Facebook fraudsters claim fresh victim
Austria

Facebook fraudsters claim fresh victim

Would you pay nearly 200 euros for accessing Facebook chat?

Man deported for saying he would ‘blow up Rome’
Italy

Man deported for saying he would ‘blow up Rome’

A Moroccan man was expelled from Italy on Tuesday after saying he was planning to "blow up Rome".

Rome airport cleaners in pilfered artworks racket
Italy

Rome airport cleaners in pilfered artworks racket

Police have dismantled an elaborate network of thieves at Rome’s Fiumicino airport, including cleaners, ground crew and passenger assistants, who were behind the theft of valuable paintings from passengers in transit.

MP takes legal action on Pegida death threats
Germany

MP takes legal action on Pegida death threats

Green Party MP Volker Beck has initiated legal proceedings against the anti-Islamic group Pegida and several of its supporters over death threats against him on its Facebook page.

Terrorists ‘wanted Yanks’ during Bataclan attack
France

Terrorists ‘wanted Yanks’ during Bataclan attack

Information leaked from the Paris terror attack investigations appears to suggest the gunmen targeted the American band that was playing during the attack at the Bataclan concert hall.

Spanish town celebrates crazy festival with flour and egg battle
Spain

Spanish town celebrates crazy festival with flour and egg battle

The eastern Spanish town of Ibi held its annual Enfarinats festival, a colourful and messy fiesta which sees revellers launch eggs, flour and firecrackers at each other in a mock coup d’etat.

‘Lemmy willed himself to die’: Swedish drummer
Sweden

‘Lemmy willed himself to die’: Swedish drummer

Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister, the legendary leader of the hard rock band Motörhead, willed himself to die after he was diagnosed with cancer on Saturday, the band's Swedish drummer has claimed.

Eight reasons Germany will truly rock in 2016
Germany

Eight reasons Germany will truly rock in 2016

Want to make the most of your expat experience in 2016? The Local gives you eight of the most exciting events going on in Germany over the next 12 months.

France third most deadly nation for journalists
France

France third most deadly nation for journalists

The shocking murder of eight journalists in attacks on the offices of the French magazine Charlie Hebdo in January made France the third most deadly country in the world for journalists in 2015.

One in four Swedish dads take no baby leave
Sweden

One in four Swedish dads take no baby leave

A surprising number of Swedish fathers do not take a single day's parental leave to look after their newborn babies, according to the country's social welfare agency.

Norway ships 60 tonnes of raw uranium to Iran
Norway

Norway ships 60 tonnes of raw uranium to Iran

Norway has contributed to the international nuclear agreement with Iran by helping transport natural uranium to the Islamic republic, the Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.

Pair arrested for keeping brother in hovel under ‘inhuman conditions’
Spain

Pair arrested for keeping brother in hovel under ‘inhuman conditions’

Spanish police have detained a man and a woman who kept their 59-year-old brother locked up in "inhuman conditions" in a tiny, roofless room adjoining their home.

Italy consumers to pay less for electricity in 2016
Italy

Italy consumers to pay less for electricity in 2016

As we head towards 2016, Italy’s national energy authority has given the population some good news - gas and electricity bills are set to fall.

Sweden rejects ‘British’ low salary model
Sweden

Sweden rejects ‘British’ low salary model

Sweden’s Finance Minister has rejected calls for a “British model” of low salaries alleviated by heavy tax breaks, as she seeks ways to create jobs for asylum seekers entering the country.

Ten reasons you should visit France in 2016
France

Ten reasons you should visit France in 2016

France has been top of travellers’ bucket lists for centuries, and there's never really a bad time to visit. But there's a lot going on here in 2016, from sport to art, so here's our list of what not to miss in France next year.

Norway celebs slam ‘racist’ nightclubs in Oslo
Norway

Norway celebs slam ‘racist’ nightclubs in Oslo

Several high-profile Norwegian celebrities have publicly confirmed study findings showing many clubs and bars in the city have racist entry policies.

Police probe mysterious death in Interlaken
Switzerland

Police probe mysterious death in Interlaken

Police are seeking witnesses after a man burnt to death on a street in Matten near the tourist resort of Interlaken in the Bernese Oberland.

Five truly inspirational interviews from 2015
Italy

Five truly inspirational interviews from 2015

An Afghan refugee, a student-turned-millionaire and a dare-devil are among the most inspirational people interviewed by The Local this year.

Swedes rush to ditch classic Nordic names
Sweden

Swedes rush to ditch classic Nordic names

Forget about Erik, Maja or Johan. More and more Swedes are choosing to swap their traditional names for more unusual or downright bonkers ones.

Police warn mum-in-law over booze-filled sweets
Germany

Police warn mum-in-law over booze-filled sweets

A woman from Bavaria reported her mother-in-law to police after she gave her 11-year-old grandson alcohol-filled chocolates for Christmas.

Spain’s strangest stories from 2015
Spain

Spain’s strangest stories from 2015

We have chosen a selection of the most read stories from Spain over the last twelve months from the slightly bizarre to the downright unbelievable.

Rain in Spain finally comes to the rescue in battle against wildfires
Spain

Rain in Spain finally comes to the rescue in battle against wildfires

After a week-long battle against more than 200 wildfires that ravaged northern Spain, long-awaited rainfall on Tuesday helped extinguish the blazes.

Snow forecast as festive season ends
Italy

Snow forecast as festive season ends

It may have been an unusually mild winter so far, but meteorologists are predicting wintry weather will arrive on Thursday, with icy air set to send the mercury plunging and bringing snow to northern Italy.

Ferry firm fights new ID checks in Sweden
Denmark

Ferry firm fights new ID checks in Sweden

A company that operates car ferries between Sweden and Denmark has reported the Swedish government to the European Commission for forcing it to carry out ID checks on passengers.

Ten truly inspiring interviewees from 2015
Sweden

Ten truly inspiring interviewees from 2015

A Syrian Stockholmer who stopped his refugee sister from drowning, an enthusiastic TV signer and a Swedish athlete who helped rescue a south American street dog are among the top ten interviewees who made us learn, gasp or laugh over the last 12 months.

Police seize cannabis worth €2m hidden in fuel tank of Spanish truck
Spain

Police seize cannabis worth €2m hidden in fuel tank of Spanish truck

Police made the haul after stopping a truck which seemed to be travelling without any cargo... until they checked its fuel tank.

Lucerne underwear thief to see jail time
Switzerland

Lucerne underwear thief to see jail time

A 45-year-old man who crept into women’s homes and stole their underwear will spend more than two years behind bars.

Biker war heats up with Reeperbahn shoot-out
Germany

Biker war heats up with Reeperbahn shoot-out

One of Germany's most notorious streets became the scene of a violent shootout on Monday evening when a member of a biker gang was attacked by gunmen outside a bar.

Christmas sales hit by strong franc effect
Switzerland

Christmas sales hit by strong franc effect

Swiss retailers made less money this Christmas compared with last year with some blaming the strong franc.

Drones to keep watchful eye in the sky over endangered Iberian lynx
Spain

Drones to keep watchful eye in the sky over endangered Iberian lynx

Conservationists will start using drone technology to track the world's most endangered cat as the species battles to survive in the Andalusian countryside.

Pimp who branded prostitutes with barcode jailed for 44 years in Spain
Spain

Pimp who branded prostitutes with barcode jailed for 44 years in Spain

Spain's Supreme Court highlighted the pimp's "horrific behaviour" and extreme cruelty when handing down the harsh sentence.

French cops find €2m of cannabis in truck’s tank
France

French cops find €2m of cannabis in truck’s tank

Police made the haul after stopping a truck which seemed to be travelling without any cargo... until they checked inside its fuel tank.

Danish firm to export dairy expertise to Africa
Denmark

Danish firm to export dairy expertise to Africa

Danish company SEGES is set to take advantage of new business opportunities in North Africa by helping the Tunisian dairy industry improve its milk production.

France to ban plastic bags from March 2016
France

France to ban plastic bags from March 2016

Single use plastic bags are set to disappear from French checkouts by the end of March 2016, the ecology minister said on Monday.

Italy’s youth shun the Mediterranean diet
Italy

Italy’s youth shun the Mediterranean diet

The fabled Mediterranean diet is at risk of dying out, according to a new study which claims that just 33 percent of all young Italians are now eating according to tradition.

Newly restored ruins lure thousands to Pompeii
Italy

Newly restored ruins lure thousands to Pompeii

Newly restored ruins in the ancient city of Pompeii, including a merchant’s luxurious dwelling, have attracted thousands of visitors to the site over the past few days.

Police reported for killing and freezing cat
Sweden

Police reported for killing and freezing cat

A Swedish couple have complained to a parliamentary watchdog after their pet cat was hit with a baton and put in a freezer by officers, after being injured in a car accident.

Refugee found dead in truck in northern France
France

Refugee found dead in truck in northern France

A refugee was killed on Monday when he stuck his head outside of a truck travelling through northern France.

Germany to spend €17b on refugees in 2016
Germany

Germany to spend €17b on refugees in 2016

German states are set to spend at least €17 billion ($18.7 billion) on refugees in 2016, in some cases double the figure for this year.

France’s top barely believable stories of 2015
France

France’s top barely believable stories of 2015

We've picked out a selection of the most-read stories from France over the last 12 months, featuring everything from high-flying sex to enterprising drug dealers.

Barça fires striker after just seven hours for old tweets against club
Spain

Barça fires striker after just seven hours for old tweets against club

A lesson in why it isn't a good idea to publically insult the team that you are then signed by.

Danish ferry firm turns away people without ID
Denmark

Danish ferry firm turns away people without ID

The Stena Line ferry from Grenaa to Varberg in Sweden has refused boarding to around 30 passengers since mandatory ID checks were introduced in November.

Arsonists blamed as 130 wildfires raze northern Spain natural parks
Spain

Arsonists blamed as 130 wildfires raze northern Spain natural parks

Amid unseasonably warm weather, firefighters battled over 130 wind-fuelled wildfires in northern Spain on Monday which officials suspect were deliberately set.

Ferry firm argues new ID checks in Sweden
Sweden

Ferry firm argues new ID checks in Sweden

The Danish company which operates the car ferries between Sweden and Denmark has reported the Swedish government to the European Commission for forcing it to carry out ID checks on passengers.

Germany gives green light to cycle Autobahns
Germany

Germany gives green light to cycle Autobahns

A new cycle super-highway is set to connect 2 millions Germans to their pedals, offering a greener and healthier commuting future.

France: ‘EU must crack down on fake passports’
France

France: ‘EU must crack down on fake passports’

France has called on the European Union to do more to detect fake Syrian passports like those used by two of the bombers in the Paris attacks.

Wolf hunting ban agreed for parts of Sweden
Sweden

Wolf hunting ban agreed for parts of Sweden

A temporary ban on wolf hunting in parts of the country has been ordered by Swedish courts, favouring animal rights activists in one of the nation's most hotly disputed environmental issues.

No Christmas break in migrant flow to Italy
Italy

No Christmas break in migrant flow to Italy

Around 4,000 migrants and refugees were saved from waters between Italy and North Africa over the course of the Christmas weekend, with further rescue operations expected in the final days of an "exceptional" year, officials said on Monday.

Year in review: Italy’s major stories in 2015
Italy

Year in review: Italy’s major stories in 2015

From criminal trials that made international headlines and Vatican scandals to crazy weather and a new discovery at the ruins of Pompeii, 2015 has been another eventful year for Italy. The Local recaps.

‘Sweden’s lead as tech nation could fade away’
Sweden

‘Sweden’s lead as tech nation could fade away’

To ensure Sweden gets the best out of future digitalization opportunities, the country's legislation needs to be reconsidered, writes Swedish economist Mårten Blix.

‘Sweden is a paradise but we’ve lost human values’
Sweden

‘Sweden is a paradise but we’ve lost human values’

New film The Swedish Theory of Love explores the Scandinavian focus on autonomy, asking whether Swedes have gone so far in their quest for independence that they are actually lonelier than ever. The Local spoke to the man behind the movie.