Svalbard area named after King of Norway
Norway

Svalbard area named after King of Norway

A huge northeasterly swathe of the icy Svalbard archipelago has been named in honour of King Harald V of Norway, in gratitude for the work he has done protecting the region.

Voters end petrol station shop ‘absurdities’
Switzerland

Voters end petrol station shop ‘absurdities’

Petrol service station shops on Swiss motorways and major roads serving travellers will be able to open all night and on Sundays after voters backed a government change to labour law.

Ylvis have Warner Music record deal
Norway

Ylvis have Warner Music record deal

Norway's Ylvisåker brothers returned from their mini-tour of the US on Sunday night, fresh on the news that they have signed a worldwide record contract with Warner Music.

Ticino voters back ban on wearing face veils
Switzerland

Ticino voters back ban on wearing face veils

Voters in Switzerland's Italian-speaking region on Sunday slapped a ban on wearing full-face veils, a move condemned by the country's Muslim community and Amnesty International.

Norway missionaries escape Kenya mall attack
Norway

Norway missionaries escape Kenya mall attack

Four Norwegian missionaries escaped the massacre at Nairobi's Westgate Mall with two of them spending six terrifying hours trapped in a ladies' toilet.

Majority of Swiss oppose ending conscription
Switzerland

Majority of Swiss oppose ending conscription

Switzerland's voters on Sunday rejected a plan to axe the country's military draft, bucking Europe's anti-conscription trend and sticking to a tradition as Swiss as chocolate and cheese.

LIVE BLOG: German election night 2013
Germany

LIVE BLOG: German election night 2013

Millions of Germans headed to the polls on Sunday to elect Angela Merkel for another four years at the helm of Europe's biggest economy. The Local covered all the twists and turns with our exclusive reports from the parties in our live election blog.

Merkel hails ‘superb’ election result
Germany

Merkel hails ‘superb’ election result

UPDATE: Chancellor Angela Merkel captured a landslide victory in German elections on Sunday for guiding Europe's top economy through the debt crisis, winning a third term and nearing an absolute majority.

War weary Syrians find new home in Sweden
Sweden

War weary Syrians find new home in Sweden

Syrians who have fled the conflict in their homeland are starting to find their feet in Sweden after the country granted residency to all asylum seekers who have made their way to Swedish shores reports AFP who visited the Märst refugee centre north of Stockholm.

‘Sick man’ Spain woos back wary investors
Spain

‘Sick man’ Spain woos back wary investors

Cast as the sick man of the eurozone a year ago, Spain seems at last to be luring back investors despite lingering threats to its recovery.

Barcelona coach Martino hails ‘exceptional’ Valdes
Spain

Barcelona coach Martino hails ‘exceptional’ Valdes

Barcelona boss Gerardo Martino lauded the form of goalkeeper Victor Valdes after he saved a second penalty in as many games in the Catalans' 4-0 win at Rayo Vallecano on Saturday.

Integration Minister in Rosengård move
Sweden

Integration Minister in Rosengård move

Swedish Integration Minister Erik Ullenhag is set to spend a week in Rosengård in Malmö in an attempt he says to understand the immigration and anti-Semitism issues which have affected the city in recent years.

Recession-hit Italians return to vineyards
Italy

Recession-hit Italians return to vineyards

Hard-up Italians have increasingly taken the place of immigrant seasonal labourers in the vineyards this harvest season -- and a new pilot project plans to increase the number even further.

Woman found dead as Italy rescues migrants
Italy

Woman found dead as Italy rescues migrants

Italian coast guards have rescued a boat crammed with 339 migrants, including a Syrian woman who died during the crossing, off the island of Sicily, local media reported Saturday.

Cyber protection market takes off in Europe
Germany

Cyber protection market takes off in Europe

It is already a booming market in the United States, but in Europe, companies are also waking up to the idea of cyber insurance to protect themselves against internet attack.

Beer trumps politics as Oktoberfest opens
Germany

Beer trumps politics as Oktoberfest opens

Single-minded revellers gathered for the world-famous Oktoberfest beer festival Saturday, hoping the heady atmopshere of ale, lederhosen and oompah music will not be flattened by Germany's election fever.

Bridge star amazed with show’s UK success
Sweden

Bridge star amazed with show’s UK success

The Bridge star Sofia Helin has admitted her surprise at how popular the Swedish/Danish show has become internationally as the second season prepares to debut on SVT.

France makes cocaine bust on Venezuela flight
France

France makes cocaine bust on Venezuela flight

French police have seized a record haul of 1.3 tonnes of pure cocaine found on board an Air France passenger plane, Interior Minister Manuel Valls announced.

Runner ‘disappointed’ over gay scandal
Sweden

Runner ‘disappointed’ over gay scandal

Swedish champion athlete Abeba Aregawi has said she is "disappointed" her comments over homosexuality overshadowed her gold medal win at the Moscow World Championships when she refused to take part in the rainbow protest due to her religious beliefs.

Two French citizens killed in Nairobi attack
France

Two French citizens killed in Nairobi attack

Two French citizens were among the 39 people killed in Saturday's "terrorist" attack on a Nairobi shopping mall, the Élysée Palace said in a statement.

Stenson tees up $10 million golf win
Sweden

Stenson tees up $10 million golf win

Sweden's Henrik Stenson fired a one-under par 69 on Saturday to keep a four-stroke lead after the third round of the season-ending $8 million US PGA Tour Championship.