‘I’m not surprised at where I am’: Federer
Switzerland

‘I’m not surprised at where I am’: Federer

Many may be surprised by the untroubled progress of Switzerland's Roger Federer towards becoming the oldest US Open champion in almost half a century, but not Federer himself.

Norway ‘Duck Army’ video goes crazy viral
Norway

Norway ‘Duck Army’ video goes crazy viral

A nine second video of rubber ducks* apparently screaming with excruciating pain, made in Norway, has gone viral, reaching 7.8 million views on Youtube.

Nespresso opens 300- million-franc coffee plant
Switzerland

Nespresso opens 300- million-franc coffee plant

Nespresso on Thursday inaugurated its third Swiss coffee capsule plant, a 300-million-franc ($309-million) facility in Romont, a municipality in the canton of Fribourg.

Israel hits nuke activist for TV Norway plea
Norway

Israel hits nuke activist for TV Norway plea

An Israeli court has put nuclear whistle-blower Mordechai Vanunu under house arrest for a week, after he gave a TV interview in which he said he wanted the chance to live with his wife in Norway.

Norway stops Trolltunga photos after deadly fall
Norway

Norway stops Trolltunga photos after deadly fall

Norway's official tourist information site has removed pictures of people posing dangerously on the rock formation Trolltunga after an Australian student's fatal fall from the cliff last Saturday.

Norwegian ISIS hostage ‘obsessed’ by Syria
Norway

Norwegian ISIS hostage ‘obsessed’ by Syria

The 48-year-old Norwegian held for ransom by the terror group Islamic State was a former right-wing extremist who had become obsessed with the goal of creating a 'greater Syria', according to Norway media.

French bashing: Why the hatred towards France?
France

French bashing: Why the hatred towards France?

A documentary exploring why Brits and Americans are so keen to bash the French has proved a big hit in France, where viewers, far from feeling ashamed, have reacted with pride and hit back with bit of their own "Yankee Bashing".

Sweden’s ATMs set for 200-kronor note test
Sweden

Sweden’s ATMs set for 200-kronor note test

Sweden's new 200-kronor notes are set to be given a selected release in 80 cash machines across the country, months before the rest of the Swedes will be able to get the currency from ATMs.

Ethics chief calls for Fifa president term limit
Switzerland

Ethics chief calls for Fifa president term limit

Fifa's Swiss-Italian ethics chief Domenico Scala on Thursday fired the opening salvo in the campaign to reform the scandal-tainted world governing body of football, calling for its president to serve a maximum of three terms.

Second woman stuck in Stockholm escalator
Sweden

Second woman stuck in Stockholm escalator

A woman was rushed to hospital after her foot got caught in a damaged escalator at a Stockholm subway stop. Hers is the second high profile accident of its kind in 2015.

1949: the birth of modern German democracy
Germany

1949: the birth of modern German democracy

On September 7th 1949, the German Bundestag (Federal Parliament) met for the first time in Bonn. After decades of dictatorship, war and confusion, this assembly marked a new start for West Germany - in a brand new capital city.

Let’s get refugees working quickly: Merkel
Germany

Let’s get refugees working quickly: Merkel

Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday that getting large numbers of successful asylum seekers working would be the best way of integrating them into German society.

Study: World’s best place to be old is Switzerland
Switzerland

Study: World’s best place to be old is Switzerland

Switzerland beat out Norway and Sweden for the first place spot this year in an annual ranking of the best countries in the world to be old.

Spain comes out as most popular gay tourist destination in Europe
Spain

Spain comes out as most popular gay tourist destination in Europe

Its capital may be dubbed ‘gay Paris’ but France has lost out to Spain as Europe’s top destination for gay tourists.

French satirical weekly Canard Enchainé hits 100
France

French satirical weekly Canard Enchainé hits 100

France's Canard Enchainé celebrates a century-long existence on Thursday that has seen it scupper presidential bids, bring down ministers, make people laugh and politicians cringe.

Russia and China lead huge sales jump for Ikea
Sweden

Russia and China lead huge sales jump for Ikea

Ikea, the world's top furniture company, said on Thursday its sales jumped 11.2 percent during its 2014-2015 fiscal year, thanks to gains in nearly all markets but particularly in China and Germany.

France’s highest peak Mont Blanc shrinks
France

France’s highest peak Mont Blanc shrinks

Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Western Europe has lost a full 1.3 metres of its height according to the latest measurement. But it had nothing to do with this summer's heatwave apparently.

Dirty air on Paris Metro poses health risk to staff
France

Dirty air on Paris Metro poses health risk to staff

The air in Paris Metro stations is so dirty that staff who work on the underground network are actually at risk of suffering health problems, a new report has concluded.

Catalan pro-secession parties could clinch parliamentary majority: poll
Spain

Catalan pro-secession parties could clinch parliamentary majority: poll

Pro-secession parties are on course to win a slim majority in the Catalan regional parliament even though they are set to capture less than half of all votes cast, a poll published on Thursday showed.

One in three Italy migrants refuse ID
Italy

One in three Italy migrants refuse ID

Of the 122,000 migrants who have arrived in Italy so far this year, only 80,000 have agreed to be identified, according to figures from the Italian police.

Rugby in Scandinavia: an expat love story
Norway

Rugby in Scandinavia: an expat love story

As excitement builds ahead of the Rugby World Cup in England, The Local looks at the how expats and rugby enthusiasts from abroad have helped Scandinavians embrace the rough and tumble sport.

Housing creeps over 1/3 of monthly budgets
Germany

Housing creeps over 1/3 of monthly budgets

Germans spend more than a third of their household budgets on keeping a roof over their heads each month, new figures showed on Thursday – an increase of almost three percentage points in recent years.

ÖBB suspends Hungary services due to migrants
Austria

ÖBB suspends Hungary services due to migrants

Austrian Railways suspended services to Hungary on Thursday as it struggled to cope with large numbers of refugees arriving from over the border.

‘Unlike Alitalia, we don’t need Gulf carriers’
Italy

‘Unlike Alitalia, we don’t need Gulf carriers’

Michael O'Leary insisted on Thursday he will be at the controls of Ryanair for years to come and scotched suggestions the Irish airline's financial success could trigger takeover interest.

Rugby in Scandinavia: an expat love story
Sweden

Rugby in Scandinavia: an expat love story

As excitement builds ahead of the Rugby World Cup in England, The Local looks at the how expats and rugby enthusiasts from abroad have helped Scandinavians embrace the rough and tumble sport.

Rugby in Scandinavia: an expat love story
Denmark

Rugby in Scandinavia: an expat love story

As excitement builds ahead of the Rugby World Cup in England, The Local looks at the how expats and rugby enthusiasts from abroad have helped Scandinavians embrace the rough and tumble sport.

Mother and daughter found dead in shed
Austria

Mother and daughter found dead in shed

The bodies of an elderly woman and her 53-year-old daughter were found in Vienna’s Simmering district on Wednesday, in what is believed to be a case of murder suicide.

British mum ‘turns in son over deadly French fire’
France

British mum ‘turns in son over deadly French fire’

A British mother is believed to have turned in her 21-year-old son to police after he allegedly confessed to her that he deliberately started a fire three years ago in a French village that killed one man and destroyed six apartments.

One family’s terrifying journey to Austria
Austria

One family’s terrifying journey to Austria

After years of waiting and hoping the civil war in Syria would come to an end, Saad and his wife Oula finally decided to leave their home in Damascus and travel to Austria, where Oula’s brother has lived and worked for the past 11 years.

Anti-immigrant party draws in more support
Switzerland

Anti-immigrant party draws in more support

A new poll showed that Swiss voters are shifting more in favour of the right-wing anti-immigration Swiss People's Party (SVP) while support for more centrist groups started to weaken ahead of elections next month.

Danish eco-pencils growing on global market
Denmark

Danish eco-pencils growing on global market

The sustainable pencil company Sprout has reached a larger audience outside of Denmark with its pencils that turn into vegetables.

Two die after falling into sewage vat at Eni plant
Italy

Two die after falling into sewage vat at Eni plant

Two workers from an engineering firm died on Wednesday after falling into an industrial sewage vat at a petrochemicals plant owned by Eni subsidiary, Versalis.

Behind-the-scenes peek as Game of Thrones films on location in Spain
Spain

Behind-the-scenes peek as Game of Thrones films on location in Spain

Despite tight security the first photographs and videos from the hit production have been leaked as it moves into its second week of filming Series Six in northeastern Spain.

Why Sweden is giving a college course on Isis
Sweden

Why Sweden is giving a college course on Isis

Sweden's first university course about the Islamic State (Isis) will start this autumn at the Centre for Middle Eastern Studies, Lund University. But why has the school chosen to devote an entire class to the subject?

Berlin’s blighted new airport is hit with tourists
Germany

Berlin’s blighted new airport is hit with tourists

Berlin's troubled international airport project, already five years behind schedule, has been fraught by mismanagement, fraud and corruption, and a vicious streak of bad luck.

Pro-refugee rally draws 10,000 in Gothenburg
Sweden

Pro-refugee rally draws 10,000 in Gothenburg

Around 10,000 people gathered in Gothenburg on Wednesday to join a huge pro-refugee protest in Sweden's second largest city. Politicians and musicians took to the stage.

Gibraltar National Day: Ten facts you need to know about The Rock
Spain

Gibraltar National Day: Ten facts you need to know about The Rock

To celebrate Gibraltar's National Day on September 10th, The Local takes a look at ten little-known facts about Spain's tiny neighbour.

Diada: Catalans hold mass rally in push for independence from Spain
Spain

Diada: Catalans hold mass rally in push for independence from Spain

Catalan separatists will hold a massive rally on Friday in Barcelona in favour of independence that will kick off campaigning for a regional election billed as a de facto referendum on secession from Spain.

Paris cops in mass DNA tests over tourist’s rape
France

Paris cops in mass DNA tests over tourist’s rape

More than 100 police officers are being subjected to DNA tests as part of a probe into the rape of a Canadian tourist at police headquarters in Paris. Two elite French police officers have already been charged with the crime.

The expats working overtime for refugees
Austria

The expats working overtime for refugees

As exhausted and destitute refugees, mainly from Syria and Afghanistan, continue to arrive in Vienna one group of expats has been working overtime to gather and distribute donations.

The Germans offering their homes to refugees
Germany

The Germans offering their homes to refugees

As Europe works to tackle a growing refugee crisis, The Local hears from one project helping ordinary Germans make a difference. Refugees Welcome matches refugees with spare rooms across Germany and Austria - and the scheme is set to grow even larger in the coming months.

Sixth century home unearthed in Rome
Italy

Sixth century home unearthed in Rome

Archaeologists in Rome have unearthed a unique home that sheds new light on the ancient city 2,500 years ago.

‘Fake moon landing’ claims lift off in Sweden
Sweden

‘Fake moon landing’ claims lift off in Sweden

A Swedish opinion column has turned heads after the author claimed the moon landing never occurred, with social media users questioning why bigger issues like the refugee crisis were overlooked in the newspaper's debate pages.

Eric Cantona ready to take in refugees at home
France

Eric Cantona ready to take in refugees at home

Eric Cantona the ex-Manchester United footballer turned actor says he is ready to open his home up to welcome refugees but says he’s disappointed with the response of his government, which is trying to appease the far-right.

New spike in refugees entering Austria
Austria

New spike in refugees entering Austria

Austria witnessed a new spike in migrant numbers overnight with more than 3,000 people crossing unimpeded from Hungary, authorities said on Thursday.

Danish police: Refugees can travel on to Sweden

Danish police: Refugees can travel on to Sweden

The Danish National Police said on Thursday that arriving refugees and migrants will now be allowed to pass through Denmark on the way to Sweden.

Germany ‘will reap what we sow’ on integration
Germany

Germany ‘will reap what we sow’ on integration

This year's record refugee influx will bring sweeping social, demographic and economic change to Germany, which was long uncomfortable about being known as a country of migrants, analysts say.

Penelope Cruz wows Madrid crowd with her return to Spanish cinema
Spain

Penelope Cruz wows Madrid crowd with her return to Spanish cinema

The oscar-winning actress returns to Spanish cinema after a nearly six-year absence, playing the role of a woman fighting breast cancer.

Pope Francis to meet Putin during UN visit
Italy

Pope Francis to meet Putin during UN visit

Pope Francis will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin during a visit to the United Nations in New York later this month, the Holy See’s embassy to the UN said on Wednesday.

Cheeky thief caught after returning for swag bag
Germany

Cheeky thief caught after returning for swag bag

They say criminals can't resist returning to the scene of their crime. That was certainly true of one shoplifter in Dortmund, who was nabbed in the most slapstick of circumstances on Tuesday.

‘Welcome back, Lenin’: Soviet leader returns
Germany

‘Welcome back, Lenin’: Soviet leader returns

A quarter-century after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Lenin made a comeback of sorts on Thursday as authorities unearthed a granite head of the Russian revolutionary to truck it across the German capital.

Cremation of businessman Ruiz-Mateos stalled over paternity claim
Spain

Cremation of businessman Ruiz-Mateos stalled over paternity claim

The body of a controversial entrepreneur was due to be cremated on Wednesday but a judge halted it and ordered a DNA sample after a woman came forward claiming to be his illegitimate daughter.

Federer faces Wawrinka in US Open final push
Switzerland

Federer faces Wawrinka in US Open final push

Five-time champion Roger Federer said he will prepare for his US Open semifinal clash with close friend Stan Wawrinka by sleeping as much as possible.

Has France got a ‘kill-list’ in Syria like Britain?
France

Has France got a ‘kill-list’ in Syria like Britain?

Is France about to follow the lead of the UK and start sending its warplanes to kill French citizens in Syria? The French public would certainly not be against the move, experts say.

Le Pen’s National Front charged with fraud
France

Le Pen’s National Front charged with fraud

France's far-right National Front was charged Wednesday with misuse of assets and complicity in fraud in an ongoing probe into its campaign financing.

Prime Minister details ‘Sweden Together’ push
Sweden

Prime Minister details ‘Sweden Together’ push

UPDATED: Stefan Löfven has called for Sweden’s entire public sector to unite to ensure the swift resettlement of the latest influx of refugees.

Six tasty spots for a Swedish meat feast
Sweden

Six tasty spots for a Swedish meat feast

As a new pop-up champagne and hot dog concept bar opens in Stockholm, The Local brings you six affordable destinations for meat lovers across Sweden, alongside our weekly interactive culture and entertainment listings.

Film director speaks up for women at Venice
Italy

Film director speaks up for women at Venice

Female directors are a rare species at major film competitions and Australia's Sue Brooks is not expecting their numbers to flourish any time soon.

Two Italian women reach semi-finals at US Open
Italy

Two Italian women reach semi-finals at US Open

Two Italians have reached the semi-finals of a Grand Slam event for the first time in the Open Era, with Roberta Vinci and Flavia Pennetta into the US Open last four.

Denmark-Germany trains resume amid influx

Denmark-Germany trains resume amid influx

Denmark's train operator said early Thursday it expected rail traffic across the German border to resume later in the day, after police ordered services to be suspended due to an influx of migrants.

Danes delay refugee trips to Sweden as trains halt
Sweden

Danes delay refugee trips to Sweden as trains halt

Rail services to and from Denmark and Germany have resumed after being halted on Wednesday night after hundreds of migrants refused to disembark from trains, demanding to continue on to Sweden instead.