‘I love Sweden. But I still wish to see Syria again’
Sweden

‘I love Sweden. But I still wish to see Syria again’

Journalist Abed al-Haj tells us what he loves about his adopted home of Sundsvall, why he’s afraid to save his Swedish phone number, and the importance of not showering after 10pm.

Parisians spend total of 23 days a year on transport
France

Parisians spend total of 23 days a year on transport

A new study makes depressing reading for people living in the Paris area.

What does two percent of Norway have against Sweden?

What does two percent of Norway have against Sweden?

This is how Swedish tourism bosses are hoping to convince not just 98 percent, but ALL Norwegians to come to Sweden.

VIDEO: Mass street brawl erupts at Paris migrant camp
France

VIDEO: Mass street brawl erupts at Paris migrant camp

A huge fight broke out at the temporary migrant camp in Stalingrad, northern Paris, pitting migrants armed with poles and pieces of wood against unknown missile-throwing attackers.

La Scala told to rehire dancer who spoke out about anorexia
Italy

La Scala told to rehire dancer who spoke out about anorexia

The ballerina was fired after suggesting one in five dancers at La Scala's school was anorexic.

Podemos members rule out pact to form government
Spain

Podemos members rule out pact to form government

Supporters of the leftist party overwhelmingly rejected Podemos entering a Socialist-led coalition government.

Arms trafficker held in Malaga to be extradited to France

Arms trafficker held in Malaga to be extradited to France

Antoine Denevi is wanted for arms and munitions trafficking and may have supplied the attacker of a Jewish supermarket in Paris.

Swedish energy giant sells German coal plants
Sweden

Swedish energy giant sells German coal plants

Swedish state-owned energy giant Vattenfall has reached a deal to sell its controversial German coal operations.

Film company to rebuild Danish Girl’s Dresden grave

Film company to rebuild Danish Girl’s Dresden grave

The Dresden grave of trailblazing trans woman Lili Elbe is to get a new tombstone – funded by the company behind a hit film about her life.

Norway daycare worker raped four-year-old boy: police
Norway

Norway daycare worker raped four-year-old boy: police

A man in his 30s who has worked at several area daycare institutions is charged with raping a four-year-old boy at a Bergen nursery.

Swedish Roxette cancel Europe summer tour
Sweden

Swedish Roxette cancel Europe summer tour

Singer Marie Fredriksson said her touring days are over.

Bad owners to sweep streets in Madrid’s war on dog poo
Spain

Bad owners to sweep streets in Madrid’s war on dog poo

Scoop the poop or spend your weekend cleaning up other people's mess.

Man fishes for lost key, pulls out hand grenade instead
Germany

Man fishes for lost key, pulls out hand grenade instead

A man in southern Germany took a strong magnet to a lake to try and find his lost key - but what came up on the end of his line would have offered a much more exciting way of opening his door.

Pope’s refugee families settle into Roman life
Italy

Pope’s refugee families settle into Roman life

The families had been chosen out of some 3,000 people at the camp simply because their paperwork was sufficiently in order.

Art stolen from prince by Nazis turns up in Italian home
Italy

Art stolen from prince by Nazis turns up in Italian home

The works were taken from the Prince of Luxembourg's villa by occupying forces in 1944.

Nine arrested in Copenhagen triple murder case
Denmark

Nine arrested in Copenhagen triple murder case

A majority of those arrested for the execution-style killings have gang ties, police said.

Why are there more people dying on French roads?
France

Why are there more people dying on French roads?

Are smartphones and Facebook to blame for the constant rise in deaths of French roads? Or is it a behaviourial issue?

Wedding guest hospitalised after party trick goes wrong
Austria

Wedding guest hospitalised after party trick goes wrong

A wedding party in Austria ended abruptly after a guest was handed a gas-filled balloon that then exploded, leaving him with serious injuries.

Booksellers bear burden of high Swiss postage costs
Switzerland

Booksellers bear burden of high Swiss postage costs

Swiss publishers can't compete with foreign booksellers because of high Swiss postal charges, publishers have said.

Sweden’s housing minister quits after extremism row
Sweden

Sweden’s housing minister quits after extremism row

UPDATED: Sweden's housing minister is stepping down following a week of controversies.

NGO seeks to integrate refugees, one friend at a time
Germany

NGO seeks to integrate refugees, one friend at a time

As Germany seeks to integrate over one million refugees and migrants who arrived last year, one Berlin non-profit group argues that the first step is simple: "Start with a Friend".

Thousands leave the Church of Norway
Norway

Thousands leave the Church of Norway

More people than ever are dropping their membership in the Church of Norway – could the approval of gay marriage be a driving force?

Major terrorism trial resumes in Graz
Austria

Major terrorism trial resumes in Graz

The trial of an Islamic preacher accused of recruiting and murdering for the terrorist group ISIS has resumed today in Graz.

Posh playtime: Inspiration from Swedish kids’ rooms
Sweden

Posh playtime: Inspiration from Swedish kids’ rooms

Swedes are crazy about interior design – even the kids have incredible rooms! Are you expecting a baby and in need of some interior inspiration for the nursery? Amanda Strömberg presents the most-liked Swedish children's rooms from houzz.se.

French hotels threaten Euro 2016 tax boycott
France

French hotels threaten Euro 2016 tax boycott

French hoteliers are fuming that Euro 2016 organisers Uefa have snubbed them and instead teamed up with a home-sharing web site as the tournament's official fan accommodation service.

Swedish mobile giant starts free social media surfing
Sweden

Swedish mobile giant starts free social media surfing

Telia is set to become first network provider in Sweden to allow customers to chat on social media for free.

Inspectors smuggle bomb parts through Cologne airport
Germany

Inspectors smuggle bomb parts through Cologne airport

EU authorities have managed to smuggle dangerous weaponry through Cologne-Bonn airport, raising concerns about the effectiveness of security controls there.

Prince cover on Frankfurt train takes musicians viral
Germany

Prince cover on Frankfurt train takes musicians viral

Two German musicians were giving an impromptu concert in the Frankfurt S-Bahn. But what happened next has seen their video go viral.

Frenchman’s ‘fish soup’ pizza beats Italy to world cup crown

Frenchman’s ‘fish soup’ pizza beats Italy to world cup crown

Italian pizza chefs had to be content with second and third place on the podium.

Terrifying: Woman leaps from burning building and survives
Spain

Terrifying: Woman leaps from burning building and survives

The woman dressed in just her underwear jumped out of the window of her third-floor flat after a fire broke out.

Eight dead, nearly 20 missing in migrant boat tragedy
Italy

Eight dead, nearly 20 missing in migrant boat tragedy

One of the survivors told the Aquarius crew there had been at least 135 people on board.

Second bomb incident in under a week in Vienna
Austria

Second bomb incident in under a week in Vienna

Police shut down road into Vienna on Monday morning in the second incident involving a bomb in a week.

Why the refugee crisis could keep this Swedish town alive
Sweden

Why the refugee crisis could keep this Swedish town alive

Could 700 refugees breathe life into this former mining town before it is too late?

Family in handshake row wants to be Swiss
Switzerland

Family in handshake row wants to be Swiss

Politicians react to news that the father of the two Muslim schoolboys who refused to shake hands with their female teachers has applied for Swiss citizenship.

At least 2,000 catch stomach bug from bottled water
Spain

At least 2,000 catch stomach bug from bottled water

More than 2,000 people have been affected by an outbreak of gastroenteritis after drinking contaminated bottled water in the region of Catalonia.

Muslims label AfD ‘Nazis’ over plan to ban minarets
Germany

Muslims label AfD ‘Nazis’ over plan to ban minarets

The Central Council of Muslims responded in unequivocal terms to a hard anti-Islam stance announced by the populist Alternative for Germany party over the weekend.

Police calm hipster frenzy at Berlin vegan restaurant
Germany

Police calm hipster frenzy at Berlin vegan restaurant

Has hipster gentrification gone too far in Berlin? As police battle hordes of trend-seekers hungry for vegan snacks, the question has to be asked.

Norway girl, 6, gave homeless man 5,000 kroner – by mistake
Norway

Norway girl, 6, gave homeless man 5,000 kroner – by mistake

They say that no good deed goes unpunished and a six-year-old Norwegian girl learned that lesson earlier than most over the weekend.

Ten rulings that will make you think Italy’s judges are crazy
Italy

Ten rulings that will make you think Italy’s judges are crazy

Be warned: telling a man he has "no balls" in Italy is a crime.

Does French cinema also have a problem with race?
France

Does French cinema also have a problem with race?

A new movie about the life of France's first black celebrity is challenging audiences to consider whether Hollywood's notorious diversity problem is also an issue in France.

Pegida demo in Vienna short on numbers
Austria

Pegida demo in Vienna short on numbers

A rally organised by the far-right anti-Islamic group PEGIDA in Vienna was called off by organisers after hardly any supporters showed up on the day.

Police free 29 Chinese sex slaves in Spain
Spain

Police free 29 Chinese sex slaves in Spain

Police rescued 29 Chinese women who had been drugged and forced into prostitution in hotels and nightclubs across Spain in an operation that smashed a human trafficking ring.

Cows lure bull away from railway line in Chur
Switzerland

Cows lure bull away from railway line in Chur

A 600 kilo bull found loitering on railway tracks near Chur was enticed away by a herd of heifers.

Child witnessed double murder on Danish island
Denmark

Child witnessed double murder on Danish island

A Langeland family drama turned tragic on Sunday night.

Germany ‘would be biggest loser from Brexit’
Germany

Germany ‘would be biggest loser from Brexit’

One of Germany’s leading economists says Europe’s largest economy would have the most to lose if Britain left the EU.

Thousands of Basques march for return of Eta prisoners
Spain

Thousands of Basques march for return of Eta prisoners

They were calling for the return of Eta prisoners held outside the region.

How to launch your international career

How to launch your international career

For many professionals, borders are a thing of the past. But how do you turn your international mindset into a flourishing career?

Fairytale of French baker and the beggar turns sour
France

Fairytale of French baker and the beggar turns sour

A heartwarming story of a generous French baker has back-fired.

Italy oil and gas vote flops because of low turnout
Italy

Italy oil and gas vote flops because of low turnout

Turnout stood at around 32 percent.

Missing Swede caught train to Brussels ‘to drink coffee’
Sweden

Missing Swede caught train to Brussels ‘to drink coffee’

A woman in her eighties who was reported missing from southern Sweden has turned up in Belgium.

Denmark celebrates its newest citizens
Denmark

Denmark celebrates its newest citizens

Denmark honoured its newest citizens on Sunday at the annual ‘citizenship day’ at Christiansborg.

Italian police posing as pizza delivery boys nab mafia boss
Italy

Italian police posing as pizza delivery boys nab mafia boss

Roberto Manganiello has been on the run since 2013.

VIDEO: Frenchwoman with baby fights off armed robber
France

VIDEO: Frenchwoman with baby fights off armed robber

Don’t mess with the landlords of Normandy bars, even ones carrying babies. Watch for yourself.

Czechs shatter Swiss dreams of Fed Cup final
Switzerland

Czechs shatter Swiss dreams of Fed Cup final

Switzerland's dream of making its first Fed Cup final since 1998 was ended by the Czech Republic in the deciding doubles.

Swexit? Support for EU plummets in Sweden
Sweden

Swexit? Support for EU plummets in Sweden

There's been a big drop in the number of Swedes who say they back their home country being in the EU.

Violence undermines France’s ‘Nuit Debout’ movement
France

Violence undermines France’s ‘Nuit Debout’ movement

The nightly "Nuit Debout" protests in Paris are in danger of being hijacked by extremists intent on battling the police and smashing up banks.

‘Sweden has to be able to attract global talent’
Sweden

‘Sweden has to be able to attract global talent’

Why British entrepreneur Jason Dainter loves Sweden's startup scene, but thinks it is high time it stepped up its game.