Homes evacuated as avalanche hits Arctic Svalbard
Norway

Homes evacuated as avalanche hits Arctic Svalbard

Over 50 homes have been evacuated in Longyearbyen, the capital of Norway’s Arctic Svalbard Archipelago, after an avalanche crashed through the town, demolishing two buildings.

A thousand to mock Trump with Copenhagen ‘Pray for Sweden’ vigil

A thousand to mock Trump with Copenhagen ‘Pray for Sweden’ vigil

A Danish artist has launched a fake vigil for the fake attack on Sweden referred to by US President Donald Trump last week. "Please remember to bring fake flowers,” he told The Local.

Desperately need a face lift? These German cities offer the best value
Germany

Desperately need a face lift? These German cities offer the best value

If, like the staff of The Local, you are constantly on the lookout for the best place to get a bit of nip and tuck, then look no further than this list.

‘France is changing’: Macron’s plea to British talent and London’s French expats
France

‘France is changing’: Macron’s plea to British talent and London’s French expats

French presidential candidate promises to roll out the red carpet for both French expats in London and Britain's bankers wary of Brexit.

Swedes should take sex breaks at work, says politician. Sorry, but would that be before or after fika?
Sweden

Swedes should take sex breaks at work, says politician. Sorry, but would that be before or after fika?

Not only are they known for the office fika breaks and generous parental leave, now Swedes in a town in northern Sweden could be offered the chance to have sex during work hours – without losing any pay.

Is this really the most beautiful train station in France?
France

Is this really the most beautiful train station in France?

A poll to find the most beautiful train station in France has thrown up a surprise winner. No it wasn't Gare du Nord.

Bavaria agrees on draft law to ban burqa in public
Germany

Bavaria agrees on draft law to ban burqa in public

The Bavarian state government on Tuesday announced a draft law which would prohibit Muslim women from wearing burqas or niqabs in certain public spaces.

Two German-born Islamists to be deported despite not committing crime
Germany

Two German-born Islamists to be deported despite not committing crime

Two men arrested in Göttingen earlier this month over suspicions that they were plotting an "imminent" terror attack are no longer under investigation due to insufficient evidence, but they will still be deported.

‘We need to make sure Sweden-Russia relationship is not based on lies’
Sweden

‘We need to make sure Sweden-Russia relationship is not based on lies’

Sweden's foreign minister Margot Wallström met her Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in Moscow on Tuesday in an attempt to thaw frosty ties between the two countries.

Spanish royals announce state visit to Japan in April
Spain

Spanish royals announce state visit to Japan in April

Spain's King Felipe VI and his wife Letizia will visit Japan in April, his first state visit in Asia since his accession to the Spanish throne in 2014, the government said on Tuesday.

Austria arrests Ukrainian tycoon Firtash
Austria

Austria arrests Ukrainian tycoon Firtash

Austrian authorities say they have detained Ukrainian oligarch Dmytro Firtash on a European arrest warrant linked to organised crime and illegal money laundering allegations in Spain.

Danish Social Democrats back ban on uni prayer rooms
Denmark

Danish Social Democrats back ban on uni prayer rooms

Denmark’s Social Democratic party has joined calls to ban prayer rooms at schools and universities, as it continues its flirtation with the populist right.

French purists outraged as McDonald’s puts potatoes in Salade Nicoise
France

French purists outraged as McDonald’s puts potatoes in Salade Nicoise

Don't mess with our favourite salad, French people say.

Meet Mr. Schulz, the ‘left-wing Trump’ who could steal Merkel’s crown
Germany

Meet Mr. Schulz, the ‘left-wing Trump’ who could steal Merkel’s crown

The leader of Germany's Social Democrats, Martin Schulz, could beat Chancellor Angela Merkel in September elections according to recent polls, thanks to a leftist programme that has earned him accusations of veering toward populism.

Here’s why Germany is so ‘tough’ on Greece over its debts
Germany

Here’s why Germany is so ‘tough’ on Greece over its debts

The Greek debt crisis is back on the agenda again. With Athens needing yet more money to pay off its huge loans, Germany is once again being accused of prolonging the Hellenic tragedy.

French police arrest three men for ‘planning terror attack’
France

French police arrest three men for ‘planning terror attack’

The intentions of the suspects remain unclear.

Four workers for Norway NGO detained in Yemen
Norway

Four workers for Norway NGO detained in Yemen

Four Yemenis working with the Norwegian Refugee Council have been detained in a rebel-held part of the country, the NGO said on Monday.

Why Sweden is NOT the ‘rape capital of the world’
Sweden

Why Sweden is NOT the ‘rape capital of the world’

Is Sweden really a 'rape capital' as repeatedly suggested by sections of the international media? The Local consulted experts to get to the bottom of the matter.

Le Pen accused of ‘improper behaviour’ for refusing headscarf to meet Muslim leader
France

Le Pen accused of ‘improper behaviour’ for refusing headscarf to meet Muslim leader

Should Marine Le Pen have accepted to wear a headscarf in her meeting with a Muslim leader?

Party like the Swiss at these eight spectacular carnivals
Switzerland

Party like the Swiss at these eight spectacular carnivals

It’s carnival season in Switzerland, a chance to indulge and make merry before the coming of Lent.

The EU is profiting from Trump: Swedish EU Commissioner
Sweden

The EU is profiting from Trump: Swedish EU Commissioner

The United States' new hostility to free trade deals under President Donald Trump is benefiting the European Union, the bloc's top trade official said Tuesday.

Police fire on stolen truck driven by drugged out Swede in Barcelona

Police fire on stolen truck driven by drugged out Swede in Barcelona

Spanish police said Tuesday they fired on a truck loaded with butane gas bottles which was driving the wrong way down a road in Barcelona, managing to stop it and detain the Swedish driver.

Man mauled to death by pack of dogs in southern Spain
Spain

Man mauled to death by pack of dogs in southern Spain

A 66-year-old man was killed walking across his own land after by a pack of five dangerous-breed dogs that had escaped from a neighbouring property.

Traffic chaos and violence as Italian taxi protest rumbles on
Italy

Traffic chaos and violence as Italian taxi protest rumbles on

Hundreds of taxi drivers are protesting over delays to Italian legislation regulating Uber and car-hire services.

Norwegians heap birthday praise on ‘verdens beste konge’
Norway

Norwegians heap birthday praise on ‘verdens beste konge’

Everybody who is anybody in Norway queued up to salute King Harald V on his 80th birthday, showing once again that no one loves their royals like the Norwegians.

The calls you’ll hear at Carnival – and what they mean
Germany

The calls you’ll hear at Carnival – and what they mean

Wherever people celebrate Carnival, you'll hear different shouts like "Helau!", "Alaaf!" or "Narri-Narro!" But where do they come from, and what do they mean?

Paris region loses 1.5 million tourists over terror fears
France

Paris region loses 1.5 million tourists over terror fears

The Chinese and Japanese tourists were among those most likely to shy away from visiting Paris.

Austrian government agrees on plan to boost jobs
Austria

Austrian government agrees on plan to boost jobs

Austria’s coalition government says it has reached agreement on a new plan to provide incentives for Austrian businesses that hire additional workers.

Hollande slams Britain over refusal to take young migrants from France
France

Hollande slams Britain over refusal to take young migrants from France

Britain is not pulling its weight, according to French President François Hollande.

Italy’s anti-discrimination head quits over gay sex club scandal
Italy

Italy’s anti-discrimination head quits over gay sex club scandal

The head of Italy's anti-discrimination office is accused of giving government funds earmarked for tackling sexual discrimination to associations which hosted gay sex parties.

Why Emmanuel Macron is the darling of foreigners in France
France

Why Emmanuel Macron is the darling of foreigners in France

Here's why Macron has found fans among foreigners in France as well as abroad.

Man robbed in own home by teens who helped rescue him
Germany

Man robbed in own home by teens who helped rescue him

A man locked out of his house called on three younger fellows to help him back inside. They proved willing, but after he offered them beer as a thank you, they gave him a much less welcome gift in return.

Italy’s oldest nun shares tips for a long life on 110th birthday
Italy

Italy’s oldest nun shares tips for a long life on 110th birthday

"Love, love, and keep on loving."

Trump’s free trade hostility is good news for EU, says commissioner
Germany

Trump’s free trade hostility is good news for EU, says commissioner

The United States' new hostility to free trade deals under President Donald Trump is benefiting the European Union, the bloc's top trade official told German media on Tuesday.

Ten arrested over attack on pair at Winterthur mosque
Switzerland

Ten arrested over attack on pair at Winterthur mosque

The two victims allegedly tipped off a journalist about a controversial sermon given by the mosque’s imam.

French Property of the Week – Converted school house with a pool in Limousin
France

French Property of the Week – Converted school house with a pool in Limousin

Thinking of buying a house in France? Here's our property of the week.

Swedish press photographer assaulted in Rinkeby riots
Sweden

Swedish press photographer assaulted in Rinkeby riots

A police officer trained his gun on rioters in the Rinkeby suburb of Stockholm on Monday night.

Neymar loses appeal and will likely stand trial for tax fraud
Spain

Neymar loses appeal and will likely stand trial for tax fraud

A Spanish court on Monday dismissed appeals from Neymar and Barcelona over alleged fraud and corruption in the Brazilian star's transfer from Santos in 2013.

AirBnB in talks on Copenhagen rental cap
Denmark

AirBnB in talks on Copenhagen rental cap

Copenhagen city politicians have begun talks with room-rental site AirBnb to impose a cap on the number of days residents can rent out their rooms or apartments.

New Swiss scheme offers apprenticeships to asylum seekers
Switzerland

New Swiss scheme offers apprenticeships to asylum seekers

A centre for asylum seekers in the canton of Bern has launched a new programme to help train its residents for potential jobs in Switzerland.

Taiwan protests over Spain’s deporting more than 200 telephone scam suspects to China
Spain

Taiwan protests over Spain’s deporting more than 200 telephone scam suspects to China

Taiwan has protested a decision by Spain to deport more than 200 Taiwanese fraud suspects to China, the latest such deportation amid frosty cross-strait ties.

France to cull 600,000 more ducks in fight against bird flu virus
France

France to cull 600,000 more ducks in fight against bird flu virus

Drastic measures to stop the spread of bird flu in France.

Three inmates used knotted bedsheets to escape Florence jail
Italy

Three inmates used knotted bedsheets to escape Florence jail

Knotted-bedsheet jailbreaks are not an infrequent occurrence in Italy...

Swiss rents remain among world’s priciest… but it’s not all bad news
Switzerland

Swiss rents remain among world’s priciest… but it’s not all bad news

Rents in Geneva and Zurich are among the most expensive in the world, according to a study.

Far-right editor’s offer to pay travel costs to ‘crime-ridden Malmö’ backfires as dozens accept
Sweden

Far-right editor’s offer to pay travel costs to ‘crime-ridden Malmö’ backfires as dozens accept

"How long can I stay? Fortnight?

Woman given 6-year’s jail for killing cousin in Frankfurt exorcism trial
Germany

Woman given 6-year’s jail for killing cousin in Frankfurt exorcism trial

A German court on Monday sentenced a South Korean woman to six years in jail for the death of her cousin who was beaten and suffocated during an attempted exorcism in a Frankfurt hotel room.

Saudi Arabia seeks death for man suspected of shooting at German diplomats
Germany

Saudi Arabia seeks death for man suspected of shooting at German diplomats

Prosecutors in Saudi Arabia are seeking the death penalty for a suspect accused of opening fire on German diplomats, a newspaper reported on Monday.

‘Spiderman’ burglar gets eight years in prison for stealing $100m worth of art from Paris museum
France

‘Spiderman’ burglar gets eight years in prison for stealing $100m worth of art from Paris museum

Prison for the man who burgled the Musee d'Art Moderne in Paris.

Federer could partner long-term rival in upcoming Laver Cup
Switzerland

Federer could partner long-term rival in upcoming Laver Cup

The Swiss tennis ace wants to join forces in doubles with arch rival Rafael Nadal.

Police raid Le Pen’s office over expenses scandal
France

Police raid Le Pen’s office over expenses scandal

Another "fake" jobs scandal deepens.

Getting to grips with the ungrippable: More Italian life lessons
Italy

Getting to grips with the ungrippable: More Italian life lessons

Continuing his semi-regular musings about getting to grips with life in rural Abruzzo, David Brenner recalls his first night in Italy, getting online, and learning all about 'the Italian system.

Swedish politician admits crime in bodyguard mortgage fiasco
Sweden

Swedish politician admits crime in bodyguard mortgage fiasco

Mona Sahlin has admitted she committed a crime by writing an inaccurate certificate for her bodyguard which exaggerated his salary and helped him secure a mortgage.

‘We must verify information that we spread’: Swedish PM responds to Trump
Sweden

‘We must verify information that we spread’: Swedish PM responds to Trump

"We must all take responsibility for using facts correctly."