A starving polar bear in Svalbard has made the species’ longest ever recorded dive in a desperate bid to catch a seal.
Norway’s government wants to dump 1,200 tons of radioactive waste on an island an hour south of Oslo, even though the waste company which owns the site believes it is too dangerous.
A criminal neo-Nazi gang has infiltrated the fan club of of Vålerenga, the legendary Oslo team that has won the Norwegian Football Cup no fewer than four times.
A new study has uncovered a high rate of Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) infection among stray cats in Norway, putting pets across the country at risk of contracting "Cat Aids".
In the midst of Copenhagen Pride celebrations, the Danish capital officially opened its doors to the nation's very first care home for homosexual, bisexual and transgendered senior citizens.
Julio Rocha, the former head of the Nicaraguan Football Federation who was one of seven Fifa officials detained in Switzerland in May, has agreed to be extradited to his home country, the Swiss department of justice said.
A report this week showed that Germany is one of the safest countries in the world, but there's more to do than just snacking on strudel and hemming your Lederhosen. The Local looks at five ways to get your heart racing in Deutschland.
As British police pound the party streets of Magaluf, running the gauntlet of inebriated selfie-seeking tourists, The Local’s Fiona Govan questions whether they really could help rid the resort of its heinous reputation.
A man who found 730,000 kronor ($85,812) on a path in Berga in southern Sweden has been told he can keep the cash, after nobody came forward to claim they had lost the money.
When a man started threatening a Turkish-German bus passenger with racist statements, others on the bus decided to take a stand, including the driver.
Police were shocked to find a young Italian couple asleep in a stolen gondola on the Grand Canal at 3am on Friday morning.
Police in Rome believe they have now identified the victim whose severed leg tattooed with the words “a good day to die” was discovered earlier this week.
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble, who has taken a hard line on a third Greek bailout, said he was "confident" his eurozone peers would reach an agreement at a meeting Friday.
A Swedish football referee became a global celebrity this week after a Facebook page where he explained his decisions went viral. But Mohammed Al-Hakim has now closed it down after becoming overwhelmed by its success.
From a transparent suitcase for nudists to automatic nose pickers - Austria's museum of nonsense and its vast collection of silly yet brilliant inventions are proof that bad ideas, if carried out well, can turn into genius creations.
A man has died after being gored during a bullrunning fiesta in southern Spain, in the sixth fatal goring of the summer.
The mayor of Calais has outlined plans to create duty-free stores throughout the town to take advantage of Brexit - but there are actually lots of reasons to visit this lovely northern French town apart from cheap booze and fags.
Security researchers have found that many vehicles produced by the Volkswagen group – including some of the world's biggest luxury brands like Audi and Porsche – have a security flaw that could let hackers access them without a key.
Spain’s GDP growth accelerated to 1 percent in the second quarter, making it one of the fastest growing countries in the eurozone but the IMF has warned it must stay on course with its economic reforms.
Plans by a Swedish pharmacy to introduce plasters for darker skin tones have been mocked by Denmark's foreign minister Kristian Jensen who suggested the scheme demonstrated why he wouldn't want to live over the border. But his comments have led to a huge backlash.
With elevated heat during this time of year, many worry about the risk of parents leaving their children inside hot cars. This time, it was the baby leaving the parent a bit stranded.
Historic Calais has been blighted by the ever-worsening migrant crisis in Europe, but while residents tell The Local the port city is dying a slow death, it's nowhere near as bad as the UK press make it out to be.
There will be three teams relegated from Ligue 1 at the end of this season after France's Council of State dismissed proposals by top-flight clubs to reduce the number of demoted teams to two.
A 57-year-old man who went to great lengths to construct a home-made device to film up women’s skirts in an Austrian supermarket has been caught and reported for sexual harassment.
Meteorologists are predicting the arrival of autumnal weather for the holiday weekend of Ferragosto, as temperatures plummet and rainstorms make conditions difficult for motorists.
Two people are facing charges of 'reckless manslaughter' over the death of Dutch teenager during a bungee jump in northern Spain last Monday
Amnesty International has complained of inhumane conditions at Austria’s reception centre for asylum seekers in Traiskirchen, in a new report released on Friday.
German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière wants to scrutinize how much asylum-seekers receive in benefits in Germany as the country continues to face a staggering influx of immigrants.
It's official: Spaniards are a nation of lotharios and are the most likely in Europe to embark on a holiday romance.
The Italian economy grew by 0.2 percent in the second quarter of 2015, lower than the EU average, according to figures released by the national statistics agency, Istat.
The gap between Sweden's least and most affordable homes is growing. The average apartment in the capital now goes under the hammer for the price of 17 similar digs elsewhere in the Nordic country.
A young New Zealander who lived in a tent during a UN internship in Geneva as he couldn’t afford proper accommodation in the city, has admitted his choice to camp was partly motivated by a desire to draw attention to the “unjust” nature of unpaid internships – and that he leaked his story to the media himself.
The story of a Frenchman named Charles Simon made waves in France this week after it emerged the manager had been paid more than €5,000 a month by state rail operator SNCF over a period of 12 years, despite not working for a single day. He now wants €500,000 compensation.
After another record-breaking half year of tourism, Berlin is now Europe's third most popular destination behind London and Paris. But it seems there's still some work to be done if Berlin wants to catch up with its rivals any time soon.
UPDATED: Danish Foreign Minister Kristian Jensen has apologized for the "commotion" he created by lampooning the Swedes over their concerns about the colour of bandages.
A photo of a receipt from a bar on the Italian island of Ischia charging a customer €20 for service on a €10 bill has gone viral in Italy.
A Swiss man has climbed to the summit of all 82 mountains in the Alps over 4,000 metres in just 62 days.
Spain's former monarch has been enjoying the return of bullfighting to San Sebastian three years after it was banned, saying that it was a "Spanish asset that we have to support".
French drinking habits are changing according to a new study that revealed the health conscious nation is drinking less in quantity but more of quality.
How about a Uefa cup for your living room table? Or perhaps the Coppa Italia in your bathroom? Football fans now have the opportunity to get their hands on a slice of sporting history as debt-ridden Parma FC sells off all its assets - including trophies.
Students from Aarhus University have come up with a new beer app that could eliminate long lines at the pub.
Provided you're not mountain climbing, skiing off-piste or base jumping, Switzerland is the safest country in the world, according to a new study.
The German economy, Europe's biggest, grew by 0.4 percent in the second quarter of 2015, fractionally faster than in the preceding three months, but slightly short of analyst expectations, official data showed on Friday.
UPDATED: An asylum seeker has been discovered alive in the hold of a plane that landed at Stockholm's Arlanda airport on Friday morning, after smuggling himself on to an Ethiopian Airlines flight from Addis Ababa.
An investigation has been launched into the death of a schizonphrenic man in the northern Italian city of Turin while he was being transported to hospital for mandatory medical treatment.
Denmark’s Crown Princess Mary has been voted the best-dressed out of a list of ten young female royals in a readers' poll by the British celebrity magazine Hello!
Out of gratitude and hope for the chance to have a better life in Germany, a Ghanaian asylum-seeker has named her baby after the most important woman in the country.
The ATP Tour fined Australia's Nick Kyrgios $12,500 on Thursday as it launched an investigation into an insulting comment he made during a Rogers Cup tennis match against Swiss tennis star Stan Wawrinka.
The past week has seen a long line of women step forward with complaints that security checks at Copenhagen Airport have left them feeling violated.
Five people linked to an Albanian smuggling network were in custody Thursday after their arrest in northern France, suspected of trafficking migrants across the Channel to Britain, the local prosecutor's office said.
Switzerland on Thursday lifted several already suspended economic sanctions against Iran, following last month's historic deal between Tehran and world powers on the Iranian nuclear programme.
As more and more countries send positive signals about a possible deal with Greece for a fresh tranche of bailout cash, the resistance of Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble is leaving Germany more and more isolated in Europe.
The United States on Thursday returned to French authorities an oil painting by Pablo Picasso thought to be worth €15 million, that was reported stolen from a major Paris museum 14 years ago.
Spain's interior minister will be questioned in parliament on Friday as a constant flow of corruption scandals casts a shadow over the next general elections expected at the end of the year.
Officials in Switzerland on Thursday gave the green light to shoot a wolf blamed for the deaths of 38 sheep, a decision swiftly condemned by the conservation group WWF.
A man suspected of killing two young women in Spain and dumping their bodies by a river was arrested in Romania on Thursday after an international manhunt, the Spanish government said.
There was some bad news for France on the economic front on Friday, when new figures revealed that the struggling economy had stagnated in the second quarter of 2015, in contrast to their German neighbours.
Get out and enjoy the warm weather while you can. Another sunny weekend is in store for Sweden, just before the rain clouds move in next week.
Pep Guardiola wants to see Bayern Munich reach at least the last four of the Champions League in what could be his final season in charge of the German giants.
UPDATED: Police were called to break up an illegal demonstration outside the asylum centre where two men linked to the Västerås Ikea stabbings lived on Thursday night, as fears grew of further retaliation attacks against refugees.
Swedes love picking wild mushrooms in late summer and autumn. A great way to eat them is fried in butter on toast. Food writer John Duxbury shares his best recipe with The Local.