Swedish interiors are world famous and this weekend the largest design fair in the Nordics, Formex, is taking place in Stockholm. Interior Designer and blogger Angeline Eriksson has had a preview of the top home trends it is showcasing in 2015.
Vaud cantonal police on Thursday sought help from the public in tracking down three men suspected of armed robbery at a jewellery shop in Montreux.
Two Italian women aid workers abducted in Syria last summer have been released, the Italian government said on Thursday.
The Vienna-based Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) expects the current excess of crude supply responsible for plummeting oil prices to continue through 2015, despite a slight increase in global demand.
From a low birth rate to rising inequality, these facts and figures show that the Germany of tomorrow may not fit the preconceived ideas of the past.
Quality of life is known to be high in Austria and the Alpine nation has registered economic growth each year since 2009. But issues such as increasing immigration and creeping unemployment mean this traditionally Catholic country is starting to change. Here's how.
Covering everything from the falling murder rate to the lack of newborn babies, The Local brings you ten stats to paint a portrait of modern Italy.
From wages to welfare, we've picked out ten stats from the country's and the world's top institutions, drawing out figures that give a fascinating snapshot of Switzerland today.
From the fast growing inequality in Europe to birth rates that continue to fall, here are ten stats that give a portrait of the modern Denmark.
From women in the workplace to income inequality, the differences between European countries are getting greater in lots of areas. Find out who's best at having babies, who's most dependent on the state and who's most likely to get cancer.
From a very low crime rate to the largest wealth divide in the European Union, here are ten key statistics that shine a light on modern Spain.
The Lego Movie may have been snubbed at the Oscars, but as if to compensate, Song of the Sea, the Irish animated film which knocked it from the nominations, was largely made by a Danish studio, while a Danish-Polish film is in the running for best Foreign Language Film.
Switzerland's central bank on Thursday scrapped a three-year bid to hold down the value of its currency against the euro, in a shock announcement that set off panic in the markets.
Updated: A Spanish High Court judge has opened a preliminary investigation into French Islamist gunman Amedy Coulibaly's stay in Madrid before recent Paris terror attacks, a judicial source said on Thursday.
Majorca-based airline Air Europa said on Thursday it had made a huge order for 14 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners valued at $3.6 billion (€3.0 billion) at list prices.
The French government has announced that it will bestow French citizenship on a man from Mali, who has been hailed as a hero for helping hostages during the supermarket shooting in Paris last week.
Police in Zaragoza and Tarragona have taken down a network of art fraudsters who tried to sell nine forged copies of works by Miró, Picasso and Matisse for hundreds of thousands of euros.
Just a day after Giorgio Napolitano stepped down, the political circus has begun to decide who will be Italy's next president. The Local takes a look at the possible candidates to take over at the Quirinale Palace.
French President Francois Hollande said on Thursday that Muslims were the "main victims" of fanaticism, as five of the 17 people killed in last week's Islamist attacks in Paris were laid to rest.
Two Cameroonian men have been arrested for allegedly throwing as many as ten people overboard while travelling on a makeshift boat from Morocco in a bid to reach Spain in December.
Swedes are less dependent on the state, more likely to be foreign born and less likely to have their car stolen than they were in the past. Here are ten statistics that show you the state of modern Sweden.
American Lindsey Vonn lead downhill training on Thursday as she bids to equal and overtake the record of World Cup wins at Cortina d'Ampezzo this weekend.
The army has found the body of a French tourist who was beheaded by jihadists last year in Algeria.
Swedish hit film Turist, known as Force Majeure abroad, was widely tipped to make the Oscars shortlist for Best Foreign Language film, but did not feature in the nominations.
A woman has been arrested on suspicion of conspiring to bomb a property in the Malmö suburb of Rosengård on Christmas Eve. A 15-year-old and a two men had already been arrested in connection with the blast.
The Yaguel Yaacov Jewish school in Paris is believed to be one of the intended targets of last week's terror attack. The headmistress tells The Local how students are fighting to live normally again.
Pakistan's parliament on Thursday condemned satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo for printing a "blasphemous" cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad as religious groups held rallies throughout the country, including one at which the French flag was burnt.
After an alleged robber fell from the seventh floor of a courthouse, his enraged family members tried to storm the clinic in Hamelin where he was being treated for his injuries, wounding 14 police officers.
Swedish Holocaust hero Raoul Wallenberg who helped thousands of Jews escape Budapest with Swedish papers, may have had closer ties to Germany than previously thought, it has emerged ahead of the seventieth anniversary of his disappearance.
The 'tree of Gernika', an oak that has symbolized the freedom of the people of the Basque Country since the Middle Ages, is to be replaced next month for the fourth time in history because the current specimen has been declared dead.
Geneva-based Richemont, the world's second largest luxury group, says its global sales inched higher in the third quarter despite plunging demand in its key Asian market but investors punished the company's share price on Thursday over worries about the surge in the Swiss franc.
Committing 12.5 million kroner, Development Minister Mogens Jensen said that the world must not overlook the actions of Boko Haram in Nigeria, where the Islamic group is displaying "one of the ugliest" faces of extremism.
The boss of Cafe Prückel on Vienna’s Ringstrasse has apologized for having thrown a lesbian couple out for kissing last week, after a storm of protest erupted on social media and made headlines around the world.
US Secretary of State John Kerry, who is due to arrive in Paris on Thursday, said that he wants to give the French capital "a big hug" after the terror attack that rocked the world last week.
Xherdan Shaqiri claimed his unhappiness at warming the substitutes' bench at Bayern Munich, and Roberto Mancini's vision for Inter Milan, prompted his decision to join the Italian giants.
A German Muslim convert fighting with Isis has warned his compatriots that Germans should “brace themselves” for terrorist attacks.
Austria's parliament has launched an investigation into the failed Hypo Alpe Adria bank, and will call several high-profile figures to testify over the lender’s near-collapse and role in increasing state debt and the budget deficit.
Three bear cubs were born at a zoo in central Sweden on Thursday, with the event captured by a live camera, which has been tracking the animals since December and proving addictive viewing for tens of thousands of Swedes.
Mafia infiltration in Italy’s institutions is deterring foreign investors and cost the country €16 billion in potential investment between 2006 and 2012, the head of Italy’s central bank has said.
A company offering trips to the annual carnival in the southern Spanish city of Cadiz has been criticized for including alcohol and 'happy condoms' alongside transport and food in its €18 ($21) package deal.
The Swiss National Bank in a shock move on Thursday scrapped an exchange rate floor of 1.20 francs against the euro and slashed interest rates from minus 0.25 percent to minus 0.75 percent.
By posting to the internet a series of videos and photos showing them engaging in fun and daring activities, Swiss soldiers have proven that working for the military can be more exciting than you might think.
At the end of last year there were 3,707 children unaccounted for who arrived in Italy by boat, a quarter of minors who came ashore, Interior Minister Angelino Alfano has said.
Iran and the US held more than six hours of talks in Geneva on Wednesday seeking to nail down a complex nuclear deal, but negotiators remained tight-lipped on what progress had been made as the clock ticks down to a third deadline.
Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged on Thursday to heighten security measures against Islamist militants following the Paris attacks, while vowing that Germany would not be divided by extremism of any kind.
After US network Fox News compared some parts of Paris to Baghdad, The Local heads to one of the capital's eight so-called "no-go zones" to find out how the locals respond.
Two of Charlie Hebdo's cartoonists who lost their lives during the terrorist attack last week were buried on Thursday in private funerals.
George Clooney’s former girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis will be billionaire Richard Lugner’s celebrity guest at the Vienna Opera Ball on February 12th.
Is Denmark still the happiest country on Earth? Recent studies suggest that their reign is over, but this list might make you think twice.
Despite Sweden's international reputation for gender equality, the lack of women in the country's history books is causing a stir in the Swedish media.
As a mourning France struggles to overcome last week's atrocities, the question of where to bury the terrorist's bodies is alarming authorities in the home towns of the Kouachi brothers and Amedy Coulibaly.
Janosch Städtler, just like millions of Germans across the country, received a bill for his TV licence fee at the beginning of the year. Unlike millions of Germans, however, he is a Hungarian Vizsla hunting dog.
Motorists in parts of Germany were treated to a rare sight this week as filling station signs showed the price of diesel slipping below €1.
A rock bearing prehistoric designs was seriously damaged recently when annual weeding works at a Galician archaeological park went wrong.
In the wake of last week’s murderous terror attacks in Paris, the Islamic State group (Isis) has issued a disturbing video encouraging jihadists to launch a fresh round of violent attacks in Europe, including Switzerland.
Storm-strength winds are once again hammering parts of Denmark on Thursday and winter is set to truly make its presence felt next week.
Austria's government has made an offer to buy the house where Adolf Hitler spent his early years, and is looking at options that would allow it to expropriate the house should the owner refuse to sell.
The German economy, Europe's biggest, shrugged off global weakness to expand by a solid 1.5 percent in 2014, and could see growth accelerate this year, analysts said on Thursday.
Doctors at the University Clinic in Ulm have discovered a new disease causing obesity while studying an extremely overweight three-year-old.
Authorities in Turin are due to evict refugees living in the city's Olympic village, where they have occupied accommodation built to house athletes during the 2006 Winter Games.
So many people in Denmark have asked about the new edition of Charlie Hebdo that the magazine distribution company is trying to massively increase its order to meet demand.
In December NFGL student Maxim Vlasov arranged a workshop about rhetoric and public speaking. What do future global leaders need to know about speech skills and persuading others? Maxim presents a recipe for successful public speaking.
Around 150 people marched through Cologne on Wednesday in the name of anti-Islam movement Pegida, including hooligans and members of far-right party Pro NRW, significantly fewer than last week's 500.
Parents in Spain will be asked to sign a declaration promising their daughters will not undergo female genital mutilation when they visit nations where the practice is common, under a new government protocol approved on Wednesday.
Media tycoon Rupert Murdoch sought to backtrack on Wednesday from a Twitter storm stemming from comments about Muslims following the Paris attacks.
Swedish furniture company Ikea has recalled 169,000 crib mattresses in the US, after reports that two children became trapped, America’s consumer watchdog has announced.
Media outlets in Rome have been told to tighten security against possible attacks by Islamic extremists after 12 people working for the French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, were shot dead last week.
The branch of the French Armed Forces known as the Gendarmerie has made the headlines for its active and popular use of social media during the Paris terror attacks last week.
Spanish police in Zaragoza recently stopped a car carrying the presumed head of a drugs gang and seized two chorizo sausage sandwiches containing a surprise ingredient – 150g of cocaine.
Two men in northern Germany were sentenced on Wednesday for sharing naked pictures of young women and children.
State prosecutors are investigating at least one man, a veteran of fighting with Isis in western Iraq, for planning attacks in Germany as part of a 50-strong cell of jihadist sympathisers.
The Afghan Taliban have condemned the publication of further cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in France and lauded last week's deadly Islamist attack on the Charlie Hebdo magazine office in Paris.
A bomb alert at Rome's Fiumicino airport forced officials to evacuate a Vienna-bound flight shortly before take-off after a passenger told the captain he had explosives in his luggage, Italian media reported on Wednesday.
Websites in France have been hit by self-described Islamist hackers in the week since Paris was hit by attacks on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, internet experts have said.
A 14-year-old boy who was arrested in October for plotting to explode a bomb at a crowded railway station has gone missing, according to police reports.
What do Swedish sin, indie rock and international jazz all have in common? They're some of The Local's top picks of things to check out in Sweden this week.
UPDATED: Sweden’s foreign minister cancelled a trip to Israel last week because no Israeli official was willing to meet her, it has been claimed. On Thursday the country's opposition parties criticized her approach to relations with the Middle East.
A bomb alert at Rome's Fiumicino airport forced officials to evacuate a Vienna-bound flight shortly before take-off after a passenger told the captain he had explosives in his luggage, Italian media reported Wednesday.
A woman in west Sweden has been evicted from her apartment for playing loud music and making too much noise when she had sex.