Igor Sechin, one of the most powerful figures in Vladimir Putin's Russia, was in Oslo this month to hold talks with Statoil over its international projects, Reuters reported on Tuesday.
Norway's rescue authorities are close to giving up the search for four skiers who went missing on Monday night, with police admitting that the chances are now minimal that the men will be found alive.
A New York regulator probing Credit Suisse's role in enabling tax evasion has demanded a trove of additional documents from the bank, a person familiar with the situation said Tuesday.
Former France midfielder Claude Makélélé is facing a tax probe at home and in Switzerland, a filing showed Tuesday, as reports suggested it could relate to his investments in a Geneva football team.
The Swiss are known for their great love of cheese but a doctor from Lausanne is warning that they need to reduce their consumption of gruyère, emmental and other varieties because of the health risks.
Ukraine on Tuesday ruled out any discussion of its "internal affairs" at talks this week with Russia, the US and EU, amid spiralling tensions between Kiev and pro-Moscow militants.
As if learning French wasn't hard enough, the language of Molière has a wealth of informal slang words, that you should know as well - even if it's to avoid saying them in case you offend someone. Here we've picked some of the most common everyday words and translated them into French slang.
Save the Children criticised Italy on Tuesday for failing to protect unaccompanied migrant minors, saying over half of new boat arrivals over the past few days had fled the system and risked exploitation.
The charity Save the Children launched a petition on Tuesday urging Spain to do more for deprived children in the crisis-hit country, where one in three minors lives at risk of poverty.
We all know about Italy's most famous verbal exports but there are lots of other lesser-known words that derive from the language of love.
After the Swedish military raided the Malmö premises of German defence giant Thyssen Krupp, a military expert tells The Local why recent Russian aggression means Sweden's Saab needs to take control of national submarine production.
Germany's weapons industry is booming, and even the vice chancellor's attempt to stop selling tanks to the Saudis is a minor concession for the world's third biggest arms exporter. But the trade is destabilizing security.
A man in the Spanish city of Valencia shot himself in the head on Monday just moments after he'd asked two nurses at a local hospital to sign him up as an organ donor.
A "pragmatic" European Union is unlikely to eject Catalonia if it votes to part ways with the rest of Spain: that's the argument put forward in a new report by a team of pro-independence advisers to the region's government.
Swedish parents who busted their children looking at adult content online were shocked to find the kids saying 'they'd learned the code at school'.
An exhibition opened in Berlin last week of rare colour photos from World War I. Haunting images of soldiers in trenches take centre stage in the collection.
The German economy is currently in the middle of a "solid upturn", the government said on Tuesday, even if concerns about the fallout from Ukraine are souring investor confidence.
An "El Nino" climate phenomenon in the Pacific Ocean is likely this year, bringing droughts and heavy rainfall to the rest of the world, the Geneva-based UN weather agency warned on Tuesday.
Nestlé, the world's leading food industry group, saw its sales slide 5.1 percent in the first quarter from the same period in 2013, the Swiss-based company said on Tuesday, blaming the effect of exchange rates and strength of the franc.
Italy's Emilia-Romagna region on Tuesday suspended new drilling as it published a report that warned that hydrocarbon exploitation may have acted as a "trigger" in twin earthquakes that killed 26 people in 2012.
Confused about Spanish tax returns? Don't stress: there's help at hand. The Local spoke recently Paul Greene of Spain Accountants to get the lowdown on who needs to file and what sort of deductions are available.
After a drab end to 2013, Swedish ballbearing makers SKF anew posted a profit in its first quarter review. It could spell good news for the manufacturing industry worldwide.
Swedish actor Mikael Persbrandt has appealed a five-month prison sentence, handed down on Tuesday after he was found guilty of buying cocaine.
A British tobacco company will close one of its factories in France that makes Gauloises cigarettes, meaning the signature French brand will be made almost exclusively abroad.
French oil group Total, which has just announced a huge offshore exploration investment in Angola, has awarded a major contract for part of the work to Norwegian firm Aker Solutions, Aker said on Tuesday.
The Swedish countryside is littered with small second homes, many up for a steal if you can see beyond dated wallpaper and imagine a country retreat with chanterelles and lingonberries growing in your backyard.
For a French member of European Parliament one of the key benefits of an EU without borders is easier access to porn movies, according to an interview he gave to a local newspaper.
Some 36.3 percent of people are out of work in Spain's Andalusia's region: that's the most in Europe and 14 times higher than in Germany's Upper Bavaria, which has the lowest jobless rate in the EU, figures released on Tuesday show.
An excavator operator at recycling facility in Norway has discovered 100,000 kroner ($16,000) left behind in a safe dumped at the site.
Two stained glass masterpieces made by Catalonia's most prolific architect, Antoni Gaudí, have been discovered after being stashed away in a chapel outside Barcelona for decades.
New York was given a touch of Italian colour this month when Rome-based artist Alice Pasquini painted a narrative triptych across its boroughs during a two-week painting programme.
In its annual report released this week French TV and radio regulators revealed that French language and culture regularly suffers as the sector expands and that viewers’ main cause for complaint is the unnecessary use of English.
More than 47,000 salmon have escaped their cages in the Ålfjorden north of Stavanger, fuelling environmentalist fears that Norway's salmon farming industry will destroy wild salmon stocks and weaken the natural gene pool.
Beppe Grillo, the leader of the Five Star Movement (M5S), has outraged Italy’s Jewish community by publishing his own version of the opening verses of Holocaust survivor Primo Levi’s classic ‘If this is a man’ on his blog.
With the deadline for declaring your 2014 French tax returns fast approaching we have asked two French tax experts to let us know the most important things to remember when it comes to filing your tax returns.
French nuclear power group Areva said on Tuesday it will help build a plant to treat radioactive waste at a facility in northwest England.
An Italian court on Tuesday ordered former prime minister and billionaire tycoon Silvio Berlusconi to do a year of community service following his conviction for tax fraud, Italian media reported.
Customs officers in western Germany caught an elderly man with almost €200,000 taped to his genitals. He and his wife had just crossed into the country from Luxembourg last week.
More and more young Spaniards, forced to leave home by crippling unemployment, are attracted to London by the prospect of work and the chance to learn English — but often run into a fresh set of problems.
Police in Paris’s posh 6th arrondissement have been ordered to count up Roma people and “systematically purge” them from the area, media reports said on Tuesday. The public outrage prompted by the orders forced France's top cop to wade into the row.
Thieves escaped from a flat in Malmö on Monday with jewellery, electronics, and four chihuahua-papillon puppies. Police worry the dogs will be sold on the black market, a growing trend in Sweden.
A Madrid foundation wants to offer the country's elderly gay and lesbian community a place where they can be open about their sexuality without facing rejection or bullying from their peers. The Local Spain speaks to their president.
The UN's human rights chief in Geneva condemned on Monday the "routine" use of torture in Syrian detention facilities, as a new report said victims were raped, beaten and had their teeth and toenails pulled out.
Germany is being exposed to very high levels of fine dust in the air, the environmental office (UBA) said on Tuesday. In big cities, levels exceed those deemed safe by experts.
More than two-thirds of medical interns and junior doctors in Swiss hospitals are working an average of 56 hours a week in violation of federal labour law, an association of medical employees says.
DNA tests will be carried out on four couples who underwent fertility treatment on the same day at a clinic in Rome following the discovery that one of the women became pregnant with the twins of another couple.
A public prosecutor in Spain is seeking long prison sentences for four police officers who allegedly tortured two Brits while they were in custody in 2009.
"We have to hit the brakes and the gas at the same time." Does your Swedish boss confuse you? You're not alone. Swedes have crowned that phrase as the worst workplace cliché of the year.
Italian drinks company Campari on Tuesday announced it was buying the owner of the Averna digestif brand in a €103.75 million deal and said it hoped for a boost from new trends in the United States.
French authorities have barred Nice football club's pre-match ritual of flying an eagle before each match on health and safety grounds, claiming the club mascot is a danger to the public. Nice are refusing to abide by the decision.
The Italian government named four new directors, including three women, to state-controlled companies Monday and capped executive pay at such firms at €238,000 a year.
Medina Mercedez lugs her possessions into the abandoned office space she now calls home, joining the growing ranks of Italy's poor forced to live in squats amid social misery despite a tentative economic recovery.
Norway's ever-inventive national television channel NRK has moved from 'Slow TV' to 'TV Macabre' with "The Coffin", which follows a set of celebrities planning their own funerals.
Almost one in three Swedes support joining Nato, compared with just 17 percent in 2013, a survey revealed on Tuesday. The sentiment was echoed by the Finnish Prime Minister.
The Italian cruise ship captain on trial for murder after the sinking of the Costa Concordia in early 2012 said on the night of the fateful accident that he believed he had hit only "a little rock", a court heard on Monday.
Hundreds of people marched through the streets of Madrid on Monday to protest against Spain's scandal-tainted monarchy and demand the return of a democratically elected head of state.
Seen both as a statesman and a normal guy, Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has a solid standing, despite his government's poor poll ratings. But have the Moderates prepared for life post-Reinfeldt? And does his successor matter to the voters?
Another one of Paris's iconic luxury hotels has closed for major renovations. After the Ritz and the Crillon shut their doors for a makeover this week the famous Le Lutetia followed suit.
A woman's body lay decomposing on her bathroom floor in Berlin for several months before neighbours noticed her letterbox had overflowed.
A lock of Napoleon Bonaparte's hair and other "priceless" artefacts linked to the French emperor have been stolen from a museum in Australia, police said on Tuesday.
The six-hour workday would punish employers who already struggle to find competent staff. And if parts of the economy slow down, so will industries reliant on them, argues liberal commentator Nima Sanandaji.
Thieves swindled hundreds of casinos across Germany in just one night by exploiting a software-bug in defective slot machines. The manufacturer may be liable for up to €10 million in damages.
Germany's second-biggest airline, Air Berlin, on Monday said it has cancelled flights this month to Egypt's Sharm el-Sheikh resort on the Red Sea because of deteriorating security for foreign tourists.