What will change in France in 2017
France

What will change in France in 2017

New year, new France.

This is what has changed in Germany since January 1st
Germany

This is what has changed in Germany since January 1st

From more expensive public transit to more money for parents, here's how 2017 has already changed things up in Germany.

5 events from across Germany to wipe away those January blues
Germany

5 events from across Germany to wipe away those January blues

The bitterest stage of the winter is setting in. But it's not all doom and gloom - we've trawled the length and breadth of Germany to find you the best events of the month.

Sweden to focus on women and peace during UN Security Council presidency
Sweden

Sweden to focus on women and peace during UN Security Council presidency

Sweden holds the presidency of the UN Security Council during January, its first month of a two-year term as a non-permanent member.

Sweden sends ‘Laser Man’ killer to Germany

Sweden sends ‘Laser Man’ killer to Germany

Sweden has sent one of its most notorious killers to Germany to stand trial for allegedly murdering a Jewish woman in 1992, a chief prosecutor said on Monday.

Gonorrhea could become incurable, Sweden warned
Sweden

Gonorrhea could become incurable, Sweden warned

The number of infections in Sweden increased in 2016, and there is a risk that current treatments could stop working.

French monks bring back ancient beer brewing tradition
France

French monks bring back ancient beer brewing tradition

Behind the centuries-old stone walls of a Benedictine monastery in northern France, monks are busy bringing a long-lost tradition back to life.

Police in Saarland arrest Syrian over alleged car bomb plot
Germany

Police in Saarland arrest Syrian over alleged car bomb plot

German authorities said Monday that police had arrested a Syrian man who had allegedly asked the Isis jihadist group to fund an attack using explosives-packed vehicles.

Two from Germany killed in Turkish night club attack
Germany

Two from Germany killed in Turkish night club attack

The German Foreign Ministry has confirmed that two of the victims of the Istanbul nightclub shooting were from Germany, while three Germans were also injured.

Think Danes only ride bikes? Think again. Record car sales for sixth year in a row.
Denmark

Think Danes only ride bikes? Think again. Record car sales for sixth year in a row.

The outside world might think of Denmark as a bicycling utopia, but in reality Danes are as dependent upon their cars as other developed nations.

IN PICS: The French hit the beach for New Year’s Day
France

IN PICS: The French hit the beach for New Year’s Day

Three cheers to the brave French souls who head to the beach for New Year's Day.

Zlatan: I made critics ‘eat their balls’
Sweden

Zlatan: I made critics ‘eat their balls’

The Swede sure has a way with words.

The word ‘Nafri’ and why it is causing such a stir in Germany
Germany

The word ‘Nafri’ and why it is causing such a stir in Germany

Police in Cologne have had to defend themselves against stinging criticism for the second New Year in a row. This time for being too racially insensitive.

Sweden to kick off 2017 with snow and freezing temperatures
Sweden

Sweden to kick off 2017 with snow and freezing temperatures

It could get as cold as minus 30 in some parts of Sweden this week, and several spells of snow are also predicted.

This is the Swedes’ favourite car model (hint: it’s not a Volvo)
Sweden

This is the Swedes’ favourite car model (hint: it’s not a Volvo)

Sales of new cars in Sweden rose 7.9 percent last year, according to fresh figures. And for the first time in more than five decades, the car topping the list of most-sold models is not a Volvo.

What changes in Austria from January 2017
Austria

What changes in Austria from January 2017

January is often a time for change and in Austria it’s no different, with several new laws and price hikes coming into existence that will affect life for those who live here.

Could Frankfurt become the new Berlin for startups?
Germany

Could Frankfurt become the new Berlin for startups?

As Berlin sets its sights on becoming Europe's biggest startup hub, there's another German contender in the running, hoping to catch up through the finance technology scene.

France sees 650 cars torched on New Year’s Eve
France

France sees 650 cars torched on New Year’s Eve

The stats are in from New Year's Eve...

Firefighters rescue 100 from huge blaze in Geneva
Switzerland

Firefighters rescue 100 from huge blaze in Geneva

Thirty-four people were injured or treated for smoke inhalation and nearly 100 rescued after a fire in an apartment block in Geneva on Sunday.

Spain’s public holidays in 2017: Official list
Spain

Spain’s public holidays in 2017: Official list

Spain will have a total of 12 bank holidays in 2017. So get organized and start planning some weekends away.

Here’s how much your 2017 commute will cost in Sweden
Sweden

Here’s how much your 2017 commute will cost in Sweden

And it's mostly bad news if you live in busier regions like Stockholm or Gothenburg.

Norwegians pay all-time record prices at the pumps
Norway

Norwegians pay all-time record prices at the pumps

After new tax rules came into force on New Year’s Day, petrol and diesel prices in Norway reached their highest level ever.

Paris warned for snow and icy roads
France

Paris warned for snow and icy roads

Seems like winter has well and truly arrived in the capital.

Young Austrian invents a way to create your own winter wonderland
Austria

Young Austrian invents a way to create your own winter wonderland

A young Austrian has invented a way to create snow for your garden when winter temperatures just aren’t cold enough to provide natural snowfall.

Switzerland sees record number of asylum seekers ‘disappear’
Switzerland

Switzerland sees record number of asylum seekers ‘disappear’

Between January and the end of November 2016 some 8,166 asylum seekers in Switzerland dropped out of the system without telling Swiss authorities.

Norway’s Tande jumps into 2017 with Four Hills second round win
Norway

Norway’s Tande jumps into 2017 with Four Hills second round win

Norway's Daniel Andre Tande won the second round of the Four Hills ski jumping event at Garmisch-Partenkirchen on Sunday ahead of Poland's Kamil Stoch and Austrian Stefan Kraft.

Cologne police accused of racial profiling at New Year celebrations
Germany

Cologne police accused of racial profiling at New Year celebrations

The leader of the Green Party has condemned Cologne police for coining the word "Nafri" to identify North African men at Silvester celebrations over the weekend.

Daughter of South Korea’s ‘Rasputin’ arrested in Denmark
Denmark

Daughter of South Korea’s ‘Rasputin’ arrested in Denmark

UPDATED: The daughter of the woman at the centre of a corruption scandal that toppled South Korea's President was arrested in Denmark after months in hiding.

French car market zooms to five-year high
France

French car market zooms to five-year high

Sales of new cars in France rose 5.1 percent last year, breaching the symbolic threshold of two million vehicles for the first time since 2011, the French automakers' association CCFA said Sunday.

Snow falls across Germany to ring in the New Year
Germany

Snow falls across Germany to ring in the New Year

In pictures: A fresh layer of snow greeted Germans across various parts of the country as they returned to their first work week of 2017.

Austrian Families Minister wants smoking ban for under-18s
Austria

Austrian Families Minister wants smoking ban for under-18s

Austria’s Minister for Families, Sophie Karmasin, wants to ban smoking for young people under the age of 18. Currently, smoking is legal in Austria from the age of 16.

Denmark’s euro architect Henning Christophersen dies
Denmark

Denmark’s euro architect Henning Christophersen dies

Former foreign minister and finance minister remembered as a respected and influential force both in Denmark and beyond.

New Swiss president calls for cohesion in New Year address
Switzerland

New Swiss president calls for cohesion in New Year address

Doris Leuthard, who took over as president of the Swiss confederation on January 1st, has said the Swiss people should stick together, whatever their differences.

Hollande in Iraq: Fighting Isis stops terror at home
France

Hollande in Iraq: Fighting Isis stops terror at home

Hollande told French soldiers in Iraq that their work was helping to stop terror in France.

Record number of Swedish parents caught faking child’s sick leave
Sweden

Record number of Swedish parents caught faking child’s sick leave

Sweden's Social Insurance Agency claimed back 86 million kronor ($9.44 million) from parents wrongfully claiming benefits to look after their sick children in 2016.

Stockholm just had its warmest New Year’s Eve in 157 years
Sweden

Stockholm just had its warmest New Year’s Eve in 157 years

That should be AT LEAST 157 years.

‘Sweden still has a problem when it comes to cutting down on food waste’
Sweden

‘Sweden still has a problem when it comes to cutting down on food waste’

Sweden is known for its unique food and progressive eco-friendly culture. Australian native Cathy Xiao Chen combined the two after moving to Uppsala three years ago.