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Switzerland: a nation of workers

27 July 2017 | 0 comments

The Swiss worked almost 8 billion hours in 2016 – that’s 1.4% up on last year. They regularly work over 41 hours a week. Compared to other European nations, that’s a lot.The reason for the rise in hours...

Crowdfunding to reward whistleblowers

27 July 2017 | 0 comments

Would you blow the whistle on corrupt or unethical practices if you knew you would receive a cash reward? A new Swiss crowdfunding platform thinks that’s a good idea.And so do two notable Swiss whistleblowers,...

Switzerland toughens travel advice for Turkey

27 July 2017 | 0 comments

The Swiss foreign ministry has warned travellers to Turkey that they could face entry and exit bans, as well as imprisonment without court approval. People should also be aware that criticisms of Turkey...

‘Cannon Run’ Brits arrests sparks dismay

26 July 2017 | 0 comments

Three British men have been held in custody in Zurich for nearly two months after taking part in a Cannonball style car race through Switzerland. The trio are suspected of violating road traffic laws and...

New Japan Kit Kat factory opens to meet exotic flavour demand

26 July 2017 | 0 comments

Wasabi and Okinawan sweet potato may not be everyone's preferred type of Kit Kat but booming demand for exotic flavours in Japan has prompted bar-maker Nestle to open a new factory. The Switzerland-based...

How long does it take to buy a Swiss home?

26 July 2017 | 0 comments

Buying a dream house or apartment can be an expensive and daunting process for people who move to Switzerland to live and work - but not impossible. We look at the state of the housing market, and key...

Empathy no universal value - what now, democracy?

25 July 2017 | 0 comments

Emotional concern for others is arguably one of the building blocks of a well-operating democracy. But what if there is no clear pattern to how compassion works?Empathy varies a lot among people, psychological...

Swiss police arrest man wanted for chainsaw attack

25 July 2017 | 0 comments

Swiss police on Tuesday tracked down and arrested a man believed to have carried out a chainsaw attack in an office building which left several injured, local media said. The ATS news agency said the...

Strong franc forces Swiss paper mill to close

25 July 2017 | 0 comments

The closure of a paper factory in canton Bern will leave only one such plant supplying the newspaper and magazine industry in Switzerland from next year.The 125-year-old Utzenstorf factory will close its...

New Swiss school to open in Beijing

25 July 2017 | 0 comments

The Swiss School in Beijing, opening next month, will be the first of its kind in China and the first new Swiss school abroad in more than three decades. “We are very excited about the start of term,”...

Swiss rock star Polo Hofer dies

25 July 2017 | 0 comments

Legendary Swiss rock star Urs ‘Polo’ Hofer has died after a battle with lung cancer. Hofer was a key figure in the ‘Mundartrock’ scene, composing a string of hits in Swiss-German dialect with his bands...

Swiss want UN access to Libyan migrant detention centres

24 July 2017 | 0 comments

At a meeting of European and African ministers on the migrant crisis in Europe, Swiss justice minister Simonetta Sommaruga has called for Libya to open its migrant holding centres to the United Nations.On...

Prejudice tarnishes Swiss immigration image

24 July 2017 | 0 comments

The majority of immigrants are highly qualified, have professional motives to come to Switzerland and consider their position has improved, according to a nationwide survey by the Swiss National Science...

Twelve things that might surprise you while visiting Switzerland

24 July 2017 | 0 comments

If you count yourself among the growing number of Americans visiting Switzerland – more than 900,000 of you are expected this year - best come prepared.During a recent trip to New England, I came to the...

Will I ever truly be a ‘local’ in Switzerland?

24 July 2017 | 0 comments

A Basel resident from Turkey was inspired to reflect on herdifficult Swiss integration process after a citizenship case involving a Turkish woman made waves in the international press.As a Turkish immigrant...



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