A new campaign was launched on Wednesday in a bid to reduce the number of avalanche deaths in Swiss mountains.
Budget airline Norwegian Air Shuttle said on Wednesday that it had ordered two new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners in a vote of confidence in the aircraft, despite a series of initial problems.
Credit Suisse is denying charges levelled by the state of New Jersey that it misrepresented the risks on more than $10 billion in mortgage-backed securities.
Russian lawmakers on Wednesday approved a Kremlin-backed amnesty bill that is set to end the prosecution of 30 members of Greenpeace, including Swiss citizen Marco Weber, while freeing the two jailed members of the punk band Pussy Riot.
UPDATED: The shares of Swedish defence firm Saab soared more than 23 percent on Thursday after the group secured a $5 billion contract to equip the Brazilian air force with 36 new fighter jets.
Three people have been held on remand after taking part in a neo-Nazi attack against anti-racist demonstrators in Stockholm on Sunday.
Roberto Cercelletta, who made international headlines in 2002 after raiding Rome's Trevi Fountain of its coins for 34 years, has died aged 62.
Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday she would fight against moves by the European Commission to probe German help for large companies amid its shift to green energy.
With the number of young French people leaving France for foreign shores continuing to rise, the head of a leading think tank says there is no need to panic as long as Paris does more to attract foreigners from around the world to replace them.
Disasters caused global economic losses of about $130 billion this year, Swiss Re said on Wednesday, but there was little insurance coverage for the deadliest catastrophe, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
This year, The Local's weekly top ten lists have tackled everything from words, weather, and everyday weirdness in Sweden. But what were the top ten top tens?
France looks set to be hit by some extreme weather over the Christmas holiday but unfortunately for those dreaming of a white Christmas, it is not snow that is forecast but heavy rain and gales.
Thousands of protesters from the Forconi (Pitchforks) movement including far-right activists rallied in Rome on Wednesday for an anti-austerity protest.
Spain must fight unemployment by doing more to free up its labour market, including further cuts to severance pay, the OECD club of industrialized nations said on Wednesday.
A boutique brewery on the Spanish island of Majorca has decided to celebrate the Christmas season by releasing a limited edition beer called Satan Klaus.
A German state has told a police doctor to stop checking female officers' breasts for implants during driving medicals following a series of complaints. Union officials told The Local that it was not normal practice.
The Swiss government on Wednesday extended by three years a freeze on the assets of ousted Tunisian dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and Egypt's Hosni Mubarak.
Russian lawmakers on Wednesday approved a Kremlin-backed amnesty bill that is set to end the prosecution of Cristian D'Alessandro, an Italian Greenpeace activist, along with fellow members of the organization and the two jailed singers of the punk band Pussy Riot.
Swedish creations topped the tables in Apple's yearly global app lists, with Candy Crush earning the most money and Minecraft Pocket Edition topping the paid downloads charts.
Norway's Crown Princess Mette-Marit on Wednesday showed how well she has recovered after last month's neck surgery, after she was spotted out on the town in Oslo on Tuesday night.
The head of the contractor that runs an immigration centre in Lampedusa on Wednesday claimed that footage showing migrants stripping and being sprayed with disinfectant was staged. The centre has received international condemnation after the images were broadcast on Italian TV.
The Spanish Hollywood star is enjoying being a mum at 39; so much so that she doesn't want to stop breastfeeding her baby girl.
A battle has broken out between Bergen and New York over which city has constructed the world's largest gingerbread village.
German scientists have managed to remove HIV from cells while leaving those cells alive - opening the door to potential cures for the disease.
Spanish banks' bad loans hit the highest level for 50 years in October, data showed on Wednesday, despite the sector getting good marks from creditors as it exits its bailout programme.
High school students have scandalised a town in Norway after they drank sperm and urine on stage at an end-of-term club night.
A French prosecutor has demanded a €1,500($2065) fine be handed out to a Briton who wore a Nazi uniform to a stag party at a French ski-resort that was famously attended by a British MP. The lawmaker was sacked after images of him appeared in the press.
The EU has threatened to stop support to Italy in dealing with the thousands of migrants who land each year on its shores after a video emerged showing migrants stripping outside a reception centre in Lampedusa before being hosed down with disinfectant.
The Germans celebrate the holiday season better than most and this week's Local List is the perfect recipe for a traditional Christmas, with ten top tips to enjoy the festive period like a German.
Security has been tightened across Rome amid fears of violence during protests planned by the so-called Pitchfork Movement later on Wednesday.
Next time you're in a pub in France think twice about taking your glass back to the bar. A pub in Brittany has been fined €9,000 by French officials, who accused it of using punters as “undeclared labour” when one was seen taking empties back to the bar.
Swedish researchers have discovered that common health complications associated with smoking can have long-lasting effects on DNA and thus be passed down the generations.
In this week's The Local List, we offer you a round-up of some of the most common 'rude' Spanish expressions you can get away with in just about any social situation — even with your in-laws.
Spain's Minister of Health will tell regional officials on Friday that she wants to ban the smoking of e-cigarettes in enclosed public places. It's part of a bid to regulate a rapidly growing industry.
Swedish women take around 80 percent of both paid and unpaid parental leave, according to a new report by the National Social Insurance Agency, which shows that the situation affects how other household chores are divided.
A man has been arrested after he was found to be keeping a tiger in a cage in his farmhouse in Mugnano di Napoli, a town near Naples.
Japan's health ministry intends to file a criminal complaint against the local arm of Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis over alleged fabrication of drugs data, a report said on Wednesday.
Germany's biggest travel agency Tui has unexpectedly hit the black - thanks to the Germans and British going on holiday despite uncertain economic times.
Swedish neo-Nazi groups were more active in 2012, according to a new report, while the number of groups operating within the white power movement has declined.
Pope Francis celebrated his 77th birthday on Tuesday by having breakfast with three homeless people, one of whom brought his dog along.
Charlotte Casiraghi, the eldest daughter of Princess Caroline of Monaco, has given birth to a son, the Riviera principality's royal palace announced on Wednesday.
The EU executive on Wednesday denounced the "appalling conditions" of many Italian migrant centres as the mayor of Lampedusa compared the island's migrant reception centre to a "concentration camp", after video footage emerged showing migrants stripping en masse and being disinfected.
Granny look out! The Federal Office of Police says scams in German-speaking Switzerland involving phoney relatives who hit up grandparents for money have more than doubled this year from 2012.
Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday that European Union members must be ready for treaty changes to strengthen the 28-member bloc, speaking on the eve of an EU summit.
New demands for separate slaughterhouses for horses following the European horse-meat scandal mean many abattoirs in Sweden are turning away horse-owners who want to put down their horses.
The nephew of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has reportedly been placed under police guard in France, where he is currently studying, amid fears he may be targeted by the regime. He has previously slated his uncle in TV interviews.
It appears the French are clearly missing having a royal family of their own. At least that's the conclusion we could draw from the publication of the most searched terms in France throughout 2013, which threw up some interesting results.
The annual Geminids meteor shower created a spectacular display in Spain's Canary Islands on Sunday and astrophotographer Juan Carlos Casado was on hand to capture the space weather event.
Researchers at the University of Oslo have invented a new technique which potentially massively broadens the range of cancers which can be treated with cutting edge immunotherapy.
Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways is thought to be preparing an offer for the troubled Alitalia, with an announcement expected next Monday, La Stampa reported.
Spain will send troops to the Central African Republic to prop up a military force on the ground attempting to disarm militias dispensing deadly violence, the French government announced on Tuesday.
Germany's new government has confirmed it will set up a parliamentary committee for internet matters - six months after Chancellor Angela Merkel described the internet as "virgin territory".
Elections, football and the new iPhone dominated German searches on Google in 2013. The internet giant on Tuesday revealed the most searched for terms in the country over the last 12 months.
Unknown assailants set off an explosive device at the home of a Sweden Democrat politician in the south on Tuesday. The blast peeled off the inside of the door, but left the three people inside unharmed.
Spanish police said on Tuesday they have captured a Colombian vet who tried to smuggle liquid heroin by surgically implanting plastic bags of the drug into live Rottweiler and Labrador puppies.
Norway's government is lobbying to get three Viking ship burial grounds and a viking quarry classified as Unesco World Heritage sites, hoping that this will help draw more tourists the country.
A French soldier broke down in tears in court on Tuesday when he apologized to colleagues after his souvenir rocket blew up in their office. One comrade lost his legs, another lost a testicle and part of his foot and the third his hearing.
Germany's highest court threw out on Tuesday a lawsuit against plans for an enormous open-cast coal mine for which entire villages will have to be uprooted.
A hospital in Bergen is planning to give out heroin to hardened addicts in an effort to reduce the number of overdoses and other health complications.
Italy's navy on Tuesday rescued 110 mostly African men from an inflatable dinghy in trouble off the coast of the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa, and found one passenger on board dead.
A fifth of people living in Germany have foreign roots, figures released to coincide with International Migrants Day show. This is an 8.5 percent rise since 2005.
Henrik Stenson became the first Swedish man to be named the European Tour's Golfer of the Year, as he picked up the crown on Tuesday.
The Swedish government risks missing a slim window of opportunity to host its first permanent UN agency, as the global increase in investor-state disputes involving public money could allow Sweden to publicize its commitment to transparency, argues trade lawyer Annette Magnusson.