The Local talks to Mohamed 'Mo' Farah Abdi, the Utøya survivor and X Factor star, about the song he hopes to take to the Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen.
A plan by Swiss right-wing populists to reimpose immigration quotas for citizens from the European Union has won increased support ahead of a referendum, raising the prospect of a clash with Brussels, a new poll shows.
As if high unemployment, heavy public debt and an unhappy populace weren't enough, France also saw a double digit drop in foreign investment in 2013, according to a new United Nations report on Wednesday.
British and Irish expats in Spain who are fighting to hold on to the right to vote in their home countries were finally handed a boost by the European Commission on Wednesday. But will it change anything?
Norway once again boasts the world's most expensive Big Mac, the UK's Economist magazine has reported, with the ubiquitous double-decker burger now costing 48 kroner, or $7.80.
Spain's underground or 'black' economy ballooned to almost 25 percent of the country's gross domestic product in 2012 as a result of the crisis, a new report shows.
Spanish air traffic controllers have warned passengers travelling to and from Spain that their flights may be affected by a pan-European strike they have chosen not to take part in.
Pope Francis is taking his place alongside the icons of American popular culture by appearing on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, which hits newsstands on Friday.
His thesis that Sweden is the China of the north gave English author Michael Booth some considerable Swedish headline space this week. He talks to The Local about myth-busting and the Swedish love of weapons.
Syria's opposition said peace talks with President Bashar al-Assad's regime in Geneva took a step forward on Wednesday with discussions on a transitional government after four days of deadlock.
Labour leader Jens Stoltenberg certainly made an impression on Norway during his eight consecutive years leading Norway, so much so in fact that the president of Norway's parliament appears to think he's still the Prime Minister.
Cologne's Archbishop has sparked anger after praising the high birth rate among Catholics for making up for large Muslim families. He later admitted his choice of words was “unfortunate”.
Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt will visit Iran next week in hopes of helping to make a temporary deal on the country's nuclear programme more permanent.
EU expats living in other European countries should keep the right to vote in general elections in their home countries – even if they’ve been abroad for years – the European Commission said on Wednesday.
British and Irish expats in Italy who want to hold on to the right to vote in their home countries were finally handed a boost by the European Commission on Wednesday. But will it change anything?
British and Irish expats in France who are fighting to hold on to the right to vote in their home countries were finally handed a boost by the European Commission on Wednesday. But will it change anything?
More than a third of children in Spain live at risk of poverty, the aid charity Save the Children said on Wednesday, blaming austerity measures for worsening the situation.
The scandal swirling around provocative French comic Dieudonné kicked off again on Wednesday, a day after a police raid on his property reportedly turned up €660,000 in cash. His lawyer said it was part of an organized "hunt" of his client.
Two Norwegian MPs have nominated the fugitive NSA contractor Edward Snowden for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.
Italian car giant Fiat announced on Wednesday it was changing its name after completing the purchase of US automaker Chrysler to "Fiat Chrysler Automobiles" and would list its shares in New York and Milan.
Chancellor Angela Merkel issued a strong rebuke to the United States and Britain on Wednesday over sweeping surveillance and spying activities reported by fugitive IT contractor Edward Snowden.
Cost-cutting has paid off for Swedish bank Nordea, which posted a stable 2013 profit on Wednesday despite falling interest rates.
What does the world wonder about Switzerland? You would need extensive polling to find out. But Google’s autocomplete search function gives us a rough idea. Here, we list ten things that the search engine has to say about Switzerland.
Google searches don't just give you a world of information - they also use your search to help predict what others want to know. Here we list some of the things that people are trying to find out about Italy.
The French are always eager to know what the world thinks of them and their country, especially Anglos. So rather than spending weeks sending out thousands of questionaires, who better to tell us than Google's autocomplete function. Here's our top ten.
If you figured the French have to be the biggest consumers of red wine in the world, then guess again. A new study put the French in second place, behind a new leading vin rouge guzzler that might surprise you.
Google's search engines have a habit of trying to finish your sentences, but what do their predictive algorithms have to say about Spain and the Spanish? We've chosen some of our favourites.
Google's search engines have a habit of trying to finish your sentences, but what do their predictive algorithms have to say about Sweden and the Swedes? We've collected some of our favourites.
Google increasingly controls our lives by predicting our search results based on what people have typed in, but how accurate are its stereotypes about Germany?
Germany will double funding for efforts to return Nazi-looted art to their rightful owners and may invite Jewish representatives to join a mediation body, the government said on Wednesday.
Workers facing lay off and hoping to win themselves a better severance package, became the latest French employees to kidnap their bosses as a bargaining tactic. Workers at a printing factory nabbed the bosses on Tuesday evening, and are holding them 'without violence.'
The value of the international player transfer market jumped by 41 percent to $3.7 billion (2.7bn euros) last year, with British clubs driving a quarter of business, Zurich-based FIFA said on Wednesday.
Publicly singing the Little Black Face (Faccetta Nera), a song which romanticizes the invasion of Ethiopia by Benito Mussolini, does not amount to promoting fascism, an Italian court has ruled.
Swiss police suspended the driver’s licence of the catholic bishop of Lugano after he was caught speeding at 160 kilometres an hour, the Italian-language state TV broadcaster RSI reported.
Events in the Spanish Parliament took a turn for the surreal on Tuesday when one political party presented a letter to the Prime Minister asking about the role of various Christian saints in the country's economic crisis.
Michael Schumacher, is slowly being brought out of an artificial coma by doctors a month after his near fatal skiing accident in the French Alps, French newspaper L'Equipe has claimed. Schumacher's spokeswoman called the report "speculation" but did not eny it.
France's sacred notion of protecting its own language has meant it has little room for its other regional tongues. But on Tuesday MPs in the National Assembly finally took a big step towards promoting a key part of the country's cultural diversity, that has long been resisted.
A German tourist was sexually assaulted at a train station in Mumbai after falling asleep while waiting for her train.
Basel-based pharmaceuticals giant Novartis on Wednesday announced that its net profit fell one percent in 2013 to $9.2 billion from the previous year, blaming the impact of unfavourable exchange rates.
Google's search engines have a habit of trying to finish your sentences, but what do their predictive algorithms have to say about Norway and the Norwegians? We've collected some of our favourites.
Over a quarter of Italians would like their country to be more like Germany, while some would prefer Italy to resemble Cuba or China, a poll this week has found.
An Italian film director who was nominated for an Oscar said “it’s the corrupt politicians who should be outed” after coming out as gay.
If you felt chillier than usual in Switzerland last night you weren’t imagining it — Tuesday night was in fact the coldest night so far this year with temperatures sinking as low as minus 31 degrees in parts of the country.
The Neuchâtel government after lengthy deliberations said on Wednesday it has lifted the suspension of an expat Canadian university professor accused of plagiarism while issuing a reprimand against him.
Germany's largest automobile club, ADAC, pledged a serious shake up on Wednesday, the day it emerged one of its managers let her son take a rescue plane on holiday to Egypt.
The billionaire founder of Marine Harvest, the Norwegian salmon farming giant, has revealed plans to convert his surplus cargo vessels into floating fish farms.
Residents in the Spanish city of Murcia are continuously slipping over on the glass floor of a bridge designed by controversial architect Santiago Calatrava. The problem has not ceased even since Murcia town hall put a €60,000 ($82,000) carpet down to prevent any more injuries.
Best-selling Swedish author Henning Mankell, best known for his wildly popular Kurt Wallander crime novels, has revealed he has cancer.
A plane crash in Ireland involving a Spanish airline in which six people died was caused by pilot error and a lack of oversight by Spain's aviation regular, Irish authorities said on Tuesday.
One of Norway's most northerly airports has agreed to accept 'dog taxis', in a drive to lure more tourists to the area.
Anyone looking for jobs in Sweden's mines and kitchens will have an easy time finding employment in the coming years, the Swedish employment agency has said as it revealed the country's most sought after professions.
A German manufacturer has warned thieves that condoms they stole by blowing up a vending machine are likely to be unsafe.
Real Madrid eased into the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey with a 1-0 win over Espanyol at the Santiago Bernabéu on Tuesday to progress 2-0 on aggregate.
Germany’s football league broke economic records last season with profits increasing to €383.5 million on the back of Champions League success.
A man who dived off the stage at a heavy metal concert in Solothurn died after the crowd failed to catch him, media reported on Tuesday.
UPDATE: Foreign investment into Germany increased by almost 400 percent last year, rising to €23.4 billion, a UN report revealed on Tuesday. It comes amid rising consumer and investor confidence.
Swedish journalist Dawit Isaak is still alive in Eritrean jail, the country's ambassador to Israel has claimed in a conversation with a Swedish newspaper.
Pope Francis as superman, flying through the air with his white cape billowing out behind him: the image graffitied by an anonymous artist onto a wall in Rome was tweeted by the Vatican on Tuesday.
Costa Crociere, Europe's biggest cruise operator, introduced obligatory psychological tests for its captains following the shipwreck of the Concordia off the coast of Italy, one of its directors told a court on Tuesday.
American Amanda Knox and her Italian former boyfriend face their fourth verdict in six years for the murder and sexual assault of a British student Meredith Kercher, who was brutally killed in Italy's city of Perugia in 2007.
A new fire has broken out on the coast near Trondheim, after tinder-dry heather was again lit by sparks from power lines.
Global leaders from politics, defence and diplomacy meet in Germany from Friday to discuss conflict hotspots and looming threats, from Syria and Afghanistan to East Asia and Africa.
The trend for a meat-free day a week has a Swedish farmers association so annoyed it plans to hand out free hamburgers to school children in Nyköping in protest.
Swedish ball bearing makers SKF cited the threat of fines for its bigger-than-expected profit loss in 2013, despite cost-cutting measures that included letting go off nearly six in ten of its employees.
Two French school students who ran away to fight in Syria were back home this week with some explaining to do to their bewildered parents, teachers and the police.
Staff and children at a pre-school in Torsby will be tested regularly for tuberculosis, after fear spread that a person may have passed on the infectious disease nearly extinct in Sweden.
Raised with evening prayers, Martin became a vegetarian atheist before finding Buddhism. The most common misconception? That he's a monk, or that he has "tricks to not feeling bad".
UPDATE: A long-serving politician was shot dead on Monday night in his garage in central Germany, police said. The main suspect is a former colleague, who killed himself in front of officers hours later.