The credit ratings agency Fitch Ratings has downgraded the sovereign debt of Austria - specifically for long term foreign and local currency ratings - from AAA to AA+, with a stable outlook.
Stan Wawrinka was untouchable on serve in the opening set as the Swiss powered into the semifinals of the ATP Rotterdam World Tennis event on Friday with a 7-6 (7/3), 6-3 win over Gilles Müller, from Luxembourg.
As Norway mulls a ban on cancer-causing tanning salons, a new peril has emerged, with a spate of peeping toms filming customers as they soak in the artificial rays.
Three quarters of children of Somali origin in Norway now live in poverty, according to new figures from Statistics Norway, and numbers are on the rise.
France's Finance Minister Michel Sapin rejected on Friday an accusation from British authorities claiming that France barred them from accessing leaked HSBC files containing the names of thousands of alleged tax evaders.
French hoteliers have taken action against holiday accommodation options such as Airbnb, penning an open letter to the prime minister urging him to even out the competition.
After Paris was judged to be the best city in the word for dating in a recent survey, Paris-based freelance writer Sam Davies argues that it's not "dating" that the City of Light deserves accolades for, just that Parisians are always "up for it".
A study at Austria's University of Veterinary Medicine has provided evidence that suggests dogs are able to read the emotions on human faces, allowing them to differentiate between happy and angry expressions.
The krona is at its weakest since the financial crisis. So what are the implications for foreigners living in Sweden – or planning a future move? The Local has asked four experts.
Parisians heading off to the ski slopes at the start of the school holidays could face an ordeal to get to the mountains with traffic chaos forecast for all roads leading to the French Alps. And remember what happened last time...
A nine-year-old boy who went missing after a controversial altercation with guards at Malmö train station on Monday has been found safe in Jutland.
Around 500 people have spent most of the day stuck inside a train in western France, after a power failure saw the carriage grind to a halt early on Friday morning. Rail operators have warned that other passengers in the area could face delays all day.
The former IMF head Rodrigo Rato and other fellow bankers were ordered to pay a bond of €800 million in troubled lender Bankia stocks probe.
Jewish groups say that there is no easy fix to the Interior Ministry's mistake of launching an anti-semitism commission without a single member of Jewish heritage.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel next week is to visit France for talks with President Francois Hollande and the Vatican, where she will meet Pope Francis, Berlin said on Friday.
The suggestion by the Danish People's Party that Denmark's universities should stop offering courses in English was roundly criticized by political opponents and The Local's readers, who said that the real losers would be Danish students.
Hundreds of Africans have left Libya aboard rubber dinghies, just days after more than 300 perished in a similar attempt to reach Italy, Italian coastguard officials said on Friday.
US European Command announced that a wing of specialized anti-tank aircraft would be sent to Germany, as tensions mount in eastern Europe over the Ukraine crisis.
Sigrid Rausing, the granddaughter of Tetra Pak founder Ruben Rausing, has been accused of storing her fortune in a secret HSBC Swiss bank account to avoid paying taxes.
Germany announced Friday it had temporarily closed its embassy in Yemen and were pulling staff out because of ongoing violence in the troubled country.
A law student famous in Spain for conning his way into King Felipe's swearing-in reception and other official events was arrested Friday after leaving a restaurant without paying the bill, police said.
Sicily's regional parliament is paying a €1,000 a month pension to the widow of a former lawmaker who never took his seat in the assembly, officials confirmed Friday.
Italy and Germany said on Friday they had temporarily closed their embassies in Yemen and were pulling staff out because of ongoing violence in the troubled country.
French President François Hollande has come under fire after a magazine revealed his lover has been jetting about France in a "state-owned car" along with her own bodyguards. France's finance minister has suggested it could have been prompted by something sinister.
The rotting corpse of a sperm whale was brought to land and chopped into pieces on Friday. See video of the strange and somewhat gruesome sight here.
A plane with three people on board crashed on Björnön, an island just outside Västerås, west of Stockholm on Friday afternoon, but all the passengers survived.
A new advert has just been released starring footballer-turned-actor Vinnie Jones, in which he shows off his, dubious, Spanish skills to help people learn common holiday phrases.
Former far-right Austrian politician Ewald Stadler has voiced his support for Germany’s “anti-Islamization” movement Pegida, and has said he would be prepared to offer legal advice to Pegida members in Germany and Austria, who are afraid of being criminalized.
Sometimes, one language alone just doesn't have the right words to express your feelings. Denglisch and The Local are here to help tell that special someone just how you feel. The Local's Sabine Devins has prepared a wonderful set of pre-made Denglisch Valentine's day cards, to share your cross-cultural love.
UPDATED: A nine-year-old boy who went missing after a controversial altercation with guards at Malmö train station on Monday has been found safe in Jutland in Denmark.
Any peaceful solution to the fighting in Syria must involve President Bashar al-Assad, the United Nations envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura said in Vienna on Friday.
Norwegian feminist groups protested against the much hyped soft-porn blockbuster Fifty Shades of Grey at the film’s first public showing in Oslo on Friday night, claiming it celebrates abuse of women.
Italy's economy stagnated in the fourth quarter of 2014 thanks to sluggish domestic demand, going against the European trend in which most countries registered growth, figures released on Friday show.
Austrians trust Sweden the most and Greece the least out of the 28 EU member states, according to a recent survey by the APA-OGM Trust Index.
Schindler Management, the Swiss elevator and escalator company, almost doubled its profit in 2014 from the previous year on the back of higher revenues but it warned that the strong franc would cut into margins for this year.
IN MY VOICE: NFGL member Adventino Banjwa adds his voice to the currenct debate on China-Africa relations - a somewhat critical perspective, he admits. What are your thoughts?
Denmark has plans to be fossil-fuel free by 2050 but until then it is going to suck every possible drop of oil out of the North Sea, the climate minister said.
As Valentine's Day approaches, Maddy Savage brings you the last in our recent series of guides to dating in a country where women will fight to split the bill and sex is never a taboo.
Sometimes, one language alone just doesn't have the right words to express your feelings. Denglisch and The Local are here to help tell that special someone just how you feel.
A prominent Azerbaijani rights activist, who is wanted by the tightly-controlled Caucasus country's authorities and risks imminent arrest, is hiding in the Swiss embassy in Baku, officials confirmed on Friday.
Renowned director German Wim Wenders was presented with the Berlinale's Golden Bear for a lifetime of movie achievements on Thursday evening.
A hotel with a social conscience is opening in Vienna this weekend. The Roman Catholic charity Caritas is opening a budget hotel close to the Prater and providing jobs for people with a refugee background.
A newborn baby in Sicily died in an ambulance on Thursday because there were no bed spaces in three local hospitals, prompting Health Minister Beatrice Lorenzin to launch an investigation.
Consumer prices in Spain dropped by 1.5 percent year-on-year in January, official data showed on Friday, their seventh straight month in negative territory, after falling 1.1 percent in December.
The Swedish pop star has recorded a song dedicated to Zermatt, a mountain resort town in Switzerland, which is close to the famous Matterhorn mountain, first climbed 150 years ago.
His fancy footwork has earned him the Golden Boot award three times but now Lionel Messi has been immortalized by two of the world´s most famous contemporary artists and sold off for charity.
Large parts of Germany come to a standstill for carnival, the six days before Lent when half the nation lets its hair down for a wild party that shouldn’t be missed, writes David Crossland.
A new study has lifted the lid on young Spaniards’ attitudes, revealing they are generally single home birds, who - at least among the men - retain some old-fashioned views about male-female relationships.
While the French might not fear Friday the 13th like in other countries, they remain a superstitious bunch. To avoid you mistakenly bringing any bad luck to your French friends here's some Gallic superstitions you need to be aware of.
Just like English, the Italian language has some interesting expressions when it comes to love and dating. We’ve put together a list of ten of phrases – just in time for Valentine’s Day.
France's economy minister put on a brave face on Friday despite the latest economic figures showing the French economy is struggling to register any growth, unlike their friends on the other side of the Rhine.
The coach of the Italian rugby team Jacques Brunel told The Local on Thursday that he hoped that Italy would play as well as they did in 2013 when they will face England at Twickenham this Saturday, despite a big loss against Ireland in Rome last week.
The Vienna Opera Ball proved to be a glitzy occasion on Thursday night, with star guest Elisabetta Canalis dancing so enthusiastically she had a wardrobe malfunction, and supermodel Naomi Campbell turning up as a surprise last-minute guest.
A 32-year-old Serbian man has been arrested in connection with the murder on January 19 of a 35-year-old transsexual activist in Haymerlegasse 22 in Vienna's Ottakring district.
With carnival season launching on Thursday in many parts of Switzerland, a robber took advantage of the festive situation to hold up a branch of the Lucerne cantonal bank.
Recently eyed as a potential 'StartUp Isle', a 70,000 square metre island off the coast of Copenhagen will instead become Youth Island after it was purchased on behalf of the Danish Guide and Scout Association.
The disgraced former treasurer of Spain’s ruling Popular Party, recently released on a €200,000 bail, has asked the judge overseeing his corruption case if he can take a 14-day holiday.
Workers at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris continued their strike on Friday that could see around 20 percent of flights being postponed or cancelled. Delays can also be expected on most flights.
Alaaf! The Rhineland is in full Karneval swing, but not all the festivities were peaceful, as police were called to dozens of fights and pulled revellers out of the crowds on Thursday.
Italian pair Potito Starace and Daniele Bracciali have been provisionally suspended for 40 days pending a corruption inquiry, Italian press said on Thursday.
France announced on Thursday it will sell 24 Rafale fighters plus a frigate to Egypt in a €5.2 billion ($5.9 billion) deal that marks the first foreign contract for the multi-role combat jet.
An Italian photographer on Thursday won a prestigious World Press Photo prize for his image of boat migrants being saved by the navy, an award which comes the same week more than 300 are feared to have drowned en route to Italy.
The German economy, Europe's biggest, expanded surprisingly strongly in the fourth quarter of 2014, driven primarily by robust consumer spending, official data showed on Friday.
French President Francois Hollande said Thursday the conditions were "still not right" to go ahead with the sale of two Mistral warships to Russia despite Moscow having backed a new Ukraine peace plan.
Gender neutral toilets in a northern Swedish town have left visitors to the local library feeling flushed.
The death toll from a blast which ripped through a Norwegian oil rig off Brazil has risen to five, with another four people still missing, the rig's Oslo-based owner said on Thursday.
UPDATED: France's major TV and radio networks were formally rapped by the French broadcast regulator on Thursday for what it considered to be serious "breaches" in their coverage of the recent Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack.
Just in time for Friday the 13th, we break down ten superstitions held by modern-day Danes, from bird poop and elves to the "annoying answer" behind why Danes say 7-9-13 while knocking under the table.
A US man who shot dead an unarmed German exchange student was sentenced to serve 70 years on Thursday in a case that tested the limits of some American states' cherished self-defense laws.
Norway’s gigantic oil fund may have peaked in size as the oil price slumps, the governor of Norway’s central bank has warned, calling for tighter rules on government spending.
Help us stem the crisis in eastern Ukraine or the “possibility of a peaceful life for over 800 million Europeans” is threatened, a letter sent from Russia to Swedish politicians says.
Italy registered 509,000 births in 2014, the lowest total since the country's unification in 1870, according to official statistics, prompting a government warning that the country is "dying".
If you have lived in Sweden for a while, you may be aware that Swedes love berry picking. But if you don't want to wait for a Swede to whip up a blackberry pie ('björnbärspaj') for you, food writer John Duxbury shares his recipe with The Local.