Rollkers, lightweight undershoes that allow you to walk at speeds of 12 kilometres an hour, are among the more unusual products on display at Geneva’s 41st annual exhibition of inventions, which began on Wednesday.
Two Swiss companies cracked the top ten list of global companies with the best reputations for the first time, according to a survey released on Wednesday.
The European Commission singled out France on Wednesday for some harsh warnings over serious public sector debt levels that could prove the Achilles heel for the entire eurozone.
A specialty French cheese has provoked a cross-Atlantic row after US customs officials refused to allow almost a tonne of it into the country, citing concern over “allergies”.
In this week's The Local List, we match famous Spaniards with their celebrity doppelgangers from around this world and beyond.
Two Greenpeace activists dressed as polar bears boarded an oil platform in Norway on Wednesday to protest against Norwegian oil and gas group Statoil's planned drilling in the Arctic.
A court in southern France on Wednesday acquitted a mother who sent her three-year-old son Jihad to school wearing a sweater with the words "I am a bomb" on the front, along with his name and 'Born on September 11th' on the back.
A Swedish nurse is fighting a parking ticket he got while stuck in the emergency ward because heavy snow saw the number of accidents go up, a fact that left the ticketing company unimpressed.
When it comes to putting a fellow Swede down, the Swedish language provides a number of colourful opportunities. From banishments to the forest to boots full of excrement - we've gathered the strangest ten.
Spain's men will be able to share breastfeeding leave with their partners after a public servant employed by the police labelled the current regime discriminatory.
Queen Sofía of Spain has praised the work of Spanish voluntary workers on her visit to Mozambique, where she even had a go at the African country’s traditional dance.
The first woman democratically elected as head of government in Europe, Margaret Thatcher inspired but also exasperated a generation of women political leaders, including Norway's first woman prime minister Gro Harlem Brundtland.
Can Paris Saint-Germain pull off a major upset and beat Barcelona in the Camp Nou on Wednesday night? The odds are stacked against them and not many outside France give them a prayer, but there is reason for hope.
The head of German carmaker Daimler said on Wednesday that European demand had been weaker than expected in early 2013, paving the way for a possible lowering of the company's annual targets.
With issues like language barriers and outdated societal roles making finding work extra tricky for children of immigrants, a job centre in Baden-Württemberg has specifically employed a Muslim counsellor.
Sweden has found halal-marked salami for sale that contains more than 10 percent pork, which observant Muslims do not eat.
The driver of a truck that was struck by a passenger train carrying 60 passengers in south central Sweden on Wednesday afternoon has died from his injuries.
The world famous Louvre art gallery in Paris had to close on Wednesday when employees reportedly staged a walk-out in protest against pickpockets at the museum.
Lufthansa on Wednesday said it was investigating how one of its planes was flown across the Atlantic with a damaged rear end - without any of the staff realizing.
Italy's Costa Crociere, the biggest cruise operator in Europe, on Wednesday accepted limited responsibility for the Costa Concordia disaster as the employer of some of those under investigation over a shipwreck tragedy in which 32 people died.
The top Swedish labour tribunal (Arbetsdomstolen - AD) on Wednesday found a Swedish lingerie shop guilty of gender discrimination after making female staff wear a pin stating their bra size.
Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition government is doing better in polls than it has done for more than three years, with less than six months to go before the general election, a survey published on Wednesday showed.
The UN in Geneva warned on Wednesday that austerity measures are hitting children hard, as it published a ranking of kids' well-being in rich countries topped by northern European countries, with Switzerland in eighth place, and showing Britain climbing out of the bottom tier.
The European Commission warned on Wednesday that Spain and Slovenia pose Europe's biggest economic risks at present and must quickly tackle excessive imbalances, giving them just weeks to show they can deliver the changes needed.
Imagine a learning environment where every day is a lesson in cultural diversity, set within a global classroom. Fellow pupils come and go from all around the world. And should you move country, you can take your education to your next destination.
Hamburger joints are the new kings of Spain's fast food world while pizza restaurants are having to tighten their belts.
French President François Hollande promised he would ‘eradicate’ tax havens ‘in Europe and the world’, as part of his government’s major anti-corruption push, speaking at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon.
France's richest man, Bernard Arnault, head of the LVMH luxury goods empire, has renounced his controversial bid to become a Belgian citizen, he told Le Monde newspaper on Wednesday.
Prosecutors in Gothenburg have decided to file criminal charges against two teen girls believed to be behind a "slut-shaming" account on Instagram that caused local teenagers to riot last year.
Spanish industrial output fell faster in February, dropping by 6.5 percent from the same month a year earlier following a decline of 4.9 percent in January, official statistics released on Tuesday showed.
Margaret Thatcher didn't care much for the Germans, and she had few qualms about expressing her dislike. Following the death of the former British prime minister this week, The Local List collects her most memorable quotations about the Germans.
Ötzi the Iceman went to the dentist in Switzerland and the results of the checkup are not good.
A bank robber known as 'El Solitario' who is famous for his many disguises pretended to faint while in court on Tuesday in a bid to have his case put on hold.
French central bank governor Christian Noyer said on Wednesday that France should freeze pensions, civil servant salaries and social benefits to save €40 billion by 2014 as it tries to cut a swollen public deficit and jumpstart growth.
A Senegalese man living in the southern Spanish city of Almería is appealing a legal decision that saw his application for Spanish citizenship denied because he did not know the name of the wife of the Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.
For this week's My French Career, Briton Nick Ord, who works in Paris, hands out a few helpful tips on how to get your foot in the door and how its important to accept French working culture, especially when it comes to the kissing.
President François Hollande's campaign to clean up French politics after the Cahuzac Affair began in earnest this week, with a demand for cabinet ministers to make their assets public. His attempt at 'transparency', however has been mocked in some quarters.
Sweden's mobile phone operators may face tougher regulations if they don't improve network coverage and provide customers with more accurate information, IT and Energy Minister Anna-Karin Hatt warned on Wednesday.
The education levels of Sweden's teenagers have dropped sharply over the past decade, according to a Unicef study into children's well-being across the industrialized world.
A Norwegian teenager has been raped and robbed at gunpoint by two armed men in South Africa's top tourist city of Cape Town, police said Tuesday.
France’s Senate voted ‘Yes’ to the first and most important article of the government’s divisive gay marriage bill, which would allow for same-sex unions, late on Tuesday night.
Spain's anti-evictions movement, the PAH, are planning to follow up nationwide protests on Tuesday with a busy spring involving continued protests in front of the office of the ruling Popular Party around the country.
Everyone knows about the snow-capped mountains and pen-knives with lots of attachments but do they represent the real Switzerland? Here, the author of The Xenophobe's Guide to the Swiss explodes — and confirms — a few myths.
Real Madrid withstood a second-half onslaught from Galatasaray to qualify for their third successive Champions League semi-final, but Malaga were knocked out after conceding two goals in the dying minutes against Borussia Dortmund.
France's lower house has adopted controversial labour law reforms that supporters say are crucial to boosting jobs and competitiveness, but opponents have blasted as unfair for workers.
Borussia Dortmund coach Jürgen Klopp admitted they had ridden their luck – and the offside flag – as their dramatic 3-2 victory over Malaga put them in the Champions League's last four.
Sweden plans to send its first diplomat to Belarus since its ambassador was expelled last summer after hundreds of teddy bears were dropped from an airplane in a pro-democracy stunt organized by a Swedish PR firm.
A 64-year-old taxi driver was killed just north of Stockholm late on Tuesday night after what witnesses reported was a fight with a passenger.
Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle on Wednesday said Germany's image abroad could suffer because of a court's failure to guarantee Turkish media access to a neo-Nazi murder trial starting next week.
Switzerland's purchase of 22 Swedish fighter jets hit a new snag Tuesday as the Swiss parliament suspended funding discussions, amid reports that EADS was trying to undercut the deal by offering used fighters at half-price.
German parents are unhappy with family support on offer from the government, according to a new study. Most said they wanted more day care places and help balancing work and caring for children.
Find movies playing in English in Germany with The Local’s cinema guide.
Germany has decided to start a fresh search for a radioactive waste depot site in the country, delaying for years a tough decision on an issue that has long divided the nation.