Danish chef Kenneth Hansen, who started Wednesday as one of the favourites to win gold at this year's Bocuse d'Or, the ‘World Cup for chefs’, has ended the competition in disappointment, failing to scoop a single medal.
Gothenburg's Film Festival is underway, the Swedish capital has got its skates on as it hosts the European figure skating championships for the first time in decades, while Jokkmokk in northern Sweden is stepping back in time.
The European Union on Wednesday approved mega deals involving drugmakers Novartis of Switzerland and GlaxoSmithKline of Britain, provided they sell off assets in the vaccines and consumer health businesses.
In the latest instalment of our weekly feature series, we speak to Anders Hasselstrøm of Copenhagen-based Startuptravels.
A ski lift operator at the mountain resort and spa town of Leukerbad in the canton of Valais is teetering on the edge of bankruptcy.
Danish brewer Carlsberg said on Wednesday it had implemented a hiring and salary freeze at the start of the year to gird itself against an economic slowdown in Russia.
In-form all-rounder Carlo Janka will head up the 12-strong Swiss team for the February 2nd-15th World Ski Championships in Colorado, Switzerland's ski federation announced on Wednesday.
An ambitious European investment plan could create 2.1 million jobs by 2018 if properly implemented, the Geneva-based International Labour Organization (ILO) said on Wednesday.
A distraught farmer has been left scratching her head after over thirty of her famous roosters have been "murdered" in the last month. The farmers' 'coqs' are known for making appearances during French international rugby matches.
A mammoth survey has been carried out to try and gauge the mood of the French nation in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks. From the public's views towards Islam, Marine Le Pen and extremists the Le Monde/Europe1 poll sheds light on current opinion.
Updated: Spain on Wednesday said Israeli fire had killed a Spanish UN peacekeeper serving in south Lebanon, and called on the United Nations to fully investigate the violence.
Italian writer Erri de Luca invoked Gandhi on Wednesday as he began his trial defence against charges of inciting criminal damage to a controversial high-speed rail link through the Alps.
More than 25 years after the Berlin Wall's fall, Russian lawmakers are mulling a proposal to condemn West Germany's 1990 "annexation" of East Germany as Moscow's answer to Western denunciation of its seizure of Crimea.
Ever dreamed of spending a night in a cable car high above a ski resort in the French Alps? No neither have we. But those thrill seekers out there who don't suffer from vertigo might want to read on.
A court in North-Rhine Westphalia found on Wednesday that there is no obligation for buses or trains to make room for mobility scooters - and that it's actually dangerous to bring them aboard.
After the departure of their leader apparent over a photo of him styled as Adolf Hitler, more members of the central core of Germany's anti-Islamisation movement are leaving the flock, including its most recognisable face.
While Denmark is to plough millions of euros into helping jihadists reintegrate into society, France is taking a tougher stance as the public calls for more repression in the light of the terror attacks.
Polling shows German consumers are increasingly confident, meaning that economists expect them to pull out their wallets and spend money. But where does the average family's disposable income go?
"Is someone missing their kangaroo?" asked people in the small community of Innviertler Maria Schmolln (District Braunau) on Tuesday. Update: Gustav has been recaptured!
Spanish archaeology students have discovered a 2,200-year-old moat in what is now the Catalan town of Valls, filled with objects providing evidence of the presence of troops of the Carthaginian general Hannibal in the area.
A 43-year-old ex-soldier who reportedly converted to Islam was arrested in the Sicilian capital of Palermo last night as part of Italy’s anti-terror sweep.
A suspect has been arrested for the murder of popular Swedish-British national radio journalist Nils Horner last year in Kabul, but in Sweden many questions about the case remain unanswered.
Sweden's public broadcaster SVT was facing a backlash on social media on Wednesday after a reporter asked Crown Princess Victoria about her family's history during her visit to the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland.
The world's biggest producer of ball bearings SKF announced massive job cuts on Wednesday even though its net profits soared fivefold in 2014.
A judge in Granada has charged ten Roman Catholic priests and two lay people with sex abuse in a case that came to light after a former altar boy petitioned the Pope.
Non-EU students should pay the full cost of tuition if they want to study in France, a new report recommends, a move that could earn France €850 million per year.
Many Italian words are now embedded the English language – particularly in the realms of music and food. But not all mean the same thing in both tongues. Here we list ten of the most problematic expressions.
An Islamic studies teacher from Graz has been suspended by Styria’s State Board of Education after allegedly defending the recent attacks in Paris during a lesson.
Danish ‘coffee king’ Kenneth Luciani has put his Baresso chain up for sale, hoping to draw bids in the “hundreds of millions” of Danish kroner, Finans newspaper has reported, citing multiple sources.
Swedish fashion giant H&M has announced that its profits for 2014 rose by almost a fifth and pledged to speed up its global expansion.
Around 7,000 people were granted asylum in Austria last year, according to figures from the new federal office for asylum seekers (BFA).
Italian diplomats were forced to intervene on Wednesday morning after an Italian TV crew and the leader of Rome’s Jewish community, Riccardo Pacifici, became trapped in Auschwitz overnight after filming at the former concentration camp.
Swedish white goods maker Electrolux announced on Wednesday that its profits tripled in 2014, as it looks to North America for growth with the acquisition of General Electrics' appliance division.
The case of a Turkish politician who declared in Switzerland that the Armenian genocide is an “international lie” is to be reconsidered by Europe’s top human rights court in Strasbourg on Wednesday.
A Spanish judge on Wednesday formally named as suspects 78 executives at two major banks accused of using "phantom" credit cards to make personal purchases which were never declared to the tax office.
Austria is planning to open a new museum which will cast a critical eye on the country’s history and journey to democracy. It will be located on Vienna’s Heldenplatz, in the Hofburg Palace.
The government is planning on giving families a little boost to their pockets by raising child allowance by €20 per child, per month, it was reported on Wednesday.
The French government has released a shock video campaign in the hope of dissuading young French nationals from heading to the Middle East to fight with Islamic jihadists, by telling them "you'll find hell on earth and you'll die alone, far from home".
The deputy leader of right-wing populist party Alternative for Germany (AfD) said on Wednesday that all migration from Arab countries should be stopped.
While Swedes may be some of the world's best non-native English speakers, there are a few common – and often charming – mistakes The Local's team has spotted while chatting to them in their second language.
When the Spanish city of Malaga wanted to clean up its sleazy port side district, it called in the painters - big international names in the street art movement.
Austria’s Foreign and Integration Minister Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) has called for migrant parents to be fined if they do not comply with school summons relating to their children - particularly in matters where children are being encouraged to integrate.
UPDATED: A starving woman weighing just over 15 kilos, who was allegedly held captive and forced to live in squalid conditions, died on Tuesday morning.
AC Milan CEO Adriano Galliani has been left red-faced after being tricked into revealing the club will not sack embattled coach Filippo Inzaghi during a prank telephone call on Italian radio.
Driven by low oil and energy prices, German consumer confidence is at its highest in 13 years, according to new figures released on Wednesday.
A man is recovering in hospital after being attacked by a wild boar outside a nursery in Umbria.
One of the alleged terrorists arrested in the north-African Spanish enclave of Ceuta on Saturday worked in a local ice-cream parlour for seven years, never raising suspicions among his colleagues.
Despite the cold, there's simply too much going on in France to stay locked up inside. Here are ten events worth checking out - from France's biggest carnival to a major film festival and Chinese New Year celebrations.
Vasyl Novytskyi, a 77-year-old chemist from Ukraine, appeared in court in Vienna on Tuesday for allegedly selling an unauthorized and untested 'cure' for cancer.
UPDATED: Italian police on Wednesday arrested more than 160 alleged members of the 'Ndrangheta mafia in what was hailed as a historic setback for the group behind much of Europe's cocaine trade.
The mayor of Paris has called for a total ban on the most polluting of coaches and trucks in the French capital from July 1st, as she announced her plan to crack down on the city's notoriously dirty air.
The vast majority of young Spaniards believe domestic violence is off limits, yet still have some unusual attitudes towards acceptable relationship behaviour, a new survey shows.
Danish archery geek Lars Andersen has garnered 20m hits on YouTube for a video of near-impossible Hollywood-style stunts, including “the ultimate trick” of splitting an arrow fired directly at him.
The widow of a farmer killed by one of his bulls earlier this month is suing an animal rights group that used an image of her deceased husband for slandering the memory of the dead, it was reported on Wednesday.
Global restructuring costs ate into profits as Swiss drugs giant Roche on Wednesday recorded a 16 percent drop in net income to 9.5 billion francs ($10.5 billion) for 2014.
A blocked toilet led to the convictions this week of a small town butcher and an electrician on charges of producing illegal narcotics in what's been called Austria's largest meth lab.
Investigators were on Tuesday looking into how a fighter jet crashed during elite NATO training exercises at an air force base in Spain, killing 11 military personnel and leaving others with serious burns.
Visiting Berlin on Tuesday, billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates said the world must use the lessons from battling Ebola to prepare for any future "war" against a global killer disease with the help of new technology.
Italy's Senate on Tuesday definitively adopted Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's new electoral law, which must now go before the lower house of parliament.
The imam of one of Copenhagen’s biggest mosques has attacked Tuesday’s decision to cut Islamic leaders out of Denmark’s anti-radicalisation plan, arguing that they alone can give a theological argument against extremism.
Defending champion Stan Wawrinka wasted five match points before sealing a straight sets win over Japanese fifth seed Kei Nishikori to reach the semifinals at the Australian Open on Wednesday.
There was more bad news on the job front for France on Tuesday as the latest official statistics showed that the jobless total continues to creep ever higher, setting new records in the process.
An art installation showing high heels on Islamic prayer rugs was pulled from an exhibition near Paris after a Muslim group complained the work could provoke "uncontrollable" reactions, the artist said on Tuesday.
Needle and syringe exchange programmes should be introduced across the country, to reduce the growing risk of hepatitis C, Sweden’s Public Health Agency (Folkhälsomyndigheten) writes in a new report.
Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel urged Greece to be "fair" to other EU member states, after the Bundesbank warned that ending the country's bailout programme would have "fatal consequences".
Sweden marked the sombre 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz extermination camp on Tuesday at several locations, with Prime Minister Stefan Löfven noting that hate is still a sore reality in Sweden.
A sequel to the late Swedish author Stieg Larsson's best-selling Millennium crime trilogy will go on sale in at least 35 countries from August, the book's publishers have announced.