Will Swedes soon be looking for fairtrade porn?
Sweden

Will Swedes soon be looking for fairtrade porn?

A fairtrade attitude to pornography would be beneficial, Sweden's health minister told The Local.

Where exactly in France are Calais migrants being sent?
France

Where exactly in France are Calais migrants being sent?

Here's where the 8,000 migrants in Calais are heading.

Man rescued from bin after climbing in to find old clothes
Spain

Man rescued from bin after climbing in to find old clothes

Police were called after passersby reported hearing a man calling for help from within a rubbish bin in the Vistabella neighbourhood of Murcia, southern Spain.

Outrage over ruling on ‘brutal’ gang rape of teen girl
Germany

Outrage over ruling on ‘brutal’ gang rape of teen girl

A 14-year-old girl was gang-raped and left partially clothed and unconscious in freezing temperatures. Now prosecutors are appealing the sentences for the young men found guilty, most of whom will not set foot in jail.

Stockholm hosts one-of-a-kind fashion event
Sweden

Stockholm hosts one-of-a-kind fashion event

Nordic fashion took centre stage in the Swedish capital last week as Stockholm University hosted the “first-ever” academic conference looking at luxury and sustainability in the fashion industry.

Dozens of Turkish diplomats apply for asylum in Germany
Germany

Dozens of Turkish diplomats apply for asylum in Germany

Since the failed putsch attempt in Turkey in July, Germany has received 35 asylum applications from people with Turkish diplomatic passports, the Interior Ministry confirmed on Wednesday.

Video: Italian zoo asks public to name adorable baby hippo
Italy

Video: Italian zoo asks public to name adorable baby hippo

The baby - born to parents aged over 40 - can be seen playing happily with his family in a video shared by zookeepers. But it still doesn't have a name, and it's up to the public to decide...

Hertha Berlin fan club criticised for ‘anti-gay banner’
Germany

Hertha Berlin fan club criticised for ‘anti-gay banner’

A 50 metre fan banner apparently mocking the idea of gay adoption has overshadowed Hertha BSC's win in the Bundesliga.

The annoying questions only a half French, half British person can answer
France

The annoying questions only a half French, half British person can answer

Being half French, half British is means you get asked a lot of questions (and some of them can be a little annoying.)

Spain faces crucial week as conservatives re-take power
Spain

Spain faces crucial week as conservatives re-take power

Spain entered a crucial week as acting conservative PM Mariano Rajoy prepared to re-take power, ending ten rollercoaster months without government marked by hope and disillusion.

Migrants bussed out of Calais Jungle to all corners of France
France

Migrants bussed out of Calais Jungle to all corners of France

Hundreds of migrants are being bussed across France on Monday ahead of the demolition of the Jungle camp.

Over 4,000 migrants arrive at Italy’s ports, as ministers urge EU to do more
Italy

Over 4,000 migrants arrive at Italy’s ports, as ministers urge EU to do more

"Italy is playing its part, but we can't go it alone," warned the country's Foreign Minister.

Referee, coach and parents in Swedish youth football fight
Sweden

Referee, coach and parents in Swedish youth football fight

A football dad broke his leg in the brawl in front of 11-year-old kids after a Hammarby youth football game.

Austrian churches slam far-right’s ‘God’ slogan
Austria

Austrian churches slam far-right’s ‘God’ slogan

Austrian church officials have denounced far-right presidential candidate Norbert Hofer for "instrumentalising" God in a new slogan.

‘Scary clown’ pushes 14-year-old off his bike in Salzburg
Austria

‘Scary clown’ pushes 14-year-old off his bike in Salzburg

A 14-year-old boy in Salzburg has been injured after being pushed off his bike by an individual dressed as a scary clown.

How can refugee women make their mark in Sweden?
Sweden

How can refugee women make their mark in Sweden?

Swedish ministers, the US ambassador, and organizations promoting gender equality and refugee integration met in Stockholm last week to discuss the role of refugee women inin their host country. The Local Voices was there.

Police puzzled by random stabbing of teenager in Vienna
Austria

Police puzzled by random stabbing of teenager in Vienna

A 15-year-old boy who was stabbed near his home in the Vienna district of Liesing on Friday morning by a complete stranger has spoken to the police.

Germany stalls Chinese takeover of tech firm Aixtron
Germany

Germany stalls Chinese takeover of tech firm Aixtron

The German government on Monday said it had withdrawn approval for a Chinese firm to acquire Aixtron, a supplier to the semiconductor industry, amid growing unease over Chinese investment in German companies.

Eight very creepy Halloween costumes ideas from Spain
Spain

Eight very creepy Halloween costumes ideas from Spain

Forget flamenco dancers and bullfighters, The Local counts down the freakiest alternative costume ideas to dress up in this Halloween.

The must-see French films of the millennium – Part One
France

The must-see French films of the millennium – Part One

Looking for something to watch?

Denmark’s queen: Living here doesn’t make you Danish
Denmark

Denmark’s queen: Living here doesn’t make you Danish

Queen Margrethe II has raised eyebrows in Denmark for passages in a new book that weigh in on the nation’s seemingly never-ending debate on ‘Danishness’.

The must-see French films of the millennium – Part Two
France

The must-see French films of the millennium – Part Two

The newest French films you need to see before you die (or alternatively when you get some spare time).

‘Sensational’ 300-year-old Madonna found in Burgenland
Austria

‘Sensational’ 300-year-old Madonna found in Burgenland

A 300-year-old statue of the Virgin Mary has been found hidden in a chapel next to a Catholic church in Loretto, Burgenland.

Löfven: ‘Sweden will double its number of troops in Iraq’
Sweden

Löfven: ‘Sweden will double its number of troops in Iraq’

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has promised to double his country's number of troops in Iraq following a meeting with Iraqi counterpart Haider al-Abadi on Monday.

How this postcard to Italy from a Nazi labour camp finally got delivered
Italy

How this postcard to Italy from a Nazi labour camp finally got delivered

An Italian woman stumbled across a postcard with a postmark from Nazi Germany - and was able to ensure it finally got delivered.

Presidential hopeful reckons a pain au chocolat is 10 cents
France

Presidential hopeful reckons a pain au chocolat is 10 cents

So France happily takes the pastry out of him.

Politicians call for tough sentences for ‘killer clowns’
Germany

Politicians call for tough sentences for ‘killer clowns’

Now that the so-called 'killer clown' craze has spread from the US to Germany, elected officials are drawing a hard line against such "pranks", with some threatening offenders with jail time of up to a year.

French ministry of defence officials die in plane crash
France

French ministry of defence officials die in plane crash

The French Ministry of Defence officials were killed on Monday when a light aircraft went down on the island of Malta.

Illicit abattoir kept more than 100 bulls’ penises
Sweden

Illicit abattoir kept more than 100 bulls’ penises

Dried cattle genitalia, goats' heads and hundreds of litres of lard were just a few of the many strange finds discovered when police raided a property in Sweden.

‘Scary clown’ craze hits streets of Zurich
Switzerland

‘Scary clown’ craze hits streets of Zurich

Police in Zurich have warned so-called ‘scary clowns’ that they could face charges, following a number of incidents in the city.

This is officially Sweden’s most beautiful beard
Sweden

This is officially Sweden’s most beautiful beard

According to a jury of barbers and 'well known bearded profiles', that is.

Nearly one in ten Germans are severely disabled
Germany

Nearly one in ten Germans are severely disabled

New figures reveal that 9.3 percent of the German population last year were considered severely disabled.

UN Day, why it matters, and Sweden’s role in the UN
Sweden

UN Day, why it matters, and Sweden’s role in the UN

October 24th is UN Day. And as Sweden has won a seat on the UN Security Council, we decided it was a good time to ask Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström about why the UN matters and how Sweden will use its new influence.

Man attacked by racist thug in UK street for talking Spanish
Spain

Man attacked by racist thug in UK street for talking Spanish

Tomas Gil, 27, from Valencia in eastern Spain was talking to his girlfriend in their native language after a night out in the British seaside town of Poole when he was set upon by a racist thug.

Two thirds of Italian millennials live with their parents
Italy

Two thirds of Italian millennials live with their parents

The rate is among the very highest in the EU, with only Slovakian youngsters less likely to fly the nest.

VIDEO: driver chases runaway car on Swiss motorway
Switzerland

VIDEO: driver chases runaway car on Swiss motorway

Shocking footage shows the moment a man dodged lorries to chase after his runaway car on a Swiss motorway.

Revealed: The ten most stolen cars in France
France

Revealed: The ten most stolen cars in France

Thieves in France are getting a taste for luxury cars, it seems.

Can CCTV curb drug runs between Sweden and Norway?

Can CCTV curb drug runs between Sweden and Norway?

Cameras are due to be installed along all road crossings between the two countries after a trial run resulted in treble the amount of drug runs being busted.

Germany’s top 10 most surreal sites to visit
Germany

Germany’s top 10 most surreal sites to visit

From upside-down houses on Baltic islands to a fairy-tale castle near the Austrian border, Germany is a treasure trove of the extraordinary.

Malaga: Police probe bizarre ‘sex death’ of homeless Brit
Spain

Malaga: Police probe bizarre ‘sex death’ of homeless Brit

A British homeless man was found dead tied to a bench near Malaga airport with his trousers down and his genitals in a can of tuna.

Norwegian tycoon eyes historic Copenhagen building

Norwegian tycoon eyes historic Copenhagen building

Norwegian billionaire Petter Stordalen’s Nordic Choice Hotels is making a major move in Copenhagen.

Migrant crisis won’t end with Calais ‘Jungle’ closure
France

Migrant crisis won’t end with Calais ‘Jungle’ closure

The Jungle camp may be being cleared but this won't be the end of the migrant crisis in France.

Saas-Fee crowdfunds low-cost season ski pass
Switzerland

Saas-Fee crowdfunds low-cost season ski pass

Skiers could get their hands on a whole season pass for just 222 francs ($223) in the Swiss resort of Saas Fee this winter – if enough people want one.

Bavarian critics back Merkel for Chancellor again
Germany

Bavarian critics back Merkel for Chancellor again

The Christian Social Union (CSU) have long delayed backing Angela Merkel as their candidate for Chancellor in next year's general election. But now key leaders are supporting her publicly.

A quarter of Rome’s restaurants risk closure over poor hygiene, police warn
Italy

A quarter of Rome’s restaurants risk closure over poor hygiene, police warn

Problems ranged from rodent feces in the food and roaches in the tills, to keeping cleaning products in close proximity to food.

Clock ticking as Spain races to avoid third elections
Spain

Clock ticking as Spain races to avoid third elections

Spain's Socialists voted on Sunday to allow the conservatives to take power, likely averting a third election for Spaniards tired of going to the polls.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie ‘to sell their French chateau’
France

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie ‘to sell their French chateau’

Want to live where Brangelina got married?

Four taken to hospital after hotel toilet bursts into flames
Germany

Four taken to hospital after hotel toilet bursts into flames

Four guests at a Nuremberg hotel were taken to hospital due to smoke inhalation early Monday morning after a toilet there burst into flames.

Swiss billionaire fined for dodging import tax
Switzerland

Swiss billionaire fined for dodging import tax

Urs Schwarzenbach faces a $4 million fine for failing to properly declare some 200 artworks imported into Switzerland.

New Christiania shooting leaves man injured
Denmark

New Christiania shooting leaves man injured

A 25-year-old man was shot in the leg in Copenhagen’s alternative enclave of Christiania on Sunday night, police said.

How Paris is rapidly becoming Europe’s ‘City of Innovation’
France

How Paris is rapidly becoming Europe’s ‘City of Innovation’

If you want to start a company then Paris is the place to do it, it seems.

Norwegian ship rescues 2,400 migrants amid ‘chaos’
Norway

Norwegian ship rescues 2,400 migrants amid ‘chaos’

The Norwegian ship Siem Pilot rescued 2,400 migrants in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya over the weekend in what was described as a scene of “chaos”.

Injured Swedish photographer protected by ‘guardian angel’
Sweden

Injured Swedish photographer protected by ‘guardian angel’

Photographer Paul Hansen thanked his lucky stars for surviving sniper fire while covering the battle for the Isis-held city of Mosul in Iraq.

How Sweden is trying to smooth relations with Saudis
Sweden

How Sweden is trying to smooth relations with Saudis

Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has visited Saudi Arabia a year and a half after relations turned frosty in a major diplomatic row.

‘Swedish people love it, but they find it quite odd’
Sweden

‘Swedish people love it, but they find it quite odd’

Meet the web developer and entrepreneur using traditional Scottish ceilidh dancing to break the ice with Swedes.