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"29.04.2017 15:48:39" swissinfo.ch The weird and wonderful world at Palexpo Take a trip back in time, in photos, to some of the wildest shows held in Geneva's main exhibit hall.
"29.04.2017 15:17:37" swissinfo.ch Donald Trump: 1,360 more days of resistance Evaluating the first 100 days of an incoming US president is normally the hour of political scientists or economists, not of ethicists. The Trump presidency so far has been 100 days of destruction, intolerance and bad governance and 1360 more days of resistance remain, says this Swiss business ethics professor in our opinion series.
"29.04.2017 11:23:09" swissinfo.ch The genetic secrets of Iron Age horses revealed Swiss scientists have found that humans have been breeding horses for a lot longer than anyone previously thought.
"28.04.2017 18:07:46" What do you think about 3D printed fashion? What are you wearing this weekend? And what will you be wearing in five or ten years? We asked a few international fashion experts if 3D printing could become a common wardrobe staple someday.
"28.04.2017 14:25:58" swissinfo.ch Southeast Asia seeks new solutions to drug crisis Former Swiss President Ruth Dreifuss tells swissinfo.ch about a shift in drugs policy in Thailand and Myanmar. A former Swiss president tells us what it's like trying to tackle the drug crisis in Thailand and Myanmar, her latest project.
"28.04.2017 13:51:31" swissinfo.ch Dutch 'troublemaker' finally granted Swiss citizenship A Dutch woman who was twice denied Swiss nationality by her neighbours has finally been granted citizenship by the Aargau cantonal ... A woman whose Swiss citizenship was rejected because her vegan activism went against local norms has been granted a passport after all.
"28.04.2017 12:13:32" swissinfo.ch Greenpeace storms Credit Suisse shareholder meeting Greenpeace activists have gatecrashed Credit Suisse's shareholder meeting in Zurich to protest against the Swiss bank's alleged ... Protesters gatecrashed a Credit Suisse shareholder meeting, calling for an end to the Dakota Access oil pipeline project in the US.
"28.04.2017 11:52:23" swissinfo.ch Switzerland celebrates 25 years of solar innovation Solar power has made significant strides in Switzerland but is still struggling to truly emerge from the shadows. Switzerland has an entire mountain dedicated to gathering energy from the sun. It all started a quarter century ago as Switzerland's first and Europe's largest solar farm.
"27.04.2017 17:58:02" swissinfo.ch Basel policeman suspected of spying for Turkey Basel police have arrested one of their workers who is accused of passing information on Erdogan opponents to Turkey. Basel policeman arrested for allegedly passing police data on Erdogan critics to Turkey.
"27.04.2017 15:41:08" swissinfo.ch Swiss students will not return to Erasmus+ before 2021 The Swiss cabinet wants to extend an interim solution for international student exchanges by two years when it expires at the end of 2017. Swiss students aren't happy. They won't be able to take part in Erasmus+, the EU's student exchange scheme, until 2021 at the earliest, meaning some European universities such as Cambridge won't accept them.
"27.04.2017 15:18:14" swissinfo.ch Freezing weather a challenge for farmers Strawberries on a farm in canton Thurgau are covered to protect against the icy weather that has swept across Switzerland. One year ago today, Swiss strawberries were freezing in chilly temperatures.
"27.04.2017 13:11:37" swissinfo.ch What makes Basel such a good place to live? Two expats living in Basel tell us why they think the Swiss city deserves to be in the rankings for the world's best places to live. A recent ranking said that Basel is among expats' top ten favorite cities to live in worldwide. We talked to people who have made the city their home to see what they think.
"27.04.2017 12:44:27" swissinfo.ch Zurich cemetery tempts bookworms with special benches The city of Zurich has installed five special reading benches in its Sihlfeld cemetery, each equipped with a metal box full of free books. At one Zurich cemetery, you can now have a seat on a bench, pull a book out of a little built-in box next to you, and read to your heart's content.
"27.04.2017 08:46:57" swissinfo.ch Chaplin's biggest fan keeps his memory alive in India Could 67-year-old Indian Ashok Aswani be Charlie Chaplin's biggest fan? A look at the annual Chaplin parade he has been organising for decades. There are plenty of Chaplin fans but few in the same league as Aswani.
"27.04.2017 08:26:55" Nouvo in English A Swiss photographer came up with an original project: he followed a group of naked hikers around Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Sneak a peek at the result here: A photographer and a bunch of naked hikers go for a walk. The result..?
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"26.04.2017 17:11:42" A new attraction: ice fishing on Lake Sils Would you try ice fishing in Switzerland?
"26.04.2017 14:46:45" swissinfo.ch From refugee to neurobiologist Abdurahman Mohamad Mah arrived in Switzerland as a refugee at the age of six. Now he is a neurobiologist. This is his story. Watch : Abdu fled war-torn Somalia for Switzerland as a child. Today, he's found a rewarding career and a home in the country. This is his story.
"26.04.2017 13:32:32" swissinfo.ch Re-thinking US election primaries in the Trump era Donald Trump's term as US president, now 100 days old, could re-ignite a long-standing debate about the presidential ... As Donald Trump's 100th day in office nears, our special coverage of democracy issues looks at whether the US presidential primaries need a re-think.
"26.04.2017 10:00:01" swissinfo.ch Religious recognition in Switzerland—a cantonal affair A multicultural society is often a multi-religious one. How can Switzerland best manage its growing diversity and the frictions which can arise? Religious diversity is on the rise in Switzerland, presenting society and the state with considerable challenges. How can the country best manage its growing diversity and the frictions which can arise?
"26.04.2017 09:35:42" swissinfo.ch A new kind of school science fair In the mountains of eastern Switzerland, students at an international boarding school are learning about science by doing it themselves...for real. PODCAST. Getting involved: in the mountains of eastern Switzerland, students at an international boarding school are learning about science by doing it themselves...for real.
"26.04.2017 07:39:41" Retirement farm for Swiss dairy cows Most dairy cows in Switzerland are slaughtered for meat when they are no longer productive. A lucky few get to live out their lives at a retirement farm. Full story: http://bit.ly/2oG9BMD
"25.04.2017 19:06:38" swissinfo.ch Frost wrecks Valais vineyards Last week's frosty weather devastated 40% of vineyards in canton Valais, officials estimate. Three frosty nights in a row last week wrecked 40% of vineyards in canton Valais. Other Swiss wine regions were also badly hit by the cold weather.
"25.04.2017 18:06:10" swissinfo.ch EU commissioner praises new corporate tax plan Relations between the European Union and Switzerland remain excellent, despite Swiss voters recently rejecting plans to overhaul corporate taxes. New corporate tax talks between the EU and Switzerland are “going in the right direction and at the right speed,” declared EU commissioner Pierre Moscovici on Tuesday.
"25.04.2017 16:17:00" The Swiss shops that sell cannabis products When is it ok for Swiss shops to sell cannabis products?
"25.04.2017 16:13:53" swissinfo.ch Switzerland pledges over CHF40 million to Yemen Donor countries have pledged nearly $1.1 billion (CHF1.1 billion) for humanitarian aid to Yemen following a United Nations conference in Geneva on ... Switzerland plans to increase its humanitarian assistance to Yemen to at least CHF14 million in 2017 and over the next four years to spend over CHF40 million to support Yemen.
"25.04.2017 15:04:00" What is Nouvo? If you like short videos that keep you up to date, like our new page Nouvo in English.
"25.04.2017 14:55:32" swissinfo.ch UN Geneva staff fight pay cut plans Around 500 United Nations staff in Geneva have protested inside the UN Palais des Nations complex against plans to cut annual ... United Nations employees in Geneva are unhappy about a proposed cut in salaries based on cost-of-living adjustments.
"25.04.2017 14:33:01" swissinfo.ch Making Switzerland home Expat, immigrant, foreigner: Whatever you call yourself, you're in good company. One in four people living in Switzerland is not Swiss. Are you one of the many non-Swiss people living in Switzerland? Here you can find coverage of issues affecting you.
"25.04.2017 13:33:47" swissinfo.ch Martina Fuchs: a cultural diplomat at Chinese state TV Polyglot journalist Martina Fuchs works for Chinese state television. But she says that China's strict media censorship doesn't affect her much. "Switzerland is just too small for me" says Swiss native Martina Fuchs who has become a television personality in China.
"25.04.2017 12:39:33" swissinfo.ch Swiss CHF50 named 'Bank Note of the Year' In a paper-thin victory, Switzerland has beaten off competition from the Maldives, Argentina and Scotland to win “Bank Note of the ... Switzerland's newest money is an award-winner.
"25.04.2017 10:43:12" swissinfo.ch 'We look on as people starve to death, and we do nothing' Despite the catastrophic situation in Yemen, political scientist Elham Manea still believes the situation is not hopeless in her country. Can Switzerland help solve Yemen's catastrophic humanitarian situation?
"25.04.2017 09:46:34" swissinfo.ch Life – not death – begins at retirement for some Swiss cows Not all unproductive dairy cattle in Switzerland are sent to the slaughterhouse. A lucky few get to enjoy a comfortable retirement. Most Swiss dairy cows are slaughtered when they are no longer productive. A lucky few get to live out their lives on a retirement farm.
"25.04.2017 09:03:29" swissinfo.ch How Asterix melted Swiss cheese and hearts As cartoon hero Asterix hits 50, swissinfo.ch takes a nostalgic look at the plucky little Gaul's sojourn in Switzerland. As ... Swiss banking secrecy and Fellini's Satyricon - two of many subtle cultural references in 'Asterix in Switzerland' by Goscinny and Uderzo. The latter is 90 today. Happy birthday!
"24.04.2017 16:22:00" Organic farming Is organic food something you look for at the supermarket?
"24.04.2017 13:54:58" Nouvo in English In Switzerland, almost one in four young people studying farming don't have their own land where they can put their skills into practice and earn a living. And finding a farm to take over is hard. What's a farmer without a farm? These young people have all the skills, but they don't have the land...
"24.04.2017 13:49:20" swissinfo.ch Swiss farmer leads cows to water – and onto a boat For 29 years, Josef Häcki has been bringing his cows from the “mainland” in Pfäffikon, canton Schwyz, to Ufenau, an island in Lake Zurich. How do you graze your cows on an island in the middle of Lake Zurich? Transport them by boat of course!
"24.04.2017 08:32:19" swissinfo.ch Stark choices seen in French election Swiss newspapers characterised the result of the first round of France's presidential election as a choice between very different futures. "Half a year after the election of Donald Trump, nationalism, xenophobia and isolation are not inevitable," says one Swiss paper after the first round of the 2017 French presidential election. Who will win between Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen in two
"22.04.2017 10:20:27" The March for Science Geneva has just finished, and the Celebration of Science event is about to begin here at the Jardin Anglais. We're speaking with some of the event organisers about why they're here today in support of science.
"21.04.2017 17:15:55" swissinfo.ch Readers react to 'outrageous' burka ban article swissinfo.ch readers weigh in on whether direct democracy leads to a majority of society oppressing religious minorities. How does wearing a burka offend Swiss values? swissinfo.ch readers have been holding a lively debate over whether direct democracy leads to a majority of society tyrannising religious minorities.
"21.04.2017 16:31:36" swissinfo.ch Freezing weather a challenge for farmers Strawberries on a farm in canton Thurgau are covered to protect against the icy weather that has swept across Switzerland. Frozen strawberries. Icy weather threatens to damage crops in Switzerland.
"21.04.2017 14:13:38" swissinfo.ch Alpine huts can be booked online Switzerland Tourism, has launched a platform for renting Alpine huts in Switzerland – a kind of Swiss Alpine hut Airbnb. National Tourist board tries to attract more guests to Swiss Alps. "Nature wants you back," they say and launch a kind of Swiss Alpine hut Airbnb.
"21.04.2017 12:03:31" swissinfo.ch in italiano La Svizzera ha il record mondiale di multimilionari per numero di abitanti. Ma con cosa si sono arricchiti?
"21.04.2017 10:40:35" swissinfo.ch Wealth seldom a result of hard work and innovation Switzerland has the highest density of millionaires in the world. This is not something to be proud of, says one Swiss sociologist. Switzerland - the country highest density of billionaires in the world? "Many rich people have not just sat around doing nothing all their lives," says Swiss sociologist Ueli Mäder
"21.04.2017 05:10:54" swissinfo.ch Why do we never talk of an 'illegal expat'? Who is an expat? It's a simple question, but it's far from easy coming up with a succinct and satisfactory answer. Are you an expat, an immigrant, an alien or something else? What's the difference?
"20.04.2017 16:27:20" swissinfo.ch Swiss aim to shape international drug policy Switzerland has been reappointed to the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, the central drug policy-making body within the United Nations. Switzerland hopes to 'shape the development of global drugs policy' via its appointment to UN drugs commission.
"20.04.2017 14:56:07" swissinfo.ch Switzerland ranked among 'most globalised' nations The alpine nation came fifth in a globalisation index that ranks countries based on trade flows and cross-border information sharing, ... Switzerland was ranked fifth in a globalisation index of 187 countries based on trade flows, cross-border information-sharing, and international political engagement.
"20.04.2017 13:04:19" swissinfo.ch Thomas Jordan: five years fighting a strong franc Since becoming the president of the Swiss National Bank (SNB) in 2012, Thomas Jordan has faced a daunting challenge - how to shelter ... Thomas Jordan - five years at the helm of the Swiss National Bank, steering it through stormy waters and battling a strong franc.
"20.04.2017 10:42:42" swissinfo.ch Writer, economic migrant and orchid A nomadic life has shaped the world view of author Jason Donald. He tells Clare O'Dea about the 'undeserved privilege' that has inspired his novels. Scottish author Jason Donald talks about his new novel Dalila and life as a nomadic writer based in Switzerland.
"20.04.2017 10:19:53" swissinfo.ch Teen spirits are up in Switzerland Teens in Switzerland are more satisfied and athletic than most of their peers, and they're not as ambitious, according to a student well-being study. Swiss 15-year-olds are happier, more athletic and less ambitious than most of their peers, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
"20.04.2017 08:47:53" swissinfo.ch The wasp sting that led to involuntary manslaughter A man has been convicted of involuntary manslaughter and negligent physical injury after problems removing a wasps' nest. A man has been convicted in Switzerland of involuntary manslaughter and negligent physical injury after wasps from a nest he was removing stung a neighbour who then died. The Federal Court rejected his appeal, saying he should have been more careful.
"20.04.2017 07:15:46" swissinfo.ch Promising discovery in search for extra-terrestrial life A team of international astronomers, including those in Switzerland, have discovered a rocky exoplanet in a habitable zone of a faint red dwarf star. Is there anyone out there? Forty light-years from Earth, a newly discovered exoplanet provides the “best place to look for signs of life beyond the solar system”.
"19.04.2017 14:37:35" Nouvo in English Switzerland is made up of lots of different areas, where the people speak different languages, and have different tastes in food, and politics! Do you know what the cultural divide between French and German-speaking Switzerland is called? Have you heard of the "Röstigraben"? It's the so-called 'fried-potato ditch' that symbolises the cultural divide between French- and German-speaking Switzerland. If you like this video, take a look at Nouvo in English¨!
"19.04.2017 13:29:56" swisscgny.tumblr.com Swiss Consulate New York Modern & Contemporary Swiss Poetry This April marks the 20th anniversary of National Poetry Month, which was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. On this occasion, we would like to... April is National Poetry Month. Here are some reading tips from the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York.
"19.04.2017 13:05:18" swissinfo.ch Making Switzerland home Expat, immigrant, foreigner: Whatever you call yourself, you're in good company. One in four people living in Switzerland is not Swiss. Are you among the one in four non-Swiss living in Switzerland? What's that like? How hard is it to fit in -- or do you even want to? We have a new section on our site that's especially for you. Drop by and tell us what else you'd like to read about.
"19.04.2017 11:41:42" swissinfo.ch Has migration changed the Swiss language map? The number of residents who do not speak any of the official Swiss languages as a main language has more than doubled this century. Switzerland's linguistic make-up is rapidly changing.
"19.04.2017 09:37:24" swissinfo.ch Is the Swiss burka ban a tyranny of the majority? In a direct democracy, does the banning of new minarets, burkas and the ritual slaughter of animals discriminate against religious minorities? Swiss voters have banned burkas, the construction of minarets and the ritual slaughter of animals for food. Does direct democracy lead to a majority of society tyrannising religious minorities?
"18.04.2017 19:27:11" Meet Tama Meet our new blogger, Tama! She was born in Switzerland to Tamil parents. What's it like to be caught between two worlds?
"18.04.2017 16:00:58" Mountain crowned with stone flower What do you think of this new building that's been opened on a Swiss mountain? Inspiring and modern? Or cold and unpleasant?
"18.04.2017 15:14:49" Nouvo in English Did you know that there are still exorcists currently working in Switzerland? Exorcists are still in business in Switzerland. Here's what they're up to. For more videos like this, take a look at Nouvo in English
"18.04.2017 11:44:00" swissinfo.ch Beautiful music for a good cause By day, he's a globe-trotting doctor working to eliminate tuberculosis, by night he plays cello in the UN Orchestra. Did you know that the United Nations has its own orchestra?
"18.04.2017 09:57:48" swissinfo.ch Episode 1: Swiss or Tamil? Caught in the middle. Tama Vakeesan was born in Switzerland – to Tamil parents from Sri Lanka. Sometimes she doesn't know where she belongs. Tama Vakeesan was born in Switzerland to Tamil parents from Sri Lanka. Sometimes she doesn't know where she belongs. But then she also feels like this makes her more open-minded. In her quirky, fun and thoughtful video series, we meet Tama's family and
"18.04.2017 09:37:20" Golden, eagle eyed The (golden) eagle has landed! Meet the latest species in our series "The Wild Side of Switzerland". Have you ever seen one in the wild? Tell us about it, and post photos if you have any.
"18.04.2017 09:14:03" swissinfo.ch Why do we never talk of an 'illegal expat'? Who is an expat? It's a simple question, but it's far from easy coming up with a succinct and satisfactory answer. "I know an expat when I see one." But coming up with a definition beyond "someone who lives abroad" isn't so easy. We look at some possible factors. How do you define an expat?
"17.04.2017 18:49:58" swissinfo.ch Swiss democracy in stranglehold of digitalisation Digital technology is the most important driving force behind politics today for Federal Chancellor Walter Thurnherr, but he is ... Are new digital technologies a threat for the Swiss-style democracy? And why the Swiss government remains upbeat that the Swiss will resist populism. "Citizens need to put their brains in gear," says Federal Chancellor Walter Thurnherr.
"17.04.2017 13:50:44" swissinfo.ch Swiss Turks say No in controversial referendum A controversial proposal to extend the powers of the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been rejected by with an overwhelming ... Turkish expats in Switzerland reject divisive referendum. Swiss foreign ministry pledges to continue dialogue with Erdogan regime.
"17.04.2017 11:43:29" swissinfo.ch A penny for your vote! In photos, have a look back at some of Switzerland's most out-there political campaigns, from dumping money on parliament square to paragliding.
"16.04.2017 12:39:01" swissinfo.ch Voting on Switzerland's energy future The Swiss must decide if they are ready give up nuclear energy and rely more on renewables, as part of a vote on May 21. Nuclear power out, renewable energy in? That's what Swiss voters will decide on in May.
"16.04.2017 10:01:23" swissinfo.ch Switzerland's controversial Islamic leaders The recent expulsion of Swiss Imam Hani Ramadan from France is a reminder that Switzerland is home to several controversial Muslims. Switzerland is home to several controversial Muslims – some with a reach far beyond Swiss borders. Here are four examples.
"16.04.2017 09:37:09" swissinfo.ch Easter in Switzerland: more than just eggs On this Easter Sunday, a look at Easter traditions in Switzerland over the years, in photos.
"16.04.2017 09:16:34" swissinfo.ch How a couple of sausages triggered the Swiss Reformation The time: March 9, 1522, the first Sunday of Lent. The crime scene: a printer's workshop in Grabengasse, Zurich. Fasting and furious: 500 years ago a handful of religious rebels in Zurich cooked a fry-up that would change history.
"15.04.2017 14:38:17" swissinfo.ch Will there be enough family physicians to treat your ailments? If young general practitioners don't want to be on call round the clock, can a group practice model can stem a GP shortage? Switzerland doesn't have enough General Practitioners to meet the needs of its population.
"15.04.2017 09:39:48" Switzerland: a local currency champion Switzerland has many more currencies than just the franc.
"14.04.2017 17:08:06" swissinfo.ch Gimme shelter: Stones' 1967 Swiss concert turns nasty It's been 50 years since fighting broke out at a Rolling Stones concert at the Hallenstadion in Zurich. Hysterical fans and broken chairs. Here's a snippet of The Rolling Stones performing in Zurich 50 years ago.
"14.04.2017 16:31:19" swissinfo.ch Agronomist wants to ensure fair means fair A Swiss start-up wants to ensure Ugandan cocoa farmers get the share of the chocolate market they deserve. How fair are your fair trade Easter bunnies? Swiss venture Schöki wants to ensure better income for cocoa farmers.
"13.04.2017 15:13:01" swissinfo.ch Swiss politician guilty of helping illegal immigrants The public prosecutor of southern Swiss canton Ticino has found parliamentarian Lisa Bosia Mirra guilty of facilitating the entry of ... Humanitarian or irresponsible law breaker?
"13.04.2017 11:58:51" swissinfo.ch Would you wear clothes from a 3D printer? Bouncy and revealing, is this how people will dress someday? 3D printing was showcased at the annual Textile and Fashion Days in Zurich. Switzerland is known for its high-end textiles, but these peek-a-boo plastic styles by Israeli designer Danit Peleg amazed guests at the Textile & Fashion Days at the Schweizerische Textilfachschule in Zurich. Also featured: Swiss labels Bally and LBD
"13.04.2017 11:35:38" swissinfo.ch Do software developers earn less than bus drivers? A recent report on Swiss salaries left many wondering whether software developers really only earn a mediocre amount compared to other professions. Next up in our series on Swiss salaries: software developers. Do they really get such mediocre pay in Switzerland?
"13.04.2017 10:00:46" swissinfo.ch Federer: 'When I met Mirka I had no titles, now I have 91' On court, Roger Federer makes everything look easy; off court, the Swiss tennis legend is equally impressive and well-organised. VIDEO: In an interview with Swiss TV, Roger Federer reveals what it takes to maintain his balancing act between family and sport.
"12.04.2017 17:06:45" swissinfo.ch Swiss chocolate sees its magic melt Shifting tastes and the “war on sugar” is forcing the Swiss chocolate industry to rethink its business models. Tough times for the Swiss chocolate giants: health-conscious consumers are cutting back on sugary products, the price of cocoa beans is shooting up and affluent consumers are turning to small, local “craft” makers of handmade – not robot-made – chocolate.
"12.04.2017 09:43:39" swissinfo.ch Big-hearted response made to famine appeal A public fundraising day in Switzerland for famine victims in Africa has in a record windfall of CHF10.1 million ($10 million). Big-hearted Swiss donate high sum to Africa famine appeal
"12.04.2017 09:22:35" swissinfo.ch Beautiful music for a good cause By day, he's a globe-trotting doctor working to eliminate tuberculosis, by night he plays cello in the UN Orchestra. Doctors, aid workers and scientists join musical forces for a good cause at the UN Orchestra
"11.04.2017 18:42:46" swissinfo.ch Sion 2026: an un-Olympic dream Voters may have said no to Graubünden's candidacy for the Winter Olympics 2026, but Switzerland could still be in the running to host the event. It's official! Swiss Olympic Team approves Sion's candidacy for 2026 winter Olympic Games. Does it stand a chance to win the bid?
"11.04.2017 16:08:15" Cave explorers delve into uncharted territory Does crawling around in tight, dark spaces sound like your kind of thing? Then what these people in the Bernese Oberland's Geltenbach Cave have been up to will be right up your street!
"11.04.2017 15:34:02" swissinfo.ch Switzerland's fight to abolish the death penalty Switzerland is pursuing an ambitious goal to abolish capital punishment around the world by 2025. Amnesty reported that 1,032 people were executed around the world in 2016 - 37% fewer than the previous year. But those figures did not include China, which guards its execution data as a state secret.
"11.04.2017 14:07:00" swissinfo.ch Every Swiss steak to be identifiable by its DNA Meat lovers in Switzerland will soon be able to guarantee that their steak really did come from Switzerland. Following meat suppliers in Britain and Canada, the Swiss meat industry plans to carry out nationwide DNA tests on every cow and calf.
"11.04.2017 12:44:41" swissinfo.ch Federer, Murray float through Zurich before match Roger Federer and Andy Murray have been entertaining fans in an unusual practice session on a raft on the River Limmat in Zurich. The bridge ... VIDEO: If you happened to be walking through Zurich yesterday, you may have seen Roger Federer and Andy Murray playing tennis...on the river.
"11.04.2017 11:33:35" swissinfo.ch Swiss Solidarity is collecting for famine victims Tuesday is National Donation Day and the Swiss Solidarity charity is collecting all day for victims of famine in Africa. The Swiss Solidarity charity is collecting money to help famine victims in Africa.
"11.04.2017 11:10:58" swissinfo.ch How well does Switzerland pay its teachers? In a comparison of Swiss salaries, teachers did fairly well with earnings above many other professions. But is there more to the story? Here's how much Swiss teachers earn compared to other countries.
"11.04.2017 10:15:36" swissinfo.ch Will there be enough family physicians to treat your ailments? If young general practitioners don't want to be on call round the clock, can a group practice model can stem a GP shortage? Switzerland faces a shortage of general practitioner doctors. Could working part-time in group practices be the solution?
"11.04.2017 09:53:54" swissinfo.ch Business and state bodies prepare for preferential hiring Swiss firms will be obliged to show preferential treatment to Swiss applicants. The cabinet has urged autonomous federal bodies to do likewise. The Swiss government is working on how to give preferential treatment to local workers, under the conditions of a deal to give people already in the country the first crack at jobs.
"11.04.2017 09:31:09" swissinfo.ch Anti-arms trade initiative launched The pacifist group Switzerland without an Army can start collecting signatures to ban the financing of companies that produce war ... Swiss National Banksy: police have "had words" with an 86-year-old Swiss woman for spraying anti-arms trade graffiti on the central bank in Bern.
"10.04.2017 21:05:20" Construction rubbish becomes treasure If you're someone who collects vintage furniture to go in your apartment, you'll love what they've done at this restaurant in Zurich.
"10.04.2017 17:54:23" swissinfo.ch High Swiss turnout for Turkish voters Interest in a constitutional reform in Turkey is high in Switzerland. Of the almost 100,000 Swiss residents who are eligible to vote ... A vote on increased powers for Turkish President Erdogan prompted interest among Turkish expats in Switzerland, with a turnout that was 12% higher than the 2015 parliamentary elections.
"10.04.2017 15:45:37" swissinfo.ch Top cop: 'Compared with abroad, Switzerland's a paradise' Facing record numbers of cases of money-laundering and cybercrime, not to mention threats from jihadists, Fedpol has its hands full. What's the threat of a terrorist attack in Switzerland? Fedpol chief Della Valle wants more staff and additional tools, including preventive detention of suspects. But all measures must be strictly in line with the rule of law, she says.
"10.04.2017 12:08:52" swissinfo.ch Voting on Switzerland's energy future The Swiss must decide if they are ready give up nuclear energy and rely more on renewables, as part of a vote on May 21. Swiss voters will soon decide on phasing out nuclear power and boosting reneweable energy resources instead. Here's what's at stake.
"10.04.2017 11:48:19" swissinfo.ch Why do Swiss clergy earn so much? A recently published guide to Swiss salaries revealed some outliers that intrigued our readers, so we looked into them. After we published information on Swiss salaries, people wondered why pastors earn so much money in Switzerland compared to other professions. We looked into it, and here's what we found out.
"10.04.2017 07:33:34" Nouvo in English Atchoo!! Who gets hay fever? If you keep it under control with tablets: like this post , if nothing works: click the sad face . Is global warming making hay fever worse? For more videos like this, take a look at our new page, Nouvo in English!
"09.04.2017 12:56:44" swissinfo.ch Swiss Islamist deemed a threat and expelled from France Hani Ramadan, the controversial former director of the Geneva Islamic Centre was expelled from France on Saturday for posing a ... The former high school French teacher in Geneva was sacked for his extremist views in 2002.
"09.04.2017 10:18:28" swissinfo.ch Masterpieces of Zurich arms dealer on show A collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist masterpieces built up by Zurich arms dealer Emil Georg Bührle are on display in Lausanne. Famous art collection struggles to shake off shadowy past.
"09.04.2017 07:57:39" Hoping for new tuberculosis treatments Researchers at Geneva University are trying to find ways to treat new strains of TB.
"08.04.2017 14:08:15" swissinfo.ch A penny for your vote! The Swiss know a thing or two about audacious political campaigns, given that they vote at least four times a year. A look at some of the most out-there ideas, in photos.
"08.04.2017 10:33:10" swissinfo.ch Wanted: teachers of all origins Are teachers in Swiss schools too Swiss? One university of teacher training thinks so. Swiss schools are trying to recruit teachers from more diverse backgrounds to meet the needs of students who come from everywhere.
"08.04.2017 09:04:42" swissinfo.ch 'Swiss ignorance about Roma speaks for itself' On this International Day of Roma, a look at how the community is regarded in Switzerland.
"08.04.2017 07:50:06" play.swissinfo.ch Watch: Brewer crafts a different kind of beer The Doppelleu brewery in Winterthur shows how even small innovations can convert into business success. At the Doppelleu Brauwerkstatt und Chopfab Biere brewery near Zurich where the craft beer Chopfab is made, production has increased 20-fold in the past 4 years.
"07.04.2017 17:19:18" Goats' milk is booming Goat products are becoming more and more popular in Switzerland! Have you tried goats' milk?
"07.04.2017 14:53:03" swissinfo.ch Taxing times for multinational magnet Switzerland The number of foreign firms setting up shop in Switzerland remained stable last year but the picture changes when certain factors are considered. Foreign multinationals appear keen to set up shop in some Swiss cantons more than others. Could Switzerland's corporate tax debacle be to blame for this patchy relocation performance?
"07.04.2017 12:49:49" swissinfo.ch Anton Mosimann: 'Life is a Circus' “Life is a circus” is the autobiography of star Swiss chef Anton Mosimann. What's it like cooking for the Queen, presidents and prime ministers? Rubbing shoulders with celebrities, royalty and the world's most powerful leaders. Star Swiss chef Anton Mosiman's career in photos.
"07.04.2017 11:21:55" swissinfo.ch Novice watch entrepreneurs risk all on Hindu God Shiva Divine inspiration convinced two former colleagues in finance to invest all their savings in a watch brand dripping with Hindu symbolism. Novice watch entrepreneurs risk all on Hindu God Shiva. Fresh off the presses at Baselworld.
"07.04.2017 09:45:37" swissinfo.ch Sion 2026: an un-Olympic dream Voters may have said no to Graubünden's candidacy for the Winter Olympics 2026, but Switzerland could be still in the running to host the event. Sion's un-Olympic dream: how bureaucrats threaten to spike the will of Swiss voters in the bid for the 2026 Winter Games.
"06.04.2017 18:15:25" swissinfo.ch Swiss mountaineer aims for new Everest record Swiss mountaineer Ueli Steck is training for a new Himalaya record...without supplemental oxygen. A climber known as the "Swiss machine" is going for another record - one of the most dangerous he's ever attempted.
"06.04.2017 16:11:26" swissinfo.ch Has migration changed the Swiss language map? The number of residents who do not speak any of the official Swiss languages as a main language has more than doubled this century. Switzerland already has four official languages, but more are joining the mix.
"06.04.2017 14:33:54" Nouvo in English If you've ever bought Swiss cheese, it may have been proudly labelled as 'Made in Switzerland'. Having that label isn't as easy as you might think... If you want short videos about Switzerland, like our page Nouvo in English!
"06.04.2017 14:27:05" interactive.swissinfo.ch interactive.swissinfo.ch Switzerland managed to avoid an unemployment crisis during the recession. Others were not so lucky: http://s.swissin.fo/6hqnlDh
"06.04.2017 11:55:23" swissinfo.ch Swiss-EU negotiations back on track Swiss President Doris Leuthard and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker have announced an “unblocking” of negotiations ... Unblocked! Switzerland and the European Commission have agreed to
resume negotiations on all issues, ending the impasse that resulted from a 2014 Swiss vote to curb immigration from EU countries.
"06.04.2017 11:20:00" swissinfo.ch Small firms accused of shunning innovation Why are small Swiss companies leaving innovation to big pharma? One craft brewery is bucking the trend and has the hops on its competitors. Are smaller Swiss businesses really shunning investment in research and development? We investigate...starting with a craft brewery.
"06.04.2017 08:22:08" Nouvo in English If you compare Switzerland to other countries in the world, how does it measure up? ⚖️ Have you seen our new page Nouvo in English? It's full of short videos that bring you bang-up-to-date in around a minute!
"05.04.2017 14:35:31" swissinfo.ch Swiss pupils protest school budget cuts Swiss students are protesting education budget cuts in what could be the largest student demonstration the country has ever seen. Swiss students protest education budget cuts in what could be the biggest demo of its kind
"05.04.2017 12:06:48" swissinfo.ch The European Citizens' Initiative is very much alive Dismissed as “useless and toothless”, the European Citizens' Initiative – or ECI – might just have hidden potential. Have you ever signed a petition? A platform that lets citizens of EU countries call for legal changes by signing their names was almost declared obsolete, but now it's stronger than ever.
"05.04.2017 11:44:06" swissinfo.ch Driving out the devil in Switzerland Every year, about 1,400 people ask Swiss churches for help with exorcisms, and the number is growing. Exorcisms - they are taking place in Switzerland
"05.04.2017 10:26:44" swissinfo.ch The challenges of branding a Swiss city Is Geneva best known as a hub for international organisations and peace talks, or the role it plays in corruption and tax scandals? Geneva - a place linked to scandals and corruption or a hub of international organisations like the United Nations? Or both?
"05.04.2017 09:51:57" swissinfo.ch Italy summons Swiss ambassador over closed borders The Italian foreign ministry has summoned the Swiss ambassador to Rome for urgent talks after Switzerland closed three minor border crossings. The Swiss closure of three border crossings between Switzerland and Italy overnight has resulted in a diplomatic row.
"04.04.2017 15:50:02" swissinfo.ch Dinosaur-delayed motorway finally opens Thirteen years ago, the discovery of dinosaur footprints brought construction of a new motorway in the Bernese Jura to a grinding halt. What to do when construction of a major motorway is halted by the discovery of thousands of dinosaur footprints? That happened in Switzerland in 2002, and today the road is complete...but the paleontological work continues.
"04.04.2017 13:27:18" swissinfo.ch Swiss unions slam public service alliance with Uber Unions protested in Bern on Tuesday against a collaborative deal between the Federal Railways (SBB), Swiss Post and the ride-sharing service Uber. Demonstration in Bern: Swiss unions are angry that the Federal Railways and Post are planning to launch a mobile app in collaboration with Uber, which would allow users to book ride-sharing services.
"04.04.2017 12:39:52" swissinfo.ch Problematic pesticide levels in Swiss streams High levels of pollution in Swiss streams pose a threat to the nation's biodiversity. The results of the first long-term study on pollution levels in Swiss streams - which are smaller and more vulnerable to contamination than rivers - have been released...and it doesn't look good.
"04.04.2017 09:38:35" swissinfo.ch Wanted: teachers of all origins Are teachers in Swiss schools too Swiss? One university of teacher training thinks so. One Swiss university is trying to recruit more trainee teachers from non-Swiss origins, to help facilitate the education and integration of the growing number of students from diverse backgrounds.
"04.04.2017 09:16:01" swissinfo.ch Dementia cases on the rise There are far more people with dementia in Switzerland than previously thought – and the number is expected to double over the next 25 years. Ageing population: new figures show that the number of people in Switzerland with Alzheimer's disease is higher than previously thought - and climbing.
"04.04.2017 08:10:12" swissinfo.ch When Swiss neutrality hurt the Indian freedom struggle Switzerland was a safe haven for revolutionaries, anarchists and foreign agents until they were seen as a threat to Swiss neutrality. Indian revolutionaries in Europe took advantage of Swiss neutrality to campaign against British rule. But it was a double-edged sword.
"03.04.2017 19:11:10" Timeline Photos Now that Article 50 has been triggered for Britain to leave the EU, what situation do you find yourself in as a Brit in Switzerland or a Swiss in Britain, and what questions do you have? Let us know in the comments.
"03.04.2017 16:51:12" swissinfo.ch Dark clouds gather for Swiss commercial fleet As the Swiss commercial fleet celebrates three-quarters of a century, dark clouds gather on the horizon. Ships that belong to Swiss commercial shipping companies face an uncertain future.
"03.04.2017 15:00:31" swissinfo.ch auf Deutsch swissinfo.ch ist der internationale Dienst der SRG SSR - Twitter: @swissinfo_de Sprechen Sie Deutsch? Wir haben auch eine deutschsprachige Facebook-Seite!
"03.04.2017 14:33:47" swissinfo.ch A Swiss doctor who brought hope to Cambodia A charismatic Swiss doctor – and cellist – has been a key player in Cambodia's recovery from years of war and terror, providing much ... Swiss doctor Beat Richner, whose life's work involved bringing quality health care to Cambodia, has had to step down from his job managing the hospitals he founded for health reasons. We visited him and his patients a few years ago.
"03.04.2017 12:23:44" swissinfo.ch Seeking to reconcile democracy and economics The political left in Switzerland wishes to rejuvenate its founding idea and move beyond capitalism. Has Switzerland's Social Democratic Party - one of the most left-leaning political parties in Europe - run out of ideas?
"03.04.2017 10:51:47" swissinfo.ch Property owned abroad: what Swiss taxpayers need to know The automatic exchange of financial information between Swiss and foreign authorities is worrying many people in Switzerland who own property abroad. If you live in Switzerland but own property outside the country, this is for you.
"03.04.2017 08:45:30" swissinfo.ch Do Swiss banks, teachers and Geneva have an image problem? Here are a few of the stories we will bring you during the week starting on April 3. Stories we're bringing you this week: scandalous Geneva, innovation at a brewery and understanding Switzerland's Roma community.
"02.04.2017 10:02:51" swissinfo.ch When Swiss neutrality hurt the Indian freedom struggle - SWI swissinfo.ch A forgotten episode in India's struggle for Independence is revisited by new books that underline Switzerland's role.
"02.04.2017 07:39:14" Timeline Photos Six hundred years after the birth of Niklaus of Flüe, aka Brother Klaus, a statue of the Swiss saint has been moved. More pictures of the week in our weekly collection: http://s.swissin.fo/LsHf8U4
"01.04.2017 10:19:21" swissinfo.ch Evolution on a Swiss scale Research on one of Switzerland's most popular fish provides new insights into the consequences of dwindling biodiversity. What happens when one type of fish disappears from a Swiss lake? The investigation is giving scientists new clues about how dependent ecosystems are on a variety of species.
"01.04.2017 09:54:12" swissinfo.ch Swiss spaghetti hoax still the pick of the crop Did you know that spaghetti comes from spaghetti trees in the Swiss canton of Ticino? Here's more on this year's crop, which is expected to be bountiful.
"01.04.2017 06:50:58" play.swissinfo.ch Video: Turkish ex-spy recounts political espionage In an exclusive interview with Swiss public television, SRF, a former agent of the Turkish National Intelligence Organisation (MİT), confirmed suspicions that political espionage had taken place in the past on members of the Turkish community in A former Turkish spy in Switzerland tells his story.
"31.03.2017 17:28:08" play.swissinfo.ch Watch: Eye-catching inventions in Geneva A selection of innovations from the 45th Geneva Inventions Exhibition. (Simon Bradley, swissinfo.ch) If there would be one thing in the world that could be invented to solve a problem for you, what would it be...?
"31.03.2017 17:03:53" What goes up must come down (after five full twists) One...two...three...four...five...
This week, a Swiss freestyle skier became the first to land a "quad cork 1800" jump. http://s.swissin.fo/mGdeFaB
"31.03.2017 12:27:55" swissinfo.ch Voters baffled by company tax reforms Far from being a middle-class rebellion, utter confusion appears to have motivated voters to reject Switzerland's corporate tax ... When most Swiss voters turned down a corporate tax reform package in February, some thought it represented a middle-class rebellion. Turns out most people didn't understand the complicated issue before them and voted "no" just to be on the safe side.
"31.03.2017 09:22:43" swissinfo.ch How I survived 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 making the biggest mistakes? Moving account: a swissinfo.ch journalist offers personal advice on the unique challenges and surprises of moving house in Switzerland.
"30.03.2017 14:36:13" Pricey gadgets profit from Swiss watchmaking skills Baselworld, the world's biggest watch fair ends today. It was not just watches on show but also gadgets that incorporate elements of watchmaking: http://s.swissin.fo/tJxu44E
"30.03.2017 14:07:14" swissinfo.ch Just how jazzy is the Montreux Jazz Festival? Pet Shop Boys? Tom Jones? Does the Montreux Jazz Festival need to be re-named? Many headline acts at the Montreux Jazz Festival will have jazz purists shaking their head. We crunched the data to find out which musical genre is most represented at the event.
"30.03.2017 12:19:29" swissinfo.ch Geneva inventions fair gets serious The Geneva Exhibition of Inventions has a reputation for gizmos and wackiness. But the organizers seem keen to shake off this image. Weird and wonderful: for the first time Lausanne's Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) has a stand at the annual Geneva Exhibition of Inventions.
"29.03.2017 15:57:01" swissinfo.ch Commuter train comes off tracks in Swiss capital Exactly a week after a major train derailment in Lucerne, a local train went off the tracks just outside the main station in Bern on Wednesday. Is your commute on track? Passengers travelling from Bern to Zurich can expect delays after the second Swiss train derailment in a week.
"29.03.2017 13:24:29" Nouvo in English A government-funded TV show to make migrants think twice before coming to Switzerland...? Is this a good idea? ️
"29.03.2017 13:04:11" swissinfo.ch Brexit: a guide for expat Brits and Swiss in the UK With 'Article 50' triggered on Wednesday formally launching Brexit negotiations, we explain what expats need to know. Are you a Brit living in Switzerland, or a Swiss living in Britain? What issues do you find yourself confronted with now that Article 50 has been triggered for Britain to leave the EU? Let us know in the comments.
"29.03.2017 12:27:04" swissinfo.ch in italiano Panoramica grafica sull'evoluzione delle domande d'asilo in Europa: una visione completa e dettagliata in un colpo d'occhio.
"29.03.2017 09:37:07" swissinfo.ch When 'old' immigrants help 'new' ones An Italian immigrant community is helping newly arrived Eritreans find their way in Switzerland. Why is Switzerland's Italian community offering a helping hand to Eritrean refugees?
"29.03.2017 09:04:04" swissinfo.ch When top-down goes bottom-up One of the world's most peculiar democracies is challenging Europe's peaceful post-war order – possibly necessary for a brighter democratic future. Today, Britain is formally triggering Article 50 to leave the European Union. What does that mean for the future of democracy?
More of our democracy coverage here: http://s.swissin.fo/7mAAHNi
"29.03.2017 07:00:47" swissinfo.ch in italiano Dal maggio '68 al parlamento europeo, dal movimento anarchico al municipio di Francoforte, Daniel Cohn Bendit suscita ammirazione e irritazione da mezzo secolo. Il 30 marzo, swissinfo.ch lo incontra per un'intervista. Un'occasione per parlare di Dani il
"28.03.2017 15:29:08" swissinfo.ch Pricey gadgets profit from Swiss watchmaking skills Swiss companies are using precision mechanics from the watchmaking industry to manufacture gadgets for those with deep pockets. $1 million humidors, $2,500 whiskey flasks, a $16,000 desk robot...Swiss precision watchmaking techniques are being applied to a host of luxury goods aimed at the super-rich.
"28.03.2017 14:06:24" swissinfo.ch 'J' is not a name, rules Swiss court The baby girl had been given three perfectly normal names, but the fourth – “J” – saw her parents end up in court. Michael J Fox, LL Cool J and Jay Z were not called as witnesses in a legal case in Zurich over whether a couple could name their daughter J.
"28.03.2017 13:14:48" swissinfo.ch Turkey's civil code is based on a Swiss model As Turks prepare to vote on changes to their Constitution, their civil code – taken over from the Swiss – is more than 90 years old. ... Turks around the world are getting ready to vote on key amendments to their Constitution. Another of their country's founding documents - the Turkish civil code - was adopted nearly one-to-one from a Swiss model.
"28.03.2017 11:50:31" swissinfo.ch Bern's divisive culture centre likely headed to court Instead of voters, the Supreme Court could now have the final say on a rightwing proposal to close down a controversial culture venue. In its decades-long history, the Reitschule Bern has been threatened with closure multiple times. The latest call for a vote to close it has been rejected, meaning the issue will likely end up in court.
"28.03.2017 11:21:27" swissinfo.ch Evolution on a Swiss scale Research on one of Switzerland's most popular fish provides new insights into the consequences of dwindling biodiversity. Research on Swiss fish provides some fascinating examples of the benefits of increased species biodiversity...and the problems that can occur when that diversity is lost.
"27.03.2017 15:02:23" Nouvo in English Switzerland is one of the happiest and richest countries in the world, but they're not at the top of every list that ranks different nations. What makes a place seem perfect to you? Is Switzerland perfect in your eyes? It's one of the richest and happiest countries in the world! Find out where else Switzerland scores top marks in our latest Nouvo in English video.
"27.03.2017 14:45:36" swissinfo.ch People are living longer. Will it mean more work? International statistics add context to the interconnected debates in Switzerland over retirement age, longevity and pensions. Switzerland, with one of the world's longest life expectancies, has been debating what longer lives mean for the future of its economy and its older workers.
"27.03.2017 14:08:16" swissinfo.ch Soontorn Leoni: from troubled childhood to successful businessman The 45-year-old Thai-Swiss Soontorn Leoni had a difficult start to life, but following a stay in a children's home, found his way thanks to sport. From Thailand to Switzerland and back again, this Swiss living abroad has found his place after a difficult time growing up.
"27.03.2017 09:24:38" swissinfo.ch Fragile but resilient EU marks low-key anniversary Six decades after the signing of its founding treaty, the EU appears more fragile than ever. But a Swiss expert puts things in perspective. Over the weekend, European Union leaders quietly marked 60 years since the signing of a landmark treaty that set the groundwork for the modern EU. Today, the European experiment is fragile but not necessarily in dire straits, says one Swiss who has made
"27.03.2017 09:03:17" swissinfo.ch Reinvented: from gadgets to hunting for a Swiss flat Here are a few of the stories we will bring you during the week starting on March 27. Happy Monday! Here's a run-down of some of the stories we have lined up for you this week.
"26.03.2017 12:45:02" swissinfo.ch Why 2017 will be about simplicity and sophistication for watch wearers We've mined the promotional data from Baselworld, the world's biggest watch fair, to speculate on watch trends for 2017. Quartz? Smartwatch? Leather? Our watch industry buzzword analysis reveals what consumers are likely to be looking for in a timepiece this year.
"26.03.2017 12:24:01" swissinfo.ch Picture of the week In this series, swissinfo.ch picture editors choose an image highlighting a news event of the past seven days. Picture of the week: An oddly empty and silent Lucerne train station, in the wake of a rare derailment. http://s.swissin.fo/IIYGK13
"26.03.2017 11:59:03" swissinfo.ch Language debate reveals expat generation gap The possible introduction of English as additional language of the Swiss expatriate community was one of the highlights of Saturday's ... At a Swiss Abroad Council session on Saturday, prioritising the use of Swiss languages versus English in communications with Swiss expatriates was a hot topic of discussion.
"25.03.2017 13:58:52" swissinfo.ch Top Swiss athletes hedge their bets with dual training A Swiss programme has found a way to get the best out of promising young athletes while providing vocational training as a safety net. These young hockey players are hoping to make it into top Swiss leagues or the NHL one day. But just in case life has other things in store, they are getting apprenticeships while training.
"25.03.2017 11:06:08" swissinfo.ch Phantoms of the UN opera Have you ever visited the UN building in Geneva? It's due for a renovation, but until then you can still see old details and relics from decades past. Or, if you can't go in person, here's a tour in photos.
"25.03.2017 10:24:38" swissinfo.ch The century-old fight over an hour of daylight A look into the history books shows Daylight Saving Time has been a hotly debated political issue in Switzerland for 100 years. Don't forget - clocks "spring ahead" one hour at 2 AM tomorrow in Switzerland! Despite those long summer nights that it brings, Daylight Saving Time hasn't always been popular.
"24.03.2017 15:37:52" swissinfo.ch Zurich calls on foreigners to become Swiss citizens The mayor of Zurich has sent letters to foreign residents of the city, urging them to become Swiss citizens before standards become ... Ahead of stricter citizenship rules next year, the mayor of Zurich has sent letters to 40,000 foreigners in the city urging them to apply for Swiss passports.
"24.03.2017 13:38:58" swissinfo.ch Measles outbreaks continue to plague Switzerland Switzerland is on track to see the most cases of measles in years in 2017. The problem just won't go away, as data shows. Switzerland has just seen its first measles-related death since 2009. Why has it struggled to eradicate the disease?
"24.03.2017 13:01:44" swissinfo.ch Switzerland probes Turkish 'political espionage' The Swiss Attorney General's office has opened criminal proceedings into allegations of political espionage surrounding the Turkish ... Switzerland is officially investigating reports of Turkish spying on its soil.
"24.03.2017 11:09:53" Nouvo in English Nouvo brings you short videos about Switzerland, Swiss current affairs and the wider world. Keep up to date and watch the videos wherever you are, whenever you like. Nouvo in English is part of swissinfo.ch, SRG SSR. Have you seen our new page Nouvo in English? It's full of short videos about Switzerland!
"24.03.2017 10:35:07" swissinfo.ch Train disruption throws daily life off track More than 90,000 people a day typically pass through Lucerne. When things go awry, it can be disorienting. The Swiss aren't used to major public transport disruptions like the one that followed a train derailment in Lucerne. Here's how they're handling it.
"23.03.2017 17:25:55" swissinfo.ch When science class produces real-world results Data from school science projects can become a unique and powerful resource for scientists. Everyone does experiments in science class, but in this Swiss classroom, the results contribute to global scientific research.
"23.03.2017 15:57:15" s.swissin.fo Federer: a tennis legend This one goes out to all the Federer fans. Do you always cheer for Federer?
"23.03.2017 13:05:10" swissinfo.ch Lucerne station to remain closed after train derails Lucerne station is due to remain closed until Monday after a Eurocity train carrying 160 passengers from Milan to Basel partially derailed on ... Lucerne station will be closed all weekend after a train derailed there yesterday.
"23.03.2017 09:44:35" swissinfo.ch Six things you should know about the watchmaking industry Why is Switzerland so dominant in this sector? How many Swiss watchmakers are there? Is Rolex the best known brand? Which Swiss watch brand sells the most timepieces? How much does the industry contribute to Switzerland's economy? Answers here.
"22.03.2017 18:24:08" Fat bikes Have you been on a "fatbike" yet...? (Hint: the name comes from the tyres!).
"22.03.2017 16:37:39" swissinfo.ch Lynx killed to prevent spread of virus Two Swiss lynx captured for a resettlement project have been euthanised because they were infected with the feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV). Could feline AIDS strike the Eurasian lynx population in Switzerland? Wildlife experts are worried after they found three lynx infected with the feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) -- the first known cases of wildcats getting the virus.
"22.03.2017 16:02:50" swissinfo.ch 'I hope we'll find ways to coexist with bears' In terms of biodiversity, Switzerland is doing very badly, finds the head of conservation biology at the University of Bern. Switzerland needs to think differently about animal predators to protect its biodiversity. So says one man who's been studying Swiss flora and fauna for most of his life.
"22.03.2017 14:17:00" Nouvo in English This man isn't letting a prosthetic leg get in the way of an ambitious expedition to Greenland. Can you imagine taking on a 200km cross-country ski expedition across Greenland, and with a prosthetic leg...?
"22.03.2017 13:19:05" swissinfo.ch 'Americans of color have different experiences in Switzerland' Julia Feliz of Solidarity for Humanity appeals to Americans in Switzerland to support efforts to fight racism, anti-Islam sentiment, and homophobia. An American living in Switzerland has found a way to address issues of racism, anti-Islam sentiment and homophobia which she experiences in both countries.
"22.03.2017 10:28:26" swissinfo.ch Where in the world is public broadcasting? Switzerland is debating the role public broadcasting should play in the country. What's the situation elsewhere around the world? With public broadcasting up for debate in many parts of the world, we took a look at the situation in countries where our journalists have lived and worked.
"21.03.2017 17:54:30" swissinfo.ch Top Swiss athletes hedge their bets with dual training A Swiss programme has found a way to get the best out of promising young athletes while providing vocational training as a safety net. Promising athletes often face tough decisions about their education. A new Swiss programme lets top athletes work towards a vocational diploma while practising their sport at the highest level.
"21.03.2017 15:54:56" 100 years of a Swiss populist party The Zurich branch of the right-wing Swiss People's Party has been in existence now for 100 years. Here are its highs and lows.
"21.03.2017 13:23:57" swissinfo.ch The story of the Swiss peace saint Switzerland's first saint in modern times, Nicholas of Flüe, was born 600 years ago. Switzerland's national saint was born 600 years ago today. The place where he lived as a hermit is still a popular destination for travellers to the country.
"21.03.2017 11:48:38" swissinfo.ch Around the Southern Ocean in 90 days The Swiss-run Antarctic Circumnavigation Expedition has completed its three-month voyage around the continent of Antarctica. Researchers from the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)'s Swiss Polar Institute just returned from a 90-day Antarctic expedition where they collected samples...and dodged penguins.
"21.03.2017 06:49:55" Nouvo in English Do wolves still belong in the wild in Switzerland? Is there still a place for wolves in Switzerland, even if they kill sheep and goats?
"20.03.2017 16:39:14" swissinfo.ch How Swiss democracy sidelines firebrands The deselection of Oskar Freysinger reflects how Switzerland's system of democracy keeps in check politicians who are deemed to have gone too far. Is the Swiss political system of consensus keeping extremists and provocateurs at bay?
"20.03.2017 15:16:15" swissinfo.ch How Swiss democracy sidelines firebrands The deselection of Oskar Freysinger reflects how Switzerland's system of democracy keeps in check politicians who are deemed to have gone too far. When politicians go too far: could the fall from grace of rightwing politician Oskar Freysinger be a sign that the Swiss are beginning to grow tired of Swiss People's Party-style politics at a time when populism is on the rise in other parts of Europe?
"20.03.2017 13:09:24" swissinfo.ch Chur's hockey talent at home in Minnesota Nino Niederreiter is currently one of the two best Swiss ice hockey players. The Minnesota Wild forward is now in his eighth season in North America. Swiss ice hockey ace Nino Niederreiter of the Minnesota Wild feels at home in laid back Minneapolis.
"20.03.2017 12:46:59" swissinfo.ch Switzerland's special EU deal This is how it works for Switzerland. The process for Britain to leave the EU will begin on March 29, it was announced today. Could the Swiss model for an EU relationship provide some inspiration for the deal?
"20.03.2017 12:26:50" swissinfo.ch Switzerland one of the happiest nations On World Happiness Day, the United Nations has named Switzerland the fourth happiest country in the world – right behind Norway, ... There's no reason to be grumpy in Switzerland, according to the UN. Do you agree?
"20.03.2017 10:09:03" swissinfo.ch Who will follow Federer and Wawrinka? Why do some countries have several male tennis players aged 21 or under in the world's top 500 and Switzerland doesn't have one? What's the secret to the Swiss tennis success on show at yesterday's BNP Paribas Open?
"19.03.2017 13:28:25" swissinfo.ch Does democracy make people happy? The more options people are given to participate politically, the happier they are. So shouldn't every country introduce Swiss-style direct democracy? Does Switzerland's direct democracy contribute to its happiness?
"19.03.2017 11:41:37" swissinfo.ch Why we're leaving the traditional office behind Have you ever tried co-working? What do you think of it?
"19.03.2017 08:07:35" swissinfo.ch Reinterpreting the art of the Belle Epoque Young Swiss designers give their own take on the Belle Epoque works of painter and graphic artist Anton Reckziegel (1865-1936). You've seen them - the Belle Epoque-era posters of Swiss tourist locales, with their sketches of snow-covered peaks and big block letters. Now, they've been re-invented with a modern-day spin.
"18.03.2017 16:12:35" Are Geneva youngsters steering clear of cars? Young people in Geneva aren't all eager to get behind the wheel, despite a flashy car show taking place in their backyard. http://s.swissin.fo/ydt0egJ
"18.03.2017 13:53:14" swissinfo.ch Too little milk consumed in the land of cheese The Swiss consume far too much meat and eat too few milk products, according to a national survey of diet. The findings have ... Healthy eaters? A survey reveals Swiss eat over three times the recommended amount of meat per week, four times the safe limit of sugar, salt and fats, and not enough milk products.
"18.03.2017 11:50:24" swissinfo.ch Why voters said 'No' to the Olympics - SWI swissinfo.ch We went to canton Graubünden to find out why voters chose not to hold the Winter Games in St Moritz and Davos in 2026 – the second such vote in four years.
"18.03.2017 09:28:17" swissinfo.ch An expat's 10-step guide to political engagement Moving abroad as an American is no reason to abstain from exercising your democratic rights at home, argues Alexandra Dufresne. Ideas on influencing politics from afar, from an American in Switzerland.
"17.03.2017 15:46:53" Nouvo in English Do you know what it takes to become Swiss? Do you know what's involved in becoming Swiss? Here's the short version from Nouvo in English!
"17.03.2017 15:26:48" swissinfo.ch What do people earn in Switzerland? From baker to banker, Swiss workers earn salaries that must be put into perspective. What's the basic minimum wage of a Swiss banker or hairdresser? Check out the latest salary statistics and data on average middle-class income and expenses.
"17.03.2017 11:03:07" swissinfo.ch German coach operator fined for 'facilitating' cheap travel The coach company Flixbus has been fined by the Swiss transport authorities for allowing customers to travel cheaply within the ... Currently, it is illegal in Switzerland for a foreign company to transport goods or passengers between locations within the country. Should this law be changed?
"17.03.2017 10:39:48" swissinfo.ch Swiss refuse action over insults to Turkish president Switzerland has refused mutual legal assistance to Turkey over alleged insulting remarks made on social media against the Turkish ... Switzerland won't help Turkey prosecute an Erdogan critic, ruling social media postings were protected by Swiss free speech provisions.
"17.03.2017 09:28:58" swissinfo.ch How direct democracy has grown over the decades The number of issues put to vote has increased considerably since the 1970s. The graphics present more than 600 nationwide votes since 1848. People in Switzerland vote a lot. Here are all the issues to have been decided at the ballot box since the 1970s.
"16.03.2017 16:12:45" swissinfo.ch Mar-a-Lago's Swiss real estate mogul A controversial Swiss property developer is one of the newest members of US President Donald Trump's exclusive Mar-a-Lago club. How did a controversial Swiss property developer gain access to Donald Trump's Florida compound Mar-a-Lago, also known as the “Winter White House”?
"16.03.2017 12:25:13" swissinfo.ch Wanted: Pharma super cops Have experience in tackling cybercrime, extremism, extortion, blackmail and bribery? If yes, the Swiss pharma industry might want to hear from you. Companies are looking for people to help them fight pharma crime.
"16.03.2017 10:56:34" In the thrall of the mountain king Which iconic Swiss animal has horns and represents tourism, conservation ... and beer?! Find out in our new series, "The Wild Side of Switzerland" http://s.swissin.fo/NCOLSbP
"16.03.2017 08:56:42" Selling Switzerland to young Indian tourists Indian film star Ranveer Singh has been roped in to help Switzerland shed its image as a “beautiful but boring” destination. Will the strategy work? More details: http://s.swissin.fo/hMJyWbI
"16.03.2017 02:45:21" Our new app is out now! If you want to make sure you're up to date with everything that's going on in Switzerland, you can download our new app for iOS here: http://s.swissin.fo/k9aRcZh or for Android, here: http://s.swissin.fo/L4Qkkdf
"15.03.2017 18:17:09" Timeline Photos What's the answer?
See how much more you know about transportation in Switzerland and 10 other topics in our app called "together" for people who want to learn more about life in the country. http://s.swissin.fo/UXDxRPL
"15.03.2017 16:57:36" swissinfo.ch Beavers should landscape, government should pay The Swiss parliament has agreed that the federal government should pick up the tab for infrastructure damaged by beavers. Who should foot the bill for damage caused by beavers? It's a tougher problem than you might think.
"15.03.2017 15:42:29" swissinfo.ch Rifle association up in arms about EU gun law The gun lobbying groups in Switzerland have protested against a regulation by the European Union parliament to tighten gun ownership ... Switzerland must comply with new EU gun laws because it's part of the Schengen zone. Not everyone is pleased.
"15.03.2017 13:02:19" swissinfo.ch 'I hope we'll find ways to coexist with bears' In terms of biodiversity, Switzerland is doing very badly, finds the head of conservation biology at the University of Bern. "It's crap!" says a Swiss professor when asked about a petition to eliminate wolves in one canton.
"15.03.2017 07:20:34" Nouvo in English Would you be up for a ride on a bus without a driver? The latest video from our friends at Nouvo in English shows plans for a new self-driving bus in Switzerland.
"14.03.2017 17:17:04" swissinfo.ch Why young people are falling out of love with cars Geneva attracts global attention for its motor show, but fewer and fewer young adults in Geneva itself are showing an interest in cars. No need for speed: why are teenagers and twenty-somethings in Europe increasingly reluctant to get behind the wheel?
"14.03.2017 15:45:44" swissinfo.ch Does more money always mean better health? Can we assume there is a correlation between money invested by a country, and citizen health? In the United States, the Republicans have recently released their plans to replace the Affordable Care Act. When we compared healthcare systems around the world, the US stood out as the most expensive, and inefficient.
"14.03.2017 14:18:16" swissinfo.ch Swiss cities among world's best for quality of life Zurich, Geneva and Basel are among the top ten cities in the world with the best quality of life, according to an international survey. Basel cracked the top ten for the first time in a ranking that looked at 39 factors influencing living quality in the world's cities.
"14.03.2017 11:30:54" swissinfo.ch Post office to start drone tests in Lugano Drones will be used this month to start delivering laboratory samples between two hospitals in canton Ticino as part of tests carried out by Swiss ... The Swiss Post is set to start delivering urine samples by drone. Is this a good idea or are you a wee bit concerned?
"14.03.2017 10:52:47" swissinfo.ch Swiss first time mothers among the oldest Women in Switzerland are on average the third oldest in Europe – at age 30.7 - when they give birth to their first child. The average woman in Switzerland is over 30 when she has her first child.
"14.03.2017 10:28:52" swissinfo.ch Public broadcaster faces political pressure Parliament is debating the role of public broadcasting in Switzerland. The political right and private media claim it has a monopoly ... Today, Swiss parliament continues debating the future of the country's public broadcasting system. Here's what's at stake.
More coverage of votes and debates at http://s.swissin.fo/jP6V3Lf
"13.03.2017 19:53:52" Seducing holidaymakers for the past century Travel through 100 years of Swiss tourism.
"13.03.2017 16:51:45" Swiss wow with concept cars Would you drive a car with a built-in garden? That's just one of the out-there ideas being presented this week at the Geneva Motor Show.
"13.03.2017 16:05:49" Nouvo in English Do you think you can spot it when one of your friends shares a photo that's not real? Or when they share an article that doesn't seem right? Do you know how to spot a fake news article? Our latest Nouvo in English video tells you what to look out for!
"13.03.2017 14:59:00" swissinfo.ch Being Swiss-born is 'like winning the lottery' As a child, Swiss-born Silvia Spross dreamt about the United States. Today, she has realised that dream by living in Los Angeles. Do you feel as privileged to be Swiss?
"13.03.2017 14:34:49" swissinfo.ch Swiss papers warn of the 'long arm of Erdoğan' The frontpage headline of Swiss tabloid Blick didn't mince its words on Monday: “Erdoğan'ın diktatörlüğüne HAYIR oyu kullanın!”. People who vote in favour of constitutional reforms in Turkey should leave Switzerland and go and live in Turkey, reckons one Swiss newspaper. What do you think?
"13.03.2017 12:57:16" swissinfo.ch No respite for war criminals By delving into an ex-Gambian minister's past, Swiss prosecutors have bucked a trend to undercut the work of the International Criminal Court. We asked the founder of TRIAL International what he thinks should happen to Gambia's former interior minister who's being held in Switzerland.
"11.03.2017 19:01:46" Timeline Photos They say robots are taking our jobs. Could that include Swiss cheesemakers?
More cartoons in our weekly series here: http://s.swissin.fo/j6Dv85M
"11.03.2017 18:38:39" swissinfo.ch A Valais entrepreneur's Olympic ambitions Is Switzerland ready for the gigantic logistical and financial challenge of hosting the Winter Olympics? One man has big plans for the Swiss city of Sion if it is chosen to host the 2026 Winter Games.
"11.03.2017 10:53:33" Timeline Photos Six years after its devastating tsunami, a Swiss-made book shows the reality of Fukushima today with a book of drawings and photographs entitled "After the Waves - Around Fukushima".
"11.03.2017 10:30:35" Divers repair historic bridge in Lucerne Diving into ice-cold water to saw through rotten wooden posts might not sound like everyone's idea of a great Sunday afternoon, but it has to be done to look after Lucerne's historic wooden Chapel Bridge.
"10.03.2017 17:31:22" swissinfo.ch Tibetan refugees unhappy with Chinese nationality Swiss authorities view classifying Tibetan refugees as Chinese nationals as an administrative measure. Not everyone agrees. Tibetans are unhappy with "corrected" Swiss residence permits that identify them as Chinese nationals.
"10.03.2017 16:24:03" swissinfo.ch Does democracy make people happy? The more options people are given to participate politically, the happier they are. So shouldn't every country introduce Swiss-style direct democracy? Switzerland was recently ranked among the happiest countries in the world. Is it because of its direct democracy?
"10.03.2017 15:40:54" New Swiss 'off-road' jet takes flight A new jet made in Switzerland by Pilatus costs nearly CHF9 million ($8.9 million). It's already been ordered by Nestlé president Peter Brabeck and the Swiss cabinet.
"10.03.2017 15:27:25" Nouvo in English Do you mind if your bank contributes to financing the palm oil industry? Have you seen the new videos over on our Nouvo in English page?
"10.03.2017 15:05:16" swissinfo.ch An expat's 10-step guide to political engagement Moving abroad as an American is no reason to abstain from exercising your democratic rights at home, argues Alexandra Dufresne. Is it possible to stay politically engaged even while living outside your home country? An American living in Switzerland has some ideas.
"10.03.2017 12:47:11" swissinfo.ch Say It With Flowers! Expert florists in Switzerland stepped out of their ordinary work environment to demonstrate their profession can be about more than making bouquets. Swiss florists create art works of their own, in pictures: http://s.swissin.fo/4ShkUFh
"10.03.2017 10:22:26" swissinfo.ch Too good to be true: Swiss 'gold' discounts With billions in sales, a Chinese online retailer now offers Swiss 'gold bars' along with Swiss 'francs' at a fraction of the going price. Online shoppers can buy "Swiss gold bars" at a steep discount, but they should know what they are - and aren't - getting.
"09.03.2017 17:36:45" swissinfo.ch Swiss government: 'no reason to ban Turkish foreign minister' Sunday's planned visit to Zurich by Turkey's foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu “currently represents no heightened threat to domestic ... Sunday's planned visit to Zurich by Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu “currently represents no heightened threat to domestic security”, according to the Swiss government. Zurich authorities want the visit to be cancelled. The government, citing
"09.03.2017 16:52:48" Nouvo in English Is it fair that Swiss hotels are forced to offer their best prices on sites like booking.com, rather than on their own websites? Have you checked out the videos on our Nouvo in English page? Short and sweet, you can watch them anytime, anywhere - and it'll only take you a minute.
"09.03.2017 16:43:22" swissinfo.ch How blockchain could soon affect everyday lives Could 2017 be the year of blockchain, when the digital transaction system breaks free from computer geeks to make an impact on ordinary households? How does blockchain work? How will the digital transaction system affect you personally in the future?
"09.03.2017 16:20:24" Jura man spends four months with flock Four months of moving sheep between different grazing grounds - a Swiss shepherd is taking part in what's called the transhumance. It's a practice that shepherds from Froidevaux in France have been doing for 30 years.
"09.03.2017 14:33:37" swissinfo.ch How direct democracy has grown over the decades The number of issues put to vote has increased considerably since the 1970s. The graphics present more than 600 nationwide votes since 1848. Switzerland: the world champion of the polls. Our graphics show that over 600 nationwide votes have been held since 1848.
"09.03.2017 14:09:28" swissinfo.ch Turkish diplomats seek asylum in Switzerland Switzerland is processing asylum requests from hundreds of Turkish citizens, including a few diplomats – a delicate situation ... Ahead of the Turkish foreign minister's planned visit Zurich on Sunday, the Swiss government has confirmed that 408 Turkish citizens had applied for asylum since the attempted coup in Turkey last July. These include diplomats still based in Switzerland.
"08.03.2017 17:34:45" swissinfo.ch 'Switzerland is a rock in turbulent waters' Switzerland's president for 2017, Doris Leuthard, says her job is to give the people a feeling of security in a time of great uncertainty. What does this year hold in store for Switzerland? The Swiss president for 2017 told us her plans.
"08.03.2017 16:59:29" swissinfo.ch When women were told to 'cook not vote' Swiss women had to wait until 1971 to vote – 1991 in one canton. Is Switzerland particularly backward? In Switzerland, with its direct democracy, women had to convince men to give them the right to vote at the ballot box.
"08.03.2017 15:46:13" swissinfo.ch Women stage 'Pussyhat knit-in' in Swiss capital On International Women's Day, several hundred people gathered in front of Switzerland's parliament square to show solidarity with ... Today, parliament square in Bern was full of women knitting pink hats.
"08.03.2017 13:57:11" swissinfo.ch The Swiss women who inspire On International Women's Day, we asked our readers which Swiss women – past or present – they find most inspiring. Here are the results. Which Swiss women do you find admirable?
"08.03.2017 12:44:14" swissinfo.ch Sion 2026 chosen as Swiss bid for Winter Olympics The Swiss Olympic committee's executive board has voted to back Sion's bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics. Will the Winter Games come to Switzerland in nine years?
"08.03.2017 11:27:36" swissinfo.ch Swiss women's 'absurd' struggle hits the big screen Switzerland's women didn't win the right to vote until 1971, not usually considered a laughing matter. But a new film puts a comedic spin on it. Coming soon to a theatre near you: the story of why Swiss women didn't get the vote until 1971.
"07.03.2017 17:03:28" play.swissinfo.ch Video: How to best protect Swiss forests Wild animals are causing extensive damage to forests. As hunters are not managing to shoot the required numbers, hopes are being pinned on the wolf to finish the job. (SRF/swisisnfo.ch) What's the best way to look after forests without interfering too much in nature?
"07.03.2017 16:38:49" swissinfo.ch Switzerland rated world's best country in US poll Switzerland is the best country in the world based on its attitude towards education, democracy, business and quality of life, according to a poll. Switzerland is number one, says a new ranking of 60 countries.
"07.03.2017 15:59:16" swissinfo.ch Measles outbreaks continue to plague Switzerland Switzerland is on track to see the most cases of measles in years in 2017. The problem just won't go away, as data shows. Why haven't the Swiss been able to eradicate measles?
"07.03.2017 15:19:46" swissinfo.ch Should robots be taxed for stealing jobs? If death and taxes are the only two things that a person can count on, should the latter apply to robots as well, as they take over human jobs? Should robots be taxed for doing work traditionally done by humans?
Some say yes - it will provide government and social revenue that would otherwise be lost. Others say no - it would stunt innovation and economic growth.
What do you think?
"07.03.2017 12:56:32" Timeline Photos We want to know who you think should be on our list of inspirational Swiss women for International Women's Day tomorrow. Tell us in the comments!
"07.03.2017 10:27:01" swissinfo.ch Scrutiny of Mir family broadens over Swiss accounts Swiss authorities have received requests for information concerning alleged Swiss bank accounts held by Sabeha Mir. The family behind a high-end handicrafts chain has been targeted by Indian authorities for alleged tax evasion via Swiss bank accounts.
"07.03.2017 08:28:28" swissinfo.ch Earthquake, 4.6, hits Switzerland The Swiss are buzzing about an earthquake that struck on Monday night. Shaking was felt across Switzerland last night during the largest earthquake to hit the country in years.
"06.03.2017 19:19:00" swissinfo.ch Political shift challenges Human Rights Council The first session of the United Nations' Human Rights Council in 2017 must contend with a global shift towards the political right. The United Nations Human Rights Council is gearing up for a tough year ahead.
"06.03.2017 18:53:53" swissinfo.ch Basel carnival gets underway Basel's Fasnacht – Switzerland's largest carnival – began on Monday with more than 10,000 participants braving rainy conditions to ... Basel's "three finest days" kicked off at 4 am today.
"06.03.2017 15:10:14" swissinfo.ch Study questions benefits of early English instruction A University of Zurich study has found that early English learning may not be as advantageous as thought, the NZZ am Sonntag reports. Research out of Switzerland has landed right in the middle of the country's debate over teaching foreign languages. It found that teaching English early on seems to benefit pupils at first...but then things get interesting.
"06.03.2017 13:09:56" swissinfo.ch Public names Zurich elephant 'Ruwani' The female elephant born in Zurich Zoo on February 25 will be called Ruwani. The name received 8,263 votes in an online poll, Zurich Zoo revealed ... She's no Dumbo or Babar. This little pachyderm has a name to signify she is “like a precious stone, highly valuable”.
"06.03.2017 12:47:55" swissinfo.ch Swatch launches world's smallest Bluetooth chip The Swatch Group has built the world's smallest low-energy Bluetooth chip. The five-square-millimeter chip fits on a fingertip but holds five million transistors. Could it spell a comeback for Swatch?
"05.03.2017 19:24:38" swissinfo.ch Brazil's Swiss cultural remnants Helvécia, a small village in the state of Bahia, northeastern Brazil, is what remains of two vast farms founded by a Swiss immigrant. Take a visit to Helvécia - a Swiss-founded town in Brazil - through pictures.
"03.03.2017 15:06:20" swissinfo.ch A Valais entrepreneur's Olympic ambitions Is Switzerland ready for the gigantic logistical and financial challenge of hosting the Winter Olympics? From polluted refinery site to the 2026 Winter Olympics village. One man's dream to put the Swiss city of Sion on the sporting map.
"03.03.2017 14:35:56" swissinfo.ch Geneva protest over Credit Suisse's alleged Dakota pipeline funding Around 100 people protested against Credit Suisse's alleged funding of firms involved in the controversial Dakota Access oil pipeline project. The controversial American pipeline creates a stir in Switzerland.
"03.03.2017 14:14:18" swissinfo.ch The day Switzerland said yes to the UN It was on this day exactly 15 years ago that the Swiss voted to join the United Nations. Exactly 15 years ago, the Swiss voted to join the United Nations. Six months later it became the 190th member of the global organisation.
"03.03.2017 12:24:13" swissinfo.ch Carla Del Ponte: "Assad ist einer der schlimmsten Kriminellen" Die UNO-Untersuchungskommission für Syrien hat einen belastenden Bericht über die Kämpfe um Aleppo vorgelegt Syrien-Präsident Bashar ...
"02.03.2017 17:06:20" swissinfo.ch Wanted: Pharma super cops Have experience in tackling cybercrime, extremism, extortion, blackmail and bribery? If yes, the Swiss pharma industry might want to hear from you. Would you work as an "intelligence analyst" who can "bring counterfeiters and illegal traders to justice?" Pharmaceutical companies are looking for people to help them fight pharma crime.
"02.03.2017 14:43:13" swissinfo.ch LafargeHolcim admits to paying off armed groups in Syria The Franco-Swiss cement giant LafargeHolcim has admitted that its staff in Syria paid armed groups in return for being able to ... The Swiss-French cement company LaFargeHolcim has admitted that it payed off armed groups in the Syrian conflict to maintain operations at one of its plants in northern Syria.
"02.03.2017 10:57:17" swissinfo.ch Nestlé and Danone team up to produce green plastic More used to battling it out over mineral water and baby milk, Nestlé and Danone have joined forces to create a greener plastic bottle. Can plastic bottles be made that are less harmful for the environment? Two major companies are giving it a try.
"01.03.2017 18:31:09" swissinfo.ch Neutral Switzerland and the NATO dilemma Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), visits Bern. Is Switzerland a freeloader when it comes to European security and defence? NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg chooses his answer carefully ahead of a visit to Bern.
"01.03.2017 18:11:03" Switzerland as the world's digital safe Can the land of Swiss banks also become the land of secure data storage?
"01.03.2017 16:32:16" swissinfo.ch From Federer to Trump – February's top seven reads What were the big events that made the news in Switzerland last month? What stories captured the interest of our readers the most? From Federer winning the Australian Open to Switzerland staking its claim in a world where America is "first", a lot happened in February. Here are the stories you won't want to have missed!
"01.03.2017 16:11:06" swissinfo.ch Trump jitters cast shadow over close US-Geneva ties As clouds build, swissinfo.ch looks back at the United States' closely interwoven history with 'International Geneva'. Donald Trump is causing jitters at the United Nations - and international Geneva.
"01.03.2017 15:48:35" One of our journalists is working on a story about jobs and is looking for sources. Did you move to Switzerland from somewhere else in search of a more permanent work contract? Or are you considering such a move because of better work contracts in
"01.03.2017 13:43:28" swissinfo.ch Baloch leader unfazed by Pakistan's arrest request The Geneva-based leader of Baloch Republican Party (BRP) Brahumdagh Bugti, is confident that nothing will come of Pakistan's request ... Pakistan's attempt to extradite a Baloch leader from Switzerland is an uphill task, even with Interpol cooperation.
"01.03.2017 11:38:51" swissinfo.ch How young people learn diplomacy What if the United Nations were called upon to resolve a Game of Thrones conflict? Debating Game of Thrones conflicts is all part of a day's work at the Model United Nations.
"01.03.2017 11:17:52" swissinfo.ch The three Swiss pension pillars, explained The Swiss cabinet and parliament are wrangling over reforms to the country's pension scheme. How does the current system work? Right now, Swiss parliament is debating changes to the country's pension system. Here's how it works now, and what lawmakers are thinking about doing differently.
"28.02.2017 20:15:42" swissinfo.ch Half of Swiss manufacturers plan to move abroad Nearly half of Swiss industrial companies plan to escape the strong franc by moving at least parts of their manufacturing production ... Switzerland's manufacturers are looking elsewhere because of how expensive domestic production has gotten.
"28.02.2017 17:03:01" swissinfo.ch Swiss financial sector 'vulnerable' to crime Switzerland's financial centre is a strength but is also a weakness when it comes to money laundering, according to Attorney General Michael Lauber. There are two sides to every coin; just look at Switzerland's relationship to financial crime, says the country's attorney general.
"28.02.2017 14:32:14" Trunk call: public to name baby elephant The Zoo Zürich population just grew by one: a baby elephant was born there last weekend. Now the public gets to help choose its name. http://s.swissin.fo/RTRKesk
"28.02.2017 11:33:45" swissinfo.ch Measles outbreaks continue to plague Switzerland Switzerland is on track to see the most cases of measles in years in 2017. The problem just won't go away, as data shows. Measles is the world's most contagious infections disease, and Switzerland has struggled to get rid of it.
"28.02.2017 10:03:43" Coming through! Swiss sets world record for skiing backwards And the title goes to...Switzerland! A Swiss skier has just set the world record in backwards skiing with this run. http://s.swissin.fo/kQFXzHV
"27.02.2017 16:51:25" Geneva extends a hand to some undocumented immigrants Geneva is experimenting with giving amnesty to a small number of illegal immigrants under strict terms. It's a model that might be looked at by the rest of Switzerland as well.
"27.02.2017 15:09:23" swissinfo.ch 'Switzerland is a rock in turbulent waters' Switzerland's president for 2017, Doris Leuthard, says her job is to give the people a feeling of security in a time of great uncertainty. Switzerland's new president told us about her plans for her year in office and that she wants her country to be a stabilizing force in a rough world.
"27.02.2017 14:47:13" swissinfo.ch Dealing with violent protesters Monday's parliamentary session includes a motion to increase punishment for those who attack police and other officials. Should people who attack police officers receive harsher punishments? Following a week of repeated clashes between police and demonstrators in Bern, Swiss politicians are debating the issue.
"27.02.2017 11:27:27" swissinfo.ch Your thoughts: voting rights for the Swiss abroad It all started with a tweet from a political advisor who wrote that "Swiss living abroad shouldn't have the right to vote". Thoughts from our readers. We asked, you answered: here's what our readers thought of whether Swiss living abroad should lose their voting rights. What's your perspective?
"26.02.2017 20:47:28" swissinfo.ch Coming up: coverage from Switzerland Here are some of the stories we'll bring you the week starting February 27. An interview with Switzerland's president, the latest on counterfeit drugs and a look at possible Swiss Winter Games are some of the stories on our agenda this week.
"26.02.2017 17:46:52" swissinfo.ch The art of capturing a tragedy A Swiss artist is tasked with telling a story about coal, indigenous tribes and a civil war. But he must do it blindfolded. Hear the story of a Swiss illustrator who draws graphic novels about a specific tribe in India, even though he's never seen where his subjects live.
"26.02.2017 16:39:29" swissinfo.ch Behind the scenes of an Oscar-nominated film The Swiss stop motion animation that's taking the film world by storm, “My Life as a Courgette” involved months of work and attention to detail. Tonight, the Swiss film "My Life as a Courgette" is up for an Academy Award. Will it take home the prize?
"26.02.2017 15:30:10" The Swiss love things that go bump in the night The Swiss have a taste for the macabre, especially around this time of year when carnival celebrations frighten away the spirits of winter.
"25.02.2017 16:44:46" swissinfo.ch Warmer climate could mean selenium scarcity Humans need the mineral selenium in their diets to stay healthy. We normally get it in our food through the soil, but a team of scientists out of Switzerland has found much of it could be lost by the end of the century.
"25.02.2017 14:19:20" swissinfo.ch The world's a better place when it's upside down It's World Yoga Day on Sunday. What's the most unusual place you've ever done yoga?
"25.02.2017 10:17:59" swissinfo.ch A carnival bridging two towns Two towns, one name, and one very big party. Welcome to the Laufenburg carnival.
"25.02.2017 00:46:25" swissinfo.ch in italiano Miglior lungometraggio di animazione e migliore adattamento: "Ma vie de courgette" di Claude Barras ha trionfato ai Césars 2017. Preludio di successo anche agli Oscar?
"24.02.2017 16:39:06" swissinfo.ch Dicing with debt: a guide to government overspending No country can function without debt. swissinfo.ch explains the causes and potential consequences of being seriously in the red. Switzerland is one of the few countries that keeps its debt in check. So why is it the exception to the rule now? Our explainer may help.
"24.02.2017 14:12:55" swissinfo.ch Swiss pledge CHF15 million after UN famine appeal The Swiss government announced on Friday that it would contribute CHF15 million ($14.9 million) towards tackling the famine crisis ... It was announced today that CHF15 million ($14.9 million) in Swiss funds will be distributed to various humanitarian organisations to help fight the devastating effects of food shortages in South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria and Yemen.
"24.02.2017 13:49:37" swissinfo.ch The pastor of the homeless turns 90 Ernst Sieber has worked tirelessly for the poor and those on the edges of society for decades. Ernst Sieber, Switzerland's most famous pastor, has just turned 90 years old. This photo gallery showcases his lifelong dedication to helping people living in poverty and on the fringes of society. http://s.swissin.fo/BFcVel0
"24.02.2017 11:44:15" swissinfo.ch 'One person, one vote' – not in Switzerland In Switzerland, as in the USA, votes have varying weights depending on where you live. A dilemma that cannot be solved: When it comes to voting, is "one person, one voice" most fair, or should more weight be given to the minority? Here's how Switzerland approaches this timeless problem.
"24.02.2017 11:24:00" swissinfo.ch Cartoon of the week Each week cartoonist Marina Lutz takes a look at a big issue in the news in Switzerland. Cross-purposes: this week's cartoon uses the Swiss flag to represent different paths to Switzerland for migrants and tourists http://s.swissin.fo/J4sSPaE
"24.02.2017 11:02:20" swissinfo.ch Veiled women can be denied Swiss state assistance The Swiss cabinet has clarified that women wearing burkas or niqabs can be denied social aid or unemployment insurance, as face ... The Swiss cabinet says that some women wearing a burka or niqab could be turned down for social aid, insurance, or residency documents based on the argument that the veils could interfere with identification, finding a job, and integration.
"24.02.2017 05:38:09" swissinfo.ch TRAPPIST-1: a 'paradigm shift' in search for ET life A new solar system with seven planets – three of which could support life – is a “monumental” find, according to the Swiss ... Swiss astrophysicist Didier Queloz, who co-discovered the first exoplanet in 1995, talks to swissinfo.ch about the recent discovery of the TRAPPIST-1 solar system... and its potential for extraterrestrial life.
"23.02.2017 16:24:50" swissinfo.ch 'Erdoğan wants to set an example in Switzerland too' Turkey has called on Switzerland to arrest, and sentence if necessary, critics suspected of defaming President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. #DearDemocracy: Why is the Turkish president seeking Swiss assistance in prosecuting his critics...and what are the possible implications for Switzerland? Swiss journalist Fabian Eberhard explains.
"23.02.2017 14:43:44" swissinfo.ch Neuronal stimulation allows brain to 'sense' artificial limbs Researchers at the University of Geneva have found a way for the brain to receive sensory information from an artificial limb using a ... A breakthrough out of Geneva: scientists have found a way for people to "feel" their artificial limbs.
"23.02.2017 13:29:01" swissinfo.ch The weird and wonderful of the Lucerne carnival The narrow cobbled alleys of Lucerne burst into life at 5am on so-called Dirty Thursday, with around 16,000 revellers and onlookers – many of them ... Lucerne's Fasnacht, or carnival, celebration began bright and early today. Check out our photo gallery showcasing this bizarre and beautiful tradition. (Photo: KEYSTONE/Urs Flueeler) http://s.swissin.fo/d1q5ZNZ
"23.02.2017 09:48:19" swissinfo.ch Banks urged to bail out of controversial oil pipeline Greenpeace has sharply criticised Credit Suisse for funding companies involved in the controversial Dakota Access oil pipeline project. Swiss banks are major bankrollers of the proposed Dakota Access oil pipeline in the US. Groups against the project are urging them to pull out.
"23.02.2017 07:43:40" swissinfo.ch Gorbachev slams Swiss chapter for Green Cross woes Former Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev has blamed Swiss “sabotage” for instability at the environmental Green Cross organisation, ... Former Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev helped found the environmental organisation Green Cross. Now he's resigned in an outburst, accusing the Swiss chapter of "sabotage".
"23.02.2017 00:55:41" swissinfo.ch India and Pakistan among top 5 buyers of Swiss arms Switzerland's exports of war materiel are on the decline, yet there are some interesting developments in their distribution. Nuclear powers and rival neighbours India and Pakistan are good customers for Swiss made weapons.
"22.02.2017 15:42:07" swissinfo.ch Swiss number plate breaks auction record Would you pay CHF150,000 ($148,000) for a licence plate? A bidder made the record offer for “VS 1” on Tuesday – still three weeks ... Victoria's Secret? Very special? Someone in Switzerland has paid a six-figure price for a one-digit number plate.
"22.02.2017 15:13:00" swissinfo.ch Are the Swiss too strict about the Dublin accords? Our data shows Switzerland's strict application of the Dublin accords means migrants are sent to a country where they weren't officially registered. This data-driven story shows how Switzerland copes with asylum seekers who entered Europe via other countries -- in particular, Italy.
"22.02.2017 12:57:51" swissinfo.ch 'Don't come to Switzerland' – the anti-tourism campaign A Swiss-funded television series set in Nigeria paints a very different picture of Switzerland from the usual tourism campaigns. A new film set in Nigeria warns of the risks associated with migrating to Switzerland and makes the point that it's not the paradise many young would-be migrants expect it to be.
"22.02.2017 10:20:27" swissinfo.ch Swiss practitioner first outsider to receive Ayurveda award Simone Hunziker, a Swiss exponent of the Indian traditional medicine system Ayurveda, has been recognised in India for her work in ... Switzerland is gaining recognition for its integration of complementary and alternative medicine into the health care system.
"22.02.2017 08:23:05" swissinfo.ch Thousands petition Swiss cabinet to shun Trump Petitioners have formally asked the Swiss government to block US President Donald Trump from visiting Switzerland. Activists call for a ban to keep Trump out of Switzerland. They even wrote a song about him...
"21.02.2017 18:19:07" Mobile phones – a veritable gold mine An old mobile phone might not seem very valuable to you, but there's money to be made from all the different components inside.
"21.02.2017 17:31:47" swissinfo.ch Spreading Odebrecht corruption claims put Latin American leaders on notice When Peru's President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski held a call with US President Donald Trump last week, one of his tasks was to ask whether ... Latin American politicians beware - the Odebrecht corruption scandal could cost you more than just your job. Political earthquake predicted.
"21.02.2017 16:18:12" swissinfo.ch Group arrested over attacks at Swiss mosque Ten people have been arrested for allegedly attacking two Muslims from the An'Nur Winterthur mosque for talking to journalists. The ... Ten people arrested in Winterthur, Switzerland, under suspicion of attacking and imprisoning Muslims who talked to journalists about alleged hate preacher Imam - himself accused of radicalising youth.
"21.02.2017 11:03:13" swissinfo.ch Pensions – what women need to know Many women in Switzerland work part time or not at all, often resulting in a small pension that is not enough to live on. Women pensioners feel hard done by Swiss pension system that punishes them for working part-time or not at all - as social convention demanded. Many struggle to make ends meet below poverty line.
"21.02.2017 10:08:24" swissinfo.ch Quiz app decodes daily life in Switzerland Why are rubbish bags in Switzerland different colours? What do you need to know when looking for a job? Answers in a new app. Are you an expat new to Switzerland? Need to know how to navigate your way around daily life and better integrate? A new swissinfo/SBC app is here to help you do just that.
"21.02.2017 09:35:46" swissinfo.ch Quiz app decodes daily life in Switzerland Why are rubbish bags in Switzerland different colours? What do you need to know when looking for a job? Answers in a new app. Did you move to Switzerland from somewhere else? What questions and issues came up as you navigated through daily life in this country?
A new app called "together", available in seven languages and downloadable now, answers many of them in a quiz plus
"20.02.2017 16:16:33" swissinfo.ch Geneva interns take part in global protest Some 100 interns protested outside the United Nations European headquarters on Monday as part of a global initiative to highlight the problem of ... Unpaid interns are fed up. They took to the streets of Geneva and other cities around the world today to call for "equal access to fair, quality internships."
"20.02.2017 14:41:14" swissinfo.ch "Regierung will nicht, dass das Volk selbständig entscheidet" Demokratie-Splitter aus Ecuador: Interview mit Ex-Minister Alberto Acosta Espinosa über das "Superwahl"-Wochenende und Herrscher, die dem Volk nicht trauen.
"20.02.2017 14:18:04" swissinfo.ch The universe of cows Deity, icon or just cattle? Cows are seen differently across cultures. An exhibition in Zurich examines the role of cows in art and society. A Zurich art exhibition showcases the many roles that cows play in societies around the world and throughout history - as sacred deities, national symbols, and agricultural icons.
"20.02.2017 13:56:51" Timeline Photos Ever heard of a herding llama? This one in Switzerland is named Sergio. More pictures from our weekly Swiss photo series here: http://s.swissin.fo/DmS0h7q
"20.02.2017 12:58:08" swissinfo.ch Paedophile priest and his victim talk openly Daniel Pittet was sexually abused by a Catholic priest when he was a child. A book now tells his story, and the preface was written by Pope Francis. A man who was sexually abused as a child, and his Catholic priest abuser speak openly about anger and forgiveness.
"20.02.2017 12:37:18" swissinfo.ch Hunting wolves in the laboratory While debating what to do with wolves is relatively is easy, it's much harder working out their movements and exact numbers. Enter the geneticists. How have wolf populations evolved since returning to Switzerland 20 years ago? Hard to tell, as wolves are notoriously difficult to study...but one researcher is using DNA to learn more about this elusive predator.
"20.02.2017 12:15:27" swissinfo.ch Swiss sailor youngest to finish round-the-world race Geneva native Alan Roura has become the youngest sailor to complete the Vendée Globe race, sailing all alone without stopping or any ... At 23, Alan Roura of Geneva has become the youngest sailor to complete the Vendée Globe race, which requires competitors to sail solo around the world.
"20.02.2017 11:20:20" swissinfo.ch Why people were against tax reforms Swiss voters' rejection of corporate tax reforms has been widely recognised as middle class revolt. Three people explain why. (RTS/swissinfo.ch) Why did people in Switzerland vote against reforming corporate taxes on February 12th?
"19.02.2017 20:29:38" swissinfo.ch How to solve the crisis of science A leading public health expert tells swissinfo.ch how modern science can be put back on track for the greater good of society. Scientists shouldn't expect to make big money; they should be in it to help people, finds this Swiss health specialist.
"19.02.2017 10:21:39" Where the poor go shopping in Switzerland Switzerland is an expensive place to live, and for people on very low incomes, even getting the essentials is tough. That's why there are special shops where people who qualify can buy groceries at knock-down prices.
"18.02.2017 15:00:13" Could the beaver lose its protected status? In the 1970s there were just a few beavers in one particular canton in Switzerland, now there are hundreds, and local people are getting fed up with the damage they're causing.
"17.02.2017 16:56:48" swissinfo.ch Helping the disabled find employment After finishing school, handicapped youngsters should get help with finding a way into the job market instead of having to live on social benefits ... Finding a job is tough when you don't fit the average profile an employer is looking for. Here's the story of one young man who found his calling.
"17.02.2017 11:25:34" swissinfo.ch The Swiss politicians who have mastered Twitter As Donald Trump takes the political use of Twitter to a new dimension, we wondered which Swiss politicians are making the most use of social media. If a tweet falls in the forest, and no one is around to RT it ... As the Twitter-happy US president roils the news media with his unconventional ways of getting a message out, Swiss politicians also have begun learning the "art" of firing off missives
"17.02.2017 01:29:11" swissinfo.ch What is being done about forced marriages? When Jasmin D, a young woman of Tamil origin faced a forced marriage, she found support from the Bern city authorities. A Swiss organisation working across the country to eliminate forced marriages dealt with 1,702 cases between 2005 and the end of 2016, with 51 children under the age of 16 seeking its advice last year.
"16.02.2017 18:33:00" Top marks for building school with local wood When a new school had to be built in canton Fribourg, Switzerland, the local authorities decided to make all the walls out of wood from the local forest. It cost more - but this is why they did it.
"16.02.2017 16:57:40" swissinfo.ch Neuchâtel retiree admits to large public fraud A retired worker bilked Neuchâtel's cantonal tax office of CHF4 million ($4 million) over 16 years, authorities say. How did a well-regarded employee in Neuchâtel's finance office get away with embezzling millions in francs over 15 years? The man, now retired, apparently admitted to the crime to bail his in-laws out of poverty. Authorities call it a serious case and are
"16.02.2017 11:35:01" swissinfo.ch Sashes to sashes: the death of Miss Switzerland? Until recently, beauty contests – largely derided as out-dated sexism in the rest of Europe – have been big business in Switzerland. With Miss Switzerland set to be crowned again in 2018 - after a three-year hiatus - what do you make of beauty competitions like this? Just a bit of fun or outdated sexism?
"16.02.2017 10:42:42" swissinfo.ch Public to get first view of controversial Gurlitt art collection Switzerland and Germany will jointly exhibit a former Nazi art collection for the first time since it was controversially bequeathed ... For the first time, members of the public will be able see paintings that the son of a Nazi art dealer left to a Bern art museum.
"16.02.2017 09:53:09" swissinfo.ch Yet more arrests in Ticino residence permit scandal Two more people have been arrested as part of an investigation into an alleged illegal residence permit scam linked to canton ... More people have been caught up in a scandal involving the trafficking of Swiss residence permits in canton Ticino.
"15.02.2017 20:04:15" The new technology campus in Valais A huge technology campus is being built as part of a university in Switzerland to combine research with real-world economic needs.
"15.02.2017 17:04:45" swissinfo.ch Haïti at the St Moritz ski championships Meet Céline Marti : the police officer from Geneva who is representing Haïti in the world ski championship in St Moritz. (RTS/swissinfo.ch) Skiing might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Haiti, but on Thursday a woman from Geneva will be competing for the country at the World Ski Championships in St Moritz.
"15.02.2017 15:33:08" swissinfo.ch Shops for the poor, a 25-year 'scandal' How did a charitable one-stop-shop become indispensable for thousands of poor people in rich Switzerland? Since its opening, the first shop - which was called Carisatt, a word play on Caritas and the German word for 'sated' - has helped thousands of people. Since the 1990s, these people put a new face on the impoverished in Switzerland; those unable to afford
"15.02.2017 10:54:28" swissinfo.ch Kim Jong-un's Swiss childhood home identified A former neighbour has identified the house where North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is likely to have lived during his time in Switzerland. There's a lot of mystery around the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, and no less now that his half brother has been reportedly assassinated in Malaysia. Last year we found out about Kim Jong-un's childhood in Switzerland.
"14.02.2017 15:45:17" swissinfo.ch How the Swiss mark Valentine's Day Flowers, underwear or chocolates... What you receive on Valentine's Day could depend on where you live in Switzerland. A survey broke it down by ... What are your plans for Valentine's Day? In Switzerland, what you give your loved one may depend on where you live.
"14.02.2017 15:02:11" swissinfo.ch Simplified citizenship passes, after five tries It took five times for facilitated naturalisation for immigrants to pass at the ballot box. So how has public opinion changed since 1983? Easier citizenship for foreigners is a recurring vote topic in Switzerland. But for the first time it has now passed. We looked at how people voted in the past.
"14.02.2017 14:40:23" swissinfo.ch Swiss satellite in record-breaking Indian space launch A Swiss nano-satellite is part of a world record attempt by the Indian Space Research Organisation to launch 104 satellites into ... How many satellites can you fit into a space launch? India is aiming for a record 104, including a tiny Swiss one.
"14.02.2017 11:22:25" Moving house to save money How far would you have to move to live in a slightly cheaper place in Switzerland than Zurich or Geneva? Well, not all the way to canton Uri, it turns out.
"14.02.2017 10:35:43" swissinfo.ch Defending the interests of tax dodgers A Swiss lawyer's Youtube "tax loophole" ads raises the question of how far intermediaries can go in defending their clients' assets. A Swiss lawyer uses YouTube videos to "educate" people about "100% legal" tax loopholes. Just how far can tax lawyers go to help their clients?
"14.02.2017 09:58:45" swissinfo.ch Where couples divorce – or don't – and why Switzerland's divorce rate is pretty average, but some parts of the country seem more conducive to wedded bliss. Or are they? What's the best place to live for a lasting marriage? We visit Splitsville, Switzerland, as well as a community where there has never been a divorce. Happy Valentine's Day!
"13.02.2017 17:47:19" Marriage across cultures One in three marriages in Switzerland are binational. Are there special challenges or unexpected surprises that face couples from different cultures?
"13.02.2017 17:24:03" swissinfo.ch A Chinese ski instructor called Johnson Zhongxing "Johnson" Xu became a household name in 2013 as one of eight Chinese ski instructors who appeared in a Swiss television documentary. Back in 2013 a group of Chinese ski instructors came to Switzerland as part of a tourism project. One of them became famous after he was filmed for a TV documentary.
"13.02.2017 16:58:20" swissinfo.ch Avalanche – a bold new show of public art in Gstaad New York-based curators Neville Wakefield and Olympia Scarry selected the Swiss resort Gstaad for a series of outdoor exhibitions. Nestled within the valleys of the Swiss Alps, Gstaad's underlying identity is that of a farming village – cows in their sheds and hay bales still dapple the mountainside – even though its picturesque wooden chalets host a super-wealthy elite of winter
"13.02.2017 16:33:22" swissinfo.ch Swiss abroad vote for facilitated naturalisation It was a resounding "yes" to the facilitated naturalization of the grandchildren of immigrants, but also to the tax reform of ... Passports. Tax reform. Roads. For Swiss abroad, more trust in government, apparently, and more distance from Switzerland.
"13.02.2017 16:07:36" swissinfo.ch How a Swiss invention hooked the world Georges de Mestral, a Swiss engineer born 100 years ago, might not be a name around your house, but it's highly likely that one of ... FROM THE VAULTS: Why did we write about world-changing Swiss engineer Georges de Mestral ten years ago? Stuck?
"13.02.2017 15:47:09" swissinfo.ch Newspapers back the people on tax reform vote A slap in the face, an earthquake, an uprising – that is how Swiss media outlets are describing voters rejecting corporate tax reform. Some sharp language from the Swiss news media responding to voters shooting down the government bid for corporate tax reform, amid an anti-establishment mood among the people.
"13.02.2017 15:06:58" swissinfo.ch Swiss corporate tax – what happens now? Switzerland has to go back to the drawing board after voters rejected plans to radically overhaul the country's corporate tax landscape. Yesterday, Swiss voters overwhelmingly voted down a government plan for corporate taxes, leaving many wondering what happens next.
"12.02.2017 19:27:36" swissinfo.ch Vote results February 12, 2017 SWI swissinfo.ch - swiss news and information platform about Switzerland, business, culture, sport, weather. swissinfo covers Switzerland from every angle in English with news and up-to-date information for a worldwide audience. ICYMI, here's how the Swiss voted today on citizenship, corporate tax and road funding issues.
"12.02.2017 16:41:37" swissinfo.ch Checking “alternative facts” in a Swiss vote campaign Misinformation has been a recurring feature in the current battle for votes on highly charged issues like naturalisation and tax reforms. Now that Swiss voters have approved an easier path to citizenship for some immigrants and rejected corporate tax reform, here's a look back at the facts, half-truths and lies peddled by both sides during the campaigns.
"12.02.2017 16:09:34" swissinfo.ch Corporate tax reform blown away at polls Voters reject a corporate tax overhaul, landing a blow to parliament, the Swiss government and business lobby groups. Voters in Switzerland have roundly rejected a government proposal that would give multinational companies tax breaks to set up shop in the country.
"12.02.2017 14:21:42" swissinfo.ch New syllabus passes test in key canton Voters in canton Aargau have shown their overwhelming support for the introduction of a common school curriculum. Today, voters in one Swiss canton brought the country one step closer to a common school curriculum. There used to be 26 different versions.
"12.02.2017 13:51:24" swissinfo.ch No 2026 Olympics for canton Graubünden Voters in canton Graubünden have rejected a proposal to host the Winter Olympics in 2026. It's the second such bid to be turned down ... Ski slopes in the Swiss canton of Graubünden won't see Olympic action in 2026 because voters just rejected a bid to host the Winter Games there.
"12.02.2017 13:09:05" swissinfo.ch Bigger budget to break roads' bottleneck Voters are set to approve a new multibillion franc fund to maintain Switzerland's road network. Many people know Switzerland as a country of trains, but it also has a lot of cars - six million of them - and plenty of traffic jams. Today, voters are deciding on whether to prop up the road network with more funding.
"12.02.2017 12:47:50" swissinfo.ch Corporate tax reforms set for overwhelming defeat Voters are poised to reject a corporate tax overhaul, which would land a blow to parliament and the Swiss government. In a major rejection of the government's proposal, 60% of Swiss voters have said no to a plan that would re-vamp tax breaks for big corporations.
"12.02.2017 12:14:09" swissinfo.ch Vote results February 12, 2017 SWI swissinfo.ch - swiss news and information platform about Switzerland, business, culture, sport, weather. swissinfo covers Switzerland from every angle in English with news and up-to-date information for a worldwide audience. Will third-generation immigrants get an easier path to Swiss citizenship? Will corporations get tax breaks and highways more funding? All the results of today's votes in Switzerland, as they come in.
"12.02.2017 11:53:45" swissinfo.ch This citizenship vote is about people like Iva About 25,000 third generation immigrants could become Swiss if voters approve a reform on February 12. Iva Petrusic talks about her experience. Early trends show that today's vote to let third-generation immigrants get Swiss citizenship more easily is likely to pass. Here's one young woman who will be affected by the decision.
"12.02.2017 11:17:14" swissinfo.ch Voters to decide on cost of doing business in Switzerland The future of Switzerland's future business tax landscape hangs in the balance as voters decide on Sunday whether to accept proposed reforms. Should big multinational companies like Caterpillar and Unilever keep getting tax breaks from the Swiss government? That's one of three issues before voters today.
"11.02.2017 17:43:58" swissinfo.ch Company taxes, Swiss passports and road funding A look at the issues before voters on February 12, 2017. Tomorrow, Swiss voters will weigh in on tax breaks for foreign companies, citizenship for third-generation immigrants and whether giving the country's roads a financial boost. Stay tuned for analysis and results.
"11.02.2017 15:43:26" swissinfo.ch Ballooning tradition flies high in Swiss Alps Ballooning is clearly still popular in Switzerland, with 70 pilots attending this year's International Festival of Balloons in Château d'Oex. On a clear day, colorful hot air balloons can often be seen drifting through the skies over the Swiss Alps. It's part of a long tradition in the country.
"11.02.2017 15:19:17" swissinfo.ch Swiss to promote cultural heritage in 2018 The Swiss government is inviting people to submit ideas for a big celebration of cultural heritage in 2018.
"11.02.2017 11:13:53" swissinfo.ch Mutated genes lead to tooth decay Scientists think they've found why some thorough tooth-brushers develop tooth decay while other people who take a more relaxed attitude to dental hygiene don't have any holes.
"11.02.2017 10:31:39" swissinfo.ch The copper who became a renowned photographer Arnold Odermatt shot to fame at the age of 76 when his son discovered a treasure trove of his photos of old car wrecks in the attic. They've now gone on show in Zurich.
"10.02.2017 17:04:13" swissinfo.ch Podcast: 'Wolves and lynx have a role to play' A conservation biologist explains the role of predators in an ecosystem, and tells us why we should stop and smell the free-tailed bats. Take a journey into the Swiss wilderness where wolves and lynx roam in this edition of our podcast.
"10.02.2017 15:15:40" swissinfo.ch Swiss institute: Peru corruption could reach billions After helping Peru recover some $77 million from Swiss accounts linked to former spy chief Vladimiro Montesinos, the Basel Institute ... Bribes, luxury homes and data on a Geneva server. A Swiss institute in Lima is helping solve the most complex and biggest corruption case in Peru's history.
"10.02.2017 14:55:18" swissinfo.ch Rich foreigners 'buy' Swiss residency thanks to derogation Obtaining a Swiss residence permit is not an easy process and comes with strict rules. But money helps immensely. If you have a spare CHF50,000 in the bank, you could 'buy' Swiss residency. Around 500 foreigners have taken advantage of this in the past 8 years. We look at this loophole.
"10.02.2017 14:33:56" swissinfo.ch MoMA protests against Trump – with Swiss artist MoMA is taking a stand against the Trump entry ban. Among those featured in the protest show is the Iranian-Swiss artist Shirana Shahbazi. Swiss-Iranian artist Shirana Shahbazi was catapulted into the US entry ban row when MoMA decided to display her work instead of some of the masters in its permanent collection. So how did that protest make her feel?
"10.02.2017 14:21:43" swissinfo.ch Carpet mogul under scrutiny over alleged Swiss accounts Swiss authorities have received requests for information concerning Abdul Rashid Mir, chairman of high-end Indian handicrafts ... Panama Papers connection continues to haunt the founder of one of India's leading handicrafts retail chains.
"10.02.2017 12:20:31" swissinfo.ch Getting to the heart of Switzerland's organ donor problem Can ethical arguments be reconciled with the harsh realities of medical decision-making? Demand for organs in Switzerland is at an all-time high. Would you support an 'opt-out' policy of assuming everyone is a donor, as is the norm in Europe?
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"10.02.2017 11:38:40" swissinfo.ch A discreet crossroads for the world's gold In 2016, gold refined in Switzerland made up more than a quarter of its total exports, outpacing even the pharmaceutical industries. Switzerland is the world's biggest gold trader. Last year it was the country's biggest export - something the government doesn't exactly shout about...
"10.02.2017 10:29:58" swissinfo.ch Cartoon of the week Each week cartoonist Marina Lutz takes a look at a big issue in the news in Switzerland. Our cartoonist takes aim at some controversial Swiss exports: guns and drugs. Have a look at our gallery of cartoons.
"09.02.2017 19:33:54" swissinfo.ch Swiss immigration quotas: where do we stand? On February 9, 2017, a deadline expired to implement immigration quotas. With a solution still a long way off, we look at what might happen next. Swiss immigration curbs three years after the vote upset: And still waiting for next steps.
"09.02.2017 16:42:25" swissinfo.ch Swiss trust 'shaken' by Israeli settlement move Switzerland says it is very concerned by Israel's move to legalise thousands of settler homes on Palestinian land in the occupied ... As Israeli settler homes in occupied Palestine block Middle East peace moves, the Swiss foreign ministry warns: "Switzerland's confidence in the Israeli government's commitment to the two-state solution has been shaken."
"09.02.2017 13:40:47" swissinfo.ch Can the art market regulate itself against illicit activity? A group of Geneva-based art dealers and specialists are trying to raise awareness about business risks and to repair the sector's damaged reputation. Is the Swiss art market an el dorado for money laundering? Dealers warn of potential risks.
"09.02.2017 13:19:29" swissinfo.ch Would you get into a self-driving car? By 2040, one car in five in Switzerland is predicted to be fully automated. What will be the consequences? One in five cars in Switzerland is predicted to be fully automated by 2040, with everyone on board able to close their eyes and (in theory) relax. Would you get into a self-driving car?
"08.02.2017 18:04:42" swissinfo.ch Company taxes, Swiss passports and road funding A look at the issues before voters on February 12, 2017. The Swiss head to the polls again this Sunday - this time they're voting on company taxes, how to get Swiss passports and funding the country's road network. We've got everything you need to know, right here.
"08.02.2017 17:32:54" Europe's best bricklayer comes from Valais Meet the man who's won a gold medal for Switzerland - in bricklaying.
"08.02.2017 16:57:08" swissinfo.ch Calls for women's army service fall on deaf ears Public opinion and practical realities mean getting more women to join the Swiss army is easier said than done. The Swiss army has been trying to get more women to join its ranks for years. The latest figures (March 2016) show women make up only 0.7% of members of the army. In this article from our archive we find out what happens on recruitment days aimed at
"08.02.2017 15:28:26" Timeline Photos Ask the editor! Is there something you've always wanted to know about swissinfo.ch? Tell us your questions and we'll put the best to our Editor in Chief, Larissa Bieler, in our annual report.
"08.02.2017 15:06:40" swissinfo.ch Six Red Cross staff killed in Afghan ambush Six humanitarian aid workers have been killed in an ambush in Afghanistan, and two are missing, the International Committee of the ... Red Cross shocked and devastated by deadly attack on six employees in Afghanistan - the worst attack against ICRC for 20 years, according to Geneva officials.
"08.02.2017 13:50:54" swissinfo.ch Attorney general investigates Gambian case The Swiss Attorney General has taken over the case involving a former Gambian interior minister suspected of crimes against humanity. The Swiss Office of the Attorney General has taken over the criminal investigation of Ousman Sonko, a former Gambian interior minister suspected of crimes against humanity, who's currently seeking asylum in Switzerland.
"08.02.2017 11:45:07" swissinfo.ch Ballooning tradition flies high in Swiss Alps Ballooning is clearly still popular in Switzerland, with 70 pilots attending this year's International Festival of Balloons in Château d'Oex. Did you know Switzerland has a rich history of ballooning?
"08.02.2017 11:24:42" swissinfo.ch Do imams need Swiss training? Many imams at Swiss mosques spend only a few years in Switzerland, and have little understanding of how Muslims here actually live. Imams in some Swiss mosques often have just a rudimentary knowledge of the local language, and know little about the host country's culture. A Swiss religious expert looks at how this can be improved.
"08.02.2017 10:48:47" swissinfo.ch Three decades of explicit Swiss posters It was 30 years ago that the first campaign was launched in Switzerland to inform the public about a new illness that was making the headlines: Aids. The first campaign to try and prevent Aids in Switzerland was launched 30 years ago, and it was groundbreaking for its time.
"07.02.2017 18:48:49" A dark chapter in Swiss history Up until the 1980s, people seen as "undesirables" in Swiss society were locked away from public view. Now a commission set up to investigate has reported back.
"07.02.2017 16:25:12" swissinfo.ch Think tank: Swiss second homes could be better exploited Struggling mountain communities could make better use of the hundreds of thousands of chalets and other holiday homes on their ... A lot of Switzerland is covered by mountains, but how can these areas become more profitable? A think tank says more of the empty chalets should go on sites like Airbnb.
"07.02.2017 14:22:54" swissinfo.ch Switzerland's viral Trump video: the hidden facts Which claims made in a satirical video about Switzerland are true and which were purely for comic effect? The 'Switzerland Second' video addressed to US President Trump swept across the internet last week with a number of wild claims, so we wanted to put some of the points into context.
"07.02.2017 14:01:19" swissinfo.ch Switzerland, land of European immigration Switzerland has one of the highest percentages of foreigners in its population, most of whom are Europeans. Has it always been this way? We looked ... Many of the foreigners in Switzerland come from Europe. Has it always been that way? We looked at data going back 165 years.
"07.02.2017 13:50:25" swissinfo.ch Switzerland's viral Trump video: the hidden facts Which claims made in a satirical video about Switzerland are true and which were purely for comic effect? The 'Switzerland Second' video addressed to US President Trump swept across the internet last week with a number of wild claims, so we wanted to put some of the points into context.
"07.02.2017 13:26:56" swissinfo.ch The devil and Roger Federer Federer's latest title has underlined his reputation for 'niceness' - but the mistake we make is to sanctify him. Are you one of Roger Federer's die-hard fans? Then, you might want to look away now...
"07.02.2017 12:06:20" swissinfo.ch In Vienna, Samuel Heger found his dream job – and love Samuel Heger left Switzerland to boost his career. In Vienna, he finally found true love. As a Swiss abroad, he regrets not being able to vote online. Austria and Switzerland might seem quite close culturally but for one Swiss expat a move to Vienna was life-changing.
"07.02.2017 08:04:38" swissinfo.ch World's longest rail tunnel has a way to go In its first two months, the Gotthard Base Tunnel has sped up travel and attracted many more passengers, but not everything is on track. The new Gotthard tunnel was supposed to make train travel through the Alps faster. But since it opened two months ago people have complained of delays and crowded trains.
"06.02.2017 15:35:39" swissinfo.ch Pharma funnels millions into university sponsorship The independence of Swiss universities from the corporate world has again been called into question as details of pharmaceutical ... The former Prime Minister of Kuwait, Nasser al-Mohammad al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, has given the University of Geneva CHF1 million. At least 75% of the money has to be used for research on water resources and hydropolitics. Last year we looked at how
"06.02.2017 14:28:16" Frozen magic of Swiss lake A frozen lake on a Swiss mountain pass has created perfect conditions for skating.
"06.02.2017 14:06:30" swissinfo.ch Pharmacists asked to inform on suspected bomb-builders Swiss pharmacies have been placed on alert to lookout for any potential terrorist activities, either in customers' actions or purchases. Swiss chemists have been told to watch out for customers buying potential bomb-making ingredients, and anyone paying with big wads of cash.
"06.02.2017 10:29:42" swissinfo.ch What future for winter tourism under global warming? Skiing is no longer a money-making business and alpine resorts need to rethink their business model before it is too late, argues an expert. Fake snow, high prices and fewer skiers. Is this the beginning of the end for winter tourism in Switzerland? One tourism expert thinks so.
"06.02.2017 10:09:01" swissinfo.ch Becoming Swiss: 'Where do I sign?' Swiss citizenship is highly sought after – and correspondingly hard to get. swissinfo.ch looks at how to get the naturalisation ball rolling. How easy is it to become Swiss? Here's the lowdown ahead of a national vote on citizenship this weekend.
"06.02.2017 09:34:28" swissinfo.ch Competing for the Prix de Lausanne 2017 The Prix de Lausanne is different to other ballet competitions. For many, it can act as a springboard for an international career. Marina Fernandes da Costa Duarte won the Audience Favourite Award at the Prix de Lausanne ballet competition. It's her reward for a lot of hard work.
"06.02.2017 08:47:26" swissinfo.ch Satirical Swiss Trump video goes viral Switzerland has jumped on board a late-night comedy trend, peddling its ideas of why the country could be an appealing place to Donald Trump. In case you missed it, a late-night Swiss TV show made a video about why they should be 'second' if America is 'first'. And it's had people laughing all around the world.
"05.02.2017 16:12:27" swissinfo.ch 'America has changed', says former US ambassador Donald Trump is an anti-Obama who peddles the opposite of hope and openness, says former US ambassador to Switzerland Suzi LeVine, ... Donald Trump is an anti-Obama who peddles the opposite of hope and openness, says former US ambassador to Switzerland Suzi LeVine.
"05.02.2017 13:55:31" swissinfo.ch A radical new design for ski resorts An architect describes a novel ski resort concept that turns the traditional Swiss chalet model on its head. PODCAST: An architect from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne describes a novel ski resort concept that focuses on efficiency, mobility and urbanisation...and turns the traditional Swiss chalet model on its head.
"04.02.2017 11:26:43" Commuters paid to spy on public transport Commuters are going undercover on Swiss trains to check if they're clean enough.
"03.02.2017 19:16:32" swissinfo.ch Competing for the Prix de Lausanne 2017 The Prix de Lausanne is different to other ballet competitions. For many, it can act as a springboard for an international career. What does it take to compete at a top dance competition, with the world's best young talent?
"03.02.2017 16:18:22" swissinfo.ch Watch: Fierce competition at the Prix de Lausanne The 45th edition of the Prix de Lausanne Competition for young dancers is underway, with 68 people competing from 17 countries. The prestigious Prix de Lausanne dance competition attracts the next generation of young talent from all over the world, all hoping to catch a lucky break.
"03.02.2017 13:17:07" swissinfo.ch Bellinzona: a democratic window to the future The population of the Swiss city of Bellinzona will more than double in April from just over 18,000 to more than 42,000. Strength in numbers? Why are citizens in Italian-speaking Switzerland voting to merge their municipalities?
"03.02.2017 10:26:42" swissinfo.ch Satirical Swiss Trump video goes viral Switzerland has jumped on board a late-night comedy trend, peddling its ideas of why the country could be an appealing place to Donald Trump. Is Switzerland the sexiest country in Europe? That's just one of a number of claims made in a Swiss spoof video addressed to Donald Trump, that's now going viral.
"03.02.2017 08:19:56" swissinfo.ch Swiss-based scientist sues Trump as ex-US envoy blasts policy An Iranian scientist who lives in Switzerland is suing US President Donald Trump and top officials of two federal agencies, in a ... A researcher in Switzerland who tried to fly to Boston to work at a Harvard lab has filed a federal lawsuit against President Trump and other US officials challenging his Muslim ban. And the former US ambassador to Switzerland also blasted Trump's
"02.02.2017 17:39:55" Ballooning tradition flies high It's one of the most colourful and awe-inspiring sights in the sky: a sea of hot air balloons flying high over the Swiss Alps.
"02.02.2017 17:11:27" swissinfo.ch What happens 'only in Switzerland'? The annual emergency siren sounded in Switzerland is just one of the things that set Switzerland apart. What appears to you to be unique or unusual? Only for the Swiss? Pure tap water, food labels in three languages, regular nationwide tests with 7,000 emergency sirens. Swiss only? Really?
"02.02.2017 12:32:28" swissinfo.ch Checking “alternative facts” in a Swiss vote campaign Misinformation has been a recurring feature in the current battle for votes on highly charged issues like naturalisation and tax reforms. Campaigners in hot water. When a poster with a burqa-wearing woman tries to attract attention.
"02.02.2017 08:33:08" swissinfo.ch Swiss plane makes emergency snow landing in Canada A plane from Swiss International Air Lines flying from Zurich to Los Angeles has made an emergency landing at Iqaluit in northern Canada. "This ain't LA!" A Swiss plane with engine trouble has been forced to land on ice in Iqaluit, northern Canada. The landing went smoothly and all 200 or so passengers are safe, albeit far from their destinations.
"01.02.2017 17:05:15" swissinfo.ch Tax reform opponents gain momentum - SWI swissinfo.ch A major reform of Switzerland's corporate tax system goes to the vote on February 12 but the result is too close to call, according to a latest poll. Voters are showing signs of growing weary of Switzerland's corporate tax haven status - opion polls ahead of Feb 12 referendum suggest.
"01.02.2017 16:39:34" swissinfo.ch Export growth increasingly depends on pharmaceuticals - SWI swissinfo.ch Swiss exports hit a record CHF210 billion ($211 billion) last year and the pharmaceutical sector was one of the big drivers. Forget banks or watches - the main driver of Swiss exports are increasingly pharma drugs. That's because medicaments are controversially going up in price, despite global economic woes.
"01.02.2017 12:51:53" swissinfo.ch Imam: 99% of radicalisation happens outside mosques - SWI swissinfo.ch Two-thirds of the Swiss refuse to recognise Islam as an official religion, requiring Muslims in Switzerland to make a greater effort to integrate. Imams complain of getting an unfair rap for allegedly radicalising young Muslims in Switzerland. One Imam rejects need to preach in a local language.
"01.02.2017 12:28:57" swissinfo.ch Brain-computer system allows 'locked-in' patients to communicate - SWI swissinfo.ch Patients with 'locked-in' syndrome have been able to communicate with relatives through a newly developed brain-computer interface. "Locked-in" patients able to communicate with loved ones despite complete paralysis - thanks to Swiss brain mapping technology. One refuses to endorse daughter's choice of future husband.
"01.02.2017 10:45:26" Taking the reins on an apprenticeship Many young people in Switzerland do apprenticeships, and David is learning about looking after horses for his. The stables he works at are part of the Feldschlösschen brewery in Basel. Read more about him here: http://s.swissin.fo/TzljkpL
"01.02.2017 10:19:39" youtube.com Switzerland's annual emergency siren test Every year in Switzerland a network of emergency sirens are tested. Today at 1.30pm all of Switzerland's emergency sirens will be tested, across the whole country. That's quite unique! We want to know what else only happens in Switzerland? Tell us your ideas and we'll publish them on our site.
"31.01.2017 19:24:25" swissinfo.ch Blood donations from gay men to be accepted Homosexual men will be authorised to give blood starting July 1, 2017. Donors must nevertheless have been sexually abstinent for 12 months. Still discriminatory? This summer, Switzerland will allow gay men to donate blood for the first time since 1988...but only under certain conditions.
"31.01.2017 18:18:28" swissinfo.ch Swiss dual citizens of barred countries may enter US with visa Swiss dual citizens with valid visas have been exempted from a temporary travel ban issued by US President Donald Trump against ... Swiss dual citizens with valid visas have been exempted from a temporary travel ban issued by US President Donald Trump against citizens from Syria and six other Muslim-majority countries.
"31.01.2017 17:46:19" Sharing electricity through an app A new app is giving people in Switzerland the freedom to find their own source of environmentally-friendly energy. More videos here: http://s.swissin.fo/nurjuDM
"31.01.2017 17:21:51" swissinfo.ch Ticino cracks down on harmful particles Strict measures have been introduced to counter high levels of dust particles in canton Ticino in southern Switzerland. You might not think that Switzerland has problems with air pollution, but in one part of the country the levels of dust particles in the air has become so bad, that emergency measures have been introduced, such as temporary speed limits.
"31.01.2017 16:30:57" swissinfo.ch We need fairer corporate tax reforms Special tax regimes in Switzerland's cantons should be abolished, argues Prisca Birrer-Heimo. Opinion: Parliamentarian Prisca Birrer-Heimo thinks that the corporate tax reform that will go before Swiss voters on February 12 is an "overloaded vehicle" that will just lead to more loopholes.
"31.01.2017 14:55:13" swissinfo.ch Active Austria continues with a black eye Austrians and their young democratic state experienced a true roller-coaster-ride recently. They failed to reform their outdated ... Austria enjoys healthy local and regional democracy, but last year was a roller coaster ride for voters. #DearDemocracy
"31.01.2017 14:12:20" swissinfo.ch Citizens demand say on parliament's immigration move This is a first for Switzerland. Citizens are challenging a parliamentary decision to a nationwide vote although they are not opposed ... Why would you launch a referendum against a parliamentary decision that you agree with? For these Swiss citizens, it's all down to democratic principles.
"31.01.2017 10:52:07" swissinfo.ch Trump travel ban may affect thousands of Swiss dual nationals Confusion reigns in Switzerland surrounding the thousands of people with dual citizenship who may be affected by United States ... Swiss and US authorities are scrambling to clarify how Donald Trump's travel ban applies to Switzerland's 12,000 dual nationals.
"31.01.2017 10:12:49" s.swissin.fo swissinfo.ch - Japanese | Facebook swissinfo.ch, Bern, Switzerland. 26,402 likes · 1,305 talking about this. www.swissinfo.ch/jpn For any of our fans who speak Japanese, take a look at our Japanese Facebook page today as we report live from the prestigious Prix de Lausanne ballet competition!
"31.01.2017 09:52:34" swissinfo.ch Scientist stranded because of travel ban Samira Asgari is one of the people affected by Donald Trump's immigration ban. Samira Asgari should be leaving Switzerland to start a new position at Harvard University. But instead, the computational biologist is back on Swiss soil after being turned away from the US because she's Iranian.
"30.01.2017 17:50:18" swissinfo.ch Fighting for film funding There's fierce competition for film funding in Switzerland. The number of filmmakers looking for funding has gone up in Switzerland, but the pot of money hasn't got any bigger.
"30.01.2017 16:06:38" swissinfo.ch Federer's path to 18 Grand Slam tennis titles Is tennis record holder Roger Federer an early starter or late developer? A swissinfo.ch graphic looks at the evidence. Roger Federer has won the most grand slam tennis titles. But how does his career development compare with those of his current rivals? Is he an early starter or a late developer? A swissinfo.ch graphic looks at the evidence.
"30.01.2017 10:42:03" swissinfo.ch Les Diablerets launches own currency for ski resort's survival The mountain village of Les Diablerets has launched a local currency known as the 'Isenau' to help save an endangered ski area. 'Complementary currencies' are popping up in Switzerland as ways of raising valuable funds and of encouraging people to think and buy local.
"30.01.2017 10:21:26" Timeline Photos Do you know someone from Switzerland who's been denied entry to the United States because of the ban on people arriving from certain countries? Please send us a message if we can get in touch for a story!
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"29.01.2017 15:11:49" swissinfo.ch Federer wins 18th Grand Slam crown in Australia - SWI swissinfo.ch Switzerland's Roger Federer has beaten his great rival Rafa Nadal 6-4 3-6 6-1 3-6 6-3 to claim a record 18th grand slam title overall. Roger Federer marks his triumphant return from knee surgery and six months out with a record-breaking 18th Grand Slam at Australian Open
"29.01.2017 14:08:05" swissinfo.ch Trump immigration order 'goes in wrong direction' - SWI swissinfo.ch US President Donald Trump's new travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries is contrary to fundamental rights, warns Swiss Foreign Minister. Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter on Donald Trump's new immigration order
"28.01.2017 19:44:05" swissinfo.ch Swiss flights to US conform to Trump ban - SWI swissinfo.ch Swiss International Air Lines says it will bar citizens of seven countries from boarding its flights to the United States because ... US President Trump's executive order barring Muslims from entering the US from seven countries affects airlines including now Swiss, which says it must comply at Geneva and Zurich. The order is sparking widespread controversy and sharp reactions around
"27.01.2017 17:21:56" Predicting the weather using ants Have you ever heard of a weather prophet? These Swiss men can predict whether it will rain or shine, based on signs they see in nature. That includes the thickness of ants' legs.
"27.01.2017 16:41:22" Timeline Photos Federer vs. Wawrinnka - Thursday at the Australian Open wasn't the first time the two Swiss tennis stars have met in a big game, but it was enough to make many Swiss down tools, and find the nearest screen. http://s.swissin.fo/3c0EPmu
"27.01.2017 16:07:46" swissinfo.ch Award-winning Swiss sculpture breaks the ice in China - SWI swissinfo.ch A gallery of stunning ice sculptures by a Swiss team and other participants at the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in China. Elegantly carved arcs that won't last until summer: Two Swiss recently took the world's largest winter festival by storm. They worked with giant ice cubes to express something about family.
"27.01.2017 15:27:59" swissinfo.ch Struggling to pay the bills in a wealthy nation - SWI swissinfo.ch A Swiss social policy expert explains how nearly one-in-eight people living in Switzerland qualify as working poor, or at risk of poverty. Despite their reputation, Swiss aren't all rich. As many as 1 million of them (there's only 8.3 million in all) are working poor, or impoverished. One-seventh of all single-parent families live below the poverty line. Check out our interview with a Swiss
"27.01.2017 14:06:41" swissinfo.ch The art of weather forecasting – from high tech to ants - SWI swissinfo.ch Where once people relied on local folklore and observation, now satellites and supercomputers are used to analyse and predict the weather. The Swiss have been recording weather for almost half a millennium. And they're thirstier than ever for constant tabs. Around 1 million people - almost one-in-eight Swiss - tune in for Swiss public television's daily weather forecast, based on a highly
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"26.01.2017 20:45:48" Injured animals on roads If your car hits a deer: Forest rangers and their specially trained dogs help end suffering of injured animals.
"26.01.2017 18:02:53" swissinfo.ch Switzerland 'wrongly exposed Tamil asylum seeker to torture' Switzerland violated its commitment to protect people from torture by denying a former Tamil fighter asylum and instead sending him, ... Human rights court slams Swiss government for sending refugee and his family back to Sri Lanka. After deportation, the man was jailed and tortured.
"26.01.2017 16:02:36" swissinfo.ch No more obligatory courses for dog owners Dog owners in Switzerland will no longer be obliged attend a training course with their four-legged friends from 2017 onwards. From the start of this year, dog owners no longer had to go on special training courses with a new dog. The requirement was brought in in 2008, but a report last year found it wasn't having a big impact.
"26.01.2017 15:54:26" www.swissinfo.ch The complete history of every No. 1 male tennis player - SWI swissinfo.ch How do the different tennis champions compare? We summed up the complete history of all the number one ranked ATP (Association of Tennis ... Federer is on top form right now. Here's a reminder of where he ranks among other tennis greats.
"26.01.2017 15:34:30" swissinfo.ch Who will follow Federer and Wawrinka? Why do some countries have several male tennis players aged 21 or under in the world's top 500 and Switzerland doesn't have one? Today they met in the Australian Open, but who will be the Swiss tennis stars of the future?
"26.01.2017 14:47:37" swissinfo.ch Swiss teen works with brewery horses Too young to drive a car, and barely old enough to order a beer, a Swiss teen has an unusual job with horses at a brewery near Basel. What a cool job: A Swiss teenager who loves animals takes the horses of Feldschlösschen, Switzerland's biggest brewery, for a drive.
"26.01.2017 13:46:54" swissinfo.ch The complete history of every No. 1 male tennis player How do the different tennis champions compare? We summed up the complete history of all the number one ranked ATP (Association of Tennis ... Federer has secured his place in the Australian Open final. Is he the best of the best? Here are the facts.
"26.01.2017 11:35:26" swissinfo.ch Fleeing via the Balkan route The graffiti on the wall of an abandoned building next to Belgrade's main train station summed it up: "The problem is the borders." A Swiss photographer reports on how stranded refugees survive bleak conditions on the Balkan route.
"26.01.2017 09:09:11" swissinfo.ch Erasmus students take a chance on love She arrived by car from Flemish-speaking Belgium, he took a ten-day scenic route by bicycle from Fribourg in Switzerland. The study abroad programme Erasmus is 30 years old! Did you do a year abroad? Here's a story from our archives about a couple who met through Erasmus.
"25.01.2017 19:50:02" swissinfo.ch Mixed memories of a Chinese ski instructor in Switzerland The star of a documentary about Chinese ski instructors in Switzerland talks candidly about culture shock, sex, racism – and warm beer. Culture shock, sex, racism and warm beer: A Chinese ski instructor remembers his time at a Swiss ski resort
"25.01.2017 19:28:07" Rave reviews for “My life as a courgette” film A Swiss-made animation film is in the running for an Oscar! More videos here: http://s.swissin.fo/rjfuz2I
"25.01.2017 19:01:52" swissinfo.ch Avalanche detection in the digital age A pioneering project in Zermatt is using radar to detect the start of an avalanche. This is one way avalanches are being detected in Switzerland. It's pioneering, and it's fast.
"25.01.2017 17:49:45" swissinfo.ch A banned medicine's comeback A devastating and dangerous drug for some, a medicine without equal in the pharmacist's repertoire for others, cannabis is beginning to be used again in the treatment of serious illness and chronic pain. The University of Lausanne has taken part in a new international study that says smoking cannabis can be linked to a higher risk of schizophrenia. Here's our story from last year that explains why a growing number of patients and doctors are actually
"25.01.2017 16:47:12" swissinfo.ch A banned medicine's comeback An in-depth look at the modern-day production of cannabis to treat illness. Cannabis is making a comeback in Switzerland. Our in-depth story tells how the controversial drug is helping some people heal.
"25.01.2017 16:24:24" swissinfo.ch What type of film draws the Swiss to the cinema? Are documentaries really the most popular genre in Switzerland? Is there still demand for subtitles? An analysis in graphics of Swiss cultural habits. Swiss movie-goers are big fans of documentaries. So much so, that it's by far the most popular Swiss film format they watch on the big screen.
"25.01.2017 16:01:36" swissinfo.ch Annie Leibovitz: I'll do more women portraits Special women are captured on camera by renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz for her WOMEN: New Portraits series being shown in Zurich. Photographer Annie Leibovitz was in Zurich to promote her portraits of women. The works are now on show.
"25.01.2017 14:32:44" swissinfo.ch Tennis sorcerer Federer faces apprentice Wawrinka Stan Wawrinka delights in the fact that his favourite nickname, “Stanimal”, was given to him by Roger Federer, who he also admits is ... Swiss tennis frenzy: who's going to win when "sorcerer" Roger Federer meets "apprentice" Stan Wawrinka in an Australian Open semi on Thursday?
"25.01.2017 10:55:40" swissinfo.ch Skiing cow 'calves' it down the mountain A publicity stunt showing a skiing Swiss cow has gone viral on social media. A video of a cow on skis in Switzerland from the 1980s has caused a stir after Swiss Public Television, SRF found the recording in their archives and reposted it online.
"24.01.2017 18:15:43" Finding refuge inside Chiasso's church A church on the Swiss-Italian border has opened its doors to the homeless. http://s.swissin.fo/2eAj7oT
"24.01.2017 16:13:21" swissinfo.ch Swiss animation competes for Oscar glory Ma vie de courgette (My life as a courgette) by Valais director Claude Barras has been nominated for an Oscar in the Best Animated Feature category. Swiss animation Ma vie de courgette (My life as a courgette) has been nominated for an Oscar in the Best Animated Feature category.
"24.01.2017 15:22:51" swissinfo.ch Brexit needs parliament OK but citizens have no say Britain's Supreme Court has ruled that the government needs parliamentary consent to start the Brexit process. But for Prime Minister ... The Supreme Court in Britain has ruled that the government needs parliamentary approval to start Brexit. Read what our global democracy correspondent has to say.
"24.01.2017 14:32:51" Settling into Switzerland as a teenage refugee Almost 2,000 unaccompanied minors applied for asylum in Switzerland last year. In one part of Switzerland, the young people are being taught practical skills.
"24.01.2017 13:36:05" swissinfo.ch Swiss welfare system faces massive expansion Swiss people are living increasingly long, a trend that will create thousands of jobs in nursing, support, administration and other ... The Swiss are living longer, creating the need for thousands more jobs in nursing, support and other sectors. But will Switzerland find enough skilled workers to fill these jobs?
"24.01.2017 10:59:38" swissinfo.ch Swiss-funded handwashing project in India a washout? How do you encourage Indians to wash their hands? After it was found that even songs and dancing don't get the message across, how will similar Swiss sanitation projects fare in the future?
"24.01.2017 06:21:48" recruitingapp-2712.umantis.com Video Journalist / Web-Video-Editor - Ausschreibung If you can make engaging videos for young people, you're the person we need to join our video team at swissinfo.ch!
"23.01.2017 19:39:52" Finding your roots after adoption Mischa was adopted from South Korea and for a long time, didn't want to find out about his roots. That all changed in his 40s. http://s.swissin.fo/iGuvSxc
"23.01.2017 15:17:06" swissinfo.ch Switzerland's unique selling point - SWI swissinfo.ch Switzerland is a good test case for how the world might benefit from more multilingualism, argues language expert Gabrielle Hogan-Brun. A language expert says Switzerland's culture and economy benefit in multiple ways from people who speak more than one language.
"23.01.2017 14:09:56" swissinfo.ch Long battle ahead to curb fake news Swiss and European experts caution that training machines to detect misinformation on social media is no easy task. Whether it's fake news or 'alternative facts', how can we sort the truth from the falsehoods? Here's our resident fact-checker's take on the role computer programmes can play.
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"22.01.2017 19:04:55" Holiday homes going out of fashion For a year now, laws have been in force preventing new holiday homes from being built in most Swiss tourist areas. After the rules were tightened, it was thought prices would rise as supply fell. But this has not been the case.
"22.01.2017 16:04:42" swissinfo.ch Friday prayers, an odd apprenticeship and weather frogs Stories coming up next week: a visit to a Swiss mosque, and a look at Swiss "weather frogs".
"21.01.2017 19:14:53" Thousands of protesters march through Geneva It was a great turnout today at the Geneva Women's March for Dignity - sister march of the Women's March on Washington - despite the subzero temperatures! http://s.swissin.fo/B5vFvEq
"21.01.2017 17:43:43" swissinfo.ch Sion Olympic bid is 'a wrong signal at the wrong time' After Sion's failed bid to host the Winter Olympic Games in 2006, the Swiss city is trying again. Not everyone shares the Olympic dream. Will the Swiss city of Sion host the 2026 Winter Games? Here's what some of the locals think.
"21.01.2017 12:51:45" swissinfo.ch Music in a new homeland How does music help someone settle in a new country? We hear from an African choir director, a Hindu and a Spanish musicologist living in Switzerland. Are you part of a choir? For some people who have moved to Switzerland, that's one way of settling into local life.
"21.01.2017 12:29:24" swissinfo.ch Finding a job in Switzerland If you're looking for a job in Switzerland, here's what you need to know. More information on work permits here: http://s.swissin.fo/RQEKmJA
"21.01.2017 11:08:51" swissinfo.ch Switzerland at the movies A tour, in pictures, through some of Switzerland's most iconic cinemas.
"20.01.2017 19:03:11" swissinfo.ch Trump or a conflict of interest in a modern democracy With his portfolio of business projects, loans and deals, Donald Trump is forcing the US to confront an unprecedented number of entanglements. Donald Trump is now officially the President of the United States. Here's what a key figure in US-Swiss trade relations thinks about that.
"20.01.2017 18:24:43" swissinfo.ch The week that was: Decoding Davos Once again in 2017, the population of picturesque Davos has tripled as the world's movers and shakers gather to discuss the top global issues of our time. Top of this year's agenda: making leaders more responsive and responsible. We bring you the latest The World Economic Forum 2017 has come and gone, and our correspondents were there every step of the way. Catch up here if you missed the key developments.
"20.01.2017 15:54:17" swissinfo.ch As Trump takes oath, LeVine says goodbye The outgoing US ambassador's approach to tweeting couldn't be more different than that of the incoming US president. Donald Trump is about to take the oath of office as the 45th president of the United States, which means one of the most influential Americans in Switzerland - US Ambassador Suzi LeVine - is saying her farewells. Here's what she told us about her time in
"20.01.2017 14:48:54" Davos locals: the neighbour This woman who lives next door to the main helicopter landing zone in Davos says she is "proud" that the World Economic Forum takes place on her doorstep. She's willing to put up with having to use a special badge to get to and from her house during the
"20.01.2017 12:41:53" Davos locals: "We could live without the WEF" This Davos shop owner says the World Economic Forum doesn't particularly help his business and that he thinks the community would do just fine without the annual event.
"20.01.2017 09:43:43" swissinfo.ch Swiss interests in a Trump presidency With Donald Trump headed to the White House, we examine the intersection of US-Swiss priorities. Do you think the Trump presidency will affect you?
"20.01.2017 09:22:53" Take a look inside the congress center in Davos, where the WEF annual meeting is held: https://swissin.fo/2iRt2zl
"19.01.2017 21:35:14" German citizen Alexander Bez has been working in the Davos hotel industry for almost 16 years. Currently at Hotel Dischma, he looks after employees of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation during the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF).
"19.01.2017 20:46:44" Jürgen Rüegg: the helicopter man Hundreds of helicopters fly in and out of the World Economic Forum, and this man keeps them all in check as the Davos heliport manager. More of our coverage from WEF here: http://s.swissin.fo/5z389ha
"19.01.2017 19:07:50" Preventing Chinese products being sold as 'Swiss' Has that expensive lotion got anything to do with Switzerland? This is what Swiss and Chinese authorities are doing to protect the Swiss name from fraudulent use.
"19.01.2017 18:03:11" Inside the Davos congress centre during WEF What's it like inside the congress centre in Davos while the World Economic Forum annual meeting is going on? Follow our coverage here: http://s.swissin.fo/pEFIUZE
"19.01.2017 16:06:00" swissinfo.ch The big freeze: your pictures When the temperature drops in Switzerland, it doesn't just get icy. Fantastic natural ice sculptures are created along lakesides. We asked, you replied - here are your pictures of the big freeze in Switzerland!
"19.01.2017 15:36:03" Time to ski at Davos? People used to head to the WEF meeting and fit in a bit of time on the pistes, but nowadays time is a bit more tight. Daniel Paschoud is one of our local faces from Davos, who tells us what it's like during the meeting. More on WEF here:
"19.01.2017 15:13:56" swissinfo.ch The big freeze: your pictures When the temperature drops in Switzerland, it doesn't just get icy. Fantastic natural ice sculptures are created along lakesides. Send us your pictures of frozen Switzerland and we'll add the best to our gallery!