yet, with meteorologists predicting one final hurrah later this week after a weekend of torrential rain and even snow in some parts of the country.

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Sweden

Sept. 12 -13: Health Hack Academy (Stockholm)

‘Mad cow’ fears after man dies in Turin
Italy

‘Mad cow’ fears after man dies in Turin

An investigation has been opened after a man died from suspected 'mad cow' disease in Turin last week.

Merkel ‘proud’ as govt plans €6bn for refugees
Germany

Merkel ‘proud’ as govt plans €6bn for refugees

The German federal government said on Sunday it wants to spend an additional €6 billion on helping refugees, but will also impose stricter rules for rejecting asylum applicants.

Spain under pressure from Brussels to accept around 15,000 refugees
Spain

Spain under pressure from Brussels to accept around 15,000 refugees

The European Commission will on Wednesday ask Spain to accept 15,000 refugees, 12 percent of the total, as the country’s government argued it did not have the means to take any more migrants.

Man caught secretly filming female colleague
Sweden

Man caught secretly filming female colleague

A man in southern Sweden has been convicted of "secretly filming" his female colleague after she chanced upon an unusually placed mobile telephone in the change room.

French apology ‘won’t absolve Warrior murder’
France

French apology ‘won’t absolve Warrior murder’

An apology from a French secret service frogman who helped blow up the Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior in 1985 does not absolve him and then president Francois Mitterrand of "cold-blooded murder", the ship's captain said Monday.

Emergency migrant measures ‘phased out’
Austria

Emergency migrant measures ‘phased out’

Up to 20,000 refugees crossed the border from Hungary into Austria over the weekend after an agreement with Austria and Hungary to relax asylum rules. However, Austria's Chancellor Werner Faymann has said the emergency measures will now be phased out.

12-year-old girl becomes seventh victim of A Coruña rally crash
Spain

12-year-old girl becomes seventh victim of A Coruña rally crash

The child died on Sunday night from head injuries sustained when a rally car came off at a curve and ploughed into spectators.

Versailles: Vandals target ‘Queen’s vagina’ again
France

Versailles: Vandals target ‘Queen’s vagina’ again

A controversial sculpture, known as the "queen's vagina", that is on display at the Palace of Versailles, was vandalised on Sunday for the second time. The French president condemned the anti-Semitic graffiti scrawled all over the installation.

Autumn brings rare ‘tornado’ to Lake Zurich
Switzerland

Autumn brings rare ‘tornado’ to Lake Zurich

People looking out onto Lake Zurich on Saturday morning witnessed a rare natural spectacle as a waterspout resembling a tornado formed on the lake.

Narco brothers ‘Benny’ and ‘Angel’ extradited from Spain to USA
Spain

Narco brothers ‘Benny’ and ‘Angel’ extradited from Spain to USA

Two Pakistani brothers have been extradited to New York to face charges that they conspired to smuggle heroin into America and sell missile launchers to Colombian rebels, prosecutors said.

Nazi professor’s victims laid to rest in France
France

Nazi professor’s victims laid to rest in France

The remains of Jewish victims who were killed for the skeleton collection of Nazi anatomy professor August Hirt were buried in northeastern France on Sunday, according to an AFP journalist.

Denmark publishes anti-refugee ad campaign
Denmark

Denmark publishes anti-refugee ad campaign

UPDATED: The Danish government’s much-discussed advertising campaign publicising recent welfare cuts made their debut in Lebanese newspapers on Monday.

Lufthansa strike hits long-haul passengers
Germany

Lufthansa strike hits long-haul passengers

Pilots' union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) said on Monday that its members would walk out from all long-distance flights operated by Lufthansa on Tuesday, as a long-running dispute over pay, conditions and retirement heats up again.

Should secular French schools go vegetarian?
France

Should secular French schools go vegetarian?

The new school year in France has kicked off more controversy around whether Muslim and Jewish pupils should be offered alternatives to pork. One MP believes obligatory vegetarian meals is the way forward in a strictly secular country.

Almost 20,000 refugees arrive in one weekend
Germany

Almost 20,000 refugees arrive in one weekend

Thousands of exhausted refugees received a hero's welcome Sunday as they streamed into Germany and other European nations, but Austria warned the emergency measures are only "temporary" as the EU struggles to establish a united response to the crisis.

Swedes sweat for Zlatan before Austria clash
Sweden

Swedes sweat for Zlatan before Austria clash

Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a doubt for his country's Euro 2016 qualifier at home to Austria on Tuesday, coach Erik Hamren has said.

De Rossi fires Italy top after Bulgaria win
Italy

De Rossi fires Italy top after Bulgaria win

A first-half penalty from Daniele De Rossi allowed Italy to beat Bulgaria 1-0 in Palermo on Sunday to push them closer to the Euro 2016 finals.

Refugees flee Danish police for Sweden
Sweden

Refugees flee Danish police for Sweden

UPDATED: Around 170 refugees escaped from police in southern Denmark on Sunday and tried to make their way to Sweden, apparently following fears they would be deported back to Germany by Danish authoritites.

‘I don’t think I’ll ever really feel Swedish’
Sweden

‘I don’t think I’ll ever really feel Swedish’

Since moving to Sweden nine years ago, US expat Sarah Snavely has juggled a career in translation with motherhood and a passion for the arts, but doesn't believe she'll ever feel Swedish.