The Swiss may be suspicious of expats from other countries but their football team, proudly being cheered by the nation for advancing in the World Cup, has more foreign connections than any other in the competition, a new study shows.
SAS Ground Handling workers walked off the job earlier this evening in response to the airline forcing new negotiations over working hours and salary. They are back on the job now, but not before creating headaches for travellers.
A 63-year-old Graz man wearing a mask carried out an armed bank robbery on Wednesday. When captured, he explained his motive was to 'pay his debts.'
A mystery bidder has stumped up a record 43 million kroner ($7m) for the Barbara Hepworth sculpture Figure for Landscape at an auction at Christie's in London, as much as four times what the seller, Kunsthall Stavanger, had hoped for.
A Dutch investigative firm plans next week to reconstruct the bus crash in the canton of Valais that killed 28 people, including 22 children, returning from a ski holiday more than two years ago.
One million fake Swiss watches were seized and destroyed around the world last year in the fight against counterfeiters, the Swiss watch industry organization said on Thursday.
Passengers were fuming on Thursday evening as all SAS flights from Copenhagen Airport were grounded due to a spontaneous strike.
UPDATED: Passengers will now be flown without their baggage as SAS Ground Holding employee strike continues. The Local spoke with a stranded passenger
Swiss-based Mining and commodities giant Glencore Xstrata says it has appointed the first woman to its board, following criticism of the lack of diversity in its oversight body.
From an app that identifies wine labels to a digital clothes fitting service, Denmark has produced some of the hottest tech start-ups on the planet. Online magazine StrategyEye brings you ten of the best from "Silicon Scandi".
A district court has convicted a 22-year-old of murder and attempted murder in the case of two brothers attacked outside a nightclub in Zurich in 2012.
A National Front mayor who gave himself a sizable payrise this year has come under fire for cutting off free lunches for the town’s poorest children. It’s the latest in a string of controversies for France’s newly elected far-right mayors.
Norway's Beitstadfjord has been so severely invaded by monster deep sea jellyfish that, just two years since their arrival, they have driven out all of the local fish.
A suspected British cocaine trafficker has been arrested in the Spanish resort town of Marbella as part of a sting operation run jointly by Spanish and UK authorities.
The European Court of Human Rights ordered France on Thursday to recognize the status of children born abroad to surrogate mothers, even though surrogacy is currently illegal in France. On Friday France said it would not be appealing against the ruling.
UPDATE: Germany's Thomas Müller scored his fourth World Cup goal to pull level with Lionel Messi and Neymar in a 1-0 win over United States on Thursday that gave his side top spot in Group G.
Swedish defence giant Saab is pushing forward with a deal to acquire the German-owned submarine shipyard, with an announcement expected in the coming days.
Austrian Finance Minister Michael Spindelegger has sharply criticised British Prime Minister David Cameron's stance in the debate about the next EU Commission president.
A Norwegian Islamic extremist has launched a Facebook campaign against the Europride festival, which is held in Oslo this week, describing homosexuality as "a nasty and cruel disease".
A motorway in central Germany was closed for more than 14 hours on Thursday after a truck crashed and spilled 40 tonnes of sweets across the road.
Spain had twice as many people on the minimum wage (€641/$841) or below in 2012 than it did eight years before, a government study reveals.
Jonas Falk, a 41-year-old Swede sentenced last year to 18 years in prison, was freed on Thursday as prosecutors failed to find enough evidence tying him to Sweden's biggest ever cocaine-smuggling operation.
A open air event in central Vienna turned into an impromptu protest about excessive use of police force after ten police cars arrived to arrest a man who had stolen two hubcaps.
Uruguay striker Luis Suarez has been suspended for nine games and banned from football for four months after biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini during a World Cup match on Tuesday.
Spain's parliament on Thursday approved controversial measures that will boost legal protection for Spain's former king Juan Carlos who lost his immunity after his recent abdication.
One of Italy's most powerful mafia syndicates is expanding beyond its southern heartland and taking root in the wealthy north of the country, the Organized Crime Observatory warned on Thursday.
The USA’s German-born coach, Jürgen Klinsmann, squares up against his countrymen on Thursday in the football World Cup. The former German coach changed the nation's football forever and is The Local's German of the Week.
The development minister pledges a total of 400 million kroner ($73 million) and says that partnership with Danish toy company helps to highlights Denmark's strengths.
Salzburg city council has offered a reward of around €6,000 for information that could lead to the arrest of vandals who damaged a memorial to the victims of euthanasia.
Love hurts for more and more Swedes with over 25,000 couples calling an end to their union in 2013, the highest figure in almost 40 years.
Foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier is the most popular choice to succeed Angela Merkel as chancellor among Germans, according to a poll published on Thursday.
A Norwegian short film about the miseries of life in the age of Facebook has struck such a chord that it has had nearly three million views on YouTube in less than a month.
The majority of young Austrians are in favour of legalizing cannabis and think that regular use of drugs is less dangerous than frequent alcohol consumption.
Paris's Town Hall has become sufficiently gripped by World Cup fever that it has decided to project Monday's last 16 showdown between France and Nigeria on a giant screen in the city. The move comes after the capital's fan park was cancelled this year.
A group of just fifteen fans welcomed the Italian national side home at Milan’s Malpensa airport on Thursday after the team was booted out of the World Cup in the group stage of the tournament.
Norwegian pop duo Nico & Vinz have jumped to fourth place on the US's Billboard hit list, with their song Am I Wrong? putting them within reach of following A-ha to the second-ever Norwegian US number one.
The federal government is setting up a working group to look into the lack of appropriate sites in Switzerland for caravan dwellers.
Dog owners in a town in Spain's Basque Country are on alert after a stranger tried to kill a local pooch with a sausage stacked full of metal nails. Local police believe someone is waging war against the local dog population.
The parliament of Spain's Catalonia region on Thursday called for a vote on the future of Spain's monarchy on the same day Spain's King Felipe was due to visit the region for the first time since his enthronement.
Busy New York travellers may soon be able to grab some smørrebrød to go now that famed chef Claus Meyer looks set to open a large Scandinavian food hall in Grand Central Station.
A man in Italy's southern Calabria region has been arrested for allegedly masquerading as an officer from the financial police, inviting Italians to join the force in exchange for cash and favours.
From ringing to complain about out of date ice cream to seeking assistance to find a receipt, Swedes have made some bizarre 112 calls. The Local rounds up ten of the strangest.
Plastic shopping bags at supermarket checkouts could soon become a thing of the past in France after the government's environment minister Ségolène Royal proposed the groundbreaking measure this week.
Austrian drag entertainer Conchita Wurst, winner of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest, will be the headline performer at Pride in London in Trafalgar Square on 28th June.
Agents with Spain's Civil Guard police are killing themselves at a rate of one a month but suicide remains a "hidden problem" within the force, a new study argues.
Germany and the USA face each other in the World Cup on Thursday, but what do the two countries think of each other? The Local looks at 11 of the best quotes from Germans about the United States.
50,000 year-old human excrement discovered in eastern Spain is offering a new insight into the not so meaty diet of our prehistoric ancestors the Neanderthals. The Local spoke to one of the scientists who found and studied the faeces.
A Swedish prosecutor has launched an investigation into whether international laws were broken when Israeli soldiers boarded Gaza-bound ships operated by the Sweden-based activist group Ship to Gaza.
Swiss International Air Lines will soon introduce cut-price ticket prices to European Union destinations in a bid to keep up with the competition.
A row about a popular Austrian folk singer’s performance of the national anthem at the Austrian F1 Grand Prix in Spielberg has been ramped up a notch after a former minister insulted the singer on television.
Italy's national football team was booted out of the World Cup earlier this week, but the nation's ancestry is so far keeping the country on the pitch.
An operation is underway off the north German coast to clear rubbish-filled nylon fishing nets on the Baltic Sea floor which are decimating wildlife.
A 16-year-old girl from the Emilia Romagna town of Forlì threw herself from the roof of her school building after her parents refused to let her go to China.
Two teachers have been reported to the Child and School Student Representative after one threw an iPad charger at a pupil who was also verbally abused.
With an influx from Syria, Denmark granted residency to nearly 4,000 refugees last year. But a clause in the national immigration laws has led municipalities to house them in "sad" temporary locations.
An estimated 100 immigrants abandoned their car-park camp on Thursday after eviction threats from the Swedish Enforcement Authority.
A top anti-corruption prosecutor on Thursday appealed a 'biased' ruling that would see Spain's Princess Cristina, the sister of King Felipe, appear in court on tax fraud and money laundering charges.
UPDATE: A court in western Germany ordered a chain smoker to leave his home of 40 years on Thursday morning after he repeatedly lit up indoors.
A Spanish law designed to attract foreign sports stars of the likes of David Beckham with tax privileges has been stamped out in the government's latest tax reform.
An Italian woman weighing 130 kilos has died after an operation to slim down her stomach, national media reported on Wednesday.
The wives and girlfriends (WAGs)of the France's football players were in Rio on Wednesday night to see their beloveds reach the next round of the World Cup. Unluckily for them, their partners could only manage a 0-0 draw against Ecuador.
The unpredictable results of the 2014 World Cup have been good news for the Swedish gaming industry, with sales increasing by 50 percent compared to 12 months ago.
Around 40 protesters were still holed up inside a former school in Berlin on Thursday morning which has been occupied by refugees for more than 18 months. Four arrests were made on Wednesday evening, while activists also forced their way into the German embassy in Brussels.
A French court ordered on Thursday the extradition to Belgium of an Islamic radical suspected of being behind the fatal Jewish museum shooting in Brussels in May. The suspect Mehdi Nemmouche immediately appealed the court's decision.
A 44-year-old Italian died at Venice airport earlier this week after an ingested cocaine-filled bag ruptured in his stomach.
Just a week into his reign, Spain's King Felipe VI visits one of the country's most politically sensitive regions on Thursday: Catalonia, where an independence drive has raised tensions with Madrid.
Switzerland’s 3-0 win over Honduras at the World Cup dominated the newspaper headlines on Thursday, with special praise reserved for midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri, whose hat-trick secured the victory.
Sweden has become a major world supplier of arms but the majority of Swedes are against having weapons exports at all, a new study has revealed.
Corsica's main separatist group FLNC, which has staged attacks since the 1970s in its quest for the island's independence from France, made a surprise move on Wednesday when it announced it would lay down arms.
A cleaner fell into a huge meat grinder at a factory in western Germany on Tuesday and died instantly.
A man from central Sweden has been convicted of raping a 12-year-old girl - and filming the incident on his phone.
The US cargo ship MV Cape Ray left the Spanish port of Rota on Wednesday and headed for the Calabrian port of Gioia Tauro, where it will load Syrian chemical weapons materials to be destroyed.
French gas giant Total has been given the green light to carry out test drilling for shale gas. Local protesters and green organizations decried the deal and fear that it will open the door for fracking.
French police have told the American millionaire behind the Hidden Cash treasure hunt that he faces prison if he tries to stage the game in Paris this weekend. Authorities have banned the internet-driven event fearing "public disorder".
The mayor of Padua, in north-east Italy, announced on social media that crucifixes must be hung on the walls of all schools and offices across the city.