Philip Morris looking towards cigarette phase-out
Switzerland

Philip Morris looking towards cigarette phase-out

Swiss-based tobacco giant Philip Morris is aiming to stop selling conventional cigarettes.

Trump could ‘inspire a ‘disaster movie’ says Spain’s Almodovar
Spain

Trump could ‘inspire a ‘disaster movie’ says Spain’s Almodovar

Donald Trump would be the perfect protagonist for a disaster film, said Spanish director Pedro Almodovar, as a retrospective of his movies got underway in New York.

Danish court deports Slovakian woman for begging
Denmark

Danish court deports Slovakian woman for begging

A Slovakian woman will be kicked out of Denmark in the country's first ruling of its kind.

German Islamist spy was Spanish gay porn actor: report

German Islamist spy was Spanish gay porn actor: report

The bizarre story of a spy for Germany's domestic secret service who was revealed to be an Islamist got even stranger when media reported on Wednesday that he was also once a gay porn star.

French to face steep rise in insurance costs
France

French to face steep rise in insurance costs

House and car insurance costs are going to rise in France next year.

Norway government at risk as budget talks break down
Norway

Norway government at risk as budget talks break down

Norway's minority government faced a crisis on Wednesday as the small Christian Democratic Party broke off budget negotiations, putting the right-wing coalition in danger of collapse.

Paris restaurant ranked ‘best in world’
France

Paris restaurant ranked ‘best in world’

... but Japanese restaurants came out on top overall.

How I learned to stop worrying and love Swedish honesty
Sweden

How I learned to stop worrying and love Swedish honesty

Stockholm-based English teacher David Ashby reflects on British politeness and the straight-talking Swedes.

Syrian teen kicked off Berlin tram ‘for wearing headscarf’
Germany

Syrian teen kicked off Berlin tram ‘for wearing headscarf’

A 14-year-old from Syria has reported a Berlin tram driver to police, claiming he told her to get off the vehicle because she was wearing a headscarf.

Car-sharing should not be for profit, says Swedish study
Sweden

Car-sharing should not be for profit, says Swedish study

But what does Sweden's new government inquiry mean for services such as Uber?

The ten most overrated streets in Paris to avoid
France

The ten most overrated streets in Paris to avoid

... and some suggestions for where you should head to instead.

Press gala enrages guests with refugee swim class joke
Germany

Press gala enrages guests with refugee swim class joke

Germany's biggest media gala kicked into its usual glamorous swing last Friday, but now it is kicking up a storm after an event publication satirically advertised 'swimming lessons for refugees on the Mediterranean'.

Can new Lufthansa wage offer finally end pilot strike?
Germany

Can new Lufthansa wage offer finally end pilot strike?

German airline Lufthansa on Wednesday said it had offered striking pilots a fresh pay deal in a bid to end a long-running and crippling dispute.

Swiss police search homes in football corruption probe
Switzerland

Swiss police search homes in football corruption probe

Swiss police have raided homes in the country as part of a broadening probe into corruption allegations over the awarding of the 2006 World Cup to Germany.

In pictures: Stockholm’s new myth-busting Viking museum
Sweden

In pictures: Stockholm’s new myth-busting Viking museum

Who were those bearded warriors?

El Clasico to hold minute’s silence for air crash victims
Spain

El Clasico to hold minute’s silence for air crash victims

Tribute will be paid to those who lost their lives in the plane crash in Colombia.

Here’s why so many Germans vote for the far-right AfD
Germany

Here’s why so many Germans vote for the far-right AfD

A new pan-European study analyzes why right-wing populists are on the march across Europe. One factor above all was most relevant.

These 13 towns have just been chosen as the most beautiful in Spain
Spain

These 13 towns have just been chosen as the most beautiful in Spain

Another 13 towns across Spain have been chosen to join the elite club of “most beautiful pueblos” for 2017. The Local takes a look at the newcomers to the title.

Danish festivals turn up the competition with new reveals
Denmark

Danish festivals turn up the competition with new reveals

As Danes prepare to turn their calendars to December and hunker down for winter, the summer music festival season is just starting to heat up.

French are among EU’s most fearful of globalization
France

French are among EU’s most fearful of globalization

Only the Austrians are more afraid of globalization, a new survey reveals.

‘Liberté, égalité, fraternité’: Pope tells France to mean it
France

‘Liberté, égalité, fraternité’: Pope tells France to mean it

"Don't just say it, mean it," the Pope tells French politicians.

Five Star Movement sidesteps claims of pro-Russia fake news
Italy

Five Star Movement sidesteps claims of pro-Russia fake news

Beppe Grillo, the party's leader, failed to address key questions when attacking the claims of links between the Movement and fake news sites.

7 events in Germany that’ll make December unforgettable
Germany

7 events in Germany that’ll make December unforgettable

Winter is finally upon us, and Germany has kindly laid on a whole host of things to do to carry us through the final month of the year.

Three ex-Air France staff found guilty in shirt-ripping trial
France

Three ex-Air France staff found guilty in shirt-ripping trial

So ripping the shirt of your bosses' backs is not acceptable in France.

Are homeless figures rising because of housing crisis?
Sweden

Are homeless figures rising because of housing crisis?

A Stockholm charity warns that the number of homeless people is on the increase as a result of Sweden's housing crisis.

FPÖ’s Hofer rejects cornflower symbol
Austria

FPÖ’s Hofer rejects cornflower symbol

Just a few days before Austrians vote in the re-run of the presidential election, the far-right candidate Norbert Hofer has told other politicians from the Freedom Party (FPÖ) to avoid wearing a blue cornflower in their buttonholes.

Series of earthquakes felt in northern and central Italy
Italy

Series of earthquakes felt in northern and central Italy

The most significant quake, measured at 4.4 magnitude, was felt in L'Aquila and Amatrice.

‘In Norway, no meat is not an option’
Norway

‘In Norway, no meat is not an option’

A Dutch student living in Tromsø makes an appeal to Norwegians to consider the global impacts of their meat-heavy diet.

Why your children may have to work until 71 in Germany
Germany

Why your children may have to work until 71 in Germany

Top economic advisers to the German government have estimated that children today will have to work until they are 71 years old for the pension system to properly function.

Swiss police take up assault rifles over terror threat
Switzerland

Swiss police take up assault rifles over terror threat

Police in Switzerland are arming themselves with assault rifles to be better prepared in the event of a terrorist attack.

Identitarian group veils Maria Theresa statue
Austria

Identitarian group veils Maria Theresa statue

The far-right Identitarian youth movement has placed a veil on one of Vienna’s most famous statues as a protest against what they call “the Islamisation of Austria”.

Scotland in uproar over being ‘out deep-fried’ by Sweden
Sweden

Scotland in uproar over being ‘out deep-fried’ by Sweden

Sweden's burger and fries baked in a calzone has caused jealousy in the land of the deep-fried Mars bar, but it isn't even the worst the Nordic nation has to offer.

Norwegian politician faces trafficking charge in massive paedophilia case
Norway

Norwegian politician faces trafficking charge in massive paedophilia case

A former politician for the Labour Party is one of 51 people involved.

168 French mayors demand Paris river bank reopen for cars
France

168 French mayors demand Paris river bank reopen for cars

Mayors say closure of river bank in Paris has caused traffic chaos in their towns.

Watch: Dramatic escape of motorist from flooded car in Spain
Spain

Watch: Dramatic escape of motorist from flooded car in Spain

She wriggled out of the passenger window of her quickly disappearing red BMW and hauled herself onto its roof.

Italy’s ‘Angel of Death’ anaesthetist held over suspicious deaths
Italy

Italy’s ‘Angel of Death’ anaesthetist held over suspicious deaths

An anaesthetist and a nurse are suspected of causing the deaths of at least five patients through a lethal cocktail of drugs - including the nurse's husband.

Here’s what Germans say all Christmas markets must have
Germany

Here’s what Germans say all Christmas markets must have

Nobody knows better than the Germans how to create a cosy atmosphere at a Christmas market. A new survey shows exactly what treats Germans think a good Christmas market can't do without.

Swedish pupils gain ground in global education rankings
Sweden

Swedish pupils gain ground in global education rankings

Good news for Sweden after years of tumbling down global education tables.

Priest tells schoolchildren Christkind doesn’t exist
Austria

Priest tells schoolchildren Christkind doesn’t exist

A priest from Lower Austria has managed to upset children and parents at a local primary school, after telling the assembled children that their beloved gift giver the Christkind (Christ child) doesn’t exist.

November one of warmest on record despite early snow
Switzerland

November one of warmest on record despite early snow

Swiss ski resorts may have opened early this year, but the past month was one of the mildest Novembers since records began.

Why Stockholm attracts so much talent from abroad
Sweden

Why Stockholm attracts so much talent from abroad

The spotlight is on Nordic tech this week as the Slush conference kicks off. So in the midst of all the excitement we had to ask - what makes Stockholm so special?

What’s on in France: Ten things to do in December 2016
France

What’s on in France: Ten things to do in December 2016

Stuck for something to do this month?

UN slams Rome over treatment of refugees
Italy

UN slams Rome over treatment of refugees

Hundreds of migrants sleep rough on Rome's streets, while thousands more with legal residency are forced to sleep in squats.

Lufthansa slashes 900 flights as pilots’ strike drags on
Germany

Lufthansa slashes 900 flights as pilots’ strike drags on

German heavyweight airline Lufthansa cancelled a further 890 flights on Wednesday as pilots remained on strike in a long-running wage dispute.

Honest pensioner hands in Zurich cash stash
Switzerland

Honest pensioner hands in Zurich cash stash

A Zurich pensioner is to receive a reward for handing in a wad of 6,000 francs ($5,900) that he found in the street.

Fiat heir arrested in US for faking own kidnapping
Italy

Fiat heir arrested in US for faking own kidnapping

One of the heirs to the Fiat fortune has been arrested in New York for allegedly faking his own kidnapping to fund a weekend of drugs and sex.

Berlin plays down alarm after ‘Islamist’ found in spy service
Germany

Berlin plays down alarm after ‘Islamist’ found in spy service

Update: The German government insisted on Wednesday that security measures at its domestic intelligence agency were sound after an agent was unmasked as a suspected Islamist.

Was Brussels terror suspect radicalized in Sweden?
Sweden

Was Brussels terror suspect radicalized in Sweden?

A former Stockholm resident suspected of involvement in the Paris and Brussels terror attacks also had links with an Islamist network in the Scandinavian country, SVT’s Uppdrag granskning program reports.

Smart songwriters: Sweden’s next big music export?
Sweden

Smart songwriters: Sweden’s next big music export?

Find out how Swedes are helping ensure songwriters around the world can earn a living from their work – whether songs are streamed on Spotify or played live in an arena.

How one French town shifted unabashed to Marine Le Pen
France

How one French town shifted unabashed to Marine Le Pen

Marine Le Pen is tapping into voters' fears and desires.

Multimillionaire and former playmate divorce after two years
Austria

Multimillionaire and former playmate divorce after two years

After just two years the marriage of Austrian multimillionaire Richard Lugner (84) and his former Playboy wife Cathy (26) is over. The couple are signing their divorce papers on Wednesday.

Errors led to coalition strike on Syria forces: Pentagon
Denmark

Errors led to coalition strike on Syria forces: Pentagon

Danish jets were part of a US-led attack that killed dozens of Syrian military forces.

Ennis-Hill gets world gold as Russian heptathlete stripped of title
Switzerland

Ennis-Hill gets world gold as Russian heptathlete stripped of title

Tatyana Chernova was banned by the Lausanne-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Tuesday for doping and stripped of her 2011 world title.

Second Christmas goat burned down in Sweden
Sweden

Second Christmas goat burned down in Sweden

Only two days after Gävle's giant Christmas goat was reduced to ashes, a second Swedish yule goat has met its demise.

Introducing… The Local’s new design
Spain

Introducing… The Local’s new design

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

Introducing… The Local’s new design
France

Introducing… The Local’s new design

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

Eight of Gothenburg’s coziest cafes this winter
Sweden

Eight of Gothenburg’s coziest cafes this winter

Looking for somewhere to beat the winter blues in Sweden's second city? These eight cozy cafes are guaranteed to help.