Swiss watch exports take sharp plunge
Switzerland

Swiss watch exports take sharp plunge

Global exports of Swiss watches plummeted 16 percent in a year.

Glass pane falls from Berlin skyscraper onto moving car
Germany

Glass pane falls from Berlin skyscraper onto moving car

A sheet of glass fell from the 16th floor of the Bahntower at Berlin’s Potsdamer Platz onto a car as it was driving through the square on Wednesday evening.

The Germans who long for the life of an English gent
Germany

The Germans who long for the life of an English gent

For Germans chasing the ultimate in style, one man holds the key to dressing in the timeless manner of the English gentleman.

Why Sweden’s reindeer are still radioactive after 30 years
Sweden

Why Sweden’s reindeer are still radioactive after 30 years

How the Chernobyl nuclear disaster continues to affect Sweden's Sami people.

Who knew? Kim Jong-un reveals passion for flamenco
Spain

Who knew? Kim Jong-un reveals passion for flamenco

For the first time ever, a Spanish flamenco troupe has performed in North Korea, delighting its supreme leader, Kim Jong-un.

Italian teen killed by train while crossing tracks
Italy

Italian teen killed by train while crossing tracks

The 19-year-old, a student and aspiring model, was struck by the train in Milan.

Say it ain’t so! Denmark could face weekend snow
Denmark

Say it ain’t so! Denmark could face weekend snow

If you've put away your winter coat and gloves, it might be a good idea to dig them back out.

Teen ‘Salafists’ arrested over bomb attack on Sikh temple
Germany

Teen ‘Salafists’ arrested over bomb attack on Sikh temple

Police said on Thursday that two teenagers they have arrested in connection with a bomb attack on a Sikh temple in the western German city of Essen are linked to the Islamic fundamentalist scene there.

Denmark: Foreign criminals should serve time abroad
Denmark

Denmark: Foreign criminals should serve time abroad

A new proposal to outsource prisoners to third-party has political support but was called "absurd" by the Prison Authority.

SNAPSHOT: Ghaith and his ‘awesome’ class in southern Sweden
Sweden

SNAPSHOT: Ghaith and his ‘awesome’ class in southern Sweden

Introducing Snapshot, where The Local Voices offers a short, personal reflection on migration, integration, and life in Sweden. Today: Ghaith from Växjö.

Italy dissolves northern town council infiltrated by mafia
Italy

Italy dissolves northern town council infiltrated by mafia

It is the first time a northern council has been broken up over mafia concerns.

Rome transport staff pull sickie after four-hour strike
Italy

Rome transport staff pull sickie after four-hour strike

Surprised?

Happy Birthday Your Majesty! (Please visit Gibraltar again)
Spain

Happy Birthday Your Majesty! (Please visit Gibraltar again)

On the occasion of the Queen's 90th birthday, her most loyal subjects in Gibraltar are calling for her to visit.

Dating apps ‘to blame for rise in sexual diseases’
Germany

Dating apps ‘to blame for rise in sexual diseases’

The German government is concerned that dating apps are leading to a sharp rise in sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including a doubling in the number of syphilis infections, Bild reports.

Frenchman partially cuts off own penis after taking LSD
France

Frenchman partially cuts off own penis after taking LSD

A Frenchman will seriously regret taking LSD after he attacked his girlfriend, partially cut his own penis off, and jumped out of a second storey window, during what appeared to be a very bad trip.

Fellow inmates: ‘Bad man’ Breivik could get ‘a beating’
Norway

Fellow inmates: ‘Bad man’ Breivik could get ‘a beating’

UPDATED: Everyone in Skien prison is tired of hearing about the mass murderer, an inmate said.

Hamlet’s castle to host first overnight guests in 100 years
Denmark

Hamlet’s castle to host first overnight guests in 100 years

One lucky couple will sleep like the fictional Danish prince in commemoration of the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death.

Forget tampons and use sea sponges, says Catalan town
Spain

Forget tampons and use sea sponges, says Catalan town

The left wing CUP party in the town of Manresa, Catalonia, doesn't like tampons and wants a more ecological alternative.

Aer Lingus plane in near miss with drone over France
France

Aer Lingus plane in near miss with drone over France

The plane was about to land at Charles-de-Gaulle airport in Paris, when the pilot spotted the drone.

Dictator-tracker spices up Geneva planespotting
Switzerland

Dictator-tracker spices up Geneva planespotting

A Swiss journalist has launched a Twitter-bot which tracks aircraft belonging to dictators landing at Geneva airport.

Gothenburg’s six-hour work day hangs in the balance
Sweden

Gothenburg’s six-hour work day hangs in the balance

A trial of shorter days at a nursing home that made global headlines could end ahead of schedule if a motion gets through the city council.

Just one-sixth of Germans want own monarchy back
Germany

Just one-sixth of Germans want own monarchy back

Across the English Channel, Britain's royal family (themselves of German origin) are celebrating Queen Elizabeth II's 90th birthday on Thursday. But polls show Germans are content to enjoy monarchy at second hand.

Swedish Ericsson targets change as sales miss mark
Sweden

Swedish Ericsson targets change as sales miss mark

Profits rose, but not as much as expected.

Double murderer kills himself in prison cell
Austria

Double murderer kills himself in prison cell

An Austrian due to appear in court next week for the attempted murder of a policeman committed suicide in his prison cell last night, authorities have confirmed.

Spanish woman lay dead in cinema for a whole week
Spain

Spanish woman lay dead in cinema for a whole week

A woman whose body was found in a cinema in Valencia on Tuesday had been there for a week, officials have revealed.

Another popular Florence art museum is infested with ticks
Italy

Another popular Florence art museum is infested with ticks

Authorities in the tourism hub must be getting mightily ticked-off.

Court forces Paris high school pupils to smoke outside
France

Court forces Paris high school pupils to smoke outside

The court ruled that smoking cigarettes poses a greater danger to pupils than a potential terror attack.

Norwegian loses one billion kroner in three months
Norway

Norwegian loses one billion kroner in three months

Fuel price changes have left low budget Nordic airline Norwegian at a loss of 992 million Norwegian kroner ($122 million) so far in 2016, despite many of its aircraft being full.

Over €100 billion laundered in Germany every year: report
Germany

Over €100 billion laundered in Germany every year: report

Germany is considered an El Dorado for criminals who want to launder their money, a study for the Finance Ministry has found.

New map shows pesticide black spots in France
France

New map shows pesticide black spots in France

France sprays 80,000 tonnes of pesticides on its crops each year and it's clearly having an adverse affect on people's health.

Sweden cheers birth of baby Prince Alexander
Sweden

Sweden cheers birth of baby Prince Alexander

Everything we know so far about Sweden's youngest royal.

Blatter biography: Fifa boss was ‘Swiss secret agent’
Switzerland

Blatter biography: Fifa boss was ‘Swiss secret agent’

Ex-Fifa president Sepp Blatter carried out a secret mission to try to oust the president of Burundi last year.

Norway integration minister’s Mediterranean stunt backfires
Norway

Norway integration minister’s Mediterranean stunt backfires

Images of Immigration Minister Sylvi Listhaug floating in the Mediterranean Sea in a survival suit have sparked a social media backlash.

11 amazing houses that make you long for summer
Sweden

11 amazing houses that make you long for summer

Looking to get yourself a cosy place in the countryside or by the sea? Be inspired by the finest cabins in Sweden and Denmark.

French warned over heavy metals in canned tuna
France

French warned over heavy metals in canned tuna

Hooked on tuna? Read this.

Is Spain winning the battle against domestic violence?
Spain

Is Spain winning the battle against domestic violence?

Sixty women were murdered in Spain last year, beaten, stabbed or burnt to death by their partners. So what is Spain doing about it?

Inspiration: 8 of Sweden’s most colourful homes
Sweden

Inspiration: 8 of Sweden’s most colourful homes

Are you getting tired of all the monochrome interiors in Sweden? Amanda Strömberg checks out eight refreshing homes drenched in colour.

Why the Queen should return to Austria after 50 years
Austria

Why the Queen should return to Austria after 50 years

In celebration of the Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday today, The Local Austria has dug up an old British Pathé newsreel that documented her last visit to Austria back in 1969.

Why Sweden’s defence minister won’t back Trump
Sweden

Why Sweden’s defence minister won’t back Trump

"It's not a man I would vote for, I can tell you that."

Queen Elizabeth at 90: Is she really fluent in French?
France

Queen Elizabeth at 90: Is she really fluent in French?

There are not many Brits out there who can speak French at the age of 90, but Queen Elizabeth is one of them. But how good is her lingo really?

Frenchman opens fire after doctor refuses sick note
France

Frenchman opens fire after doctor refuses sick note

Some people are clearly prepared to go to extreme lengths to get signed off work.

Italy to deploy 300 officers at Austria border protest
Italy

Italy to deploy 300 officers at Austria border protest

The pro-refugee demonstration comes as tensions mount between Italy and Austria over border controls.

Police to deploy 300 officers at Austrian border protest
Austria

Police to deploy 300 officers at Austrian border protest

Italian police are planning to deploy 300 officers at pro-refugee protest taking place this weekend at the Brenner border with Austria.

Volkswagen to pay out billions to avoid court
Germany

Volkswagen to pay out billions to avoid court

VW will offer $5,000 to each US buyer of its diesel cars which were installed with emissions-cheating software in a bid to avoid a major court case, Die Welt reported on Thursday.

Finally Spanish PM meets with Catalan separatist leader
Spain

Finally Spanish PM meets with Catalan separatist leader

Spain's acting Prime Minister met Catalonia's separatist leader on Wednesday, a first in nearly two years as controversy rages over an independence drive in the wealthy, northeastern region.

Queen Elizabeth II: Why she loves (and loathes) Spain
Spain

Queen Elizabeth II: Why she loves (and loathes) Spain

As Her Majesty gets ready to celebrate her 90th birthday The Local explores her, sometimes, turbulent relationship with Spain.

Fights break out at far-right march on Hitler’s birthday
Germany

Fights break out at far-right march on Hitler’s birthday

Fighting broke out at a far-right march in Thuringia's second city Jena on Wednesday evening – the day of Hitler's birthday.

Dildos and stripping in secret contests at Swedish schools
Sweden

Dildos and stripping in secret contests at Swedish schools

Several high schools in Kalmar in southern Sweden have hit the headlines after girls were allegedly asked to suck sex toys, strip and rank porn stars.

US Army captain foils Denmark school attack
Denmark

US Army captain foils Denmark school attack

American who "likely saved the lives of Danish citizens" was honoured with a Danish Defense Medal.

Ban on insulting world leaders could be axed immediately
Germany

Ban on insulting world leaders could be axed immediately

Angela Merkel said it would take until 2018 to get rid of an obscure law used by the Turkish President to attack a German comedian. That's not fast enough for her critics.

7 reasons why the Queen should visit Switzerland
Switzerland

7 reasons why the Queen should visit Switzerland

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II last visited Switzerland in 1980. As she celebrates her 90th birthday, The Local feels it’s about time she paid us a second visit.

Swiss army ready to act in worst case migrant scenario
Switzerland

Swiss army ready to act in worst case migrant scenario

Switzerland has said it is ready to mobilize up to 2,000 soldiers should migrants continue to arrive into the country.

Five quirky fairs and festivals across Sweden this week
Sweden

Five quirky fairs and festivals across Sweden this week

From liquorice to beer to poetry, there's something for everyone.

Italy’s 5,000-year-old ‘iceman’ brought to life by 3D printer
Italy

Italy’s 5,000-year-old ‘iceman’ brought to life by 3D printer

Oetzi was found preserved in Alpine ice by hikers in 1991.

Brother of French jihadist fights radicalisation
France

Brother of French jihadist fights radicalisation

One brother shot dead soldiers and Jewish children in cold blood, the other is trying to make sure it never happens again.

Extremism is on the rise among Swedish teenagers
Sweden

Extremism is on the rise among Swedish teenagers

UPDATED: Radicalisation is taking place across the country, not just its largest cities, suggests a new report.

British skier dies after hitting snowboarder in French Alps
France

British skier dies after hitting snowboarder in French Alps

A British woman has become the latest skier to die in the French Alps after a fatal collision with a snowboarder.