Uruguay skipper Diego Godin scored to send Italy crashing out of the World Cup on Tuesday but the South Americans' star striker Luis Suarez faced a new biting storm.
Author and journalist Michael Booth caused a bit of a ruckus by 'attacking' the Nordic model. In his first weekly column with The Local, he makes peace with his adopted homeland (well, sort of).
Johan Elmander signs a two-year contract with Brøndby IF, rejoining the club after eight years away.
Moscow will continue to protect ethnic Russians in eastern Ukraine, President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday after dismissing a week-long ceasefire between pro-Kremlin rebels and Ukrainian troops as "too short".
Spanish footballer Jordi Alba confronted a journalist after his side's 3-0 World Cup win over Australia and told him: "Next time I'll rip your head off."
Old rivals Berlin and Hamburg are battling it out to become Germany's Olympic Games host bid hopefuls. But with both cities hit by building scandals and money worries, which is best placed to host the Olympic Games?
Oslo's City Council has reversed its decision to scrap its annual Christmas Tree to Reykjavik, after an unexpectedly furious reaction from Icelanders.
The seven-year-old son of a convicted criminal has taken legal action against the Swedish state for not being permitted to visit his father often enough.
Fashion designer Giorgio Armani has been giving style advice to Matteo Renzi, urging the Italian prime minister to wear a tie and control his gestures.
A new website which compares regional well-being across OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries shows that whilst Austria generally performs well, poor air quality is an issue.
For the first time since 1988, a Danish defence minister has directly addressed whether Denmark's 'war rule' is in effect. Nicolai Wammen said he broke with tradition in order to avoid "myths" surrounding recent surveillance revelations.
Norway's NRK channel has struck a deal with British Airways allowing the airline to screen its pioneering Slow TV film of the seven-hour train journey from Oslo to Bergen on its flights.
France's Avignon Festival, one the biggest performing arts events in the world, may be effectively shut down this year because of a strike by actors and technicians. A union rep tells The Local what performers are upset about.
Swiss authorities said on Tuesday that they would give French tax authorities the bank details of former international footballer Patrick Vieira, who is being probed by officials Paris.
Russian President Vladimir Putin was due to be received with military honours by his Austrian host, President Heinz Fischer on Tuesday afternoon.
Two police officers went on trial on Tuesday after a protester was nearly blinded with a water cannon at a peaceful demonstration in Stuttgart.
A barrier-breaking woman football coach has decided she will not take over as manager for men's professional club Clermont. She would have been the first woman to lead a major men's team in Europe.
Austria’s unemployed footballers will be able to kick-start their careers from July - but rather than having to go to the job centre and look for some other form of employment, the Public Employment Service (AMS) has set up a football course to help rusty players improve their skills.
Medical files belonging to Michael Schumacher are believed to have been stolen and are being offered for sale to the media.
An Italian priest, who is also a director of the charity, Caritas, has been arrested in Sicily for allegedly sexually abusing immigrants.
Norwegian transport minister Ketil Solvik-Olsen on Tuesday set off on a 2,000km road trip across Norway in a political stunt ostensibly designed to help him better understand the condition of the nation's roads.
Nearly half of respondents aged 18-29 said they hoped at least part of the summer vacation would be spent making love out in the open. Go right ahead, says a nature conservancy group.
Sweden came in sixth place in the Good Country Index, which compared contributions to the planet and humanity from 125 countries.
Swedish ice hockey player Peter Forsberg has been announced as the third Swede ever to join the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Coinciding with a visit to Vienna by Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Russian energy giant Gazprom has signed a deal with Austria's OMV approving the country's section of the controversial South Stream pipeline.
Germany's book industry said Tuesday it had complained to the country's competition watchdog about Internet giant Amazon, accusing it of using "blackmail" to gain discounts from publishers.
After complaints of anti-social behaviour in the Innsbruck city center, the council has opted to ban the public consumption of alcohol, with the exception of designated restaurant seating areas.
In only nine years Spain could have one million fewer children under the age of 10 if the country’s falling birth rate and population exodus aren’t addressed, the UN body warns.
Norway’s $890 billion sovereign wealth fund, the world's largest, has announced plans to up its investments in “frontier markets” and double the number of companies in which it takes big, activist stakes.
With a six-day walk-out by France’s air traffic controllers causing travel chaos across Europe, furious Ryanair chiefs told The Local on Thursday it's time Europe took away the French workers’ right to strike or let other nations control skies above France.
Swiss authorities said Tuesday that they would give French tax authorities the bank details of former international footballer Patrick Vieira, who is being probed by Paris.
A succession of rare 'mini tornadoes' have drawn crowds in the city of Arendal as they circled dramatically above the Skagerrak strait between Norway and Denmark.
A Billa supermarket in Vienna has sparked outrage on social media after it blocked access to a ventilation grill that was often used by homeless people to warm themselves in winter.
Health and education are improving in every Italian region, despite income in recent years falling across the country, according to figures released on Tuesday by the OECD.
A manager at a supermarket north of Stockholm posted a note on the cash register warning staff not to change money for Roma people.
An American dentist is suing British Airways after being mistakenly flown 4,000 miles in the wrong direction to the Caribbean island of Grenada instead of the Andalusian city of Granada in Spain.
Italy’s stifling bureaucracy has left 1,900 children waiting to be adopted, despite more than 31,000 couples being on the list of adoption agencies, according to a report by Gruppo CRC, a working group for the convention of children’s rights.
Global bank HSBC announced on Tuesday the sale of a portfolio of private banking assets in Switzerland for an undisclosed amount to Liechtenstein's LGT Bank.
A family had a lucky escape when they came home to find a rocket had shot through the roof of their house after a student experiment went horribly wrong.
Italy's Matteo Renzi called for change in Europe's approach to growth on Tuesday, warning that a common currency was not enough to combat euroscepticism and unemployment.
Thousands of secret planning documents for Berlin's catastrophic BER airport project were found dumped in skips on Monday night - kilometres away from the building site.
A group of far-right parties, including Austria’s FPÖ, has failed to form an anti-European Union parliamentary group.
A boat planning to take 9,000 people to the island of Gotland is stuck in Greece, leaving passengers scrambling to find other travel plans for Sweden's largest political event Almedalen, which starts on Sunday.
Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini could be in the running to take over from Catherine Ashton as the EU's high representative for international affairs, according to media reports.
Four Spanish Civil Guard officers have been handed a joint 10-year prison sentence by a Majorca judge after they tortured a handcuffed British tourist in a prison cell on the Balearic island.
Denmark's statistical yearbook offers an insight into the life of the average Dane: how old they are, how much money they make, how much television they watch and even where they prefer to holiday. The Local asked one of the authors if any normal behaviour struck her as abnormal.
Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the ruling Emir of Qatar, has reportedly offered to invest €2.2 billion ($3 billion) over five years to convert Barcelona's Monumental bullring into a 40,000-capacity mosque which would be the biggest in Europe.
Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz has said that protests against Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to Vienna “were not exaggerated”.
Telekom Austria (TA) has bought the cable provider Blizoo in Macedonia, which offers broadband internet, television and a fixed phone network.
UPDATED: Order has been restored at a mine in northern Sweden after a fire broke out on Tuesday morning, trapping ten miners over one kilometre underground.
An investigation is underway at the French hospital where Michael Schumacher had been receiving treatment after part of the former racing driver’s medical file was stolen. Reports say documents have since been offered to various media groups for €48,000.
Police were called due to a complaint about noise to an apartment in the small town of Vils in Tyrol in the early hours of Saturday morning, and were surprised to find a small indoor cannabis plantation.
Switzerland’s largest ski area is breaking up over a disagreement among its lift operators.
Hamburg water police were called out on Monday night after two drunk men drove their speed boat too close for comfort to the colossal cruise liner Queen Mary 2 on the river Elbe.
Marine Le Pen’s dream of a eurosceptic voting alliance in the EU Parliament ended this week after the leader of France's National Front failed to gather enough MEPs to build a bloc. Success would’ve meant millions in extra funds and important legislative powers.
The 'Austrian Rock', extreme athlete Franz Muellner demonstrated his power again on Monday by hauling a massive Boeing 777 plane, the Austrian Airlines 'Blue Danube' from its hangar at the Vienna International Airport in Schwechat.
A woman in southern Italy has survived falling one storey in her apartment block after the entire floor collapsed beneath her feet, Italian media reported on Tuesday.
An unfortunate climber had to be rescued by helicopter 4,000 metres up on the slopes of Mont Blanc on Monday, after a thief stole his walking boots, police said.
Spain's government has defended sweeping tax cuts unveiled for the 2015 election year, saying they will boost the economy and create new jobs after years of budget-cutting austerity.
A teacher in southern Sweden has been fired from five different schools for inappropriately touching students. In each city he was bought out instead of charged.
Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has only a third of Swedes' support as elections approach, while opposition leader Stefan Löfven can boast almost half, a new poll found on Tuesday.
German MPs will stop work to watch their team's World Cup clash against USA on Thursday night - to avoid any controversial bills being passed by a few stragglers in parliament.
Switzerland have a chance to put right their dramatic failure of 2010 on Wednesday when they again face bogey team Honduras for a place in the World Cup football knock-outs.
Italy has asked the European Union to pursue structural reforms on the national level in order to spur growth.
Formerly imprisoned activists Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alyokhina will offer a political break from the weeklong party.
An iconic "Water Lilies" painting by French artist Claude Monet sold for £31.7 million ($54 million, €39.7 million) at an art sale on Monday, the second-highest sum paid for his work on record.
Italy face Uruguay in a World Cup fight for survival on Tuesday between the former champions as England hope to draw a line under a disastrous campaign by giving a sign of hope for the future.
Can't decide between nature views and city life? You don't have to. This property in Nacka offers it all.
UPDATED: Swedes are more worried about an increase in xenophobia in Sweden than they are about the increase in immigration, a new study found on Tuesday.