Hedgehog rescue by fire service
Austria

Hedgehog rescue by fire service

A hedgehog got stuck in a sewage pipe that was too narrow and had to be rescued by the fire brigade.

Glock firing on all cylinders
Austria

Glock firing on all cylinders

Austrian handgun giant Glock, a major supplier to police forces worldwide and whose weapons are also hugely popular for private use, saw sales soar 55 percent last year, a press report said Monday.

Arson suspected at Berlin refugee home blaze
Germany

Arson suspected at Berlin refugee home blaze

A fire broke out at refugee accommodations made of shipping containers in a district in the far north of the capital early on Monday morning.

German judges’ associations call for headscarf ban in court
Germany

German judges’ associations call for headscarf ban in court

“Every external indication of a lack of objectivity should be avoided”, says the minister for justice in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

Why this quirky traffic sign is making Swedes do silly walks
Sweden

Why this quirky traffic sign is making Swedes do silly walks

The northern Swedish town of Haparanda has come up with strange new ways of crossing the street.

Alfano vows ‘Ventimiglia will not be Italy’s Calais’
Italy

Alfano vows ‘Ventimiglia will not be Italy’s Calais’

Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said on Monday that the Italy-France border town of Ventimiglia “will not be our Calais” following days of tensions over the migrant situation there.

This Swede’s amazing murals will make your jaw drop
Sweden

This Swede’s amazing murals will make your jaw drop

Yash has been brightening up Sweden's walls with his colourful and emotive paintings of animals and humans.

The easiest visas to get as an American in Germany
Germany

The easiest visas to get as an American in Germany

Want to stay and live in Germany but haven't quite figured out the whole job thing? We've got you covered.

How can France solve the problem of its bursting jails?
France

How can France solve the problem of its bursting jails?

France’s Prime Minister has vowed to solve the problem of the country’s record-breaking number of prisoners, but some say more jails are not the answer.

Chinese tourist loses wallet, becomes refugee by mistake
Germany

Chinese tourist loses wallet, becomes refugee by mistake

A young man from China was on a tour of Europe when his wallet was stolen in southern Germany. What happened afterwards is scarcely believable.

Italy’s top court OKs public vote on political overhaul
Italy

Italy’s top court OKs public vote on political overhaul

Prime Minister Matteo Renzi now has 60 days to set a date for a public vote on constitutional reform after it was given the go-ahead by the Court of Cassation on Monday.

Facebook: We aren’t culpable for German terror attacks
Germany

Facebook: We aren’t culpable for German terror attacks

Facebook on Monday dismissed complaints by German officials that it had not been helpful in fighting terrorism and urged authorities to better formulate their requests.

SAS sets all-time July passenger record

SAS sets all-time July passenger record

Nearly 2.5 million passengers flew with SAS in July, marking an all-time record for the month, the airline announced on Monday.

Spanish travel agencies cash in on ‘Poketourism’
Spain

Spanish travel agencies cash in on ‘Poketourism’

Spain has been hit so hard by the Pokémon Go craze that travel agencies are seeking to cash in on the global phenomenon with specialised tours.

Swedes demand Israel repair Gaza ship after court victory
Sweden

Swedes demand Israel repair Gaza ship after court victory

Israel impounded the Ship to Gaza vessel four years ago.

Parts of Norway could get August snow
Norway

Parts of Norway could get August snow

Wait, is this summer holiday or ski season???

Nervy French rail passengers asked for their last wishes
France

Nervy French rail passengers asked for their last wishes

Perhaps it was not a good idea to ask rail passengers in France what they want to do "before they die", while the country is on edge over repeated terror attacks.

Five year-old dead in firework mishap at Spanish fiesta
Spain

Five year-old dead in firework mishap at Spanish fiesta

The five-year child was killed during a village fiesta in Granada on Sunday evening when a firework exploded in his face.

Berlin only European capital that makes country poorer
Germany

Berlin only European capital that makes country poorer

In almost every European country, the capital is the engine of the economy. But a new study shows there is one exception to this rule.

Chaos as Delta computer failure hits Rome airport
Italy

Chaos as Delta computer failure hits Rome airport

Hundreds of Delta passengers were grounded at Rome’s Fiumicino airport on Monday after the American airline suspended all flights due to a computer failure.

No compensation for ‘bomb suspect’ who missed flight
Switzerland

No compensation for ‘bomb suspect’ who missed flight

Should Geneva airport compensate a woman who missed her flight after an item in her luggage was mistaken for a bomb?

Brace yourselves: autumn has officially arrived in Sweden
Sweden

Brace yourselves: autumn has officially arrived in Sweden

At least the summer was fun while it lasted, right?

History, art or wine buff: what kind of Italy expat are you?
Italy

History, art or wine buff: what kind of Italy expat are you?

Whatever motivated you to move to Italy, The Local's got you sussed. From diplomacy to wine, we've picked out the top ten expat tribes in Italy. Which one do you belong to?

Dogs lower risk of childhood ailment: Danish study
Denmark

Dogs lower risk of childhood ailment: Danish study

Dogs in the household “significantly reduce children’s risk for developing eczema”, a new Danish study has shown.

Man sentenced to psychiatric care for asylum worker death
Sweden

Man sentenced to psychiatric care for asylum worker death

The man accused of killing a worker at a home for young refugees has been sentenced for crimes of manslaughter, aggravated assault, and attempted aggravated assault.

Dozens stranded at Madrid airport in Mexican airline con
Spain

Dozens stranded at Madrid airport in Mexican airline con

They thought they were getting a cheap holiday but have been stranded at the airport forking out for over priced sandwiches for days.

This map of Berlin Wi-Fi names is oddly addictive
Germany

This map of Berlin Wi-Fi names is oddly addictive

Did your Wi-Fi make the map?

Rare panda baby born in Vienna Zoo
Austria

Rare panda baby born in Vienna Zoo

A newborn panda has become the latest addition to Vienna Zoo after the mother successfully gave birth in captivity.

‘Swedes have the right to decide what’s best for their nation’
Sweden

‘Swedes have the right to decide what’s best for their nation’

Anas Awad, from Damascus, has fallen in love with Sweden, its language and the people he now calls his 'Swedish family'. But he thinks Sweden could do more to capitalize on refugees' talents and desire to integrate.

Two locked up for life over restaurant shooting
Sweden

Two locked up for life over restaurant shooting

Two of the eight men involved in one of the most high-profile shootings in Sweden in recent years have been sentenced to life in jail.

Experts call for ‘migrant quota’ for top business jobs
Germany

Experts call for ‘migrant quota’ for top business jobs

Similar to the 'women quota', a government anti-discrimination agency wants to create a quota for immigrants for top leadership roles.

Here’s why France is still world’s top tourist destination
France

Here’s why France is still world’s top tourist destination

Despite recent terror attacks, France is likely to remain the world's top travel destination. Here's why.

Swiss hiker in Austria rescued after sending SOS to America
Switzerland

Swiss hiker in Austria rescued after sending SOS to America

Trapped hiker rescued after sending SOS message thousands of miles around the world.

‘Wealthy American tourists’ snub France over terror fears
France

‘Wealthy American tourists’ snub France over terror fears

And they might not be back any time soon.

Danish schools welcome thousands of refugee students
Denmark

Danish schools welcome thousands of refugee students

As students across Denmark return to school this week, many will be joined by new classmates who can’t yet speak Danish.

Hiker in Austria rescued after sending SOS via America
Austria

Hiker in Austria rescued after sending SOS via America

Trapped hiker rescued after sending SOS message thousands of miles around the world.

‘Pink Panther’ gang busted during Barcelona jewel heist
Spain

‘Pink Panther’ gang busted during Barcelona jewel heist

Police released an image of one of the disguises used by the gang - a dark, black wig and a pair of glasses.

Why you should learn to trade (and just how easy it is)
Sweden

Why you should learn to trade (and just how easy it is)

Not interested in working 9-to-5 for the rest of your life? Trading expert Clive Arneil explains how learning to trade can change expats' lives for the better.

The mystique of Asia – in the middle of Stockholm
Sweden

The mystique of Asia – in the middle of Stockholm

Have you ever tried Thai food cooked by Finnish chefs in central Stockholm? You’re missing out. The Local finds out why eclectic restaurant Farang is becoming such a hot-spot.

Concerns grow after chaos on Franco-Italian border

Concerns grow after chaos on Franco-Italian border

A seemingly spontaneous charge by migrants across the Franco-Italian border is a reminder of a problem that has not gone away.

Austrian far-right compares Turkey crackdown to Nazi fire
Austria

Austrian far-right compares Turkey crackdown to Nazi fire

The head of the Austrian far-right has compared the crackdown on political opposition in Turkey to a similar purge in Nazi Germany by Hitler following the Reichstag fire.

Erdogan: Germany is ‘feeding the terrorists’
Germany

Erdogan: Germany is ‘feeding the terrorists’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had harsh words for Germany as tensions between the two countries continue to grow.

Man dies in ‘unexplained’ Swiss luge accident
Switzerland

Man dies in ‘unexplained’ Swiss luge accident

A 44-year-old died on a luge at Jakobsbad in eastern Switzerland.

Hundreds dress in white to pay homage to Nice victims
France

Hundreds dress in white to pay homage to Nice victims

Nice finally paid respects to the victims of the truck attack.

Hiking accidents claim lives in Swiss mountains
Switzerland

Hiking accidents claim lives in Swiss mountains

Four die in accidents in the Swiss mountains over the weekend.

Norway youth parties call for drug decriminalization
Norway

Norway youth parties call for drug decriminalization

The youth chapters of Norway’s left-wing political parties have called for decriminalizing personal drug use.

The Basque beret: Peasant cap to ’emblem of France’
France

The Basque beret: Peasant cap to ’emblem of France’

The story of an emblem of France.

Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini is leaving: club
Italy

Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini is leaving: club

UPDATED: Inter Milan said on Monday its coach Roberto Mancini is leaving, citing a "mutual agreement" amid media reports the Serie A club's new Chinese owners decided fresh blood is needed to rejuvenate the team.

Drug manufacturing caused Stockholm explosion: police
Sweden

Drug manufacturing caused Stockholm explosion: police

The explosion and heavy smoke from a building in Skogås on Sunday led to bomb technicians and chemical specialists being called to the scene.

Italian fencer Garozzo wins men’s foil gold
Italy

Italian fencer Garozzo wins men’s foil gold

Italy's Daniele Garozzo won gold in the men's foil at the Olympic fencing on Sunday, defeating Alexander Massialas of the United States in the final.

Swede breaks world record to claim Olympic swimming gold
Sweden

Swede breaks world record to claim Olympic swimming gold

Sarah Sjöström smashed her own world record to become the first Swedish woman ever to win Olympic swimming gold.

‘Part of me was Swedish before I was Swedish’
Sweden

‘Part of me was Swedish before I was Swedish’

Pilates instructor Janessa Clark from New York tells The Local about how she started up her own studio in Stockholm.