Norway sees immigration numbers drop
Norway

Norway sees immigration numbers drop

New population figures released on Thursday show that the birth surplus is up and immigration is down.

Four teens charged over alleged rape on Baltic cruise
Sweden

Four teens charged over alleged rape on Baltic cruise

Four teenagers are facing trial this month accused of raping a woman on a student ferry trip between Stockholm and Finland.

Empty labour laws show France is impossible to reform
France

Empty labour laws show France is impossible to reform

All the labour law bill is good for is showing the world how France cannot be reformed, argues one very disillusioned company chief.

Police and protesters clash again in French cities
France

Police and protesters clash again in French cities

Demonstrations in France turned ugly once again, as violence marred more protests against the labour reform bill.

Austrian triumphs over ailing Federer in Rome
Switzerland

Austrian triumphs over ailing Federer in Rome

Swiss tennis ace Roger Federer's Rome Masters bid ended with a third round defeat to Dominic Thiem.

Headless Lübeck corpse turns out to be discarded sex doll
Germany

Headless Lübeck corpse turns out to be discarded sex doll

Police were called out on Wednesday to the scene of what seemed to be a grisly murder. But they were soon able to put the finder’s mind to rest.

7 incredible ways Spain has profoundly changed my life
Spain

7 incredible ways Spain has profoundly changed my life

British travel blogger Lizzie Jones tells The Local how living in Spain changed her life.

Wolf and nudity? Eurovision host mocks contest’s rules
Sweden

Wolf and nudity? Eurovision host mocks contest’s rules

Perhaps one man and his wolf will share a naked moment after all.

Where can you find the best beaches in Italy?
Italy

Where can you find the best beaches in Italy?

Italy now boasts five percent of all Blue Flag beaches globally.

‘Sweden gives artists the space to follow their dreams’
Sweden

‘Sweden gives artists the space to follow their dreams’

Why does Sweden have so many successful artists and songwriters? Do Swedes have a secret recipe for making it big in music? The Local asked Maria Molin Ljunggren, the woman behind one of Sweden’s most successful record labels, for answers.

MP recites explicit Erdogan bestiality poem on live TV
Germany

MP recites explicit Erdogan bestiality poem on live TV

A conservative politician extensively quoted a poem in parliament on Tuesday which accused the Turkish president of having a penchant for child porn.

Italian right seeks referendum to overturn gay unions law
Italy

Italian right seeks referendum to overturn gay unions law

A landmark decision approving gay civil unions was passed by Italy's parliament on Wednesday.

Right-wing populists can use Hitler beer hall: court
Germany

Right-wing populists can use Hitler beer hall: court

A Munich court has ordered the owner of the famous Hofbräukeller beer hall to allow a party meeting by right-wing populists the Alternative for Germany (AfD) – in the face of protests by the landlord.

Eight ways the French are different to Parisians
France

Eight ways the French are different to Parisians

Sometimes it’s hard to believe they are from the same country.

Storms lash Italy as cyclone Poppea strikes
Italy

Storms lash Italy as cyclone Poppea strikes

Half of Italy's regions are affected.

Spanish magazine boss punched over anti-Nazi cover
Spain

Spanish magazine boss punched over anti-Nazi cover

Spanish satirical magazine El Jueves is not in the habit of shying away from controversy.

Evacuation after chemical leak at Stockholm lab
Sweden

Evacuation after chemical leak at Stockholm lab

UPDATED: Five hundred people were escorted from a building near the Karolinska Institute following a chemical leak.

Rail boss Kern looks set to be new Austrian chancellor
Austria

Rail boss Kern looks set to be new Austrian chancellor

Signs grew Thursday that Austria's Social Democrats (SPÖ) will pick as chancellor the head of the national rail company, Christian Kern, following Werner Faymann's resignation.

‘Gypsy crime boss’ can stay in Denmark: court
Denmark

‘Gypsy crime boss’ can stay in Denmark: court

Supreme Court ruled against the deportation of the head of 'Denmark's most criminal family'.

World’s biggest cruise ship to finally bid farewell to France
France

World’s biggest cruise ship to finally bid farewell to France

After nearly three years in the building, the world's biggest cruise liner is finally ready for delivery and its first major voyage.

Foolproof ways to make French friends in France
France

Foolproof ways to make French friends in France

Been living in France for a while but can’t seem to make any French friends? We’re here to help.

‘Hoax’ or cunning plan: Macron for French president?
France

‘Hoax’ or cunning plan: Macron for French president?

The subject just won't go away.

Sweden may own Pirate Bay domains, says court
Sweden

Sweden may own Pirate Bay domains, says court

A unique ruling has been upheld by a Swedish court of appeals.

King of Spain stops for €11 motorway lunch
Spain

King of Spain stops for €11 motorway lunch

Is this why Spain's monarchy is Europe's cheapest?

Islam doesn’t belong here, say two-thirds of Germans
Germany

Islam doesn’t belong here, say two-thirds of Germans

The number of Germans who say that Islam is not a part of Germany has risen sharply over the previous two years, a new poll shows.

Farmer loses appeal in row over noisy cow bells
Switzerland

Farmer loses appeal in row over noisy cow bells

A Swiss farmer has lost his latest appeal against neighbours who demanded he remove the bells from his cows because they made too much noise.

‘Ice cream’ killer begins publishing internship
Austria

‘Ice cream’ killer begins publishing internship

The ‘ice cream’ killer jailed in Austria for murdering two lovers and storing their body parts in the cellar of her ice cream shop is to start an internship.

Danish minister to ‘Sharia’ troublemakers: ‘Get a job’
Denmark

Danish minister to ‘Sharia’ troublemakers: ‘Get a job’

Claims that local youths are trying to establish a 'Sharia zone' in Copenhagen's multicultural Nørrebro district prompted a visit from Danish Minister for Integration Inger Støjberg.

How Zlatan inspired Sweden’s young Eurovision star Frans
Sweden

How Zlatan inspired Sweden’s young Eurovision star Frans

The Local takes a look at six things you didn't know about Frans Jeppsson Wall.

Two bodies found on migrant wreck, but 600 still on board
Italy

Two bodies found on migrant wreck, but 600 still on board

Italy has begun raising the wreck of a fishing boat thought to contain the bodies of hundreds of migrants.

Danish ‘starchitect’ attached to Hyperloop project
Denmark

Danish ‘starchitect’ attached to Hyperloop project

Bjarke Ingels will reportedly design the Hyperloop connection between Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Man arrested for calling Swiss police 59 times
Switzerland

Man arrested for calling Swiss police 59 times

A Swiss man has cried wolf one too many times.

Everything you need to know about Italy’s Eurovision entry
Italy

Everything you need to know about Italy’s Eurovision entry

It's all here: from the song to set design to her favourite animal.

French rail workers announce weekly 48-hour  strikes
France

French rail workers announce weekly 48-hour strikes

Not content with a one-day strike, rail workers are to hold rolling 48-hour strikes each week instead.

Dozens chained to railings in Berlin disabled protest
Germany

Dozens chained to railings in Berlin disabled protest

Several dozen disabled people spent Wednesday night chained up near the Bundestag in Berlin to protest a new law they say leaves them disadvantaged in Germany society.

Historic Austrian palace roof goes up in flames
Austria

Historic Austrian palace roof goes up in flames

The top floor of a palace in Austria that once belonged to the Habsburg family has been destroyed in a fire started by a discarded cigarette.

Light on the horizon for Sweden’s unemployed youth
Sweden

Light on the horizon for Sweden’s unemployed youth

Youth unemployment is falling in Sweden, but the jobless rate among foreign-born citizens is still going up.

Norway finally outlaws stalking
Norway

Norway finally outlaws stalking

A new law goes into effect on Thursday that officially bans stalking.

Spanish couple given up for dead found alive off Borneo
Spain

Spanish couple given up for dead found alive off Borneo

Hope had been fading for the couple since officials announced their boat had sunk in waters off the Philippines.

Will amphibious buses solve jams on Cologne’s bridges?
Germany

Will amphibious buses solve jams on Cologne’s bridges?

Cologne commuters may soon have an unusual view on their morning bus ride if a plan to introduce amphibious vehicles on the river Rhine becomes reality.

Brexit fears: Spare a thought for the French in the UK
France

Brexit fears: Spare a thought for the French in the UK

It's not just us expats in France who are worried by Brexit, it's also the hordes of French in the UK. And none of them can vote.

Police hunt killer of man shot dead in St Gallen street
Switzerland

Police hunt killer of man shot dead in St Gallen street

The 42-year-old was slain by an unknown assailant at 5am on Thursday.

Last chance! Expat Brits urged to register for EU vote
Spain

Last chance! Expat Brits urged to register for EU vote

Tens of thousands of British expats risk disenfranchisement if they fail to register to vote by the deadline on Monday May 16th.

25,000 bees discovered living behind Madrid apartment wall
Spain

25,000 bees discovered living behind Madrid apartment wall

Experts believe the hive could have been hidden in the wall for up to two years.

Italian police unable to access terror suspect’s iPhone
Italy

Italian police unable to access terror suspect’s iPhone

Five months after the investigation began, Italian police are still unable to access potentially crucial information.

Job: leader needed for ‘medium size’ country
Austria

Job: leader needed for ‘medium size’ country

Have you got a good poker face? Can you network at a buffet table? If yes, a new job has come up in Austria that might be right up your street.

‘I want to talk to the Sweden Democrats’
Sweden

‘I want to talk to the Sweden Democrats’

Syrian journalist Ali al-Abdallah, 33, shares what he’s learned about integration through his efforts to use news and current events to get Swedes and newcomers talking.

Norway PM to focus on Arctic and trade at White House
Norway

Norway PM to focus on Arctic and trade at White House

The Arctic will be at the top of Erna Solberg’s list of things to discuss with Barack Obama when the Norwegian PM visits the White House on Friday.

French woman bites the tongue off her sex attacker
France

French woman bites the tongue off her sex attacker

A young woman in southern France reportedly managed to stop an ongoing sex attack by biting half of her aggressor's tongue off.

Why not everyone is happy with Italy’s civil unions bill
Italy

Why not everyone is happy with Italy’s civil unions bill

On Wednesday Italy became the last major European country to legalize same-sex civil unions. But is it the victory Matteo Renzi is trying to make it out to be?

Presumed jihadist could have Swiss nationality quashed
Switzerland

Presumed jihadist could have Swiss nationality quashed

A Swiss-Italian teenager linked to Isis could have his Swiss nationality withdrawn in the first such case in Switzerland.

‘Anarchy’ in small Italian town after all its police retire
Italy

‘Anarchy’ in small Italian town after all its police retire

(Or the Italian small town version of anarchy, at least).

Why it may become easier in France to be called ‘Nutella’
France

Why it may become easier in France to be called ‘Nutella’

Recent efforts to call babies Nutella and Strawberry in France have fallen foul of the name police, but a change of the law means it may become easier in future for the French to pick a wacky name.

Munich knife attacker sent for psychiatric care
Germany

Munich knife attacker sent for psychiatric care

A German man who killed one person and wounded three in an apparently random knife attack will be held in a psychiatric hospital not a jail, police said Wednesday.

Denmark picks F-35 in historic jet purchase
Denmark

Denmark picks F-35 in historic jet purchase

UPDATED: PM Lars Løkke Rasmussen said on Thursday that Denmark has settled on the F-35A Lighting II in the culmination of a years-long process to replace the nation’s fleet of fighter jets.

Masterpieces stolen in Verona heist found in Ukraine
Italy

Masterpieces stolen in Verona heist found in Ukraine

Police say the works were stolen 'to order' for a private collector.

Sweden arrests ‘terror recruiter’ wanted in Germany
Germany

Sweden arrests ‘terror recruiter’ wanted in Germany

Swedish police tracked down the man who's accused of recruiting people to a terror group in Germany.

‘Brexit would hurt UK ability to protect Gibraltar’: UK minister
Spain

‘Brexit would hurt UK ability to protect Gibraltar’: UK minister

Britain leaving the EU would "seriously impair" London's ability to stand up for Gibraltar, Britain's foreign minister said on Wednesday on his first official visit to the contested UK territory on Spain's southern tip.

Could this be the dream team that scores for Sweden?
Sweden

Could this be the dream team that scores for Sweden?

Here are the faces to remember alongside Zlatan Ibrahimovic as Sweden prepares for Paris.

First Muslim woman elected speaker of state parliament
Germany

First Muslim woman elected speaker of state parliament

A Muslim woman will sit in the speaker's chair at sessions of the Baden-Württemberg state parliament from now on in a first for any German state.

Jesse Jackson left with bad taste after dinner with Le Pen
France

Jesse Jackson left with bad taste after dinner with Le Pen

How did US civil rights campaigner Jesse Jackson end up having dinner with France's disgraced former far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen?

French government faces no-confidence vote and protests
France

French government faces no-confidence vote and protests

Both MPs inside France's parliament and protesters on the streets will demonstrate their anger towards the government on Thursday.

Sweden holds ‘terror recruiter’ wanted by police in Germany
Sweden

Sweden holds ‘terror recruiter’ wanted by police in Germany

Swedish police tracked down the man who's accused of recruiting people to a terror group in Germany.

Say yay! This is Spain’s entry for Eurovision Song Contest
Spain

Say yay! This is Spain’s entry for Eurovision Song Contest

Just who is this year's Spanish entry and does she stand a chance of winning? The Local investigates...

Five fab Eurovision parties in Stockholm this weekend
Sweden

Five fab Eurovision parties in Stockholm this weekend

From live shows to open-air dance floors, The Local looks at five of the best Eurovision parties in Stockholm.