Swiss residents each travel an average of 20,500 kilometres a year inside Switzerland and abroad with half this distance covered in a car, a government report says.
At least three people were killed and five others wounded on Tuesday evening when a man opened fire at a sports club in a village in southern Germany, police said.
Swiss supermarket chain Migros has backtracked on a decision to stick a no-nonsense "bull's penis" label on a brand of dog chews, it said on Tuesday.
A domestic dispute in a Toys’R’Us store in the canton of Zurich turned deadly on Tuesday when a 28-year-old man used a handgun to shoot his 24-year-old wife before pulling the trigger on himself.
Paris police made 136 arrests over the French bank holiday weekend for crimes targeting tourists, it emerged on Tuesday. Police in the capital have reported a recent rise in illegal street-selling, pick-pocketing and other scams targeting visitors to the city.
Four Italian marines summoned to give evidence in the trial of two fellow marines over the shooting deaths of two Indian fishermen have refused to travel to the country, a report said on Tuesday.
The head of the Swiss-based Red Cross has begun a rare official visit to both North and South Korea, pledging to strengthen the organization's humanitarian assistance and cooperation with the countries.
When limbless French swimming hero Philippe Croizon's wheelchair was stolen, he received a flood of public sympathy. But now he is demanding for the disabled the "liberté, egalité, fraternité" the French Revolution promised over 200 years ago.
Two years after the death of Berlin's beloved polar bear, Knut, hopes are growing that a new cub will be born. A young Russian polar bear has arrived in the city to mate with the zoo's lonely female.
A man has been arrested in the Aragonese city of Zaragoza for plundering archaeological sites of over 2,000 ancient artefacts including swords, spears and a rare helmet.
Train delays will cause most passengers to tear their hair out unless of course it means a free night in “The Happiest Place on Earth” which was the case for 169 passengers on a cancelled Paris to Marseille train this week.
A report by French education inspectors has highlighted a lack of egalité in French schools by claiming teachers are helping to entrench sexism. Inspectors have recommended staff undergo specialist training to help break down stereotypes.
A rare and ancient instrument used to measure time and space has been found in Italy after it was reported stolen from a Swedish museum over ten years ago.
Germany's Finance Minister said on Tuesday that Greece will need another rescue package after the current one expires next year, media reports said.
Testing during July's Tour de France found no positive doping, the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation said on Tuesday.
Swedish couples are most likely to file for divorce in the autumn, which means couples therapists are currently dealing with lovebirds whose feathers have been ruffled during the summer holidays.
This week The Local met Marco Massa, the man behind the Humans of Rome photography project, to talk about the people he meets on the streets of the capital and how photography can change the way we view strangers.
A German woman who had her arm bitten off by a shark while swimming off Hawaii is fighting for her life in hospital, local media reported on Tuesday.
It would appear that British actor Hugh Grant is no less immune to throngs of screaming fans in Italy. An attempt by the actor to buy ice-cream while on holiday in Perugia was reportedly cut short when he was mobbed by dozens of admirers.
In this week's The Local List, we take readers on our second epic mouth-watering tour of some of Spain's most amazing regional specialities. From lamprey eels to candied fruits and all points in between, there's something here for all taste buds.
Observers in Sweden have warned that Bulgarians and Ukrainians who are trying to eke out a living by picking berries in the Swedish forests may have fallen afoul of human trafficking.
A wave of rural robberies in Murcia has led farmers to look for ways to legally arm themselves in order to defend their livelihoods.
After Swedish athletes painted their nails in support of gay rights at the World Athletics Championships in Moscow, the Swedish Olympic Committee has ruled similar acts will not be permitted at the winter Olympics in Sochi in 2014.
Italian police said on Tuesday they had seized 320,000 counterfeit handbags and accessories with fake labels from Gucci and Prada hidden in a secret cellar and shut down 15 websites selling illegal luxury items.
Spanish Defence minister Pedro Morenés has laid out plans for new arms programmes that will include unmanned drone aircraft despite the Armed Forces' €29.5 billion ($32.5 billion) debt .
The two wolves discovered in the forests outside of Oslo in January are still alive and well, but there is still no evidence that they have had puppies, Norway's wildlife monitoring service Rovdata said on Monday.
After 83 years at each other’s side, twin sisters from Bavaria have died on exactly the same day in the same nursing home.
Reduced speed limits, lanes for electric cars, tunnels under the city where Parisians can keep warm, and toboggan runs are among the 150 proposals announced on Tuesday by Socialist Paris mayoral candidate Anne Hidalgo. Will you vote for her?
French Interior Minister Manuel Valls has talked down Al Qaeda’s threat to attack France's rail network, after revelations in a German newspaper this week. Valls reiterated however that “a terrorist threat is present” in France.
Italy’s financial police on Tuesday announced that it has uncovered nearly 5,000 tax evaders so far in 2013, who have collectively avoided a €17.5 billion bill.
Fairytales? Cake? Veggie Days? This is the most boring German election since 1949, argues Michael Wohlgemuth, a professor of economics, long-time election watcher, and director of thinktank Open Europe Berlin.
Dozens of ships were stuck upstream on the Rhine on Tuesday morning, after a busy stretch of the river near Cologne was shut off. A number of ships ran aground on Monday, causing the closure and disarray.
A Sami herder whose herd of 24 reindeer were found dead has claimed they were murdered to warn his children from following in his footsteps.
The 19-year-old winner gave a tearful acceptance speech at a fete in the Extremadura village of Almendral, in which she defended her right to participate "the same as anyone else".
Tuesday 20th of August 2013 marks the fifth anniversary of Spain’s deadliest air crash in 25 years, a Spanair flight which crashed as it was trying to take off from Barajas airport in Madrid, killing 154 people.
More than 600 migrants from Eritrea, Pakistan, Syria and other countries landed on Italian shores on three boats between Monday night and Tuesday, coast guards said.
Swisscom CEO Carsten Schloter left a suicide note explaining why he took his life last month, according to a report published online by the Tages Anzeiger newspaper on Tuesday.
Norway's populist Progress Party has promised to halve immigration levels if it wins a place in government after next month's election.
As Sweden's political leaders wrap up their summer speeches and the prime minister's popularity is in flux, the left-leaning tabloid Aftonbladet has asked Swedes to revolt against the government's plans for further tax breaks.
Stargazers in Italy were treated to an unusual spectacle on Monday night when a newly discovered star explosion shone at maximum brightness, enough to be visible to the naked eye.
An increasing number of women are joining Sweden's military, with aspiring female soldiers now accounting for 20 percent of new basic training recruits.
The annual wine harvest season got underway in France this week, two weeks later than usual thanks in the main to adverse weather conditions. Violent summer storms have meant 2013 may not be a vintage year for some French wines.
Norway's Crown Prince Haakon personally bakes his wife Mette-Marit a cake on her birthday every year, she revealed to Norwegian radio on Monday.
This week's Property of the Week is a 10-room apartment in Stockholm's flashy Vasastan area. Why not take a look inside?
Three men in southern Italy have survived a bomb attack on their car while travelling to their farm, Italian media has reported.
Newly merged Swiss mining giant Glencore Xstrata on Tuesday reported a massive net loss of $8.9 billion for the first six months of 2013 owing to merger write-downs, but signalled it would pay an interim dividend.
Prosecutors in central France have launched a probe after a video (below) was posted online showing a police officer beating a woman with a baton, and spraying tear gas directly into her face during an arrest. The video has sparked outrage among viewers.
Oslo Police were called out several nights in a row last week, following reports of female screams emanating from the city's Ekeberg Park.
The Wall Street Journal has published a letter from Spain's minister of foreign affairs and cooperation, José Manuel García-Margallo, demanding the immediate removal of concrete blocks from the Bay of Gibraltar before the start of bilateral negotiations with Britain over the colony's future.
Atlético Madrid began life without Radamel Falcao with a 3-1 win away to Sevilla on Sunday, but they face a far more daunting task against Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup on Wednesday.
A tornado tore through a campsite belonging to a church in southern German on Monday afternoon, injuring 27 people, including 16 children aged between 10 and 13 years old.
Norwegian officials hope that the tragic death of one of the two Norwegians jailed in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday will make it easier to secure the release of the other.
The Diocese of Cagliari, Sardinia, has been forced to publish a notice of explanation after a fake Facebook profile was created for the town’s archbishop, much to the delight of his congregation.
British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday made a linguistically challenged attempt to reach out to Italians, prompting one newspaper to ask whether he was using Google Translate.
Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund are set to announce record sales of more than €250 million on Thursday.
The cost of a needless two day search for four holidaymakers, who were feared dead but actually alive and well at home, was revealed by authorities this week, in the hope of sending a message to tourists to be more responsible.
The family of late Cuban dissident Oswaldo Paya launched a lawsuit in Spain on Monday accusing Cuban secret service agents of involvement in his death, his human rights group said.
An armed man who took four people hostage on Monday was shot twice by police in the leg and shoulder as officers stormed a town hall to end the stand-off.
A Swedish estate agency was left scrambling on Monday after one of its agents published a listing for a home with neighbours of "Swedish origin".
It's not every ten-year old who can claim to have forced the world's number one chess grandmaster into submission.
The "Made in France" campaign has come under fire in recent weeks but one French product that is proving to be a global success is its animation industry, which is the envy of Hollywood as it helps pull in millions of dollars for US studios.
Hopes of introducing Germany’s famous green man to pedestrian crossings across Europe could be scuppered after the copyright holder said no-one had asked him to use the Ampelmännchen design.
Political science PhD candidate Annelie Gregor responds to a Swedish professor's claims that Russia is no threat to Sweden, arguing he is off target when it comes to assessing Russian militarization and the country's political system.
A donor organ mix up at Gothenburg's Sahlgrenska University Hospital resulted in a liver and a kidney being shipped abroad to the wrong recipients.
The Swiss luxury home of rock star Phil Collins and his former wife Orianne remains on the market after going unsold for a year with no takers ready to cough up the 60-million-franc ($65 million) asking price.