Swedish man jailed for starting mosque fire
Sweden

Swedish man jailed for starting mosque fire

A Swedish man has received a three-year jail for an arson attack on a mosque in January.

Education abroad: How to find an international school

Education abroad: How to find an international school

Moving abroad is a stressful process that involves many challenges, and one of them is finding the right school for expat children.

Should Italy really be getting so cosy with Iran?
Italy

Should Italy really be getting so cosy with Iran?

Italy wants to restore its economic clout in Iran. But is the rest of the world willing to accept that?

Bienvenidos a Blighty: Spanish workers flock to UK
Spain

Bienvenidos a Blighty: Spanish workers flock to UK

Record numbers of Spaniards have moved to the UK to find work and escape the economic crisis in their own country.

Pete Doherty to play Bataclan as part of reopening gigs
France

Pete Doherty to play Bataclan as part of reopening gigs

British singer Pete Doherty will play at the Bataclan almost one year after terrorist gunmen killed 90 people at the concert hall.

France’s ‘prettiest river’ polluted by huge… butter slick
France

France’s ‘prettiest river’ polluted by huge… butter slick

Only in Brittany could a beautiful river end up coated in hundreds of kilos of butter.

Why expats choose international health insurance

Why expats choose international health insurance

Having taken the huge step in life to relocate to a new country, it’s important to secure peace of mind in as many aspects of your new life as possible; and ensuring that healthcare will be available for you and your family is a must.

Seville celebrates its April Fair
Spain

Seville celebrates its April Fair

The biggest event of the year in the southern Spanish city got underway in style this week...

Swedes cheer immigrant worker helping homeless
Sweden

Swedes cheer immigrant worker helping homeless

A cafe owner who gave food to a homeless Swedish man who borrowed a chair has grabbed headlines after a guest shared his gesture online.

Brussels brothers ‘supplied arms for Paris terror attacks’
France

Brussels brothers ‘supplied arms for Paris terror attacks’

Isis have paid tribute to two jihadist brothers from Brussels who supplied the arms for the Paris terror attacks. Meanwhile Spanish police have arrested a man who supplied arms for last January's Jewish super store terror attack.

Fundamentalist preacher faces terrorism charges
Germany

Fundamentalist preacher faces terrorism charges

A fundamentalist Muslim preacher who started a “sharia police” force in western Germany has now been charged with aiding a terrorist group in Syria, prosecutors announced on Tuesday.

IN PICTURES: France’s spectacular kite festival
France

IN PICTURES: France’s spectacular kite festival

What does it look like when hundreds of kites fly over a windy beach in northern France?

Man arrested in Malaga over Paris supermarket attack
Spain

Man arrested in Malaga over Paris supermarket attack

Police swooped in on a man thought to have supplied weapons used on the January 2015 attack on a Jewish supermarket.

Norway extends border control measures again
Norway

Norway extends border control measures again

All ferry arrivals from Denmark, Sweden and Germany will be subject to checks through at least mid-May.

Norway man nabbed in Denmark for child sex abuse

Norway man nabbed in Denmark for child sex abuse

A man in his 20s has been detained in Denmark in connection with an investigation into an extensive abuse case in the central Norway region of Trøndelag.

Danish firms to build giant new bridge in China
Denmark

Danish firms to build giant new bridge in China

See the wild plans that "underline Denmark's world leading position when it comes to designing major bridges".

Bavaria train crash claims 12th victim 2 months later
Germany

Bavaria train crash claims 12th victim 2 months later

The death toll from a German train crash rose to 12 on Wednesday, a day after a rail dispatcher was arrested, accused of having been distracted by a mobile phone game shortly before the accident.

Americans put Sweden’s new phone number on speed dial
Sweden

Americans put Sweden’s new phone number on speed dial

Almost 56,000 calls have been made to Sweden since it became the first country in the world to launch its own phone number, with Americans leading the scoreboard.

Britain’s Queen is 90. That’s nothing, Rome is 2,769!
Italy

Britain’s Queen is 90. That’s nothing, Rome is 2,769!

Forget about Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, April 21st belongs to Rome.

Litterbugs could face hefty fines if caught in the act
Switzerland

Litterbugs could face hefty fines if caught in the act

Throwing your cigarette butt on the street could incur a 300 franc fine, under proposed rules.

Brits urged to come to France and get naked
France

Brits urged to come to France and get naked

French are urging Brits to drop their inhibitions and their clothes and come to France for a naked holiday.

2800 asylum seekers sent home from Austria
Austria

2800 asylum seekers sent home from Austria

Nearly 2,800 asylum seekers have been sent home by Austria in the first three months of the year as the country steps up its programme to encourage people to leave.

15 reasons Clermont-Ferrand is the best place in France
France

15 reasons Clermont-Ferrand is the best place in France

You might know it as the birthplace of the Michelin tyre company, but wait, it gets better.

Brussels slams Spain for failing to take in refugees
Spain

Brussels slams Spain for failing to take in refugees

Spain has welcomed just 18 refugees since signing an EU accord in September 2015.

Germany’s most expensive luxury flat sold in Berlin
Germany

Germany’s most expensive luxury flat sold in Berlin

Is the capital no longer "poor but sexy"? Berlin has sold off the most expensive flat in Germany at more than €19,000 per square meter.

Are 500,000 cats the solution to Rome’s rat crisis?
Italy

Are 500,000 cats the solution to Rome’s rat crisis?

Are feline rat-catchers the solution for Rome's rodent problem?

Norway police warn parents about Facebook Live
Norway

Norway police warn parents about Facebook Live

Oslo Police fear that kids' live streaming will lead to sexual attacks "soon".

British bands follow Muse to Nyon’s Paléo
Switzerland

British bands follow Muse to Nyon’s Paléo

Britain's Iron Maiden, The Chemical Brothers and Massive Attack join Muse at the Paléo music festival.

Swedish police hold terror suspect wanted in Germany
Germany

Swedish police hold terror suspect wanted in Germany

A man wanted in Germany is being questioned by Swedish security police after he was arrested at Stockholm's Arlanda airport.

Why gay Air France crew cannot skip flights to Iran
France

Why gay Air France crew cannot skip flights to Iran

Iran might have the death penalty for homosexuals, but gay Air France stewards should still work on flights to Iran, the LGBT union chief tells The Local.

7 things to know about Denmark’s ties to Mexico
Denmark

7 things to know about Denmark’s ties to Mexico

As Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto visits Copenhagen, we look at the countries' connections.

Austrian innovation in the hotel industry
Austria

Austrian innovation in the hotel industry

An Austrian businessman has helped to start an innovative company that could change the way hotels will run their business in years to come.

Battle rages over using army to fight terror on German soil
Germany

Battle rages over using army to fight terror on German soil

Top political leaders in Germany are duking it out this week over whether to change the Constitution to allow military deployments within the country's borders.

Panic as shark swims up Tiber river
Italy

Panic as shark swims up Tiber river

A two-metre shark has been sighted at the mouth of the Tiber river.

Sion’s deathly history brought to life in new exhibition
Switzerland

Sion’s deathly history brought to life in new exhibition

Visitors to Sion will be able to explore the history of funeral rites in Switzerland over the past 7,000 years in a series of exhibitions and events starting this spring.

Researchers meet Viennese to discuss life’s big questions
Austria

Researchers meet Viennese to discuss life’s big questions

Thirty researchers from around the world descended on a Viennese coffeehouse last night to meet some locals and find out what they think about life’s big questions.

Man on global terror list is arrested in Sweden
Sweden

Man on global terror list is arrested in Sweden

UPDATED: Swedish police seized the man at Stockholm's Arlanda airport.

Now ‘botched’ castle repair wins world architecture prize
Spain

Now ‘botched’ castle repair wins world architecture prize

A radical castle restoration that became an international joke has won a prestigious global architecture award, vindicating its architect.

Startups plan protest after Spotify calls for housing help
Sweden

Startups plan protest after Spotify calls for housing help

UPDATED: Entrepreneurs say they will fight to stay in Sweden, despite Stockholm's accommodation shortage.

‘German should be language of mosques’: conservatives
Germany

‘German should be language of mosques’: conservatives

A leader of Chancellor Angela Merkel's sister party is pushing for a so-called "Islam law" that would impose harsh consequences for Muslims who fail to integrate.

Family of man ‘too big for tomb’ warn overweight French
France

Family of man ‘too big for tomb’ warn overweight French

Relatives of an obese Frenchman are warning other families to take steps to avoid a similar trauma.

‘Honest’ Swedes as likely to fudge taxes as crafty Italians
Italy

‘Honest’ Swedes as likely to fudge taxes as crafty Italians

The stereotype of the cheating Italian has just been blown apart.

Learning from Stockholm: sustainability as a common sense of co-living
Sweden

Learning from Stockholm: sustainability as a common sense of co-living

SI NFGL member Natalia Mysak attended a leture on sustainable urban planning. Here she shares her reflections on the seminar - and what it means to be sustainable.

Man shot three times outside Copenhagen suburb home
Denmark

Man shot three times outside Copenhagen suburb home

A 23-year-old man was hit by up to three shots in the upper body on Tuesday night near his home in the suburb of Herlev.

Vienna police mistakenly release TV star’s photo
Austria

Vienna police mistakenly release TV star’s photo

Hollywood actor appeals to Vienna police to make it clear he is not a fraudster after authorities released his photo not realising the true criminal had used a fake profile.

French hotel giants Accor to plant veg to cut food waste
France

French hotel giants Accor to plant veg to cut food waste

French hotel giants Accor are going green and tackling food waste by planting vegetable gardens in many of their 3,900 hotels.

‘I wanted to offer Danes a taste of Aussie food’
Denmark

‘I wanted to offer Danes a taste of Aussie food’

Starting a business in a foreign country can be a daunting prospect but passion and a belief in what you want to do can take you a long way.

EU attacks Austria’s planned ‘migrant fence’ on Italy border
Italy

EU attacks Austria’s planned ‘migrant fence’ on Italy border

Italian ministers say the decision to build the fence is not based on facts.

Russian fury over Norway occupation show hits Sweden
Norway

Russian fury over Norway occupation show hits Sweden

A Norwegian mini-series has caused new tensions between Russia and the Nordics with its debut on Swedish television.

Hate crime against Muslims rises tenfold in Spain
Spain

Hate crime against Muslims rises tenfold in Spain

Extremist groups are channeling hate towards Muslims in the aftermath of jihadist attacks in Europe.

Rap star Will.i.am spends ‘awesome’ night at the Louvre
France

Rap star Will.i.am spends ‘awesome’ night at the Louvre

VIDEO: What was rap star Will.i.am doing spending a night at Paris's most famous art gallery?

Comeback star powers on in Monte Carlo
Switzerland

Comeback star powers on in Monte Carlo

Federer makes a flawless return to tennis with a win at the Monte Carlo Masters.

Russian fury at Swedes over occupation series
Sweden

Russian fury at Swedes over occupation series

Why a TV series is creating tension between Russia and Sweden.

Italians toast world’s thirst for country’s prized wines
Italy

Italians toast world’s thirst for country’s prized wines

Experts say punter's thirst for Italian wines shows no sign of abating.

Calls grow to scrap law on insulting foreign leaders
Germany

Calls grow to scrap law on insulting foreign leaders

The centre-left Social Democratic Party said on Tuesday that Germany should scrap a law against insulting foreign leaders – which has been used by the Turkish President to target a German comedian.

Why Italy is scared that oil rush will blight Dante’s beach
Italy

Why Italy is scared that oil rush will blight Dante’s beach

The debate pits environmentalists against the government and big business.

Hat-trick hero Ronaldo fires Real Madrid into semi-finals
Spain

Hat-trick hero Ronaldo fires Real Madrid into semi-finals

Cristiano Ronaldo inspired Real Madrid to a record sixth successive Champions League semi-final with a hat-trick.

Italy saves 4,000 migrants as flow to Greece recedes
Italy

Italy saves 4,000 migrants as flow to Greece recedes

War-torn Libya is the main jump-off point for migrants trying to reach Europe from north Africa.

French press blast PSG ‘fiasco’ after another limp exit
France

French press blast PSG ‘fiasco’ after another limp exit

PSG were eliminated on Tuesday night for the fourth consecutive year in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. And the French press didn't hold back.

French tax declaration season opens: Here’s how it works
France

French tax declaration season opens: Here’s how it works

As the (often dreaded) tax declaration season opens, we share all you need to know.

More cash for integration promised in spring budget
Sweden

More cash for integration promised in spring budget

UPDATED: Sweden's government wants to invest 500 million kronor ($62 million) in boosting integration, according to a new spring budget proposal.

The ten weirdest taboos you must never break in Sweden
Sweden

The ten weirdest taboos you must never break in Sweden

Don't. Just... don't.