Losing his sailing yacht the Harrier of Down beneath the waves was “like seeing an old friend drown”, British mariner Julian Mustoe told Norwegian broadcaster NRK after he arrived in Bergen on Thursday afternoon.
The Czech government has withdrawn an invitation to Norway’s Ambassador to attend national day celebrations at Prague Castle in protest at Norwegian authorities’ decision to put a Czech boy up for adoption.
Norway’s right-wing government is to limit grants of asylum to a five-year term, after which refugees will be automatically sent home if the situation in their country has changed for the better.
Sigurdur Hauksson, an Icelandic golfer and skier, has posted a video of himself doing a trick golf shot while balanced on Kjeragbolten, a boulder wedged in a crevasse nearly 1,000m above a fjord in Norway.
UPDATED: Rome's embattled mayor resigned on Thursday over an expenses row after months of attacks by opponents determined to make him a scapegoat for the sorry state of the Italian capital.
VIDEO: Spencer Stone, one of the three Americans who helped foil a terror attack on a French train, is in hospital in California after he was stabbed while apparently coming to a woman's rescue. A CCTV video has emerged of the stabbing.
Swedish divers confirmed on Thursday that they have uncovered the wreck of a legendary warship which was lost off the coast of Karlskrona in southern Sweden in the 17th century.
Around 3,000 tonnes of (extra) rubbish have accumulated on the streets of Paris as a strike by the city's rubbish collectors enters its fourth day.
Wildlife groups have been angered by plans to cull hundreds of wild mountain goats in the Haut-Savoie region of the French Alps. But authorities insist they have the action is justified.
Last week SI alum Olga Ryabova organized an event in Moscow, focusing on sustainability. Olga tells The Local why she wants to continue organizing events and what it's like to be part of the SI legacy.
A 78-year-old man from a sleepy village in Campania decided to fake his own death on Tuesday - just to see how his friends and neighbours would react.
Star German coach Jürgen Klopp has signed a three-year contract to become Liverpool manager, English media are reporting.
If you happen to be an architecture graduate who also strongly identifies with the Catholic Church, Cologne Cathedral might well be interested in hiring you.
France and its Socialist government have been given a ringing endorsement from the boss of an American multinational, who believes the country is about to profoundly change. Air France executives might not agree, however.
A pair of announcements from rival airlines SAS and Norwegian on Thursday will give business travellers based in southern Sweden plenty of new international options in the near future.
German police raided auto giant Volkswagen's headquarters and other sites Thursday, as part of an investigation into a massive pollution-cheating scandal engulfing the group.
Barcelona star Lionel Messi and his father Jorge are to stand trial on three counts of tax fraud that could carry prison sentences, a Spanish court confirmed on Thursday.
Austria's government, under pressure from the far-right over the refugee crisis, has announced a new app for smartphones and tablets to help foreign children learn German.
Footage captured a Spanish aircraft flying nail-bitingly close to cars as it came into land at Costa Rica’s Juan Santamaría airport on Sunday.
A pair of announcements from rival airlines SAS and Norwegian on Thursday could give Copenhagen-based travellers many new international options in the near future.
France has made a move to secure Europe's borders by proposing to other member states that an EU border guard corps could be set up to help deal with the tide of migrants and refugees heading into the EU.
Belarusian writer Svetlana Alexievich is the 2015 winner of the Nobel Literature Prize, the Swedish Academy announced on Thursday.
He escaped captivity, lost his family and paid a people smuggler to take him to Italy. But now here, an Afghan refugee tells The Local that although he's still alive, his future remains precarious.
Uefa president Michel Platini has been hit with a suspension by world football governing body Fifa along with the organisation's president Sepp Blatter.
Fifa's ethics watchdog on Thursday suspended the two most powerful men in football, Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini, for 90 days in a sensational new blow to the sport's scandal-tainted governing body.
Denmark's largest festival gives fans a little teaser with the first ten names added to next year's line-up.
The current craze for street food in Switzerland received a blow on Wednesday when authorities in Geneva revealed that many of the food trucks participating in a recent street food festival in the city ducked rules relating to hygiene and cleanliness.
A Munich doctor is on trial for causing €80,000 worth of damage after setting fire to his own apartment.
UPDATED: Rome’s embattled mayor Ignazio Marino faced calls to quit from a member of his own Democratic Party on Thursday after he agreed to pay back €20,000 of restaurant bills settled with a city hall credit card.
Italy has overtaken France to become the world’s largest producer of wine, according to figures from the European Commission.
Planned EU "hotspots" on Europe's outer borders to better deal with the influx of thousands of refugees are far from ready, Austria's chancellor warned on Thursday after visiting one such site in Greece.
Spain's newest media venture, El Español broke records before it even launched thanks to crowdfunding, and now promises to be a thorn in the side of the establishment.
Ride-booking service Uber said on Thursday that it would reduce passenger prices in the French capital by 20 percent in a bid to keep up with competition.
Holding the 2024 Olympics in Hamburg would cost taxpayers €7.4 billion, according to the results of financial estimates announced on Thursday.
Belarusian author Svetlana Alexievich won the prestigious Nobel Prize in Literature on Thursday. The Local live blogged the announcement in Stockholm.
Germany is still on course for another record year of exports in 2015 despite a drop of 5.2 percent in August compared with the previous month, the Federal Statistics Office (Destatis) reported on Thursday.
The Basel region now has its first three Michelin-starred restaurant after chef Peter Knogl at the Hôtel Trois Rois received his third star in the 2016 Michelin guide to Switzerland, published on Thursday.
A Jewish writer who is serving a year-long prison sentence in Vienna after being found guilty of defrauding the government over Nazi-looted property says he was initially denied kosher food in jail and had to prove to authorities that he is actually Jewish.
Swedes captured breathtaking snaps of the Northern Lights as the spectacular weather wonder lit up skies across the country on Wednesday night.
Deutsche Bank warned Thursday that it would post a net loss of €6.2 billion ($7 billion) in the third quarter and that dividends for the year may be scrapped.
The Local chats with Uptodown creator Luis Hernández about how a company started by two university friends became Google Play's biggest worldwide competitor.
Paris-based graduate and job hunter Ellie O'Driscoll offers some sound advice on how to land employment in France after finishing university. You can start with start-ups, she says.
Italian pornographic actor Rocco Siffredi has opened an academy to teach aspirational porn stars everything they need to know to be successful in the industry, but not everybody is impressed.
French rail passengers are going on strike on Thursday and Friday, by refusing to show valid tickets in a protest against a service that one train user group head described as something out of the "third world".
Swiss reactor Beznau I, the world's oldest nuclear power plant, is riddled with so many holes it resembles the Swiss cheese Emmental, Swiss media reported on Thursday.
There are currently 4,365 registered startups in Italy. Here are are some of the ones making waves within just a few years of launching.
UPDATED: Should Denmark brace for a new round of international outrage? The Odense Zoo is preparing to perform a public autopsy on a lion.
A 34-year-old man has been arrested in Vienna after strangling his wife to death in their home in the 2nd district.
UPDATE: Service resumed around 11am after the network was shut down leaving nearly 10,000 passengers stranded on Thursday morning following a suspected act of sabotage.
A 48-million-year-old fossil of a pregnant horse and fetus found south of Frankfurt is the oldest of its kind known to science and contains unusually well-preserved evidence of tissue from the womb, researchers said Wednesday.
Men’s Journal has compiled a list of the world's greatest beers and two Danish products made the cut.
The Spanish bank was fined €1m ($1.1m) for breaching laws against money laundering and terrorism financing and tried to delay authorities from reporting the sanction.
A train driver will be the only suspect charged over one of Spain's worst rail disasters, which killed 80 people in 2013, a court said on Wednesday as its probe ended.
There will be no quick-and-easy solutions in the refugee crisis – "but the situation is here now" and there's no going back, Chancellor Angela Merkel told television viewers on Wednesday night.
The row over a French MP's comments about France being "a country of white race" has highlighted the "tightrope" Nicolas Sarkozy's party is walking as it desperately tries to win votes from Marine Le Pen's far-right.
One of France's top drug dealers, whose cannabis-selling network pulled in €80,000 a day has been jailed for 8 years, with 27 other members of the gang also convicted.
Swiss NBA star Thabo Sefolosha insisted on Wednesday that he was targeted with unjustified police violence after an incident outside a night club, at his trial for resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.
One of the most hyped prizes of the week, the Nobel literature award, will be handed out in Stockholm on Thursday, with an author from Belarus among the favourites to win it.
Most Syrian refugees in Germany fled their country out of fear for their lives and want to return home when it's safe, a survey released on Wednesday shows.
Dubbed "the princess of migrants", a Nigerian baby born on the Italian ship that rescued her mother in the Mediterranean has become a symbol of hope for those braving the perilous crossing in search of a new life.
When you're a French IT engineering school with the initials ISIS, you're bound to run into a bit of trouble with customs.
Gunmen seized a retired Italian priest in the strife-torn southern Philippines, authorities said Thursday, the latest abduction blamed on an infamous Islamic militant group that specializes in kidnappings-for-ransom.
The Independent Police Complaints Authority has been asked to review a new video that appears to show plainclothes officers pepper-spraying a defenceless man arrested for selling cannabis in Christiania.
Police in west Sweden have launched an attempted murder or manslaughter investigation after two men were injured in a shooting near an apartment block in Borås in west Sweden.
Sweden's refugee centres are reaching saturation point, the country's migration agency has warned, calling for gyms and disaster shelters to be used to accommodate the overflow before winter sets in.
It's getting chilly in Sweden so why not treat yourself to a few hours of culture inside a warm gallery this week? Not into art? You'll find our regular interactive guide to music, family and outdoor events at the bottom of this article.