Losing yacht ‘like watching friend drown’
Norway

Losing yacht ‘like watching friend drown’

Losing his sailing yacht the Harrier of Down beneath the waves was “like seeing an old friend drown”, British mariner Julian Mustoe told Norwegian broadcaster NRK after he arrived in Bergen on Thursday afternoon.

Czechs disinvite Norway over forced adoption
Norway

Czechs disinvite Norway over forced adoption

The Czech government has withdrawn an invitation to Norway’s Ambassador to attend national day celebrations at Prague Castle in protest at Norwegian authorities’ decision to put a Czech boy up for adoption.

Norway to limit asylum grants to five years
Norway

Norway to limit asylum grants to five years

Norway’s right-wing government is to limit grants of asylum to a five-year term, after which refugees will be automatically sent home if the situation in their country has changed for the better.

Icelander in death-defying golfing stunt
Norway

Icelander in death-defying golfing stunt

Sigurdur Hauksson, an Icelandic golfer and skier, has posted a video of himself doing a trick golf shot while balanced on Kjeragbolten, a boulder wedged in a crevasse nearly 1,000m above a fjord in Norway.

Rome mayor resigns after expenses row
Italy

Rome mayor resigns after expenses row

UPDATED: Rome's embattled mayor resigned on Thursday over an expenses row after months of attacks by opponents determined to make him a scapegoat for the sorry state of the Italian capital.

Video emerges of French train hero’s stabbing
France

Video emerges of French train hero’s stabbing

VIDEO: Spencer Stone, one of the three Americans who helped foil a terror attack on a French train, is in hospital in California after he was stabbed while apparently coming to a woman's rescue. A CCTV video has emerged of the stabbing.

Divers find 17th-century Swedish warship
Sweden

Divers find 17th-century Swedish warship

Swedish divers confirmed on Thursday that they have uncovered the wreck of a legendary warship which was lost off the coast of Karlskrona in southern Sweden in the 17th century.

Strike sees rubbish pile up on Paris streets
France

Strike sees rubbish pile up on Paris streets

Around 3,000 tonnes of (extra) rubbish have accumulated on the streets of Paris as a strike by the city's rubbish collectors enters its fourth day.

France set to slaughter Alps mountain goats
France

France set to slaughter Alps mountain goats

Wildlife groups have been angered by plans to cull hundreds of wild mountain goats in the Haut-Savoie region of the French Alps. But authorities insist they have the action is justified.

“SI opened the doors to a world of inspiration”
Sweden

“SI opened the doors to a world of inspiration”

Last week SI alum Olga Ryabova organized an event in Moscow, focusing on sustainability. Olga tells The Local why she wants to continue organizing events and what it's like to be part of the SI legacy.

Italian pensioner fakes death ‘for a laugh’
Italy

Italian pensioner fakes death ‘for a laugh’

A 78-year-old man from a sleepy village in Campania decided to fake his own death on Tuesday - just to see how his friends and neighbours would react.

Klopp signs 3-year Liverpool deal: reports
Germany

Klopp signs 3-year Liverpool deal: reports

Star German coach Jürgen Klopp has signed a three-year contract to become Liverpool manager, English media are reporting.

Could you take care of Cologne Cathedral?
Germany

Could you take care of Cologne Cathedral?

If you happen to be an architecture graduate who also strongly identifies with the Catholic Church, Cologne Cathedral might well be interested in hiring you.

France is the future, says boss of US tech giant
France

France is the future, says boss of US tech giant

France and its Socialist government have been given a ringing endorsement from the boss of an American multinational, who believes the country is about to profoundly change. Air France executives might not agree, however.

New air routes for Nordic business travellers
Sweden

New air routes for Nordic business travellers

A pair of announcements from rival airlines SAS and Norwegian on Thursday will give business travellers based in southern Sweden plenty of new international options in the near future.

Police raid Volkswagen offices in Wolfsburg
Germany

Police raid Volkswagen offices in Wolfsburg

German police raided auto giant Volkswagen's headquarters and other sites Thursday, as part of an investigation into a massive pollution-cheating scandal engulfing the group.

Messi will stand trial for tax fraud alongside father and faces jail term
Spain

Messi will stand trial for tax fraud alongside father and faces jail term

Barcelona star Lionel Messi and his father Jorge are to stand trial on three counts of tax fraud that could carry prison sentences, a Spanish court confirmed on Thursday.

New German language app for refugee kids
Austria

New German language app for refugee kids

Austria's government, under pressure from the far-right over the refugee crisis, has announced a new app for smartphones and tablets to help foreign children learn German.

Video shows ‘too close for comfort’ Costa Rica landing of Iberia plane
Spain

Video shows ‘too close for comfort’ Costa Rica landing of Iberia plane

Footage captured a Spanish aircraft flying nail-bitingly close to cars as it came into land at Costa Rica’s Juan Santamaría airport on Sunday.

Copenhagen travellers to get eleven new routes
Denmark

Copenhagen travellers to get eleven new routes

A pair of announcements from rival airlines SAS and Norwegian on Thursday could give Copenhagen-based travellers many new international options in the near future.

France wants creation of EU border guard corps
France

France wants creation of EU border guard corps

France has made a move to secure Europe's borders by proposing to other member states that an EU border guard corps could be set up to help deal with the tide of migrants and refugees heading into the EU.

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Sweden

Oct. 20: European Job Day (Malmö)

Who is the 2015 Nobel Literature winner?
Sweden

Who is the 2015 Nobel Literature winner?

Belarusian writer Svetlana Alexievich is the 2015 winner of the Nobel Literature Prize, the Swedish Academy announced on Thursday.

An Afghan refugee: safe, but in limbo in Italy
Italy

An Afghan refugee: safe, but in limbo in Italy

He escaped captivity, lost his family and paid a people smuggler to take him to Italy. But now here, an Afghan refugee tells The Local that although he's still alive, his future remains precarious.

Frenchman Platini hit with suspension by Fifa
France

Frenchman Platini hit with suspension by Fifa

Uefa president Michel Platini has been hit with a suspension by world football governing body Fifa along with the organisation's president Sepp Blatter.

Fifa suspends Blatter and Platini for 90 days
Switzerland

Fifa suspends Blatter and Platini for 90 days

Fifa's ethics watchdog on Thursday suspended the two most powerful men in football, Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini, for 90 days in a sensational new blow to the sport's scandal-tainted governing body.

Roskilde Festival reveals first names for 2016
Denmark

Roskilde Festival reveals first names for 2016

Denmark's largest festival gives fans a little teaser with the first ten names added to next year's line-up.

Food trucks rapped over dubious hygiene
Switzerland

Food trucks rapped over dubious hygiene

The current craze for street food in Switzerland received a blow on Wednesday when authorities in Geneva revealed that many of the food trucks participating in a recent street food festival in the city ducked rules relating to hygiene and cleanliness.

Doctor ‘got drunk and set fire to own flat’
Germany

Doctor ‘got drunk and set fire to own flat’

A Munich doctor is on trial for causing €80,000 worth of damage after setting fire to his own apartment.

‘Dinnergate’ leaves Rome mayor on the brink
Italy

‘Dinnergate’ leaves Rome mayor on the brink

UPDATED: Rome’s embattled mayor Ignazio Marino faced calls to quit from a member of his own Democratic Party on Thursday after he agreed to pay back €20,000 of restaurant bills settled with a city hall credit card.

Italy eclipses France in winemaking
Italy

Italy eclipses France in winemaking

Italy has overtaken France to become the world’s largest producer of wine, according to figures from the European Commission.

EU’s refugee ‘hotspots’ far from ready
Austria

EU’s refugee ‘hotspots’ far from ready

Planned EU "hotspots" on Europe's outer borders to better deal with the influx of thousands of refugees are far from ready, Austria's chancellor warned on Thursday after visiting one such site in Greece.

Rebel editor launches crowdfunded digital newspaper El Español
Spain

Rebel editor launches crowdfunded digital newspaper El Español

Spain's newest media venture, El Español broke records before it even launched thanks to crowdfunding, and now promises to be a thorn in the side of the establishment.

Uber announces 20 percent fare cuts in Paris
France

Uber announces 20 percent fare cuts in Paris

Ride-booking service Uber said on Thursday that it would reduce passenger prices in the French capital by 20 percent in a bid to keep up with competition.

Hamburg Olympics gets €11 billion price tag
Germany

Hamburg Olympics gets €11 billion price tag

Holding the 2024 Olympics in Hamburg would cost taxpayers €7.4 billion, according to the results of financial estimates announced on Thursday.

BLOG: Sweden’s Nobel Prize in Literature 2015
Sweden

BLOG: Sweden’s Nobel Prize in Literature 2015

Belarusian author Svetlana Alexievich won the prestigious Nobel Prize in Literature on Thursday. The Local live blogged the announcement in Stockholm.

Exports set for record year despite hiccup
Germany

Exports set for record year despite hiccup

Germany is still on course for another record year of exports in 2015 despite a drop of 5.2 percent in August compared with the previous month, the Federal Statistics Office (Destatis) reported on Thursday.

Basel chef Peter Knogl gains third Michelin star
Switzerland

Basel chef Peter Knogl gains third Michelin star

The Basel region now has its first three Michelin-starred restaurant after chef Peter Knogl at the Hôtel Trois Rois received his third star in the 2016 Michelin guide to Switzerland, published on Thursday.

Jailed author ‘forced to prove’ Jewishness
Austria

Jailed author ‘forced to prove’ Jewishness

A Jewish writer who is serving a year-long prison sentence in Vienna after being found guilty of defrauding the government over Nazi-looted property says he was initially denied kosher food in jail and had to prove to authorities that he is actually Jewish.

Stunning Northern Lights dazzle Swedish skies
Sweden

Stunning Northern Lights dazzle Swedish skies

Swedes captured breathtaking snaps of the Northern Lights as the spectacular weather wonder lit up skies across the country on Wednesday night.

Deutsche Bank issues massive loss warning
Germany

Deutsche Bank issues massive loss warning

Deutsche Bank warned Thursday that it would post a net loss of €6.2 billion ($7 billion) in the third quarter and that dividends for the year may be scrapped.

The surprising Spanish startup that is playing Google at its own game
Spain

The surprising Spanish startup that is playing Google at its own game

The Local chats with Uptodown creator Luis Hernández about how a company started by two university friends became Google Play's biggest worldwide competitor.

Start with startups: How to find a graduate job in France
France

Start with startups: How to find a graduate job in France

Paris-based graduate and job hunter Ellie O'Driscoll offers some sound advice on how to land employment in France after finishing university. You can start with start-ups, she says.

Italian porn star launches ‘Porn University’
Italy

Italian porn star launches ‘Porn University’

Italian pornographic actor Rocco Siffredi has opened an academy to teach aspirational porn stars everything they need to know to be successful in the industry, but not everybody is impressed.

Angry French rail users go on ‘no-ticket’ strike
France

Angry French rail users go on ‘no-ticket’ strike

French rail passengers are going on strike on Thursday and Friday, by refusing to show valid tickets in a protest against a service that one train user group head described as something out of the "third world".

World’s oldest nuclear reactor ‘like Emmental’
Switzerland

World’s oldest nuclear reactor ‘like Emmental’

Swiss reactor Beznau I, the world's oldest nuclear power plant, is riddled with so many holes it resembles the Swiss cheese Emmental, Swiss media reported on Thursday.

Five Italian startups to look out for
Italy

Five Italian startups to look out for

There are currently 4,365 registered startups in Italy. Here are are some of the ones making waves within just a few years of launching.

Danish zoo invites kids to watch lion dissection
Denmark

Danish zoo invites kids to watch lion dissection

UPDATED: Should Denmark brace for a new round of international outrage? The Odense Zoo is preparing to perform a public autopsy on a lion.

Man strangles wife who was planning divorce
Austria

Man strangles wife who was planning divorce

A 34-year-old man has been arrested in Vienna after strangling his wife to death in their home in the 2nd district.

Train network stalled in Catalonia in a suspected act of sabotage
Spain

Train network stalled in Catalonia in a suspected act of sabotage

UPDATE: Service resumed around 11am after the network was shut down leaving nearly 10,000 passengers stranded on Thursday morning following a suspected act of sabotage.

Horse was pregnant for 48 million years
Germany

Horse was pregnant for 48 million years

A 48-million-year-old fossil of a pregnant horse and fetus found south of Frankfurt is the oldest of its kind known to science and contains unusually well-preserved evidence of tissue from the womb, researchers said Wednesday.

Two Danish beers among world’s 100 best
Denmark

Two Danish beers among world’s 100 best

Men’s Journal has compiled a list of the world's greatest beers and two Danish products made the cut.

Santander tried to delay news of fine over money laundering breach
Spain

Santander tried to delay news of fine over money laundering breach

The Spanish bank was fined €1m ($1.1m) for breaching laws against money laundering and terrorism financing and tried to delay authorities from reporting the sanction.

Train driver ‘on phone’ will be only defendant in Spanish disaster probe
Spain

Train driver ‘on phone’ will be only defendant in Spanish disaster probe

A train driver will be the only suspect charged over one of Spain's worst rail disasters, which killed 80 people in 2013, a court said on Wednesday as its probe ended.

‘Europe can’t become a fortress’: Merkel
Germany

‘Europe can’t become a fortress’: Merkel

There will be no quick-and-easy solutions in the refugee crisis – "but the situation is here now" and there's no going back, Chancellor Angela Merkel told television viewers on Wednesday night.

Race: Lines blur between French right and far-right
France

Race: Lines blur between French right and far-right

The row over a French MP's comments about France being "a country of white race" has highlighted the "tightrope" Nicolas Sarkozy's party is walking as it desperately tries to win votes from Marine Le Pen's far-right.

French drug kingpin pulled in €80,000 a day
France

French drug kingpin pulled in €80,000 a day

One of France's top drug dealers, whose cannabis-selling network pulled in €80,000 a day has been jailed for 8 years, with 27 other members of the gang also convicted.

Swiss basketball star slams police in US trial
Switzerland

Swiss basketball star slams police in US trial

Swiss NBA star Thabo Sefolosha insisted on Wednesday that he was targeted with unjustified police violence after an incident outside a night club, at his trial for resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

Bets on for Sweden’s Nobel Prize in Literature
Sweden

Bets on for Sweden’s Nobel Prize in Literature

One of the most hyped prizes of the week, the Nobel literature award, will be handed out in Stockholm on Thursday, with an author from Belarus among the favourites to win it.

Refugees tell Germans: we won’t stay forever
Germany

Refugees tell Germans: we won’t stay forever

Most Syrian refugees in Germany fled their country out of fear for their lives and want to return home when it's safe, a survey released on Wednesday shows.

‘Princess of migrants’ becomes symbol of hope
Italy

‘Princess of migrants’ becomes symbol of hope

Dubbed "the princess of migrants", a Nigerian baby born on the Italian ship that rescued her mother in the Mediterranean has become a symbol of hope for those braving the perilous crossing in search of a new life.

French tech college ISIS sparks customs alert
France

French tech college ISIS sparks customs alert

When you're a French IT engineering school with the initials ISIS, you're bound to run into a bit of trouble with customs.

Italian pizzeria owner seized in Philippines
Italy

Italian pizzeria owner seized in Philippines

Gunmen seized a retired Italian priest in the strife-torn southern Philippines, authorities said Thursday, the latest abduction blamed on an infamous Islamic militant group that specializes in kidnappings-for-ransom.

Police probed for pepper spray use in Christiania
Denmark

Police probed for pepper spray use in Christiania

The Independent Police Complaints Authority has been asked to review a new video that appears to show plainclothes officers pepper-spraying a defenceless man arrested for selling cannabis in Christiania.

Two men hurt in west Sweden shooting
Sweden

Two men hurt in west Sweden shooting

Police in west Sweden have launched an attempted murder or manslaughter investigation after two men were injured in a shooting near an apartment block in Borås in west Sweden.

Refugee centres packed as cold winter calls
Sweden

Refugee centres packed as cold winter calls

Sweden's refugee centres are reaching saturation point, the country's migration agency has warned, calling for gyms and disaster shelters to be used to accommodate the overflow before winter sets in.

Five ace autumn art and photography exhibitions
Sweden

Five ace autumn art and photography exhibitions

It's getting chilly in Sweden so why not treat yourself to a few hours of culture inside a warm gallery this week? Not into art? You'll find our regular interactive guide to music, family and outdoor events at the bottom of this article.