A 55-year-old man convicted of killing his wife to avoid the cost of a divorce was sentenced on Wednesday to 15 years in jail by a district court in the canton of Zurich.
Three tombs dating from the Bronze Age have been uncovered on the site of a former restaurant in the canton of Neuchâtel.
An annual guide listing predictions for the most popular baby names in France for 2014 revealed that French parents are increasingly looking around the globe for inspiration as well as to the Old Testament. Find out what are the most popular baby names in France.
A 37-year-old Catalan woman who recently passed away lived with her father’s decomposed body for over a year, police believe.
Spain's car makers said on Wednesday they aim to boost output by nine percent in 2014, driving up exports to overcome sluggish demand at home.
The Swedish sports world has been rocked by a migrant labour scandal whereby sports clubs duped migration authorities with sham contracts for foreign players.
The news of a German bishop spending a whopping €31 million on revamping his home sparked furore last week. He might have sought redemption by flying to Rome for a summons with Pope Francis on Ryanair, but will this spell an end for the other extravagances within the church? The Local explores.
The number of road accidents caused by wild animals has risen sharply, according to the German Hunting Association. Motorists face a particular threat from wild boars.
A pensioner has lost his compensation battle for wrongful diagnosis after he claimed a Parkinson's disease drug led him to lose €600,000 through gambling.
At least seven French nationals have died in a plane crash in Laos, a French minister confirmed on Wednesday. According to officials in neighbouring Thailand 44 people died when the plane came down in the south of the country.
Airport staff in Gothenburg apprehended a man on Wednesday when he tried to run through security, but the bomb squad called in to assist with the situation got a tasty surprise when they opened his bag to probe its contents.
A German court on Wednesday ordered a pensioner to share his €500,000 lottery winnings with his ex-wife despite splitting up with her eight years before hitting the jackpot.
World powers and Iran agreed on Wednesday to hold fresh talks in Geneva next month on its nuclear programme after Tehran made what it dubbed a breakthrough proposal that could allow spot checks on its nuclear sites.
Italy saw exports rise by 1.7 percent in August from July as the economy struggles to exit a two-year recession that has caused record unemployment and shut thousands of businesses.
A Spanish court on Wednesday sentenced two senior policemen to 18 months in jail for helping militants of the armed Basque separatist movement ETA escape arrest.
France's highest court on Wednesday upheld several convictions for "organized fraud" against the Church of Scientology. A representative from the Church told The Local the ruling was tantamount to "religious persecution" by France.
Norwegian cuisine is generally sneered at by the country's Scandinavian neighbours. This is unfair, as some of it is very tasty. Here is a list The Local has put together of 15 dishes foreigners find particularly challenging.
French is a difficult language for us expats to learn and if the grammar rules, false friends and tongue-twisting pronunciations weren't taxing enough, things are complicated further by a number of words and expressions that are 'untranslatable'. Here are ten to look out for, along with our interpretations.
Norway's Progress Party has kept all its most radical anti-immigration campaigners out of the new government announced on Wednesday, as it makes an effort to reposition itself as a more moderate party .
Switzerland will cooperate more closely on fighting money laundering, the Swiss body responsible said on Wednesday, marking a further loosening of bank secrecy a day after the country signed an accord to fight tax evasion.
Sweden's Prince Carl Philip's reputation as "the design prince" has been tarnished this week after it was revealed that a work bearing his name was actually designed by someone else.
American film-making brothers Joel and Ethan Coen will receive France's highest cultural honour at a ceremony in Paris on Wednesday. The Oscar-winning directors will join the likes of Bono and Bob Dylan when they're inducted into the Order of Arts and Letters.
Rents in German cities have fallen slightly except in the capital Berlin where they continue to rise, a study released on Wednesday showed. But is rent in Germany too expensive and what can be done to stop it rising? Have your say.
Boots, the UK's number one chemist chain, has been accused of dodging €1.3 billion (£1.1 billion) in tax via a shell company in Gibraltar just as the European Union launches an investigation into the UK-held territory's fiscal regime.
When a mother on the Spanish island of Majorca told police her baby had been kidnapped by her crazy ex, officers rushed to the scene with rifles, bullet-proof vests, and riot shields. But what they found caught them completely off guard.
As temperatures drop, influenza season has begun with a case of swine flu in central Sweden, which required several days in intensive care for a 65-year-old patient.
While countries across Europe have been boosting their state coffers with tax collection, Italy has seen revenues fall this year.
German public transport is efficient, but passengers beware, put a foot wrong and you could find yourself thrown off the train. This week's Local List is a guide to passenger etiquette.
A prominent Swedish businessman has confessed to cutting holes into a tyre of an ice cream truck as he was hacked off at the noise it was making in his neighbourhood.
Anti-corruption campaigners called on German President Joachim Gauck on Wednesday to clamp down on donations to political parties from big business after Angela Merkel's CDU accepted nearly €700,000 from BMW.
As Italy marks 70 years since Rome Jews were rounded up and sent to concentration camps, the country's Senate has put forward a motion to make Holocaust denial a crime.
Shocked by the exorbitant prices of property in Paris? Well what about the value of the entire City of Light - every studio, apartment, Haussmann building, and chic store combined? A historian and a real estate expert have managed to come up with a figure.
The owner of a restaurant in Salerno came up with a novel way of alleviating boredom among a group of Russian diners - and ensuring a huge tip - by allowing them to smash up his car with a sledgehammer.
The number of murders in Sweden has decreased by more than half over the last two decades according to a new study that gives the country one of the lowest homicide rates in Europe.
The Salvation Army is calling for a rollback of a bylaw introduced in Zurich this year that bans prostitutes from plying their trade on many streets.
A woman was sentenced to six years in prison on Tuesday for shooting at her driving instructor in after he rejected her advances.
Italy appeared set to send the body of Nazi war criminal Erich Priebke to Germany on Wednesday as it commemorated the 70th anniversary of a round-up of Jews from the historic Jewish quarter of Rome.
Italians can seem to do without Facebook and Twitter, but there’s one thing they won't abandon, no matter how severe their economic woes: chatting over coffee and aperitivo in Italy's many bars.
Padua has the highest level of ozone pollution in Europe, while other Italian cities also have dangerously high levels, according to a new report by the European Environment Agency (EEA).
Barcelona's town hall has turned its nose up at a decision by the city's Centre of Contemporary Culture to use a photograph of a one-eyed bullfighter to promote an exhibition of the images from the World Press Photo 2013 contest.
The King's daughter and her husband may have treated themselves to all kinds of goodies with public funds, Spanish newspapers El Mundo and El País have reported. The Local takes a look at the top ten purchases.
US companies and employees in France do not hold their adopted country in high regard when it comes to the attractiveness of investing and working here, according to a recent survey. Those behind the poll tell The Local why France must change urgently, or risk losing out on US investment and workers.
A Norwegian woman has claimed to have seen a girl resembling Madeleine McCann with a strange man when she was on holiday in Spain two years ago.
Sweden squandered a two-goal lead on Tuesday night, losing to Germany 5-3 in a goal-filled World Cup qualifier at Friends Arena near Stockholm.
Frogs’ legs have been a source of amusement and stereotyping of the French for countless years, but an archaeological dig near Stonehenge in England made a startling discovery this week: The Brits were scoffing them long before the French - 8,000 years earlier in fact.
France’s interior minister was forced to defend the actions of French police after his fellow Socialists reacted with anger this week to news that a 15-year-old Roma girl was forced off a bus in front of her classmates during a school trip and deported to Kosovo.
Norwegian police now think the ex-wife of a murdered chief executive drugged him before he was set alight inside his BMW, after they found traces of anaesthetic in her coffee grinder.
World champions Spain ensured they will get the chance to defend their crown at the World Cup in Brazil next year with a 2-0 win over Georgia on Tuesday.
The funeral of a German Nazi war criminal was cancelled late on Tuesday after clashes broke out between protesters and far-right activists on the eve of a major Holocaust ceremony. The body is now set to go to Germany.
BuzzFeed announced plans on Monday for Spanish, French, and Portuguese editions in a push to expand the footprint of the US-based social news website.
Chelsea's Andre Schürrle claimed a second-half hat trick as Germany came from two goals down to seal a 5-3 win away to Sweden in Tuesday's final World Cup qualifier.
The Green party announced early on Wednesday that it has pulled out of talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives on forming the next coalition government.
Norwegian Airlines is to start employing hundreds of its pilots and other crew in new operating bases across Europe, as it seeks to shift towards being a truly international airline.
Hans Riegel, the man known as “Mr Haribo” has died at the age of 90. The German-born businessman will be remembered as the man who brought brightly-coloured gummy bears into households across the world.
England, Germany, Spain and Italy can relax and think about training on Copacabana beach next summer but France must wait before booking their tickets to Brazil 2014. After beating Finland Les Bleus will enter a two legged play-off where they hope to avoid heavyweights Portugal.
Italy's government on Tuesday approved a 2014 budget that will have "less spending, less debt and less tax" to help sustain a gradual economic recovery it hopes will start later this year.
The New York music producer who put together ‘The Fox’, the Norwegian US billboard hit, has posted the spoof mockumentary on YouTube which made it all happen.
An appeals court will examine the case against Bernard Khouri, the suspected sergeant-at-arms of the Södertälje Network criminal gang who was jailed for life after being convicted of ordering three murders.
Swedish political pundits on Wednesday were left pondering the ruling Moderate Party's announcement that it would not promise further income tax cuts in the run-up to next year's elections.
Nothing beats the pleasure of cooking swedes and serving them up to your friends. Boil them, steam them, roast them - we've gathered the best five ways for you to enjoy a nice winter meal out of your own swede.
Swedish ball bearing manufacturer SKF announced Tuesday a decrease of its net profit in the third quarter, amid lower-than-expected sales in its industrial business.
An antique said to be 2,700 years old and worth more than $1 million given by the US government to Iran last month as a gesture of goodwill is a fake that was originally sold by a Geneva art gallery, according to a report from an American online website.