Northern Lights could be visible over Denmark this weekend
Denmark

Northern Lights could be visible over Denmark this weekend

Powerful solar explosions mean that the Northern Lights could be visible over Denmark on Friday – provided the cloud cover clears.

Police arrest men suspected of stealing Space Invader mosaics from Paris walls
France

Police arrest men suspected of stealing Space Invader mosaics from Paris walls

The men were seen in August dressed as city workers and removing the street art from walls across the capital.

Sweden ranked worst place to make friends… again
Sweden

Sweden ranked worst place to make friends… again

For the umpteenth time in a row, expats have ranked Sweden as one of the worst countries in the world to make friends in. But is it really that bad? We let our readers have their say.

Berlin court rules on whether farting next to a police officer is allowed
Germany

Berlin court rules on whether farting next to a police officer is allowed

After a Berlin man farted twice in the presence of a female officer in February last year, he was made to pay a €900 fine. A Berlin court re-examined the case this week.

Police find two more explosives caches after discovery of Paris ‘bomb factory’
France

Police find two more explosives caches after discovery of Paris ‘bomb factory’

More explosives have been found in a Paris suburb.

Revealed: Here’s how much Italy’s top footballers earn
Italy

Revealed: Here’s how much Italy’s top footballers earn

AC Milan's Leonardo Bonucci and former Juventus teammate Gonzalo Higuain are the top Serie A earners but their wages fall short of European stars Neymar and Lionel Messi, the Gazzetta dello Sport reported.

France: Deliveroo introduces free healthcare for bike riders injured on the job
France

France: Deliveroo introduces free healthcare for bike riders injured on the job

British food delivery company Deliveroo is now offering its bike riders in France free healthcare if they are injured while working.

You’ve just relocated to Denmark: what do you do next?
Denmark

You’ve just relocated to Denmark: what do you do next?

The Local’s columnist and relocation expert Melanie Haynes shares her advice on how to join the Danes.

Merkel rival Schulz pledges free vote on cannabis, angering conservatives
Germany

Merkel rival Schulz pledges free vote on cannabis, angering conservatives

Social Democrat (SPD) leader Martin Schulz announced on Tuesday that he would allow a free vote on cannabis consumption. Now the government’s drug commissar has reacted angrily.

Spain to charge Catalan leaders over independence vote
Spain

Spain to charge Catalan leaders over independence vote

A Spanish prosecutor said Thursday that regional leaders of Catalonia would be charged over their plans to hold an independence referendum next month and that all voting material would be seized.

WATCH: Swede’s fluent Arabic earns him global internet fame
Sweden

WATCH: Swede’s fluent Arabic earns him global internet fame

A blond Swedish security guard has become and internet hit sensation after being filmed while casually chatting away... in fluent Arabic.

Aung San Suu Kyi’s Nobel Peace Prize ‘cannot’ be revoked over Rohingya crisis: committee
Norway

Aung San Suu Kyi’s Nobel Peace Prize ‘cannot’ be revoked over Rohingya crisis: committee

Thousands of people have signed an online petition calling for the Nobel committee to revoke Aung San Suu Kyi's peace prize over the Myanmar government's treatment of its Rohingya Muslims.

One Frenchman’s linguistic crusade to remove the ‘é’ from ‘Lubéron’ once and for all
France

One Frenchman’s linguistic crusade to remove the ‘é’ from ‘Lubéron’ once and for all

The region made famous by the bestselling book 'A Year in Provence' is at the centre of a bitter battle over a stray accent.

‘If you have a great idea, you can get funding here’
Sweden

‘If you have a great idea, you can get funding here’

SI News heads to STHLM TECH FEST, Stockholm's annual tech sector meet up, to learn more about what makes the country such a hub of innovation.

Muslim workers at Paris airport sue after sacked for refusing to shave beards
France

Muslim workers at Paris airport sue after sacked for refusing to shave beards

The four men say they were discriminated against because of their Muslim faith

Readers reveal: The songs that will help get you to Swedish fluency fast
Sweden

Readers reveal: The songs that will help get you to Swedish fluency fast

What Swedish music has inspired you to learn the language?

Italy opens manslaughter inquiry over four-year-old girl’s malaria death
Italy

Italy opens manslaughter inquiry over four-year-old girl’s malaria death

Italian prosecutors have opened a manslaughter inquiry into the death of a four-year-old girl who was killed by malaria in northern Italy in a medical mystery that has gripped the country.

Norway’s wealth fund, a jumbo piggy bank to be used prudently
Norway

Norway’s wealth fund, a jumbo piggy bank to be used prudently

Norway, which holds a general election on Monday, has the world's largest sovereign wealth fund, a piggy bank of nearly $1 trillion to be saved for rainy days, but also to help finance today's election promises.

German national election software vulnerable to hacking, researchers say
Germany

German national election software vulnerable to hacking, researchers say

The software used in calculating the results of the upcoming federal election has serious weaknesses and could be manipulated, according to security researchers.

Here’s how to make the most of the public holidays in 2018
Germany

Here’s how to make the most of the public holidays in 2018

With summer drawing to a close most of us are back in the office and feeling a bit gloomy. But help is at hand - we tell you everything you need to know to make the most of your vacation time next year.

Macron: EU must avoid rupture with Turkey
France

Macron: EU must avoid rupture with Turkey

"I wish to avoid a rupture because (Turkey) is an essential partner in many crises we jointly face," Macron said.

Italian man jailed for five years for sex with minors in Indonesia
Italy

Italian man jailed for five years for sex with minors in Indonesia

An elderly Italian man has been jailed for five years for having sex with four underage boys on the Indonesian resort island of Lombok, a court official said on Thursday.

Italian ghost town comes back to life for international hide and seek championship
Italy

Italian ghost town comes back to life for international hide and seek championship

You read that right - there's such a thing as an international hide and seek championship.

Nokia to cut 600 jobs in France
France

Nokia to cut 600 jobs in France

The group said it planned to reduce its headcount by a little over 10 percent of its total workforce in the country.

Switzerland celebrates cultural heritage with open weekend
Switzerland

Switzerland celebrates cultural heritage with open weekend

Castles, monasteries, villas and government buildings across Switzerland will throw open their doors to the public this weekend as part of the European Heritage Days event.

Cut foreigners’ dental treatment, study grants and bus passes: DF
Denmark

Cut foreigners’ dental treatment, study grants and bus passes: DF

Denmark’s populist Danish People’s Party is calling for new requirements to be placed on a range welfare support payments available to foreign citizens.

Italian politicians call to block ‘fascist’ march on anniversary of Mussolini’s rise to power
Italy

Italian politicians call to block ‘fascist’ march on anniversary of Mussolini’s rise to power

The demonstration is planned for the 95th anniversary of Mussolini's 'March on Rome' which propelled the Fascist Party to power.

Sweden’s AnonyMouse packs up from Malmö to start afresh in Borås
Sweden

Sweden’s AnonyMouse packs up from Malmö to start afresh in Borås

Sweden's most famous "mice", AnonyMouse, have created new mini street artwork, after they left Malmö to start an antiquity and textile business in Borås.

Swedish conservatives propose stricter rules for citizenship
Sweden

Swedish conservatives propose stricter rules for citizenship

Sweden's main opposition party, the Moderates, want to tighten the rules for people seeking Swedish citizenship.

Ten of the greatest autumn getaways in Spain
Spain

Ten of the greatest autumn getaways in Spain

Summer is coming to an end in Spain, but that's no reason to pack away the suitcases.

Merkel calls out haters, as boos and whistles greet her once again on campaign trail
Germany

Merkel calls out haters, as boos and whistles greet her once again on campaign trail

When the German Chancellor was confronted by whistles and catcalls during an election event in east German town of Torgau on Wednesday, she attempted to turn the boos to her advantage.

Ten fabulous city-breaks easily reached by train from Switzerland
Switzerland

Ten fabulous city-breaks easily reached by train from Switzerland

Looking for a weekend getaway this autumn?

Left candidate quits election over Facebook post asking for films where ‘Germans die’
Germany

Left candidate quits election over Facebook post asking for films where ‘Germans die’

Two weeks before the Bundestag (German parliament) election, Sarah Rambatz is withdrawing from the campaign in Hamburg after a post she wrote on Facebook led to outrage on social media.

Macron accused of pursuing ‘protectionism’ in EU by Polish PM
France

Macron accused of pursuing ‘protectionism’ in EU by Polish PM

The debate over the EU cheap labour rule rumbles on.

Studying in Sweden: a rough guide for international students
Sweden

Studying in Sweden: a rough guide for international students

A must-read for foreign students arriving in Sweden – from an authoritative voice at Malmö University.

Swiss innovators create pink chocolate and blue wine
Switzerland

Swiss innovators create pink chocolate and blue wine

Swiss company Barry Callebaut has created a pink-hued chocolate that it claims is the first new natural chocolate colour since the white variety was introduced 80 years ago.

World’s happiest country, Norway, mulls change of course
Norway

World’s happiest country, Norway, mulls change of course

You can be the happiest people in the world and still toy with the idea of change: oil-rich Norway votes Monday in a general election that could be uncomfortably close for the outgoing right-wing government.

Catalonia launches Oct 1st independence challenge against Spain
Spain

Catalonia launches Oct 1st independence challenge against Spain

Spain is facing its deepest political crisis in decades after Catalonia's regional parliament passed a law paving the way for an independence referendum on October 1st, with Madrid set to seek any means possible to block it from Thursday.

Lisbeth Salander is back in fifth Millennium book
Sweden

Lisbeth Salander is back in fifth Millennium book

The Millennium series' famous computer hacker Lisbeth Salander is set to grip readers' imaginations again as the fifth volume hits the bookshelves on Thursday.

Federer beaten by ‘lion’ Del Potro in US Open quarterfinal
Switzerland

Federer beaten by ‘lion’ Del Potro in US Open quarterfinal

"I wasn't good enough in my mind, my body and my game."

Nordea moves headquarters from Sweden to Finland
Sweden

Nordea moves headquarters from Sweden to Finland

Banking giant Nordea has announced it will move its headquarters from Sweden to Finland in order to be part of the eurozone's banking union.

Italian property of the week: A medieval fortress in Emilia Romagna
Italy

Italian property of the week: A medieval fortress in Emilia Romagna

Emilia Romagna is known as the foodie capital of Italy, and is also a great place for culture and countryside. This week's Property of the Week is an incredible fortress in the town of Cesena.

Rwanda genocide suspect to face trial in Stockholm
Sweden

Rwanda genocide suspect to face trial in Stockholm

A Swedish national is to face trial in September in Stockholm for his alleged role in Rwanda's 1994 genocide.

Finding community – and intolerance – among immigrants in Sweden
Sweden

Finding community – and intolerance – among immigrants in Sweden

Finding the emotional support system of fellow immigrants in a new country is important, but there might be a flip side, writes Victoria Martínez in her monthly family column on The Local.