A ten-year-old boy who passed a Swiss final high school maths exam for fun is taking a special course in the subject at prestigious Zurich University, the institution said on Wednesday.
The Swiss rank number one on a new list created by the Geneva-based World Economic Forum that measures the talent, skills and capabilities of populations across the globe.
The annual league table of the world’s best universities published on Wednesday does not make positive reading for France with its most prestigious institutions dropping down the rankings. It has been suggested the English language is to blame for the slump.
Switzerland’s Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH) slipped in the latest Times Higher Education (THE) world university rankings but it remained the only institution in the top 20 from continental Europe.
Anyone within reach of Paris and in need of work could do worse than heading down to Place de la Concorde on Thursday and Friday, where 2,000 top recruiters will be taking CVs as part of the annual Paris Pour Emploi job fair. There are 15,000 jobs up for grabs.
A Spanish judge has got himself into hot water after he said a driving school was within its rights to charge female learners more than their male counterparts.
Silvio Berlusconi's future looked bleak on Wednesday after an internal party backlash forced the former prime minister to back away from a bid to bring down the coalition government of prime minister Enrico Letta.
Israel's finance minister came under fire this week for criticizing Israelis who leave their country, particularly for Germany, in search of cheaper living costs.
French President Francois Hollande on Wednesday called his squabbling ministers to order but failed to heal a damaging government rift over the treatment of Roma migrants.
The International Olympic Committee said Wednesday it had disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong's 2000 bronze medal in its possession, 10 months after demanding that he give it back.
Police suspect left-wing activists planted a small bomb which exploded in Spain's Zaragoza Cathedral on Wednesday afternoon.
It's an annual tradition: A load of French sportsmen strip off and dirty themselves up while a photographer snaps away. The result is the 'Gods of Stade Francais' calendar, whose proceeds go to charity. The 2014 installment includes someone familiar to people in the UK. So, whose bum is this, anyway?
Germany’s Green Party appears to be warming to the idea of joining Angela Merkel in government with its leaders giving off signals that the ecological party would welcome a return to the corridors of power.
A Swedish boy detained on the West Bank last week has still not been allowed to meet with Swedish embassy officials, with Israeli authorities stating only that the 17-year-old is being held over terrorism suspicions.
South African artist Steven Cohen caused a stir near the Eiffel Tower when he performed with a rooster tied to his penis by a ribbon. Here he tells The Local about the pain of being an expat in France, the symbolism of the coq, and why he’s actually "totally normal".
Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta won a confidence vote with a crushing majority after his challenger Silvio Berlusconi abandoned his bid to topple the government in a stunning about-turn.
A ewe in Norway's Årdal mountains has adopted a baby deer so that it now behaves as a member of the flock.
An Italian TV comedy show has had that last laugh over the poor level of English of MPs in a lighthearted bid to highlight public spending - reported to be more than €400,000 - on their language lessons.
A French court hit Ryanair with a €200,000 fine on Wednesday for breaches of French labour laws, and ordered the Irish airline to pay €9 million in damages, but ruled against confiscating four aircraft, despite the demands of prosecutors.
Women who eat a lot of garlic at the start of their pregnancy are less likely to give birth prematurely, a finding that has Swedish researchers scratching their heads and getting ready to find out why.
The discovery of a protected yellow flower risks delaying or even diverting a new 900 million kroner ($150m) road in the far north of Norway.
An Arab sheikh who parked his massive car in a public square in front of the town hall of the Spanish city of Valencia has escaped punishment because the vehicle was too large to be towed away.
Italy's Silvio Berlusconi on Wednesday abandoned his bid to topple Prime Minister Enrico Letta, saying he would vote to support the government in a humiliating climbdown after key allies rebelled.
Germany said on Wednesday it "regrets" the shutdown of the US government, but said that the economic impact should remain limited if deadlock ended within two weeks.
A Swedish nuclear reactor was restarted on Wednesday following a three-day closure caused by a build-up of jellyfish in a cooling system, according to the operators.
A 23-year-old Norwegian has received more than a million views on YouTube after posting a video featuring him walking stark naked around Oslo, approaching girls at random, and asking them out on for a date.
A French government plan to include reinforced health warnings for wine has gone down the wrong way with the country's wine industry chiefs. The head of the Bordeaux wine association tells The Local why the government's plan is akin to treating them like "drug dealers".
So you've found your dream job in Italy, only to discover that you'll be paying as much tax as your Swedish counterparts but without the services to match. Gareth Horsfall, a financial planner at Spectrum IFA Group in Rome, talks us through Italy's complex tax system.
In this week's Local List we have tracked down ten things Germans find odd about Britain.
A Calabrian mayor has resigned after claiming his car was destroyed by local mafia in a campaign of intimidation against him.
An unusual cross-bloc alliance emerged in Sweden's Riksdag on Wednesday in a vote on controversial changes to the generous severance pay packages offered to MPs when they leave parliament.
Welsh football team Swansea City will be looking to build on their stunning win at Valencia when they host Swiss side St. Gallen on matchday two of the Europa League group stage at the Liberty Stadium on Thursday.
A queue forms for rub-downs as jazz piano tinkles out of the speakers: some of the best buffalo mozzarella in the world starts with in-stable VIP treatment.
Winter in Sweden is around the corner and it's time to start planning accordingly, advises Stockholm nutritionist and New Zealand native Kate Nordin, who offers up her top eight tips for keeping fit and avoiding winter fatigue.
Germany on Wednesday gave an upbeat forecast for its public deficit this year, with the finance ministry saying it would hit 0.2 percent of gross domestic product.
Twenty-three people were injured amid clashes between supporters on the sidelines of a Champions League match in Basel interrupted by a Greenpeace protest, police said on Wednesday.
Ten thousand "influential people", from global celebrities like Lady Gaga and Brad Pitt to world leaders like Barack Obama and Kim-Jong Un, are to receive a copy of a book about why Catalonia should be independent.
France is set to enter the world of online university courses on Wednesday, when the minister for higher education launches the ‘France Digital University’ project. French colleges are playing catch-up with their US counterparts, 80 percent of whom offer classes online.
A 21-year-old pregnant British woman died suddenly at Spain's Girona–Costa Brava Airport on Tuesday in an incident that could lead to charges after it emerged the airport's medical centre was shut down in 2012.
Police evacuated two preschools in Malmö on Wednesday morning as a bomb squad moved in to examine a suspicious package, setting up a no-go zone with a 200 metre radius.
The trial started on Wednesday of a 45-year-old man suspected of driving a 13-year-old girl to suicide by threatening to publish sex acts he allegedly made her perform online. He faces multiple child sex charges.
Germany’s transport minister threw his support behind a plan on Tuesday to charge foreigners to use the country's motorways. It would, he said, help fill a €7.2 billion blackhole in the transport budget.
Wolves killed five sheep at a farm south west of Berlin after sneaking through an electric fence, it was confirmed Wednesday, in a sign that the animals are becoming more active in the countryside around the capital.
Spain's jobless queues grew in September as a summer jobs boom ended, breaking a six-month run of shrinking unemployment lines, government figures showed on Wednesday.
Tourists and residents alike in central Milan got a shock on Tuesday morning when a giant submarine appeared to break through the paving stones just metres away from the iconic Duomo cathedral.
The population of mainland France will reach 72 million by 2050, according to a French study published on Wednesday. The report (see below) also found that the total global population will shoot up from 7.1 billion today, to 10 or 11 billion by the end of the century.
Film-maker Deeyah Khan won Norway's second ever Emmy on Tuesday night for Banaz, her documentary about the honour killing of a Kurdish-British girl.
PSG take on Benfica in the Champions League on Wednesday with star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic insisting the French club should be considered as potential winers of the competition. The same cannot be said for Marseille, who were well-beaten by Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday.
Barcelona needed a second-half goal from Cesc Fabregas to claim a narrow 1-0 Champions League win over ten-man Celtic in Glasgow on Tuesday that leaves the Catalans top of Group H.
A seemingly alarming surge in seizures of illegal weapons in Norway has been attributed to a single delivery of high-end toy catapults.
Hundreds of people protested in Bilbao in northern Spain on Tuesday against the arrest a day earlier of 18 leaders of an association that aids jailed members of the armed Basque separatist group Eta.
A businessman from New Zealand has paid €2.94 million for Budelli island, considered one of the most beautiful islands in the Mediterranean, following an auction process after the previous owner went bankrupt.
One of the Norway's leading immigrant-rights campaigners has warned that Norway's incoming two-party coalition could sharply increase the use of "asylum prisons".
France's finance minister expressed concern on Wednesday that the US government shutdown could slow down the French economic recovery. Meanwhile US war cemeteries in France have been forced to close to visitors due to the deadlock in Washington DC but the embassy remains open as usual.
German clubs flourished in the Champions League on Tuesday night with wins for Borussia Dortmund and Schalke.
UPDATE: Three people are dead after a carbon dioxide explosion at a mine in central Germany trapped seven miners on Tuesday afternoon.
Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta is tipped to win a nail-biting parliamentary confidence vote Wednesday which would deal a major blow to Silvio Berlusconi but could leave Italy more frail than ever.
Police in Munich have reported 12 cases of sexual assault at this year's Oktoberfest so far – double the amount at the same time last year.
Swedish midwives monitor women's well-being during pregnancy, keeping costs low by keeping 'test-happy' doctors at bay. Tradition and a strong midwives union have kept them in charge, with Sweden the second best place in the world to give birth.
Sweden must decide whether to make its military high-tech or enable it to defend an attack on the country, the commander-in-chief has warned as the Armed Forces submitted a new report about the future of the country's defence to the government.
The American budget mayhem failed to put a damper on Tuesday's stock prices in Stockholm, but did knock a gust or two out of the sails of Swedish Match, for whom the US is a key and growing market.