This week in My Spain we talk to Valencia-based football analyst David Le Moël about eating too much paella and meeting Spain's World Cup winning squad.
With the playoffs underway for Sweden's top ice hockey league, ex-Londoner Paul Connolly explains how his time in Sweden's far north has changed his views about some of the country's stranger sports.
Ethnic Roma living in France are considering legal action against Interior Minister Manuel Valls for incitement to racial hatred after he vowed to continue a controversial programme of dismantling illegal camps.
A French grandfather has been handed a one-year suspended sentence for filming more than 1,500 women in the toilets of supermarkets in Brittany. He also allegedly burned one woman with acid, "hoping she'd have to go and get changed."
Four schools were shut down in Malmö on Friday after a rifle, a shotgun, and ammunition were discovered by construction workers on the roof of one of the schools.
Spanish people are tying the knot later and less often while unions involving at least one foreigner now make up one fifth of all marriages in the country.
British politicians have a "big crush" on Sweden, according to the Economist magazine, a love affair shared by both the left and right despite lingering questions about how much of what works in Sweden can work in the UK.
Spain's public debt clocked in at an all-time high of 84.1 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) at the end of 2012, official figures released on Friday showed.
The lying in state of Princess Lilian of Sweden was held on Friday at the Royal Palace in Stockholm, with hundreds of well-wishers turning up to pay their final respects.
Volkswagen, Europe's biggest carmaker, said Thursday that it planned to open seven more factories in China, as it confirmed record net profits for 2012 and voiced optimism for next year.
Prosecutors on Friday ordered a 44-year-old man held on remand, saying the man's online chats are connected to a 13-year-old girl's suspected suicide.
Carla Bruni has reportedly taken a swipe at French President Francois Hollande, depicting him as a bumbling buffoon with no manners in a song that features on the former first lady's new album.
An engineering student from Saudi Arabia presents Borås, a town of around 65,000 "well-dressed" residents and one enormous Pinocchio, for this week’s My Sweden.
After embarrassing the Anglophones among us last week, it's time to point out that the French themselves have a habit of turning faces red with their own accidentally dirty words. Here are the ten naughtiest mistakes the French make in English.
Contrary to fears of a possible all-German showdown, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund on Friday drew surmountable Champions League opponents in Juventus and Malaga for the quarter-finals.
German youngsters are as keen on reading as ever, but are turning away from books aimed specifically at young adults, figures from the annual Leipzig book fair on Friday suggested.
A Swedish company with a dubious past has sent out invoices to thousands of Swedes demanding payment for allegedly visiting pornographic websites.
The Spanish navy is auctioning off one its retired patrol boats — for just €27,000.
Migrating birds are doing what many people in Germany would dearly love to do - heading back south in the face of the continuing freezing weather.
Break-ins in Germany are on the rise, with 10 percent more houses and flats being targeted by burglars in 2011 than the previous year, a new study shows.
Bern police on Friday arrested a self-declared “healer” on trial for infecting 16 people with HIV, the AIDS virus, after he barricaded himself in his home in the Swiss capital.
FC Basel’s goalkeeper Yann Sommer is the hero of the moment after saving a penalty kick awarded to Zenit St. Petersburg in Thursday night’s football match to send the Swiss team into the quarterfinals of the Europa League.
Thousands of Air France passengers have been left waiting days for their luggage to be delivered this week's winter snow storm led to hundreds of planes being cancelled. Meanwhile, It has been suggested the cost of weather-related insurance claims could exceed €100 million.
The three Spanish teams remaining in this year's Champions League draw won't be playing each other in the quarter finals of the tournament.
France's Paris Saint-Germain will play Spanish giants Barcelona in the quarter-finals of the Champions League after being paired against the Catalan club in Friday's draw. It's arguably the toughest possible draw for PSG, but the omens are good.
More than half of Spaniards are now overweight according to a major new study published on Thursday.
The krona has been the best performing currency over the past year, according to statistics from Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) and news agency Bloomberg.
Homeowners ruined by Spain's economic crisis and their defenders hailed a big step forward on Thursday after Europe's top court ruled that the country's eviction laws breached EU rules.
American food journalist Julie Mautner, 53, took a holiday to Provence 14 years ago and she's still living there now. As part of The Local's My France series she guides us round some of the best attractions and restaurants in the idyllic region of southern France.
Justice Minister Beatrice Ask's clumsy statements in response to criticism of police efforts to deport illegal immigrants have left historian and commentator David Lindén feeling like a criminal for looking "non-Swedish".
Fans of British classic television series "Yes Minister" were astounded to find one of its lines parroted in a German satire show tracing the scandal of the German defence minister who lost his job - for plagiarizing large tracts of his doctoral thesis.
Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt has denied claims he leaked details of secret meetings to the United States following media reports based on diplomatic cables obtained by WikiLeaks.
The first 20 of a new generation of mobile speed radars took to the roads in France on Friday concealed in unmarked police cars. The devices have been described by police as "undetectable" and are designed to tackle the worst offenders.
Rafael Nadal took another step in his return from injury with a convincing victory over a hurting Roger Federer on Thursday in the quarter-finals of the Indian Wells Masters.
Here is the archived list of every featured town and city in our My Germany series.
Europe's largest cruise ship the MSC Preziosa – a behemoth longer than the Eiffel Tower – has cast off on its first voyage, from Saint-Nazaire in western France to the southern port of Marseille.
A 25-year-old man accused of paying €4,500 for an African girl, who was treated like a 'modern day slave' at his home in southern France will go on trial today. The 14-year-old victim was allegedly whipped with a belt and banned from going to school.
Thousands of students and teachers marched in Madrid on Thursday protesting against budget cuts and layoffs in schools and universities.
UBS is coming under fire after significant payouts and bonuses for top brass were divulged for 2012 despite the bank’s 2.5-billion-franc loss.
Roger Federer's tough week in the California desert ended with a quarter-final loss to Rafael Nadal in Indian Wells on Thursday, leaving the Swiss tennis great heading into a seven-week break still without a title in 2013.
France is full of hundreds of thousands of jobless youngsters but one job seeker stood out this week when he boldly confronted the French president in the street, asking him for an internship at the Elysée Palace (see video). Louis Godart is our French Face of the Week.
As Germany goes a touch Irish ahead of St Patrick's Day this weekend, The Local speaks with Dan Mulhall, the Emerald Isle's ambassador to Berlin.
A small French study of 14 HIV patients who have remained healthy for years after stopping drug treatment offers fresh evidence that early medical intervention may lead to a "functional cure" for AIDS, researchers said this week.
Just days after Germany's main opposition party unveiled its manifesto for September's general election, its popularity slumped to its lowest ebb since June 2011, a poll showed on Thursday.
Managers at Düsseldorf and Cologne/Bonn airports cancelled hundreds of flights on Friday morning and advised passengers to expect long delays, as they were hit by another day of strikes by security personnel.
Abortion figures in Sweden have increased since the introduction of the morning-after pill, with experts blaming the unwanted pregnancies on Swedes' "careless" contraception habits.
Get The Local flavour of Germany with our series offering an insider's take on life in his or her adopted hometown. This week, Karthik Subramanian takes us to Erfurt.