The French health service is often lauded by expats as one of the great benefits of living in France. An in-depth report published this week revealed it is in good shape, all things considered, although there are a few ailments that need to be remedied. Read on.
Despite recent talk of Paris nightlife being off its game lately, the City of Light is still a top spot for early-hours decadence of every kind. From old-school bistros to chic cocktail clubs, don't make any weekend plans until you check out the Top 10 Paris hangouts for late night revelry.
Italy is cracking down on copper thieves, an ever-growing problem amid rising poverty in the crisis-hit country that has cost the railways alone some €31 million over the last three years.
They are often portrayed as flamenco artists or petty criminals. But what is Spain's Roma population really like? And how has the crisis affected them? The Local spoke to Carolina Fernández at Spain's Gypsy Foundation (the FSG) to find out.
Germany’s nutcracker makers have their work cut out as Christmas preparations get under way, but one nut that Germany has cracked is winning at Wembley. The Local takes a look back at the best pictures of the last seven days.
Sweden is set to introduce crimes against humanity into its penal code in a move to tackle widespread, systematic, and inhumane crimes abroad in Swedish courts.
A tragic story emerged in Paris on Friday of a couple aged in their eighties, who booked into a luxury Paris hotel to spend their last night together, before taking their own lives. It comes as new data was released that once again highlights France's worryingly high suicide rate.
Make-up artist Nicki Storey had been going on holiday to Positano on the Amalfi Coast since the age of 12, so it was the obvious choice to spend a summer learning Italian. She tells The Local how she ended up staying for 15 years, and the hidden frustrations of her 'dolce vita'.
A woman was left gobsmacked when she learned the gold ring she stumbled across in a field was 2,000 years old.
As a prodigal genius and fashion model, newly-crowned world chess champion Magnus Carlsen has already lit up the game and has now added the world crown to his list of achievements.
Norwegian prodigy Magnus Carlsen claimed the crown of world chess champion on Friday after drawing a tense 10th game against holder Viswanathan Anand to take an unassailable lead in the 12-round duel.
As the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women approaches, the last installment of The Local's Sex in Germany series looks at crime. Why does country's definition of rape divide opinion?
A young couple who succombed to their passion in the gardens of Rome's Castel Sant'Angelo have been sentenced to three months in prison after being spotted by an elderly woman from the balcony of her home.
It is more famous for its ancient beer halls, world-class football stadium and medieval churches, but glass recycling bins have been named one of Munich’s highest-rated attractions by reviewers on Google.
There has been a rise in the number of Italians committing suicide as they grapple with money problems amid a recession that is showing little sign of letting up, with 119 taking their lives since the start of 2013, new figures reveal.
Rebels or rogues? The national meeting of Sweden Democrats this weekend certainly has the Swedish political scene abuzz. With ten months until elections, the once Nazi-tainted party may soon find itself playing kingmaker. But will they get a say in their core question - immigration?
Eight schoolchildren at a high school in Bergamo suffer from breathing problems and itching as soon as they enter the classroom, with medics unable to pinpoint the cause, according to a report in the Italian press.
The Spanish version of men's magazine GQ announced the winners of its 2013 "Men of the Year" awards as voted for by readers and members of its editorial team. Find out which icons they honoured this year.
Norwegian prodigy Magnus Carlsen began his 10th match with India's Viswanathan Anand on Friday needing just a draw to take the world champion crown and complete his ascent to the top of the game.
Francesco Brambilla, 93, only discovered YouTube last week, when curiosity about his son's new tablet computer led him to the site. He was then surprised to discover himself in a video taken of his regiment ahead of its departure to the Russian front in 1942.
Norway has decided to bolster security at gas plants and pipelines around the country in the wake of January's terrorist attack on a Statoil plant in Algeria, and the 2011 attacks mounted in Norway by far-right extremist Anders Breivik.
Residents of Switzerland have a longer life expectancy than anyone else but they also rely on far more psychiatrists, a new report says.
Oslo's residents are a little less honest than they were back in the 90s, a replay of the famous "lost wallet" experiment mounted this month by Norway's Aftenposten newspaper has suggested.
Archaeologists made an exciting discovery near Barcelona recently: the 6,400-year-old remains of four people. Strangest of all, the group may have been bound together with rope and wrapped in a shroud at death.
Top brass within Sweden's Armed Forces are furious after a Swedish female officer was sexually harassed while participating in an EU training mission in Africa.
Norwegian police on Thursday evicted the Roma immigrants who have been been camping for the last six months in the woods surrounding Sognsvann lake outside Oslo.
Unlike Samson, Finance Minister Anders Borg seems not to have been deprived of his powers after chopping off that signature ponytail, as he sprinted past the prime minister in an annual ranking of Sweden's most powerful people.
When a 67-year-old French grandma was approached by two men asking her for a cigarette on a cold night in Toulouse, she declined. But instead of accepting her knock back, the pair of thugs picked her up and threw her into the freezing waters of the Garonne river, reports say.
Christmas cheer is in the air, and Swedes are spending crates of kronor on presents - many of which they may end keeping for themselves.
A couple from Enna, a town in central Sicily, forced their 15-year-old daughter to have sex with an 80-year-old man in a bid to overcome their money problems.
Ever wondered what a penthouse apartment in Stockholm's upmarket Vasastan looks like? Wonder no more - this week's Property of the Week is exactly that - one of the city's true pearls.
Germany’s next government is set to scrap the country’s air passenger duty which could make flights up to €40 cheaper. The move follows pressure from the airline lobby but has upset environmental groups.
After a week in which the national team's qualification for the World Cup provided a huge boost to French football, Paris Saint-Germain will bid to extend their long unbeaten run as Ligue 1 returns.
Cristiano Ronaldo has insisted he is not obsessed with winning the Ballon d’Or for a second time in January despite a series of scintillating performances that have made him the strong favourite to win the award.
Norwegian model Alexander Kjellevik makes out with US popstar Britney Spears in a steamy scene from the music video for Perfume, her latest single.
This week's flooding in Sardinia, which left 16 people dead, has raised the question of why there aren't more financial resources available to safeguard the environment. But a report on Thursday revealed that money is available, it's just being spent elsewhere.
The Administrative Court of Appeal ruled on Friday that Sweden's School Inspectorate was wrong to temporarily close the scandal-hit boarding school Lundsberg, after two students were burned with an iron in a hazing ritual.
A football players’ agent is in jail and three other people have been arrested for extorting 1.2 million francs ($1.3 million) from a UBS bank employee in Geneva in September, a local newspaper says.
Sweden's first retirement home for elderly members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities opened in Stockholm on Friday, capping a four-year effort that may spark a new trend.
UPDATE: A murder suspect who escaped from a court in north west Germany on Thursday morning by complaining of diarrhea has been caught. He squeezed through the window of the court's toilet sparking a police manhunt.
Some foreign business executives are frustrated that their Italian counterparts either can't, or won't, speak English, something they argue deters foreign investment. The Local finds out whether or not an aversion towards English is, in fact, a major drawback for Italy's economy.
A German government plan to punish minor criminals by banning them from driving was on Friday met with criticism from judges for being unconstitutional.
Spaniards are getting healthier but spending cuts could hurt the country's most vulnerable citizens in the longer term, a new OECD study shows.
Residents in Blufi, a small town in the Sicilian capital of Palermo, are in shock after a local pharmacist was stabbed to death during the attempted robbery of her chemist.
Norwegians are amongst the world's slimmest people, with the lowest consumption of alcohol in Europe, and the healthiest pensioners in any country.
The French hostage held for 11 months by an Islamist group in Nigeria told French television this week he made his audacious run for freedom after his captor left a key in the door by mistake. Read the full story here.
Each year in France 150 women die as a result of domestic violence. On Friday the government will unveil its latest three-year plan on Friday to tackle the scourge. The reported €66-million action plan, was leaked to the press - here's what authorities aim to do.
Two city councillors from the northern Spanish city of León have been expelled from the country's ruling Popular Party after being arrested for allegedly trafficking a kilo of marijuana.
Switzerland wants "to settle the past" with the EU and begin settling disputes over Swiss bank accounts hidden from European tax authorities, the country's finance minister said Thursday.
Grisly accusations have emerged against a lawyer and a journalist suspected of drugging and suffocating their 12-year-old adopted daughter in a mysterious murder case that has shocked Spain.
Sixteen works by the Norwegian artist Edvard Munch have been found among the more than 1,400 works believed to have been seized by the Nazis and then found last year in the apartment of a reclusive collector in Munich.
Abdelhakim Dekhar, the man suspected of being behind a shooting spree in Paris this week has refused to answer police questions, his lawyer has said as more details of the alleged gunman's life in London emerged on Friday.
US comedian Margaret Cho is heading for Germany as part of her latest tour. She told The Local why she is looking forward to trying out her rather rude routines on a German audience.
International credit rating agency Moody's warned on Thursday that Spain's banks still face significant challenges despite nearly completing a €41-billion ($55 billion) eurozone-financed bailout.
Dozens of British and American prisoners are deciding to serve their time in German jails rather than transferring home, justice ministry figures seen by The Local reveal.
Germany has put 54 more paintings and drawings of priceless artworks stolen by the Nazis online including works by Edvard Munch, Max Liebermann and Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, public prosecutors announced on Thursday.
Police have been criticized for using stun grenades when taking an infant child away from its mother, after she pulled a knife and refused to cooperate.
The number of Britons arrested for drug offences in Italy over the past year has risen by 29 percent, according to data from the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).
The icy spell that left three people dead and caused power cuts and traffic chaos across parts of France is set to continue into the weekend with weather warnings in place for eight departments. Click here for all the latest news and updates.
US lawmakers will launch a "goodwill" mission to Europe next week to smooth ties frayed by spying revelations including allegedly on Chancellor Angela Merkel.
A prosecutor is looking for a harsher penalty than two years in prison for a man who drove a 13-year-old girl to suicide by threatening to publish sex acts he allegedly made her perform online.
A nine-year-old boy was left fearing for his life after a family of four elk surrounded him and went on the attack while he was cycling to school in southern Sweden.