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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?

beautiful french words

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.

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.

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.

11 interesting facts about Zurich you didn’t know


As the financial Swiss capital, most people see Zurich as a straight-laced and no-nonsense city. But these 11 surprising facts show Zurich is more fun than it lets on.

Swiss parenting

Swiss resist overprotective childrearing – but are Swiss 'free-range' kids...


In Switzerland kids typically walk or play outside without strict supervision, part of a cultural legacy that could be at risk by fearful headlines of Switzerland's safety.

French gift ideas

15 fabulous French-inspired gift ideas you can buy online


Stuck for a fabulous gift idea? Here we look to French culture for inspiration for the best gift ideas – all of which can be ordered online and have a special French twist.

Swiss drug crisis

How Switzerland overcame its national embarrassment


It took a controversial break from tradition for Switzerland to erase its national embarrassment: it started handing out heroin and drugs to addicts.

German language

Diccon Bewes: False friends in German


It would seem the sole existence of 'false friends' is to trip up foreign language learners and land them red-faced in embarrassing situations.

Drinking in Switzerland

Life in the Swiss Alps: Swiss drinking culture compared


Switzerland's drinking culture is more liberal than the controlled drinking the US – and yet statistics show the US has more problems with alcohol abuse. How can this be?

Living in Switzerland

The Swiss are a 'hard nut to crack'


Is Switzerland a difficult place to meet people and fit in? In a recent expat survey, Switzerland ranked last for having the worst social life.

Addressing teachers

How do children address their teachers across the globe?


Do children use the teacher's first name, surname or just 'teacher' – and what does this reflect about local culture?

Dancing in the Fountain: The best – and worst – of expat friendships

Dancing in the Fountain: The best – and worst – of expat friendships

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Should foreigners avoid joining 'expat bubbles'? Blogger Karen McCann considers the pros and cons of mingling with expat groups when living abroad.

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