About The Local
We believe that the more you know about the world around you, the better you can contribute to it. This is particularly true when you are starting from scratch, either living in a new country or trying to understand another country from afar.
With six million readers every month, The Local is the largest independent, English-language news network in Europe. Our country journalists’ insightful and engaging daily coverage is essential reading for the international community and serves as a vital source of original local content for newsrooms around the world.
The Local was founded in 2004 by Paul Rapacioli and James Savage.
Founder / CEO
Originally from London, Paul moved to Sweden in 2003. He started The Local with James Savage in 2004.
Founder / Strategy Director
James formerly headed our European editorial team and is now strategy director. He moved to Sweden from the UK and in 2004 started The Local with Paul Rapacioli. He has also lived in London and Paris.
James moved from the UK to Germany in 1998. He founded Toytown Germany in 2002 before joining The Local in 2009.
Originally from Brighton, in the UK, Tara worked for many years as a management consultant. She lived and worked in France, Germany, and Norway before moving to Stockholm in 2005.
Digital Products Manager
Oliver is a Brit who has lived in France and Sweden. With a background in digital marketing and e-commerce, he is responsible for our programmatic and performance partnerships.
International Sales Director
Sharon joined The Local as International Sales Director in October 2017.
Anna Agebjörn originally hails from the county of Småland in Sweden, but after a 12-year stint in Glasgow and London she claims to feel more British than Swedish. She is now back on Swedish soil and works with clients in Sweden and the UK.
Liz worked in media sales in London and Bath for many years. She has also lived in South Africa, Hong Kong, and Australia. Liz was based in The Local’s Berlin office before moving back to the west of England.
Key Account Manager
Shaena is originally from Winnipeg, Canada having lived abroad in Ireland and Scotland before settling to Sweden in 2011. She has been working in marketing and events technology before joining The Local as part of the sales team. She is a networking dynamo with a flair for business matchmaking. Feel free to add her on LinkedIn and say hello!
Nils lived and worked in London for 7 years and Paris for 3 years prior to that, before returning home to Stockholm in November 2015 to join The Local. He has previously worked in foreign exchange before switching over to media working with in-flight magazines.
Zenia, who grew up in Mumbai and Goa, came to Sweden in 2007 and has managed advertising delivery across all our sites since 2012.
Head of Client Studio
Originally from St. Paul in Minnesota, David Landes first moved to Stockholm in 1999. He spent a year in Bologna, Italy and five years in Washington, DC. He has worked for The Local since 2008.
Originally from London, Sophie moved to Sweden in 2016 in search of new adventures. With a mixed background in copywriting and journalism, she has worked with several global brands and written articles for The Spectator and The Daily Mail. Sophie is responsible for producing sponsored content across The Local’s networks.
Paul O’Mahony came to Sweden in 1999 and has been at The Local since 2006. Originally from Kilkenny, Ireland, Paul has also lived in Germany and France.
Catherine moved to Stockholm to join The Local in October 2015. Originally from Cheshire, England, she studied in Oxford and has also worked in Bologna, Rome and Berlin. She works on reporting and editing across all The Local’s sites.
Born in Scotland to a German father and British mother, Jörg has worked as a journalist in Israel and Egypt, where he wrote for the Jerusalem Post, Ha’aretz and Die Zeit. Jörg moved to Germany in 2013 and started working for The Local in March 2014. He is covering all aspects of German politics and society.
Shelley is a Toronto native who’s lived in Germany for over four years. After obtaining a journalism MA in Wales, she freelanced for several international media outlets before joining The Local in summer 2017. With a diverse background, she’s also been an English teacher and a graphic designer.
Ben McPartland has been leading our editorial team in Paris since we opened our office in January 2013. A native of Durham, northern England, Ben has also lived in London, Madrid and Liverpool. He moved to France in 2011.
Evie has worked as a journalist in London, Hong Kong and Paris. She joined The Local in May 2017 and has previously been published in the Financial Times, South China Morning Post and Huffington Post.
After having spent eight years in Scotland, working for local newspapers in places as diverse as the Outer Hebrides and Aberdeen, Emma is back in her native Sweden. She joined The Local’s editorial team in January 2015.
After five years working mainly as a sports journalist in cities like his native Glasgow, as well as London and Barcelona, Lee is now tackling all things Swedish in our Stockholm office.
Formerly Madrid correspondent for The Daily Telegraph Fiona has lived in Spain for eight years covering all manner of issues across the Iberian peninsula. Originally from Buckinghamshire, UK, she has reported from across Europe with the occasional assignment taking her to the Middle East, Latin America and Africa.
Having spent his formative years in Suffolk, England, Michael Barrett moved to Denmark in 2007, where he studied at Aarhus University. Michael began reporting for The Local in 2015 and has previously worked as a freelance writer in Beirut, Lebanon.
Every day The Local is referenced by news sites around the world as they base stories on our local reporting. But sometimes we are the subject of the story.
Svenska The Local ska ge Buzzfeed en match | Medievärlden (paywall) | January 24, 2017
The Local, a growing European network of English-language news sites, aims for the expat crowd | NiemanLab | October 9, 2014
The Local goes global | Columbia Journalism Review | April 9, 2014