A man charged with 39 offences, including more than 20 burglaries and aggravated assault with a crowbar, was sentenced by a court in the canton of Bern not to a jail sentence but to a cooking course.
Swiss residents are drinking less wine — particularly vintages from Switzerland but also those from abroad, show new government figures that confirm a trend established for the past few years.
The Swiss chief prosecutor's office has closed a probe of an Indian-born telecoms baron who was accused of fraud in a scheme that sold pre-paid phone cards but allegedly cheated users out of call time.
A decade after thieves stole a haul of Art Nouveau glassworks in a lightning raid on an exhibition, legitimate collectors will have a chance to bid for the remaining trove of the Swiss-based Neumann family.
In 2011, a Spanish photojournalist was kidnapped in Libya by forces loyal to the dictator Colonel Gaddafi and spent six weeks in captivity. On Monday, he became just the second Spaniard to receive a prestigious Pulitzer Prize for journalism. Meet Manu Brabo, our latest Spanish Face of the Week.
A family from western Sweden whose house burned down to the ground is steaming mad after learning the sky high price of having their telephone service reconnected.
Pro-Basque independence party Bildu has defended its controversial decision not to support a local town hall motion that condemned the Boston marathon attack.
Many tourists or expats who have had experience of driving in France would probably admit to having cursed the actions of French drivers at some point or another. A new survey suggests they may have good reason to do so.
Swedish singer Håkan Hellström, one of Gothenburg's favourite sons, released his seventh studio album to critical acclaim on Wednesday, making him The Local's Swede of the Week.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition defeated an election-year opposition bid Thursday to set a quota for female board members in a vote that exposed a party rift and forced her to give ground.
Norway's parliament was briefly evacuated on Thursday after a minor explosion in an electrical room, but no one was hurt, the parliament said.
Scandinavian airline SAS has the cheapest airfares to several destinations in Europe and is on par with budget airlines such as Norwegian and Ryanair, new figures show.
There are nearly three and a half million empty homes in Spain, or 10.8 percent more than a decade ago.
Speculation over José Mourinho's future intensified on Thursday after he reportedly told youth team coaches he would not be manager of Real Madrid next season.
Authorities in the southern German town of Ansbach came under fire on Thursday for tearing a family apart while the traumatised and heavily-pregnant mother lay in hospital - a move politicians described as "inhumane" and "unconstitutional."
With the French government busy fleshing out plans to cut family allowances, an opposition UMP deputy has put forward a controversial proposal that would see foreign families lose their right to benefits if they are new to the country.
Canadian troubador Leonard Cohen is booked to lead off the 47th annual Montreux Jazz Festival this summer.
Talent scouts have been looking for Sweden's next top model outside the country's largest eating disorders clinic in Stockholm, outraged doctors have revealed.
The German parliament approved an international bailout package for stricken eurozone member Cyprus by a large majority on Thursday.
Omar Mustafa's noisy departure from the Social Democrats shows a persistent but flawed view that one person can represent all of Sweden's Muslims, says contributor Nima Gholam Ali Pour, who argues that religion is no excuse to avoid criticism for unsavoury views.
Volvo Cars, owned by the Chinese auto maker Geely, is expected to post heavy losses in 2012 in China where sales were weaker than expected while investments were substantial, daily Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) reported on Thursday.
Spain raised €4.714 billion ($6.189 billion) via the sale of medium- and long-term bonds on Thursday at lower interest rates, a sign of improved investor sentiment regarding the country's ability to manage its finances.
Higher first quarter sales for Swiss-based Nestlé, the world's leading food industry group, were lower than expected as growth slowed in emerging markets.
German prosecutors have conducted hundreds of raids against suspected tax dodgers and Credit Suisse employees believed to have helped them, a news report said.
Prostitution is legal in Germany, but the Green party says it wants tighter regulation of the sex industry by proposing a law forcing clients to get certificate of clean health from a doctor before heading to the brothel.
A cartoon depiction of a topless woman has been deemed too sexy for Sweden's state run liquor store monopoly Systembolaget, forcing a brewery in Denmark to change the beer bottle's label for the Swedish stores.
The runners vying for the prestigious Palme d'Or award at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival were announced after much speculation and anticipation on Thursday. Film French films have been included in the line up for the prize.
Germany's leading economic think tanks on Thursday pared back their growth forecast for Europe's top economy this year, but said growth would pick up again in 2014.
The French government is to introduce a raft of measures aimed at making life easier for foreign students who want to study in France. The move is aimed at keeping pace with countries like the US in efforts to attract the world’s best scholars.
A top Andalusian politician has announced that all school children in the region will receive three square meals a day — at least from Monday to Friday.
Majorca police have arrested a drunken thief who broke into a bar and then fell asleep on the job.
Customs officials on Wednesday said they had confiscated seven kilos of crystal meth - the largest haul of the drug ever found in Germany. The dangerous stimulant was stashed in a delivery of wooden carvings from Nigeria.
An exhibition of photos taken by Neuchâtel photographer Pierre-William Henry shows women baring all — but visitors need torches to see the flesh.
Shopaholics take note. The city of Paris has launched a new 'Shopping Passport' to try to get tourists off the city's streets and into its shops. The scheme promises savings in hundreds of boutiques across the French capital.
VfB Stuttgart will face favourites Bayern Munich in June's German Cup final after they beat Freiburg 2-1 at home in their semi-final on Wednesday.
Franco Marini, 80, who has the support of Italy's main political blocs in the country's presidential election, is a pipe-smoking veteran trade unionist and former parliamentarian with formidable political skills and working-class roots.
With the sun finally showing its face in the far north of Sweden, ex-Londoner Paul Connolly debunks some of the common stereotypes about his corner of the country, and explains how some recent good news may help break the social barrier.
A man from León in north-west Spain has died from a ruptured aorta after spending nine months on a hospital waiting list for an operation to treat the condition. His family are now planning to take local health authorities to court.
The head of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde says economic growth in Spain in 2014 is only possible if the government's savings measures are not excessive.
A 16th century religious tapestry stolen from a Spanish cathedral in 1979 and sold at auction three years ago for $369,000 was returned to Spain on Wednesday by the US customs service.
The smartphone revolution in Sweden has come at the price of mobile phone coverage, reveals a new report that argues that the operators' coverage maps are out of date.
Spain's centre-right Popular Party government, under pressure from the Catholic Church and its ultraconservative wing, has vowed to "promptly" tighten the nation's abortion laws, angering the opposition Socialist Party which had eased access to the procedure.
IMF chief Christine Lagarde has been summoned to testify in a French court, her lawyer confirmed on Thursday. Lagarde will give evidence as part of a probe into a €285 million arbitration payment made to businessman Bernard Tapie when she was a government minister.
Baby formula products are being rationed in Germany as milk scandals in China cause demand for foreign-made powder to spike all over the world - leading to panic-buying and hoarding.
For the second time in a week on Wednesday French giants Paris St-Germain were dumped out of a cup competition. After a Champions League exit at the hands of Barcelona, PSG were dumped out of the French cup by lowly Evian, ending their double hopes.
A doctor in southern Sweden has been prosecuted for data violation after reading medical details of patients whose parents he knew socially, with fears cited he could have been spying on their children's sex lives.
President François Hollande has denounced "homophobic" acts as protests against the bill once again boiled over on Wednesday night. The French parliament just days away from the crucial and final vote on whether to legalise gay marriage.
A 48-year-old Swiss man was sentenced on Wednesday to 12 years in jail for murdering his landlord with a hunting rifle in the canton of Fribourg.
The European debt crisis could take a decade to overcome, according to Bundesbank president and ECB council member Jens Weidmann, who added that the ECB could cut interest rates if new information warranted such a move.
Social Democrats in Stockholm say they did not follow up after telling Omar Mustafa a year ago to purge intolerant speakers from Islamic Association (Islamiska föreningen) meetings, before nominating him to the opposition party's governing board.
Women with facial hair used to be relegated to carnival sideshows, but one bearded lady is fighting for her right to remain unshaven. Mariam is The Local's German of the Week.