Introducing… The Local’s new design
Norway

Introducing… The Local’s new design

You may have noticed that a few things have changed around here.

Introducing… The Local’s new design
Italy

Introducing… The Local’s new design

You may have noticed that a few things have changed around here.

Record increase in olive oil fraud: Coldiretti
Italy

Record increase in olive oil fraud: Coldiretti

Olive oil purists, look away now.

Thousands share clips of life for ‘Spain in a Day’ film
Spain

Thousands share clips of life for ‘Spain in a Day’ film

A documentary film compiled of video contributions from thousands of Spaniards filmed on a single day last year provides a beautiful and poignant snapshot of Spain.

Swedish police ‘in crisis’ says union head
Sweden

Swedish police ‘in crisis’ says union head

The creation of a new merged national police authority in Sweden has not gone well, according to the Swedish Police Union.

Spain’s crisis-hit Socialists set for leadership showdown
Spain

Spain’s crisis-hit Socialists set for leadership showdown

Spain's crisis-hit Socialists geared for a key meeting on Saturday that could decide the fate of embattled party leader Pedro Sanchez and help end the country's prolonged political deadlock.

Paris luxury hotel told to pay up after guest molests cleaner
France

Paris luxury hotel told to pay up after guest molests cleaner

A cleaner who was molested at a Paris luxury hotel by a Qatari guest has reportedly been awarded €57,000.

Frenchman leading Brexit negotiations starts new job
France

Frenchman leading Brexit negotiations starts new job

Frenchman Michel Barnier officially starts work as the European Commission's Brexit negotiator on Saturday in an appointment that British media called a "declaration of war".

75 years since one of Holocaust’s worst massacres
Germany

75 years since one of Holocaust’s worst massacres

On Thursday, German president Joachim Gauck spoke in Kiev 75 years after the Nazis slaughtered 33,771 Jews during one of the worst single massacres of the Holocaust.

Six things you need to know about troubled Deutsche Bank
Germany

Six things you need to know about troubled Deutsche Bank

Shares in Deutsche bank plunged on Friday morning, dragging down other European banks and markets worldwide. Here are six things to know about Germany's biggest lender.

‘Speaking the dialect made me a lot of friends’
Italy

‘Speaking the dialect made me a lot of friends’

Karoline Steckley moved to the northeastern city of Trieste 10 years ago, and says it makes a pleasant change from the more popular Florence and Milan. She speaks to The Local about embracing the local dialect and setting up business, as well as the Slovenian influence on the city.

Roof collapses at two Milan schools in one week
Italy

Roof collapses at two Milan schools in one week

Three students were hospitalized on Friday after the ceiling of their classroom collapsed.

Norway won’t give children the right to complain to the UN
Norway

Norway won’t give children the right to complain to the UN

The government is refusing to ratify an agreement that would allow Norwegian children to complain about rights violations directly to the UN.

Nobel Literature Prize announcement delayed
Sweden

Nobel Literature Prize announcement delayed

The delay is due to 'arithmetic', an academician said.

Deutsche Bahn jacks up prices for first time in 3 years
Germany

Deutsche Bahn jacks up prices for first time in 3 years

Germany's main rail provider, the state-owned Deutsche Bahn (DB), announced on Friday that it will raise prices on long-distance train travel.

Morocco to speed up repatriation of illegal migrants
Germany

Morocco to speed up repatriation of illegal migrants

Morocco has agreed to streamline the procedures for the repatriation of citizens living illegally in Germany, the royal court said late on Thursday.

Horny elk hold up Swedish hunt
Sweden

Horny elk hold up Swedish hunt

The giant things just can't contain themselves.

Calling home this weekend? Thank Sweden (sort of)
Sweden

Calling home this weekend? Thank Sweden (sort of)

You’ve probably heard a lot about Swedish tech. Stockholm startups are taking over the world these days, it seems. Spotify, King, TrueCaller, and Klarna are just a few of hundreds of innitiatives. But did you know that even the modern era of mobile telephones has its roots in Swedish technology? This weekend is the 35th anniversary of a Swedish innovation which helped create phones as we know them today.

890,000 refugees arrived in Germany last year – not 1.1m
Germany

890,000 refugees arrived in Germany last year – not 1.1m

Previous reports had suggested that around 1.1 million people entered Germany to seek asylum last year. But now the German government has confirmed the number was actually lower.

Baby found alive in suitcase with skeleton in Hanover
Germany

Baby found alive in suitcase with skeleton in Hanover

A baby has been found alive, along with the skeleton of another infant inside of a suitcase in Hanover, police reported on Friday.

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France

VIDEO: Frenchman goes on iPhone-smashing rampage

Meet France's angriest Apple customer.

Racist attacks cast cloud over Dresden Unity Day planning
Germany

Racist attacks cast cloud over Dresden Unity Day planning

As Dresden prepares to host Germany’s national Unity Day celebrations on Monday, the capital of the eastern state of Saxony is upping security after a mosque was targeted by a homemade bomb.

Apple to fund biogas research in Denmark
Denmark

Apple to fund biogas research in Denmark

American computer giant Apple and Aarhus University will team up to turn agricultural waste into electricity.

Everyone loves Spain: Tourist numbers break new record
Spain

Everyone loves Spain: Tourist numbers break new record

More than 10 million tourists visited Spain in August, setting a new record for visitor numbers.

Nuit Blanche: Get set for an all-night party in Paris
France

Nuit Blanche: Get set for an all-night party in Paris

Will YOU be heading down to the Seine on Saturday?

Missing Swiss cat turns up 600km away in Germany

Missing Swiss cat turns up 600km away in Germany

A cat who went missing from her home in St Gallen more than a year ago has been found 600 kilometres away in Bonn, Germany.

Italian police recover stolen Van Gogh paintings
Italy

Italian police recover stolen Van Gogh paintings

The two masterpieces are worth millions of dollars.

Intoxicated man demanded officer’s gun at Graz airport
Austria

Intoxicated man demanded officer’s gun at Graz airport

A blind-drunk Romanian man caused a commotion in the departure hall at Graz airport on Wednesday afternoon, threatening to shoot himself with a police officer’s gun.

Sinking Deutsche Bank stock sends shock across Europe
Germany

Sinking Deutsche Bank stock sends shock across Europe

Shares in Germany's biggest lender Deutsche Bank plummeted on the Frankfurt stock market on Friday, dragging other European banks and global markets down with it, after reports some customers were pulling money out.

Sweden to ban masks but not burqas at football matches
Sweden

Sweden to ban masks but not burqas at football matches

The ban is designed to curb violence at sporting events in Sweden, but it must also follow conventions on religious freedom.

Swiss refuse to ban controversial weedkiller
Switzerland

Swiss refuse to ban controversial weedkiller

Swiss farmers can continue to use the weedkiller glyphosate after the lower house of parliament decided on Friday not to ban it.

France told there’s no more money for TGVs
France

France told there’s no more money for TGVs

A report from the French senate has recommended that three planned high speed rail networks be scrapped.

700 museums open their doors for Long Night event
Austria

700 museums open their doors for Long Night event

Night owls and culture vultures can explore over 700 of Austria’s museums from 6pm to 1am on Saturday, courtesy of the ORF’s Long Night of Museums event.

Frenchman surfs again after shark bites off his leg
France

Frenchman surfs again after shark bites off his leg

Meet the amputee Frenchman who is surfing again he was attacked by a shark.

Foreigner sues Denmark over ‘flimsy’ terror charge
Denmark

Foreigner sues Denmark over ‘flimsy’ terror charge

A 32-year-old man who was held for two months before being having all charges against him dropped has sued the Danish state for restitution.

Paris motorists to fund city’s public transport system
France

Paris motorists to fund city’s public transport system

Motorists in the Ile-de-France region will be hit by a tax rise in order to finance the city's trains and buses.

People in Switzerland ‘fly too much’ says environment body
Switzerland

People in Switzerland ‘fly too much’ says environment body

People in Switzerland travel by plane twice as much as their neighbours, a WWF spokesperson has said.

US rapper acquitted in Austrian sexual abuse trial
Austria

US rapper acquitted in Austrian sexual abuse trial

Update: US rapper Freddie Gibbs has been acquitted of sexually abusing a girl half his age in his hotel room after a concert in Vienna last year.

Munich pharmacy’s nighttime porno show draws crowd
Germany

Munich pharmacy’s nighttime porno show draws crowd

When a police patrol in Munich's Sendlinger Tor area noticed a crowd gathered outside a pharmacy window they went to investigate. But the onlookers weren't interested in a new line of flu medicine.

Small town mayor beaten up for plan to house refugees
Germany

Small town mayor beaten up for plan to house refugees

The mayor of the small northern town of Oersdorf, Schleswig-Holstein, was beaten up by an as yet unknown person, police reported on Friday, seemingly because of plans to provide a home for refugees.

Norway has Europe’s fastest internet: report
Norway

Norway has Europe’s fastest internet: report

Net surfers in Norway have the second fastest speeds in the world, according to a new report.

Heckler humbles Swedish golf champion with perfect putt
Sweden

Heckler humbles Swedish golf champion with perfect putt

Well that wasn't supposed to happen...

Stockholm: creating solutions to global challenges
Sweden

Stockholm: creating solutions to global challenges

It’s no secret that Stockholm is serious about sustainability. We took a look at how the city's emerging startups are tackling global challenges, making the world a better place.

Driver in Vienna ‘shouting Allahu Akbar’ tries to run over pedestrians
Austria

Driver in Vienna ‘shouting Allahu Akbar’ tries to run over pedestrians

Police in Vienna are investigating whether a 21-year-old man who tried to run over pedestrians with his car on Thursday morning had a terrorist motive.

Bern: shared parental leave ‘too expensive’
Switzerland

Bern: shared parental leave ‘too expensive’

Parliament rejects a bill which would have granted fathers some paternity leave.

More French women becoming mothers after 40
France

More French women becoming mothers after 40

French mums are getting older, but the overall birthrate has fallen.

Paris police bust high-rolling gang of pram thieves
France

Paris police bust high-rolling gang of pram thieves

A gang of thieves has been caught after they pinched an estimated €100,000 worth of prams.

Fire at major Ruhr area hospital kills at least two
Germany

Fire at major Ruhr area hospital kills at least two

Tragedy struck the western German town of Bochum on Friday morning when a huge fire broke out in a hospital in Bochum, killing at least two people.

Catalan leader wins backing for independence referendum
Spain

Catalan leader wins backing for independence referendum

Catalonia's regional president won a confidence vote to hold a Scottish-style referendum on independence next year.

Warm weather melts H&M profits
Sweden

Warm weather melts H&M profits

A warm autumn may be good news for Swedes, but it was bad news for Sweden's biggest clothing brand.

Cannabis stash found in Copenhagen Opera House
Denmark

Cannabis stash found in Copenhagen Opera House

Some 75 kilos were discovered in a rather unusual place.

French banned from ‘Mona Lisa smile’ on photo IDs
France

French banned from ‘Mona Lisa smile’ on photo IDs

The French are going to have to remain grumpy-looking, at least on their passport photos.

Spanish police seize over 100 tonnes of contraband tobacco
Spain

Spanish police seize over 100 tonnes of contraband tobacco

Spanish police have seized a record 100 tonnes of contraband tobacco worth €16 million ($18 million) and arrested 13 people suspected of selling it over the internet.

Merkel condemns ‘barbarous’ Russian strikes on Aleppo
Germany

Merkel condemns ‘barbarous’ Russian strikes on Aleppo

US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel condemned what they called "barbarous" Russian and Syrian regime airstrikes on Aleppo during a phone call Thursday, the White House said.

UN: Fear of ageing ‘shortens your life’
Switzerland

UN: Fear of ageing ‘shortens your life’

New data from the World Health Organization highlights the widespread prevalence of ageist attitudes worldwide.

Cyclists gear up for Tour of Lombardy race
Italy

Cyclists gear up for Tour of Lombardy race

'Il Lombardia' is one of cycling's five 'monuments'.

Self-driving Tesla car hits bus on Autobahn
Germany

Self-driving Tesla car hits bus on Autobahn

Questions about Tesla’s self-driving cars are now being raised in Germany after an accident on Wednesday.

French fighter jets ‘take off on mission against Isis’
France

French fighter jets ‘take off on mission against Isis’

French fighter jets have reportedly taken off for an operation in Mosul, Iraq.

Rail delays after heavy winds batter Sweden
Sweden

Rail delays after heavy winds batter Sweden

Commuters were advised to take it easy in traffic on Friday, after harsh winds toppled trees across roads and railways across Sweden.

In pictures: Eight traditional Swedish tiled stoves
Sweden

In pictures: Eight traditional Swedish tiled stoves

The traditional Swedish masonry stove (kakelugn) is still a popular feature in many homes today. Houzz.se's Amanda Strömberg has found out more.

Volvo recalls 127,000 cars worldwide
Sweden

Volvo recalls 127,000 cars worldwide

Do you own a Volvo? Read this.

Swedish food: How to make sweetened lingonberries
Sweden

Swedish food: How to make sweetened lingonberries

Possibly the most Swedish food there is. Food writer John Duxbury shares his recipe with The Local's readers.