The young amnesiac found in Norway whose identity was a mystery for almost four months is Czech, Norwegian police said Friday, after DNA tests confirmed the claims of relatives and acquaintances.
Huddles of huggers littered the Central Station concourse in Stockholm, just ten days after The Local dissected The Swedish Hug. "I've spent my life wondering why people don't hug more," one flash mobster said.
Although Spain has made some progress in improving its school dropout rate in recent years, nearly one in four young Spaniards are still dropping out of school early — the highest rate in the European Union.
Buying a house in rural France is still the dream for many Anglos, particularly those from Britain and with prices having fallen and exchange rates improved, it seems now is a good time to buy once again. And there's some eye-catching deals out there.
Experts say now is a good time to follow your dream and buy a house in France. So to help you on your way The Local has put together a list of ten things to seriously think about when buying property in France.
There's a small child shouting at me with glee. "Pippi lifts the horse! She lifts the horse!" Varnika, 4, was born in Sweden to Indian parents, who tell The Local why a mixture of Swedish and Indian literature keeps everyone happy.
The main opposition party will reintroduce restaurant VAT and increase employers social security contributions if they form a government after the September elections.
When carpenter Franco Tuccio saw boat migrants arriving at his home on the island of Lampedusa, he decided to use his craft to draw attention to their suffering. He speaks to The Local about his work being blessed by the Pope and the impact it is having across Italy.
The Palestinian Authority has signed up formally to the Geneva Conventions, which set down the rules of warfare and humanitarian operations in conflict zones, the treaties' guardian Switzerland confirmed on Friday.
Italy may have one of the highest rates of unemployment in Europe, but in some areas there is a huge demand for workers, especially foreigners.
Police arrested four Manchester United football fans at Munich airport on Thursday and Friday, suspected of beating up two men before their side’s Champions League match against Bayern Munich.
German sweets maker Haribo suffered a legal setback on Friday when a court ruled that Swiss chocolate maker Lindt is not infringing on the patent of Haribo's "gold bear" jellies.
Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday said she "firmly believed" there was untapped potential in Greece after years of tough austerity reforms that culminated in a bond comeback this week.
The Washington Redskins team name is a symbol of centuries of abuse faced by Native Americans, a human rights expert from the United Nation in Geneva said on Friday, without calling formally for it to be axed.
German sweet maker Haribo suffered a legal setback on Friday when a court ruled that Swiss chocolate maker Lindt is not infringing on the patent of Haribo's "gold bear" jellies.
UK Prime Minister David Cameron is set to visit the increasingly popular Canary Island of Lanzarote for Easter.
Marine Le Pen’s hard work in trying to soften the image of her National Front party was dealt a blow this week when a court rejected her bid to prevent opponents from calling her a “fascist”.
The day-care intern who was taken into custody a week ago on suspicion of raping a child, but was then implicated in nine assault cases, may be responsible for yet another two incidents, the prosecutor revealed on Friday.
A women's lobby group has set up a fictitious travel agency offering all-inclusive 'abortion holidays' abroad as an ominous reminder of what Spanish women may be forced to do if a tough new law is passed in May.
Volkswagen said on Friday that it would not increase its purchase bid for truck manufacturers Scania after the Swedish group dismissed the initial offer.
Oslo's City council has thrown open the august Munch room in Oslo City Hall to any priest who wants to bless a gay couple's marriage, in protest at the Church's decision not to allow gay marriage.
Spain's growing army of part-time workers are more dissatisfied with their job situation than almost anyone else in Europe, new EU figures on underemployment show.
Two men in Norway were jailed on Thursday for their part in organising an illegal wolf hunt in Norway's Hedmark country north of Oslo.
A French hypnotist faces sexual assault charges after allegedly raping two clients during consultations at his practice, according to media reports on Friday. Police are looking into the possibility of other victims.
Hoping to get back at Arnold Schwarzenegger after an argument over a date 46 years ago, a British expat in central Germany is on a quest to become the most written about man in the world.
An Australian man scooped the award for the making the world's best Neapolitan in the Pizza World Championship, held this week in Parma, while the best "classic" pizza can be found in the heel of Italy's boot.
With Easter around the corner, this week's Expat Dispatches from the Spoonfuls of Germany blog looks at how to turn eggs alcoholic.
When two French artists were given the job of finding a modern French women to embody the iconic historical figure of Marie Antoinette for a painting, needless to say there were a few eyebrows raised when they opted for notorious former underage escort girl Zahia Dehar.
Public input is being sought on a master plan for the redevelopment of railway and industrial land in Geneva that could accommodate 11,000 residential units for a canton struggling to deal with an ongoing housing shortage.
The imprisonment and trials of Amanda Knox, found guilty of murdering her British flatmate Meredith Kercher in Italy in 2007, still discourages fellow American students from studying in the country, a new survey has found.
An ex-senator for Silvio Berlusconi's former People of Freedom party has fled Italy just days ahead of a court ruling on his jail sentence for charges related to links with the mafia.
Norwegian oil giant Statoil has made a new oil and gas discovery close to the 30-year-old Valemon find.
Dozens of school children at a “porno-themed” high school party were taken to hospital on Thursday for nausea and stomach aches. It was initially believed they were poisoned but no alcohol has been found.
Uninsured drivers in France were reponsible for nearly 200 road deaths last year, a new report revealed this week as the country sees a troubling increase in the number of motorists hitting the roads without insurance.
Despite Spain's reputation for being a family-oriented nation, new official figures have revealed some surprising facts about how Spanish society is becoming increasingly fragmented.
Guns, booze, and domestic violence were among top factors in a new global study of murders. In Sweden, more than one in two killers had been drinking, possibly explaining why northerners stuck out on the murder chart.
The Anglo-Dutch oil giant Royal Dutch Shell has postponed plans to install subsea gas compression on Norway's Ormen Lange field, one of Europe's largest, arguing soaring costs had undermined the economics.
UPDATE: Two men died when a light aircraft crashed into a weather station in central Germany on Friday morning.
The chief prosecutor of a Tuscan court has said he will challenge a decision to recognize a gay couple's marriage, hailed as historic by rights groups, arguing the ruling is illegal under Italian law.
The organizers of a major comic fair in Barcelona are fuming after a recruitment firm placed a job ad on their website for hostesses with a minimum bust measurement of 95 centimetres (37 inches).
Bjørn Frilund was gutting a large cod he'd caught, when he felt a big lump in its belly. As he cut in, he first found two semi-digested herrings. Then he pulled out a hefty orange vibrator.
The mystery has deepened into the death this week of a 16-year-old Swiss boy who succumbed to a knife wound during a school trip to Rome.
Ringier, the largest international media company operating in Switzerland, announced on Friday that it is is taking over Le Temps, the French-language newspaper based in Geneva.
Headlines in the Anglo press on Thursday suggested France’s latest measure to protect its "lazy, striking" workers was to ban them from checking emails after 6pm. Sadly for them, it wasn't quite true. On Friday their Gallic counterparts hit back and tried to put the record straight.
A Swedish bus crashed into a ditch in Poland on Friday morning, injuring at least five passengers, two of whom are Swedish teenagers. The Swedes were on the way to Slovakia to perform in an orchestra.
Spanish olive oil giant Deoleo said Thursday it has picked British group CVC Capital's takeover bid, which values the company at €439 million($605 million).
Paris-Saint Germain star Zlatan Ibrahimovic is nursing a thigh injury that has sent him back to his native Sweden, the football club announced this week. It's not clear how long the top scorer will be on the sidelines.
One of Sweden's main banks, Swedbank, was hit on Thursday night by technical failures that saw all mobile and online banking shut down. The meltdown rendered all customer bank cards useless.
Three Stockholm students are suspected of getting access to their schools IT system, then lowering the grades of pupils they disliked but also selling better grades to anyone wanting to pay.
A British man died on Thursday after he veered off the slopes at a French Alps ski resort. It's the latest in a series of fatal accidents this year for ski enthusiasts.
An Italian woman has died after taking an abortion pill. It is the first known death in Italy that could be linked to the controversial RU486 drug.
Hundreds of chanting demonstrators marched through the streets of Madrid on Thursday to protest against alleged police violence at a large anti-austerity demonstration in the Spanish capital last month.
A German computer programmer who wrote the Heartbleed code which has caused a worldwide online security scare has said he made a mistake.
Star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has returned to Sweden to be treated for a thigh injury that has seen him benched since last week, Paris Saint Germain announced on Thursday.
The rate of inflation in Germany, Europe's biggest economy, fell to its lowest level in more than three years in March, official final data showed on Friday.
A German furniture store has apologized after selling coffee mugs with a picture of Adolf Hitler printed on them. The motif of the Nazi dictator was mistakenly included by a designer in China. They could now go in a museum.
Etihad Airways boss James Hogan met with Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Thursday, as his company nears a deal to purchase a stake in debt-laden Alitalia airline, Italian media reported.
Italy is ready to offer France "maximum collaboration" on solving the disappearance of an heiress in 1977, an Italian prosecutor said Thursday as the murder trial against her lover reached a climax.