Norway said on Friday that its government would not meet the Dalai Lama during his visit to Oslo in May, in a controversial decision aimed at warming up icy relations with China.
A Norwegian Air Shuttle flight made an emergency landing in the Swedish city of Gothenburg on Friday after a passenger made a bomb threat, Swedish police said.
A powerful internet campaign started by a group of black students speaking out about their experiences of casual racism at Harvard University - and quickly spread to other universities around the world - has been taken on at France’s most elite university.
What was Paris like back in the heady days of the 1960s? We've scoured the video archioves of You Tube to come up with a selection of the best clips, that show what life was like in the City of Light back in the swinging 60s. Enjoy.
Mikael Karlsson at the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation tells The Local that he fears that a proposed EU-US trade deal could have a 'devastating chill' on EU environmental ambitions and can only harm the status quo.
Improvisers from the UK, the US and Canada flew to Switzerland this week to take part in a comedy show alongside a Swiss comedian. The Local talks to the man behind the venture.
The world's largest blue diamond will go under the hammer in Geneva next month, with the rare gem expected to fetch up to $25 million, auctioneers said on Friday.
Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday that EU foreign ministers will meet soon to consider imposing new sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine crisis.
American fears that the German government had lost control in 1977 under a wave of far-left terrorist attacks were revealed in US diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks on Thursday.
A Swedish trainee teacher was asked to leave the classroom because the pupils were about to discuss a film with black actors, and her presence could "inhibit the debate".
Members of the eurosceptic Alternative für Deutshland (AfD) party are filing charges against a spy who infiltrated their ranks. The spy, who leaked information on an online blog, claimed to be "fighting Nazis".
Spain's National Court on Friday rejected Argentina's request for a retired Spanish policeman to be extradited on alleged charges against humanity, arguing the statute of limitations for the crimes had expired.
Scientists will start scanning the floor of a Madrid convent with a radar on Monday in the hope of finding the body of Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes, author of "Don Quixote".
For an expat to become French there's no need to gain nationality or a French passport, it often just happens slowly over time. With the help of a new book "90+ Way's to know you're becoming French" here's a glimpse of some of the tell tale signs to look out for.
Norway's biggest bank DNB announced on Friday the sale of its Russian assets as part of a strategic repositioning, but said that this was not connected to the crisis over Ukraine.
Easter, Bernie Ecclestone's high profile trial and live ammunition all make up The Local's pictorial review of the past week.
With Swedish business leaders and trade unionists positive to the US-EU trade deal, Minister for Trade Ewa Björling underlined that Sweden had a significant role to play and dismissed critics who "painted nightmare scenarios".
The French government is looking at ‘alternatives’ after word broke American giant GE is in talks to buy key marquee French industrial firm Alstom. The finance minister said it’s a matter of 'patriotic concern.'
With most stories about Stockholm housing brimming with despair, The Local shows some of city hall's ongoing new-build projects. These include what looks like a spaceship for students.
Swedish truck maker Volvo Group posted soaring first-quarter profits on Friday, citing a successful restructuring plan that had claimed some 4,400 jobs in the past year, many of them white-collar.
The famous resident falcons of Barcelona iconic Sagrada Família church became the proud parents of three chicks recently, but the predatory birds still remain massively outnumbered by pesky local pigeons.
In an effort to calm real estate speculation, Corsicans approved new restrictions on Friday that would require people to live on the Mediterranean island five years before they can buy property.
A teenage girl has apologized "for being silly" after being caught on camera pretending to be drunk during a religious Easter week procession in the southern Spanish city of Malaga.
You might not associate target practice with Swedish past-times, but a Stockholm shooting range has seen a four-fold increase in clients since 2007. The Local's Deepti Vashisht talks stag parties, gun licences, and stress-busting CEOs with the club's manager.
One-time French presidential hopeful Dominique Strauss-Kahn's name was the subject of attention once again this week after an infamous French pimp used the disgraced former IMF head’s initials as inspiration for the name of his new sex club.
UPDATED: A Spanish policeman was allegedly injured by a Gibraltar counterpart after a jurisdictional dust-up over an illegal tobacco haul on Thursday, Spanish press are reporting, but Gibraltar police have denied the charge.
In this week's Expat Dispatches, teacher Mike Stuchbery looks at the role played by one of Germany's great trading families, the Fuggers, and the lessons they hold for us today.
A French woman was left stunned this week when she was barred from boarding a Swiss airlines flight to New York from Geneva airport after being told she was blacklisted. The reason, she says, is the name on her passport, Alic Aïda, which when pronounced (wrongly) can sound like Al Qaeda.
Electrolux posted better-than-hoped-for profits on Friday, bouncing back from losses last year when the Swedish home appliance maker let 2,000 employees go.
A police murder squad was called to a parked car in a town in western Germany this week after blood was reportedly seen dripping from it. A body was found in the vehicle, but the driver was just doing his job.
Spanish Egyptologists have discovered what could be one of the oldest images of Jesus Christ, painted on the walls of a mysterious underground structure deep in an ancient Egyptian tomb.
The number of mortgages taken out in Spain fell for the 46th month in a row in February, a further sign that the country's dormant property market is still a long way from recovery, new figures released on Friday show.
In a series of profiles, Swedes who have converted to Islam, Buddhism, Catholicism, and Judaism tell The Local's Ann Törnkvist what prompted their decisions.
A young French mum was left stunned this week when she was barred from boarding a flight to New York after being told she was blacklisted. The reason, she says, is the name on her passport, Alic Aïda, which when pronounced (wrongly) can sound like Al Qaeda.
A mafia gangster is basing his appeal against a conviction for murdering a fellow mobster on photographs which show his associate was with Portuguese football manager Jose Mourinho at the time.
A 66-year-old man who has spent ten years in prison for allegedly raping and torturing his daughter was set free on Friday after a court deemed her testimony untrustworthy.
A rugby team in the Madrid has notched up a national first by becoming the first officially gay-friendly rugby team in Spain.
Indonesia's military chief came under fire on Friday after rejecting claims he had been pictured wearing a luxury Swiss watch and insisting that the timepiece was a Chinese-made fake.
An ultra-sensitive document containing a transcript of a police questioning of Norwegian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik was stolen just weeks after he mounted his attacks, Norway's Dagsavisen newspaper has reported.
A man collapsed and died just 50 metres from a hospital in western Germany on Tuesday morning. A passer-by ran into the hospital, but a porter said doctors were not allowed to leave the building to help.
Three llamas who escaped a zoo in Tøyenparken in central Oslo on Thursday spent several hours touring some of the city's poshest streets before they were captured and returned to their pens.
Labrador retrievers remain the most popular kind of dog owned in Switzerland, according to statistics for 2013 but the most newly sought after species is a breed that is tiny by comparison — the Chihuahua.
Villages in Normandy, northern France were hit by freak hailstorms on Thursday night that left some houses partially buried in hail stones. Several families were forced to leave their homes.
Norway's health minister has dropped plans to allow the country's GPs to refuse to refer women to have abortions on grounds of conscience, in a humiliating u-turn for the country's right-wing government.
Popes John Paul II and John XXIII will join the roster of saints at a historic Vatican ceremony on Sunday seen as an attempt to unite conservatives and reformists, with some 800,000 pilgrims expected in Rome.
Disgraced drug cheat Lance Armstrong insists he is still a Tour de France champion despite being stripped of his seven titles after admitting taking performance-enhancing drugs.
A priest dances in a famous piazza in Rome surrounded by four gyrating parishioners. Tourists stare and dozens of children on a school trip from France start to twist and turn to the music.
Four Paris police officers were under investigation on Friday after a Canadian tourist reported at least one of the men took her back to police headquarters in the capital's centre after a night of drinking in a nearby Irish pub and raped her.
Norwegian sheep farmer Hege Vigre suspected there was something special about her new lamb when it adopted a Superman pose while still in the womb.
Spanish judges on Thursday jailed a man for 18 years for disguising himself as a priest and holding hostage at gunpoint relatives of an ex-politician disgraced in a top-level corruption scandal.
A Saudi man dubbed "Al-Qaeda's librarian" on Thursday denied belonging to the organisation and recruiting jihadists for the group over the Internet during a Madrid court appearance.
One of France's top rap stars was remanded in custody and charged with assaulting a sales assistant on Thursday, as a bitter feud with a rival performer turned violent this week.
The German capital boasts works by some of the world's most prominent street artists. The Local took a walk through the districts of Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg to bring you some of the highlights.
Sweden's royal family have released two images of baby Princess Leonore spending time with her cousin Princess Estelle, with the proud mother sharing a word of wisdom about cousins.
Norway's foreign ministry turned down their own US consul general's call to end an “unjust and embarrassing” difference in what was paid to a male and a female member of staff at the consulate in Minnesota, it emerged in court on Thursday.
A Swedish woman stuck up to her waist in marshlands managed to lead rescue services to her with a photo posted on Facebook just hours before. "Someone thought he recognized the area," the police said.
Three organizations said on Thursday they had filed a judicial complaint against French supermarket giant Auchan in the first such case in Europe in the wake of the deadly Bangladesh factory disaster a year ago.
The minority opposition Left Party wants to reduce pre-school class sizes and invest in staff, it said ahead of releasing its proposed budget for the next political term.
German authorities are inspecting bank accounts more often than ever, figures from the finance ministry showed on Friday.
"My mother asked why I'd join a community that is so persecuted," Jewish convert Eva tells The Local in our final article on religious choice in Sweden.
Borussia Dortmund's charismatic coach Jürgen Klopp has reiterated he would not be joining Manchester United despite British media reports linking him to the vacant manager's job following David Moyes' dismissal.