Isis will ‘conquer Norway and impose shariah law’
Norway

Isis will ‘conquer Norway and impose shariah law’

A Norwegian fighter for the terror group Isis predicted that the group would send an army to conquer Norway and establish Shariah law once it is victorious in the traditional lands of Islam.

Norway’s angel princess launches world tour
Norway

Norway’s angel princess launches world tour

Norway's Princess Märtha Louise has launched a tour with Elisabeth Nordeng, the spiritualist who, like her, claims to speak with angels, promising her audience "inner, emotional and spiritual detox".

Sweden implements temporary border checks
Sweden

Sweden implements temporary border checks

UPDATED: Sweden reinstated temporary border controls in the south of the country on Thursday to cope with an increasing influx of refugees.

Volvo dragged into VW emissions scandal
Sweden

Volvo dragged into VW emissions scandal

The German motor vehicle regulator, Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt (KBA), is to run tests on more than 50 cars, including Sweden’s Volvo V60, on suspicion of further manipulation of nitrogen oxides emissions from diesel engines, it said on Wednesday.

Breivik ‘at risk of inhumane treatment’
Norway

Breivik ‘at risk of inhumane treatment’

The solitary confinement of mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik risks turning into "inhumane treatment", Norway's parliamentary ombudsman said in a report published on Wednesday.

Vatican properties ‘used as massage parlours’
Italy

Vatican properties ‘used as massage parlours’

Rome properties owned by the Vatican are being used as saunas and massage parlours, according to the latest leaks in the Italian press.

French pensioner found dead, leg eaten by dog
France

French pensioner found dead, leg eaten by dog

The 63-year-old was found dead in his Montpellier apartment on Monday, where emergency services found that his dog had apparently eaten part of his leg.

Can you guess Sweden’s ‘sexiest’ names in 2015?
Sweden

Can you guess Sweden’s ‘sexiest’ names in 2015?

If you’re single and looking for a Swedish boyfriend or girlfriend, a survey from dating website, eDarling, might help you refine your search - it's uncovered the country’s sexiest, cleverest and funniest names.

Spanish police arrest woman who sold naked photos of own daughters
Spain

Spanish police arrest woman who sold naked photos of own daughters

Spanish police have arrested a 41-year-old woman who for years sold naked images of her three underage daughters over the Internet.

Dieselgate scandal ‘may hit other German brands’
Germany

Dieselgate scandal ‘may hit other German brands’

German authorities said on Wednesday that they have measured excessive levels of exhaust emissions in several manufacturers' vehicles, in a revelation that could see the scandal around Volkswagen grow to encompass other firms.

Gangs bamboozle cops in bank bombing raids
Germany

Gangs bamboozle cops in bank bombing raids

Criminals are blowing up bank machines in western Germany, causing millions of euros of damage – and making the police look ridiculous in the process.

Suspended Fifa boss Sepp Blatter in hospital
Switzerland

Suspended Fifa boss Sepp Blatter in hospital

Suspended Fifa president Sepp Blatter has been hospitalized after being placed under medical observation for stress, but he is expecting to leave the facility early next week, his spokesman said on Wednesday.

8 things that prove it’s Christmas in Germany
Germany

8 things that prove it’s Christmas in Germany

With no tear-jerking John Lewis adverts to mark the start of the festive season in Germany as they do in Britain, how do you tell when it's alright to start feeling Christmassy? We've noticed a few signs.

France foils jihadist plan to attack naval base
France

France foils jihadist plan to attack naval base

Authorities in France have arrested a man who has links to an Isis jihadist in Syria and admitted to a plot to attack military personnel at a major naval base, police and judicial sources have said.

Microsoft entrusts users’ private data to Germany
Germany

Microsoft entrusts users’ private data to Germany

US tech giant Microsoft has put new data centres in Germany under the control of Deutsche Telekom, the companies said on Wednesday, in a move that will keep privacy-sensitive Germans' customer data in the country.

Royal row over use of palaces for refugees
Sweden

Royal row over use of palaces for refugees

A spokesperson for Sweden's Royal Court has confirmed to The Local that the Nordic nation's castles and palaces won't open their doors to refugees, despite claims to the contrary in a leading Swedish newspaper.

Man dies after attempting backflip in French club
France

Man dies after attempting backflip in French club

A 32-year-old man died on Tuesday night from injuries sustained in a club near Paris, apparently after attempting an acrobatic move.

Italy’s UniCredit to shed 18,200 jobs by 2018
Italy

Italy’s UniCredit to shed 18,200 jobs by 2018

UniCredit, Italy's second-largest lender by market value, said it will cut 18,200 jobs by 2018 in a bid to save €1.6 billion.

Army spent €40m to treat zero Ebola victims
Germany

Army spent €40m to treat zero Ebola victims

The German army spent €39 million on a five-month mission in west Africa to help fight the Ebola epidemic. The number of victims it actually treated? Zero.

Search called off for ‘dead’ Spanish doctor found living in Italian woods
Spain

Search called off for ‘dead’ Spanish doctor found living in Italian woods

After days of fruitless searching, the hunt for a missing Spanish doctor, who was legally declared dead in 2010 but found deep in a Tuscan forest, has been called off.

Roskilde Festival adds 18 names to 2016 line-up
Denmark

Roskilde Festival adds 18 names to 2016 line-up

The Roskilde Festival revealed another batch of names on Wednesday, led by New Order and Wiz Khalifa.

Beaches, bikes, and buds: studying in Malmö
Sweden

Beaches, bikes, and buds: studying in Malmö

When choosing a study abroad programme, research suggests students place great emphasis on the country and city. With that in mind, what makes Malmö stand out from the rest? We decided to find out by eavesdropping on two recently-arrived master’s students.

Renzi unveils €1.5 billion post-Milan Expo plan
Italy

Renzi unveils €1.5 billion post-Milan Expo plan

The Italian government is ready to invest €150 million a year for the next decade to create a "world class" research centre at the site of Milan's World Expo, which wrapped up on October 31st.

Carlsberg cuts 2,000 jobs as Russian market sours
Denmark

Carlsberg cuts 2,000 jobs as Russian market sours

Carlsberg said Wednesday it was cutting 2,000 white-collar jobs as the Danish brewing giant tries to come to grips with a shrinking Russian beer market.

Spanish government challenges Catalan secession motion in court
Spain

Spanish government challenges Catalan secession motion in court

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Wednesday that his government had launched a Constitutional Court challenge to a resolution passed by Catalonia's parliament on splitting from the rest of the country.

Spanish champions reveal ‘retro’ football strip ahead of Euro 2016
Spain

Spanish champions reveal ‘retro’ football strip ahead of Euro 2016

The national team has unveiled its classic new look ahead of the England friendly on Friday as it hopes to win its third consecutive European Championships.

Swedish lawyer lays bare courtroom pants rant
Sweden

Swedish lawyer lays bare courtroom pants rant

UPDATED: A Swedish lawyer has caused a stir after asking a rape suspect to describe his underpants, in an effort to demonstrate that what women wear when they are attacked is irrelevant.

Germany CAN afford refugees: top economists
Germany

Germany CAN afford refugees: top economists

Germany will be able to bear the costs of caring for refugees and even draw an economic benefit from new migrants arriving in the country, an independent panel of top economists said on Wednesday.

Refugees being ‘ripped off by private landlords’
Austria

Refugees being ‘ripped off by private landlords’

The Vienna public prosecutor is investigating allegations that dozens of refugees have been ripped off by unscrupulous landlords in the city.

Unemployment up for foreigners in Sweden
Sweden

Unemployment up for foreigners in Sweden

More than one in five foreign-born people in Sweden are without a job, and unemployment within the group is expected to rise, employment authorities suggested on Wednesday.

‘No kill policy’ for Madrid animal shelters under new pet welfare law
Spain

‘No kill policy’ for Madrid animal shelters under new pet welfare law

In a huge victory for animal rights activists, a draft law has been approved by the Madrid regional parliament that will see a ban on the sacrificing of healthy abandoned animals at shelters across the region.

Nightclub bans refugees for ‘harassing women’
Germany

Nightclub bans refugees for ‘harassing women’

A club in southern Germany has started ejecting refugees from its premises, leading to accusations of racism. But it says it is simply trying to protect its female clientèle.

What Armistice Day means to the French
France

What Armistice Day means to the French

November 11th is a national holiday in France, but what does the end of the First World War mean to the French today? The Local takes a look at what 'Le Jour du Souvenir' means nearly a century on.

Denmark plans additional refugee restrictions
Denmark

Denmark plans additional refugee restrictions

Saying that Denmark risks “having so many people that we can’t handle it”, Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen on Wednesday said that the government is planning a “robust” plan to further tighten asylum laws.

Jungfrau temperature ‘record’ a mistake
Switzerland

Jungfrau temperature ‘record’ a mistake

UPDATED: A record temperature high announced for the towering Jungfrau mountain in the Bernese Alps on Tuesday turned out to be a mistake, the national weather office said on Wednesday.

‘I’m trying to capture how people would cook if no-one was watching’
Spain

‘I’m trying to capture how people would cook if no-one was watching’

For this week's My Spanish Career, The Local chats to Joel Serra, a former Masterchef contestant whose crowdfunded cookbook is set to shake up Spanish cuisine.

Sweden must combat extremist ‘mirage’
Sweden

Sweden must combat extremist ‘mirage’

With violent Islamist extremism a growing problem in Sweden, an Abu Dhabi-based scholar argues authorities can do more to expose the 'mirage' of extremism.

Seven Italian firms probed in olive oil scam
Italy

Seven Italian firms probed in olive oil scam

Seven Italian olive oil producers, including Bertolli, Sasso and Carapelli, are being investigated over allegations that the firms falsely sold olive oil products a “extra virgin”.

German spies targeted French foreign minister

German spies targeted French foreign minister

Germany's foreign intelligence agency targeted France's foreign minister Laurent Fabius for surveillance as well as members of their own diplomatic service, German media reported on Wednesday.

Mystery of Spanish student stabbed to death in random Berlin attack
Spain

Mystery of Spanish student stabbed to death in random Berlin attack

A young Spaniard who moved to Berlin to study German has died of his injuries after being stabbed in a seemingly unprovoked attack on a busy street in the German capital.

Grandma smuggles drugs for jailed son in kinder egg stashed inside her
Spain

Grandma smuggles drugs for jailed son in kinder egg stashed inside her

A Spanish pensioner has been sentenced to prison for smuggling drugs into prison for her son… in a very unusual way.

Support grows for Brit who smuggled Calais girl
France

Support grows for Brit who smuggled Calais girl

Support has flooded in for a British aid worker facing jail after trying to smuggle a four-year-old into Britain from the 'New Jungle' migrant camp in Calais with around 60,000 people signing an online petition in less than three days.

Italy abandons search for ‘dead’ Spanish hermit
Italy

Italy abandons search for ‘dead’ Spanish hermit

After days of fruitless searching, the hunt for a missing Spanish doctor, who was legally declared dead in 2010 but found deep in a Tuscan forest, has been called off.

Prince to start solo piano tour in Vienna
Austria

Prince to start solo piano tour in Vienna

Pop legend Prince will kick off his solo European tour in Vienna, with a gig at the Konzerthaus on November 24th.

‘Stressed’ French priest smashes Jesus statue
France

‘Stressed’ French priest smashes Jesus statue

A French village priest who smashed a statue of Jesus in his church has blamed the "stress and fatigue" of his job for the act, which shocked his congregation.

‘Nuclear catastrophe’ drill off west Sweden
Sweden

‘Nuclear catastrophe’ drill off west Sweden

Danish authorities are holding a staged nuclear catastrophe off the west coast of Sweden. Meanwhile southern Swedish residents heading over the Öresund bridge to Copenhagen should beware of a simulated terror exercise there.

Catalan independence threat could boost Prime Minister Rajoy in polls
Spain

Catalan independence threat could boost Prime Minister Rajoy in polls

Catalonia may have voted to kick off a process towards independence but the wealthy region is far from breaking up with Spain, and Mariano Rajoy could actually benefit in upcoming elections.

Trieste to pay families to host asylum seekers
Italy

Trieste to pay families to host asylum seekers

Authorities in the northern Italian city of Trieste, which lies close the Slovenian border, said they would pay residents €400 a month if they open their doors to an asylum seeker, as the city’s hotels and publicly-owned buildings reach capacity.

Ticket inspector exposes student in train toilet
Austria

Ticket inspector exposes student in train toilet

Austrian Railways (ÖBB) has had to apologise to a female student after an overzealous ticket inspector broke open the door of the train toilet she was in, thinking she was a fare dodger.

Garage owner’s ‘Jesus lives’ joke goes viral
Norway

Garage owner’s ‘Jesus lives’ joke goes viral

A garage owner from western Norway has become a minor celebrity after responding to the new sign erected on the wall of a neighbouring evangelic church with his own cheeky message.

Double decker? Man fined for crazy alternative to towing van in Spain
Spain

Double decker? Man fined for crazy alternative to towing van in Spain

The stunt, which has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times on YouTube, took dangerous driving to new levels.

‘Progress’ in Paris climate change talks
France

‘Progress’ in Paris climate change talks

Ministers and negotiators from more than 75 nations have made headway in talks ahead of a crunch UN climate summit in Paris, but "the task ahead is considerable", France's foreign minister said Tuesday.

Defence minister’s son in suspicious car crash
Switzerland

Defence minister’s son in suspicious car crash

The 18-year-old son of Defence Minister Ueli Maurer has embarrassed his father again by crashing the family car into a house after reportedly drinking.

Track charity head quits amid doping scandal
Switzerland

Track charity head quits amid doping scandal

Disgraced former IAAF president Lamine Diack on Tuesday resigned as president of the International Athletics Foundation in the wake of damaging corruption charges that have rocked track and field.

Danish app makes Ethiopian childbirth safer
Denmark

Danish app makes Ethiopian childbirth safer

In Ethiopia where almost nine in every 10 women give birth at home after pregnancies with little or no medical support, a mobile phone app is coming to the rescue with lifesaving guidelines when things go wrong.

Mas struggles to become regional president amid leftist rebellion
Spain

Mas struggles to become regional president amid leftist rebellion

The regional parliament of Catalonia failed in its first attempt to elect a regional president to lead a drive towards independence delivering a major blow to Artur Mas.

Nordic rivals gear up for Euro 2016 face-off
Sweden

Nordic rivals gear up for Euro 2016 face-off

Tensions are high as Scandinavian rivals Sweden and Denmark prepare to meet in the first leg of their Euro 2016 playoff tie in Solna, in northern Stockholm, on Saturday.

Pink diamond sets record at Geneva auction
Switzerland

Pink diamond sets record at Geneva auction

A spectacular pink diamond, the largest of its kind to ever appear at auction, sold for $28.5 million on Tuesday, narrowly beating auction house Christie's estimate.

Karneval season kicks off to lift winter blues
Germany

Karneval season kicks off to lift winter blues

The jesters will be awoken from their slumber on Wednesday as the cities of the Rhineland start their months-long celebrations of Karneval.

Denmark renews Sweden rivalry in face-off
Denmark

Denmark renews Sweden rivalry in face-off

Tensions are high as Scandinavian rivals Sweden and Denmark prepare to meet in the first leg of their Euro 2016 playoff tie in Solna, in northern Stockholm, on Saturday.

Terror, nuclear disaster drills to hit Denmark
Denmark

Terror, nuclear disaster drills to hit Denmark

Parts of Denmark will resemble a Hollywood action film on Wednesday as Copenhagen Police will be holding a planned terror exercise and a staged 'nuclear catastrophe' will strike the Kattegat off of Jutland’s east coast.

Lufthansa refuses to back down to strikers
Germany

Lufthansa refuses to back down to strikers

Lufthansa will not bow to demands from striking cabin crew, the company said on Wednesday after the failure of a legal bid to end the strike.

Sweden cashes in on new kronor banknotes
Sweden

Sweden cashes in on new kronor banknotes

Sweden's new banknotes have got off to a flying start. A month after their release, more than 1.3 billion kronor ($150 million) worth of new money is in circulation – in a country that increasingly prefers to pay by card.

How to make olive oil and wine ciambelline
Italy

How to make olive oil and wine ciambelline

A tray of these delicious and fragrant biscuits, known as ciambelline, can easily help you while away the long evenings, especially if you have a good bottle of sweet wine or mug of herbal tea to dunk them in.

Nine of the merriest Swedish Christmas fairs
Sweden

Nine of the merriest Swedish Christmas fairs

With the days darkening, it's time to start planning for the festive season. The Local guides you to some of the best Christmas markets Sweden has to offer.

Walter Zenga sacked after Dubai holiday
Italy

Walter Zenga sacked after Dubai holiday

Serie A side Sampdoria have announced the sacking of coach Walter Zenga amid reports former Fiorentina handler Vincenzo Montella will take over at the Luigi Ferraris stadium.

Geneva civil servant strike to continue
Switzerland

Geneva civil servant strike to continue

Striking civil servants in the canton of Geneva vowed another day of protest on Wednesday after walking out en masse on Tuesday to voice their discontent with government plans to cut staff and lengthen working hours.

Totti paid to thwart son’s kidnap: report
Italy

Totti paid to thwart son’s kidnap: report

Iconic Roma captain Francesco Totti personally paid a team of police officers for two years in a bid to thwart his son Christian being kidnapped, according to reports in Italy.

Bus driver’s refugee attack caught on video
Sweden

Bus driver’s refugee attack caught on video

UPDATED: A Swedish bus firm has apologized after one of its drivers was caught on camera when he launched an angry tirade at the group of asylum seekers he was driving across the the country.

Danish Christmas markets coming to town
Denmark

Danish Christmas markets coming to town

It's almost that time of year again, and towns across Denmark are busy organising another year of Christmas markets for the whole family. Here's The Local's guide to eight spots nationwide sure to put you in the holiday spirit.