Why advertising on The Local really paid off for this startup

Why advertising on The Local really paid off for this startup

When Gothenburg company Craft Academy wanted to recruit students to its programming course, The Local really delivered.

How the number of Muslims in Germany is way lower than people think
Germany

How the number of Muslims in Germany is way lower than people think

New figures show that the number of people who identify as Muslim in Germany has grown - though not nearly by as much as Germans think.

Italy parliament approves new government
Italy

Italy parliament approves new government

Now, the election battle begins.

Paris to switch off Eiffel Tower lights for Aleppo
France

Paris to switch off Eiffel Tower lights for Aleppo

Paris will turn off the lights on its most popular attraction on Wednesday evening in solidarity with the people of Aleppo.

Ten questions Swedes asked Google in 2016
Sweden

Ten questions Swedes asked Google in 2016

It's been a year of major events both around the world and in Sweden, from the US elections and ongoing Syrian war to Sweden dealing with the aftermath of last autumn's refugee crisis.

France ‘worst in the world’ at guessing Muslim population
France

France ‘worst in the world’ at guessing Muslim population

The French wildly overestimate the country's Muslim population.

Here’s what the French googled in 2016
France

Here’s what the French googled in 2016

Donald Trump, Pokémon Go and cheating at Scrabble...

Swedes wildly overestimate Muslim population: survey
Sweden

Swedes wildly overestimate Muslim population: survey

Swedes are the fifth worst of Europeans surveyed at guessing their country's Muslim population, according to a new survey.

Trial begins of mother who threw children out of 2nd floor window
Germany

Trial begins of mother who threw children out of 2nd floor window

A 34-year-old woman is on trial for triple attempted murder after she threw her three children eight metres out of a window in western Germany.

Berlin police identify U-Bahn attacker, no arrest yet
Germany

Berlin police identify U-Bahn attacker, no arrest yet

The man, whose brutal attack on a woman at a Berlin U-Bahn station went viral, has been identified but not arrested, officials said on Wednesday.

Startups lining up for space in Stockholm’s first fintech hub
Sweden

Startups lining up for space in Stockholm’s first fintech hub

Startups like Klarna, iZettle, and Tink have paved the way. Now Stockholm is getting its very own fintech hub.

Eiffel Tower shut for a second day as strike pushes on
France

Eiffel Tower shut for a second day as strike pushes on

Striking workers kept the Eiffel Tower shut for a second day Wednesday in protest over an upcoming paint job at the famous Paris landmark which they say risks damaging their health.

Spanish court suspends Catalonia independence vote
Spain

Spanish court suspends Catalonia independence vote

Spain's Constitutional Court on Wednesday suspended a resolution by Catalonia's regional parliament that called a referendum next year on independence from the rest of the country.

The absolute worst words in the Danish language
Denmark

The absolute worst words in the Danish language

Ok, maybe not the absolute worst but these Danish words drive our editor crazy!

Italian doctors transplant kidney for spleen in world first
Italy

Italian doctors transplant kidney for spleen in world first

A six-year-old has had a successful transplant of a kidney in place of her spleen.

Gotland makes U-turn on leasing port to Russian gas project
Sweden

Gotland makes U-turn on leasing port to Russian gas project

Gotland said on Wednesday that it had reconsidered a plan to lease a port to Russian gas pipeline project Nord Stream 2, after the Swedish government expressed disapproval.

Spanish chef calls on Trump to drop lawsuit and donate to charity instead
Spain

Spanish chef calls on Trump to drop lawsuit and donate to charity instead

Spanish celebrity chef José Andrés has called on Donald Trump to bring an end to their bitter quarrel and make a donation to charity instead of continuing their legal fight in the courts.

Danish gang wars intensify with grenade attack
Denmark

Danish gang wars intensify with grenade attack

An ongoing conflict took a turn for the worse on Tuesday night when a hand grenade was thrown into a clubhouse belonging to the Black Army gang in Herning.

Germans are much happier, more liberal than they realize: survey
Germany

Germans are much happier, more liberal than they realize: survey

Germans don't really understand how their own country ticks, a new survey shows.

Why the heck was this horse healer Googled more than David Bowie?
Germany

Why the heck was this horse healer Googled more than David Bowie?

As much as Germans mourned the loss of their adopted son David Bowie this year, apparently a TV horse whispering star had a bigger place in their hearts.

Italy to fire the starting pistol on election campaign
Italy

Italy to fire the starting pistol on election campaign

The opposition are calling the new government a 'photocopy', and the new PM 'Genticloni'.

Here’s what Austrians googled the most in 2016
Austria

Here’s what Austrians googled the most in 2016

In a year that for many was dominated by seismic events like Brexit, the surprise election of Donald Trump, and the ongoing Syrian war, Austrians were most interested in football - at least when it came to Google searchers.

Seven newly released emojis that are just perfect for Germany
Germany

Seven newly released emojis that are just perfect for Germany

Apple released a whole load of new emojis on Monday and you'll soon be using many of them in your daily life in Germany. Here are seven of the best.

Police KKK joke goes horribly wrong
Sweden

Police KKK joke goes horribly wrong

Lucia's helpers and Ku Klux Klan may both wear white pointy hats, but that's where the similarities end.

EPFL startups raise record funds in 2016
Switzerland

EPFL startups raise record funds in 2016

Companies linked to the Lausanne-based tech university raised 397 million francs in 2016.

Ten new additions to Sweden’s hit mouse restaurant
Sweden

Ten new additions to Sweden’s hit mouse restaurant

The tiny restaurant and cafe for mice in Swedish city Malmö is a global hit, and locals have now started to add new pieces to it.

Here’s what Italians Googled most in 2016
Italy

Here’s what Italians Googled most in 2016

Pokemon, earthquakes and slime.

Migrant boat ‘tomb’ could go on show at Milan’s cathedral
Italy

Migrant boat ‘tomb’ could go on show at Milan’s cathedral

Up to 900 people perished when the boat capsized off Libya.

Italians overestimate country’s Muslim population by 500 percent
Italy

Italians overestimate country’s Muslim population by 500 percent

They also overestimate negative attitudes to homosexuality and sex before marriage.

Swiss children’s home killer gets life
Switzerland

Swiss children’s home killer gets life

A man who killed the director of a children’s home and his partner in 2013 has been given a life sentence by a Swiss court.

The one German word you’ll need in Austria this winter
Austria

The one German word you’ll need in Austria this winter

Gemütlichkeit is one of the defining characteristics of Austrian culture - and it really comes into its own in the colder months.

Russia calls fears of cyber attacks on German election ‘nonsense’
Germany

Russia calls fears of cyber attacks on German election ‘nonsense’

As German politicians voice ever more wariness about Russia's potential to interfere in next year's German election, a spokesman for the Kremlin has called such concerns "nonsense".

Watch Berlin polar bear cub’s adorable first attempts to walk
Germany

Watch Berlin polar bear cub’s adorable first attempts to walk

The baby polar bear at Berlin's Tierpark doesn't have a name yet, but that hasn't stopped the cub from attempting to taking his first clumsy steps.

Are sexualized hot dogs too crude for French children?
France

Are sexualized hot dogs too crude for French children?

French lawyers are asking if US hit film "Sausage Party" is suitable for children.

Switzerland awaits EU verdict on immigration solution
Switzerland

Switzerland awaits EU verdict on immigration solution

Will the EU accept that Switzerland’s ‘light’ immigration solution doesn’t contravene the free movement of people?

Britain’s French community suffering Brexit blues
France

Britain’s French community suffering Brexit blues

French people in Britain have been hit hard by the Brexit vote, according to a new House of Lords report.

Here’s what Danes Googled the most in 2016
Denmark

Here’s what Danes Googled the most in 2016

In a year dominated by major events, Danes seemed more interested in distraction.

Is Rome’s Christmas tree really the ugliest in the world?
Italy

Is Rome’s Christmas tree really the ugliest in the world?

Hundreds of people think Rome's Christmas tree is "disgusting", "ugly" and a "disgrace".

Spanish tax office demands ‘Football Leaks’ documents
Spain

Spanish tax office demands ‘Football Leaks’ documents

Spain's tax office has ordered daily newspaper El Mundo to hand over documents related to its probe into alleged massive football fraud involving top players.

Munich bans alcohol at night at main train station due to crime
Germany

Munich bans alcohol at night at main train station due to crime

The Bavarian capital's city hall on Tuesday approved a plan to forbid drinking at its main train station due to rising crime rates.

IMF urges Spain to raise VAT, cut spending and push labour reform
Spain

IMF urges Spain to raise VAT, cut spending and push labour reform

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) revised up its prediction for Spanish growth on Tuesday but warned "structural weaknesses persist," particularly in the form of sky-high unemployment.

Zurich police to get ‘bodycams’ to tackle violence
Switzerland

Zurich police to get ‘bodycams’ to tackle violence

Police in Zurich will be equipped with mini cameras from February 1st as part of a two-year pilot project.

Norway revs electric cars to 100,000 units
Norway

Norway revs electric cars to 100,000 units

Norway, which boasts the world's highest number of electric cars per capita, now has 100,000 such vehicles on the road.

Meet the Berlin train startup taking on Deutsche Bahn
Germany

Meet the Berlin train startup taking on Deutsche Bahn

With a single 1970s train in orange livery and a little crowdfunding help, a plucky Berlin startup is challenging the might of Germany's state rail operator, Deutsche Bahn, offering low-cost tickets and eco-friendly travel.

Paris says no to ‘Rue Steve Jobs’
France

Paris says no to ‘Rue Steve Jobs’

Steve Jobs may have been a technological revolutionary, but his legacy will not be remembered in a Paris street name.

Swedish government can’t stop Russian rental of ports: Foreign Minister
Sweden

Swedish government can’t stop Russian rental of ports: Foreign Minister

The Swedish government will not stop the lease of ports to Russian gas pipeline project Nord Stream 2, but does have clear objections. And that could be enough to convince regional heads to reject the proposal.

South Sudan expels Norwegian aid workers amid ‘ethnic cleaning’ concerns
Norway

South Sudan expels Norwegian aid workers amid ‘ethnic cleaning’ concerns

South Sudan has over the past week ordered two senior employees of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) to leave the country, without explanation, the aid organization said on Wednesday.

Swimming pool rapist sentenced to seven years
Austria

Swimming pool rapist sentenced to seven years

An Iraqi refugee has received a higher prison sentence of seven years for raping a boy at a swimming pool in Vienna - after an earlier sentence was overturned when his appeal team won the right to a retrial.

Conservatives name Italian as candidate to head EU Parliament
Italy

Conservatives name Italian as candidate to head EU Parliament

German Socialist Martin Schulz will step down from the role in January.

From dildo to quarantine: 10 English words you didn’t realize were stolen from Italian
Italy

From dildo to quarantine: 10 English words you didn’t realize were stolen from Italian

You can thank the Italians for baguettes, dildos, and America.

Lost Da Vinci sketch ‘worth €15 million’ found in France

Lost Da Vinci sketch ‘worth €15 million’ found in France

A lost drawing by the Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci has been discovered in the papers of a French provincial doctor, a Paris auction house said Tuesday.

France votes to extend state of emergency until summer
France

France votes to extend state of emergency until summer

... until July 15th to be exact.

Bats carrying antibodies against rabies-like virus found in Sweden
Sweden

Bats carrying antibodies against rabies-like virus found in Sweden

Bats showing signs of being infected by a rabies-like virus have been found by researchers in southern parts of Sweden, with experts warning that anyone bitten by one should seek medical attention.

Five key julbord points: idiot’s guide to the Swedish Christmas meal
Sweden

Five key julbord points: idiot’s guide to the Swedish Christmas meal

Daunted at the prospect of a huge, unfamiliar Swedish julbord Christmas meal? Here's a simple guide to help you survive.