Witches and rain: Denmark’s Sankt Hans Aften explained
Denmark

Witches and rain: Denmark’s Sankt Hans Aften explained

Bonfires will be lit to the sound of singing in chorus across Denmark on Tuesday night as traditional Sankt Hans Aften celebrations take place.

EXPLAINED: Why Germans get wholly wasted on Ascension Day
Germany

EXPLAINED: Why Germans get wholly wasted on Ascension Day

IN PICTURES: Swiss snowman blown up in mountains to herald ‘great summer’ ahead
Switzerland

IN PICTURES: Swiss snowman blown up in mountains to herald ‘great summer’ ahead

Six common myths about Swiss food you need to stop believing
Switzerland

Six common myths about Swiss food you need to stop believing

What does Gründonnerstag mean in Austria?
Austria

What does Gründonnerstag mean in Austria?

Here’s why Italians eat lentils on New Year’s Eve
Italy

Here’s why Italians eat lentils on New Year’s Eve

Why you shouldn’t suck prawn heads during an Italian Christmas feast
Italy

Why you shouldn’t suck prawn heads during an Italian Christmas feast

‘Bad omen’: Dismay in Italy as blood of Naples saint fails to liquefy
Italy

‘Bad omen’: Dismay in Italy as blood of Naples saint fails to liquefy

IN PHOTOS: Magical nativity scene lights up Italy’s Cinque Terre coast
Italy

IN PHOTOS: Magical nativity scene lights up Italy’s Cinque Terre coast

How a nighttime bell has caused uproar in a Swiss village
Switzerland

How a nighttime bell has caused uproar in a Swiss village

The food and drink you need for an Italian Christmas feast
Italy

The food and drink you need for an Italian Christmas feast

Mortensaften: Denmark’s goose-eating annual tradition explained
Denmark

Mortensaften: Denmark’s goose-eating annual tradition explained

Italy’s fascinating All Souls’ Day traditions
Italy

Italy’s fascinating All Souls’ Day traditions

What’s the deal with the Danish Queen’s golden carriage ride through Copenhagen?
Denmark

What’s the deal with the Danish Queen’s golden carriage ride through Copenhagen?

Why Italy thinks its coffee should get Unesco heritage status
Italy

Why Italy thinks its coffee should get Unesco heritage status

How a Potsdam rabbi school is bringing a ‘Jewish Renaissance’ to Central Europe
Germany

How a Potsdam rabbi school is bringing a ‘Jewish Renaissance’ to Central Europe

IN PHOTOS: Italy’s annual chimney sweep festival
Italy

IN PHOTOS: Italy’s annual chimney sweep festival

Are you ready for Walpurgisnacht, Germany’s night of witches?
Germany

Are you ready for Walpurgisnacht, Germany’s night of witches?

Weekend Wanderlust: Chiavenna, where hospitality is a way of life
Italy

Weekend Wanderlust: Chiavenna, where hospitality is a way of life

After 600 years, night watchman still keeps vigil over Lausanne
Switzerland

After 600 years, night watchman still keeps vigil over Lausanne

Brünig Wrestling festival celebrates its 125th edition
Switzerland

Brünig Wrestling festival celebrates its 125th edition

IN PICTURES: Italy’s annual snake festival
Italy

IN PICTURES: Italy’s annual snake festival

Teenager killed by maypole in Rhine region
Germany

Teenager killed by maypole in Rhine region

IN PICTURES: ‘Flight of the angel’ launches Venice carnival
Italy

IN PICTURES: ‘Flight of the angel’ launches Venice carnival

IN PICTURES: Venice’s iconic Carnival kicks off in style
Italy

IN PICTURES: Venice’s iconic Carnival kicks off in style

French kissing: Where does the custom of ‘la bise’ come from?
France

French kissing: Where does the custom of ‘la bise’ come from?

Here’s how to do the Italian cheek kiss
Italy

Here’s how to do the Italian cheek kiss

IN PICTURES: The Siena Palio, Italy’s historic horse race
Italy

IN PICTURES: The Siena Palio, Italy’s historic horse race

IN PICTURES: Easter celebrations and festivals across Italy
Italy

IN PICTURES: Easter celebrations and festivals across Italy

‘The beauty, music and people of Salento keep me coming back for more’
Italy

‘The beauty, music and people of Salento keep me coming back for more’

Ivrea Orange Battle: Annual food fight gets underway in Italy
Italy

Ivrea Orange Battle: Annual food fight gets underway in Italy

The calls you’ll hear at Carnival – and what they mean
Germany

The calls you’ll hear at Carnival – and what they mean

IN PICTURES: ‘Flying angel’ kicks off Venice Carnival
Italy

IN PICTURES: ‘Flying angel’ kicks off Venice Carnival

Venice Carnival celebrates ‘beauty, the sea, and vanity’
Italy

Venice Carnival celebrates ‘beauty, the sea, and vanity’

The godfather: Church fumes in Sicily as mobster’s son gets offer he can’t refuse
Italy

The godfather: Church fumes in Sicily as mobster’s son gets offer he can’t refuse

World’s biggest pooping marzipan pig? It must be Christmas in Norway
Norway

World’s biggest pooping marzipan pig? It must be Christmas in Norway

Which of these Norwegian Christmas traditions is the strangest?
Norway

Which of these Norwegian Christmas traditions is the strangest?

Nine quirky Christmas nativity scenes you can see in Italy
Italy

Nine quirky Christmas nativity scenes you can see in Italy

Students turn Swedish viral scream into Trump protest
Sweden

Students turn Swedish viral scream into Trump protest

Thief returns cow bells worth thousands
Switzerland

Thief returns cow bells worth thousands

IN PICTURES: Hundreds gather for historic Siena palio
Italy

IN PICTURES: Hundreds gather for historic Siena palio

Church weddings ‘likely to be extinct in Italy in 17 years’
Italy

Church weddings ‘likely to be extinct in Italy in 17 years’

VIDEO: Norwegians set world record for largest bonfire
Norway

VIDEO: Norwegians set world record for largest bonfire

Rain threatens Norway’s Sankthans celebrations
Norway

Rain threatens Norway’s Sankthans celebrations

Five things you should know about Italy’s Republic Day
Italy

Five things you should know about Italy’s Republic Day

German Mother’s Day: Florists to Nazis and back again
Germany

German Mother’s Day: Florists to Nazis and back again

The complete guide to confirmation in Denmark
Denmark

The complete guide to confirmation in Denmark

Dancing devils and egg olympics: Nine of Italy’s most curious Easter festivals
Italy

Dancing devils and egg olympics: Nine of Italy’s most curious Easter festivals

Is France facing the quick death of its sacred bistros?
France

Is France facing the quick death of its sacred bistros?

Do the French do Christmas better than Anglo countries?
France

Do the French do Christmas better than Anglo countries?

Red pants, smashed plates and bingo: Six reasons Italian New Year is awesome
Italy

Red pants, smashed plates and bingo: Six reasons Italian New Year is awesome

What truth behind French regional stereotypes?
France

What truth behind French regional stereotypes?

What makes an Italian Christmas?
Italy

What makes an Italian Christmas?

Nuremberg elects angel to run Christmas market
Germany

Nuremberg elects angel to run Christmas market

IN PHOTOS: 40,000 see annual Hubertus Hunt
Denmark

IN PHOTOS: 40,000 see annual Hubertus Hunt

Unlucky Friday 17th – and other Italian superstitions to beware of
Italy

Unlucky Friday 17th – and other Italian superstitions to beware of

German kids enjoy ‘back to school’ traditions
Germany

German kids enjoy ‘back to school’ traditions

Six odd things Germans do in the summer
Germany

Six odd things Germans do in the summer

Seven totally Swedish wedding traditions
Sweden

Seven totally Swedish wedding traditions

Fearlessly Jewish on the streets of Munich
Germany

Fearlessly Jewish on the streets of Munich

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Italy

Ten delightfully irrational Italian superstitions

Top Ten: French Christmas traditions
France

Top Ten: French Christmas traditions

Decorating your home for Swedish Christmas
Sweden

Decorating your home for Swedish Christmas

Policeman injured at pagan procession
Austria

Policeman injured at pagan procession

Halloween vs All Saints Day: How to celebrate in Sweden
Sweden

Halloween vs All Saints Day: How to celebrate in Sweden

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Sweden

Whit hit

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Sweden

National Day of extremes

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Sweden

Cook your own Mårten Gås dinner!

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Sweden

A Swedish Christmas

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Sweden

The joys of Jul

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Sweden

Site aims to debunk crayfish myths

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Sweden

The refined art of fermented fish

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Sweden

Skansen: a true taste of Swedish Christmas past

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Sweden

Lucia: Italian saint, Swedish tradition

Why are there teens in white hats singing on the back of trucks?
Sweden

Why are there teens in white hats singing on the back of trucks?

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Sweden

Witches out in force for Visby Easter parade

Police monitor Easter spruce wars
Sweden

Police monitor Easter spruce wars

Swedish church unveils Lego Jesus for Easter
Sweden

Swedish church unveils Lego Jesus for Easter

Two boys seriously injured after illegal circumcision
Sweden

Two boys seriously injured after illegal circumcision

Tourist board seeks folk costume renaissance
Sweden

Tourist board seeks folk costume renaissance

Sweden Democrats decry secular school song
Sweden

Sweden Democrats decry secular school song

All Saints: lighting a candle for the past
Sweden

All Saints: lighting a candle for the past

Does Swedish culture hinder Swedish children?
Sweden

Does Swedish culture hinder Swedish children?

Easter in Sweden: when the witches come out to play
Sweden

Easter in Sweden: when the witches come out to play

Valborg – Sweden blazes into springtime
Sweden

Valborg – Sweden blazes into springtime

Crayfish: the messiest party of the year
Sweden

Crayfish: the messiest party of the year

A video look at All Saints in Sweden
Sweden

A video look at All Saints in Sweden

Celebrating St. Martin: blood soup, anyone?
Sweden

Celebrating St. Martin: blood soup, anyone?

Creating a Christmas home, Swedish style
Sweden

Creating a Christmas home, Swedish style

‘It often feels like Christmas in Sweden is only about presents’
Sweden

‘It often feels like Christmas in Sweden is only about presents’

‘Angels have nothing to do with Christmas in Sweden’
Sweden

‘Angels have nothing to do with Christmas in Sweden’

The octogenarian Saint Lucia choir: still in tune
Sweden

The octogenarian Saint Lucia choir: still in tune

Swedish students’ howls echo across the world
Sweden

Swedish students’ howls echo across the world

Energy law sees City of Light set for dark nights
France

Energy law sees City of Light set for dark nights

How much is this beret worth to a Frenchman?
France

How much is this beret worth to a Frenchman?

Six unmistakable signs that spring has arrived in Italy
Italy

Six unmistakable signs that spring has arrived in Italy

Iconic Perugina chocolate ‘kisses’ turn pink for limited edition
Italy

Iconic Perugina chocolate ‘kisses’ turn pink for limited edition

Five Swedish winter recipes to warm you up this Christmas
Sweden

Five Swedish winter recipes to warm you up this Christmas

Don’t be put off by their names – these Italian foods are actually delicious
Italy

Don’t be put off by their names – these Italian foods are actually delicious

The Local’s Countdown to Christmas
Sweden

The Local’s Countdown to Christmas

Austrian desserts vie for world heritage status
Austria

Austrian desserts vie for world heritage status

Israel risks French ire with ban on foie gras
France

Israel risks French ire with ban on foie gras

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Sweden

Swedish Christmas treat hit by Iranian harvest

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Sweden

Semlor: cream buns and cultural icons