From dissecting lions in front of children to death by potato, Danes have proved in 2015 that they are still capable of making the bizarre look banal.
The lack of rain and snow in Switzerland is not just affecting winter tourism, it has also meant restrictions and even bans on the use of fireworks across the country because of the risk of forest fires.
A solar flare is set to bring an intense Aurora Borealis show on the final two nights of 2015, illuminating the sky in some areas that don't usually witness the region's famous northern lights.
A huge drop in restaurant bookings, a ban on fireworks, and a low-key affair at the Champs-Elysees - here's how the recent terror attacks have affected New Year's Eve in Paris.
2015 was the second hottest year in Germany since record began – and the capital was the hottest and driest place in the country.
The lack of rain and snow in the Alpine countries is not just affecting winter tourism, it has also meant restrictions and even bans across Switzerland and Austria on the use of fireworks because of the risk of forest fires.
A €12 million fund will be available immediately for city councils to spend on public transport and car-sharing in an effort to combat severely high smog levels, Environment Minister Gian Luca Galletti said.
An award-winning director will soon start work on Happy End, a film set in Calais which will 'integrate' the migrant crisis affecting the French port into its plot.
From a clamour for Catalan independence and the hottest summer ever to the death of the two-party system and siestas becoming compulsory, it has been a busy year for Spain...
Swedish courts on Wednesday authorised the culling of 14 wolves pending a top court's decision on the legality of hunting an animal protected under European law.
It hasn't been legal tender for 14 years, but in January a German supermarket chain will start accepting Deutschmarks again.
Switzerland on Wednesday handed over an initial package of bank documents to US prosecutors requested by Washington as evidence in the ongoing criminal cases targeting senior Fifa leadership.
In one of Sweden's first high-profile ice accidents of the winter, a skater got trapped after a frozen lake cracked, sparking a drama that put his rescuer in hospital.
New calendars at the ready! With 2015 drawing to an end, those working in Italy will be eagerly checking next year's dates to see when the public holidays fall.
Norway's fire service has suggested that one way to avoid firework-related injuries and fines at New Year is to leave the rockets and cartwheels in charge of women.
It was meant to be a “sort of” joke by four friends, but an invitation to spend New Year’s Eve at the motorway diner, Autogrill, attracted almost 13,000 revellers, forcing the restaurant to disconnect its phone line after a surge in calls from people eager to get on the party list.
Scandinavians are used to living in darkness for much of the winter and when one Swede spotted some bright lights in his neighbourhood, he was so shocked he called the emergency services.
In Spain but don't yet have plans for the 'nochevieja'? The Local has a rundown of the best Spanish celebrations, from the mountains to the beaches and everything in between.
The fence at Copenhagen’s Kastrup station has been completed as preparations continue for the introduction of ID checks between Denmark and Sweden on January 4th.
A farm owner has been charged with animal cruelty after 171 animals were found dead on her farm, including dogs, cats, an iguana and two hawks.
Record low water levels in Venice are making life difficult for the city's boatmen and exposing years of neglect of the city's canals.
More than 700 foreign strippers received a special Swiss work permit in 2015, the last issued in a controversial programme that expires on January 1st, the immigration office said on Tuesday.
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Norway's proposed new strict asylum laws are following closely in the footsteps of Denmark’s hard-line policies, says a policy specialist from Aarhus University.
The leader of the Forza Italia party in the northern Aosta Valley region has sparked controversy after making an Isis-related dig against Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on his Facebook page.
Swiss private bank Julius Bär said on Wednesday it had reached an agreement to settle a US criminal investigation into claims that it helped rich Americans dodge taxes.
A wordless hymn by the anti-Islamic group Pegida called 'Together we're strong' has knocked pop diva Adele off the top of the Amazon singles chart.
Norway's interior minister has come in for sharp criticism after unveiling a whole raft of planned changes aimed at toughening up the country's immigration rules.
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The iconic Canal Saint-Martin in north-eastern Paris is set to be emptied in January as part of a massive cleaning and renovation project.
UPDATED: The three teams who carried out attacks in Paris and Saint-Denis on November 13th were co-ordinated from Belgium by at least one person, investigations show.
The metro station at Puerta del Sol, where thousands of people gather every year to welcome in the New Year, will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday evenings.
Lars Wallin claimed he needed round-the-clock care but was caught on holiday in Cairo. Now, Sweden's most famous benefits fraudster is being extradited back home after going on the run to Brazil.
Munich police stopped a train taking refugees to Berlin on Tuesday to remove a passenger suffering from a severe case of tuberculosis.
Norway said on Tuesday it would start turning back refugees without visas arriving from elsewhere in the passport-free Schengen zone, particularly Sweden.
UPDATED: US tech giant Apple has agreed to pay €318 million in tax owed to Italy’s inland revenue, wrapping up an investigation that got underway in 2013, according to a report in La Repubblica.
French jihadist Charaffe el Mouadan, who the United States said Tuesday was killed in Syria, was close to at least one of the gunmen who carried out a massacre at a Paris concert hall, according to investigators.
It's been a jam-packed year of news for Italy, with plenty of incredible offbeat stories making headlines at The Local. Here are of the strangest news stories from 2015.
A majority of Germans expect the terrorist group Isis to attack the country in the coming year.
UPDATED: President Francois Hollande's call for convicted terrorists to lose their French citizenship if they have a second nationality has triggered uproar among those who see him adopting right-wing ideas that recall dark moments in France's history.
Larger-than-life French actor Gérard Depardieu is to play Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin in a forthcoming movie, his press representative said on Tuesday.
Spain's beleaguered Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Tuesday he would battle on to try and form a government despite categoric refusals by other key parties to back him after inconclusive elections.
A package likely containing cocaine was found washed up on a beach on the Danish island of Fanø by a pet dog on Monday. Local police have dismissed suggestions of drug smuggling routes through the North Sea island.
German supermarket chain Aldi Süd weathered criticism Tuesday for offering a New Year's Eve fireworks set called "Paris", six weeks after the deadly jihadist attacks in the French capital.
Peruvian police have arrested a Swedish Green Party politician who they say is suspected of "terrorism" offences
From Lady Gaga winning a bovine beauty contest to a bra that stopped a bullet, The Local looks back at some of the weirdest stories we covered in 2015.
Norway has announced it is going to start turning back refugees without visas arriving from elsewhere in the passport-free Schengen zone, particularly Sweden.
Swedish streaming site Spotify is in hot water after a US-based artist filed a $150 million lawsuit alleging that it has knowingly reproduced copyrighted songs.
After what's been an extraordinary year for Swedish artists, The Local's music writer Paul Connolly tried to pick his top 10 tracks. But he just couldn't shorten his list from 13.