Fillon suspected of forging documents to prove his wife worked for him
France

Fillon suspected of forging documents to prove his wife worked for him

The one-time frontrunner's problems are deepening.

French interior minister quits over jobs for daughters revelations
France

French interior minister quits over jobs for daughters revelations

But denies any wrongdoing.

Swedish parliament holds its first war drill in two decades
Sweden

Swedish parliament holds its first war drill in two decades

The Swedish parliament has rehearsed what it would do in event of war, amid increasing concerns over global politics.

Oslo appoints first ‘daycare bullying ombudsman’
Norway

Oslo appoints first ‘daycare bullying ombudsman’

Oslo Municipality has appointed a permanent official to fight bullying in the Norwegian capital’s schools from daycare age upwards – the first appointment of its kind in the country.

Broken marriage: Why Germany and Turkey can’t stop fighting
Germany

Broken marriage: Why Germany and Turkey can’t stop fighting

German relations with Turkey have barely been out of the headlines over the last 12 months after a series of bitter fights. We break down the breakdown of a loveless marriage.

Five things to know about prostitution in Germany
Germany

Five things to know about prostitution in Germany

Prostitution has long been legal in Germany, and the country has been called "Europe's biggest brothel". But forced prostitution continues to be an issue as well. Here's a look at the history and policies.

Italian fishermen announce strike over greedy dolphins
Italy

Italian fishermen announce strike over greedy dolphins

Fishermen in Sicily have protested that dolphins are damaging their trade, destroying their nets and eating the fish.

France on global charm offensive to teach ‘the art of French eating’
France

France on global charm offensive to teach ‘the art of French eating’

Here's how France promoting its mouthwatering morsels.

Mysterious mummified body discovered in Berlin Hindu temple
Germany

Mysterious mummified body discovered in Berlin Hindu temple

The police and fire brigade have extracted a mummified body from a Hindu temple in the district of Neukölln, Berlin.

McDonald’s staff ‘stopped woman from buying food for homeless man’
Sweden

McDonald’s staff ‘stopped woman from buying food for homeless man’

A McDonald's representative has said that everyone is welcome at their restaurants, after a woman told The Local she was prevented from buying food for a homeless man in Stockholm.

Danish startup wants to raise food waste awareness… by feeding local community
Denmark

Danish startup wants to raise food waste awareness… by feeding local community

A recently expanded non-profit in the town of Horsens says that it is working with businesses and the local municipality to fight against food waste.

Expert US expat tax help for Americans living in Sweden
Sweden

Expert US expat tax help for Americans living in Sweden

Have you thought about your taxes yet?

Expert US expat tax help for Americans living in Germany
Germany

Expert US expat tax help for Americans living in Germany

Have you thought about your taxes yet?

Granada woman investigated for feeding live puppies and kittens to pet snake
Spain

Granada woman investigated for feeding live puppies and kittens to pet snake

Police are investigating a woman accused of feeding her pet python live puppies and kittens.

7 reasons you should have international health insurance

7 reasons you should have international health insurance

Are you covered in your new country? And what happens if there's an emergency?

Funeral halted after corpse mix-up
Austria

Funeral halted after corpse mix-up

The grieving family just wanted to see the body one last time before his cremation. But peeking into the coffin for the final farewell they got a shock: it was someone else.

Five things to consider before you retire abroad

Five things to consider before you retire abroad

Know before you go!

Expert US expat tax help for Americans living in France
France

Expert US expat tax help for Americans living in France

Have you thought about your taxes yet?

Which international health plan best suits you?

Which international health plan best suits you?

No two people and no two expat stories are the same – so why should health plans be?

Original Treaty of Rome was ‘blank’, reveals veteran reporter
Italy

Original Treaty of Rome was ‘blank’, reveals veteran reporter

"The treaty was put together very quickly and the Italians were not very organized, so it had blank pages."

Seven tips to successful online dating in Spain
Spain

Seven tips to successful online dating in Spain

Navigatating the dating scene can be a minefield especially if you are looking for love in a culture different to your own. But don't worry, The Local's dating guru Sally Smith has some tips.

Survey: Zurich STILL most expensive city in Europe
Switzerland

Survey: Zurich STILL most expensive city in Europe

...and third in the world.

Who are France’s 39 billionaires and what do many have in common?
France

Who are France’s 39 billionaires and what do many have in common?

There are 39 billionaires in France and many of them have more in common than designer suits.

Teen Islamists given six years’ jail for Sikh temple bomb attack
Germany

Teen Islamists given six years’ jail for Sikh temple bomb attack

Three teenagers were found guilty on Tuesday for a bomb attack at a Sikh Temple in Essen last year that injured three people.

Copenhagen is world’s ninth most expensive city: report
Denmark

Copenhagen is world’s ninth most expensive city: report

A new study has placed Copenhagen at number nine on a list of the world’s most expensive cities, with four Asian cities placing in the top five.

UK watchdog probes Nigel Farage over Sweden rape comments
Sweden

UK watchdog probes Nigel Farage over Sweden rape comments

Ofcom is investigating whether Nigel Farage's comments about refugees and rape in Sweden were 'materially misleading'.

Are these the most maddening words in the French language?
France

Are these the most maddening words in the French language?

Are you learning French? These words will have you tearing your hair out.

SBB remains most punctual train company in Europe
Switzerland

SBB remains most punctual train company in Europe

Swiss federal railways (SBB) transported more passengers than ever in 2016 and nearly 90 percent of them arrived on time.

VIDEO: Mystery blue fireball lights up Swedish night sky
Sweden

VIDEO: Mystery blue fireball lights up Swedish night sky

A bright, blue light which flashed across the night sky in eastern Sweden on Monday followed by a loud bang was most likely a huge bolide.

Italy nabs criminal gang responsible for cheese and wine heists
Italy

Italy nabs criminal gang responsible for cheese and wine heists

The robbers targeted shops and cheese factories, making away with €100,000 worth of fine wine, and €80,000 worth of premium cheese.

What a ‘no deal’ Brexit would mean for healthcare of British pensioners in Spain
Spain

What a ‘no deal’ Brexit would mean for healthcare of British pensioners in Spain

At the moment Brits in Spain enjoy free healthcare but that could change with Brexit.

Man dies in ticket machine explosion at Dortmund station
Germany

Man dies in ticket machine explosion at Dortmund station

Update: A 31-year-old man appears to have died while blowing up a ticket machine at a Dortmund train station on Tuesday morning.

15 facts you may not have known about Swiss cheese
Switzerland

15 facts you may not have known about Swiss cheese

The Local sets out the facts about this ultimate symbol of Swissness.

Birdwatching in Varanger, Finnmark
Norway

Birdwatching in Varanger, Finnmark

A world-class birding destination awaits in Arctic Norway.

How The Local helped this business school reach smart young global citizens

How The Local helped this business school reach smart young global citizens

When a leading European business school wanted to raise awareness of its new pan-European course, The Local delivered.

French construction giant Vinci says ‘non’ to helping build Trump’s wall
France

French construction giant Vinci says ‘non’ to helping build Trump’s wall

"We don't want to touch this wall."

IN PICS: 7 signs spring has already sprung in Germany
Germany

IN PICS: 7 signs spring has already sprung in Germany

Monday marked the first official day of spring 2017. And while it may still feel a bit chilly where you live, there are some quite visible signs that the season is already underway.

Thousands march in anti-mafia protests across Italy
Italy

Thousands march in anti-mafia protests across Italy

Watch a livestream of the protest and find out what it's all about.

Why Denmark must not retract dual citizenship: NGO
Denmark

Why Denmark must not retract dual citizenship: NGO

Danes Worldwide’s general secretary Anne Marie Dalgaard says that Denmark would damage the rights of its own citizens by going back on its 2015 decision to adopt dual citizenship.

Handbags at dawn! Smash-and-grab heist on Chanel store
Sweden

Handbags at dawn! Smash-and-grab heist on Chanel store

Around half a dozen burglars rammed a wheel loader into a Chanel store in central Stockholm in an attempted smash-and-grab raid at dawn, but apparently failed to make off with anything.

Life on a Tuscan olive oil farm: ‘After a couple of years, my parents realized I wasn’t coming back’
Italy

Life on a Tuscan olive oil farm: ‘After a couple of years, my parents realized I wasn’t coming back’

John Werich moved from chilly Sweden to the Tuscan countryside. At first he came to study for a year, but ten years on, he's still there and running a successful olive oil farm. So how did that happen?

The French malaise: Why has France topped another pessimism ranking?
France

The French malaise: Why has France topped another pessimism ranking?

What has made the French so gloomy?

Why mastering English would help make the French less gloomy
France

Why mastering English would help make the French less gloomy

The French are often accused of being more miserable than their high standard of living warrants - a view backed up by numerous surveys. French academic Claudia Senik from the Paris School of Economics tells The Local why.

Swiss mountain guide investigated over deadly Austrian avalanche

Swiss mountain guide investigated over deadly Austrian avalanche

The mountain guide who was leading a group of Swiss ski tourers hit by an avalanche in the Austrian Tyrol last week is being investigated for homicide through negligence.

Germanwings victims’ families slam push to absolve co-pilot
Germany

Germanwings victims’ families slam push to absolve co-pilot

The father of a Germanwings co-pilot whose plane slammed into the Alps in 2015 is trying to prove his son did not crash the jet deliberately, sparking anger among victims' families.

Sweden carries out most border controls among Schengen nations
Sweden

Sweden carries out most border controls among Schengen nations

Sweden carries out by far the most border controls among the countries given special permission to do so by the EU, according to numbers reported by public broadcaster Sveriges Radio.

Mediterranean ministers aim to ‘govern migratory movement’, not be governed by them
Italy

Mediterranean ministers aim to ‘govern migratory movement’, not be governed by them

Over 3,000 people were rescued off Libya on Sunday, followed by 1,800 more on Monday.

Swedish for Programmers: the secret to getting a job
Sweden

Swedish for Programmers: the secret to getting a job

It can be hard to find a job in a foreign country – even if you have skills that are in-demand. The Local spoke with an employer about what they look for – and a few expats who solved the problem.

Swiss bank UBS faces tax fraud trial in France
Switzerland

Swiss bank UBS faces tax fraud trial in France

Swiss banking giant UBS will go on trial in France for establishing a wide-ranging tax fraud scheme worth billions of euros.

VIDEO: CCTV footage emerges from Orly airport attack
France

VIDEO: CCTV footage emerges from Orly airport attack

CCTV footage has emerged from the attack in the Paris Orly airport at the weekend.

Multiple helicopters and a snowmobile make dramatic rescue from Sweden’s highest mountain
Sweden

Multiple helicopters and a snowmobile make dramatic rescue from Sweden’s highest mountain

A dramatic rescue operation has taken place on Kebnekaise after a man with a broken leg got stuck.

OPINION: ‘Why is what happened to the Sami in Sweden not common knowledge?’
Sweden

OPINION: ‘Why is what happened to the Sami in Sweden not common knowledge?’

Internationally acclaimed movie Sami Blood should make Swedes question why Sami oppression in Sweden is not common knowledge, and it’s time for that to change, argues Sami Parliament member Oscar Sedholm.

Who were the winners and losers of the marathon French presidential debate?
France

Who were the winners and losers of the marathon French presidential debate?

Will three and half hours of historic and often belligerent debate live on TV between five French presidential candidates actually change anything?