Swedish economy beating European giants in 2016
Sweden

Swedish economy beating European giants in 2016

Sweden's economy is leaving the likes of Germany and Great Britain in its wake, figures suggest.

France makes it easier for pupils to get morning after pill
France

France makes it easier for pupils to get morning after pill

France has scrapped a clause in the rule book that meant only pupils "in distress" could get the pill.

Italian gran drives wrong way along motorway…for 7km
Italy

Italian gran drives wrong way along motorway…for 7km

The 80-year-old was returning home – in pouring rain - to Sassari after spending the evening with friends at a pizzeria in Alghero, Sardinia, but took the wrong direction on the SS 291.

Finally, west Germans are the ones trying to get into the east
Germany

Finally, west Germans are the ones trying to get into the east

A quarter century after the fall of the Berlin wall people are moving from west Germany to the former east in greater numbers than vice versa.

Meet Dynamite Erik, a Swede who blows things up for fun
Sweden

Meet Dynamite Erik, a Swede who blows things up for fun

The Local talks to a Swedish farmer who has turned his hobby of blowing things up into a YouTube sensation.

Severe storms and flash floods wreak havoc in Milan
Italy

Severe storms and flash floods wreak havoc in Milan

A hospital accident and emergency unit was flooded, while the River Lambro burst its banks.

Smoking near kids is ‘form of abuse’: Spanish experts
Spain

Smoking near kids is ‘form of abuse’: Spanish experts

A group of Spanish medical experts warns that given the serious health effects, lighting up around a child could be considered abuse.

French tax cops barred from using Google to probe Google
France

French tax cops barred from using Google to probe Google

Investigators were not able to use Google to help them probe Google.

A complete guide to France’s (many) ongoing strikes
France

A complete guide to France’s (many) ongoing strikes

UPDATED: France is being hit by strikes left and right - and you will probably be affected. Here's how.

‘Bringing my camera to Sweden was the best thing I ever did’
Sweden

‘Bringing my camera to Sweden was the best thing I ever did’

After less than a month in Sweden, Ahmad Aldurra had found an internship as a photographer for a charitable organization. He tells The Local why bringing his camera to Sweden was the "best thing" he ever did.

Don’t adopt Armenia genocide bill, Turkey warns Berlin
Germany

Don’t adopt Armenia genocide bill, Turkey warns Berlin

German politicians will vote on Thursday on a resolution to recognize the Armenian genocide. Ankara has threatened consequences.

Migrant crossings to Italy – what do we know?
Italy

Migrant crossings to Italy – what do we know?

With 13,000 people rescued in one week and hundreds presumed drowned, what do we know about migrant flows across the Mediterranean to Italy?

Man jailed for driving car with bomb into political party HQ
Spain

Man jailed for driving car with bomb into political party HQ

An unemployed man who drove a car loaded with a home-made bomb into the Madrid headquarters of Spain's ruling Popular Party was sentenced to five years in jail.

Puzzled cops pull pair of legs out of bin for second time
Germany

Puzzled cops pull pair of legs out of bin for second time

When police in Bremen found a pair of legs sticking out of a recycling bin, the body attached to them gave the same implausible explanation he had done four months earlier.

Confused Spaniard causes evacuation of Cologne airport
Spain

Confused Spaniard causes evacuation of Cologne airport

This might be the last time he decides to skip security...

American tourists flocking to Copenhagen
Denmark

American tourists flocking to Copenhagen

A number of new low-price flight options have given the Danish capital a major tourism boost.

Swedish police to trial use of taser guns
Sweden

Swedish police to trial use of taser guns

The weapons are designed to incapacitate assailants through an electrical current.

Isis storm Real Madrid fan club in Iraq, shooting 12 dead
Spain

Isis storm Real Madrid fan club in Iraq, shooting 12 dead

Spanish football authorities have condemned the attack on a Real Madrid supporters club, which left 12 fans dead during Saturday night's Champions League final.

‘I was fired from my first Danish job after nine days’
Denmark

‘I was fired from my first Danish job after nine days’

In the latest instalment of My Danish Career, we spot with British-Danish 'local expat' Henrik Cullen who overcame a rough start to find success in Copenhagen.

Rome risks rubbish pile-up as binmen strike
Italy

Rome risks rubbish pile-up as binmen strike

Rome residents fear a national rubbish collection strike will cause the city's waste problems to spiral out of control.

Majority: Ban tobacco sales for those born after 2000
Norway

Majority: Ban tobacco sales for those born after 2000

Six out of ten Norwegians support a proposal to ban the sale of tobacco products to anyone born after 2000.

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France

Air France pilots vote in favour of ‘long strike’

Just when you thought there couldn't possibly be another strike in France...

Swedish woman denied job because of her head scarf
Sweden

Swedish woman denied job because of her head scarf

Delight over tying down a summer job soon gave way to shock when the offer was withdrawn.

North and east Germany next to face fierce storms
Germany

North and east Germany next to face fierce storms

The German Weather Service (DWD) has issued a weather warning for the north and east of the country, after the west and south took a battering over the weekend.

Quiz: Silvio Berlusconi versus Donald Trump – who said it?
Italy

Quiz: Silvio Berlusconi versus Donald Trump – who said it?

With their perma-tans, riches and love of women, Donald Trump and Italy’s three-time prime minister Silvio Berlusconi are strikingly similar.

Tenants in Vienna may be overpaying rent by €8 million
Austria

Tenants in Vienna may be overpaying rent by €8 million

Tenants in Vienna are paying around €8 million too much for their homes, according to an organisation that monitors rent in the city.

SI NFGL members graduate at Stockholm City Hall
Sweden

SI NFGL members graduate at Stockholm City Hall

The diploma ceremony for the graduating class of 2016 was held at Stockholm City Hall on Friday. Congratulations to all new alumni!

How a quiet Barcelona block became a hotbed of protests
Spain

How a quiet Barcelona block became a hotbed of protests

Journalist and local resident Conor DeVries gives a first-hand account of the riots that have shaken one Barcelona neighbourhood.

Confused Spaniard to blame for alarm at Cologne airport
Germany

Confused Spaniard to blame for alarm at Cologne airport

A man has been arrested at Cologne-Bonn airport after a security alert forced police to evacuate all passengers.

Children jog among graves at Verdun: Was it ‘indecent’?
France

Children jog among graves at Verdun: Was it ‘indecent’?

The images of thousands of French and German children running through the grave stones to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the WW1 battle of Verdun has been slammed as “indecent”. Was it really?

Tourists turned off by all the French strikes and protests
France

Tourists turned off by all the French strikes and protests

The ongoing strikes and protests in France and putting tourists off coming.

Ten amazing reasons to visit Spain’s Canary Islands
Spain

Ten amazing reasons to visit Spain’s Canary Islands

To celebrate Canary Island Day, The Local takes a look at some of the best reasons to visit Spain's most exciting islands.

Fans threatening boycott of Johnny Depp’s Stockholm gig
Sweden

Fans threatening boycott of Johnny Depp’s Stockholm gig

But others were queuing outside on Monday morning.

Norway’s wealth fund passed on Facebook investment
Norway

Norway’s wealth fund passed on Facebook investment

The head of the fund declined to speculate on how much it could have earned by getting on board earlier.

PSG player Aurier held for hitting French policeman
France

PSG player Aurier held for hitting French policeman

French police detained Paris Saint-Germain star Serge Aurier on Monday after he hit an officer outside a nightclub, police sources said.

Fireman dies in Austria on flooding call out
Austria

Fireman dies in Austria on flooding call out

A fireman has died in Austria while out on an emergency call battling the fallout from severe storms in the Tyrol region over the weekend.

Former head of Zurich Insurance dies aged 59
Switzerland

Former head of Zurich Insurance dies aged 59

Martin Senn took his own life on Friday, the company has announced.

Granny, 91, walks away after falling under express train
Germany

Granny, 91, walks away after falling under express train

An old lady had a miraculous escape in northern Germany when she was run over by a train travelling at 160 km/h. She only suffered light injuries.

Ex-boyfriend of Rome student found burning to death probed
Italy

Ex-boyfriend of Rome student found burning to death probed

The student's burning body was found by her mother in the early hours of Sunday.

Danish man gets stuck in museum chimney
Denmark

Danish man gets stuck in museum chimney

Maybe he just couldn't wait until the museum opened on Monday.

Murderer escapes from Swiss psych hospital
Switzerland

Murderer escapes from Swiss psych hospital

A man convicted of murdering a young girl in the canton of Ticino in 2009 has escaped from a psychiatric clinic and is still at large 48 hours later.

Warnings for downpours and floods spread across France
France

Warnings for downpours and floods spread across France

France has been hit by violent storms all day - and there are more to come.

Italy hunts for more foreign directors in museum shake-up
Italy

Italy hunts for more foreign directors in museum shake-up

Do you fancy overseeing one of Italy's top cultural sites?

Good news: The Swedish summer has returned
Sweden

Good news: The Swedish summer has returned

Time to put away those waterproofs and bring out the bathing suits once more.

Batman takes on ‘corrupt bureaucrats’ in Austrian town
Austria

Batman takes on ‘corrupt bureaucrats’ in Austrian town

Residents of a small Austrian town get their own local superhero after 'Batman' announces his arrival to mayor.

Battle over Boateng unmasks the racism of the AfD
Germany

Battle over Boateng unmasks the racism of the AfD

Berlin-based journalist Musa Okwonga argues that the row over national footballer Jerome Boateng shows the AfD is a racist party - not the defenders of European culture they claim to be.

Tromsø is ’world’s third-best small town’
Norway

Tromsø is ’world’s third-best small town’

Norwegian world traveller Gunnar Garfors - aka ‘that dude who visited every country’ – says that Tromsø is among the best destinations on the planet.

Four-day metro strike brings travel chaos to Barcelona
Spain

Four-day metro strike brings travel chaos to Barcelona

Metro workers are striking from Monday until Thursday.

Migrant who survived boat wreck drowns in Italian lake
Italy

Migrant who survived boat wreck drowns in Italian lake

A 24-year-old from the Ivory Coast who survived a shipwreck in the Mediterranean has drowned in a lake in northern Italy.

Three dead as floods wreak havoc in southern Germany
Germany

Three dead as floods wreak havoc in southern Germany

At least three people have lost their lives as extreme weather, including flash floods, hail storms and lightning storms wreaked havoc in southern Germany on Sunday evening.

Weekend storms wreak havoc in Switzerland
Switzerland

Weekend storms wreak havoc in Switzerland

Storms and heavy rain cause flooding, power outages and landslides.

Denmark ready to cut off money to royal grandkids
Denmark

Denmark ready to cut off money to royal grandkids

Politicians appear ready to limit the number of Queen Margrethe’s grandchildren who get an annual salary from the state.

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France

‘There will be petrol’: France says shortages will ease off

Even though this week is set to be hit by further transport strikes the French government has defiantly declared “there will be petrol” as the fuel crisis eases.

Gibraltar leader fears Spain sovereignty push over Brexit
Spain

Gibraltar leader fears Spain sovereignty push over Brexit

Spain may try to force the issue of joint sovereignty with Britain over Gibraltar in the event of a Brexit, the territory's chief minister said in an interview aired on Saturday.

Zlatan’s sore calf forces him to sit out Sweden’s friendly
Sweden

Zlatan’s sore calf forces him to sit out Sweden’s friendly

So does that mean Slovenia will beat Sweden on Monday?

France braced for another week of transport strikes
France

France braced for another week of transport strikes

France is bracing for a week of severe disruption to transport after unions called for more action in their bitter standoff with the Socialist government over its labour market reforms.

American charged over police car attack in Paris protests
France

American charged over police car attack in Paris protests

An American man has been charged for his alleged role in torching a police car during anti-cop protests in Paris against France's labour reforms bill.

‘Sweden would not be able to defend Gotland’
Sweden

‘Sweden would not be able to defend Gotland’

Sweden would not be able to make a stand if it came to an invasion of the Baltic Sea island by foreign forces, one expert has said.

What’s on in Spain: June 2016
Spain

What’s on in Spain: June 2016

Spaniards celebrate the arrival of summer with a month of festivals, concerts, and fairs.

‘Sweden is the ideal place for my business’
Sweden

‘Sweden is the ideal place for my business’

Why Sweden's fitness craze and generous family benefits helped this Dutch entrepreneur launch her startup for mums.