Ten Danish towns with hilarious literal translations
Denmark

Ten Danish towns with hilarious literal translations

Most native English speakers in Denmark have probably laughed at words like ‘fartkontrol’, ‘slut’ and ‘skat’, but what about names of towns and villages? A closer look at the map reveals several gems that had us giggling away. Here are our favourites.

Swedish court orders striking waste collectors to return to work
Sweden

Swedish court orders striking waste collectors to return to work

A strike in Stockholm looked set to continue as waste collectors refused to return to work despite a court order.

Treasure hunters wanted: to retrieve sunken gold from 18thC Spanish galleon
Spain

Treasure hunters wanted: to retrieve sunken gold from 18thC Spanish galleon

Colombia is looking for investors willing to retrieve billions of dollars in Spanish gold and silver from an 18th century ship wreck off the country's Caribbean coast.

How I stopped worrying and learned German in six months
Germany

How I stopped worrying and learned German in six months

The Local's Emma Anderson shares how her first internship in Berlin scared her into charging full-speed ahead into the German language.

IN PICS: Germany’s funny obsession with little green men
Germany

IN PICS: Germany’s funny obsession with little green men

The city of Augsburg unveiled a new, green traffic light man on Friday, which pays homage to the city's puppet theatre. But it is far from the first time that a German town has picked a strange figure for their pedestrian crossings.

Italians debate whether Italy-born children of migrants should get citizenship
Italy

Italians debate whether Italy-born children of migrants should get citizenship

With a flood of migrants arriving on Italy's shores, a bitter debate has erupted over whether children born on Italian soil to foreign parents should have citizenship rights at birth.

Pope Francis wards off whingers with a ‘no complaining’ sign on his door
Italy

Pope Francis wards off whingers with a ‘no complaining’ sign on his door

Pope Francis carries the weight of the world's poor and suffering on his shoulders: the last thing he needs is people turning up at his apartment for a whinge.

Swiss pharma firm sued over bird flu trials on homeless people
Switzerland

Swiss pharma firm sued over bird flu trials on homeless people

A former clinical trials subject is suing Swiss pharma giant Novartis, alleging the company was not honest with participants about what they were being tested for.

35 investigations launched over police actions during G20 protests
Germany

35 investigations launched over police actions during G20 protests

German media reported on Friday that 35 investigations are now ongoing, examining police behaviour amid G20 protests and riots in Hamburg last week.

Man found guilty of raping student in Munich university toilets
Germany

Man found guilty of raping student in Munich university toilets

A 26-year-old man who raped a student in a restroom of Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich was sentenced to six years and nine months in a secure psychiatric unit on Friday.

Norway PM Solberg accused of being ‘relieved’ at death of Liu Xiaobo
Norway

Norway PM Solberg accused of being ‘relieved’ at death of Liu Xiaobo

Former Amnesty International Norway leader Petter Eide claimed that Prime Minister Erna Solberg reacted with relief when informed of the death of Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo in China. Solberg has rejected the claim.

WATCH: French military band dazzles Macron, Trump with Daft Punk rendition
France

WATCH: French military band dazzles Macron, Trump with Daft Punk rendition

A French military band broke from tradition at the Bastille Day parade on Friday, dropping martial music for a rendition of "Get Lucky" by French electro superstars Daft Punk.

The Versace story: After its founder’s murder, how the luxury brand rediscovered its soul
Italy

The Versace story: After its founder’s murder, how the luxury brand rediscovered its soul

Twenty years ago, stylist Gianni Versace was gunned down in Miami, plunging his fashion house into crisis. Two decades on, it is one of the world's top global luxury brands thanks to his little sister, Donatella

Catalonia govt hit by resignations in pre-referendum crisis
Spain

Catalonia govt hit by resignations in pre-referendum crisis

Three prominent members of the government of Spain's northeastern region of Catalonia have resigned, just months before a planned independence referendum opposed by Madrid.

Swiss women continue to shoulder the burden of unpaid work
Switzerland

Swiss women continue to shoulder the burden of unpaid work

Men in Switzerland are doing an increasing amount of domestic chores, according to a report from the Federal Statistics Office - but they still lag far behind their female counterparts.

Six convicted of murder in Swedish honour killing case
Sweden

Six convicted of murder in Swedish honour killing case

Six people have been convicted of murder by a Swedish district court in an honour violence case in which a man was killed after having an affair with a married woman.

Thieves snatch 500 cases of urinal cakes, worth thousands of euros
Germany

Thieves snatch 500 cases of urinal cakes, worth thousands of euros

Police in a small West German town are searching for thieves who now possess enough cleaning products to have sparkling clean urinals for life.

Milan cracks down on food trucks, selfie sticks, and drinks in glass bottles in summer ban
Italy

Milan cracks down on food trucks, selfie sticks, and drinks in glass bottles in summer ban

Milan's town hall has clamped down on food trucks, selfie sticks, and drinks in glass bottles or cans in the latest ban aimed at tackling litter and anti-social behaviour in Italy over the summer months.

Offbeat Norway – Summer festivals with a difference
Norway

Offbeat Norway – Summer festivals with a difference

Been to Øya, Slottsparken and Bergenfest? Good. Now why not try one of these more unusual festivals? From inflatable boats and rollerskiing to insects and real life mermaids, our travel editor Marie Peyre has something for every taste.

Driverless cars to hit the road in Denmark
Denmark

Driverless cars to hit the road in Denmark

Automated cars could be set for a debut in Denmark, with a trial scheduled to take place in Copenhagen within the next year.

Trump administration goes after Spanish olive imports
Spain

Trump administration goes after Spanish olive imports

In Washington's latest move against what it considers unfair trade, authorities have launched an investigation into whether Spanish olive imports are improperly subsidized, hurting American companies.

Outcry after AfD politician suggests shooting G20 looters
Germany

Outcry after AfD politician suggests shooting G20 looters

An AfD politician from northern Germany has sparked controversy after suggesting in a Facebook post that those who looted amid G20 riots should be shot.

13 places in Italy that look like they belong in a fairy tale
Italy

13 places in Italy that look like they belong in a fairy tale

From crystal-clear lakes to postcard-perfect villages and castles perched on clifftops, Italy has more than its fair share of fairytale travel destinations.

EasyJet to set up new company in Austria to prepare for Brexit
Austria

EasyJet to set up new company in Austria to prepare for Brexit

British airline easyJet said Friday it had applied for a new air operator's certificate in Austria to allow it to continue flying in the European Union after Brexit regardless of the outcome of negotiations.

Dogs can’t be ring bearers, Italian mayor tells engaged couple
Italy

Dogs can’t be ring bearers, Italian mayor tells engaged couple

"Marriage is a serious business."

French court bans ‘obscene’ Nice attack photos
France

French court bans ‘obscene’ Nice attack photos

A French court Thursday banned a magazine from republishing images from last year's Bastille Day attack that killed 86 people in Nice, but ignored calls to pull the issue from news stands.

Roger Federer has defied time and logic to reach 12th Wimbledom semi-final
Switzerland

Roger Federer has defied time and logic to reach 12th Wimbledom semi-final

Roger Federer stands just two wins away from a record eighth Wimbledon title but faces a perilous trip through the land of the giants if he is to become the tournament's oldest champion.

Macron tells Trump ‘nothing will ever separate’ France and US
France

Macron tells Trump ‘nothing will ever separate’ France and US

French President Emmanuel Macron and US counterpart Donald Trump marked France's national day together on Friday at a military parade that showcased their warming relations.

BLOG: Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria turns 40
Sweden

BLOG: Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria turns 40

The Local live blogged Crown Princess Victoria's birthday celebrations in Stockholm on Friday morning.

Suspect arrested over knocking man down Berlin U-Bahn stairs
Germany

Suspect arrested over knocking man down Berlin U-Bahn stairs

Berlin police arrested a man on Wednesday evening who they suspect knocked another man down the stairs of an U-Bahn station last month.

No summer days in Denmark this weekend
Denmark

No summer days in Denmark this weekend

July has not yet seen a summer day in Denmark, and the weekend weather is unlikely to bring much improvement, report Danish meteorologists.

‘I came to Berlin for Gay Pride six years ago, and never left’
Germany

‘I came to Berlin for Gay Pride six years ago, and never left’

American travel blogger Adam Groffman visited Berlin for Gay Pride in 2011. He never ended up leaving, and tells The Local why Christopher Street Day, as the celebration is known in Germany, is so special.

Road worker dies of heatstroke as Spain swelters in record breaking heatwave
Spain

Road worker dies of heatstroke as Spain swelters in record breaking heatwave

Spain baked in a record-breaking heatwave on Thursday which was blamed for the death of a road crew worker and is suspected of leaving another man in critical condition.

Russia claims it won’t try and influence German election
Germany

Russia claims it won’t try and influence German election

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov dismissed speculation on Thursday that Moscow would attempt to meddle in Germany's upcoming general election.

Trump’s ‘inappropriate’ comments about Brigitte Macron’s body mar Paris visit
France

Trump’s ‘inappropriate’ comments about Brigitte Macron’s body mar Paris visit

The US president's trip to Paris appeared to be going fairly smoothly until he was overheard commenting about Brigitte Macron's body.

IN IMAGES: Donald and Melania Trump wined and dined at Eiffel Tower during Paris visit
France

IN IMAGES: Donald and Melania Trump wined and dined at Eiffel Tower during Paris visit

Here's a look at some of the best images from the US President's brief trip to the French capital.

Italy proposes a pact with Libya to tackle human trafficking
Italy

Italy proposes a pact with Libya to tackle human trafficking

Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti on Thursday proposed a pact with Libya to combat human trafficking during a visit to Tripoli to meet mayors of cities affected by the scourge.

Record number of used cars sold in Sweden in 2017: Here are the most popular
Sweden

Record number of used cars sold in Sweden in 2017: Here are the most popular

Used cars are experiencing a surge in popularity in Sweden, where 646,000 previously owned vehicles were bought in the first half of 2017 – more than the entirety of 2016.

Brexit brings uncertainty to Spanish businesses and citizens, says King Felipe
Spain

Brexit brings uncertainty to Spanish businesses and citizens, says King Felipe

Brexit has created uncertainty for both Spanish businesses and citizens, King Felipe VI of Spain said Thursday during his state visit to Britain, calling for a swift resolution.

Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria celebrates 40th birthday
Sweden

Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria celebrates 40th birthday

It's a big day for Crown Princess Victoria as the Swedish royal celebrates turning 40, with festivities set to take place in Stockholm and Öland.

Ravens can plan ahead similar to humans, Swedish study shows
Sweden

Ravens can plan ahead similar to humans, Swedish study shows

A new study by Swedish researchers has revealed that ravens have the capacity to plan ahead – a skill previously thought to belong only to humans and great apes.

Recipe: How to make Swedish saffron pudding
Sweden

Recipe: How to make Swedish saffron pudding

This recipe for a tasty Swedish classic should help you understand the country's obsession with saffron.