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One in four Swiss residents smoke: report
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One in four Swiss residents smoke: report
1 hour ago

The share of tobacco smokers remains stubbornly high in Switzerland, with one in four residents lighting up, says Addiction Switzerland.

Former French minister goes on trial for tax fraud
Former French budget minister Jérôme Cahuzac. Photo: AFP

Former French minister goes on trial for tax fraud
3 hours ago

Former French budget minister Jérôme Cahuzac, who resigned in disgrace in 2013 after admitting to having a secret Swiss bank account, goes on trial on Monday for tax fraud.

Beyoncé includes Zurich date on world tour
Beyoncé at Super Bowl 50. Photo: Matt Cowan/Getty Images North America/AFP

Beyoncé includes Zurich date on world tour
3 hours ago

American singer and songwriter Beyoncé is planning to appear in Zurich this summer as part of a world tour announced at the end of her Super Bowl half time show on Sunday.

Diver dies in Lake Geneva near shipwreck
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Diver dies in Lake Geneva near shipwreck
14 hours ago

A 44-year-old diver from the canton of Vaud died after plunging into Lake Geneva near the site of a shipwreck from the 19th century, police say.

Hingis and Bencic propel Swiss into Fed Cup semifinals
Swiss FedCup tennis team captain Heinz Günthardt takes selfie with (from left) Bencic, Bacsinszky, Viktorija Golubic and Hingis. Photo: DPA/AFP

Hingis and Bencic propel Swiss into Fed Cup semifinals
16 hours ago

Martina Hingis rolled back the years on Sunday as her doubles win alongside Belinda Bencic sealed a 3-2 victory over Germany to put Switzerland in the Fed Cup semifinals for the first time since 1998.

Gut and Janka bounce back with super-G victories
(From left) Germany's Rebensburg, former Austrian skier Nicole Hosp, Gut and Vonn pose for photo during the winners' ceremony for the super-G on Sunday. Photo: Christof Stache/AFP

Gut and Janka bounce back with super-G victories
18 hours ago

Swiss skiers Lara Gut and Carlo Janka bounced back on Sunday from earlier setbacks to claim Super-G victories in Germany and South Korea respectively.

Blatter 'will attend Fifa appeal hearing': lawyer
Blatter's hearing is scheduled 24 hours after that of fallen Uefa president Michel Platini. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Blatter 'will attend Fifa appeal hearing': lawyer
2 days ago

Suspended Fifa president Sepp Blatter will attend his February 16th appeal hearing against an eight-year ban from football, his spokesman confirmed on Friday.

Lausanne cathedral packed for top chef's funeral
Photo: Laurent Gillieron/Pool/AFP

Lausanne cathedral packed for top chef's funeral
3 days ago

More than 1,500 people filled Lausanne's cathedral on Friday for the funeral of Benoît Violier, the top French-Swiss chef who died in an apparent suicide.

Julius Bär bank to pay US $547 million over tax fraud
Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Julius Bär bank to pay US $547 million over tax fraud
3 days ago

Swiss private bank Julius Bär says it has finalized an agreement with US authorities, paying $547 million to end a criminal investigation into claims that it helped rich Americans dodge taxes.

Skier dies after missing turn at Toggenburg
Skiers at Toggenburg. Photo: Switzerland Tourism

Skier dies after missing turn at Toggenburg
3 days ago

A 47-year-old man has died after failing to negotiate a turn while skiing at Toggenburg in eastern Switzerland.

Features
Dada's Zurich roots recalled a century later

Dada's Zurich roots recalled a century later
February 01, 2016

As the legendary Dada art movement celebrates the 100th anniversary of its founding in Zurich, The Local’s Emily Rose Mawson traces its origins and seeks to find out what it was all about.

Startups
Swiss rush to support 'sexy' startup trend
Startup Weekend is one of many events in Switzerland to help entrepreneurs. Photo: Martin Gysler

Swiss rush to support 'sexy' startup trend
January 28, 2016

With startups in the Swiss news on an almost daily basis, launching your own business has never been trendier. But exactly how easy does Switzerland make it? The Local’s Caroline Bishop finds out.

Helvetiq offers new ways to journey across CH
Pull-out map from Around Switzerland in 80 Maps.

Helvetiq offers new ways to journey across CH
December 22, 2015

If you’re feeling a little lost in Switzerland as a newcomer or even as someone who has lived in the country for a while, a Lausanne-based publishing company has produced a game and two new books that may help you find your bearings.

Fifa corruption scandal
Isolated Blatter devastated by Fifa ban
Sepp Blatter arrives on Monday for press conference in Zurich, unshaven and with a bandage on his face. Photo: Michèle Limina/AFP

Isolated Blatter devastated by Fifa ban
December 21, 2015

Facing criminal investigation and banned from VIP tribunes, Sepp Blatter cuts an increasingly lonely figure far from the football president who mixed with political heavyweights and tycoons.

Opinion
How international school prepped me for Columbia
Alex Kuznetsov on campus at Columbia. Photo: Handout

How international school prepped me for Columbia
December 21, 2015

International schools have a reputation for putting students in a "bubble" but Alex Kuznetsov explains how attending such schools in Zurich prepared him well for New York's prestigious Columbia University.

More news
New rail tunnel proposed under an Alpine pass
Rendition showing crosscut view of proposed tunnel. Photo: Canton of Valais

New rail tunnel proposed under an Alpine pass
3 days ago

Yet another Alpine railway tunnel is in the works for Switzerland — but this one would also carry electrical transmission lines.

Swiss real estate 'bubble risk' continues to rise
Map shows areas most exposed to high property prices. Image: UBS

Swiss real estate 'bubble risk' continues to rise
3 days ago

The risk of a real estate bubble in Switzerland has reached its highest level since the late 1980s, according to a UBS report.

Italian man dies in Alpine resort chalet fire
View of Villars, where the fire broke out. Photo: Office du Tourisme Villars

Italian man dies in Alpine resort chalet fire
3 days ago

UPDATED: An Italian man died after being trapped in a fire on Wednesday that ripped through an apartment building in Villars-sur Ollon, a mountain ski resort town in the canton of Vaud.

Geneva school cleared after bomb threat
A building at the Geneva International School. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Geneva school cleared after bomb threat
3 days ago

Police are investigating a bomb threat that forced the evacuation of around 2,000 students from a campus of the Geneva International School on Thursday.

Swisscom to cut 700 jobs after revenues slip
Photo: Swisscom

Swisscom to cut 700 jobs after revenues slip
February 04, 2016

Switzerland’s biggest telecom company is cutting 700 jobs after announcing a 20 percent drop in net profits for 2015 from the previous year.

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Asylum seeker found guilty of rape will not be deported
The Traiskirchen refugee camp. Photo: Voice of America/Wikimedia

Asylum seeker found guilty of rape will not be deported
AUSTRIA

A 17-year-old asylum seeker who raped a 72-year-old pensioner has been jailed for 20 months.

Germany tells Moscow to back off on alleged teen rape
Russian-Germans demonstrate over 'rape' incident in Berlin. Photo: DPA

Germany tells Moscow to back off on alleged teen rape
GERMANY

Germany on Wednesday warned Russia against "exploiting" a murky case involving the alleged rape of a German-Russian teenager in Berlin after Moscow hinted at an official cover-up.

Danish teen fought off her attacker - now she'll face fine
Police said the girl will be fined, even though the pepper spray stopped her attacker. Photo: Colourbox

Danish teen fought off her attacker - now she'll face fine
DENMARK

A 17-year-old girl who was physically and sexually attacked in Sønderborg will herself face charges for using pepper spray to fend off her assailant.

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Horror as man plunges to his death after forgetting his keys
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Horror as man plunges to his death after forgetting his keys
SPAIN

A man plummeted to his death after trying to scale his apartment building in Alicante after locking himself out.

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US taxes and FATCA: 'The time for hiding is over'
National
'World's best chef' commits suicide in village near Lausanne
Features
Zurich celebrates centennial of quirky Dada artistic movement
Education
Children in village school told to speak German or pay 'penalty'
Features
Swiss provide multiple resources to support 'sexy' startup trend
National
Swiss citizens to vote this summer on guaranteed income for all
Culture
Geneva authorities back art museum expansion with Jean Nouvel design
National
Luxury hotel conversion in Vevey runs into financial trouble
National
World Economic Forum: Davos soldiers test positive for cocaine use
Switzerland had secret 'peace deal' with PLO to prevent attacks
Technology
VIDEO: Drone takes you to the heart of a Swiss glacier
Business & Money
Leonardo DiCaprio in Davos slams 'greed' of fossil-fuel industry
National
Miniature scale model of city of Geneva goes on public display
International
Politician and ex-head of Swiss Post among dead in Burkina Faso attack
National
Revealed: Swiss authorities strip refugees of cash and valuables
National
Spectacular video of avalanche near Zermatt illustrates dangers
Business & Money
GE announces plans to slash 1,300 Swiss jobs at Alstom plants
Sport
Fifa museum set to open in Zurich next month as scandal continues
National
Is climate change ruining skiing at resorts in the Swiss Alps?
Culture
Bowie's discreet two decades in Switzerland remembered
National
Switzerland's unemployment rate surges to highest level in five years
National
'Excellent' Swiss wine touted for 2015 vintages despite lower production
National
Medieval Swiss lakeside town plans 'spectacular' festival of lights
Technology
Zurich and Lausanne institutes of technology launch 43 startups
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