Norway's oil minister has become the first member of the government to be pulled into the chain cold-water bathing craze sweeping Norway.
As John Lewis celebrates its 150th anniversary the brand is going international by making its vast range of products now available to customers living in Germany. Find out more about the brand's rich history and what German based shoppers can avail of online.
As John Lewis celebrates its 150th anniversary the brand is going international by making its vast range of products now available to customers living in Spain. Find out more about the brand's rich history and what Spanish based shoppers can avail of online.
As John Lewis celebrates its 150th anniversary the brand is going international by making its vast range of products now available to customers living in France. Find out more about the brand's rich history and what French based shoppers can avail of online.
A highly organized crime ring is behind the distribution of stolen and fake anti-cancer drugs throughout Europe, an Italian official told the Wall Street Journal on Thursday.
Are you a fatty, a half-orange or just somebody's darling? When it comes to romantic nicknames for boyfriends and girlfriends, Spaniards are every bit as inventive and outrageous as you would expect.
Progress Party leader Siv Jensen has trumpeted the achievements of her party in her first conference speech since taking power last October, calling on activists to be patient at the pace of reform.
Alessandro Penso, from Rome, was on the path to a career in clinical psychology when a scholarship gave him the chance to pick up a camera and change direction. As the World Press Photo exhibition opens in Rome, featuring one of Penso’s award-winning images, he speaks to The Local about his work shooting social issues in Europe.
The Swedish children's book character Karlsson on the Roof could meet an untimely death in Russia, despite his popularity there, if an education ministry proposal to ban "family-hostile literature" comes into effect.
Whether it's the drinking culture, the food, or the dentists, tweeters have united under the #OnlyinFrance hashtag to express what they find weird, wonderful and even perhaps wrong about this unique country. See what they've had to say here.
The father of German exchange student Diren Dede, who was shot on Sunday in a garage in Montana, has attacked America's gun culture and described what he believes happened on the night of his son's death.
Spain's Catalonia region is looking at taxing the owners of properties that have stood empty for more than two years in a bid to increase stocks of social housing.
A computer expert from eastern Germany claims to have hacked the homepage of the US National Security Agency (NSA), leaving a message on the site for American security experts.
Violent demonstrations, crazy hair and the Chancellor's trip to Washington are all featured in The Local's pictorial review of the last seven days.
A suspected smuggler who managed to hoodwink Swedish customs but later ran into two officers on the highway has claimed in his defence that he was going to drink the several thousand litres of beer all by himself.
The calendar says it's May, but the month began with snow in Stockholm and freezing nights across the country. One Swedish town even had its coldest May temperature in 115 years. And the cold isn't going anywhere quickly.
A Rome taxi driver has come up with a novel way of melting away the stresses of the capital’s traffic, while striking a chord with passengers as they tour the Eternal City: karaoke.
As Anglo-Swedish drug giant AstraZeneca rejected Pfizer's renewed bid on Friday, Sweden's enterprise minister said she feared any future take-over could result in a loss of jobs in Sweden.
The Anglo-French take on Scandi drama The Bridge will hit Swedish television next week, with a touch of Harry Potter and Game of Thrones set to delight entertainment nerds.
German lawmakers fumed on Friday over "vicious" criticism by senior US senators of Chancellor Angela Merkel's stance on Ukraine ahead of talks she will hold with US President Barack Obama.
A thief who stole 25,000 bees from a remote part of the Loire region has finally been stung by police, thanks to an anonymous tip-off. The stolen hives, worth €60,000, were found hundreds of kilometers away in Brittany.
A TV commercial by Spanish clothing company Desigual has caused a stir by showing a young woman sticking a pin into condoms as a means of falling pregnant more easily.
A 24-year-old Italian man has been arrested for allegedly stabbing to death a 26-year-old Russian in Rome on Thursday night, in what is thought to have been a feud related to drug dealing.
Spain's largest unions described talk of Spain's recovery as 'propaganda' designed to win votes as thousands of members took to the streets nationwide during traditional Labour Day celebrations on Thursday.
Efforts involving Switzerland to free a group of international observers held by pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine have reached a critical phase, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Friday.
In a landmark decision a lesbian couple were barred from adopting a child, who was conceived through artificial insemination outside France. One gay-rights group slammed the decision saying "Children of LGBT families are the new bastards of the Republic".
An avalanche on Thursday hit Italy's north-west Piedmont region, leaving one alpine skier dead and three others injured.
Firefighters set to tackle exploding propane bottles realized that they were actually facing cans of fermented herring reacting to a blaze at a fishing hut in northern Sweden. The 1,000 tins of surströmming contained one of the most putrid-smelling delicacies in the world.
Does Germany pull its weight in international affairs? The Local spoke with a military analyst to discuss what German soldiers are doing abroad and why the government is so reluctant to engage its troops in active combat.
The government coalition has lashed out at the opposition parties for not being clear about what legislation Swedes can expect if there is a change in government in September.
An article published by the UK's Guardian newspaper has sparked outrage in Italy after it made a reference to the southern Italian city of Naples’ mafia history.
The man in charge of Berlin’s disastrous attempt to build a new airport has admitted it was not big enough to begin with.
A tornado has swept through the Modena area in central Italy, leaving three people injured and ripping roofs off homes.
German scientists have found stress is contagious and can rub off on both strangers and your partner. It can even been transmitted through television shows.
There was relief for travellers in France on Friday when airline pilots called-off their threatened month-long strike that was due to begin on Saturday and end on May 30. The French government stepped in at the eleventh hour to help avoid a walk-out what would have caused major disruption.
Tasked with creating a buzz for their assignment, two French students did just that this week with a video featuring a semi-naked woman, some expert body-painting and plenty of fooled citizens (and some shocked ones) in the northern French city of Lille.
American Amanda Knox said on Thursday that she was innocent of murdering her British housemate Meredith Kercher, claiming that the pair had "never fought" and were "becoming friends" in the weeks leading up to the student's murder.
The Dalai Lama's chief representative in Europe has attacked Norway's government for "sending a chilling signal to Tibetans in Tibet" by refusing to meet the country's spiritual leader during his visit to Norway this week.
The capital of the Spanish holiday island of Majorca is likely to pass a new bylaw which will see tourists slapped with a €600 ($800) fine for walking around shirtless when they've left the beach.
A Swedish college has suspended a 21-year-old female student who took to Twitter to insult her teacher's appearance while he was giving a lecture.
A Norwegian man killed fighting alongside rebels in Syria has been hailed as a martyr by one of the country's leading Islamist groups, raising fears his death will encourage others to join the country's civil war.
Concerned that not enough strangers are talking to you in Germany? Writer Jacinta Nandi has the answer - have a baby and you will be inundated with advice from grandmothers on the street.
An amazing new replica tomb of the famous final resting place of the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun which opened to the public on Thursday was painstakingly assembled in Madrid by a Spanish foundation.
North Korea must act immediately to halt a litany of abuses and crimes against humanity, diplomats said on Thursday during a UN review in Geneva of the isolated Asian nation's rights record.
UPDATED WITH AUDIO: The churches in Jönköping rang their bells in warning for two hours on May Day as neo-Nazis took to the streets. The alarm marked the first of its kind for the central Sweden town since World War II broke out.
Recent global university rankings have not made pleasant reading for French higher education chiefs, but the latest league table released this week suggests France has some of the best “new” universities in the world.
A politician from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) has defended attending a party in St Petersburg with President Vladimir Putin in the middle of the stand-off over Ukraine.
Dozens of snakes were paraded during a traditional May Day religious celebration in the Italian village of Cocullo in the Apennine Mountains on Thursday.
Barbecue season is beckoning in Switzerland with the promise of warmer weather but meat producers put a damper on prospects on Thursday by announcing higher prices for the national sausage, the cervelat.
More than a hundred people stormed the fence between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla on Thursday, officials said, in the latest attempt by migrants to breach the border.
Pfizer announced on Friday that it had revised its takeover offer for Anglo-Swedish drug giant AstraZeneca.
A senior Norwegian lobbyist had his credit card stolen by an ATM card catcher, then used to buy penis rings and penis pumps at a nearby sex shop.
Staff at fast-food restaurant Max told four Roma men that they couldn't buy coffee, because they were Roma.
Thousands took to the streets of France in traditional May Day protests on Thursday with rival rallies held by the National Front, whose leader Marine Le Pen lambasted the European Union and the country’s trade unions, who demanded an end to austerity.
Scuffles broke out between police and hundreds of protesters in Turin at one of several rallies against unemployment and austerity in Italy for May Day.
A Progress Party politician has called for Monkholmen, the island fortress in the waters outside Trondheim, to be turned into a casino.
UPDATE: Police and far-left demonstrators clashed in Berlin and Hamburg on Thursday in the annual May 1st marches. In the capital 68 people were arrested and 61 police officers injured.
UPDATE: President Barack Obama welcomed Chancellor Angela Merkel to the White House on Friday for discussions on the escalating crisis in Ukraine, her first visit to Washington since revelations that the US may have tapped her mobile phone.
Ten people were injured in a fire on a cross-channel ferry in the British port of Dover on Thursday, but all passengers were evacuated safely, officials said.