The number of people applying for asylum for the first time in Norway shot up by 81 percent between April and June, figures released by the Brussels statistics authority Eurostat showed on Friday.
The Egyptian ally of a Norwegian NGO charged with money-laundering has asked a court in Egypt to expel a journalist working for state broadcaster NRK.
The former Director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute has accused Sweden's Nobel Foundation of attempting to interfere in the winner of the annual Nobel Peace Prize.
A Norwegian government wildlife agency has asked hikers and hunters to collect any bear poo they stumble upon and send it in for DNA analysis.
France is set to open the doors to hundreds of sites of interest that are generally closed to the public for the weekend of "Heritage days". Here are our top picks.
Two German tourists were briefly detained in central Moscow after attempting to fly a drone over the Kremlin, a police spokesperson told AFP on Friday.
A man who shot at random passing cars in western Germany has been sentenced to nine and a half years' jail after being convicted of 14 counts of attempted murder.
Doing a roadtrip through Sweden this autumn? Beware of lovesick elks. A nationwide warning about the horny animals went out to drivers across the Nordic country on Friday.
France has finished last in a ranking of international student satisfaction in Europe, marking the third year in a row the French have ended bottom of the pile.
German film director Ilker Çatak scooped gold in the 2015 Student Academy Awards this week - claiming top place in an all-German final for the "foreign film" category.
There's never a dull moment whenever Silvio Berlusconi and Russian President Vladimir Putin get together. Not only has Italy's former prime minister been banned from entering Ukraine, but he is now embroiled in a probe after swigging a vintage bottle of wine with Putin in Crimea.
Cars are being banned from large parts of Stockholm city centre on Saturday as the Swedish capital for the first time takes part in a Europe-wide initiative to encourage greener travel.
The Dresden-based online dating service Lovoo tricks users by creating fake female profiles to tempt men into giving the company more money, a technology magazine has claimed.
Whether you're a first-timer or an old hand looking to learn a little more about the world's greatest booze-up, The Local has you covered with our in-depth guide to Oktoberfest.
A Spanish clowning group has caused controversy after stripping off in front off the wall separating Israel and Palestine in protest at Israeli policy.
The Local talks to Thomas Evans, the founder of Start Ups Made in Spain, about why Spain is becoming attractive for investors.
An Austrian mathematician who researched the sexual prowess of a 17th-century Moroccan emperor and how many children he could have possibly had has won an Ig Nobel prize - awarded for the most unusual achievements in scientific research.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange claimed in an interview published Friday that President Francois Hollande "stabbed me in the back" by rejecting his request for asylum in France.
Staff on the French train involved in a foiled attack by a heavily armed gunman "had the best reaction possible in an unprecedented situation", an internal report released on Friday said, despite criticism they had locked themselves away.
A 20-year-old Chechen woman from Graz has been sentenced to a 12 month conditional prison sentence for planning to join Islamic State militants in Syria, after falling under the influence of a German jihadist.
Denmark's parliamentary ombudsman has started an official inquiry into whether the Danish government's controversial advertising campaign about asylum rules were in fact misleading.
Footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic is booking an entire square in his Swedish home city to make sure that ticketless fans can watch his club Paris Saint-Germain's next clash with Malmö FF.
The number of people applying for asylum for the first time in Sweden shot up by 25 percent between April and June, figures released by the Brussels statistics authority Eurostat showed on Friday.
The television broadcaster Südwest Rundfunk (SWR) has reported a user of its Facebook page to state prosecutors for writing a racist commentary on the refugee crisis.
As King Felipe and Queen Letizia's US trip draws to a close on Friday, The Local takes a look at seven things the world learned from the royal visit.
European champions Barcelona have launched a fundraising campaign in collaboration with the Red Cross to raise funds for victims of the refugee crisis engulfing Europe.
Thousands of tourists were left fuming in sweltering Rome on Friday after the Colosseum was closed for hours without warning for a union meeting of security staff.
Pope Francis is putting up a Syrian refugee family from Damascus in a Vatican apartment, aides revealed on Friday.
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls urged the Hungarian government to treat refugees at its borders humanely, saying its current attitude toward them was unacceptable.
Applications for refugee status from asylum seekers increased by 79 percent in Austria in the second quarter of 2015, figures released by the Brussels statistics authority showed on Friday.
Prime Minister Matteo Renzi was on Friday putting the final touches to a budget which could inject €27 billion into Italy's sickly economy next year - if he can get it past Brussels.
It is one of the more unusual sort of contraband discovered by customs officers at Malaga airport when they conducted a routine suitcase search.
Anti-Semitic graffiti scrawled on a controversial sculpture by Anish Kapoor at the Palace of Versailles in France will be removed under the supervision of the artist, authorities said Friday.
The right-wing mayor of a town in France’s Vaucluse region has taken down advertising for a film about a lesbian romance from the local government website but insists he is not a homophobe.
Denmark saw one of the largest increases in asylum seekers in the second quarter of 2015 but only accounts for slightly over one percent of Europe’s total, figures released by the Brussels statstics autority showed on Friday.
The Swedish parents of the world's first baby born through a womb transplant have spoken about the incredible experience just days after their son turned one year old.
The Local counts down ten essential facts about the most important film festival in the Spanish speaking world, as it gets underway in the Basque seaside city.
Some 14,900, or seven percent, of asylum seekers across the EU applied for refugee status in Italy in the second quarter of 2015, figures released by Eurostat on Friday showed.
Dettmar Cramer, the manager of the great Bayern Munich team of the mid-1970s and "father of modern football" in Japan, died on Thursday at the age of 90.
Daniele Ratti may have just graduated from the University of Bergamo, but the 23-year-old from Bergamo is not facing the anxious months, or years, of job hunting that await many of his peers.
If you’re a fan of amusement parks, Lego and ninjas – and really, who isn’t? – do we have some good news to share with you.
More than one in three asylum seekers across the European Union applied for refugee status in Germany in the second quarter of 2015, figures released by the Brussels statistics authority showed on Friday.
Sweden is the third most innovative country in the world, according to the annual ranking by the World Intellectual Property Organisation. SI News takes a closer look.
The new left-wing run council of Madrid has announced it will end decades of blacking up and enlist a real black person to take part in the popular Three Kings cavalcade.
The Local chats to one of the co-founders of BlaBlaCar, which on Thursday became the first French start-up to be valued at over $1 billion. And he says it's time start-ups consider France.
Ten days ago his plight made headlines with the broadcast of shocking images of him being tripped by a Hungarian camerawoman as he fled police at the border while carrying his son.
Switzerland is expected to offer to accept 4,000 to 5,000 refugees who have entered the European Union largely from the wartorn regions of Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Palermo prosecutors are seeking jail terms of up to 17 years for six alleged migrant smugglers in connection with a shipwreck off Lampedusa in October 2013, in which 366 people died.
UPDATED: A mother in her fifties has died while serving as a volunteer firefighter in a fierce woodland blaze in southern France, a fire which authorities believe was deliberately lit.
Swedish police have launched an investigation into suspected money laundering after two men were stopped with their car full of $50,000 in what is believed to be counterfeit dollar notes.
A refugee was electrocuted late Thursday near the entrance to the Channel Tunnel in France as he tried to climb on to the roof of a train to make his way to England, police said.
From sophisticated bistros to cosy coffee shops and a sizzling British-style breakfast cafe, here are seven of The Local's favourite places to do brunch in Stockholm.
German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere is seeking to toughen asylum laws by sending migrants back to the first European Union country they reached and by reducing benefits, under a draft law seen by AFP on Thursday.
A 43-year-old German was killed by a train on Thursday while trying to save his dog that had run out onto the track in Masotti, Tuscany.
Another piece of Real Madrid history awaits Cristiano Ronaldo as he could become the club's all-time leading scorer when they host Granada at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.
Prosecutors in Milan have called for a Russian businessman, suspected of being involved in fraud in the solar power sector that cost the Italian government some €59 million, to stand trial.
Fifa is reeling from fresh scandal after the Zurich-based governing body of world football suspended Secretary General Jérôme Valcke over allegations of involvement in a ticketing scam and placed him under investigation.
An Iraqi man who spent time in jail for membership in an Islamist terrorist group was shot dead by German police on Thursday after he stabbed and seriously wounded a policewoman.
Secret government documents suggest that Sweden could get involved with a new elite Nato-linked force set to be deployed in the event of war in the Baltics, Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet is reporting.
The skeletons of 200 Napoleonic soldiers have been found during construction work in the German city of Frankfurt, officials said on Thursday.
Soglio, a settlement nestled in the mountains of the canton of Graubünden near the Italian border, has been named Switzerland’s most beautiful village of the year.
French President Francois Hollande said on Thursday that he will urge a special EU summit next week to help Turkey keep Syrian refugees on its soil until the neighbouring country's war ends.
After an audience with European Council President Donald Tusk on Thursday, Danish PM Lars Løkke Rasmussen has now been called to an emergency summit of European leaders to try and tackle the refugee crisis.
Napoli host Lazio looking to rebuild confidence around beleaguered coach Maurizio Sarri on Sunday as Juventus aim to build on their solid form in Europe by clinching their first league win of the season away to Genoa.
Building relationships in a brand new country can be tough – and expat children who switch schools frequently can have a hard time settling in. But Stockholm International School has a recipe for success that makes every student feel at home.
In the latest instalment of My Danish Career, The Local met with chef Karlos Ponte at his new restaurant, Taller. Ponte’s new venture comes after working for some of the world’s best restaurants.
Swedes love picking their own blackberries in the forest. Food writer John Duxbury shares his recipe for these American muffins with a Scandinavian twist with The Local.
Finland is stepping up its monitoring of migrants on its border with Sweden after an unexpected influx of mostly Iraqi asylum seekers.