Ahoy! Swede builds giant pirate ship in his garden
Sweden

Ahoy! Swede builds giant pirate ship in his garden

A Swedish man has found Facebook fame after pictures of a giant pirate ship he built for his children when he was on sick leave from work went viral on Friday.

14,000 illegal immigrants disappear without trace
Sweden

14,000 illegal immigrants disappear without trace

More than 14,000 foreign nationals told to leave Sweden have instead gone underground, with police saying there is little they can do to enforce deportation orders.

The film project about what makes us human
Austria

The film project about what makes us human

Linda Coussement is a woman on a mission to film people’s personal stories as she slowly travels the globe - with the aim of spreading a message of empathy and connectedness. After spending a month in Vienna she is now en route to Budapest. She spoke to The Local about her project.

Italy spies on Playstation chat amid terror threat
Italy

Italy spies on Playstation chat amid terror threat

Scrutinizing communication among users of the ‘chat’ feature on the popular gaming console, Playstation, is among the measures Italy has adopted to detect potential jihadists across technological platforms.

Driver of Paris suspect pleads ignorance
France

Driver of Paris suspect pleads ignorance

A Frenchman detained in connection with the Paris attacks drove key suspect Salah Abdeslam across Brussels the day after the atrocities without knowing he had been involved, the man's lawyer said on Friday.

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Sweden

Dec. 8: Umeå Tech Arena

Germans reluctant to go green, survey finds
Germany

Germans reluctant to go green, survey finds

Most Germans might see climate change as a threat - but that doesn't mean they're willing to change their behaviour, according to a recent YouGov survey.

Berlusconi party puts up burglar killer candidate
Italy

Berlusconi party puts up burglar killer candidate

Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia party has put forward a man under investigation for culpable homicide to vie in Milan's council elections next year.

A Spanish startup delivery service is changing the way people shop
Spain

A Spanish startup delivery service is changing the way people shop

If you haven't yet heard of Glovo, you will soon and when you do, you may decide never to do your own shopping again.

‘She’s a forerunner and inspiration for startups’
Sweden

‘She’s a forerunner and inspiration for startups’

A US-born entrepreneur who has helped pave the way for women in tech has joined the ranks of some of Sweden's top innovators and businesspeople in a Swedish startup hall of fame.

COP21: Parisians urged to avoid public transport
France

COP21: Parisians urged to avoid public transport

Police have warned Parisians to avoid public transport this weekend ahead of the COP21 climate summit, just days after suggesting motorists leave their cars at home too.

The 10 greatest German Alpine ski resorts
Germany

The 10 greatest German Alpine ski resorts

This ski season looks set to be epic, with runs already open before December has even started - boding well for the rest of the season. We bring you the ten very best German resorts so you can make the most of it.

French priest compares Paris victims to terrorists
France

French priest compares Paris victims to terrorists

A French priest has been dismissed from his role after comparing those killed in the shootings at the Bataclan concert hall with the Isis extremists who shot them, saying they were "Siamese twins".

Danish man faces terror charges over Isis video
Denmark

Danish man faces terror charges over Isis video

Police said on Friday that a 19-year-old Danish citizen who posted an Isis video to Facebook with a text viewed as a “threat to kill infidels” was being held in police custody.

‘Benzema indirectly told me to pay for sex-tape’
France

‘Benzema indirectly told me to pay for sex-tape’

Mathieu Valbuena said Friday that France international teammate Karim Benzema "indirectly" told him he had to pay a ransom to get back a sex-tape of him with his girlfriend.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas as season starts in Spain
Spain

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas as season starts in Spain

From Christmas lights and markets to ski resorts, the Christmas season is officially starting in Spain this weekend.

Ten things to do in Italy in December
Italy

Ten things to do in Italy in December

If you're short of ideas for what to do in Italy in December, we've gathered a list of ten events that are well worth checking out, especially now that the Christmas season is almost upon us.

Man scales Colosseum over tour sellers ban
Italy

Man scales Colosseum over tour sellers ban

A 40-year-old travel agent scaled the Colosseum on Friday in protest at a new law which bans people from selling tours around the site.

Swedish court: ‘We cannot ban Pirate Bay’
Sweden

Swedish court: ‘We cannot ban Pirate Bay’

In a landmark decision, a Swedish court on Friday ruled that the country's internet service providers cannot be forced to block controversial Swedish file-sharing site Pirate Bay.

Children of same-sex couples protest marriage laws
Austria

Children of same-sex couples protest marriage laws

Five Austrian children of same-sex parents are taking the government to court over Austria’s marriage laws, which don’t allow gay couples to marry.

Italy’s prized pesto at risk as basil prices plunge
Italy

Italy’s prized pesto at risk as basil prices plunge

A key ingredient in the traditional Genovese pesto could disappear from Italian tables as plunging prices for a basil variety, cultivated in the Ligurian area of Pra', drive its producers out of business.

Norway border controls stop Syrians in Denmark

Norway border controls stop Syrians in Denmark

A group of Syrians were stopped from boarding a Norway-bound ferry in the Danish port of Hirtshals as a result of new Norwegian border controls.

Bavaria accused of hoarding Nazi-looted art
Germany

Bavaria accused of hoarding Nazi-looted art

A group of US Congressmen have sent a letter to Bavarian Minister President Horst Seehofer, urging him to do more to help return art stolen by the Nazis to its rightful owners.

Spanish feminists offend Catholics with giant plastic vagina protest
Spain

Spanish feminists offend Catholics with giant plastic vagina protest

The women are facing charges for crimes against religion for mimicking Spain's Easter processions - replacing the Virgin Mary with a giant plastic vagina.

Gibraltar: Fabian Picardo secures second term with landslide victory
Spain

Gibraltar: Fabian Picardo secures second term with landslide victory

Gibraltar's incumbent Chief Minister Fabian Picardo thanked his supporters for their "tsunami of support" on Friday after he won a landslide victory in a general election.

Wealth of 300 richest Swiss rises again: report
Switzerland

Wealth of 300 richest Swiss rises again: report

The 300 wealthiest families and individuals in Switzerland have a net worth of 595 billion francs ($581 million), six billion francs more than in 2014, according to a reckoning by Swiss business magazine Bilanz released on Friday.

Norway sees student mumps outbreak
Norway

Norway sees student mumps outbreak

The number of people infected with the mumps virus is the highest in years and is more than double the previous record.

Swedish-American investor chosen for Startup Hall of Fame
Sweden

Swedish-American investor chosen for Startup Hall of Fame

On Thursday evening, more than 500 people from the Swedish startup community gathered at tech hub SUP46 for the annual Swedish Startup Hall of Fame ceremony. Jane Walerud, a Swedish-American investor, won the award – becoming the first woman to do so.

Paris mayor urges city’s youth to ‘stay rebellious’
France

Paris mayor urges city’s youth to ‘stay rebellious’

Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo has commended young people in Paris for carrying on with their lives since the November 13th terror attacks, telling them to stay "curious and tolerant, cheeky and rebellious".

Swedish school: ‘We have not banned Lucia’
Sweden

Swedish school: ‘We have not banned Lucia’

A Swedish nursery school has insisted it is not banning a beloved December tradition after a Facebook message posted by a furious parent went viral.

Cologne fights drunks with walls that ‘pee back’
Germany

Cologne fights drunks with walls that ‘pee back’

In Germany, those who urinate in public places have their own name: "Wildpinkler" or "free pee-ers." But they're about to face a backlash in Cologne - in a very literal and embarrassing way.

Austria speaks out on Saudi human rights
Austria

Austria speaks out on Saudi human rights

Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz has openly criticized Saudi Arabia over its human rights record, saying that Austria considers the death penalty to be an "inhuman punishment".

Berlin suspects freed hours after terror raids
Germany

Berlin suspects freed hours after terror raids

Three suspects arrested in Berlin on Thursday night on suspicion of planning a terrorist attack were freed on Friday morning, police said.

Italy’s rail bosses quit ahead of privatization
Italy

Italy’s rail bosses quit ahead of privatization

All nine directors on the board of Italy’s national rail company resigned on Thursday as the government moved forward with plans to partly privatize the network.

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Sweden

Dec. 2: Career Day for Science Students in Aula Magna (Stockholm)

IN PICS: France pays homage to terror victims
France

IN PICS: France pays homage to terror victims

UPDATED: Francois Hollande declared Friday a national homage to the victims of the Paris terror attacks, inviting the French to decorate their homes in red, white and blue. The Local takes a look at the ceremony and the moving pictures of memorials across the country.

Austrian jihadist believed to have died in Syria
Austria

Austrian jihadist believed to have died in Syria

An Austrian jihadist who served time in prison in Vienna on terrorism charges and later joined Isis (the extremist Islamic State group) is believed to have died from injuries sustained during fighting in Syria, according to a report in the Österreich newspaper.

PM: Norway’s cows fart too much
Norway

PM: Norway’s cows fart too much

Norway has found itself in a serious discussion on cow farts after the PM said the animals’ gas release is too high, an allegation that a farming representative slammed as “putrid” and a sign of the PM’s “lack of knowledge”.

Syrian regime could help fight Isis, says France
France

Syrian regime could help fight Isis, says France

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Friday he could envisage Syrian regime troops taking part in the fight to crush the Islamic State jihadists that claimed responsibility for the Paris attacks.

German arms trader ‘sold rifles for Paris attack’

German arms trader ‘sold rifles for Paris attack’

An arms dealer from southern Germany has been arrested on suspicion of supplying the weapons used in the Paris terrorist attacks, German media reported on Friday.

Spain: A nation where two-thirds of population are flat-dwellers
Spain

Spain: A nation where two-thirds of population are flat-dwellers

More Spaniards live in apartments than anyone else in Europe, but why do they seem to favour flats over houses?

Italy showcases stolen pre-Roman frescoes
Italy

Italy showcases stolen pre-Roman frescoes

Five frescoes stolen from a fourth century BC tomb in southern Italy have been recovered by police and put on display in Rome, allowing the public to see them for the first time ever.

Moroccan man jailed in Spain for making video ‘glorifying terrorism’
Spain

Moroccan man jailed in Spain for making video ‘glorifying terrorism’

A man has been sent to jail for making and posting online a video in which he praised Osama bin Laden and called on people to wage jihad.

Zoophile abuse of horses decried by legal group
Switzerland

Zoophile abuse of horses decried by legal group

The number of criminal cases for maltreatment of animals In Switzerland rose to a record 1,709 cases in 2014, says an animal rights legal group particularly concerned about zoophile attacks on horses.

France sees big spike in unemployment rate
France

France sees big spike in unemployment rate

The number of unemployed in France increased in October by 42,000 from a month earlier, the biggest monthly rise in two years, the Labour Ministry said Thursday, denting the government's hope for good news ahead of regional elections.

Italy police find 800 Belgium-bound shotguns
Italy

Italy police find 800 Belgium-bound shotguns

UPDATED: Police have seized 800 shotguns destined for Belgium from Turkey at the northeastern port of Trieste.

France to mourn Paris terror attack victims
France

France to mourn Paris terror attack victims

France on Friday will mourn the 130 people killed in the November 13 Paris attacks, with President Francois Hollande leading a solemn ceremony in honour of the victims.

Bang & Olufsen shares soar on news of buyout
Denmark

Bang & Olufsen shares soar on news of buyout

Denmark could lose one of its best-known global brands after Bang & Olufsen reported that it may be partially or completely sold.

Final days of Hamburg Olympic vote battle
Germany

Final days of Hamburg Olympic vote battle

The finishing line is in sight. On Sunday Hamburgers vote on whether they want the 2022 Olympics to come to town and the result could be tight.

Will Swedish shoppers go nuts for Black Friday?
Sweden

Will Swedish shoppers go nuts for Black Friday?

Stores are pushing to convince Swedish shoppers to embrace US sales day 'Black Friday'. But will the phenomenon catch on?

Paris attacks push Danes toward EU justice rules
Denmark

Paris attacks push Danes toward EU justice rules

One in five Danes is more likely to vote in favour of scrapping the country's opt-out on EU justice rules after the November 13 Paris attacks, a new poll showed.

Police: we can’t protect Sweden from terrorists
Sweden

Police: we can’t protect Sweden from terrorists

After Sweden raised its terror threat alert to record high levels last week, more and more police officers on the beat warn that their weapons are not good enough to prevent a potential terror attack.