Swedes are obsessed with the weather, especially at this time of year when they're holed up in their countryside houses for the holidays. But 2015's unpredictable weather has taken the craze to new heights.
The Local's Ben McPartland and Oliver Gee disagree about what appears to be a touchy subject - performing a French greeting kiss or "la bise" with a fellow expat. Who do you agree with?
UPDATED: A police investigation into claims a bus driver in southern Sweden had sex with a passenger while on his regular route in the town of Lund has been dropped.
After a 90-year-old former member of Free Corps Denmark was formally turned in to police for crimes committed over 70 years ago, public prosecutors will initiate an investigation.
A trial began on Tuesday against a man who allegedly stabbed to death a Pizza Hut worker in Cologne in a dispute about his pizza.
French President Francois Hollande sought Tuesday to raise the stakes for a UN climate conference his country will host at the end of the year, saying the world faced a global warming crisis.
Update: Police arrested the pilot of a drone that nearly collided with a Lufthansa plane in Poland and forced air traffic controllers to redirect dozens of planes.
Low rainfall and searing temperatures this July have seen the Swiss Army using high-tech helicopters to deliver much needed water to the country's parched cows.
Italy's longest river is drying up fast, putting the livelihoods of many along its banks at risk.
Around 500 asylum-seekers will be temporarily relocated from Austria to Slovakia following an agreement signed by the two nations on Tuesday to help ease the pressure on Vienna.
Preparations are in full swing in the Swedish capital for Stockholm's annual gay pride festival. The Local spoke to one of the organizers behind the party.
Formula One turned out in force on Tuesday to pay its last respects to Jules Bianchi at the 25-year-old French driver's funeral in his hometown of Nice.
Authorities in Zurich have refused to give the go-ahead to a Islamic kindergarten over fears it will be "too religious".
A town in Spain has become the first to recognise dogs and cats as "non-human residents" awarding them equal rights to co-exist alongside their human counterparts.
A woman has been sentenced in Follo District Court to five months in prison for asking two male friends to attack her boyfriend in retaliation for raping her in 2013, according to the Norwegian NTB news service.
A New Zealander - dubbed "the Chris Froome of Scrabble" - has stunned French players of the classic game after somehow winning the world title for the Gallic language version - despite not being able to actually speak a word of French.
As the heatwave continues Vienna's forestry department has banned public barbecues and fires from Wednesday - saying the ban can only be lifted after heavy rainfall.
Two young Albanians are being questioned by police after the body of a 17-year-old student was found in woods in the Marche region.
A recent decision by an Austrian court that ruled that a man with an internet connection but no television or radio does not have to pay a broadcasting license has left state broadcaster ORF wondering how to fill the gap in its coffers.
Madrid has the nation's highest cost of living while those in the Basque country earn the most per capita, a new study shows. Spain's poorest and cheapest region is Extremadura.
Striking workers from MyFerryLink blocked off the Channel Tunnel once again on Tuesday in part of their long-running battle to save their jobs.
Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis reported $4.1 billion (€3.8 billion) in income for the first half of the year, down 20 percent, due largely to a stronger dollar.
The three males accused of raping a 15-year-old girl in Nordfjordeid have all admitted to having sexual intercourse with the girl but have denied the charge of rape.
Police arrested six people in Berlin on Monday evening, as protests in solidarity with victims of a terrorist attack in Turkey turned violent.
Grillparzer, Nestroy and Schnitzler… Vienna is haunted by the ghosts of illustrious writers and the city attracts artists of all kinds, drawn by its history, its beautifully preserved architecture and its peace and quiet.
Spain rejected the proposed quota for migrants and will accept just a third as EU ministers failed to agree on how to redistribute 40,000 refugees across member states.
The European Court of Human Rights said on Tuesday that Italy must recognize the rights of same-sex couples.
A cup of tap water for your thirsty pooch while you visit the bar? That will be 30 cents please.
Swedes are paying tribute to one of the Nordic country's most beloved artists and comedians, Robert Broberg, who passed away in the early hours of Tuesday.
UPDATED: A local politician for the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats is quitting the party after being linked to a 550-kilogram dynamite find in Halland, Swedish media reported on Wednesday.
Concerned neighbours in Bavaria called the police on Sunday after hearing a woman screaming for 40 minutes – but officers got a bit of a surprise when they arrived at the flat.
Santas from all over the world are once again gathered in Copenhagen for the World Santa Claus Congress.
Seventy-one years after a failed military assassination attempt against Adolf Hitler, Berlin Mayor Michael Müller led a memorial service on Monday at Plötzensee Prison commemorating the German resistance against the Nazi regime.
The German Constitutional Court on Tuesday ruled against controversial child care laws that provide cash to parents who don’t place their one- to three-year-olds in daycare.
As many Parisians leave the capital for the summer holidays, rail authorities are taking the chance to renovate the tracks. Here are the areas affected and how to avoid them.
France’s larger than life actor Gérard Depardieu has been added to a black list in Ukraine, which features names of people judged "a threat to national security", according to reports on Tuesday.
It is no longer necessary to undergo a sex change operation in order to change your gender at the civil registry office, Italy's Court of Cassation ruled on Monday.
While tourism in Copenhagen is booming, the rest of Denmark simply doesn’t have enough to offer tourists, the Confederation of Danish Industries says.
UPDATED: Swedish energy giant Vattenfall recorded losses amounting to nearly 29 billion kronor ($3.4 billion) on Tuesday as the company continued its battle against increasingly tough market conditions.
Geneva's far-from-iconic Hotel Nash Ville is to be reduced to rubble, a move that is unlikely to be mourned by the establishment's many detractors.
EU ministers failed to agree on Monday on how to redistribute a total of 40,000 migrants from overstretched Italy and Greece as several countries refused to fully participate in the immigration sharing programme.
UPDATED: A Russian woman died on Monday after being hit in the neck by the board of a professional Swiss windsurfer on the popular tourist island.
EU ministers failed to agree on Monday on how to redistribute a total of 40,000 mostly Syrian and Eritrean migrants from overstretched Italy and Greece.
A 64-year-old man in eastern France wants to see his former school chaplain convicted for "turning him into a paedophile", over 50 years after the cleric abused him.
Police were scratching their heads on Monday, after four sheep went missing from a field in Vinstra, 240kms north of Oslo, only to turn up more than 80 kms away in a shopping centre car park in Lillehammer.
Topless Danish women have become a much rarer sight on the beach in recent years due to changing cultural norms, unrealistic body ideals and the proliferation of social media.
Police are investigating "grope parties", "wet T-shirt" competitions and "twerking contests" in Salamanca amid fears that Spain's oldest university city is on its way to becoming the next Magaluf.
Italy has seen a rise in the number of car accidents since selfie mania took hold, the country’s state police chief said on Monday.
Catalan separatists said Monday they were ready to declare unilateral independence if Madrid attempted to block a separation process they hope to launch if successful in September's regional elections.
Tractors once again blocked the road to Mont-Saint-Michel France’s second visited tourists attraction on Tuesday, as French farmers continued their protests against low prices.
Princess Madeleine's husband Chris O'Neill has given a rare media interview, telling Sweden's Expressen tabloid that the couple are moving to London in the autumn so he can focus on his career.
Rodrigo Rato, the ex-head of the International Monetary Fund has been summoned by a judge for questioning over alleged money-laundering, the latest in a string of court cases targeting him.
The prefect of Treviso, Maria Augusta Marrosu, is set to be replaced following a violent protest last week against migrants in the northern Italian city.
Another migrant has died attempting to cross to the UK through the Channel Tunnel. Despite the migrants being told of the dangers, the victim attempted to enter the Channel Tunnel and was severely burned.
The Swiss-German founder of Berlin experimental band Cluster and Krautrock supergroup Harmonia died on Monday, leaving behind a long legacy of musical innovation.
A French teenager born with HIV has been in remission for 12 years after stopping her medication, a world first that renews hope for the prospect of early treatment, researchers said Monday.
A former Nazi SS officer known as the "Bookkeeper of Auschwitz" has appealed a four-year jail sentence handed down to him last week, his legal team said on Monday.
Sweden should introduce a meat tax designed to hit the sales of animal products that are worst for the environment, argues Per-Anders Jande from campaign group Swedish Food and Environment Information (Svensk mat och miljöinformation).
Police are investigating an explosion outside a community centre in Malmö in southern Sweden that destroyed two cars and injured one man.