Curious elk sniffs at hovering drone
Norway

Curious elk sniffs at hovering drone

Watch this incredible close-up drone film of an elk -- rather than loping off into the bushes, the curious animal sniffs and nuzzles the hovering camera.

Spain jails jihadist recruiter gang that sent suicide bombers to Syria
Spain

Spain jails jihadist recruiter gang that sent suicide bombers to Syria

Spanish judges have jailed 11 jihadists for membership in a gang linked to Islamic State extremists that recruited fighters for suicide bombings in Syria.

France: ‘Virtual licenses’ for rogue foreign drivers
France

France: ‘Virtual licenses’ for rogue foreign drivers

France is set to introduce "virtual driving licenses" for foreign drivers in a bid to eventually ban the worst offenders from the roads.

DNA clue leads to arrest over brutal murder of teenage girl 18 years ago
Spain

DNA clue leads to arrest over brutal murder of teenage girl 18 years ago

The mystery of who murdered 16-year-old Eva Blanco Puig in Madrid almost two decades ago appeared to be solved thanks to DNA profiling resulting in the arrest of a man in France.

Swiss couple ‘made to adopt own children’
Switzerland

Swiss couple ‘made to adopt own children’

A Swiss couple who used a surrogate mother in the US to give birth to their twins have lost an appeal to be registered as the children's natural parents in Switzerland. But there is a way out.

France’s hottest dating app sets sights on Tinder
France

France’s hottest dating app sets sights on Tinder

French start-up Happn, which aims to bring romance and chance back to online dating, has just broken a record by raising more than €20 million in a year. It's well set to take on Tinder.

France rolls out more laws to fight road deaths
France

France rolls out more laws to fight road deaths

Under pressure to tackle a rise in road deaths the French PM announced 22 measures on Friday from installing 500 more speed cameras to the use of drones as well as making helmets obligatory for young cyclists.

University students in Madrid told to ‘sweep the streets’ to learn ethics
Spain

University students in Madrid told to ‘sweep the streets’ to learn ethics

Madrid's left-wing mayor has a new plan to help clean up the city's streets... get university students to do the sweeping.

Pegida founder faces hate speech charges
Germany

Pegida founder faces hate speech charges

Lutz Bachmann, founder of Pegida ("Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West") has been charged by state prosecutors in Dresden with incitement to racial hatred.

Funding questioned as refugee numbers rocket
Sweden

Funding questioned as refugee numbers rocket

Sweden's government has promised to boost funding for refugees in its next budget, but with its forecast for new arrival numbers in 2015 set to be reached this month, official calculations are being called into question.

In Numbers: How Airbnb has conquered Paris
France

In Numbers: How Airbnb has conquered Paris

If you want to know just how far Airbnb has taken hold in Paris then these numbers tell the story, but they are not all positive.

Gay top marksman ‘must name female Queen’
Germany

Gay top marksman ‘must name female Queen’

A gay man is being blocked from collecting his title as King of the Marksmen in Düsseldorf because he plans on collecting the prize with his husband.

Spain fast-tracks citizenship for descendents of Sephardic Jews
Spain

Spain fast-tracks citizenship for descendents of Sephardic Jews

Spain has said it would be speeding up applications for 4,300 Sephardic Jews seeking Spanish nationality under a new law to atone for their expulsion five centuries ago in the Inquisition.

Italy’s derelict hamlet turned Nobel nominee
Italy

Italy’s derelict hamlet turned Nobel nominee

A once-derelict Italian medieval hamlet which now home to an group of international students from conflict zones is vying for a Nobel Peace Prize.

US daredevil dies in Swiss wingsuit stunt
Switzerland

US daredevil dies in Swiss wingsuit stunt

America's Johnny Strange has died in the Swiss Alps while attempting a wingsuit jump, the latest casualty in what is regarded as one the most dangerous extreme sports.

Nuit Blanche: Paris set for all-night art party
France

Nuit Blanche: Paris set for all-night art party

Saturday night marks the Nuit Blanche, where the public can take an artistic hike through the streets of Paris under the cover of darkness, and even enjoy a silent disco at the Gare du Nord train station. Here's all you need to know.

Private TV stations refuse to air FPÖ ads
Austria

Private TV stations refuse to air FPÖ ads

Several private TV stations in Austria have refused to broadcast political commercials for the right-wing Freedom Party (FPÖ), ahead of the Vienna elections on October 11th.

Asylum seekers to leave Italy ‘within days’
Italy

Asylum seekers to leave Italy ‘within days’

A plan to move 120,000 asylum seekers from Italy and Greece to elsewhere in the EU, including Estonia, Luxembourg and Sweden, will get underway “within days”, Ansa reported on Friday.

Danish police ordered to not let China ‘lose face’
Denmark

Danish police ordered to not let China ‘lose face’

Following a new revelation that Danish police officers were ordered to ensure that the Chinese president didn’t “lose face” during a 2012 state visit, the justice minister has ordered a full investigation of police behaviour.

Dortmund fans ‘cross the line’ in Thessaloniki
Germany

Dortmund fans ‘cross the line’ in Thessaloniki

Borussia Dortmund (BVB) will face hefty fines from UEFA after fans lit flares and caused havoc during Thursday night's Europa League face-off with Greek club PAOK Salonika.

Swedes bite into online McDonald’s bookings
Sweden

Swedes bite into online McDonald’s bookings

Tech-savvy Swedes have rushed to book evening meal slots at McDonald's branches around the country, as the global fast food giant tests the idea for the first time.

Parisse boosts Italy for must-win Ireland game
Italy

Parisse boosts Italy for must-win Ireland game

Talismanic Italy captain Sergio Parisse returns to the side for his first game of the 2015 World Cup in the must-win Pool D game against Six Nations champions Ireland on Sunday.

Russian warship spotted near Denmark
Denmark

Russian warship spotted near Denmark

A Russian warship sailed the waters between Copenhagen and Malmö on Thursday night, causing jitters in the Swedish media. But a spokesperson for the Swedish Armed Forces has told The Local that the vessel's activities were "totally normal".

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Sweden

Oct. 14: Use LinkedIn in your job search (Lund)

‘Klovn’ poster too raunchy for some Danes
Denmark

‘Klovn’ poster too raunchy for some Danes

The Danish comedy film ‘Klovn Forever’ is a hit in the theatres but not everyone is happy about a provocative image promoting the film in the public sphere.

How to celebrate German Unity Day nationwide
Germany

How to celebrate German Unity Day nationwide

Saturday October 3rd marks 25 years since Germany officially reunited into one country at the end of the Cold War. As millions prepare to celebrate the big anniversary, The Local brings you a run-down of where the major celebrations are taking place to ring in the Day of German Unity.

Switzerland slaps VW cars with registration ban
Switzerland

Switzerland slaps VW cars with registration ban

Switzerland has placed a temporary ban on the registration of cars with diesel engines manufactured by the Volkswagen group in the wake of a scandal over the use of cheating software by the company.

Good dog! Labrador graduates with honours from Spanish university
Spain

Good dog! Labrador graduates with honours from Spanish university

The guide dog of a student at the University of Cádiz has featured alongside graduates in the end of course photograph.

Russian blogger protests Norway press control
Norway

Russian blogger protests Norway press control

A Norwegian government decision to sack the editor of the international Barents Observer newspaper has sparked 'free press' protests from a Russian blogger.

Vienna demo and concert in support of refugees
Austria

Vienna demo and concert in support of refugees

A demonstration and concert to show solidarity for refugees is taking place in Vienna on Saturday - with tens of thousands of people expected to attend.

Warning of heavy wind and snow in Sweden
Sweden

Warning of heavy wind and snow in Sweden

Swedes were warned to seek shelter as heavy winds and snow moved in across northern parts of the country on Friday. But further south summer was set to stick around over the weekend.

Father and son die in deep freeze tragedy
Switzerland

Father and son die in deep freeze tragedy

A 68-year old father and his 43-year-old son died on Thursday after an accident in a refrigeration unit, police in the Swiss canton of Wallis have said.

“Go all the way –  doubt kills everything”
Sweden

“Go all the way – doubt kills everything”

SI alum Katsiaryna Syrayezhkina tells SI News about a recent event she organized in Minsk about sustainable living, and advises current students and alumni on how to make a difference.

Driver enters France with €1.9 million hidden in car
France

Driver enters France with €1.9 million hidden in car

A motorist in southern France was arrested after he was caught with €1.9 million ($2.1 million) in cash stashed in various hidden compartments in his car.

Unilever scoops up Italian ice-cream chain
Italy

Unilever scoops up Italian ice-cream chain

Unilever, the Anglo-Dutch consumer goods company, has bought Grom, the ice-cream chain set up by two friends in Turin in 2003.

Could you pass the new Spanish citizenship test?
Spain

Could you pass the new Spanish citizenship test?

A new cultural test will be released in October for foreigners attempting to gain Spanish nationality. But could you pass?

Italy’s wild boars go on the pill
Italy

Italy’s wild boars go on the pill

They have been spotted in central Rome, inside residential courtyards and even swimming 6km off the coast of Puglia. It seems that nothing can stop the proliferation of Italy's wild boars, except maybe birth control tablets.

France opens probe into VW over possible fraud
France

France opens probe into VW over possible fraud

Paris prosecutors have launched a preliminary investigation into possible fraud over the pollution-cheating software installed in diesel engines by German auto giant Volkswagen, a judicial source told AFP on Friday.

Majority of Germans worried about refugees
Germany

Majority of Germans worried about refugees

Increased numbers of refugees are giving Germans second thoughts about their support for Chancellor Angela Merkel's welcoming policies, with more than half now saying they are concerned about the new arrivals in the latest polling.

Geneva airport hits back at ‘world’s worst’ claims
Switzerland

Geneva airport hits back at ‘world’s worst’ claims

Authorities at Geneva's Cointrin airport have come out on the front foot after the facility was named one of the five worst in the world by a UK newspaper.

Snoop Dogg no-show bankrupts Munich club
Germany

Snoop Dogg no-show bankrupts Munich club

A venue owner in Munich has filed for bankruptcy after American rapper Snoop Dogg angered club regulars by failing to turn up for a gig.

Swedish military confirm Russian warship sighting
Sweden

Swedish military confirm Russian warship sighting

A Russian warship was spotted in southern Swedish waters on Thursday night, causing jitters in the Swedish media. But a spokesperson for the Swedish Armed Forces has told The Local that the vessel's activities were "totally normal".

Hollande takes to Instagram as ratings flag
France

Hollande takes to Instagram as ratings flag

The French president François Hollande's latest bid to boost his image has seen him open up his own Instagram account after a meeting with the founder of the social media behemoth in Paris.

Goodbye Indian summer, hello autumn rain
Denmark

Goodbye Indian summer, hello autumn rain

While Denmark has been enjoying clear skies and pleasant temps, one look at the calendar is enough to know that it can’t last long. The latest forecast calls for a significant change just around the corner.

Tardy Italian fakes bomb scare to delay plane
Italy

Tardy Italian fakes bomb scare to delay plane

A late-running Italian man was arrested on Thursday night after phoning police to allege a bomb threat - so that he wouldn’t miss his flight from Turin’s Caselle airport.

French driver survives cow’s crash landing
France

French driver survives cow’s crash landing

A French driver said it was a miracle he wasn't killed after being given the shock of his life when a 500 kg cow fell from the sky and landed on the bonnet of his car.

Tributes paid to two British women swept away during late night swim
Spain

Tributes paid to two British women swept away during late night swim

Lisa Coggins and Tracey Aston, from Birmingham, were named as the two women who drowned off the coast of Lloret de Mar on the Costa Brava after getting swept away in rough seas.

Lewandowski itching for Dortmund showdown
Germany

Lewandowski itching for Dortmund showdown

Robert Lewandowski aims to add to his incredible goal-scoring run in Bayern Munich's Bundesliga showdown against ex-club Borussia Dortmund in Germany's 'Der Klassiker' on Sunday.

Spain finds 300 kilos of cocaine in banana shipment from Costa Rica
Spain

Spain finds 300 kilos of cocaine in banana shipment from Costa Rica

Spanish authorities seized 300 kilos of cocaine worth €10 million ($11 million dollars) from a container loaded with pureed bananas that arrived from Costa Rica.

How to spot an Austrian abroad
Austria

How to spot an Austrian abroad

Austria is a small country, and outside of central Europe, people's knowledge of this varied place can be limited. Here's some hints to help you befriend an Austrian abroad.

Canada travel advice warns of gangs, migrants
Germany

Canada travel advice warns of gangs, migrants

New travel advice published by the Canadian government for its citizens travelling in Germany warns that there is an increased likelihood of those who look "foreign" suffering violent attacks.

Ten stunning Swedish songs for October
Sweden

Ten stunning Swedish songs for October

To see you through the chilly autumn, The Local's music guru, Paul Connolly, offers up a selection of great new Swedish pop.

VW names new chairman for ‘months’ of recovery
Germany

VW names new chairman for ‘months’ of recovery

Volkswagen named a new chairman, Hans Dieter Pötsch, on Thursday, who with CEO Matthias Müller will have the tough job of leading the company through the months of recovery from its emissions cheating scandal.

650,000 cars in Italy affected in VW scandal
Italy

650,000 cars in Italy affected in VW scandal

Volkswagen's Italian unit said on Thursday that nearly 650,000 vehicles in the country were equipped with software designed to mask emissions from diesel engines.

Trouble in the air as Air France set for major cuts
France

Trouble in the air as Air France set for major cuts

There could be some serious turbulence ahead for air passengers after Air France looked set to introduce a massive cost cutting plan which could see thousands of jobs go, after talks with pilots broke down on Thursday.

40 years a refugee: From Western Sahara to CPH
Denmark

40 years a refugee: From Western Sahara to CPH

November will mark forty years since Morocco invaded and colonized Western Sahara, today Africa’s last colony. Abba Malainin was only a child when he had to flee the war by foot through the desert to Algeria, to refugee camps where his family and thousands of other refugees still live today.

Italy’s migrant ‘hotspots’ face tough tests
Italy

Italy’s migrant ‘hotspots’ face tough tests

It will be one of Italy's brand new "hotspots" for identifying newly-arrived migrants - but as the Pozzallo reception centre in Sicily prepares its fingerprinting kits, the EU-led plan for these facilities is still plagued with unresolved issues.

France beat Canada to set up Ireland clash
France

France beat Canada to set up Ireland clash

France overcame a stubborn Canada side 41-18 in the Rugby World Cup on Thursday night to set up a clash with Ireland, which will almost certainly decide who tops the group and which team avoids facing New Zealand.

Five bodies found after suspicious fire
Austria

Five bodies found after suspicious fire

Police in Vienna are investigating a suspicious fire after five charred corpses were found in the burnt out premises of an empty restaurant in Favoriten early on Friday morning.

Swedish study: higher cancer risk for tall people
Sweden

Swedish study: higher cancer risk for tall people

Being as tall as people in the Nordics is linked to a higher risk of cancer, especially for women, according to fresh research drawn from physical and health data for five million people in Sweden.

Morocco eyes boycott of Sweden in Ikea row
Sweden

Morocco eyes boycott of Sweden in Ikea row

Morocco has threatened to launch a boycott of Swedish companies over claims the Nordic country is planning to recognize a breakaway republic in Western Sahara.