3D print of Oetzi the Ice Man revealed
Austria

3D print of Oetzi the Ice Man revealed

Scientists presented Wednesday a life-sized copy, made using a 3D printer, of Oetzi the mummified 5,000-year-old "iceman" found in the Alps 25 years ago.

How using BlaBlaCar to earn cash on work trips backfired
France

How using BlaBlaCar to earn cash on work trips backfired

A Frenchman has learnt that carpooling service should be used wisely and perhaps not with your company car.

Politician quits after refusing to shake women’s hands
Sweden

Politician quits after refusing to shake women’s hands

He said shaking hands with women violated his Muslim faith.

Podemos lawmakers launch hunger strike over refugees
Spain

Podemos lawmakers launch hunger strike over refugees

Four politicians from Spain's leftist Podemos party are on hunger strike in a gesture of support to refugees.

What on earth is this Frenchman really up to?
France

What on earth is this Frenchman really up to?

He just can't hold his tongue, but is it all part of a cunning plan?

Italian boss gives staff €200k of bonuses to celebrate 80th
Italy

Italian boss gives staff €200k of bonuses to celebrate 80th

All 200 workers will receive a bonus of between €800 and €1200 in next month's pay packet.

Q&A with Daniel Ddiba: Curator of the @Sweden account
Sweden

Q&A with Daniel Ddiba: Curator of the @Sweden account

NFGL member Daniel Ddiba recently had the chance to represent Swede online through its @Sweden twitter account. How did it come about and what did it feel like?

Four out of ten Swedes want Sweden to fight Isis
Sweden

Four out of ten Swedes want Sweden to fight Isis

Two fifths of Swedes think Sweden should join the war on Isis militants.

Copenhagen blooming with spring colours
Denmark

Copenhagen blooming with spring colours

The Danish capital has almost fully cast off the winter doldrums so The Local went out to capture some signs of spring.

Meet the Swedish man putting the Messi into baby changing

Meet the Swedish man putting the Messi into baby changing

A Swedish entrepreneur is branding baby nappies especially for Barcelona football fans.

Wannabe astronaut ‘blinded’ after Ibiza jump goes wrong
Spain

Wannabe astronaut ‘blinded’ after Ibiza jump goes wrong

When Yaiza entered a competition to go into space, little did she realize she would end up disabled and having to be signed off work for 800 days.

Germany’s most famous biscuit celebrates 125 years
Germany

Germany’s most famous biscuit celebrates 125 years

One of Germany’s very first national brands is celebrating its 125th birthday: The Leibniz biscuit.

Breivik wins over Norway in prison lawsuit
Norway

Breivik wins over Norway in prison lawsuit

UPDATED: Oslo court rules that the mass murderer's prison conditions are a violation of his human rights.

Germany spars with Belgium over ageing nuclear plants
Germany

Germany spars with Belgium over ageing nuclear plants

Belgium on Wednesday rejected a request by Germany to shutter two ageing nuclear plants near their shared border, arguing the facilities met with the strictest safety standards.

‘A sustainable Sweden must embrace diversity’
Sweden

‘A sustainable Sweden must embrace diversity’

To figure out what is Swedish you have to figure out what Swedes appreciate: clean air, clean water, a healthy environment, says business veteran Michael Treschow.

Ostrich hit by car after activists ‘free’ it from circus
Germany

Ostrich hit by car after activists ‘free’ it from circus

An apparent plot by animal rights activists went awry at a Munich circus.

UN fears up to 500 dead in recent migrant shipwreck
Italy

UN fears up to 500 dead in recent migrant shipwreck

The tragedy comes a year after more than 700 migrants died off the coast of Sicily.

Nazi flag sparks anger in Sweden on Hitler’s birthday
Sweden

Nazi flag sparks anger in Sweden on Hitler’s birthday

A Swedish town has hit out after a Nazi flag was hoisted at the town hall building on Wednesday.

Fury as teacher admits abuse of NINE children yet walks free
Spain

Fury as teacher admits abuse of NINE children yet walks free

A Spanish Catholic teacher who admitted to molesting nine young children won't set foot in jail because of a legal loophole.

What word do you use to describe Scandinavian style?
Sweden

What word do you use to describe Scandinavian style?

We asked Swedish Houzzers what style really means for them. Amanda Strömberg presents the 5 most popular answers – some of them may surprise you!

Are bright young Italians stuck in the fast food job trap?
Italy

Are bright young Italians stuck in the fast food job trap?

Burger King alone has promised 5,000 new jobs by 2021.

So what’s so bloody brilliant about Bordeaux then?
France

So what’s so bloody brilliant about Bordeaux then?

Everyone in France wants to live in Bordeaux apparently. But why?

Tasers and ninja weapons seized by Swiss customs
Switzerland

Tasers and ninja weapons seized by Swiss customs

The number of illegal weapons confiscated by Swiss customs officers has doubled in the past five years.

‘Border controls will stem migrant flow via Italy’: Austria

‘Border controls will stem migrant flow via Italy’: Austria

Italy says controls could cost its food industry alone some €10 billion.

Machete driver ‘forgot’ he was holding 60 cm knife
Austria

Machete driver ‘forgot’ he was holding 60 cm knife

A fight between two drivers that escalated to one of them being threatened with a machete has resulted in a eight month prison sentence for the owner of the knife.

Marine Le Pen to head to UK in push for Brexit
France

Marine Le Pen to head to UK in push for Brexit

France's top eurosceptic would love to see a Brexit happen because she hopes it may just bring about a "Frexit".

Sweden and Denmark UK’s ‘closest allies’ in EU voting

Sweden and Denmark UK’s ‘closest allies’ in EU voting

Denmark and Sweden could lose a valuable partner if the UK leaves the EU, according to a new report.

Denmark a bright spot in bleak global media freedom report
Denmark

Denmark a bright spot in bleak global media freedom report

The World Press Freedom Index ranked Denmark fourth in the world but warned of a "deep and disturbing" decline in media freedom around the globe.

Swiss press freedoms buck trend despite secrecy laws
Switzerland

Swiss press freedoms buck trend despite secrecy laws

Switzerland jumps up the rankings of the World Press Freedom Index but is criticized for its banking secrecy.

Press freedom in Austria under increasing threat
Austria

Press freedom in Austria under increasing threat

Austria has fallen four places in the global rankings on press freedom.

Two thirds of Spaniards want Britain to remain in EU
Spain

Two thirds of Spaniards want Britain to remain in EU

Some 67 percent of Spaniards insist the UK should remain within the EU.

Norway ‘almost flawless’ for press freedom
Norway

Norway ‘almost flawless’ for press freedom

The World Press Freedom Index ranked Norway third in the world but warned of a "deep and disturbing" decline in media freedom around the globe.

‘Imagine Madrid without gays’ metro advert sparks row
Spain

‘Imagine Madrid without gays’ metro advert sparks row

Madrid locals have been criticizing a poster in the city's metro which asks the public to imagine the city without gay people.

Anti-terror powers ‘unconstitutional’: top court
Germany

Anti-terror powers ‘unconstitutional’: top court

Some of the wide-ranging surveillance powers granted to German federal investigators are unconstitutional, the country's top court decided on Wednesday.

Who’s the Swede named the world’s best sommelier?
Sweden

Who’s the Swede named the world’s best sommelier?

Take your hat off, Italy. Eat your heart out, France. The world's best wine waiter is... a Swede.

Norway man admits more daycare sex assaults
Norway

Norway man admits more daycare sex assaults

Charged with raping a four-year-old, the man has admitted to five other attacks.

It’s curtains for police’s ‘porn’ blinds as locals spot gaffe
Italy

It’s curtains for police’s ‘porn’ blinds as locals spot gaffe

By day, the windows of a police station in a town near Turin seemed to be blacked out by ordinary blank sheets of paper. But by night, X-rated images of women appeared...

Was Freddie Mercury a better singer than Pavarotti?
Austria

Was Freddie Mercury a better singer than Pavarotti?

A study of the late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury’s vocal ability has revealed the tricks behind his “eccentric and flamboyant” style of singing, according to researchers in Vienna.

Four-fifths of Germans want Brits to stay in EU
Germany

Four-fifths of Germans want Brits to stay in EU

Germans were the most positive of five European countries surveyed about Britain staying in the EU, with almost four in five hoping Brexit will never happen, a survey showed on Wednesday.

Paris students invited to wear Muslim veils for ‘Hijab Day’
France

Paris students invited to wear Muslim veils for ‘Hijab Day’

Students at a prestigious university in Paris have been invited to wear the Hijab for a day, but some have seen the move as a provocation.

Germany slips four places in press freedom rankings
Germany

Germany slips four places in press freedom rankings

Germany fell by four places in the Reporters Without Borders Press Freedom Index, released on Wednesday, after more and more journalists came under attack at right-wing demonstrations in 2015.

Zurich firemen use crane to haul old elephant to her feet
Switzerland

Zurich firemen use crane to haul old elephant to her feet

Firemen were called to Zurich Zoo to help a 49-year-old elephant who had been pushed over by her herdmates and couldn’t get up again.

Italian judge asked to jail ultra for life over rival fan shooting
Italy

Italian judge asked to jail ultra for life over rival fan shooting

Daniele De Santis is accused of killing a rival fan before the 2014 Coppa Italia final.

Suspect in American au-pair murder case: ‘I’m innocent’
Austria

Suspect in American au-pair murder case: ‘I’m innocent’

A man suspected of murdering an American au-pair in Vienna has denied any wrongdoing and told police interrogators he was not even in the city when the murder took place.

French taxman ‘sends McDonald’s €300m bill’
France

French taxman ‘sends McDonald’s €300m bill’

McDonald's just got served a very unhappy meal from French authorities, according to reports.

Several German car makers ‘cheated’ on emissions
Germany

Several German car makers ‘cheated’ on emissions

German government testing shows that Volkswagen was far from the only car company which cheated regulations on emissions from their diesel engines.

El Hierro, the Canary Island aiming for 100% clean energy
Spain

El Hierro, the Canary Island aiming for 100% clean energy

The rugged Canary Island of El Hierro achieved its goal of producing all its energy using renewables on a day in February.

Almodóvar’s latest to compete for top prize at Cannes
Spain

Almodóvar’s latest to compete for top prize at Cannes

The Spanish film director's latest film Julieta will compete for the prestigious Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival.

Sacked Swedbank boss cleared of insider trading
Sweden

Sacked Swedbank boss cleared of insider trading

UPDATED: Michael Wolf, who was sacked from Sweden's biggest bank, has been cleared of insider trading.

Syrian opposition quits Geneva peace talks
Switzerland

Syrian opposition quits Geneva peace talks

Syrian opposition leaders leave Geneva saying they cannot take part in peace talks while civilians are dying in air strikes.

Norway court to rule on Breivik ‘torture’ lawsuit
Norway

Norway court to rule on Breivik ‘torture’ lawsuit

Verdict on mass murderer's claims of "inhuman" prison conditions is due on Wednesday afternoon.

Rome mayor hopeful says city ‘not fit’ for hosting Olympics
Italy

Rome mayor hopeful says city ‘not fit’ for hosting Olympics

The city has been shortlisted for the 2024 games but is racked by financial and structural problems.

Denmark extends Isis fight into Syria
Denmark

Denmark extends Isis fight into Syria

Parliament has approved sending Danish warplanes into Syria.

Geneva Eurovision organizers threaten to ban Romania
Switzerland

Geneva Eurovision organizers threaten to ban Romania

Romania owes a sizeable debt to the European Broadcast Union, which organizes the song contest.

France to extend emergency powers ‘until after Euro 2016’
France

France to extend emergency powers ‘until after Euro 2016’

That would mean France being under a state of emergency for almost nine months in total.

Swedish Brussels suspect now linked to Paris terror
Sweden

Swedish Brussels suspect now linked to Paris terror

Swedish national Osama Krayem, charged in connection with the Brussels bombings, has also been charged over the Paris attacks, Belgian media have reported.

Six secret ways to enjoy Stockholm on a shoestring
Sweden

Six secret ways to enjoy Stockholm on a shoestring

Taxis, booze and meals might cost more than elsewhere in Europe, but Sweden's capital's a surprisingly easy place to hang out, even if you're short on cash.

Calais fears summer chaos as migrants up bids to reach UK
France

Calais fears summer chaos as migrants up bids to reach UK

After a period of calm migrants and refugees are once again stepping up attempts to reach the UK and are prepared to do whatever it takes - including chopping down trees.

‘Only soft power can defeat radicalism’
Sweden

‘Only soft power can defeat radicalism’

Claims that a suspect in the Brussels and Paris terror attacks was 'brainwashed' in Sweden show the importance of soft power in the battle to combat radicalism, argues Abu Dhabi-based scholar and author Dr. Jamal Sanad al-Suwaidi.

France vows 20-minute armed response to terror attacks
France

France vows 20-minute armed response to terror attacks

France says unified approach among elite police units will allow for a speedy response to terror attacks anywhere in the country.