A fire in Zurich’s Old Town on Wednesday night damaged the top floors of a three-storey building and sent two people to hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation.
German football side Schalke confirmed their place in the Champions League's knock-out phase with a 2-0 home win against ten-man FC Basel on Wednesday to finish second in Group E behind Chelsea.
A zany Norwegian music video originally intended as a joke was the most popular video of the year on YouTube, the video streaming website revealed on Wednesday.
A photograph of a Swiss train travelling over a bridge against a snowy backdrop won this year’s annual Wiki Loves Monuments global photo competition.
The French are predominantly pessimistic about the future of their country, as well as divided and bitter towards their fellow citizens, particularly "scroungers", according to two sweeping polls published recently.
Currently branching out into the Swiss and Dutch markets, The Interface Financial Group (IFG) is looking for entrepreneurial minds to lead their brand into the next phase of international business expansion.
Many of us cannot recall the last time we got a letter in the mail, but Santa Claus will this year receive a record eight million of them, a Bern-based UN agency said on Wednesday.
Three months after France’s first ever cat café opened its doors in Paris, the capital is set to become home to its first ever hotel devoted exclusively to the feline species. "Only in Paris!" we hear you say?
Spain's pensioner activist group, the "iaioflautas", or "hippy pensioners" caused a stir on Wednesday with their bare bottom protest outside Barcelona's stock exchange building.
A Spaniard has taken 500 tweets by the country's politicians and 'remixed' them to create a novel book of poetry.
Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta won a confidence vote on Wednesday in the lower house of parliament after promising to push a pro-European agenda, boost economic growth and fight against populism.
Scottish expat Calum MacDougall had a successful career in finance in France for more than 20 years, before deciding he wanted to do something else. He is now France's fastest moving English teacher after winning a contract to teach French commuters on trains.
Thousands of islanders have been left without power, dozens of roads have been cut off due to flooding, winds have reached up to 120km/hour and a total of 3,922 lightning bolts have hit the archipelago in a single morning.
A collector of war memorabilia from Normandy, northern France, has been awarded €8,000 in compensation after a French court ruled that authorities had "illegally" ordered the destruction of a Nazi flag from his prized collection of World World II memorabilia.
Ask an expat in Sweden why they're here and you'll often hear "for love". But that's not always the case. In fact, there are many different types of expat in Sweden, from the geneaology digger to the faux-Swede. But which type are you?
Sweden's education minister on Tuesday proposed stripping the country's three elite boarding schools of state subsidies and banning them from charging tuition fees in the latest twist in a long-running hazing scandal.
Germany's celebrities may not be particularly well-known outside the country, but many provide plenty of entertainment - often without meaning to - for those who are here. This week’s Local List is a guide to our favourites.
After a leading Swedish newspaper published an ad for a book critical of multiculturalism and immigration, Swedes are raising money for a counter-ad in an attempt to correct what they see as errors and to set the record straight.
The central state of Hesse is set to be the third in Germany to require police officers to wear identification numbers, while others have been wearing cameras in a pilot project to try to reduce the thousands of attacks against them.
Researchers at a Spanish hospital announced have announced they will start trials next year of a therapeutic vaccine for patients who already have HIV, the virus that causes Aids.
Pope Francis has been named Time magazine's Person of the Year 2013. The pontiff was praised for turning the Catholic Church around within months of arriving at the Vatican.
Lesbian couples who start families with donated sperm show fewer signs of stress upon becoming parents compared to heterosexual couples using IVF. They are also happier in their romantic life, a new study has shown.
A 60-year-old woman from Treviso set up brothels from a number of apartments across the northern Italian city after the cleaning firm she had worked for went bust.
The body tasked with ridding the world of chemical weapons picked up its Nobel Peace Prize in a ceremony in Oslo on Tuesday and said it hoped the prestige would speed a global ban on the dreaded arms.
Norway's priests have called on the country's church authorities to draw up a marriage service suitable for gay and lesbian couples.
With a transformed interior and dozens of interactive digital displays, the Olympic Museum in Lausanne is reopening after a major renovation project that took nearly two years to complete.
The agency behind France's census was left red-faced this week after sending out a letter to a French citizen who died almost 200 years ago. As if that wasn't bad enough, the recipient was none other than Napoleon Bonaparte himself. Click here to see for yourself.
Italians are up in arms after their famed food products such as olive oil and cheeses were given a negative "red" in the UK's "traffic light" food labelling system. Debate over the obesity-fighting campaign has now reached the EU's doors in Brussels.
The German version of men's magazine GQ launched an eye catching campaign against homophobia this month. An upcoming edition features a photo essay of straight, male, German celebs kissing.
Leaders of France’s TV and radio industry met this week to come up with a strategy to boost the French resistance against the invasion of English. The Local went along to find out how the battle lines are being drawn.
Spain could soon see private security guards carrying out police-style duties such as stopping and searching people, demanding identification and carrying out arrests.
A plan by robbers to dig a tunnel leading to the vault of a Monte dei Paschi di Siena bank in Naples would have been meticuolous had it not been for one thing: they dug right next to a police station.
Germany's defence minister on a visit to Afghanistan on Wednesday urged President Hamid Karzai to quickly sign a deal to pave the way for a continued NATO presence after 2014.
Swedish eurozone entry is off the cards and its EU membership would be in danger if Swedes went to the polls today, according to a new survey that also reveals increasingly hesitant opinions about European institutions.
Italy's former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi may have fallen from grace after his recent expulsion from parliament, but his pet dog is becoming ever more popular, with a new Facebook page that has attracted over 1,500 fans.
Giovanna the polar bear has given birth to twins at Munich zoo. Their birth on Monday morning was thought to be the first time a polar bear giving birth has been captured in colour on video.
A judge in the southern Spanish city of Malaga has ordered low-cost airline Ryanair to stop advertising its hugely popular annual charity calender by using "discriminatory" images of flight attendants in bikinis.
Stockholm's snow ploughing system may soon be overhauled to ensure a fairer balance between how easy it is for both men and women to get around during the winter months, the latest development in an emerging trend in Sweden to implement "gender-equal" snow removal.
More than a million children in Italy, or one in ten, live in absolute poverty, according to figures from the children’s charity, Save the Children.
Berlin saw a new record for the number of tourists visiting in October, figures released on Wednesday revealed. Culture was the city's number one draw.
The best-paid CEOs in Sweden saw their collective paychecks balloon by nearly 100 million kronor ($15.1 million) in 2012, found a new review that also discovered that Sweden's highest earner last year was a woman.
PostBus Switzerland has admitted to mailing around 3,000 chocolate bars past their due date as Christmas gifts to regular customers.
It's not all atoms and equations, but one helluva party at Stockholm City Hall as Nobel Prize Laureates and their spouses took to the dance floor of the Gilded Hall for the dance-off of the season following Tuesday's awards ceremony and banquet.
An 88-year-old Swiss man was caught near the Italian border trying to smuggle 200,000 francs ($225,000) in cash into Italy, customs from Italy said.
Travellers and commuters in France have been warned to expect disruption to their travel plans over the next two days when rail workers will stage a strike in protest against proposed reforms. Find out if you will be affected.
Colleagues and relatives of two Spanish reporters kidnapped by Al-Qaeda-linked radicals in Syria said on Tuesday they believed the pair were alive and well and urged their captors to free them.
The number of ethnic Norwegians has dropped over the past decade, with Norway's population growth attributable solely to immigration and children born to Norwegians with an immigrant background, according to figures from Statistics Norway.
A German teenager has died in Syria just days after arriving to fight on side of rebels opposing the forces of President Bashar al-Assad, it has been reported.
There will be no layoffs as part of the revised industrial plan for Italy's heavily indebted flagship carrier, Alitalia, the company's CEO said on Tuesday.
Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to score nine goals in the group stages of the Champions League as Real Madrid won 2-0 away at FC Copenhagen on Tuesday.
Spanish banking giant Santander said on Tuesday it was expanding its presence in China by buying a stake in the major Chinese lender Bank of Shanghai.
Norway's richest man has given his 26 billion kroner ($4.3bn) fortune to a new foundation, which will oversee his businesses and distribute part of the profits to charitable causes.
Sales of Germany’s famous Christmas treat, Lebkuchen, have collapsed due to falling domestic demand with a 22 percent decline in production in three years, the national statistics office said on Tuesday.
A video showing the friendship between Tinni and Sniffer, a dog and a fox in Ski south of Oslo, has been released on video by Tinni's owner Torgeir Berge. Berge's photos of the pair have been seen by more than a million people worldwide.
French President François Hollande admitted on Tuesday that France's intervention in the Central African Republic was "dangerous" but vital to avoid a bloodbath. The head of state paid a visit to French troops in CAR on Tuesday night, a day after two were killed by rebels.
Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta was set to win a confidence vote on Wednesday amid a political sea change after the sidelining of Silvio Berlusconi and the rise of centre-left leader Matteo Renzi.
A key trial begins in France on Wednesday when a lawyer for a young woman, whose arrest for wearing a full-face veil sparked riots in a Paris suburb, will challenge the legality of the country's ban on wearing the Islamic face-covering in public.
A 21-year-old man has been acquitted of fraud charges after a court in western Sweden ruled he only committed the fraud in self-defence.
Nativity scene artisans in Italy have taken Pope Francis's social message to heart this Christmas, giving a bigger role to ordinary people in their work and reviving the tradition's simple origins.
Bayern Munich were beaten by Manchester City 3-2 on Tuesday, their first defeat in a major competition since coach Pep Guardiola took charge in June.
Sweden cooperated with the United States in operations to hack into computers and carry out internet surveillance on Swedes, according to documents leaked by NSA-whistleblower Edward Snowden.