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At least nine dead after hurricane strength winds
Fire brigade workers in Michaelbeuern, Salzburg. Photo: EPA/T.A./FMT-PICTURES

At least nine dead after hurricane strength winds

Hurricane strength winds brought chaos to Austria, Germany and Switzerland on Tuesday, killing at least nine people and causing major damage to travel infrastructure. READ  

Explore your wild side at the Wildstyle tattoo show
Stars from last year's Wildstyle and Tattoo Messe. Photo: Mike Auer

Explore your wild side at the Wildstyle tattoo show

Austria’s Wildstyle and Tattoo Messe is a travelling carnival of creative and extreme tattooing, performance, and avant-garde body art - and this year it celebrates its 20th anniversary. READ  

April Fool's Day
April Fool! The Local's day in gags
In Austria we had you fooled that the government had proposed a hike in sales tax for garden gnomes. Photo: Shutterstock

April Fool! The Local's day in gags

No, you weren’t going crazy when you scrolled through The Local this morning. Today, our network temporarily lost its marbles for April Fools' Day. So, as the clock strikes 12pm, it’s time for The Local to fess up and reveal which of our stories were red herrings. READ  

Unemployment climbs to record levels
Photo: APA/NEUBAUER

Unemployment climbs to record levels

Unemployment rose to record levels in Austria during March, according to figures released on Wednesday by the social affairs ministry. READ  

Teenager charged with terror offences
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Teenager charged with terror offences

Prosecutors in St Pölten, Lower Austria, have charged a 14-year-old boy with terror offences after he researched how to build a bomb online and made contact with militants supporting Islamic State fighters in Syria. READ  

Wet and stormy weather outlook for Easter
Photo: Marius Becker/DPA

Wet and stormy weather outlook for Easter

Summertime may have officially begun but the weather outlook for Austria over the Easter week is wet and stormy, with a storm warning in effect on Tuesday from Vorarlberg to Lower Austria. READ  

Vienna showcases city's shock art movement
Hermann Nitsch, at a museum in Naples dedicated to his work. Photo: APA/HOCHMUTH

Vienna showcases city's shock art movement

As artists, they pushed the limits, bathing in blood, mud and urine. Vienna's famed "Actionists", whose avant garde movement may be the most radical in contemporary art, are the focus of a new exhibition in their home city. READ  

Vienna third among Europe's 'sootfree cities'
Vienna has a good network of cycling lanes. Photo: APA/FOHRINGER

Vienna third among Europe's 'sootfree cities'

Vienna ranks third among 23 major European cities for its efforts to fight air pollution, the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) said on Tuesday. READ  

Two arrests in Nazi graffiti case
An example of the graffiti in Perchtoldsdorf. Photo: Lower Austrian Police

Two arrests in Nazi graffiti case

Police have tracked down two men who are believed to have daubed Nazi slogans on walls and cars in the Lower Austrian market town of Perchtoldsdorf at the end of last year. READ  

Avalanche danger rises to 'high' in Tyrol
Photo: APA/Barbara Gindl

Avalanche danger rises to 'high' in Tyrol

A 42-year-old man from South Tyrol was seriously injured in an avalanche in Prägraten in East Tyrol on Sunday. READ  

Features
Expat Profile
'We believe children have unlimited potential'
Margarita Randl with her son.

'We believe children have unlimited potential'

Margarita Randl is the manager of Vienna's first Gymboree Play & Music Center. She spoke to The Local about the challenges of setting up a new business and what she loves about life in the capital. READ  

Help Me, Helen
Why denial is your worst enemy

Why denial is your worst enemy

Vienna-based Marriage and Family Therapist Helen Rudinsky looks at how to recognise if you're in denial, and what to do to break out of it. READ  

 'World's most beautiful boulevard' turns 150
Part of the Ringstrasse, with the parliament building. Photo: APA/Neubauer

'World's most beautiful boulevard' turns 150

In 1857, bushy-whiskered Emperor Franz Joseph proclaimed that his rapidly growing imperial capital Vienna needed a radical makeover befitting Austro-Hungary's wealth, might and technological prowess. READ  

Austrian economy
Why Jörg Haider haunts Austria's finances
Photo: APA/HANS KLAUS TECHT

Why Jörg Haider haunts Austria's finances

Jörg Haider may be long dead, but the colourful far-right politician who praised Hitler's "orderly" employment policies is coming back to haunt Austria's public finances, potentially with wider reverberations throughout the eurozone. READ  

Expat Profile
Multicultural couples 'bring best of both worlds'
Photo: Wendy Williams

Multicultural couples 'bring best of both worlds'

Canadian Wendy Williams is the author of a book called The Globalisation of Love. She spoke to The Local about life in Vienna and why 'expat' is a misleading term for multicultural couples. READ  

From our other editions:
Six steps to getting along better with the Swiss

Six steps to getting along better with the Swiss

If you value the same things the Swiss do, you have a better chance of building positive relationships with them, says Zurich-based communications trainer Shane Norton. But what if you don’t? Norton’s advice is to learn to — and if that fails, at least show some willingness to appreciate them. Here are his top tips on how to do that. READ  

Alps Plane Crash
Germanwings captain's compassion goes viral
Photo: DPA

Germanwings captain's compassion goes viral

A Facebook post describing how a Germanwings pilot personally reassured his passengers of their safety on a flight on Wednesday has received over quarter of a million likes. READ  

April Fool's Day
Denmark to add English as second language
Thorning-Schmidt said she was partially influenced by her teenage daughter. Photo: Claus Fisker/Scanpix

Denmark to add English as second language

UPDATED: PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt has proposed officially recognizing English, saying it would help Denmark's global reputation and be a positive gesture toward the country's foreigners. READ  

Alps plane crash
No-show passenger: 'It's a second chance at life'
Photo: AFP

No-show passenger: 'It's a second chance at life'

Claudia Vásquez was meant to be on board doomed Germanwings flight 4U9525 but a twist of fate meant that she is alive today. READ  

Studying in France: what you need to know
France is home to 300,000 foreign students. Photo: Simone Ramella/Flickr

Studying in France: what you need to know

France is one of the most popular study destinations in the world, with nearly 300,000 foreign students. Relatively low tuition fees and the chance to live in France are certainly appealing, but France’s confusing higher education system can be frustrating to navigate. READ  

Gran poisons family with expired hot chocolate
Hot chocolate photo: Shutterstock

Gran poisons family with expired hot chocolate

All she wanted was to serve her loved ones a tasty drink. But a grandmother from Vicenza is in a spot of bother after three children and an adult fell ill after she gave them hot chocolate that was 25 years out of date. READ  

Atheists equal believers in Norway for first time
Arctic Cathedral in Tromsö: Henrik/Wikipedia. Licensed under CC BY 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons

Atheists equal believers in Norway for first time

The number of Norwegian atheists now equals those who believe in God for the first time since a key survey began, in a sign of increasing secularization in the once god-fearing nation. READ  

Swedish council outlaws elephants in town centre
Elephants may no longer roam Kalmar's streets. Photo: Björn Larsson Rosvall/SCANPIX

Swedish council outlaws elephants in town centre

You would not normally associate elephants with Sweden. But one town in the Nordic country has decided that it's better to be safe than sorry – so it has created a new bylaw forbidding elephants from parading its streets. READ  

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