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Swiss win top European road safety award

20 June 2017 | 0 comments

Switzerland’s long-term efforts to improve road safety have been acknowledged by the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC).The 2017 ETSC Road Safety Performance Index award was presented to Switzerland...

Traffic noise increases risks of heart illnesses and diabetes

20 June 2017 | 0 comments

Traffic noise from cars, lorries, trains and planes can have negative health consequences, such as increased risk of heart-related illnesses and diabetes, according to a long-term study of the impact of...

Swiss supercomputer third fastest in the world

19 June 2017 | 0 comments

The Swiss supercomputer “Piz Daint”, based in Lugano, has been named as the third most powerful in the world behind two Chinese frontrunners.The results, announced at the International Supercomputing Conference...

For sale: a decommissioned military nuclear bunker

19 June 2017 | 0 comments

For sale: desirable mid-20th century mountain residence, central Switzerland (underground). All mod cons, including electromagnetic pulse protection, dark fibre network and air filtration. Sleeps 1,500.

Swiss rail experiments with first-class upgrades

19 June 2017 | 0 comments

A trial project on Swiss trains has allowed passengers to enjoy cheap upgrades while relieving congestion in crowded carriages. Debates about fairness have already begun.First class tickets on Swiss trains...

Britain is the ‘laughing stock of Europe’

19 June 2017 | 0 comments

“What on earth has happened to Britain?” The astonished writer of a scathing Swiss newspaper editorial has tried to work out how the United Kingdom has gone in two years from a “respected actor on the...

Concern over pesticides in Swiss drinking supplies

18 June 2017 | 0 comments

Higher-than-normal levels of pesticides have been found in 20 percent of the nation’s drinking water supplies from groundwater, prompting industry calls for tougher action to cut the costs of treating the water.

Juggling motherhood, German lessons and political activism

18 June 2017 | 0 comments

American lawyer Alexandra Dufresne taught public policy and worked to protect the rights of refugees and children. A year after moving to Switzerland she’s part of a multinational group taking action to...

Cabinet sets details for hiring preference rules

16 June 2017 | 0 comments

About 187,000 job seekers resident in Switzerland could benefit from domestic hiring preference rules under proposals aimed at curbing immigration from the European Union.

Didier Burkhalter: more success on global stage than at home

16 June 2017 | 0 comments

As the foreign minister and a former Swiss president, Didier Burkhalter has been an important bridge-builder between Russia, Iran and the West. As a Swiss cabinet member, the long-serving politician more...

Same-sex marriage delayed in Switzerland

16 June 2017 | 0 comments

The Swiss parliament has extended by two years its deadline for deciding on allowing gay marriage. A gay rights' group has welcomed the move to allow the issues to be looked into in more detail.Parliament...

Out of Geneva: the gif marks a milestone

15 June 2017 | 0 comments

Happy birthday to the gif – animated images that made their first entrance onto our screens thanks to Switzerland.

Parking clampdown in Zurich yields windfall

15 June 2017 | 0 comments

Traffic policeissued 21% more parking tickets in Zurich last year as the city dropped its ten-minute grace period for tardy motorists. The policy change was largely responsible for a CHF3.3 million ($3.4...

Swiss remain top of world innovation ranking

15 June 2017 | 0 comments

Switzerland is the leading nation for innovation for the seventh year in a row, according to the Geneva-based World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).The other countries in the top five for 2017...

Maverick group pushes hardline anti-immigration agenda

14 June 2017 | 0 comments

Opponents of the government’s immigration policy are making a new attempt at protecting domestic labour in Switzerland from foreign nationals.A committee, led by a local member of the rightwing Swiss People’s...



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