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Famed bridge-builder Christian Menn dies

19 July 2018 | 0 comments

Swiss engineer Christian Menn, a world-class bridge-builder who continued a long tradition of Swiss bridge construction, died on Monday at the age of 91.Menn, whose death was reported on Thursday, had...

Would the Swiss starve if all imports were blocked?

19 July 2018 | 0 comments

If, in a crisis, all imports to Switzerland were stopped, the Swiss population would still be guaranteed enough to eat – although people would have to tighten their belts.Each citizen would have to get...

Open-air public pools face chilling dilemma

19 July 2018 | 0 comments

When the sun’s out in summer, Switzerland’s open-air swimming pools are overflowing. But the majority face a harsh reality: spend a fortune on cleaning or close permanently.Most of the country’s 500 beaches...

Wim Wenders to receive Zurich Film Festival tribute

19 July 2018 | 0 comments

German film director Wim Wenders will be given the “A Tribute to... Award” at the Zurich Film Festival (ZFF) on October 6. The award will include a retrospective of 12 of his most important works.Wenders,...

Swiss bank settles US tax evasion probe

19 July 2018 | 0 comments

The Zurich-based Neue Privat Bank (NPB) has paid $5 million (CHF5 million) fine to settle a criminal tax evasion investigation in the United States. NPB is one of a handful of so-called ‘category 1’ Swiss...

Curious about drones? Here are the basics

19 July 2018 | 0 comments

It seems like drones are everywhere these days – in the news, in stores, and in the air above us. From technology and uses to risks and regulations, here’s a crash course (no pun intended) on this rapidly...

Swiss wealth manager looks at London as Brexit looms

19 July 2018 | 0 comments

UBP, the Private bank, is about to buy a UK investment boutique in a sign of how Swiss wealth managers intend to increase their London business ready for Brexit.Some Swiss bankers fear the post-Brexit...

Mobile phone radiation can weaken brain performance

19 July 2018 | 0 comments

Swiss researchers have confirmed the potentially damaging impact of the frequent use of mobile phones among adolescents.A study found that the so called figural memory performance – the ability to remember...

Novartis holds off on drug price hikes in US amid Trump pressure

18 July 2018 | 0 comments

Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis said Wednesday it would not hike drug prices in the United States this year, following a similar decision by rival Pfizer amid pressure from the White House."We don't...

Europe urged to tackle airspace bottlenecks as delays soar

18 July 2018 | 0 comments

The world airline body on Wednesday urged European governments to urgently fix the region's airspace bottlenecks, saying that delays had more than doubled during the first half of the year.The International...

Minister talks up business opportunities after Central Asia visit

18 July 2018 | 0 comments

Following a visit to the region, Economics Minister Johann Schneider-Ammann announced on Wednesday Switzerland’s goal to strengthen mutual economic opportunities in Central Asia as China’s ‘Silk Road’...

Swatch makes up for lost time with record sales

18 July 2018 | 0 comments

Swatch, the world's top watchmaker, on Wednesday announced an all-time record in half-year sales, saying it has millennials to thank for bringing wristwatches back.Swatch is best known for its brightly...

First fishing boat detained under new UN labour rules

17 July 2018 | 0 comments

The UN's labour organisation announced on Tuesday that the first fishing boat had been detained under its convention which came into force last year with the aim of protecting workers in the hazardous...

Drop in number of rejected asylum seekers on welfare

17 July 2018 | 0 comments

Just over 8,000 rejected asylum seekers received basic welfare benefits in Switzerland last year worth a total of CHF60 million ($60 million), the Swiss authorities have reported. This represents a 20%...

Switzerland to contribute to Schengen external borders fund

17 July 2018 | 0 comments

Switzerland has agreed to contribute CHF20.6 million ($20.6 million) a year towards a European Union fund aimed at supporting Schengen member states in protecting external borders.The State Secretariat...



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