With independent, daily reporting from around Europe, The Local is a window on life in other cultures.

We capture the essence of nations by finding the stories that tell us who we are (and who those other people over there are), breaking down barriers and bringing us closer together. We are the largest English-language news network in Europe with more than 4.5 million readers every month, plus many more on our partner sites. Our entertaining blend of daily news, business and features has made the site essential reading for foreign professionals in Europe.

Latest news from: The Local in Italy »
Italy to approve civil unions bill by year end

Italy to approve civil unions bill by year end

Premier Matteo Renzi said on Wednesday that Italy’s parliament will approve a long-awaited civil unions bill by the end of the year. READ »

Latest news from: The Local in Spain »
Police file complaint as confiscated cannabis puts station on 'high' alert

Police file complaint as confiscated cannabis puts station on 'high' alert

Police in a Catalan town are complaining that they are "feeling the effects of smoking something illegal" due to the huge amounts of confiscated weed stored in the station. READ »

 
Latest news from: The Local in France »
Eurostar nightmare: 'We can hardly complain'

Eurostar nightmare: 'We can hardly complain'

The Local's Oliver Gee was one of thousands of passengers stranded for hours on six Eurostar trains that became blocked when migrants broke through security. He says it's hard to complain given the hardship of those that caused the chaos. READ »

Latest news from: The Local in Germany »
7 ways Germans get English totally wrong

7 ways Germans get English totally wrong

As much as English-speakers might feel insecure about their Deutsch skills when faced with Germans' comparatively widespread grasp of English, Germans themselves often mess up English - in some pretty hilarious ways. READ »

 
Latest news from: The Local in Sweden »
Tax changes could cut costs for Swedish firms

Tax changes could cut costs for Swedish firms

UPDATED: Swedish Enterprise and Innovation Minister Mikael Damberg has told The Local about his action plan to turn Stockholm into the top startup city in the world. But critics of his proposals say they are too vague. READ »

Latest news from: The Local in Norway »
Norwegians jailed for smuggling fake valium

Norwegians jailed for smuggling fake valium

Two Norwegians have been jailed for smuggling, even though the pills they were caught with, which they told police were valium, were in fact antihistamines available over the counter. READ »

 
Latest news from: The Local in Switzerland »
Fifa reform body holds first meeting in Bern

Fifa reform body holds first meeting in Bern

A 12-member committee set up by Fifa to draw up far-reaching reforms to the Zurich-based world governing body for football in the wake of a corruption scandal met for the first time in Bern on Wednesday. READ »

Latest news from: The Local in Austria »
Cardinal calls for Church to house migrants

Cardinal calls for Church to house migrants

Thousands more accommodation places for migrants and refugees arriving to Austria could be found in parishes around the country, according to the Archdiocese of Vienna. READ »

 
Latest news from: The Local in Denmark »
Game of Thrones to add another Danish actor?

Game of Thrones to add another Danish actor?

Pilou Asbaek will reportedly play the role of Euron Greyjoy when the sixth season of Games of Thrones hits screens next year. READ »

 
 
Latest chat from: Toytown Germany »
Latest chat from: English Forum Switzerland »