How many Swedes say grace before a meal?
Sweden

How many Swedes say grace before a meal?

Perhaps more than you'd think in one of the world's least religious countries.

Taiwanese tourist rescued from Austrian mountain via WhatsApp
Austria

Taiwanese tourist rescued from Austrian mountain via WhatsApp

A tourist from Taiwan who got lost on Austria’s Dachstein mountain was rescued after sending a friend in Hong Kong images via WhatsApp.

After Olympics snub, Rome mayor embraces Euros
Italy

After Olympics snub, Rome mayor embraces Euros

Rome will stage four matches during the Euro 2020 championships

French mayor demands terror suspects be ejected from town
France

French mayor demands terror suspects be ejected from town

As France struggles to deal with the potential threat posed by thousands of radicalized individuals, one French mayor in Normandy has decided it’s time to throw them all out of town.

First two victims of Würzburg axe attack to leave hospital
Germany

First two victims of Würzburg axe attack to leave hospital

Two of the four Hong Kong tourists wounded in an axe attack on a German train will be discharged from hospital in coming days, the university clinic treating them said Thursday.

Obama-era surveillance worse than Stasi, says Oliver Stone
Spain

Obama-era surveillance worse than Stasi, says Oliver Stone

US film director Oliver Stone on Thursday accused President Barack Obama's administration of implementing a surveillance system worse than that of the feared Stasi secret police in East Germany.

How Sweden wants to return rejected asylum seekers
Sweden

How Sweden wants to return rejected asylum seekers

Swedish police could be allowed to raid workplaces to track down people who have had their asylum request rejected.

US cops killed 100 times more than German police in 2015
Germany

US cops killed 100 times more than German police in 2015

New figures show that the US had around 100 times as many fatal police shootings last year compared to Germany.

In celebration of the stinkiest cheeses to come from France
France

In celebration of the stinkiest cheeses to come from France

Gerard Depardieu is bashing France for its "stinky cheese", but we couldn't give a whiff.

A night on Berlin’s most notorious clubbing mile
Germany

A night on Berlin’s most notorious clubbing mile

Beer and Bollinger, vagabonds and visionaries, hippies and hipsters: opposites meet head-on in Berlin’s RAW party-mile.

In pictures: Inside the latest Swiss luxury hotel
Switzerland

In pictures: Inside the latest Swiss luxury hotel

On the eve of its inauguration, The Local takes a peek inside the Royal Savoy in Lausanne.

Expats in Germany rich but have few friends: survey
Germany

Expats in Germany rich but have few friends: survey

Expats in Germany are more secure in their jobs than in any other country in the world, but struggle to make friends. And that's not the worst of it, a new survey commissioned by global bank HSBC shows.

Car-Free Day brings traffic to a standstill across Spain
Spain

Car-Free Day brings traffic to a standstill across Spain

Traffic was brought to a standstill with lengthly traffic jams reported across cities in Spain as an initiative to boost awareness of rising air pollution backfired.

Calais aid volunteers ‘sexually exploiting’ Jungle refugees
France

Calais aid volunteers ‘sexually exploiting’ Jungle refugees

Volunteers in the Jungle Calais are understood to have been sexually exploiting migrants in the camp, it was claimed on Thursday.

AfD caught in Nazi scandal as members’ activities revealed
Germany

AfD caught in Nazi scandal as members’ activities revealed

German populist party AfD was caught in a new storm Thursday after it emerged that a recently elected Berlin deputy had called refugees "disgusting worms" while another key member reportedly sold Nazi paraphernalia.

Meet Denmark’s new anti-immigration party
Denmark

Meet Denmark’s new anti-immigration party

A new political party that promises a stricter immigration policy than the Danish People’s Party combined with a libertarian economic outlook will be on the ballot the next time Denmark holds an election.

Italian lawyer sues airline after 9-hour flight next to fat man
Italy

Italian lawyer sues airline after 9-hour flight next to fat man

The man spent nine hours being crushed by his overweight seat companion.

Divorced couples must return valuable gifts: top Italian court
Italy

Divorced couples must return valuable gifts: top Italian court

Turns out diamonds aren't forever.

‘Imbeciles and stinky cheese’: Depardieu blasts France again
France

‘Imbeciles and stinky cheese’: Depardieu blasts France again

The French agitator in chief has had another pop at his home country.

Swedish PM launches ‘Global Deal’ in New York
Sweden

Swedish PM launches ‘Global Deal’ in New York

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has launched his new plan to give unions more influence in global companies.

Handshaking row causes Swedish teacher to leave job
Sweden

Handshaking row causes Swedish teacher to leave job

A teaching assistant in Helsingborg was told she must shake hands with male colleagues to continue working at her school.

Over 500,000 rejected asylum seekers still live in Germany
Germany

Over 500,000 rejected asylum seekers still live in Germany

A new report shows that more than half a million people who had their asylum applications rejected are still living in Germany, three-quarters of whom have been in the country for more than six years.

French actress Marion Cotillard rebuffs rumours of fling with Brad Pitt
France

French actress Marion Cotillard rebuffs rumours of fling with Brad Pitt

Nothing to do with me says French actress.

Non, the Gauls are the not real ancestors of the French
France

Non, the Gauls are the not real ancestors of the French

Historians, politicians and newspaper editors explain to Nicolix Sarkozix who the real ancestors of the French are.

Man jailed for making hundreds of sex calls to teachers
Austria

Man jailed for making hundreds of sex calls to teachers

A 59-year-old man from Upper Austria has received a 15-month conditional prison sentence after he phoned hundreds of young female teachers and sexually harassed them.

In pictures: Gorgeous summer home and bakery in Halland
Sweden

In pictures: Gorgeous summer home and bakery in Halland

Houzz.se's Matilda Alehke Gunnarsson visits this turn-of-the-century home and bakery in southern Swedish region Halland.

A.P. Moller Maersk to split into transport and energy divisions
Denmark

A.P. Moller Maersk to split into transport and energy divisions

The Danish oil and shipping conglomerate will split into separate businesses for transport and energy as it faces headwinds in both sectors.

Comedian sets sights on Austrian parliament
Austria

Comedian sets sights on Austrian parliament

An Austrian comedian, Roland Düringer, has founded a new political party and says he plans to introduce it in time for Austria’s next parliamentary election.

Swiss press criticize Bern’s ‘capitulation’ on immigration
Switzerland

Swiss press criticize Bern’s ‘capitulation’ on immigration

Is the Brexit camp taking note?

New hijab discrimination case hits Norway
Norway

New hijab discrimination case hits Norway

Officials in Oslo offered a young woman a job, but only if she would remove her headscarf.

Pizza delivery falls victim to Spain’s political instability
Spain

Pizza delivery falls victim to Spain’s political instability

Spain has been without an elected government for nine months now and the political uncertainty is taking its toll. Even impacting the nation’s hunger for takeaway pizza.

How a butcher’s son gave Hamburg its wild reputation
Germany

How a butcher’s son gave Hamburg its wild reputation

125 years ago on Thursday a boy was born in Hamburg whose tales of partying on the Reeperbahn brought the city to the world's attention.

Signs of religion ‘more visible’ in French workplaces
France

Signs of religion ‘more visible’ in French workplaces

French workers say they're seeing more signs of colleagues displaying religion at work, and with it comes more conflict.

Ai WeiWei’s new Italy exhibition tackles migrant crisis
Italy

Ai WeiWei’s new Italy exhibition tackles migrant crisis

The artist has covered a historical Florence building in lifeboats to evoke the thousands of refugees who flee to Italy each year.

Pirate politician wrote to party about murder: report
Germany

Pirate politician wrote to party about murder: report

A Pirate party politician in Berlin found dead on Monday is believed to have stalked and killed another man before committing suicide - and reportedly wrote about it to a party mate.

These are the winners of Sweden’s ‘alternative Nobel’
Sweden

These are the winners of Sweden’s ‘alternative Nobel’

The Right Livelihood Foundation has announced this year's winners of its so-called 'alternative Nobel Prize'.

Massive ‘Slow Food’ Festival kicks off in Italy
Italy

Massive ‘Slow Food’ Festival kicks off in Italy

The Slow Food movement began in Italy and today has 100,000 members worldwide.

Valais man caught driving 100km/hr over speed limit
Switzerland

Valais man caught driving 100km/hr over speed limit

He could face a four-year prison sentence.

Bologna prosecutors drop case against Erdogan’s son
Italy

Bologna prosecutors drop case against Erdogan’s son

The son of the Turkish diplomat had been accused of money laundering.

King Felipe urges UK end ‘colonial anachronism’ of Gib
Spain

King Felipe urges UK end ‘colonial anachronism’ of Gib

The latest war of words over Gibraltar trades accusations of being stuck in the past.

10 years since horror crash on magnet-train’s maiden voyage
Germany

10 years since horror crash on magnet-train’s maiden voyage

A decade on from the accident, the test track lies deserted, and locals are unsure how to commemorate the event.

Two teens charged over false terror alert in central Paris
France

Two teens charged over false terror alert in central Paris

Two teenage boys have been charged for their involvement in a terror scare that saw central Paris in lockdown over the weekend.

Iraqi may face expulsion from Denmark over Facebook post
Denmark

Iraqi may face expulsion from Denmark over Facebook post

The man will be kicked out of the country if he commits any additional crimes.

Belgian police return migrants to France… and are arrested
France

Belgian police return migrants to France… and are arrested

French police arrest Belgian police. Cue diplomatic incident.

Investors sue VW for €8.2 bn over ‘dieselgate’ in Germany
Germany

Investors sue VW for €8.2 bn over ‘dieselgate’ in Germany

Volkswagen investors have filed 1,400 lawsuits seeking 8.2 billion euros in damages over the emissions cheating scandal, a German court said Wednesday, adding to the embattled car giant's legal woes.

Row as Swiss MPs give in on EU migrant curbs
Switzerland

Row as Swiss MPs give in on EU migrant curbs

Is parliament's proposal a necessary solution or the “death of direct democracy”?

Tesla sued in Norway over sluggish cars
Norway

Tesla sued in Norway over sluggish cars

"When you notice that you didn't get what you paid for you feel cheated."

Firefighters battle Stockholm Royal Institute of Art blaze
Sweden

Firefighters battle Stockholm Royal Institute of Art blaze

UPDATED: The building on the central Stockholm island Skeppsholmen burned from Wednesday afternoon to Thursday.

Eritrean ‘people smuggler’ to stand trial in Italy
Italy

Eritrean ‘people smuggler’ to stand trial in Italy

The man argues he was mistakenly arrested.

Chirac’s wife hospitalised while ex-president remains ill
France

Chirac’s wife hospitalised while ex-president remains ill

Both the ex-president Jacques Chirac and his wife are in now hospital.

Wawrinka continues winning streak in Russia
Switzerland

Wawrinka continues winning streak in Russia

Top seeded US Open champion Stan Wawrinka cruised comfortably into the last eight at the Saint Petersburg Open.

Ericsson to end manufacturing in Sweden?
Sweden

Ericsson to end manufacturing in Sweden?

The closure of the telecoms giant's last remaining manufacturing plants in the country would mean the loss of 3,000 jobs.

Italy Olympic committee: Rome 2024 dream not dead
Italy

Italy Olympic committee: Rome 2024 dream not dead

Despite a 'No' from the city's mayor, the Italian Olympic Committee chief has vowed to fight on.

Five unique exhibitions in Sweden this weekend
Sweden

Five unique exhibitions in Sweden this weekend

Music fans, bookworms, design fanatics and even food-lovers are all well catered for in Sweden this weekend.