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May 12, 2021
Wohngeld: How people in Germany can get help with rising living costs

Wohngeld: How people in Germany can get help with rising living costs

Many households in Germany could be eligible for increased financial support with their rents and bills from next year. We break down who should apply and how much help they could receive.

MAP: France to build 10 new hydrogen production plants

MAP: France to build 10 new hydrogen production plants

As France sets its course for de-carbonising its economy, the Prime Minister has announced the construction of 10 new factories dedicated to hydrogen technology, helped by €2 billion of state funding.

KEY POINTS: What changes about life in Denmark in October 2022?

KEY POINTS: What changes about life in Denmark in October 2022?

Energy cash relief for selected students and retirees, the end of NemID moves closer and will a general election be called? Here are some of the things you can expect to see in Denmark in October.

EXPLAINED: How the strong Swiss franc has been a boost for Switzerland

EXPLAINED: How the strong Swiss franc has been a boost for Switzerland

The Swiss franc is breaking records against the euro, giving the Swiss economy a temporary boost as central banks battle inflation -- although experts remain cautious about the months ahead.

Eight things Indians wish they'd brought with them to Sweden

Eight things Indians wish they'd brought with them to Sweden

Moving to a new country means getting used to new climates, new cultures, new foods, new ways of living. The Local asked some Indians who have made the move to Sweden about the items that they wish they'd brought with them.

New citizenship rules: Everything that changes in Norway in October 2022

New citizenship rules: Everything that changes in Norway in October 2022

Changes to the language rules for Norwegian citizenship and the government presenting its budget for 2022 are among the key changes in Norway in October.

Could Baltic Sea gas pipe leaks affect Denmark’s election timeline?

Could Baltic Sea gas pipe leaks affect Denmark’s election timeline?

Four leaks have been detected after suspected sabotage of the Nord Stream gas pipelines running from Russia to Europe. Could the leaks, which are in the Danish and Swedish economic zones, impact the timing of Denmark’s next general election?

Spain postpones its EuroMed summit as PM still has Covid

Spain postpones its EuroMed summit as PM still has Covid

A summit grouping nine southern European countries that was due to take place in Alicante on Friday has been postponed because Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has continued to test positive for Covid-19, his office said Thursday.

Britons in Italy: How have you been affected by the drop in the value of the pound?

Britons in Italy: How have you been affected by the drop in the value of the pound?

The value of the pound against the euro has fallen again in recent days following the UK government's mini-budget. But how will it impact your lives in Italy? We want to hear from you.

Italy will not recognise Russian referendums, says Draghi

Italy will not recognise Russian referendums, says Draghi

The outgoing Italian PM said that the country will regard any referendum held in Russian-controlled areas of Ukraine as ‘illegal’

What's on: Five things to do in Vienna this weekend

What's on: Five things to do in Vienna this weekend

Vienna is full of events, places to visit and great new restaurants to try out. If you are overwhelmed with the possibilities or just wondering where you can find a cafe with a fireplace, here are some ideas.

Switzerland ranked 'best country' in the world

Switzerland ranked 'best country' in the world

Switzerland has been placed in top spot in yet another international ranking. But does it deserve such a high score?

'Five years to make friends': The ups and downs of life in a Swiss village

'Five years to make friends': The ups and downs of life in a Swiss village

What is it like for foreigners to live in Switzerland’s rural areas? We asked our readers to shed light on the pros and cons of life in a Swiss village.

Age charity wants Danish schools opened abroad to solve worker shortage

Age charity wants Danish schools opened abroad to solve worker shortage

Age concern charity DanAge (Ældre Sagen) says Danish social care education programmes should be opened in foreign countries to address the chronic labour shortage suffered by the sector.

How can I find an apartment in Austria without a ‘Provision’?

How can I find an apartment in Austria without a ‘Provision’?

In Austria, the estate agents' fee or commission on rental apartments can be up to two months' rate plus VAT, a non-refundable cost which you can avoid if you know how.

Denmark triples Christmas charity aid to help with price increases

Denmark triples Christmas charity aid to help with price increases

A charity fund distributed by organisations to vulnerable families at Christmas has been tripled by the Danish government in response to high food prices.

EXPLAINED: What are Denmark's free baby packs and where are they available?

EXPLAINED: What are Denmark's free baby packs and where are they available?

The amount of items you need for a new baby can be overwhelming, which is why in Denmark there are a variety of incentives and free gifts that expectant parents can be given. Here are the details.

Germany to spend €200 billion to cap soaring energy costs

Germany to spend €200 billion to cap soaring energy costs

Germany is to ditch plans for a gas levy on consumers and introduce a gas price cap to curb soaring bills, Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced on Thursday.

EXPLAINED: What can foreigners in Sweden do about the weak krona?

EXPLAINED: What can foreigners in Sweden do about the weak krona?

The Swedish Krona last week hit a record low against the dollar, hammering the international buying power of anyone earning their salaries or holding assets in the currency. We asked experts what they can do.

The 10 best singers to listen to if you're learning French

The 10 best singers to listen to if you're learning French

Music can be an effective way of progressing in a language while having fun. Whether you're a beginner in search of vocab, or an advanced learner hoping to hone your accent and learn some cool slang, these musicians will help you improve your French.

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