Foreign spies have been caught trying to secure posts working for Norway’s Police Security Service (PST), the country’s equivalent of MI5, the agency’s head reported on Thursday.
A record 3.3 billion passengers boarded planes last year, marking a jump of 170 million passengers from 2013, the Geneva-based International Air Transport Association (IATA) said on Thursday.
The Swiss former wife of British rock star Phil Collins has filed a criminal complaint after a cervical hernia operation performed by a hospital in Switzerland left her paralyzed.
Norway’s giant $860bn oil fund sold stakes in 49 companies last year, most of them in coal and gold mining, because their businesses were not sustainable, it has revealed its first ever responsible investment report.
A French street artist was severely beaten up in Paris after refusing to remove a work of art calling for coexistence between Islam, Judaism and Christianity.
Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka says he and Roger Federer will decide next week whether to compete in the upcoming Davis Cup first round tie in Belgium.
Denmark's central bank cut its deposit interest rate further Thursday and said there was "no upper limit" to its foreign currency interventions aimed at defending the krone's link to the euro.
Spain was the victim of over 70,000 cyber-attacks in the past year alone, according to the country’s foreign ministry.
An Italian man is facing attempted murder charges for allegedly stabbing his neighbour who complained about his attacker’s noisy sex life.
The head of a Danish Muslim organization says that the Koran does not forbid depicting the prophet Muhammad and even if it did the ban should only apply to Muslims themselves.
His name is most associated outside Germany with the Nazi air force that laid waste to European cities. But Hugo Junkers, scion of a wealthy landed family turned socialist pacifist, was one of the great engineers of his day who lost everything to Hitler's dictatorship.
A youth hostel with room for over 900 guests has opened in central Paris. The Local pays a visit to find out how it differs from other hostels in the French capital and whether you'd actually want to spend a night with 900 people.
Bemused art lovers and tourists visited the world's most popular art gallery for free on Thursday afternoon thanks to around 100 protesting archaeologists who blocked the ticket desks.
Italy’s economy is set for a gradual recovery this year as exports grow and households have more money to spend due to lower energy bills, according to the latest forecast from the European Commission (EC).
The Danish Foreign Ministry has announced a new three-year strategy for combatting piracy that will see its efforts move to the coast of Nigeria for the first time.
The Swedish government is looking into the possibility of making Stockholm's Arlanda a 'US preclearance' airport, simplifying travel between the two countries.
UPDATED: After Swedish and global criticism of Norway's plans for law designed to punish people who give money to homeless people, the country's opposition Centre Party decided not to back the proposal, meaning it will unlikely get passed over the border.
A Spanish court on Thursday authorised Princess Cristina, the sister of Spain's King Felipe VI, and her husband to sell their seven-bedroom Barcelona mansion for just under €7 million ($8 million) to pay a court bond.
The English version of a Swedish children’s cartoon featuring dancing genitals that went viral last month, is on track for a Valentine’s Day release, its composer has told The Local.
Sheep farmers in a panic in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) over the wolf population can now get themselves a "herd protection set" from the the local government.
UPDATED: Sweden’s integration minister Ylva Johansson is preparing a new law that would force all regions to take in asylum seekers. Meanwhile, opposition leader Anna Kinberg Batra has announced plans to strengthen income requirements for immigrants.
While a weak euro might not suit everyone, not least those moving home with savings, it's certainly been a boost to many retired expats in France as well as those who have always dreamed of moving here.
With the Copenhagen Fashion Week AW15 recently concluded, our friends at Scandinavia Standard pick their top five highlights of the week.
Swedish energy giant Vattenfall said on Thursday it has been able to cut its losses compared to last year. But its CEO predicts gloomy years ahead amidst tough market conditions.
Swiss engineering giant ABB's net profit in 2014 dropped by seven percent from the previous year, dragged down by a stronger dollar and restructuring costs, the company said on Thursday.
It might not be something likely to catch on with Michelle Obama or Samantha Cameron anytime soon, but one politician’s wife in Spain decided to show support, during a local council meeting, through the medium of song.
A bullfighter has been voted the man unfaithful wives in Spain would most like to have an affair with, beating Hollywood actors George Clooney and Brad Pitt.
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble expressed scepticism Thursday about some of the policy measures put forward by Greece's new government.
The 65th Berlinale, Europe's first major film festival of the year, starts Thursday with 23 international productions screening in the main showcase.
In a bid to heal France's fractured society and instill the values of the French Republic in young people, President François Hollande announced on Thursday plans to boost France's civic service, but stopped short of making it obligatory.
The 65th Berlin film festival opens Thursday with Oscar winner Juliette Binoche starring as an early 20th-century Arctic explorer in Spanish director Isabel Coixet's period drama "Nobody Wants the Night" to kick off a bevy of women-led films playing in Berlin.
Heavy snow fell across northern and central Italy on Thursday, causing travel problems and some schools to close, while the south was hit by floods and landslides.
A municipal care home in Norway has been slammed for “poor judgement” after managers hired a clairvoyant to drive out evil spirits because staff were spooked by random flickering lights.
The vast majority of Danish men have written off Valentine's Day as a silly and meaningless holiday, but a Danish chocolate company and an American neuroscientist set out to change that. See the results here.
Sweden's Volvo, the world's second-largest maker of trucks, reported a sharp fall in annual profits on Thursday and announced 1,000 redundancies in its construction equipment business which was hit by falling demand from China.
The Italian businessman behind plans to create Italy's first Islamic university told The Local he is pushing ahead with the project despite authorities in Lecce rejecting a request for a building permit, a decision that was partly due to the current negative focus on Islam and opposition from residents.
Get the popcorn ready and sound proof your homes – it’s that time of the year again. Melodifestivalen, Sweden’s six-week long road to Eurovision fame, kicks off on Saturday.
Javier Bardem has been confirmed as the latest addition to the fifth outing of Pirates of the Caribbean. The Local takes a look at five essential films to reacquaint you with one of the most acclaimed Spanish actors of all time.
Police in Vienna arrested a 63-year-old man at the State Opera on Wednesday after he failed to buy a ticket and lashed out at two officers when they asked for his ID.
Spain´s economy is set to improve this year, with a better than expected growth predicted by the European Commission.
The European Economic Forecast for Austria has significantly scaled down its prediction for growth - forecasting that it will have slowed to 0.8 percent this year.
Germany's economy is expected to continue growing in 2015, new forecasts from the European Commission (EC) showed on Thursday, although progress is set to remain sluggish.
Measles have taken hold in Berlin in an outbreak that could have been entirely preventable with vaccines, the federal authority for disease control said in an interview published on Thursday.
The world's biggest watch group Swatch recorded a drop in profit of more than 26 percent in 2014 from the previous year following massive investments, and said it was bracing for the impact of an overvalued Swiss franc.
French President Francois Hollande said he and German Chancellor Angela Merkel would visit Kiev later Thursday, before heading to Moscow, in a fresh push to find a solution to the raging conflict in eastern Ukraine.
Italian police on Thursday arrested eight people accused of being part of a mafia clan which looted a sunken Second World War ship for its bombs and weapons arsenal.
Hundreds of commuters struggled to make new travel arrangements after high winds scrapped passenger boat crossings of Lake Geneva on Thursday for a second day.
A colourful new exhibition about French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte is opening in London on Thursday, showing how artists and cartoonists shaped the way the British perceived "The Little Corporal".
French President François Hollande will visit Kiev on Thursday along with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to present a new initiative to end the Ukraine crisis. The leaders will then head to Moscow on Friday to meet Vladimir Putin.
An eight-year-old boy from Vienna was seriously injured after falling from a ski lift in Flachau, Salzburg, after two men who were sitting beside him opened the safety bar just before the exit.
Various rescue operations have taken place in northern Spain to free people trapped in their vehicles in the snowy weather while 28 provinces remain on alert for freezing temperatures.
While Chinese investment in France is growing and the influx of Qatari money continues to turn heads it’s the Americans who remain top of foreign investors rankings in France and who create the most jobs.
France's Environment Minister Ségolène Royal has announced a €10,000 bonus for owners of electric cars, plus millions of new charging ports across the country, in a bid to get more people to make the switch from diesel to electricity.
A chemist in the northern Italian city of Padua has caused a stir for displaying sex toys in its window, although the owner told The Local the products are being sold for “therapeutic” purposes.
The number of EU citizens taking jobs in Denmark increased by 15 percent from 2013 to 2014, the financial news site Finans reported on Thursday.
A Swedish media boss has hit out at Princess Madeleine of Sweden for not answering journalists' questions after she and her husband visited the town of Gävle this week.
A sleep-deprived architect from Linz, Upper Austria, is appealing to the Pope in an effort to stop the cathedral bell near his home ringing during the night and disturbing his rest.
British spies have warned the government they may cut off ties with their German counterparts over a parliamentary inquiry into spying by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA).
The parliamentary representative of trade union IG Bau hopes that a new strategy will make more room for families in German cities: Pay pensioners to downsize, he says.
Heavy rain in Italy caused a wall in the ancient city of Pompeii to fall down, the latest in a series of weather-related collapses at the country’s most celebrated archaeological site.
In a bid to create “the world's largest digital health and fitness community”, Under Armour purchased Endomondo and MyFitnessPal for a combined $560 million.
With violent burglaries on the rise, the mayor of a town in northern France took drastic action to keep the unwanted aggressors away. But his "anti-burglar wall" has left some of the townsfolk scratching their heads.
In an interview with Munich-based daily Süddeutsche Zeitung published on Thursday, American Vice President Joe Biden discussed possible solutions to the Ukraine-Russia conflict ahead of Chancellor Angela Merkel's U.S. visit.
It was another golden day for Scandinavian cinema on Wednesday as a Swedish-Danish couple picked up an award at one of the biggest film festivals in the US.
Amnesty International slammed Spain on Wednesday over conditions in overcrowded refugee centres where it says hundreds of Syrians fleeing war are awaiting asylum.
First Aid Kit are on the road in Sweden while Linköping is getting a heavy dose of 1980s British-style stadium rock. Here's our pick of events happening around the country over the next seven days.
A Spanish court on Wednesday convicted six Somalis for piracy and sentenced them each to 16 and a half years in jail for attacking a Spanish tuna trawler off the coast of Somalia in 2012.
Greece's new PM Alexis Tsipras said he wants France to lead the way in bringing about political change in Europe after meeting the French President François Hollande in Paris on Wednesday.
Norway's government announced on Thursday that it was scrapping plans to penalize begging after the opposition Centre Party decided not to back the proposal following strong international criticism of the plans.
Almost one month on from the deadly terror attacks that shook the country, the French are still asking questions and searching for answers as to how and why the terrorists could have turned on their own people and what lies in store.
Italy coach Jacques Brunel has called on the wounded Azzurri to regain their belief and efficiency in time for a Six Nations campaign which could define their chances of success in this year's World Cup.
Bolzano in the far north of Italy consistently earns top marks for quality of life, scoring well on everything from jobs to civic engagement. The Local finds out what makes the German-speaking city so special.
Legendary German coach Udo Lattek, who won the European Cup, Uefa Cup and European Cup Winners' Cup with three different clubs, died on Wednesday aged 80.
State prosecutors in Munich said on Wednesday that a 30-year-old female jihadist had been charged with preparing a violent act against the state.
Swiss bank UBS is facing a new investigation by US authorities over whether it helped Americans avoid taxes by investing in bearer bonds, The Wall Street Journal said on Wednesday.
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) expressed alarm Wednesday over fines levied on newspapers in Bulgaria for reporting on companies' financial activities and on the banking sector.