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Moving house in Switzerland

How to survive moving house in Switzerland


How do you find a dream apartment in Switzerland? What do you need to know to get a lease and avoid the biggest rental mistakes? A Russian journalist who survived the experience offers advice on navigating the challenges.

Daylight saving Switzerland

The Swiss century-old fight over Daylight Saving Time


Even Swiss cows have entered the debate over whether to keep daylight saving in Switzerland or abolish it, like in the past.

Swiss cartoon

How do you draw a country like Switzerland?


It is not easy to sum up a country with four linguistic regions in a Swiss cartoon and ensure it makes sense to an international readership in 10 languages. That was the task given to cartoonist Marina Lutz.

Happiest people in the world

What makes the Swiss the happiest people in the world?


Who are the happiest people in the world? The Swiss, it seems, when combining three leading global reports. But what makes the Swiss so happy?

History of Valentine's Day

The tragic, unromantic history of Valentine’s Day

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The true meaning of Valentine's Day takes a different light when you learn the history of Valentine's Day. Who was St Valentine anyhow? Here we look at Valentine's Day around the world.

America first, Switzerland second: the hidden facts


Switzerland's Trump video swept the internet with its satirical view of why Switzerland should be number one – after America, of course. Just how true are the facts?

18 beautiful French words that have no English equivalent


Everyone can find use for these beautiful French words, which perfectly explain those inexplicable emotions that no English word can't describe.

How to be Swiss

How Swiss are you? An Englishman's take on how to be Swiss


Just how Swiss are you? Do you laugh like a Swiss? British author Diccon Bewes explains the lowdown on how to be Swiss – and why he wants to be Swiss, too.

Swiss citizenship benefits

Swiss citizenship benefits in the Trump era


Steven Crump and his family have the opportunity to apply for Swiss citizenship – but, in deciding to do this, he wants to be clear he isn’t abandoning the US. It is possible to be both Swiss and American, he says.

New Year's resolution to be Swiss

New Year’s resolution: How to become more Swiss


Alexandra Dufresne moved with her family to Zurich from the United States only six months ago – but she already knows what she needs to better integrate into Swiss culture.

New Year's resolutions

New Year's resolutions only expats will understand


As an expat New Year's resolutions are more about memorising foreign irregular verbs or visiting that landmark you keep putting off, rather than slimming down or saving.

Swiss Christmas

Swissworld: Celebrating Swiss Advent and Christmas


Get your Advent calendars ready! The countdown to Christmas in Switzerland is full of traditions and celebrations.

Swiss Christmas

Samichlaus and Schmutzli


Naughty or nice? American expat Alane Kataria-Rennie writes about Samichlaus (the Swiss version of St Nicolas) and his spooky sidekick Schmutzli.

English in Switzerland language

Linguistic theft: You're never far from an English word in Switzerland


It doesn't take long in German-speaking Switzerland before an eyebrow-raising English word pops up. A linguist explains why – and whether there will be a backlash.

Swiss things to do

Stuff Swiss people like


After a year in Switzerland expat blogger Amanda discovers the things Swiss people love the most – besides cows, cheese and anything Swiss-made.

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