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US penalizes UBS for dealing with 'terrorist'
Photo: UBS

US penalizes UBS for dealing with 'terrorist'

4 hours ago

UBS, Switzerland's largest bank, has agreed to pay American authorities $1.7 million to settle "apparent" violations of rules banning transactions benefiting officially designated terrorists, the US Treasury Department said on Thursday.

Wawrinka could face Murray in US Open
Switzerland's Wawrinka at last year's US Open. Photo: Getty Images North America/AFP

Wawrinka could face Murray in US Open

5 hours ago

World number one Novak Djokovic could meet eighth-seed Rafael Nadal in the US Open quarterfinals while Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka could meet in another quarterfinal under the US Open draw announced on Thursday.

Report confirms rising number of immigrants
Citizens gather in Appenzell Innerrhoden for an annual Landsgemeinde (assembly of the people). Photo: AFP/File

Report confirms rising number of immigrants

8 hours ago

Immigration is continuing to drive Switzerland’s growth in population, which rose by almost 100,000 to more than 8.2 million by the end of 2014, official government figures confirm.

Bern window smashing stunt promotes safety
Car is lowered into pool of water for window smashing demonstration. Photo: BFU

Bern window smashing stunt promotes safety

18 hours ago

Visitors to Bern were treated on Wednesday to the unusual sight of a man smashing his way out of a car submerged in a pool of water in front of the federal parliament.

Federer to defend Brisbane title in 2016
Photo: AFP/File

Federer to defend Brisbane title in 2016

19 hours ago

Switzerland's 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer and five-time major-winner Maria Sharapova will defend their Brisbane International titles in the lead-up to the Australian Open in January, organizers said on Thursday.

Lower tax revenues push Geneva's budget in red
Geneva Finance Minister Serge Dal Busco. Photo: Eugen Billard/Wikimedia Commons

Lower tax revenues push Geneva's budget in red

19 hours ago

The canton of Geneva is freezing new spending and delaying an initiative to hire new prison guards as lower than expected tax revenues this year are expected to send the government’s budget ballooning almost 250 million francs into the red.

Swiss airports to start spot bomb checks
Photo: Zurich airport

Swiss airports to start spot bomb checks

1 day ago

Passengers flying out of Swiss airports will potentially face an extra level of screening starting next week when a new process to detect explosives will go into effect.

Monsanto drops bid to buy Swiss rival Syngenta
Photo: AFP

Monsanto drops bid to buy Swiss rival Syngenta

1 day ago

US seed giant Monsanto dropped its campaign to acquire Syngenta on Wednesday, ending hopes to add a Swiss pesticides giant it had seen as key to expanding its global reach.

Where are Switzerland's priciest babysitters?
Swiss parents are paying double the European average of 8.70 francs (€8.07) per hour for babysitters. Photo: AFP/File

Where are Switzerland's priciest babysitters?

1 day ago

Parents living in Switzerland pay more for their babysitters than anyone else in Europe a new study shows, but which Swiss cantons are the most expensive? Read on to find out.

Stunning Swiss chateau goes under hammer
Hauteville Manor has been in the same family for 11 generations. Photo: AFP

Stunning Swiss chateau goes under hammer

1 day ago

An 18th century chateau with commanding views of Lake Geneva is up for sale and for an asking price said to be somewhere in the region of 50 million francs it could be on the market for a while.

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Farmers’ wives offer taste of Swiss rural life
Erika Hänni is one of 36 hosts in the scheme. Photo: Caroline Bishop

Farmers’ wives offer taste of Swiss rural life

2 days ago

With most expats in Switzerland living or working in urban areas, few get the opportunity to experience traditional Swiss life in the countryside. But Swiss Tavolata hopes to change that by offering people the chance to have lunch on a farm. As the initiative celebrates its first birthday this September, Caroline Bishop takes her seat at the farmhouse table.

Expat's time in Zurich inspires racy novel
From the book cover of Hausfrau (detail). The author tells The Local how her Swiss experience inspired the much talked about novel. Photo: Penguin Randon House

Expat's time in Zurich inspires racy novel

August 04, 2015

Zurich’s high standard of living makes it a popular destination for expats, but linguistic and cultural hurdles can make for a lonely and alienating existence for trailing spouses, as depicted in Jill Alexander Essbaum’s erotically-charged novel Hausfrau.

Veggie lovers challenge Swiss eating habits
Photo: Tibits

Veggie lovers challenge Swiss eating habits

June 15, 2015

The Swiss are known for being hardcore meat eaters but traditions are slowly changing thanks to increased health consciousness and the growing influence of expats.

Summer fun keeping Swiss mountains tidy
Collecting litter at Verbier in the canton of Valais. Photo: Summit Foundation

Summer fun keeping Swiss mountains tidy

June 02, 2015

Switzerland has a reputation for cleanliness but littering is still a problem, particularly in ski areas. As the snow melts to reveal the rubbish left by winter visitors, resorts are inviting skiers to return in summer to help tidy up the slopes. The Local's Caroline Bishop lifts the cover on what's happening.

Severed rope recalls Matterhorn's first ascent
Climbers for Mammut near Matterhorn's summit. Photo: Christoph Frutiger/Mammut

Severed rope recalls Matterhorn's first ascent

May 25, 2015

As Zermatt celebrates the 150th anniversary of the first ascent of the Matterhorn, The Local’s Emily Rose Mawson delves into the story and finds out more about the iconic Swiss summit that so many people want to climb.

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Ticino 'making war' on cross-border workers
Around one in four workers in the Swiss canton of Ticino lives in Italy. File photo: AFP

Ticino 'making war' on cross-border workers

1 day ago

Switzerland's strong economy is drawing more cross-border workers than ever before but the trend has given rise to a heated debate in the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino.

Swiss watchmakers jittery over China chaos
Share prices of Swiss watchmakers like Richemont shed serious value after the recent Chinese currency cut. File photo: AFP

Swiss watchmakers jittery over China chaos

1 day ago

Swiss watchmakers are facing turbulent times in one of their top markets, as the already shrinking luxury sales in China are compounded by the recent devaluation of the yuan.

Switzerland set to test world's longest tunnel
A worker in the new Gotthard base tunnel. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Switzerland set to test world's longest tunnel

2 days ago

Testing of the new Gotthard base tunnel, set to become the world’s longest tunnel when it opens next year, will start in October, the construction firm has confirmed.

Parents leave baby son in car to attend concert
Photo: Jim Champion/File

Parents leave baby son in car to attend concert

2 days ago

A young couple left their one-year-old baby boy alone in their car on Sunday so they could go to a concert, media reported on Tuesday.

Swiss profs trained to spot potential jihadists
At least five students from the Swiss city of Winterthur are said to have joined Isis of late. Photo: AFP/File

Swiss profs trained to spot potential jihadists

2 days ago

Teachers in Winterthur in the canton of Zurich will be given training to help them spot the signs of radicalization among their students following the news that at least five young people from the area have joined Isis over the last few months.

Is Nazi-era art exhibition in Zurich immoral?
Zurich's Kunsthaus will display the collection in its new wing in 2020. Photo: Adrian Michael

Is Nazi-era art exhibition in Zurich immoral?

2 days ago

How to define Nazi-era "loot" is central to what could prove a touchy book, launched on Tuesday, about the controversy surrounding one of Europe's most prestigious private art collections that will soon go on show at leading Swiss museum the Kunsthaus in Zurich.

Swiss set date for Fifa US extradition ruling
Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Swiss set date for Fifa US extradition ruling

2 days ago

The Swiss justice ministry will rule next month on the extradition requests filed by the United States against six FIFA officials who have been accused of corruption, a spokesman said on Monday.

Minister: Swiss banks must 'do better'
Swiss banks have for years been trying to clean up their image. Photo: Martin Abegglan

Minister: Swiss banks must 'do better'

2 days ago

Thousands of so-called "politically exposed persons", or PEPs -- a category that includes heads of state and other top officials -- hold Swiss bank accounts, a Swiss foreign ministry official said on Monday.

Singapore frees assets of sued Swiss art dealer
Photo: Caroline Bishop

Singapore frees assets of sued Swiss art dealer

2 days ago

Singapore's highest court has unfrozen the assets worth millions of dollars of a Swiss businessman and art dealer sued by a Russian billionaire for fraud.

School tells Muslim pupil to take off veil in class
The student (not pictured) was sent home from school. Photo: Heng Fu Ming

School tells Muslim pupil to take off veil in class

3 days ago

A high school in the canton of Bern has forbidden a pupil from wearing the hijab in class, Swiss media reported on Monday.

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Despite quality of life Austria 'isn't friendly'
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Despite quality of life Austria 'isn't friendly'

3 days ago

Austria has been ranked 11th in a new survey of top expat destinations - failing to make the top ten because almost a third of newcomers say Austrians are unfriendly to foreigners, and reported that it was hard to settle in and meet new people.

Courgette stew kills pensioner in Heidelberg
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Courgette stew kills pensioner in Heidelberg

August 21, 2015

The widow of a 79-year-old man killed by a courgette stew in southern Germany this week has described the fatal meal that led to her husband's death.

Denmark considers citizenship rule changes
Inger Støjberg said she is considering changes to Danish citizenship requirements. Photo: Jens Nørgaard Larsen/Scanpix

Denmark considers citizenship rule changes

2 days ago

The Danish government is considering changes to the nation’s citizenship laws that may make it harder to get citizenship in the future and pull the rug out from under 1,950 foreigners who have already satisfied the current requirements.

Fury as archaeological site ruined and replaced with picnic table
The picnic bench was positioned on top of the ancient tomb. Stock photo: Michael Coghlan/Flickr

Fury as archaeological site ruined and replaced with picnic table

1 day ago

Builders in a Galician village confused a neolithic tomb with a broken stone picnic table and replaced the 6,000-year-old artefact with a brand spanking new concrete bench.

Naked couple found dead beside French fortress
Police have said the deaths were likely accidental. Photo: Thomas/Flickr

Naked couple found dead beside French fortress

August 21, 2015

Police suspect a horrific lovemaking accident is to blame after a French couple were found dead at the bottom of a fortress wall on Thursday, both totally naked.

Italy rescues 4,400 migrants in one day
Migrants on more than 20 boats (not the one pictured) have sent out distress calls. Photo: DPA/Italian Navy

Italy rescues 4,400 migrants in one day

August 22, 2015

UPDATE: Italy's coastguard coordinated the rescue of 4,400 migrants from boats in the Mediterranean in a single day on Saturday, officials said Sunday as three new rescue operations were launched.

Norway inmate hacks TV so can share porn
Norway's Halden prison has been lauded as "the most humane prison in the world". Photo: Heiko Junge/NTB Scanpix

Norway inmate hacks TV so can share porn

3 days ago

An inmate at Norway's Halden prison hacked the TV system so he could share pornographic films and secret messages with fellow prisoners.

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'Too big' Swedish model cheers global support
Swedish model Agnes Victoria Hedengård. Photo: Private/Instagram

'Too big' Swedish model cheers global support

2 days ago

UPDATED: A 19-year-old model from Sweden has told The Local she is thrilled to have raised concerns about the fashion industry, after using a video to reveal how agencies said she was "too big" despite her being underweight.

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