Dutch down Danes in women’s Euros
Denmark

Dutch down Danes in women’s Euros

Sherida Spitse's penalty in Rotterdam gave the Netherlands a 1-0 win over Denmark in the second round of Group A matches at the women's European Championships.

Newcomers Belgium stun runners-up Norway at women’s Euros
Norway

Newcomers Belgium stun runners-up Norway at women’s Euros

Belgium took home their first-ever win at the women's Euros with a 2-0 victory that left 2013 runners-up Norway staring down the barrel of elimination after just two games.

Boat races, bake-offs and beer: How Prince William and Kate spent their day in Heidelberg
Germany

Boat races, bake-offs and beer: How Prince William and Kate spent their day in Heidelberg

The royal couple spent their second day in Germany in the picturesque town of Heidelberg, racing boats against one another, baking pretzels and sipping on beer. Here’s a look at the day in pictures.

French MPs officially given permission to ditch ties and jackets
France

French MPs officially given permission to ditch ties and jackets

French MPs can officially wear what they want to parliament (well, within reason) after authorities put an end to an ongoing row by confirming there was no rule to make them wear ties and suit jackets.

‘I’m Lars without a cause’: Swede reports Whitney Houston song for sneakily using his name
Sweden

‘I’m Lars without a cause’: Swede reports Whitney Houston song for sneakily using his name

It turns out Houston was singing "I'm Lars without a cause", not "I'm lost without a cause", according to the complaint.

Denmark’s postal service doubles losses
Denmark

Denmark’s postal service doubles losses

Postnord, the company responsible for distribution of Denmark’s post, has doubled its losses during the first half of 2017.

Google Street View finally captures missing Austria
Austria

Google Street View finally captures missing Austria

Finally you can travel around Austria with the help of Google.

Summer checklist: Fourteen original travel ideas for France
France

Summer checklist: Fourteen original travel ideas for France

How many have you been to?

Autopsy confirms convicted Spanish banker committed suicide
Spain

Autopsy confirms convicted Spanish banker committed suicide

An autopsy on the body of the former head of Spanish bank Caja Madrid, who was sentenced to six years in prison for graft, confirms he committed suicide.

Sweden’s water shortage: What you need to know
Sweden

Sweden’s water shortage: What you need to know

Believe it or not, some parts of Sweden are experiencing a water shortage. Here's everything you need to know about the situation.

Top ten naughty Spanish expressions for sex
Spain

Top ten naughty Spanish expressions for sex

In this week's The Local List, we offer you a round-up of ten of the best naughty but nice Spanish expressions for sex guaranteed to leave you choking on your churros.

Could Britons living in France lose right to move freely to another EU country?
France

Could Britons living in France lose right to move freely to another EU country?

Brexit negotiations in Brussels are proving fraught.

German judge warns of court system ‘collapse’ due to mass number of asylum complaints
Germany

German judge warns of court system ‘collapse’ due to mass number of asylum complaints

The massive number of court cases challenging asylum decisions have stretched authorities "to the limits", a leading judge told German media on Thursday.

Italian police probe football clubs over false visas for young African players
Italy

Italian police probe football clubs over false visas for young African players

Italian police are investigating football clubs for allegedly getting young African players false papers in a probe that could involve Serie A teams, national media reported on Thursday.

Norwegian police to investigate ‘fish mafia’
Norway

Norwegian police to investigate ‘fish mafia’

Police in Norway are set to open investigations into what authorities suspect to be illegal releases of pike fish at several locations in the country.

Ringleader of ‘Mafia Capitale’ gang handed 20 year jail sentence
Italy

Ringleader of ‘Mafia Capitale’ gang handed 20 year jail sentence

The ringleader of a gang whose criminal tentacles reached into almost every department of Rome's City Hall was sentenced to 20 years in prison by an Italian court on Thursday.

What you need to know about begging in Paris
France

What you need to know about begging in Paris

Why is begging synonymous with Paris? And is it wrong to hand over loose change?

Turkey accuses Germany of ‘great political irresponsibility’
Germany

Turkey accuses Germany of ‘great political irresponsibility’

Turkey on Thursday accused Germany of displaying "great political irresponsibility" in stepping up a travel warning for the country after Berlin reacted angrily to Ankara's latest arrests of human rights activists.

German customs seize largest ever haul of cocaine, worth €800 million
Germany

German customs seize largest ever haul of cocaine, worth €800 million

On Thursday the German customs agency presented a huge quantity of cocaine which it had seized at Hamburg harbour. It was the largest cocaine seizure in German history.

Police stage nationwide raids against child porn suspects
Germany

Police stage nationwide raids against child porn suspects

German prosecutors said Thursday they had carried out nationwide raids against people believed to possess child pornography, targeting nearly 70 prime suspects.

‘Graffiti in Pompeii and Herculaneum give insight into groups marginalized by history books’
Italy

‘Graffiti in Pompeii and Herculaneum give insight into groups marginalized by history books’

No site in the world has been continually excavated for so long as Pompeii, the city that lay buried after being destroyed when Mount Vesuvius erupted, until its accidental discovery over 1,700 years later.

‘Women are being attacked every day’: violence at small town festival reignites migration debate
Germany

‘Women are being attacked every day’: violence at small town festival reignites migration debate

Reports of sexual assaults and attacks on police during a small town festival have again sparked debate in Germany about integration, while also leading police to correct what they say are "misinterpretations" of what happened.

Air France unveils ‘Joon’: Its new lower-cost airline for ‘millenials’
France

Air France unveils ‘Joon’: Its new lower-cost airline for ‘millenials’

It's about to be up, up and away for Air France's new airline.

‘I can guarantee with my life that the train will be called Trainy McTrainface’
Sweden

‘I can guarantee with my life that the train will be called Trainy McTrainface’

The painful memory of the "Boaty McBoatface" fiasco is about to be soothed thanks to a poll to name a new train in Sweden.

Raccoon births take zoo by surprise
Switzerland

Raccoon births take zoo by surprise

Servion zoo near Lausanne is celebrating the unexpected birth of two baby raccoons – the first at the zoo for 15 years.

Gothenburg police launch murder probe after woman and three children die in fire
Sweden

Gothenburg police launch murder probe after woman and three children die in fire

A woman in her mid-30s and three children aged two to eight have died in a fire in Gothenburg.

Spanish police recover three stolen Francis Bacon paintings
Spain

Spanish police recover three stolen Francis Bacon paintings

Spanish police have recovered three of five paintings by British artist Francis Bacon that were stolen from a Madrid apartment in 2015.

Paris reveals grand plans to ‘reinvent the River Seine’
France

Paris reveals grand plans to ‘reinvent the River Seine’

The River Seine is going to get a makeover in Paris as well as in Rouen and Le Havre.

Italy launches nationwide free wifi app
Italy

Italy launches nationwide free wifi app

The Italian government has launched an app which will allow residents and tourists to connect to wifi across the country using a single log-in.

How Germany is racking its brains to find a way to deal with Turkey
Germany

How Germany is racking its brains to find a way to deal with Turkey

Since last July, some 22 German nationals have been arrested in Turkey. Nine still sit in prison. But Berlin is struggling to come up with an effective strategy against an ever more hostile Ankara.

Paris souvenir seller attacks police with miniature Eiffel Towers
France

Paris souvenir seller attacks police with miniature Eiffel Towers

It's not the first time there has been violence between Paris street vendors and police.

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Sweden

‘The nightmare is over’: wife’s joy after Swedish court overturns husband’s deportation order

A married couple who are expecting a child together are celebrating after being told they can both stay in Sweden, after a decision to deport the husband was overturned in the appeals court.

Fika with the government: the most Swedish thing ever?
Sweden

Fika with the government: the most Swedish thing ever?

Fika and openness are two of Sweden's most important concepts, but what happens when you combine them? You get fika with the Swedish government, which The Local happily went along to, given there was cake on offer.

Study finds Switzerland is a great place to retire
Switzerland

Study finds Switzerland is a great place to retire

Switzerland is second only to Norway as the best country to spend your retirement, a global study has found.

Danish café reported for racism over logo image
Denmark

Danish café reported for racism over logo image

A sign on display in a café on the Danish island of Ærø has been reported to police after a nurse from the Ivory Coast found it offensive.

Couple drown after ignoring red flag on beach in Alicante
Spain

Couple drown after ignoring red flag on beach in Alicante

A man and a woman drowned on Wednesday at a beach on the Costa Blanca after ignoring a red flag and bathing in choppy seas.

Trump on Macron: ‘He loves holding my hand and that’s good’
France

Trump on Macron: ‘He loves holding my hand and that’s good’

What does the US president really think of Emmanuel Macron?

Heavy storms flood streets, kill one in west Germany
Germany

Heavy storms flood streets, kill one in west Germany

Thunderstorms across western Germany on Wednesday night left one woman dead, as well as streets and basements flooded, while lightning strikes started fires in other places.

Macron visits French air base hoping to smooth over crisis with military
France

Macron visits French air base hoping to smooth over crisis with military

Macron needs to win back trust from the armed forces.

EasyJet wins air operator’s certificate in Austria
Austria

EasyJet wins air operator’s certificate in Austria

EasyJet has secured an air operator's certificate in Austria that will enable it to keep flying across the EU after Brexit, the low-cost carrier said Thursday, and lifted earnings guidance.

Asylum requests at lowest level for seven years
Switzerland

Asylum requests at lowest level for seven years

The number of people seeking asylum in Switzerland is falling, according to official statistics.

Are you my surreal dad? Dalí to be exhumed in paternity case
Spain

Are you my surreal dad? Dalí to be exhumed in paternity case

Salvador Dalí's remains are to be exhumed today in a bid to test a fortune teller's claims the renowned surrealist is her father.

Former Pope’s brother accused of ‘merciless rule’ of choir hit by abuse scandal
Germany

Former Pope’s brother accused of ‘merciless rule’ of choir hit by abuse scandal

The former choirmaster of a Catholic school in Germany where more than 500 children were abused, including sexually, was a "fanatic" who was "feared" by pupils, his immediate successor said on Wednesday.

US bank Morgan Stanley to shift jobs to Frankfurt due to Brexit
Germany

US bank Morgan Stanley to shift jobs to Frankfurt due to Brexit

Morgan Stanley has picked Frankfurt as its temporary hub in the European Union once Brexit takes effect, a person familiar with the situation said Wednesday.

Mother dies rescuing toddler from lake
Switzerland

Mother dies rescuing toddler from lake

A woman has died in a tragic accident in the Etang Long lake in the canton of Valais.

Mafia boss refused jail release for cancer treatment
Italy

Mafia boss refused jail release for cancer treatment

"Toto" Riina, 86, nicknamed "The Beast" because of his cruelty, has been serving a life sentence since 1993. He is thought to have ordered more than 150 murders.

Six surreal facts from the life of Salvador Dalí
Spain

Six surreal facts from the life of Salvador Dalí

To commemorate the fact that Salvador Dalí was born on this day - May 11th - in 1904, the Local takes a look at some of the more surreal aspects of his life.

How an Italian startup is bringing magic to children’s hospital appointments
Italy

How an Italian startup is bringing magic to children’s hospital appointments

An Italian startup has come up with a way to help children fight their fears of dentists, injections, and other medical procedures - through magic.

Telia to slash hundreds of jobs in Sweden
Sweden

Telia to slash hundreds of jobs in Sweden

Telia has announced plans to cut hundreds of jobs in Sweden as part of a cost-reduction scheme.

Sweden slams Turkey for jailing activist
Sweden

Sweden slams Turkey for jailing activist

Sweden's foreign minister, Margot Wallström, criticized Turkey for jailing a Swedish citizen along with several human rights activists, including Amnesty International's Turkey director.

26 untranslatable Swedish words
Sweden

26 untranslatable Swedish words

Our attempt to translate some of our favourite untranslatable Swedish words.