Life as a new expat in Vienna
Austria

Life as a new expat in Vienna

Anastasia Gromontova is a student recently arrived from Ukraine. She writes about her experience as an expat in Vienna in her first year.

Second MERS case reported in Austria
Austria

Second MERS case reported in Austria

According to a report from the WHO, a second case of the Middle-East respiratory syndrome coronavirus infection (MERS-CoV) has now been reported in Austria.

Police close Facebook thread after call for help derails
Sweden

Police close Facebook thread after call for help derails

The Gotland Police Facebook post asking the public for information about an unprovoked attack on two boys had to be closed because the comments section spiraled out of control.

French towns divided over taking in Calais migrants
France

French towns divided over taking in Calais migrants

Towns across France are arguing over whether to take in migrants soon to be evacuated from the Calais "jungle" camp.

Pope cars auctioned off to help Syrian refugees
Italy

Pope cars auctioned off to help Syrian refugees

Got a spare €9,000?

Paris region eyes up cable cars to unclog traffic jams
France

Paris region eyes up cable cars to unclog traffic jams

Did you know there are 12 cable car projects around the Paris region? Better than the RER trains surely?

Copenhagen tour boat fined over girl’s amputated arm
Denmark

Copenhagen tour boat fined over girl’s amputated arm

Tour boat operator Netto-Bådene was ordered on Tuesday to pay 50,000 kroner for an accident in which a 10-year-old girl had her arm smashed.

‘Extremism can’t be defeated on the battlefield alone’
Sweden

‘Extremism can’t be defeated on the battlefield alone’

As Sweden prepares to take a seat on UN Security Council next year, Abu Dhabi-based scholar and author Dr. Jamal Sanad al-Suwaidi argues for a greater UN role to fight extremist ideologies like those that fuel Isis and other terror groups.

Why Swedes want Nasa to send a condom into space
Sweden

Why Swedes want Nasa to send a condom into space

'We can't be sure what alien sex organs look like.'

Pegida take to Dresden streets – to march against Pegida
Germany

Pegida take to Dresden streets – to march against Pegida

Followers of the xenophobic Pegida movement marched in two factions on Monday evening in the capital of Saxony, brandishing fierce accusations of treason against one another.

What Americans in Sweden think of Trump and Clinton
Sweden

What Americans in Sweden think of Trump and Clinton

The Local spoke to four US voters based in Sweden about who they are planning on voting for in the November election, and it looks like it's complicated.

The AfD – is it fair to call them a far-right party?
Germany

The AfD – is it fair to call them a far-right party?

The AfD has been dubbed "far-right" over the past year as it has taken on a tougher stance against immigration and made gains in state elections. But at what point does one call a group far-right?

Dos and don’ts to help you cope with writing emails or letters in French
France

Dos and don’ts to help you cope with writing emails or letters in French

Writing emails in French is a whole new challenge that requires a whole new set of tips.

French writing phrases you can’t get your head around
France

French writing phrases you can’t get your head around

"Je vous prie de bien vouloir...." What?

Renzi revives plan for a ‘bridge to Sicily’
Italy

Renzi revives plan for a ‘bridge to Sicily’

The bridge was first dreamed up in the 1960's, but no prime minister has succeeded in bringing it to fruition.

Fire chief in Lower Austria confirmed as arsonist
Austria

Fire chief in Lower Austria confirmed as arsonist

The fire chief of Wolfsbach in Lower Austria has admitted to starting seven separate fires that amounted to €80,000 in damages.

Syrian teenager Anas fled to Sweden – to play football
Sweden

Syrian teenager Anas fled to Sweden – to play football

People said he was crazy, but Anas al-Sarmini made a beeline for Sweden because he so desperately wanted to play football after escaping the devastation in Syria.

Woman found stabbed to death in Vienna’s Favoriten district
Austria

Woman found stabbed to death in Vienna’s Favoriten district

A 53-year-old woman was found stabbed to death with a kitchen knife early on Tuesday morning in Vienna’s Favoriten district.

‘Knowledge knows no borders’
Sweden

‘Knowledge knows no borders’

What makes Uppsala so popular - and what makes it so international? How can international students settle in? We asked Vice Chancellor Eva Åkesson to find out!

Spain court jails five over deadly Halloween stampede
Spain

Spain court jails five over deadly Halloween stampede

A Spanish court on Tuesday jailed five men over the stampede deaths of five young women at an overcrowded Halloween event they organised in 2012.

Germany blocks WhatsApp data transfers to Facebook
Germany

Germany blocks WhatsApp data transfers to Facebook

German data protection authorities on Tuesday said they had blocked Facebook from collecting subscriber data from its subsidiary WhatsApp, citing privacy concerns.

New ‘idiotic’ trend feared at Norway’s Trolltunga
Norway

New ‘idiotic’ trend feared at Norway’s Trolltunga

A photo of a dangerous stunt at the popular tourist attraction has tour guides worried that others will follow suit.

WHO calls for action against air pollution
Switzerland

WHO calls for action against air pollution

Nine out of 10 people globally are breathing poor quality air, the World Health Organization has said.

Why moving to Spain could be the best decision of your life
Spain

Why moving to Spain could be the best decision of your life

Moving from New York City to southern Spain may not sound like a great career move. But Sienna Brown, founder of Las Morenas de España, explains why it was the best professional shift she could have ever made.

IN PICS: Celebrating Copenhagen beer… in Boston
Denmark

IN PICS: Celebrating Copenhagen beer… in Boston

A Danish beer party in Beantown? Yep, and The Local had a photographer there to document the happenings.

Paris banking district stages France’s latest mock attack
France

Paris banking district stages France’s latest mock attack

The La Defense business district in Paris was the scene of the latest mock terror attack last night, as French authorities continue to take no chances.

Eta calls for peace agreement similar to Colombia’s
Spain

Eta calls for peace agreement similar to Colombia’s

Basque separatist group Eta criticised Spain and France on Tuesday for failing to reach the kind of peace agreement with it that Colombia did with the leftist FARC rebel force.

French cows die after eating all winter stock in one night
France

French cows die after eating all winter stock in one night

Half a herd of cows ate themselves to death on cereals.

Two arrested in police raid on Basel mosque
Switzerland

Two arrested in police raid on Basel mosque

Police in Basel raided a controversial mosque in the city and arrested two people on Tuesday morning, Swiss media reported.

‘Destitute’ private jet owner fined thousands for tax fraud
Italy

‘Destitute’ private jet owner fined thousands for tax fraud

He had a private aeroplane and eight homes.

Mum gives birth on toilet after being told to take paracetamol
Sweden

Mum gives birth on toilet after being told to take paracetamol

A woman has described how she was told to take a painkiller when she phoned a hospital in Ystad, southern Sweden, in pain. Just moments later she gave birth to a baby in the toilet.

Indians in Sweden told to be wary of travel document scam
Sweden

Indians in Sweden told to be wary of travel document scam

The Embassy of India in Stockholm has urged Indian citizens in Sweden to be wary of scammers who ask for money to fix fabricated errors in travel documents.

Italian mayor refuses to officiate civil unions
Italy

Italian mayor refuses to officiate civil unions

“Why can’t a mayor be a conscientious objector?”

Spain’s Ferrari Land unveils fastest rollercoaster in Europe
Spain

Spain’s Ferrari Land unveils fastest rollercoaster in Europe

Ferrari is to open an adventure park in Catalonia promising thrill seekers the ride of a lifetime on the highest and fastest rollercoaster in Europe.

Norwegian police: No crime in German fisherman’s death

Norwegian police: No crime in German fisherman’s death

A German man will no longer face charges over his friend's death in a fishing cabin.

German ex-policeman is Swiss city’s new hermit

German ex-policeman is Swiss city’s new hermit

The city of Solothurn has appointed a divorced ex-policeman from southern Germany into the unusual job of ‘hermit’.

Norwegian kids are fourth fittest in the world
Norway

Norwegian kids are fourth fittest in the world

Norwegian kids have some of the highest level of aerobic fitness in the world, according to a recently-released international study.

Netflix to launch ‘illuminating’ Amanda Knox documentary
Italy

Netflix to launch ‘illuminating’ Amanda Knox documentary

The documentary comes out on Netflix on Friday.

Stuttgart fest pulls in twice as many boozers as Oktoberfest
Germany

Stuttgart fest pulls in twice as many boozers as Oktoberfest

Apparently Munich is no longer the top place to wear lederhosen and down beer one litre at a time.

Lithuania eyes Norway air defence deal amid Russia fears
Norway

Lithuania eyes Norway air defence deal amid Russia fears

Norwegian anti-aircraft missile systems would address the defence gap on Nato's eastern flank.

Grape thieves pilfer what’s left of Burgundy wine harvests
France

Grape thieves pilfer what’s left of Burgundy wine harvests

Fed up with seeing thieves pilfer their precious grapes, vineyard owners in the famous region of Burgundy are taking extreme measures for the first time.

Danes acquitted of aiding 2015 Copenhagen attacker
Denmark

Danes acquitted of aiding 2015 Copenhagen attacker

UPDATED: Four men accused of helping a Copenhagen gunman who killed a filmmaker and a Jewish security guard were acquitted on terror charges.

Danish kids among the fittest in the world: study
Denmark

Danish kids among the fittest in the world: study

Danish kids have some of the highest level of aerobic fitness in the world, according to a recently-released international study.

Dresden police guard Islamic buildings after mosque attack
Germany

Dresden police guard Islamic buildings after mosque attack

All Islamic buildings in the capital of Saxony have been put under police protection on Tuesday after explosive devices were detonated at a mosque and a congress centre in the city.

Venetians dress as pirates to protest cruise ships
Italy

Venetians dress as pirates to protest cruise ships

Locals aren't happy about the presence of huge cruise ships in the Venetian lagoon.

France to clamp down on rip-off home repair workers
France

France to clamp down on rip-off home repair workers

Ever feel you've been ripped off by a plumber, electrician, or locksmith in France?

Families slapped with hefty rise in health costs
Switzerland

Families slapped with hefty rise in health costs

Health insurance premiums will rise by on average 4.5 percent for adults and 6.6 percent for children in 2017.

Young man destroys 17 cars after visiting Oktoberfest
Germany

Young man destroys 17 cars after visiting Oktoberfest

Early on Monday morning a drunk 29-year-old trashed 17 cars after staggering out of Oktoberfest into the Munich streets. It was one of several eye-popping crimes from "Wiesn" over the past few days.

Audi tech chief leaves after reports link him to ‘dieselgate’
Germany

Audi tech chief leaves after reports link him to ‘dieselgate’

Audi's head of technical development stepped down "with immediate effect" on Monday, the luxury carmaker announced, after German media accused him of involvement in parent company Volkswagen's "dieselgate" scandal.

EU, Rome warn Swiss region over vote to curb migrants
Italy

EU, Rome warn Swiss region over vote to curb migrants

The southern Swiss region Ticino voted on Monday to curb job access for workers living across the border in Italy.

Socialists under pressure to allow PP to form government
Spain

Socialists under pressure to allow PP to form government

Spain's Socialist leader faces mounting pressure to let acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy form a new government and end a months-long political impasse.

Deutsche Bank shares hit lowest level in quarter century
Germany

Deutsche Bank shares hit lowest level in quarter century

Shares in Deutsche Bank, Germany's biggest lender, sank to a historic low on Monday after reports at the weekend that Berlin had refused state aid for the embattled lender.

Italy’s crunch referendum set for December 4th
Italy

Italy’s crunch referendum set for December 4th

The proposed reforms are judged to be the most important in Italy since World War II.

Swedes shell out for season’s first lobster
Sweden

Swedes shell out for season’s first lobster

Best not to look at the price tag.

Hollande dealt major blow as jobless rate shoots up
France

Hollande dealt major blow as jobless rate shoots up

The news could dissuade President François Hollande from even running for re-election.

Witnesses ‘afraid to talk’ to police about Malmö shooting
Sweden

Witnesses ‘afraid to talk’ to police about Malmö shooting

Police are appealing for witnesses to a shooting which killed a man and injured three in a residential street of Malmö – but it is an uphill battle.

Swedish leaders need to be prepared for tech challenges
Sweden

Swedish leaders need to be prepared for tech challenges

Will your job still exist in ten years' time? How will society and businesses adapt to the advancements that are on their way?