‘Strangers would come up and help us to understand the rejsekort’
Denmark

‘Strangers would come up and help us to understand the rejsekort’

Danes can be more open than they are often given credit for, says psychologist and The Local guest blogger Kathy Kelly, who recently spent ten days backpacking in Denmark with her husband and two children.

Social Democrats criticise Danish government for ‘lack of welfare’ in new budget
Denmark

Social Democrats criticise Danish government for ‘lack of welfare’ in new budget

Denmark’s opposition Social Democrats have said that the new fiscal plan presented by the government on Thursday does not do enough for the country’s social welfare system.

Berlusconi expands mega mansion in Sardinia with new villas and seventh pool
Italy

Berlusconi expands mega mansion in Sardinia with new villas and seventh pool

The secluded villa already features a volcano, several subterranean amenities and an amphitheatre.

How the real race in election 2017 is a viciously tight battle for third
Germany

How the real race in election 2017 is a viciously tight battle for third

The German elections aren't just about Merkel's Christian Democrats and the rival the Social Democrats. Four smaller parties are fighting over the rest of the seats in parliament - and the polls are very tight.

Formula One: Hamilton seeks record and title lead in Italy
Italy

Formula One: Hamilton seeks record and title lead in Italy

Formula One motor racing returns to Monza and Lewis Hamilton hopes Italy will be a happy hunting ground for him.

In Pictures: This Swedish farmhouse has been standing since 1738
Sweden

In Pictures: This Swedish farmhouse has been standing since 1738

A rare opportunity to own a home from three centuries ago has come up in Sweden after the owners of a farmhouse from 1738 decided to sell.

Foreign Minister puts foot in it by admitting own party won’t win election
Germany

Foreign Minister puts foot in it by admitting own party won’t win election

Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel stated in an interview on Wednesday he didn’t believe the Social Democrats (SPD) could be the strongest party in the September 24th election. He later clarified his statements.

9 awesome reasons to spend your Erasmus year in Spain
Spain

9 awesome reasons to spend your Erasmus year in Spain

It's almost the start of a new school year and that means a whole new intake of Erasmus students will flood into Spain. Here's what makes Spain the most popular destination for students on the European exchange programme.

Ireland’s Aqua Blue bus victim of Vuelta arson attack
Spain

Ireland’s Aqua Blue bus victim of Vuelta arson attack

Irish cycling team Aqua Blue Sport's bus at the Vuelta a Espana was badly damaged by fire after an arson attack early Thursday.

No Swedish meatballs on the menu for Ikea in India
Sweden

No Swedish meatballs on the menu for Ikea in India

Ikea's first ever store in India and the planned 24 to follow will be without one of the Swedish furniture icon's most iconic products: its classic meatballs.

Case against Auschwitz medic to be thrown out due to ill health
Germany

Case against Auschwitz medic to be thrown out due to ill health

German prosecutors called Thursday for the case of a 96-year-old former Nazi medical orderly at the Auschwitz death camp to be thrown out because he is deemed unfit for trial.

Belgian tourist bus stolen in Copenhagen
Denmark

Belgian tourist bus stolen in Copenhagen

Copenhagen police are searching for a Belgian tourist bus that was stolen almost two days ago.

French PM says labour reforms are ‘ambitious, balanced, fair’
France

French PM says labour reforms are ‘ambitious, balanced, fair’

The Communist-backed CGT has already called for a strike and demonstrations on September 12.

Nazi flag near Norway motorway causes road closure
Norway

Nazi flag near Norway motorway causes road closure

The E18 motorway near the Hem Tunnel in Vestfold County was temporarily closed this morning while fire service removed a Nazi flag.

‘Fake news:’ Italian politicians dismiss UK media ‘prosecco smile’ stories
Italy

‘Fake news:’ Italian politicians dismiss UK media ‘prosecco smile’ stories

Italy's minister of agriculture and other prominent politicians have dismissed reports in the UK media that argued the damaging effects of prosecco on teeth.

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France

French bakery launches black baguette made with charcoal

In one Normandy bakery, baguette fans can sample a new twist on the traditional French bread: a black baguette, made with charcoal.

What’s on in Spain: Seven great things to do in September
Spain

What’s on in Spain: Seven great things to do in September

From Roman battle re-enactments to celebrating wine, there are lots of great events happening in Spain this September.

Everything you need to know about WWII bomb disposals in Germany
Germany

Everything you need to know about WWII bomb disposals in Germany

Some 70,000 people in Frankfurt will have to leave their homes on Sunday in the biggest evacuation in post-war Germany due to an unexploded Second World War bomb. But finding such bombs and subsequent evacuations is quite common.

Berlin Airport to open at end of 2019 at the earliest: report
Germany

Berlin Airport to open at end of 2019 at the earliest: report

The new boss of Berlin’s “shit show” airport pledged in March he would finally have it opened next year. But managers are on the verge of admitting building work will only be completed at the end of 2018, Bild reports.

Sweden’s Princess Sofia gives birth to baby boy
Sweden

Sweden’s Princess Sofia gives birth to baby boy

Sweden's Princess Sofia has given birth to her second child, the Royal Court has announced.

Man held over French girl’s disappearance from wedding
France

Man held over French girl’s disappearance from wedding

The man was a guest at the wedding according to reports.

Lausanne takes Lucerne’s lead by testing out extra-long bendy buses
Switzerland

Lausanne takes Lucerne’s lead by testing out extra-long bendy buses

As of this week, new buses with a double bend are roaming the streets of Lausanne.

US intellience warned Spain of planned Barcelona attack in May, report claims
Spain

US intellience warned Spain of planned Barcelona attack in May, report claims

American intelligence warned Spain that Islamic State were planning an attack in Barcelona and named Las Ramblas as a potential target, according to a leaked report.

Zurich is the most expensive place to buy a home in Switzerland
Switzerland

Zurich is the most expensive place to buy a home in Switzerland

But prices in Lucerne have increased the most in the past decade.

Police officer out of hospital after knife attack in central Stockholm
Sweden

Police officer out of hospital after knife attack in central Stockholm

Stockholm Police have launched a preliminary investigation into attempted murder after an officer was injured in an attack at the Medborgarplatsen square, provoking a major police operation.

Norway opposition leader Støre open to minority government as poll numbers slip again
Norway

Norway opposition leader Støre open to minority government as poll numbers slip again

Labour leader Jonas Gahr Støre says that he is prepared to form a minority government without the support of coalition parties should the post-election political landscape require it.

Pay gap also affects gay men in Germany, study reveals
Germany

Pay gap also affects gay men in Germany, study reveals

Gay men earn significantly less per hour in Germany than straight men, despite the fact that they tend to be better educated, a new study on the "sexuality pay gap" shows.

MEPs approve €1.2 billion in aid for quake-struck regions in Italy
Italy

MEPs approve €1.2 billion in aid for quake-struck regions in Italy

European MEPs on Wednesday approved aid worth €1.2 billion euros to help repair damage caused by a series of deadly earthquakes in Italy this year and last.

Man charged for ramming soldiers in Paris suburbs
France

Man charged for ramming soldiers in Paris suburbs

French officials have charged a man for ramming a car into soldiers outside a barracks in an upmarket western suburb of Paris this month, injuring six.

Former PM Carl Bildt says he’s ‘too old’ to return as Moderate leader, despite popularity in polls
Sweden

Former PM Carl Bildt says he’s ‘too old’ to return as Moderate leader, despite popularity in polls

Former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Carl Bildt has ruled out a comeback as Moderate leader, despite a fresh poll showing he is the preferred option for the party's voters.

There are now 2.1 million foreigners in Switzerland
Switzerland

There are now 2.1 million foreigners in Switzerland

The number of foreigners in Switzerland increased at a faster rate than the number of Swiss in 2016.

Drone research over Italian Alps confirms depleted water resources
Italy

Drone research over Italian Alps confirms depleted water resources

A joint project by the Polytechnic Universities of Milan and Turin to monitor the sustainability of hydro resources in the Alps has returned worrying results.

New clue could solve the 230-year-old mystery of French explorer’s disappearance
France

New clue could solve the 230-year-old mystery of French explorer’s disappearance

An Indian seaman's tale of being shipwrecked on a remote northern Australian island could shed light on the 230-year-old disappearance of a renowned French explorer, one of maritime history's greatest mysteries, an anthropologist said on Thursday.

Macron all set to unveil overhaul of France’s labour code
France

Macron all set to unveil overhaul of France’s labour code

The measures are expected to curb the power of unions, limit severance pay and allow bosses to more easily negotiate with their employees.

Mexican professor charged with murdering Spanish wife after fake kidnap
Spain

Mexican professor charged with murdering Spanish wife after fake kidnap

A Mexican university professor who reported his Spanish wife was kidnapped in July in northern Mexico has been charged with her murder.

World’s most powerful x-ray laser to be unveiled near Hamburg on Friday
Germany

World’s most powerful x-ray laser to be unveiled near Hamburg on Friday

A sleek, subterranean X-ray laser to be unveiled on Friday in Germany, by far the most powerful in the world, has scientists in a dozen fields jostling to train its mighty beam on their projects.

Ryanair rules out Air Berlin bid, denouncing process as ‘stitch-up’
Germany

Ryanair rules out Air Berlin bid, denouncing process as ‘stitch-up’

Ryanair chief executive Michael O' Leary on Wednesday said his airline would not make a bid for insolvent Air Berlin, slamming what he called a German "stitch-up" designed to benefit Lufthansa.

Five Swiss cleaning nightmares — and how to avoid them
Switzerland

Five Swiss cleaning nightmares — and how to avoid them

Don’t end up making a mess of things when trying to clean your home in Switzerland.

Erdogan critic urges Spain to block his extradition to Turkey
Spain

Erdogan critic urges Spain to block his extradition to Turkey

A Turkish-born German writer facing extradition from Spain to Turkey, which accuses him of "terrorism", on Wednesday urged Madrid not to send him to a country that is "slipping towards fascism".

France demands €600 million in tax from Microsoft
France

France demands €600 million in tax from Microsoft

France takes on another internet giant.

Paris just opened its first nudist park
France

Paris just opened its first nudist park

Voyeurism and exhibitionism are banned in the new nudist area of the Bois de Vincennes park.

Swedish actor and music legend Janne ‘Loffe’ Carlsson dies aged 80
Sweden

Swedish actor and music legend Janne ‘Loffe’ Carlsson dies aged 80

Janne 'Loffe' Carlsson, one of Sweden's most beloved actors and a drummer legend who played with Jimi Hendrix among others, has passed away at the age of 80.

Last chance to deposit your old Swedish coins
Sweden

Last chance to deposit your old Swedish coins

Check your coat pockets, because today is the last day to hand your invalid coins in to the bank.

Får får får? Hacking the trickiest word in the Swedish language
Sweden

Får får får? Hacking the trickiest word in the Swedish language

When does 'får' mean sheep and when does it mean 'get'? Swedish teacher Sara Hörberg explains one of the most difficult words in the Swedish language.