Online dating – or “nätdejting” in Swedish – is booming in a country with a reputation for both shyness and tech-savvy innovations. We’ve listed ten of the most popular sites and apps and looked at what sets each of them apart - just in time to get you a date for Valentine's Day.
A new referendum on Swiss relations with the European Union is inevitable and should be held in a few months, Finance Minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf says.
Close to 250 people have died in avalanches in Switzerland over the past decade, according to a report released on Tuesday.
Helle Thorning-Schmidt said on Tuesday that Denmark's central bank will maintain the Danish krone's position as the only European currency tied to the sliding euro.
Russia's parliament wants to claim billions of euros in new war damages from Germany, citing current economic woes caused by the drop in the population 70 years ago, news reports said on Tuesday.
On February 13, Dresden will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Allied air raid that reduced the baroque city to rubble. Ever since the fires went out, the bombing has served as a propaganda tool for Nazis, Communists and the modern far right. David Crossland investigates for The Local.
You might think you know the City of Light, but think again. Here are ten zany facts about Paris that we'd wager even the locals don't know. From terraces to condom machines - our friends behind the Smarter Paris app have found some wacky stats.
The former head of France's right-wing UMP party was charged on Tuesday with "abuse of confidence" over a campaign finance scandal dating back to Nicolas Sarkozy's run for the presidency in 2012.
A jobless Italian man on Tuesday held a crucifixion stunt outside a Fiat factory in Naples, decrying "state repression" through the government's labour law reform.
Italian Air Force Eurofighter jets deployed to Siauliai, Lithuania, on Tuesday intercepted a Russian warplane flying close to Nato airspace over the Baltic sea, the Italian news agency Ansa reported.
The top UN official for refugees has called on the European Union to consider imposing a quota system to stop Sweden and Germany taking in a greater proportion than other nations.
A Spanish judge charged the president of FC Barcelona, Josep Maria Bartomeu, with tax fraud linked to the signing of Brazilian star Neymar.
Fewer refugees than previously predicted are expected to arrive in Sweden in 2015, as the conflict in Libya cuts off land routes from Eritrea to Europe.
Despite a ten percent revenue growth, "expected weaker long-term macroeconomic developments" made 2014 a tough year for Danske Bank.
Kristina Pimenova, who has been modelling since the age of three, had to miss out on Barcelona fashion week after "bureaucratic errors" prevented her from taking to the catwalk.
Sweden’s football star Zlatan Ibrahimovic was in fine form when he put a reporter through his paces during a post-match interview over the weekend, a video of which has since racked up more than a million hits.
French soldiers, who were protecting a Jewish centre in the Riviera city of Nice, were attacked by a man wielding a knife on Tuesday, leaving two of them injured. France's counter-terrorism police have launched an investigation.
Greece's new Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis will visit the European Central Bank in Frankfurt on Wednesday before meeting German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble in Berlin on Thursday, continuing the new Greek government's burst of financial diplomacy.
The Tinderbox festival has added ten new names over the past ten days to its inaugural line-up, highlighted by the likes of Faith No More, The Prodigy and Modest Mouse.
Parents of an autistic teenage boy faced court on Tuesday, on charges of neglect, after they left the child at home to go on holiday with their other children. While they were away their son committed suicide.
Prosecutors charged an 18-year-old man on Tuesday over the death of a young German-Turkish woman who has become a symbol of civic courage for giving her life trying to protect two teenage girls.
A burnt body has been found on board the wreck of the Norman Atlantic, bringing to ten the number of passengers who died when the Italian ferry which caught fire in December.
Switzerland’s exports hit a record in 2014, expanding by 3.5 percent from the previous year to reach 208 billion francs ($225 billion), according to government figures released on Tuesday.
UPDATED: Lurid details of lunchtime sex parties emerged on Tuesday as an ex-prostitute nicknamed "Jade" took the stand in a French trial over a high-end prostitution ring that landed former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn in court on charges of pimping.
For this week's debate article we hear from the Swedish Confederation of Professional Associations (Saco), which is calling on the government to make the most of immigrant graduates who have moved to the Nordic nation.
Bill Gates and Angelina Jolie are hands down the most admired man and woman in the world, according to YouGov's 2015 poll of 25,000 people in 23 countries. But within countries, the US actress and humanitarian was often outdone by Chancellor Angela Merkel.
This week, our job search expert Franco Soldera answers an inquiry from a reader who is frustrated after applying for numerous jobs only to get nothing but rejections.
Deep down in the pit of his stomach, Aksel Lund Svindal knows when it is time to start ski racing again.The Norwegian star plans to make his much-anticipated return in Tuesday's downhill training at the 2015 Alpine World Ski Championships.
Millions of French people are living in a fragile situation when it comes to housing, a new report claims and more and more of them are ending up on the streets. Here's a look at some of the key figures from the report.
A judge in Benidorm has given a mother a one year suspended sentence for attempting to sell her baby to a childless couple in 2008.
Gibraltar chief urges reconcilitation with Spain: "If Obama and Cuba can reach an agreement, why can´t we?"
Norwegians admire King Harald more than any other man, a new survey by the pollsters YouGov has revealed, with the country ranking their monarch above such luminaries as Bill Gates, Barack Obama, Pope Francis and the Dalai Lama.
The mayor of Italy’s poorest town has been arrested for alleged involvement in a scam that saw €100,000 fleeced from the European Union as well as State and regional funds.
A Rome councillor has proposed giving members of the city's Roma community jobs sorting out rubbish, because of their "skills in rummaging through waste". The idea has been met with fierce criticism at city hall.
Spain's jobless queue in the traditionally tough month of January shrank compared to a year earlier at its fastest rate in 16 years, government data showed on Tuesday.
A man from Upper Austria who bludgeoned his wife with a rolling pin and then strangled her with a shoelace is on trial for her murder in Leoben.
Asking for a doggy bag in a French restaurant may earn you a strange look from the waiter at best, but this may be about to change thanks to two French entrepreneurs who plan to tackle food waste in restaurants.
Economy Minister and Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said on Tuesday that fellow EU member states should help Greece by freezing tax dodgers' accounts abroad.
Anyone helping homeless people by offering them travel money, shelter or food could face up to a year in prison according to the draft of a new anti-begging law put out for consultation in Norway.
Police in Vienna say they have noticed a rise in the number of illegal brothels masquerading as massage parlours, according to a report in the Kurier newspaper.
Simone Veil has been ranked as the most admired woman in all of France. But who is she? We take a closer look at the extraordinary life of the Holocaust survivor and women's rights champion who topped the poll ahead of the likes of Aung San Suu Kyi, Malala and Marine Le Pen.
A Swiss town's campaign to hire only local residents has been interpreted as anti-Italian, but the local mayor has said the decision is anything but racist.
A Gothenburg mosque has slammed a 29-year-old Muslim convert from the city who posted a video online calling on other Scandinavians to travel to Syria to join the terror group Isis.
Austrian police have said they are examining video footage and photos from Vienna’s first Pegida march after some supporters were seen performing Nazi salutes on Monday evening.
British actress and equal rights activist Emma Watson is among the top ten women most admired by Swedes, while Sweden Democrat leader Jimmie Åkesson scores a place above Pope Francis in a new YouGov poll of global idols.
A preacher at a mosque in Berlin's southern Neukölln district has told worshippers that women should be confined to their homes and submit whenever their husbands demand sex.
Greece's radical new leaders flew into Rome on Tuesday seeking to build support for new proposals aimed at ending a stand-off with the country's creditors and its European Union partners.
Cleaning materials and supplies of everyday essentials such as toilet paper have allegedly gone missing from Austria’s third largest prison - to the tune of €12,000.
UPDATED: The people of Luleå in northern Sweden are used to white winters, but this Tuesday the snowfall hit new heights - or new depths - breaking a record set almost 50 years ago.
A Munich court this week opened the trial of a 53-year-old man, who is accused of committing 406 counts of child abuse after winning his victims' trust with alcohol, cigarettes and treats.
The American president and Denmark's crown princess are the Danes' 'most admired' man and woman in the world, a new poll shows.
Police in the canton of Aargau are investigating the murder of a four-year-old girl who apparently died from knife wounds in a semi-detached home in the municipality of Niederlenz.
Sergio Mattarella, a constitutional court judge, was sworn in on Tuesday as Italy's new president.
Italy is home to many weird and wonderful superstitions, with many still practised by Italians today. Here we explain ten of the most common.
Is it wrong to raid a supermarket waste bin for out-of-date food? The question was once again being asked in France on Tuesday after it emerged three people face court after they were caught "dumpster diving" looking for a meal.
The heiress of a flour fortune has left €10 million to the children of her village so they will all have the chance of continuing their studies.
Many foreign students studying in Europe run into visa problems during or after their programmes. Swedish Member of European Parliament Cecilia Wikström is trying to change that. SI News spoke with the politician about trying to change EU law.
A recent article on The Local noted the fact that almost one third of Austrians are single, and seemed to hit a nerve amongst our expat readers, with many writing in to tell us about their experience of relationships with Austrian men and woman - both good and bad. Here's a list of nine things to know before dating an Austrian.
A Danish citizen of Chechen origin has died while fighting against pro-Russian forces in Ukraine, according to media reports.
A 40-year-old Romanian man living in Linz will be charged with the sexual abuse of a baby, which he filmed and posted on Facebook, according to a report from the Austrian Press Agency.
A leading anti-racism group in France has launched legal action after a job advert appeared online, which included the line “If possible, not Jewish” in a list of criteria for its desired candidate.
US police on Monday charged a man suspected of killing an Italian-Croatian historian in New York on Saturday, reportedly over a property deal in northeastern Italy.
Federal Drugs Commissioner Marlene Mortler said that seriously ill patients should have access to cannabis through their health insurance provider.
Strenuous running is just as likely to lead to sudden death as a sedentary lifestyle, new findings from the Copenhagen City Heart Study reveal.
A 29-year-old ethnic Norwegian Islamist has called on other Scandinavians to travel to Syria to join the terror group Isis, in a propaganda video posted online on Sunday.
The next edition of Charlie Hebdo, which was originally tabled for January 28th, will not hit the news kiosks until February 25th, with one of the surviving journalists asking for "patience".
A draft law from the Justice Ministry shows that the government plans to criminalize people who leave or attempt to leave Germany to join terrorist groups such as Isis.
Spain's leading political parties signed a rare pact on Monday to fight Islamic extremism with new anti-jihadist laws in the wake of last month's deadly attacks in Paris.
The first day of Dominique Strauss-Kahn's trial over pimping allegations was dominated on Monday by hints of conspiracy and political intrigue as his lawyers argued the case was based on a secret, state-ordered probe into the former presidential frontrunner.
Staff at a retirement home in west Sweden have completed their first six hour day, as part of a trial that could be replicated elsewhere in the country.
White House advisor Ben Rhodes told CNN on Monday night that the US has no plans to deliver weapons to Ukraine “in the near future”, while Chancellor Angela Merkel is the “most important partner” in the crisis.
Norwegian police last deported a record number of foreign criminals last year, as the country’s right-wing coalition government continues to push through an ever tougher stance.
Snowploughs and gritters were out in force on Tuesday morning attempting to clear snow and ice that caused slippery roads across large parts of the country on Monday.
UPDATED: One of Sweden’s largest hotel chains, Scandic, has announced additional training for staff as part of a government initiative to counter prostitution in the hospitality industry.