Crewman goes awol from Norway rescue boat
Norway

Crewman goes awol from Norway rescue boat

A crew member for one of the two Norwegian ships sent to rescue refugees crossing the Mediterranean has gone missing without leave at a port in Sicily.

Nobel director regretted Obama peace prize
Norway

Nobel director regretted Obama peace prize

A former director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute has admitted his regrets about the 2009 award of the Nobel Peace Prize to US President Barack Obama.

Faymann holds refugee talks in Croatia and Slovenia
Austria

Faymann holds refugee talks in Croatia and Slovenia

Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann will hold separate talks on Thursday with his Croatian and Slovenian counterparts to discuss the possible passage of thousands of migrants through their countries into Austria, his office said.

Border town inundated with refugees
Austria

Border town inundated with refugees

Nestled in the Alpine foothills of Germany's deep south just across the border from Salzburg, a small Bavarian town has become a new gateway for a record wave of refugees, sparking both goodwill and apprehension.

Norway man sawed neighbour’s house in half
Norway

Norway man sawed neighbour’s house in half

A man in Norway faces up to six years in jail after he sawed his neighbour's outhouse in two on the grounds that part of it jutted over onto his land.

Cops nab Canada’s most wanted bank robber
Switzerland

Cops nab Canada’s most wanted bank robber

Geneva investigators have arrested the most wanted armed bank robber in Canada, a 53-year-old man known as the “vaulter bandit", cantonal police said on Wednesday.

Football club reject Bild’s pro-refugee campaign
Germany

Football club reject Bild’s pro-refugee campaign

FC St. Pauli, Hamburg's second football club have refused to participate in a campaign to help refugees being run by right-wing tabloid Bild.

Half of refugees suffer trauma: German doctors
Germany

Half of refugees suffer trauma: German doctors

At least half of the refugees who have come to Germany have mental health problems because of trauma suffered in war or during their dangerous escapes, said the chamber of psychotherapists Wednesday.

Sweden gets 5200 asylum claims in a week
Sweden

Sweden gets 5200 asylum claims in a week

Figures from Sweden's Migration Agency (Migrationsverket) show that more than 5000 people formally sought asylum in the Nordic country over the past week, as the refugee crisis continues to dominate the political agenda across Europe.

Refugees offer chance to boost French economy
France

Refugees offer chance to boost French economy

Many economic and migration experts say refugees and migrants will benefit the French economy while some say France should be extremely worried that more of those fleeing the Middle East don’t want to come.

Hundreds of child porn films land Swede in court
Sweden

Hundreds of child porn films land Swede in court

A Swedish man accused of holding hundreds of indecent photos and videos of children and asking others to pose in front of a webcam is set to go on trial in Ystad in southern Sweden.

Brunel silence ‘dooms’ Italy’s World Cup
Italy

Brunel silence ‘dooms’ Italy’s World Cup

Italy coach Jacques Brunel has failed to build a team mentality for the rugby World Cup because he does not communicate with players, former international Mirco Bergamasco has claimed.

Top German books compete for literary prize
Germany

Top German books compete for literary prize

The list of the top six German-language books in the running for this year’s German Book Prize was announced on Wednesday. The Local takes a look at the titles competing for the distinguished literary prize.

Danish taxi drivers call for action against Uber
Denmark

Danish taxi drivers call for action against Uber

Hundreds of taxi drivers parked their vehicles in front of the Danish parliament building on Wednesday in protest against the rideshare service Uber.

Syrian father and son tripped up by camerawoman find home in Madrid
Spain

Syrian father and son tripped up by camerawoman find home in Madrid

The Syrian father and son who made headlines around the world after being tripped by a Hungarian journalist are on their way to a new life in Spain... and it is all thanks to football.

Ten museums you must visit in Denmark
Denmark

Ten museums you must visit in Denmark

Trip Advisor has released its picks for the world's best museums and although there were no Danish entries on the list, the website's users also selected the ten best museums to visit in Denmark.

Parental leave bonus to be scrapped in 2017
Sweden

Parental leave bonus to be scrapped in 2017

Couples in Sweden will no longer be entitled to a gender equality bonus for spliting parental leave, if the government's autumn budget gets passed next month.

Moving from India to Munich changed my life
Germany

Moving from India to Munich changed my life

Expat blogger Shaira Mohan writes for The Local about the experience of moving from New Delhi to Munich and encountering the familiar, the strange and the marvelous.

Sicily priest in hot water over ‘miracle’ spring
Italy

Sicily priest in hot water over ‘miracle’ spring

A priest in Sicily is at the centre of a dispute after inviting his followers to drink 'sacred' water from a source which he claims was revealed to him by the voice of the Virgin Mary.

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Sweden

Sept. 25: Researchers’ Night at Debaser (Stockholm)

Scenes from Vienna’s Westbahnhof station
Austria

Scenes from Vienna’s Westbahnhof station

Tens of thousands of refugees have poured into Hungary and crossed into Austria on their way to Germany in recent weeks.

Why half of Italy’s young live with mum and dad
Italy

Why half of Italy’s young live with mum and dad

Almost half the number of Italians between the age of 25 and 34 still live with their parents, according to the most recent figures from Eurostat. While Italy's moribund economy goes some way to explain this - the rate has risen since 2008 - is there more to it?

Does Hamburg stand a chance vs Paris or LA?
Germany

Does Hamburg stand a chance vs Paris or LA?

The race is on. The shortlist of cities to host the 2024 Olympics Games was officially announced on Wednesday, but can Hamburg see off competition from Los Angeles, Rome and Paris, not to mention Budapest?

The Prado ranks above the Louvre on list of world’s greatest museums
Spain

The Prado ranks above the Louvre on list of world’s greatest museums

Madrid's Prado Museum came in fourth place in awards for the best museums in the world - ahead of the famous Louvre in Paris. The Local takes a look at Spain's top ten greatest cultural institutions.

Swedish city kisses goodbye to homophobia
Sweden

Swedish city kisses goodbye to homophobia

Swedish business people, politicians and cultural icons have been snapped smooching with members of the same sex for a poster campaign in Umeå, designed to 'kiss homophobia goodbye'.

Migrants leave Salzburg on foot as trains stop
Austria

Migrants leave Salzburg on foot as trains stop

Hundreds of refugees who had massed at the main train station in the city of Salzburg left on foot on Wednesday in the hope of reaching Germany, a city spokesman said.

France’s most loved monuments revealed
France

France’s most loved monuments revealed

Tens of thousands of French TV viewers have voted for their favourite monument and on Tuesday it was revealed that a stunning belfry in a northern French town had scooped the award. Here's a look at the top four.

Jeremy Corbyn compares Cameron tactics to those of dictator Franco
Spain

Jeremy Corbyn compares Cameron tactics to those of dictator Franco

New Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has compared conservative tactics towards trade unions to those used by fascist dictator General Francisco Franco.

The ten French foods I miss more than anything
France

The ten French foods I miss more than anything

The writer behind the popular blog "French Girl in Seattle" lists the French food products she misses the most after 20 years outside France. And there's not a croissant in sight. What else would you add?

Danish teen who killed mum ‘inspired by Isis’
Denmark

Danish teen who killed mum ‘inspired by Isis’

UPDATED: A 15-year-old girl who murdered her mother was fascinated by the terror group Isis and viewed online Islamist propaganda including videos of beheadings.

Spanish lesbians take legal action after fertility treatment is denied
Spain

Spanish lesbians take legal action after fertility treatment is denied

A lesbian couple is suing Spanish authorities who they say refused them the right to have a child by artificial insemination.

How Paris shapes up to LA, Rome and Hamburg
France

How Paris shapes up to LA, Rome and Hamburg

The race is on. The shortlist of cities to host the 2024 Olympics Games was officially announced on Wednesday, but can Paris see off competition from Los Angeles, Rome and Hamburg, not to mention Budapest?

Hero bus driver saves 60 children from train crash
Germany

Hero bus driver saves 60 children from train crash

A cool-headed bus driver saved 60 school children from disaster on Wednesday when she evacuated them from their bus just before it collided with an oncoming train.

Comedian: ‘Throw the Swedes out of Norway’

Comedian: ‘Throw the Swedes out of Norway’

UPDATED: A Norwegian comic causing a stir in Sweden has told The Local why he wrote a blog post calling on his country people to throw all Swedes out of Norway.

Germany boosts checks on part of French border
France

Germany boosts checks on part of French border

German authorities have taken the step of boosting controls on part of its border with France, it was announced on Wednesday. The French government has come under pressure to make a similar move.

Terrifying moment car is driven the wrong way on Mallorca motorway
Spain

Terrifying moment car is driven the wrong way on Mallorca motorway

Two British tourists filmed a car driving into oncoming traffic on the wrong side of a motorway on the Balearic island.

Four Germans killed in Alps avalanche disaster
Germany

Four Germans killed in Alps avalanche disaster

Seven people, including four Germans, were killed Tuesday when an avalanche swept them away in the French Alps, a local official told AFP, one of the deadliest snowslides to hit France over the past decade.

‘Refugees will strengthen Germany’: Bundesbank
Germany

‘Refugees will strengthen Germany’: Bundesbank

Jens Weidmann, the president of the Bundesbank (German central bank), said on Wednesday that Germany will face the future stronger if it successfully integrates refugees and other immigrants.

How Rome fares against its Olympics 2024 rivals
Italy

How Rome fares against its Olympics 2024 rivals

The race is on. The shortlist of cities to host the 2024 Olympics Games was officially announced on Wednesday, but can Rome see off competition from Los Angeles, Paris and Hamburg, not to mention Budapest?

Sweden’s Vasa sails into world’s top museums list
Sweden

Sweden’s Vasa sails into world’s top museums list

Stockholm's iconic Vasa warship has scored ninth place in a list of the top museums on the planet, according to users of traveller review site Tripadvisor. It has also bagged the highest ranking for any museum without a focus on art.

Austria may pardon anti-gay law convictions
Austria

Austria may pardon anti-gay law convictions

The Homosexuelle Initiative (HOSI) Wien (homosexual initiative of Vienna) has welcomed a proposal from Austria’s minister of justice for a new law which would pardon gay men and women sentenced under former anti-homosexuality laws – if they apply for it and a court finds them not guilty.

Summer finally comes to an end as Spain is battered by fierce storms
Spain

Summer finally comes to an end as Spain is battered by fierce storms

Summer is well and truly over in Spain as torrential rain and fierce winds sweep across the country putting 33 provinces on alert.

Bids for 2024 Olympics down to five cities
Switzerland

Bids for 2024 Olympics down to five cities

The Lausanne-based International Olympic Committee on Wednesday named Budapest, Hamburg in Germany, Los Angeles, Paris and Rome as the final candidates for the 2024 Olympics.

Swiss site shows where Americans are welcome
Switzerland

Swiss site shows where Americans are welcome

An entrepreneur in the canton of Zurich has launched a platform for US expats to let them know where in Switzerland their business is still welcome — even if certain banks would rather they close their accounts.

Italy police target balcony match-goers
Italy

Italy police target balcony match-goers

Police in Frosinone, a town near Rome, have taken measures to try to stop fans from watching football games from the balconies of houses near the stadium following the newly promoted Serie A side's game against AS Roma on Saturday.

One year after Ashya King’s cancer treatment ‘everything is improving’
Spain

One year after Ashya King’s cancer treatment ‘everything is improving’

Ashya King looked happy and healthy a year after his parents were arrested in Spain for snatching him from a British hospital in order to seek life-saving brain tumour treatment.

Rome among five cities vying for 2024 Olympics
Italy

Rome among five cities vying for 2024 Olympics

Rome will compete with Budapest, Hamburg, Paris and Los Angeles to host the Olympic Games in 2024, it was announced on Wednesday.

Elite cops destroy offices in chainsaw tantrum
Germany

Elite cops destroy offices in chainsaw tantrum

Elite police officers reacted to an announcement on Tuesday that their unit was being dissolved due to accusations of bullying by attacking their own offices with a chainsaw.

Homelessness on the rise in Denmark
Denmark

Homelessness on the rise in Denmark

The number of homeless people in Denmark has increased by 23 percent since 2009, a report from the Danish National Centre for Social Research (SFI) has shown.

Glencore raises $2.5 billion in share sales
Switzerland

Glencore raises $2.5 billion in share sales

Swiss-based mining giant Glencore, hit by collapsing commodities prices, on Wednesday raised $2.5 billion via a shares sale as part of its vast debt-slashing plan.

How to put the romance back in your relationship
Austria

How to put the romance back in your relationship

Has your marriage lost its initial excitement and romance? Have the original sparks of fire grown cold? Marriage and Family Therapist Helen Rudinsky has advice on how to re-romanticize your relationship.

Bagels battle baguettes for French appetites
France

Bagels battle baguettes for French appetites

The bagel is rolling into the hearts of French foodies who see the New York culinary icon as a healthy alternative to pizza and burgers. As many as 250 million could be gobbled up this year.

Italy told to set up refugee ‘hotspot’ centres
Italy

Italy told to set up refugee ‘hotspot’ centres

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has demanded that both Italy and Greece set up ‘hotspot’ centres to swiftly process asylum requests, arguing that a deal on the redistribution of refugees across the EU depended on it.

World marine population crashing: WWF report
Switzerland

World marine population crashing: WWF report

Populations of marine mammals, birds, reptiles and fish have dropped by about half in the past four decades, with fish critical to human food suffering some of the greatest declines, Swiss-based environment group WWF warned on Wednesday.

Spain urged to open its border to hundreds of Syrian refugee children
Spain

Spain urged to open its border to hundreds of Syrian refugee children

Global aid charity Save the Children urged Madrid on Tuesday to help hundreds of Syrian refugee children reach Spanish territory in north Africa.

950 soldiers to fight Med people smugglers
Germany

950 soldiers to fight Med people smugglers

UPDATE: Germany plans to expand its naval operations against human traffickers as part of an EU mission in the Mediterranean, Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet decided Wednesday.

Obama backs ‘strong and unified’ Spain amid Catalan breakaway bid
Spain

Obama backs ‘strong and unified’ Spain amid Catalan breakaway bid

The US President made reference to Spain's political struggles at a meeting with King Felipe VI at the White House on Tuesday.

Di Maria scores to help PSG swat aside Malmo
France

Di Maria scores to help PSG swat aside Malmo

Angel Di Maria scored on his Champions League debut to help PSG ease past Swedish side Malmo on Tuesday. Here's the match report and reaction to the game.

Carmakers set electrics to stun in Tesla battle
Germany

Carmakers set electrics to stun in Tesla battle

Germany's mighty auto industry is stepping on the accelerator so it won't be left behind by a US upstart racing ahead in the market for luxury electric cars.

Denmark sticks to hardline refugee stance
Denmark

Denmark sticks to hardline refugee stance

Denmark's government, which depends on the anti-immigration Danish People's Party (DF) to pass legislation, is sticking to a hardline stance on refugees despite growing public support for a more open approach.

Three dead as violent storms hit central France
France

Three dead as violent storms hit central France

Three people were killed on Wednesday as violent storms and strong winds lashed through central France. Firefighters were called out over 1,000 times.

Austria mulls closure of Salzburg station
Austria

Austria mulls closure of Salzburg station

The main train station in the Austrian city of Salzburg may have to close due to the large numbers of refugees arriving and seeking to travel on to Germany, authorities said late on Tuesday, calling the situation "tense".

Merkel promises states ‘orderly’ refugee deal
Germany

Merkel promises states ‘orderly’ refugee deal

At an emergency meeting with the leaders of Germany's federal states on Tuesday evening, Chancellor Angela Merkel promised that the government would do more to help ease the pressure of large numbers of refugees arriving.

No anti-Messi plan as Roma target Barca result
Italy

No anti-Messi plan as Roma target Barca result

Roma coach Rudi Garcia said there will no plans to target Barcelona's Lionel Messi and has warned his side will aim to "get a result" when the sides meet in a Champions League Group E opener on Wednesday.

France to target Isis in Syria ‘in coming weeks’
France

France to target Isis in Syria ‘in coming weeks’

French warplanes will launch air strikes against Isis targets in Syria in the coming weeks, the government announced on Wednesday, just days after President François Hollande said the intervention was "necessary".

Bern launches anti-corruption website
Switzerland

Bern launches anti-corruption website

Bern has announced a new internet platform for whistleblowers to anonymously report acts of suspected corruption to the police.

Swedes to get alerts on foreign intrusions
Sweden

Swedes to get alerts on foreign intrusions

The Swedish public is to be informed within hours if any foreign powers violate Sweden's waters or airspace, according to a new government push for increased transparency.

Hello Heritage: Danish culture for newcomers
Denmark

Hello Heritage: Danish culture for newcomers

A new Copenhagen festival hopes to teach expats, foreign students and visitors about Danish humour, music, food, pornography and more with three days of events exclusively in English.

Six expats you’re bound to bump into in Sweden
Sweden

Six expats you’re bound to bump into in Sweden

While many foreigners move abroad with a view of settling down, there are others who are just in it for the short haul. Here are the six most common expats-on-the-go that you're bound to run into in Sweden.

Malmö coach upbeat despite defeat in Paris
Sweden

Malmö coach upbeat despite defeat in Paris

Malmö coach Åge Hareide admitted Paris Saint-Germain were a class above his side after the French champions scored a comfortable win against the Swedish team at Parc des Princes.

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Sweden

Sept. 24: Job-hunting in Sweden (Jönköping)