Breivik prison ‘will not stop hunger strike’
Norway

Breivik prison ‘will not stop hunger strike’

Norway's prison services will do nothing to stop mass killer Anders Behring Breivik from starving to death if he carries through his planned hunger strike to the end.

Jobseeker: ‘I hope I get to slaughter all of you’
Norway

Jobseeker: ‘I hope I get to slaughter all of you’

A twenty-year-old Norwegian man sent a series of job applications in which he praised mass killer Anders Breivik and threatened to blow up his prospective employers.

Norway child champion calls for refugee camps
Norway

Norway child champion calls for refugee camps

Norway's children's ombudsman has called for the country to set up refugee camps, as the present poor level of refugee reception is actively harming child asylum seekers.

Arctic cycling refugees risk return to Russia
Norway

Arctic cycling refugees risk return to Russia

Norway's immigration authorities have said they will send many of the refugees cycling over its far northern border back to Russia.

PM Rajoy confirms Spain’s election will take place on December 20th
Spain

PM Rajoy confirms Spain’s election will take place on December 20th

Spain's general election will be held on December 20th, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy confirmed on Thursday evening.

Norwegian quit job to hike with his husky
Norway

Norwegian quit job to hike with his husky

A young Norwegian who quit his job to travel his country with his husky Akiak has fired imaginations across the world with his Instagram portraits of the dog in spectacular scenery.

Swiss bunkers ‘could house 50,000 refugees’
Switzerland

Swiss bunkers ‘could house 50,000 refugees’

Switzerland's network of nuclear bunkers could house up to 50,000 refugees in an emergency situation, the country’s defence minister said on Thursday.

What if Germany had never been reunited?
Germany

What if Germany had never been reunited?

German reunification has been an expensive 25-year project that hasn't always gone according to plan. Jörg Luyken asks if things would have been better if the two states never united.

France could remove word ‘race’ after scandal
France

France could remove word ‘race’ after scandal

The outrage caused by a notorious French politician’s claim that France is a “country of white race” could bring about symbolic and perhaps significant change in the constitution.

Get more young Brits to Germany: Ambassador
Germany

Get more young Brits to Germany: Ambassador

Newly-arrived British Ambassador to Berlin Sir Sebastian Wood said on Thursday that he hopes relations between the UK and Germany will get closer on his watch – and that more young Brits will make the leap of coming to live here.

What’s on in France: Ten things to do in October
France

What’s on in France: Ten things to do in October

As the last dregs of Summer give way to chilly mornings and the sudden urge for a soothing chocolat chaud, October is the month where we head indoors to bask in France’s abundant art and cultural offerings, with a few outdoor events thrown in for good measure.

Why Sweden is a long way from six-hour days
Sweden

Why Sweden is a long way from six-hour days

International media have gone crazy for the idea that Swedish employers are introducing a six-hour work day, but for those of us living in the Nordic nation, the hype has little to do with the reality, writes Maddy Savage.

Largest Shia mosque opens in Copenhagen
Denmark

Largest Shia mosque opens in Copenhagen

Topped with a turquoise dome and two minarets, the Imam Ali Mosque opened its doors on Thursday in preparation for its first Friday prayer service.

David Beckham mocked over AC Milan gaffe
Italy

David Beckham mocked over AC Milan gaffe

Italian media on Thursday ridiculed the latest in a long line of gaffes by David Beckham after the former England star said he wanted to see AC Milan win the Champions League this season.

Austria jails three Isis-bound Chechens
Austria

Austria jails three Isis-bound Chechens

An Austrian court handed down jail sentences on Thursday to three Chechen asylum-seekers - a man, his wife and his mother - for seeking to join Islamic State (Isis) extremists in Syria.

Paris YouTubers get very own movie-making hub
France

Paris YouTubers get very own movie-making hub

Google opened a new interactive movie-making hub in Paris on Thursday, a move it labelled a "no brainer" considering the French capital is home to one of the world's most vibrant YouTube communities."

Swedish nationalists in row over name stealing
Sweden

Swedish nationalists in row over name stealing

The new youth wing of the nationalist Sweden Democrats has caused a stir after adopting the same name used by the centre-right Moderate party back in the 1930s and 1940s.

Runaway pooch closes U-Bahn line
Austria

Runaway pooch closes U-Bahn line

A runaway dog closed down part of Vienna’s U4 metro line for 80 minutes on Wednesday evening.

Train drivers ‘haunted’ by refugee deaths in France
France

Train drivers ‘haunted’ by refugee deaths in France

French train drivers who work for Eurotunnel said on Thursday they were so overcome with fear and anxiety over the deaths of migrants trying to cross to Britain that they could no longer do their job.

How ‘brand Italy’ is helping startups flourish
Italy

How ‘brand Italy’ is helping startups flourish

The world of Italian business may be about to be turned upside down by startups. Here's why.

Wind power sweeps past 2014 output total
Germany

Wind power sweeps past 2014 output total

Germany's wind power generation by September surpassed last year's total, thanks to favourable weather conditions and an expansion of wind farms, industry bodies said Thursday.

Migrant found squeezed into spare wheel well of car to cross into Spain
Spain

Migrant found squeezed into spare wheel well of car to cross into Spain

Spanish police said on Thursday they found a migrant hidden inside the spare wheel well of a car that arrived at the southern port of Algeciras by ferry from Morocco.

Switzerland’s ETH uni among ten best in world
Switzerland

Switzerland’s ETH uni among ten best in world

Zurich's ETH university has taken ninth place in the prestigious Times Higher Education World University Rankings released on Thursday but the institution's director warns funding cuts remain a threat.

Tivoli announces new 3-in-1 ride for 2016
Denmark

Tivoli announces new 3-in-1 ride for 2016

The venerable Copenhagen amusement park Tivoli will have a new addition when it opens its doors for the 2016 summer season in the form of the new ride Fatamorgana.

Spanish air traffic controllers call off strikes after union reaches deal
Spain

Spanish air traffic controllers call off strikes after union reaches deal

Spain’s air traffic controllers union, USCA, has called off the 12-hour strike planned for Saturday October 3rd.

Hidden Stasi bunker for rent – just €3,000/month
Germany

Hidden Stasi bunker for rent – just €3,000/month

Why would you want to rent a concealed bunker built for the Stasi on the outskirts of Berlin in the 1980s? The Local tracks down the company behind the listing - and the history of the bunker under the GDR.

Spanish mother takes stand over killing adopted Chinese daughter
Spain

Spanish mother takes stand over killing adopted Chinese daughter

A Spanish mother on trial with her ex-husband for allegedly drugging and suffocating their adopted Chinese daughter insisted on Thursday that they "did their best" to care for the child.

Unemployment continues to rise
Austria

Unemployment continues to rise

Unemployment figures released on Thursday show the number of people out of work in Austria, including those registered on government training programmes, climbed to 391,000 - a 6.1 percent increase compared to September 2014.

McDonald’s accused of tax evasion in Italy
Italy

McDonald’s accused of tax evasion in Italy

Consumer associations in Italy have accused US fast food giant McDonald's of tax evasion.

French cops drop trousers at British memorial
France

French cops drop trousers at British memorial

Two French policemen who dropped their trousers at a British war memorial have picked up a €1,000 fine each after being found guilty of indecent exposure. It was disrespectful to the dead, prosecutors said.

How October 3rd became German Unity Day
Germany

How October 3rd became German Unity Day

On October 3rd, Germany celebrates 30 years of reunification. But by that date in 1990, the cogs of reform had already been turning for quite some time. The Local looks at just what happened during this momentous year - from the night the Wall fell to the day two countries truly became one.

Sweden may send pollution tax bill to VW
Sweden

Sweden may send pollution tax bill to VW

Sweden may send a tax bill to German automaker Volkswagen for undeclared pollution of its diesel vehicles after it admitted fitting some 11 million with pollution cheating devices.

Denmark to move 4,000 jobs out of Copenhagen
Denmark

Denmark to move 4,000 jobs out of Copenhagen

The Danish government has released its plan to create ‘better balance’ by moving around 3,900 public jobs out of the Copenhagen area – including the Danish Immigration Service, which will now be in Næstved.

Tensions in government as refugee crisis bites
Austria

Tensions in government as refugee crisis bites

Tensions within Austria's government, stoked by the refugee crisis, burst into the open on Thursday as the head of the conservative People's Party threatened to scupper the ruling coalition after less than two years in office.

Shock as kids allowed to smoke at Swiss festival
Switzerland

Shock as kids allowed to smoke at Swiss festival

Experts in clean-living Switzerland are fuming over a tradition that lets children as young as six smoke during a popular festival in the diminutive region of Appenzell.

From tax cuts to savings: France’s 2016 budget
France

From tax cuts to savings: France’s 2016 budget

France's budget for 2016 was announced this week and there was some good news for tax payers, most of whom will soon be forced to make declarations online. Here's a look at the key points announced by Finance Minister Michel Sapin.

Copenhagen man tricked young girls into sex
Denmark

Copenhagen man tricked young girls into sex

A 49-year-old family man was charged on Thursday with 15 sexual assaults against teenaged girls and a whole 41 girls have been called to testify against him.

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France

Eight top vegetarian restaurants in France

Yes, despite what you might think there are vegetarian restaurants in France. To mark World Vegetarian Day, we take a closer look at some of the best.

Barcelona FC’s Javier Mascherano summoned to court over tax fraud
Spain

Barcelona FC’s Javier Mascherano summoned to court over tax fraud

Barcelona midfielder Javier Mascherano will go before a judge on October 29 for questioning over tax fraud allegations, a court said on Thursday.

German universities gain ground in world rankings
Germany

German universities gain ground in world rankings

The number of German universities among the world's top 200 has almost doubled since this time last year. The Local asked rankings compilers Times Higher Education what's put such a spring in their step.

Swedes queue to cash in on new kronor notes
Sweden

Swedes queue to cash in on new kronor notes

UPDATED: The first batch of Sweden's new currency has gone into circulation as part of a huge project designed to replace over 300 million bank notes across the country.

Italian doctor wins prize for work with war victims
Italy

Italian doctor wins prize for work with war victims

An Italian doctor who founded a charity that helps rehabilitate war victims has won a Right Livelihood Award, the jury for the Swedish human rights prize announced on Thursday.

Swiss freeze assets of powerful Brazil politician
Switzerland

Swiss freeze assets of powerful Brazil politician

Swiss authorities have blocked bank accounts of the speaker of Brazil's lower house of Congress as part of a money-laundering and corruption investigation, Brazilian prosecutors announced late on Wednesday.

Stockholm reveals ‘alternative Nobel’ win
Sweden

Stockholm reveals ‘alternative Nobel’ win

UPDATED: Human rights activists from Italy, Uganda, Canada and the Marshall Islands were named as winners of the Swedish Right Livelihood Award at a press conference in Stockholm on Thursday.

Wolf snatches puppy in ‘scared’ Swedish town
Sweden

Wolf snatches puppy in ‘scared’ Swedish town

After a baby Jack Russell was snatched from his front yard by a wolf in central Sweden, the man who was dogsitting the puppy has told The Local that his town is growing scared about the number of attacks in the area.

Sardinia on red alert as cyclone hits
Italy

Sardinia on red alert as cyclone hits

Sardinia was plunged into chaos on Wednesday as a rare Mediterranean cyclone slammed into the island, causing two months' worth of rain to fall in just 24 hours.

Spain’s ten best veggie restaurants
Spain

Spain’s ten best veggie restaurants

To celebrate World Vegetarian Day, The Local takes a look at some of the best vegetarian restaurants in Spain.

Rising racism worries Council of Europe
Germany

Rising racism worries Council of Europe

Europe's top human rights watchdog on Thursday voiced concern at mounting racism in Germany, citing a wave of far-right, anti-Islam demonstrations at odds with the more recent image of a country ready to open its doors to hundreds of thousands of refugees.

Italy’s jobless rate dips again in August
Italy

Italy’s jobless rate dips again in August

Italy’s unemployment rate fell below 12 percent in August, the national statistics agency, Istat, said on Wednesday.

Bodies found of two British women swept away during late night swim
Spain

Bodies found of two British women swept away during late night swim

UPDATED: Rescue teams found the bodies of two British women who were swept away in stormy seas while night swimming in Lloret de Mar.

Police bust Mafia clan behind chocolate heist
Switzerland

Police bust Mafia clan behind chocolate heist

Italian police have arrested 48 suspected members of the southern 'Ndrangheta mafia, the group thought to be behind the theft of 260 tonnes of Swiss chocolate in 2014.

What will change in France from October 1st
France

What will change in France from October 1st

As France rings in another month, a slew of new rules and regulations come into play. Here is what you need to know.

Mass violence erupts at Hamburg refugee home
Germany

Mass violence erupts at Hamburg refugee home

A mass brawl involving around 200 refugees from Afghanistan and Syria broke out on Wednesday night at an asylum centre in Hamburg which has been beset by problems.

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Sweden

Oct. 13: Job-hunting (Jönköping)

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Sweden

Oct. 8: Digital Heroes – Identity Construction in Iranian Video Games (Umeå)

Airbnb starts charging users tourist tax in Paris
France

Airbnb starts charging users tourist tax in Paris

Holiday rental site Airbnb will from Thursday start charging users in Paris a tourist tax as it bids to keep the French government off its back. The levy could raise millions of euros for Paris.

Goooool! Cristiano Ronaldo makes history as Real Madrid top scorer
Spain

Goooool! Cristiano Ronaldo makes history as Real Madrid top scorer

Cristiano Ronaldo became the club's joint leading scorer of all time with two goals on Wednesday, but refused to commit his future to Real Madrid.

Eta ‘maintains its commitment’ to peace following arrests in France
Spain

Eta ‘maintains its commitment’ to peace following arrests in France

Armed Basque separatist group Eta said it "maintains its commitment" to peace, according to a statement published on Wednesday after the arrest of two of its political leaders in France last week.

Manchester misery for German clubs in CL
Germany

Manchester misery for German clubs in CL

German clubs suffered in the Champion League on Wednesday, as VfL Wolfsburg and Borussia Mönchengladbach both lost to the money-laden clubs of Manchester.

Is France finally set to embrace vegetarianism?
France

Is France finally set to embrace vegetarianism?

Life has always been hard for vegetarians in the land of steak tartare, foie gras and boeuf bourguignon but the times they are a changing. The vegetable enlightenment has finally reached France, but how far will it go?

Italy’s Eni wins Mexican bid to drill for offshore oil
Italy

Italy’s Eni wins Mexican bid to drill for offshore oil

Italian oil giant Eni International on Wednesday won a bid from Mexico to extract oil from three fields in the country's gulf.

‘I’m convinced there was a foreign sub in Sweden’
Sweden

‘I’m convinced there was a foreign sub in Sweden’

The outgoing head of Sweden's military has said that a submarine he remains “convinced” violated Swedish territory last autumn may have been supported by land-based foreign operatives.

Prosecutors: no probe of ex-VW CEO Winterkorn
Germany

Prosecutors: no probe of ex-VW CEO Winterkorn

German prosecutors said Thursday that they had not launched a formal inquiry against Martin Winterkorn, the former chief executive of auto giant Volkswagen, contrary to what they originally stated this week.

Thai investor has month to close AC Milan deal
Italy

Thai investor has month to close AC Milan deal

Thai businessman Bee Taechaubol has been given an extra month to decide whether he wants to go ahead with the purchase of a 48 percent stake in Italian giants AC Milan, the agency Agi reported on Wednesday.

Paris enforces €68 fines for tossing cigarettes
France

Paris enforces €68 fines for tossing cigarettes

Smokers in Paris should think twice about nonchalantly tossing away that cigarette butt from now on. From Thursday the cost of a fine rose to €68. But will it make the city cleaner?

Ex-Siemens exec pleads guilty to bribery plot
Germany

Ex-Siemens exec pleads guilty to bribery plot

A former top executive of German giant Siemens pleaded guilty on Wednesday in the US to a massive bribery scheme to win a $1 billion contract with the Argentine government.

Netflix to arrive in Italy on October 22nd
Italy

Netflix to arrive in Italy on October 22nd

US film and television-streaming giant Netflix said on Wednesday it will launch in Italy, Spain and Portugal in late October, expanding its global drive to compete with traditional channels.

Asylum stabber attacked senior Swedish minister
Sweden

Asylum stabber attacked senior Swedish minister

A 25-year-old Palestinian who stabbed a police officer at an asylum centre in Denmark this week is the same man who attacked a Swedish minister earlier in the year, Danish officials have said.

Five fab ways to network in Sweden this week
Sweden

Five fab ways to network in Sweden this week

Budding entrepreneur or successful startup founder? The Local has listed the five top events where you can connect with fellow professionals this week, alongside our regular interactive calendar of the best food, culture and family events across Sweden.

Denmark to nearly double price of postage
Denmark

Denmark to nearly double price of postage

From January 1, a first-class letter will cost almost twice as much as it does today as Post Danmark continues to deal with a dramatically falling volume of mail.

How to address climate change with James Hansen
Sweden

How to address climate change with James Hansen

NFGL member Mariia Opanasenko attended a recent lecture by Professor James Hansen, the former Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, on the topic of climate change. Here she summarizes the event.

Ronaldo’s double takes down Malmö at home
Sweden

Ronaldo’s double takes down Malmö at home

Malmö coach Åge Hareide praised and criticized his team in equal measure after Real Madrid's top goalscorer Cristiano Ronaldo sent the Spanish giants to a convincing 2-0 win away in southern Sweden.