Asylum claims soar by 80 percent in Norway
Norway

Asylum claims soar by 80 percent in Norway

The number of people applying for asylum for the first time in Norway shot up by 81 percent between April and June, figures released by the Brussels statistics authority Eurostat showed on Friday.

NGO sues to expel Norway TV from Egypt
Norway

NGO sues to expel Norway TV from Egypt

The Egyptian ally of a Norwegian NGO charged with money-laundering has asked a court in Egypt to expel a journalist working for state broadcaster NRK.

‘Swedes tried to take over peace prize’: exec
Norway

‘Swedes tried to take over peace prize’: exec

The former Director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute has accused Sweden's Nobel Foundation of attempting to interfere in the winner of the annual Nobel Peace Prize.

‘Combine outdoor life with bear poo picking’
Norway

‘Combine outdoor life with bear poo picking’

A Norwegian government wildlife agency has asked hikers and hunters to collect any bear poo they stumble upon and send it in for DNA analysis.

Top sites for France’s ‘Heritage Days’ 2015
France

Top sites for France’s ‘Heritage Days’ 2015

France is set to open the doors to hundreds of sites of interest that are generally closed to the public for the weekend of "Heritage days". Here are our top picks.

German tourists detained for Kremlin drone flight
Germany

German tourists detained for Kremlin drone flight

Two German tourists were briefly detained in central Moscow after attempting to fly a drone over the Kremlin, a police spokesperson told AFP on Friday.

‘Car sniper’ sentenced to 9 and a half years’ jail
Germany

‘Car sniper’ sentenced to 9 and a half years’ jail

A man who shot at random passing cars in western Germany has been sentenced to nine and a half years' jail after being convicted of 14 counts of attempted murder.

Sweden warns drivers of elks on hunt for sex
Sweden

Sweden warns drivers of elks on hunt for sex

Doing a roadtrip through Sweden this autumn? Beware of lovesick elks. A nationwide warning about the horny animals went out to drivers across the Nordic country on Friday.

Foreign students rank France ‘worst in Europe’
France

Foreign students rank France ‘worst in Europe’

France has finished last in a ranking of international student satisfaction in Europe, marking the third year in a row the French have ended bottom of the pile.

Germany takes gold at 2015 Student Oscars
Germany

Germany takes gold at 2015 Student Oscars

German film director Ilker Çatak scooped gold in the 2015 Student Academy Awards this week - claiming top place in an all-German final for the "foreign film" category.

Berlusconi sparks probe for vintage wine quaff
Italy

Berlusconi sparks probe for vintage wine quaff

There's never a dull moment whenever Silvio Berlusconi and Russian President Vladimir Putin get together. Not only has Italy's former prime minister been banned from entering Ukraine, but he is now embroiled in a probe after swigging a vintage bottle of wine with Putin in Crimea.

Swedish capital goes car free for the first time
Sweden

Swedish capital goes car free for the first time

Cars are being banned from large parts of Stockholm city centre on Saturday as the Swedish capital for the first time takes part in a Europe-wide initiative to encourage greener travel.

Dating app ‘tricks users with fake profiles’
Germany

Dating app ‘tricks users with fake profiles’

The Dresden-based online dating service Lovoo tricks users by creating fake female profiles to tempt men into giving the company more money, a technology magazine has claimed.

What to expect at Munich Oktoberfest 2015
Germany

What to expect at Munich Oktoberfest 2015

Whether you're a first-timer or an old hand looking to learn a little more about the world's greatest booze-up, The Local has you covered with our in-depth guide to Oktoberfest.

Spanish naked clown protest flops after sparking outrage in Palestine
Spain

Spanish naked clown protest flops after sparking outrage in Palestine

A Spanish clowning group has caused controversy after stripping off in front off the wall separating Israel and Palestine in protest at Israeli policy.

‘It’s possible to find great talent for a fraction of the cost of elsewhere’
Spain

‘It’s possible to find great talent for a fraction of the cost of elsewhere’

The Local talks to Thomas Evans, the founder of Start Ups Made in Spain, about why Spain is becoming attractive for investors.

Austrian wins Ig Nobel for sexual prowess study
Austria

Austrian wins Ig Nobel for sexual prowess study

An Austrian mathematician who researched the sexual prowess of a 17th-century Moroccan emperor and how many children he could have possibly had has won an Ig Nobel prize - awarded for the most unusual achievements in scientific research.

‘Hollande stabbed me in back’: Julian Assange
France

‘Hollande stabbed me in back’: Julian Assange

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange claimed in an interview published Friday that President Francois Hollande "stabbed me in the back" by rejecting his request for asylum in France.

Train staff ‘did their best’ in terror attack: report
France

Train staff ‘did their best’ in terror attack: report

Staff on the French train involved in a foiled attack by a heavily armed gunman "had the best reaction possible in an unprecedented situation", an internal report released on Friday said, despite criticism they had locked themselves away.

12 month sentence for ‘jihadist’ woman
Austria

12 month sentence for ‘jihadist’ woman

A 20-year-old Chechen woman from Graz has been sentenced to a 12 month conditional prison sentence for planning to join Islamic State militants in Syria, after falling under the influence of a German jihadist.

Denmark’s anti-refugee ads under investigation
Denmark

Denmark’s anti-refugee ads under investigation

Denmark's parliamentary ombudsman has started an official inquiry into whether the Danish government's controversial advertising campaign about asylum rules were in fact misleading.

Zlatan books Malmö square for football party
Sweden

Zlatan books Malmö square for football party

Footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic is booking an entire square in his Swedish home city to make sure that ticketless fans can watch his club Paris Saint-Germain's next clash with Malmö FF.

Asylum claims soar by 25 percent in Sweden
Sweden

Asylum claims soar by 25 percent in Sweden

The number of people applying for asylum for the first time in Sweden shot up by 25 percent between April and June, figures released by the Brussels statistics authority Eurostat showed on Friday.

Facebook commenter faces hate speech probe
Germany

Facebook commenter faces hate speech probe

The television broadcaster Südwest Rundfunk (SWR) has reported a user of its Facebook page to state prosecutors for writing a racist commentary on the refugee crisis.

Seven things we learned during the Spanish royal visit to United States
Spain

Seven things we learned during the Spanish royal visit to United States

As King Felipe and Queen Letizia's US trip draws to a close on Friday, The Local takes a look at seven things the world learned from the royal visit.

FC Barcelona join forces with Red Cross in drive to support refugees
Spain

FC Barcelona join forces with Red Cross in drive to support refugees

European champions Barcelona have launched a fundraising campaign in collaboration with the Red Cross to raise funds for victims of the refugee crisis engulfing Europe.

Tourists fume as unions shut down Colosseum
Italy

Tourists fume as unions shut down Colosseum

Thousands of tourists were left fuming in sweltering Rome on Friday after the Colosseum was closed for hours without warning for a union meeting of security staff.

Pope Francis puts up Syrian refugee family
Italy

Pope Francis puts up Syrian refugee family

Pope Francis is putting up a Syrian refugee family from Damascus in a Vatican apartment, aides revealed on Friday.

Valls blasts Hungary’s approach to refugees
France

Valls blasts Hungary’s approach to refugees

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls urged the Hungarian government to treat refugees at its borders humanely, saying its current attitude toward them was unacceptable.

Austria sees 79 percent jump in asylum claims
Austria

Austria sees 79 percent jump in asylum claims

Applications for refugee status from asylum seekers increased by 79 percent in Austria in the second quarter of 2015, figures released by the Brussels statistics authority showed on Friday.

Renzi gambles on EU backing bumper budget
Italy

Renzi gambles on EU backing bumper budget

Prime Minister Matteo Renzi was on Friday putting the final touches to a budget which could inject €27 billion into Italy's sickly economy next year - if he can get it past Brussels.

Smuggled seahorses destined for dinner table seized on Costa del Sol
Spain

Smuggled seahorses destined for dinner table seized on Costa del Sol

It is one of the more unusual sort of contraband discovered by customs officers at Malaga airport when they conducted a routine suitcase search.

Graffiti to be removed from ‘queen’s vagina’
France

Graffiti to be removed from ‘queen’s vagina’

Anti-Semitic graffiti scrawled on a controversial sculpture by Anish Kapoor at the Palace of Versailles in France will be removed under the supervision of the artist, authorities said Friday.

National Front mayor ‘bans’ lesbian film poster
France

National Front mayor ‘bans’ lesbian film poster

The right-wing mayor of a town in France’s Vaucluse region has taken down advertising for a film about a lesbian romance from the local government website but insists he is not a homophobe.

Denmark’s asylum jump among EU’s largest
Denmark

Denmark’s asylum jump among EU’s largest

Denmark saw one of the largest increases in asylum seekers in the second quarter of 2015 but only accounts for slightly over one percent of Europe’s total, figures released by the Brussels statstics autority showed on Friday.

First womb transplant baby celebrates birthday
Sweden

First womb transplant baby celebrates birthday

The Swedish parents of the world's first baby born through a womb transplant have spoken about the incredible experience just days after their son turned one year old.

Ten things you need to know about Spain’s San Sebastián Film Festival
Spain

Ten things you need to know about Spain’s San Sebastián Film Festival

The Local counts down ten essential facts about the most important film festival in the Spanish speaking world, as it gets underway in the Basque seaside city.

Italy fourth in EU for refugee status requests
Italy

Italy fourth in EU for refugee status requests

Some 14,900, or seven percent, of asylum seekers across the EU applied for refugee status in Italy in the second quarter of 2015, figures released by Eurostat on Friday showed.

Football legend Dettmar Cramer dies aged 90
Germany

Football legend Dettmar Cramer dies aged 90

Dettmar Cramer, the manager of the great Bayern Munich team of the mid-1970s and "father of modern football" in Japan, died on Thursday at the age of 90.

From student to Italy startup millionaire
Italy

From student to Italy startup millionaire

Daniele Ratti may have just graduated from the University of Bergamo, but the 23-year-old from Bergamo is not facing the anxious months, or years, of job hunting that await many of his peers.

Legoland announces massive expansion
Denmark

Legoland announces massive expansion

If you’re a fan of amusement parks, Lego and ninjas – and really, who isn’t? – do we have some good news to share with you.

Germany takes 1/3 of all EU asylum applications
Germany

Germany takes 1/3 of all EU asylum applications

More than one in three asylum seekers across the European Union applied for refugee status in Germany in the second quarter of 2015, figures released by the Brussels statistics authority showed on Friday.

Sweden leads the world in innovation
Sweden

Sweden leads the world in innovation

Sweden is the third most innovative country in the world, according to the annual ranking by the World Intellectual Property Organisation. SI News takes a closer look.

Madrid calls time on blacking up ‘tradition’ of Three Kings parade
Spain

Madrid calls time on blacking up ‘tradition’ of Three Kings parade

The new left-wing run council of Madrid has announced it will end decades of blacking up and enlist a real black person to take part in the popular Three Kings cavalcade.

‘Paris is no harder than London for startups’
France

‘Paris is no harder than London for startups’

The Local chats to one of the co-founders of BlaBlaCar, which on Thursday became the first French start-up to be valued at over $1 billion. And he says it's time start-ups consider France.

Tripped Syrian refugee family sees ‘dream come true’ at Real Madrid
Spain

Tripped Syrian refugee family sees ‘dream come true’ at Real Madrid

Ten days ago his plight made headlines with the broadcast of shocking images of him being tripped by a Hungarian camerawoman as he fled police at the border while carrying his son.

Switzerland prepares to take its share of refugees
Switzerland

Switzerland prepares to take its share of refugees

Switzerland is expected to offer to accept 4,000 to 5,000 refugees who have entered the European Union largely from the wartorn regions of Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

People smugglers face jail for up to 17 years
Italy

People smugglers face jail for up to 17 years

Palermo prosecutors are seeking jail terms of up to 17 years for six alleged migrant smugglers in connection with a shipwreck off Lampedusa in October 2013, in which 366 people died.

Volunteer firefighter dies in ‘deliberately lit’ blaze
France

Volunteer firefighter dies in ‘deliberately lit’ blaze

UPDATED: A mother in her fifties has died while serving as a volunteer firefighter in a fierce woodland blaze in southern France, a fire which authorities believe was deliberately lit.

Police find Swedish car packed with ‘fake’ cash
Sweden

Police find Swedish car packed with ‘fake’ cash

Swedish police have launched an investigation into suspected money laundering after two men were stopped with their car full of $50,000 in what is believed to be counterfeit dollar notes.

Refugee electrocuted at Channel Tunnel site
France

Refugee electrocuted at Channel Tunnel site

A refugee was electrocuted late Thursday near the entrance to the Channel Tunnel in France as he tried to climb on to the roof of a train to make his way to England, police said.

Seven scrummy brunch spots in Stockholm
Sweden

Seven scrummy brunch spots in Stockholm

From sophisticated bistros to cosy coffee shops and a sizzling British-style breakfast cafe, here are seven of The Local's favourite places to do brunch in Stockholm.

Interior minister aims to toughen asylum law
Germany

Interior minister aims to toughen asylum law

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere is seeking to toughen asylum laws by sending migrants back to the first European Union country they reached and by reducing benefits, under a draft law seen by AFP on Thursday.

German killed by train in Italy in bid to save dog

German killed by train in Italy in bid to save dog

A 43-year-old German was killed by a train on Thursday while trying to save his dog that had run out onto the track in Masotti, Tuscany.

Ronaldo poised to overtake Raul as Real Madrid’s all-time best scorer
Spain

Ronaldo poised to overtake Raul as Real Madrid’s all-time best scorer

Another piece of Real Madrid history awaits Cristiano Ronaldo as he could become the club's all-time leading scorer when they host Granada at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.

Fraud trial sought for Russian businessman
Italy

Fraud trial sought for Russian businessman

Prosecutors in Milan have called for a Russian businessman, suspected of being involved in fraud in the solar power sector that cost the Italian government some €59 million, to stand trial.

Fifa suspends Blatter’s right-hand man
Switzerland

Fifa suspends Blatter’s right-hand man

Fifa is reeling from fresh scandal after the Zurich-based governing body of world football suspended Secretary General Jérôme Valcke over allegations of involvement in a ticketing scam and placed him under investigation.

‘Islamist’ shot dead after stabbing policewoman
Germany

‘Islamist’ shot dead after stabbing policewoman

An Iraqi man who spent time in jail for membership in an Islamist terrorist group was shot dead by German police on Thursday after he stabbed and seriously wounded a policewoman.

Sweden in secret talks to join ‘elite’ Nato unit
Sweden

Sweden in secret talks to join ‘elite’ Nato unit

Secret government documents suggest that Sweden could get involved with a new elite Nato-linked force set to be deployed in the event of war in the Baltics, Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet is reporting.

Bodies of 200 Napoleonic troops found in Germany

Bodies of 200 Napoleonic troops found in Germany

The skeletons of 200 Napoleonic soldiers have been found during construction work in the German city of Frankfurt, officials said on Thursday.

Soglio named most beautiful Swiss village
Switzerland

Soglio named most beautiful Swiss village

Soglio, a settlement nestled in the mountains of the canton of Graubünden near the Italian border, has been named Switzerland’s most beautiful village of the year.

Hollande calls on EU to help Turkey’s  refugees
France

Hollande calls on EU to help Turkey’s refugees

French President Francois Hollande said on Thursday that he will urge a special EU summit next week to help Turkey keep Syrian refugees on its soil until the neighbouring country's war ends.

‘Important signal’ from Denmark before summit
Denmark

‘Important signal’ from Denmark before summit

After an audience with European Council President Donald Tusk on Thursday, Danish PM Lars Løkke Rasmussen has now been called to an emergency summit of European leaders to try and tackle the refugee crisis.

Napoli look to boost embattled Sarri
Italy

Napoli look to boost embattled Sarri

Napoli host Lazio looking to rebuild confidence around beleaguered coach Maurizio Sarri on Sunday as Juventus aim to build on their solid form in Europe by clinching their first league win of the season away to Genoa.

School trips help expat students feel at home
Sweden

School trips help expat students feel at home

Building relationships in a brand new country can be tough – and expat children who switch schools frequently can have a hard time settling in. But Stockholm International School has a recipe for success that makes every student feel at home.

‘I don’t get why people call Danish food simple’
Denmark

‘I don’t get why people call Danish food simple’

In the latest instalment of My Danish Career, The Local met with chef Karlos Ponte at his new restaurant, Taller. Ponte’s new venture comes after working for some of the world’s best restaurants.

How to make Swedish blackberry muffins
Sweden

How to make Swedish blackberry muffins

Swedes love picking their own blackberries in the forest. Food writer John Duxbury shares his recipe for these American muffins with a Scandinavian twist with The Local.

Checks stepped up on Sweden-Finland border
Sweden

Checks stepped up on Sweden-Finland border

Finland is stepping up its monitoring of migrants on its border with Sweden after an unexpected influx of mostly Iraqi asylum seekers.