‘Sensational’ mammoth tusks found near Vienna
Austria

‘Sensational’ mammoth tusks found near Vienna

Experts in Austria have excavated two giant mammoth tusks thought to be over a million years old under roadworks just north of Vienna.

Is German diplomacy getting too chummy with Russia?
Germany

Is German diplomacy getting too chummy with Russia?

Critics have been questioning the German Foreign Minister's recent series of comments about working closer with Russia, with some labelling the diplomat a "Russia-sympathizer".

16 things you almost certainly didn’t know about France
France

16 things you almost certainly didn’t know about France

Here are 16 facts from the brand new trivia book "F is for France". Did you know any of them? Be honest now.

Police investigate after mosque door is bricked shut
Germany

Police investigate after mosque door is bricked shut

Unknown people have bricked up the entrance to a mosque in northeastern Germany and stuck racist flyers to their masonry work.

Bretons bathe fully clothed as Muslim asked to leave beach
France

Bretons bathe fully clothed as Muslim asked to leave beach

Protesters in Brittany take to the sea fully clothed after video emerges of a veil-wearing Muslim woman being asked to leave the beach in Nice, despite France's top court ruling burqini-bans are illegal.

Italy quake: homeless to leave tent camps next month
Italy

Italy quake: homeless to leave tent camps next month

Those left homeless after Wednesday's devastating earthquake in central Italy will be moved out of their tent camps by the end of September.

Swedes discover secret 150-metre-long cave
Sweden

Swedes discover secret 150-metre-long cave

They are believed to be the first people to venture into this hidden cave on the Baltic island of Gotland.

Madrid LGBT group takes action over ‘gay cure therapy’
Spain

Madrid LGBT group takes action over ‘gay cure therapy’

A Spanish pressure group that fights against homophobia has filed a complaint against a therapist who offers “to cure homosexuality”.

Law to force mums to give up identity of child’s real father
Germany

Law to force mums to give up identity of child’s real father

Germany has drafted a law requiring mothers to inform their partners if their children were fathered by another man, Justice Minister Heiko Maas said on Monday.

Germans race bulls too, but with a difference
Germany

Germans race bulls too, but with a difference

The most important sporting events only happen every four years: the World Cup, the Olympics, and of course the Münsing ox race.

Swedish couple banned from owning animals kept 100 cats
Sweden

Swedish couple banned from owning animals kept 100 cats

Animal protection officers seized around 100 cats from the couple in Halland.

Expat Spain: Warm, friendly and brilliant for family life
Spain

Expat Spain: Warm, friendly and brilliant for family life

A great climate and friendly locals make up for the lack of career opportunities in Spain, according to a survey ranking the quality of life for expats around the world.

Expats say it’s not just Norway’s weather that’s cold
Norway

Expats say it’s not just Norway’s weather that’s cold

Norway is one of the hardest countries to settle in to as a foreigners, according to a new survey.

No arrests after boy’s death in Gothenburg grenade attack
Sweden

No arrests after boy’s death in Gothenburg grenade attack

UPDATED: Almost 200 people paid their respects at the funeral of an eight-year-old boy killed in a Gothenburg grenade attack. But police told The Local they have yet to make any arrests in the case.

Why expats are still happy about life in France
France

Why expats are still happy about life in France

Despite the fear over the heightened risk of terror attacks, expats are still very much content with the quality of life in France, a new survey has shown. Although there are drawbacks as well as positives.

Expats: Denmark ‘world’s worst’ for making friends
Denmark

Expats: Denmark ‘world’s worst’ for making friends

UPDATED: Denmark is one of the hardest countries to settle in to as a foreigners, according to a new survey.

Facebook CEO in Rome for chat with staff…and a jog
Italy

Facebook CEO in Rome for chat with staff…and a jog

The billionaire arrived in the Italian capital after spending a week in Lake Como, where he attended the wedding of Sofia and Daniel Ek, the CEO of Spotify.

Drug offences highest in Austria for a decade
Austria

Drug offences highest in Austria for a decade

Austria saw a boom in drug offences last year with narcotics worth around €28 million seized by authorities.

Gene makes coffee-lovers full of beans: Italian study
Italy

Gene makes coffee-lovers full of beans: Italian study

A groundbreaking study carried out in coffee-mad Italy has helped identify a gene scientists say could regulate our appetite for espressos and cappuccinos.

Why Switzerland is getting worse for expats
Switzerland

Why Switzerland is getting worse for expats

Switzerland plunges 17 places in a global survey of expat life.

Attempted murder charge for Isis teen who stabbed cop
Germany

Attempted murder charge for Isis teen who stabbed cop

German federal prosecutors said Monday they had brought charges against a 16-year-old girl who allegedly stabbed a policeman in February in an operation for Isis.

Is this the most Swedish wedding cake ever?
Sweden

Is this the most Swedish wedding cake ever?

That's a lot of balls!

The incredible hero dogs of Italy’s earthquake
Italy

The incredible hero dogs of Italy’s earthquake

For 40 minutes before an earthquake struck central Italy in the early hours of last Wednesday, a pet dog, living with its family in Poggio Castellano, a hamlet near Amatrice, kept barking.

Austrian commits robbery so he can ‘start over’ in prison
Austria

Austrian commits robbery so he can ‘start over’ in prison

An Austrian who robbed a fast food restaurant in Vienna told police he did it because he wanted to be jailed so he could have fresh start.

Calais camp ‘to pass 10,000’ as UK warned over border
France

Calais camp ‘to pass 10,000’ as UK warned over border

The camp's population has more than doubled since June, police say, as French politicians again call for the border deal with the UK to be torn up.

Swiss company’s Zika test to be used in US
Switzerland

Swiss company’s Zika test to be used in US

US regulators issue emergency authorization to use Roche's not-yet-approved diagnostic test for detecting the Zika virus.

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Sweden

Sept. 7-8: Internet of Things Conference

(Ideon Science Park, Lund)

Why Jordan is the ‘Different’ East

Why Jordan is the ‘Different’ East

It’s time to stop lumping Jordan together with other travel destinations in the ‘Middle’ East – it’s different in more ways than you might think.

Rising tensions spark rise in violence at asylum centres
Switzerland

Rising tensions spark rise in violence at asylum centres

Frustrations are spilling over in refugee centres in Switzerland causing an increasing number of confrontations between residents, according to reports.

‘Unfriendly’ Swedes give expats the cold shoulder
Sweden

‘Unfriendly’ Swedes give expats the cold shoulder

Sweden is among the most difficult countries for foreigners to feel at home in, according to a new survey.

Sweden’s most beautiful places revealed
Sweden

Sweden’s most beautiful places revealed

Is the west coast the best coast?

Expert predicts far-right to win Austrian election
Austria

Expert predicts far-right to win Austrian election

Around 15% of Austrian swing voters are still undecided about who they will support in the presidential election re-run, although one expert predicts the far-right candidate will win.

Costa del Sol beach closed over shark fears
Spain

Costa del Sol beach closed over shark fears

Thought jellyfish were a nuisance? Fuengirola just got a lot scarier.

Nearly 9,000 refugee children reported missing: report
Germany

Nearly 9,000 refugee children reported missing: report

German media reported on Monday that the number of refugee children reported as missing has doubled to reach nearly 9,000.

323 reindeer killed by lightning in Norway
Norway

323 reindeer killed by lightning in Norway

Nature officials say they can't recall such a large number of animals dying from lightning before.

Technical glitch causes chaos in Vienna airport
Austria

Technical glitch causes chaos in Vienna airport

Nearly 1,000 airline passengers were left stranded last night after a glitch in the IT system at Vienna airport caused huge delays to flights.

Survey: majority of Swiss in favour of burqa ban
Switzerland

Survey: majority of Swiss in favour of burqa ban

More than 70 percent of Swiss want to see a ban on the burqa across Switzerland

Parisians ignore 1923 ban to take the plunge in waterway
France

Parisians ignore 1923 ban to take the plunge in waterway

IN PICTURES: See Parisians take to the biggest swimming pool in the city.

Vice-Chancellor: TTIP trade deal is dead
Germany

Vice-Chancellor: TTIP trade deal is dead

Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said on Sunday that negotiations on a massive trade deal between the European Union and the United States were effectively dead in the water.

Despite arrest, new car fires in Copenhagen
Denmark

Despite arrest, new car fires in Copenhagen

Total number of burnt vehicles is now over 25.

Paris restaurant owner tells Muslim women to leave
France

Paris restaurant owner tells Muslim women to leave

Then says sorry after provoking outrage.

EU nations must not refuse Muslim migrants: Merkel
Germany

EU nations must not refuse Muslim migrants: Merkel

The refusal of some EU countries to accept Muslim refugees is "unacceptable", Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday as Germany called for quotas to divide the influx throughout the bloc.

Danish women-led mosque makes Scandinavian history
Denmark

Danish women-led mosque makes Scandinavian history

Copenhagen's Mariam Mosque's first Friday prayers kick off the 'Islamic feminist' project.

Drawing out children’s trauma in quake-hit Italy
Italy

Drawing out children’s trauma in quake-hit Italy

Inside a shady tent in the middle of quake-hit Amatrice, a little girl hunches over a table drawing a picture of the soaring mountains overlooking this small Italian town.

Mother and son killed in Arctic Norway shooting
Norway

Mother and son killed in Arctic Norway shooting

UPDATED: A seventh-grade student and his mother were shot and killed early on Monday in the northern city of Kirkenes.

Swedish woman bumps into bear near pub
Sweden

Swedish woman bumps into bear near pub

If you go down to the pub tonight...

British man dies in France after trying to swim Channel
France

British man dies in France after trying to swim Channel

A British man's attempt to swim to France ended in tragedy.

French anti-burqini law would create ‘irreparable tension’
France

French anti-burqini law would create ‘irreparable tension’

A law banning the controversial burqini swim wear in France would be "unconstitutional" the French interior minister has warned and would create "irreparable tension".

Stockholm school segregates boys and girls in gym class
Sweden

Stockholm school segregates boys and girls in gym class

"Some of our girls want to be able to take off their veils and wear shorts and T-shirts in their classes," a teacher explained.

This Brit moved to Sweden and opened his dream café
Sweden

This Brit moved to Sweden and opened his dream café

Shaun Corby tells The Local how following his Swedish wife to Härnösand turned out to be the best move he ever made.