A 26-year-old Tunisian man drowned on Wednesday in a section of the Aar River in the canton of Bern.
A Swiss prisoner jailed for violent crime in 2009 died on Wednesday after launching a hunger strike more than ten weeks ago to try to win his freedom, security authorities in the canton of Zug said.
Sixteen percent of young French people admit to having had virtual sex, and one in ten say they have made a sex tape. These are just two of the more eyebrow-raising results of a survey into how technology is changing the erotic habits of the French.
Spain has recognized the Venezuelan authorities' decision to confirm Nicolas Maduro as the winner of Venezuela's tight presidential election after initially expressing doubts over the outcome of the vote.
Kidnappers have apologized to the wife of a Frenchman they took hostage in Madagascar this week after admitting they got the wrong man. Despite the mistake the hostage takers are still demanding a €244,000 ransom payment.
Better weather and warmer air bring everyone back on to the streets of the French capital, including the city’s millions of scurrying rats. And that can mean only one thing – it’s rat extermination season for one dedicated Paris police squad.
With summer fast approaching, The Local offers up five iconic names in Swedish fashion design so readers into who's hot and what's hip can find their way in the trendy world of Swedish fashion.
A Spanish court ordered the return to prison on Tuesday of a Chinese art dealer suspected of leading a massive money-laundering gang in Spain pending his possible trial, judging him a flight risk.
The French government is planning a controversial change in the law to allow more university courses to be taught entirely in English, in a bid to attract foreign students. Author Frederic Werst, one of a group of writers against the project tells The Local why the idea is "deluded".
For years, Johansson has been the most common surname in Sweden, but fresh statistics reveal the storied name can no longer lay claim to the top spot.
When Michael Fontana-Jones moved to Switzerland from London eight years ago, he took on the brave mission of persuading a country renowned for its own cheeses to try his native Cheddar and Stilton. Here, he tells The Local how he fared.
Find movies playing in English in Germany with The Local’s cinema guide.
Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt commented on the Boston Marathon bombings for the first time on Wednesday, admitting it is "impossible" to completely prevent such attacks, either in Sweden or the United States.
Twenty-five office employees were hospitalised on Tuesday after eating bread rolls scattered with rat poison. Staff thought they had been left a present when the box containing the bread appeared on the company's doorstep.
France announced a plan on Wednesday to bring its public deficit below the EU limit of 3.0 percent of GDP by 2014, one year later than expected. The project involves higher taxes, and finding savings in France's extensive social security system.
Spain's Employment Minister Fátima Báñez said on Tuesday young people were exercising "external mobility" when they moved overseas for work, a choice she saw as completely normal.
France's Catholic church has a new leader as of Wednesday after Monsignor Georges Pontier, Archbishop of Marseilles, was elected president of the French conference of bishops. He succeeds Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois.
Swedish clothing giant H&M announced on Wednesday that it would be dressing Sweden's athletes for the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and Sochi.
Millions of letters and parcels lay undelivered on Wednesday in Germany as postal workers walked out in a fight for more pay. In bigger cities, demonstrations are planned.
After months of mournful longing, spring has finally sprung in Germany. But before you run gleefully into a beer garden stripping off as you go - temperatures are set to fall again this weekend.
Long seen as the foremost champion of Catalan nationalism and a symbol of opposition to the dictatorship of General Francisco Franco, Jordi Pujol now finds the image of his family tarnished in Spain by financial scandals involving two of his sons.
High-flying Bayern Munich kept alive their dreams of becoming Germany's first team to win the treble by booking their German Cup final berth with a 6-1 win at home to VfL Wolfsburg in Tuesday's semi-final.
Statistics Sweden has predicted that eleven percent of girls born in 2012 will live to be older than 100, with about six percent of boys reaching the same age.
Police have detained four people in connection with a fire that killed 70 cows in the barn of an agricultural high school about 50 kilometres south of Stockholm.
France has been more affected by the horsemeat scandal than anywhere else in the EU, according to a new study by the European Commission. The report found France more products labelled as beef tested positive for horsemeat in France than any other country.
Greenpeace activists claiming pesticides decimate bee populations demonstrated on Wednesday at the headquarters of Swiss agrichemical giant Syngenta, hanging a huge banner outside.
Former-actor-turned-politician Toni Cantó has put his foot in it by saying the ruling Popular Party’s stringent language laws should be illegal in the same way that paedophilia is.
A Munich court's provincial pedantry has damaged Germany's image abroad, just as the country seeks justice for an unprecedented series of racist murders by neo-Nazis, writes The Local's Marc Young.
Why isn't everyone wearing Lederhosen? It's easy for foreigners to stereotype Germany, but this week's Local List is dedicated to debunking common myths.
The mayor of the Madrid district of Majadahonda is under fire for spending over a quarter of a million euros a year on a troop of personal bodyguards.
The US justice department has charged a Swiss banker and a Swiss lawyer with helping American citizens evade paying taxes by stashing millions of dollars in secret offshore accounts.
The French Petoplus refinery looks set to shut down, after 85 years of operating, after a commercial court rejected last-ditch bids to rescue it, saying that the proposed business plans were not robust enough.
A French prosecutor investigating a fatal bus crash in the Alps in which the British driver of the vehicle was killed and four passengers seriously injured said brake failure was the probable cause. The driver has been praised for his courage.
Sweden's benchmark interest rate will remain at one percent for longer than previously planned, the Riksbank announced on Wednesday citing the need to "support the recovery" in a time of timid economic development in the US and Asia, and less solid gains in Europe.
Italian prosecutors on Tuesday charged eight new people over the 1992 mafia bombing assassination of judge Giovanni Falcone -- an attack that profoundly shocked the country.
A court in Spain charged a Basque nationalist on Tuesday with incitement to terrorism for helping to stage an homage to the suspected former leader of the armed Basque separatist group ETA who died last month at a Paris hospital.
Participants in the Madrid marathon later this month will pay tribute to those killed and injured in Boston, the president of the Spanish race, Guillermo Jimenez said on Tuesday.
Spanish King Juan Carlos' youngest daughter on Tuesday lodged an appeal against her summons as an official suspect in a graft investigation centred on her husband, a judicial source said.
Swedish police announced on Wednesday an increase in security at Malmö's Eurovision Song Contest in May, including metal detectors for spectators and extra bomb-sniffing dogs from around the country.
Margaret Thatcher's death has provoked a fair amount of soul-searching in France over whether the country could do with some Thatcherite economic remedies to haul its ailing economy back to life. Here, those on the French left explain why France is better off without Thatcherism.
France's disgraced former budget minister, Jérôme Cahuzac gave his first televised interview on Tuesday since he quit his post after being charged with tax fraud. France's PM described it as a "pathetic" communications ploy.
The authorities in the northern German city of Kiel on Wednesday hoped to determine the origin of a bag of human bones discovered on the side of the road.
More than half of German 15 to 20-year-olds save regularly and almost all of those who took out a loan in 2012 paid it back without a hitch, a study released on Tuesday revealed.
Young children using tablets such as the iPad are better at writing than their counterparts using pens and paper, a new Swedish study has revealed.
One of Sweden's most successful rock bands, The Hives, has to pay 18.5 million kronor ($2.9 million) to Swedish pop group The Cardigans, a court ruled Tuesday.
German car manufacturer Daimler said Wednesday it pocketed €2.2 billion ($2.9 billion) from the sale of its remaining 7.5-percent stake in the European aerospace and defence group EADS.