Norway’s oldest and most famous cow is dead
Norway

Norway’s oldest and most famous cow is dead

'Wonky horns', the oldest cow in Norway, has been taken to slaughter at the grand old age of 20. 'She will probably become sausage,' sighs her loving owner.

Norway comedy duo pay tribute to Hugh Grant
Norway

Norway comedy duo pay tribute to Hugh Grant

A Norwegian comedy duo have created a brilliantly cut video love song to British film actor Hugh Grant, in which they make themselves appear in some of his most famous scenes.

VW affair triggers Norwegian fraud probe
Norway

VW affair triggers Norwegian fraud probe

Norway's economic crimes unit said Friday it had opened a fraud probe into German carmaker VW to see if cars sold in Norway had been equipped with pollution test cheating software.

Norway man faked cancer to con family
Norway

Norway man faked cancer to con family

A Norwegian man faked a ten-year battle with cancer, raising more than a million Norwegian kroner ($117,000) in donations from friends, family and strangers for his 'treatment'.

More refugees to follow constitutional change
Austria

More refugees to follow constitutional change

Austria's upper house changed the constitution Friday to force local authorities to accept a quota of migrants equal to 1.5 percent of their population despite opposition from the resurgent far-right.

VW names Porsche chief Müller as new CEO
Germany

VW names Porsche chief Müller as new CEO

Embattled German carmaker Volkswagen named Matthias Müller, head of its luxury sports car brand Porsche, as its new chief executive on Friday, tasked with steering it out of the wreckage of its pollution test rigging scandal.

‘Glimpse of the future’ at Berlin wearable tech fest
Germany

‘Glimpse of the future’ at Berlin wearable tech fest

International startups at Berlin’s Wear It fest show this week that "wearable technology" is about more than just smartwatches - it’s also about turning your jacket into a solar panel, placing LED lights on haute couture fashion, and even controlling a wheelchair with your eyes.

Rajoy speaks Catalan in last ditch appeal to voters to stick with Spain
Spain

Rajoy speaks Catalan in last ditch appeal to voters to stick with Spain

Spain's prime minister made a rare declaration in Catalan on Friday as campaigning wrapped up for a vote that nationalists hope will set Catalonia on the road to independence from Spain.

Hungary to seal border with Croatia
Austria

Hungary to seal border with Croatia

Hungary's hardline Prime Minister Viktor Orban said Friday that Budapest eventually plans to seal its border with Croatia to stop the influx of tens of thousands of migrants bound for northern Europe.

Jobless benefits: No need to ridicule France
France

Jobless benefits: No need to ridicule France

While many France-based expats like to ridicule the country's extremely generous and indebted system of unemployment benefits, The Local's Ben McPartland argues that people should count their blessings for as long as it lasts.

Pair ‘unlikely’ to face charges for teen murder
Sweden

Pair ‘unlikely’ to face charges for teen murder

Two people suspected of being involved in the high-profile killing of a missing Swedish teenager this summer are unlikely to face charges, one of the prosecutors for the case has said.

Q&A: Everything you need to know about the Catalan elections
Spain

Q&A: Everything you need to know about the Catalan elections

Catalonia goes to the polls on Sunday September 27th in what has been billed a "plebiscitary election" to determine whether the northeastern region should breakaway from Spain.

Fifa: Blatter a ‘suspect’ as Platini ‘questioned’

Fifa: Blatter a ‘suspect’ as Platini ‘questioned’

Beleaguered Fifa president Sepp Blatter was placed under a criminal investigation in a dramatic escalation of the corruption scandal engulfing world football as would-be successor Michel Platini came under scrutiny for receiving a murky multi-million-dollar payment.

‘Hills and sunshine make Madrid a year-round paradise for runners’
Spain

‘Hills and sunshine make Madrid a year-round paradise for runners’

In this week's instalment of My Spanish Career, The Local talks to Robert Shultz, an American English teacher and now head of the quirky Lactic Acid Junkies running group in Madrid.

The German astronomer who found Neptune
Germany

The German astronomer who found Neptune

On a September night in 1846, a Berlin astronomer was the first person to directly observe Neptune - but he wasn't about to get full credit for the find. The Local spoke to Susanne Hoffmann from Berlin Planetarium to find out what made the discovery of Neptune so extraordinary.

2.8 million ‘manipulated’ VWs on German roads
Germany

2.8 million ‘manipulated’ VWs on German roads

Almost three million Volkswagen diesel cars included software that allowed them to foil regulators' emissions tests, the German government said on Friday.

Russian tycoon hands France ‘stolen’ Picassos
France

Russian tycoon hands France ‘stolen’ Picassos

A billionaire Russian art collector has handed over two Picasso watercolours to French authorities investigating whether they were stolen, in the latest twist of a feud with his Swiss art dealer that has gripped the high-end art world.

How VW was rebuilt by a stubborn Englishman
Germany

How VW was rebuilt by a stubborn Englishman

There have been plenty of jokes about Volkswagen's origins in the Nazi era after news of its dodging emissions standards broke. But less well known is the role a British officer played in saving the company directly after the Second World War.

Italy startup leads street food revolution
Italy

Italy startup leads street food revolution

An Italian startup based in Milan is seeking to bring the street food industry into the modern age through an innovative new mobile phone app.

Norway looks forward to rare supermoon eclipse
Norway

Norway looks forward to rare supermoon eclipse

People across Norway are preparing to rise before 4am on Monday to witness a once-in-a-generation combination of a supermoon and a total lunar eclipse.

Top songs foreigners sang about Germany
Germany

Top songs foreigners sang about Germany

This week, The Local has hunted out some of our favourite songs by foreigners about Germany, from Bowie to Beirut.

Emily Watson receives Spanish film festival lifetime achievement award
Spain

Emily Watson receives Spanish film festival lifetime achievement award

San Sebastián International Film Festival is honouring the British actress on Friday with its most prestigious award.

Six places in France to think twice about selfies
France

Six places in France to think twice about selfies

New figures have shown that taking selfies can be a seriously hazardous and even deadly business. Here’s a few places in France you should think twice before getting out your phone.

Why you should stay up for Sweden’s supermoon
Sweden

Why you should stay up for Sweden’s supermoon

If you gaze up to the Nordic sky on Sunday night you'll have the chance to see not just one but two celestial phenomena: a total lunar eclipse and a so-called supermoon.

Sparkasse ATMs out of action in western states
Germany

Sparkasse ATMs out of action in western states

ATMs at Germany's publicly-owned Sparkasse banks in south and west Germany are refusing to provide customers with cash and bank statements on Friday due to a problem at one of the group's computer centres.

Irish gangster dies in hail of bullets at swimming pool on Costa del Sol
Spain

Irish gangster dies in hail of bullets at swimming pool on Costa del Sol

Gary Hutch was killed by a balaclava-wearing gunman in Mijas on the Costa del Sol on Thursday in what police believe was a revenge killing.

Spanish school’s uniform makes it onto the pages of American Vogue
Spain

Spanish school’s uniform makes it onto the pages of American Vogue

A school in the Spanish city of León has been chosen by fashion bible Vogue as having one of the most stylish uniforms in the world.

Police: Better ammo and training needed after Copenhagen attack
Denmark

Police: Better ammo and training needed after Copenhagen attack

The Danish National Police has recommended an upgrade in ammunition as well as better weapons training for officers in the wake of February's terror attack in Copenhagen.

‘Marseille’ scam comes to Zurich train station
Switzerland

‘Marseille’ scam comes to Zurich train station

Train travellers buying tickets at Zurich SBB station are being warned to watch out for a new scam in operation at several automatic ticket machines in the city.

Danish tax authority cleans up after scandals
Denmark

Danish tax authority cleans up after scandals

The Danish tax authority Skat fired several top officials and was given an emergency lifeline from parliament on Friday after been hammered by scandals in recent weeks that could result in the loss of 14 billion kroner.

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Sweden

Sept. 30th: Culture on Campus – Crime writer Mikael Syrén (Jönköping)

Swiss suspend Brazilian firm’s breast implants
Switzerland

Swiss suspend Brazilian firm’s breast implants

Switzerland has suspended the use of breast implants made by a Brazilian firm after “impurities” were discovered in some items during a routine inspection.

‘Don’t underestimate Canada’: Italy coach
Italy

‘Don’t underestimate Canada’: Italy coach

Italy's French coach Jacques Brunel has warned his side against underestimating Canada ahead of their Rugby World Cup tie on Saturday.

Swede risks jail for drunk driving golf buggy
Sweden

Swede risks jail for drunk driving golf buggy

A Swedish pensioner has been told he could be imprisoned after being caught driving a golf buggy while drunk twice in one night by police on the west coast of Sweden.

Swiss lift firm in Chinese corruption probe
Switzerland

Swiss lift firm in Chinese corruption probe

Chinese authorities are investigating two managers of Swiss lift and escalator maker Schindler over possible embezzlement and bribery, the company said, the latest foreign firm caught up in a corruption crackdown.

For or against? Famous people have their say on Catalan independence
Spain

For or against? Famous people have their say on Catalan independence

The Local takes a look at some of the more well known personalities, both home and abroad, who have spoken out to give their view on whether Catalonia should be an independence state.

SI Alumni organize international training course on Swedish island
Sweden

SI Alumni organize international training course on Swedish island

What do future global leaders do after graduation? Natasha Dmytrenko writes about her experience planning and conducting an international training course on an island near Gothenburg.

American tourists prefer Britain to Italy
Italy

American tourists prefer Britain to Italy

American tourists spend more time in the UK than they do in Italy, figures released on Friday show, despite the bel paese being the EU's most popular destination for non-Europeans.

Shadow economy costs €454bn says economist
Austria

Shadow economy costs €454bn says economist

Shadow economies could be costing the EU up to €454 billion in tax losses according to Linz University economist Friedrich Schneider.

German director to take helm at British Museum
Germany

German director to take helm at British Museum

Hartwig Fischer, the director of the Dresden City Art Collections, is to become the first non-Briton in 150 years to manage the world-famous British Museum in London.

France’s deadly antibiotics habit laid bare
France

France’s deadly antibiotics habit laid bare

The dangers of France’s massive consumption of antibiotics has been laid bare with new figures revealing that 13,000 people die each year due to infections from bacteria that are resistant to the drugs.

What would change if Catalonia declared independence from Spain?
Spain

What would change if Catalonia declared independence from Spain?

Many Catalans are fighting hard for the right to decide on whether to split from the rest of Spain. But what would an independent Catalonia actually look like? The Local gazes into the crystal ball.

Infertile men must pay costs for donor babies
Germany

Infertile men must pay costs for donor babies

Germany's highest court has ruled that infertile men who agree for their partners to be artificially inseminated must pay their share of parenting costs for the child.

Uproar as activists ‘steal’ puppy from Paris beggar
France

Uproar as activists ‘steal’ puppy from Paris beggar

A video showing animal rights activists forcibly taking a dog off a visibly distraught homeless man in Paris has caused outrage in France.

Travel chaos threat across Spain as air traffic strikes called for Saturday
Spain

Travel chaos threat across Spain as air traffic strikes called for Saturday

Spanish air traffic controllers will stage a 12 hour strike on September 26th in protest at disciplinary actions by authorities.

Steep health insurance rises for some in 2016
Switzerland

Steep health insurance rises for some in 2016

Swiss residents will see on average a four percent rise in their health insurance premiums next year, with some facing as much as eight percent more, the federal public health office said on Thursday.

Italian cheese gang rob €785k of parmesan
Italy

Italian cheese gang rob €785k of parmesan

Italian police have caught a gang accused of stealing parmesan wheels worth €785,000, in robberies that went on for more than a year.

Frenchman reports cheating wife to police
France

Frenchman reports cheating wife to police

Who ever said French couples were more willing to forgive and forget infidelity? One jilted Frenchman was not prepared to brush his wife's bed-hopping antics under the carpet.

Bid to house refugees in Sweden’s empty jails
Sweden

Bid to house refugees in Sweden’s empty jails

UPDATED: Sweden's migration minister said on Friday that refugees could be put up in empty prisons as he laid out steps to tackle the sharp rise in asylum seekers arriving in the Nordic country.

Roman gladiators rob foreign filmmakers
Italy

Roman gladiators rob foreign filmmakers

A group of foreign journalists filming outside the Colosseum have exposed the racket being run by 'gladiators' in a shocking video which provides yet more negative publicity for Rome.

Teenager in court for fatal knife attack
Austria

Teenager in court for fatal knife attack

A 17-year-old Afghan boy accused of stabbing a 31-year-old man to death on a German language course in March has told a court in Vienna that he never meant for anyone to die.

Catalan independence debate splits families ahead of regional election
Spain

Catalan independence debate splits families ahead of regional election

The issue of whether the northeastern region should breakaway from Spain is provoking fierce debate and creating tensions even among families ahead of the regional election on Sunday.

French jobless rate resumes relentless rise
France

French jobless rate resumes relentless rise

The French government announced Thursday that unemployment resumed its dogged ascent in August following a slight - and rare - dip in July, as the country struggles to escape years of economic sluggishness.

Merkel agrees €2 billion extra in refugee aid
Germany

Merkel agrees €2 billion extra in refugee aid

At a summit called in Berlin on Thursday, Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed to provide an extra €2 billion of federal funds for refugee aid to Germany's states over the coming year.

Austria returns 5000 migrants to EU countries
Austria

Austria returns 5000 migrants to EU countries

Over 5,000 migrants have been sent back from Austria to the first EU country they entered and more will be returned in the future, says Austria's Interior Minister.

Pope calls on UN to change the world
Italy

Pope calls on UN to change the world

Pope Francis urged a more humane global system that respects the poor and the environment, as he criticized the economic order, in an address to the United Nations on Friday.

Marseille hit with stadium ban after crowd violence
France

Marseille hit with stadium ban after crowd violence

Marseille were ordered to shut down their hardline, ultra sections at their Stade Velodrome home on Thursday after last weekend's match with Lyon was held up for 20 minutes by crowd violence.

Teenager found squeezed inside car dashboard to cross Spanish border
Spain

Teenager found squeezed inside car dashboard to cross Spanish border

Spanish police found an unconscious migrant squashed into a hidden compartment under the dashboard of car that was attempting to enter Spain's North African enclave of Melilla from Morocco.

Rare pink diamond goes to Geneva auction
Switzerland

Rare pink diamond goes to Geneva auction

A cushion-shaped pink diamond is expected to raise up to $28 million when it goes under the hammer in Geneva on November 10th, auction house Christie's said on Thursday.

Forecasters predict sunny ‘super weekend’
Sweden

Forecasters predict sunny ‘super weekend’

Meteorologists are advising Swedes to dig out their sunglasses as mild, sunny autumn weather spreads across much of the country this weekend.

Bordeaux winegrowers hail 2015 vintage
France

Bordeaux winegrowers hail 2015 vintage

For lovers of a good red Bordeaux, 2015 is shaping up as a "magnificent" vintage, growers from the largest wine-producing area in France said on Thursday.

Milan fashion week points to skimpy summer
Italy

Milan fashion week points to skimpy summer

Milan's creatives seem convinced next summer's going to be one for stripping down to the lightest, skimpiest and brightest of outfits...and having some fun.

EU to arrest people traffickers on high seas
Italy

EU to arrest people traffickers on high seas

An EU operation against migrant traffickers in the Mediterranean which will allow for arrests in international waters will begin on October 7, the bloc's foreign affairs chief said Thursday.

How to make Swedish Love Treat cakes
Sweden

How to make Swedish Love Treat cakes

Kärleksmums (known in English as 'love treats' or 'love yums') are among Sweden's most popular cakes. They resemble brownies but are light and fluffy. Food writer John Duxbury shares his recipe with The Local.

When VW sneezes Wolfsburg catches a cold
Germany

When VW sneezes Wolfsburg catches a cold

From the local museum to the main football stadium to the theme park down the road, everything in the German town of Wolfsburg has something of Volkswagen.

Emails handed over in Swiss Fifa probe
Switzerland

Emails handed over in Swiss Fifa probe

Swiss prosecutors said Fifa agreed on Thursday to hand over the emails of suspended secretary general Jerome Valcke, evidence that had been demanded as part of a massive corruption probe into World Cup bidding.

France ready to stump up €80m for a Rembrandt
France

France ready to stump up €80m for a Rembrandt

France might be short of cash right now but when it comes to art it is still willing to dig deep. The government has offered €80 million for a Rembrandt painting to hang in the Louvre.

Van Gogh and God in Italy sacred art show
Italy

Van Gogh and God in Italy sacred art show

From Picasso's Christ on the Cross to Van Gogh's Pieta, a new exhibition in Italy reveals the revival and radical revision of sacred art after the Age of Enlightenment, all thanks to a revolutionary pope.

Rwandan militia leaders face jail in Germany
Germany

Rwandan militia leaders face jail in Germany

A German court will rule Monday on a long-running case against two Rwandan Hutu leaders accused of masterminding from their homes in Germany massacres in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

Integration minister is Danish voters’ favourite
Denmark

Integration minister is Danish voters’ favourite

Integration Minister Inger Støjberg is the cabinet member of choice among Danish voters, although her popularity is far behind the clear winner of a new opinion poll: nobody at all.

11 reasons students pick Stockholm University
Sweden

11 reasons students pick Stockholm University

Students and researchers from all over the world come to study at Stockholm University - and lately applications are sky-rocketing. But what makes it so special?

Support for nationalists down amid refugee crisis
Sweden

Support for nationalists down amid refugee crisis

The Sweden Democrats are no longer the country’s largest opposition party and have seen their support dip slightly as global attention has focused on the refugee crisis, a new poll suggests.