Arctic explorer’s ship to return to Norway
Norway

Arctic explorer’s ship to return to Norway

Canada has authorized the repatriation to Norway of Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen's three-mast ship Maud from the Canadian Arctic, a project representative said on Friday.

Swedish heavy metal tune gets stunning sign language makeover
Sweden

Swedish heavy metal tune gets stunning sign language makeover

An impassioned sign language interpretation of a Swedish heavy metal song has turned an unassuming actor into an overnight YouTube sensation.

https://www.thelocal.com/wp-content/themes/thelocal/assets/images/1x1-transparent.png
Sweden

Poverty drops in Sweden: report

The number of poor households in Sweden has decreased after a dramatic rise over the last ten years, according to figures that the Parliamentary Investigative Service (Riksdagens utredningstjänst - RUT) has calculated on the behest of the Left Party.

Wreckage found in plane crash search
Norway

Wreckage found in plane crash search

Rescue teams have found pieces of wreckage on both sides of Sweden's highest peak, as the search continues for five officers who were travelling in a Norwegian Hercules aircraft that disappeared on Thursday.

Wreckage found in plane crash search
Sweden

Wreckage found in plane crash search

Rescue teams have located wreckage of the missing Norwegian Hercules aircraft near Sweden's highest peak, military sources confirmed Friday evening, as the search continues for the five officers who were on board when the plane disappeared on Thursday.

Swiss crash driver not unwell: prosecutor
Switzerland

Swiss crash driver not unwell: prosecutor

The driver of a coach that crashed in a Swiss alpine tunnel this week, killing 28 people, did not fall
ill and no  alcohol was detected in his blood, a prosecutor said on Friday, giving the results of an autopsy.

Stupid stunt causes bomb scare chaos
Germany

Stupid stunt causes bomb scare chaos

Staff at a German computer company were left red-faced when a stunt to promote their company caused a string of bomb scares in offices across the country.

New US rules grate with Norway cheese giant
Norway

New US rules grate with Norway cheese giant

Norwegian dairy giant Tine, maker of a hugely popular Jarlsberg cheese brand, has admitted to concern over the potential effects of a US plan to impose higher duties on foreign state-subsidized goods.

Stockholm museum to get 3D renovation
Sweden

Stockholm museum to get 3D renovation

This weekend, the City Museum of Stockholm will have a temporary new façade in the form of a 3D projection mapping project developed by Swedish multi-media artist, Jesper Wachtmeister.

Jihadist songs loved by US airmen’s killer banned
Germany

Jihadist songs loved by US airmen’s killer banned

A series of extreme Islamist songs sung by a convert whose most infamous fan shot dead two American soldiers at Frankfurt Airport last year, have been put on the German censorship index, it was reported on Friday.

https://www.thelocal.com/wp-content/themes/thelocal/assets/images/1x1-transparent.png
Norway

Norway intel ‘couldn’t have stopped attacks’

Norway's intelligence agency said on Friday it would not have been able to stop the gunman who killed 77 people in twin attacks last year even if it had pursued a tip that he had bought chemicals to make a bomb.

Fat cat pay packets raise German hackles
Germany

Fat cat pay packets raise German hackles

Nearly three-quarters of Germans do not think that CEOs deserve multi-million-euro salaries, even if they steer the company to record profits, a survey published on Friday found.

Grab a taste of Sweden’s 10 Michelin-rated eateries
Sweden

Grab a taste of Sweden’s 10 Michelin-rated eateries

When the French Guide Michelin published its guide on Wednesday, Stockholm remained in the lead as the main gastronomic city of Scandinavia, with two restaurants retaining their two star status.

Swedish church’s new recruitment ploy: wine
Sweden

Swedish church’s new recruitment ploy: wine

A Swedish church with dwindling parish numbers has turned to the pulling powers of alcohol in the hope of bringing in new members, and has invited people who’ve recently turned forty to come in for a wine tasting.

Swedish university traditions make foreigners feel at home
Sweden

Swedish university traditions make foreigners feel at home

Traditional student societies are at the heart of the social lives of Sweden’s oldest universities. And these time-honoured institutions are the perfect places for overseas students to find their feet.

Sarkozy to journalist: ‘what a dickhead’
France

Sarkozy to journalist: ‘what a dickhead’

President Sarkozy surprised a journalist on Thursday when he told him he was a "dickhead" ("couillon").

Begrimed baguettes cause bakery battle
Sweden

Begrimed baguettes cause bakery battle

It’s News in Brief Friday again, where we’ve captured some of the shorter tales that caught our attention – this week including a ski race around the Stockholm castle, begrimed baguettes, bungling bird baiters, and the anniversary of a rather unusual murder.

‘Neutrality to blame in Saudi arms scandal’
Sweden

‘Neutrality to blame in Saudi arms scandal’

Sweden's neutrality policy and its inability choose between decency and Soviet oppression lies at the heart of the current Saudi arms deal scandal, argues libertarian Swedish commentator and author Fredrik Segerfeldt.

Priceless posters stolen by Nazis returned
Germany

Priceless posters stolen by Nazis returned

A valuable collection of posters stolen in 1938 by Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels will be returned to a Jewish family in the United States, Germany's supreme court ordered on Friday.

Why cleaning in Switzerland is a job for professionals
Switzerland

Why cleaning in Switzerland is a job for professionals

There's an art to cleaning, and nowhere is this art more respected than in Switzerland - not least when you move home. For green cleaning that meets these exacting demands, you need to turn to the experts.

https://www.thelocal.com/wp-content/themes/thelocal/assets/images/1x1-transparent.png
Switzerland

British boy among Swiss bus crash victims

An 11-year-old boy of dual British and Belgian nationality was among the 22 children killed in a bus crash in Switzerland this week, British officials said on Friday.

Lower house votes for 60 percent Swissness
Switzerland

Lower house votes for 60 percent Swissness

Switzerland's lower house voted on Thursday on amendments to the laws as to what constitutes a “Swiss made” product.

Forget sex: dirty dishes cause most couple fights
Germany

Forget sex: dirty dishes cause most couple fights

German couples fight not over sex or money but untidiness, a new survey has revealed. Nearly a third of people asked listed mess as their number one point of conflict.

https://www.thelocal.com/wp-content/themes/thelocal/assets/images/1x1-transparent.png
Switzerland

Swiss hotels most expensive in the world

Swiss hotels are the most expensive in the world, according to a study by Hotels.com.

Peeing man loses Google Street View battle
France

Peeing man loses Google Street View battle

A French court ordered a man who was pictured answering a call of nature in his garden was ordered to pay legal costs to Google on Thursday for bringing a badly prepared case against the Internet giant.

Al-Qaeda kidnaps Swiss woman: Yemeni officials
Switzerland

Al-Qaeda kidnaps Swiss woman: Yemeni officials

Suspected Al-Qaeda militants have kidnapped a Swiss woman and are holding her in the southeastern province of Shabwa, a provincial chief and a security official told AFP on Friday.

Millionaire couple ‘kept girl like Cinderella’
Germany

Millionaire couple ‘kept girl like Cinderella’

A real-life Cinderella story unfolded in a villa in an exclusive Hamburg suburb, where a millionaire couple kept an Ecuadorian teenager as a slave for 18 months before she escaped.

https://www.thelocal.com/wp-content/themes/thelocal/assets/images/1x1-transparent.png
Switzerland

Teacher plays strip poker with class

A school teacher known only as Peter C has been accused of playing strip poker with his 12- to 13-year-old pupils and instructing them to watch porn for homework.

One in five gays plans to vote for far right party
France

One in five gays plans to vote for far right party

A survey revealing the voting intentions of different groups in France has shown some of the sharp divisions in party preferences.

https://www.thelocal.com/wp-content/themes/thelocal/assets/images/1x1-transparent.png
Norway

Herder in nightmare tow trip after reindeer row

A family feud over reindeer herding spiralled out of control at the weekend when Mads Jonar Smuk Dahl, 21, found himself hitched to the back of a pickup truck and dragged 2.5 kilometres along a road in northern Norway.

Lesbian couple denied right to adopt
France

Lesbian couple denied right to adopt

A gay French woman was not discriminated against when she was denied the ability to adopt the daughter of her long-term partner, the European Court of Human Rights ruled on Thursday.

https://www.thelocal.com/wp-content/themes/thelocal/assets/images/1x1-transparent.png
Sweden

Man dies after hospital mistakes stroke for drugs

A Swedish man who had suffered a stroke later died in hospital after staff mistakenly thought he was on drugs, prompting the family to file a police report.

Lift mechanic crushed after wrong decision
Germany

Lift mechanic crushed after wrong decision

A German lift repair man was crushed to death in an accident – after he and his workmate followed their instincts and ran rather than taking shelter in a specially made escape hole.

https://www.thelocal.com/wp-content/themes/thelocal/assets/images/1x1-transparent.png
France

Author sets up residence in bookstore window

A British author has set up camp in the display window of a Paris bookstore for a six-day stunt to publicise a new French edition of one of her books, her French publisher said on Thursday.

Swedish feminists bare pits to ‘reclaim the hair’
Sweden

Swedish feminists bare pits to ‘reclaim the hair’

Some forty Swedish women gathered at a Malmö square in the afternoon on Thursday, taking a stand against the recent internet storm vilifying women's hairy armpits.

Man with machete leaves woman, dog bloodied
Sweden

Man with machete leaves woman, dog bloodied

A machete-wielding man went on a wild rampage in northern Sweden on Thursday, first slashing a woman in the face before hijacking a minivan filled with students.

Corruption ‘will cost Germany €250 billion’
Germany

Corruption ‘will cost Germany €250 billion’

Corruption will blow a quarter-trillion-euro hole in Germany's economy in 2012, despite the country being near the top of Transparency International's anti-corruption index, an alarming new study has estimated.

https://www.thelocal.com/wp-content/themes/thelocal/assets/images/1x1-transparent.png
Switzerland

First bus crash survivors back in Belgium

The first survivors of a bus crash that shocked Belgium returned to a national day of mourning Friday, after grieving parents laid flowers at the Swiss Alps tunnel site where 22 school children
died.

Riksdag approves cluster bomb ban treaty
Sweden

Riksdag approves cluster bomb ban treaty

Swedish lawmakers voted Thursday in favour of ratifying a treaty that bans the use of cluster bombs, the UN Convention on Cluster Munitions.

Bad weather slows hunt for Norwegian plane
Norway

Bad weather slows hunt for Norwegian plane

Blizzards hampered a search and rescue operation on Friday for a Norwegian military transport plane with five crew feared to have crashed in a Swedish Arctic mountain range, rescuers said.

Merkel wants her finance minister in euro top job
Germany

Merkel wants her finance minister in euro top job

Chancellor Angela Merkel has tipped German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble to take over as head of the Eurogroup of eurozone finance ministers, a newspaper reported on Friday.

Bad weather slows hunt for lost Hercules plane
Sweden

Bad weather slows hunt for lost Hercules plane

Harsh weather conditions complicated search and rescue efforts underway Thursday night to locate a Norwegian Hercules military transport plane which is feared to have crashed in the mountains of northwestern Sweden.

Scientist seeks deposits for elephant sperm bank
Germany

Scientist seeks deposits for elephant sperm bank

Elephants in captivity are becoming too inbred, so a German researcher has amassed a sperm bank of wild elephant semen for zoos to draw on. There’s just one small problem – sperm is not a commodity bull elephants give up lightly.

Depardieu: I don’t like ‘arrogant’ French
France

Depardieu: I don’t like ‘arrogant’ French

French actor Gerard Depardieu said on Thursday he would play the "arrogant, smug" former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn in a film about his fall from grace in a series of sex scandals, adding that he doesn't much like French people.

https://www.thelocal.com/wp-content/themes/thelocal/assets/images/1x1-transparent.png
France

Scooter-riding gunman kills two French soldiers

A gunman riding a scooter shot dead two French soldiers and seriously wounded another in a hail of bullets on a street in the southwestern city of Montauban on Thursday, officials said.

Carla angry over pictures of her daughter
France

Carla angry over pictures of her daughter

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, wife of the French president, has angrily demanded that media organisations stop using photographs of her five-month old daughter, Giulia.