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10 unspoken rules for fitting in with the Swiss
Photo: Stephan Schacher/Swiss Tourism

New to Switzerland? The Local shows you how to navigate your way through the Swiss social minefield.

Swisscom fined millions for dominating sports TV
Photo: Swisscom

Switzerland's main telecomms group has been fined 71.8 million Swiss francs by the Swiss competition authorities.

Swiss injured by neo- Nazi gunman in Austria
The shooting happened in the Vorarlberg region of Austria. Photo: Roland Vlach/AFP

A 49-year-old Swiss woman was among those injured by a neo-Nazi gunman at a rock concert in Austria.

Huge blaze burns down Swiss candle factory
Photo: Schwyz cantonal police

A candle factory in Einsiedeln became a victim of its own creations on Monday afternoon when a major fire broke out.

Farms in Swiss Jura to pilot refugee integration project
Volunteers will undertake manual labour on farms in the Jura. Photo: Mark Goebel

The pilot programme will offer refugees unpaid farming work to help them integrate.

WHO slams 'policy failures' for Zika crisis
File photo: AFP

The Geneva-based World Health Organization blames a lack of mosquito control in 1970s for the current Zika outbreak.

Singapore boots out scandal-hit Swiss bank
File photo: The Local

Singapore's central bank is kicking out Swiss bank BSI due to its links to a global money-laundering scandal.

French Open tennis
Stan the man survives first round scare
Photo: Miguel Medina/AFP

Stan Wawrinka battles through five sets in his Roland Garros first round match.

Snow puts end to hottest weekend of year so far
Photo: Gstaad Tourism

Switzerland experienced a return to winter on Monday as snow fell in some places, a stark contrast to the weekend's warm weather.

Suspect in Swiss murder arrested in Spain
The suspect was arrested at Barcelona airport. Photo: Barcelona airport

The 59-year-old is wanted in connection with the murder of a woman in Switzerland.

Features
The Local List
In pictures: Switzerland’s most welcoming hotels
Photo: Cervo

Looking for somewhere to stay this summer? For a warm Swiss welcome, you can’t beat these – it’s official.

Geneva exhibition marks 200 years of Frankenstein
Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

The Martin Bodmer Foundation marks 200 years since Mary Shelley first imagined the ultimate horror story during a visit to Switzerland.

June 5th referendum
Swiss basic income vote: what you need to know
Could Switzerland give everyone 2,500 francs a month? Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

On June 5th Switzerland will vote on the introduction of an unconditional basic income (UBI). What could this mean for you?

Eurovision
Canadian singer Rykka: ‘I was made in Switzerland’
Rykka has a family connection with Switzerland. Photo: SRF/Lukas Mäder

Switzerland’s Eurovision entry may have been born in Canada, but she’s more Swiss than the Swiss, she tells The Local.

Brexit
Could Brits in Europe put the brakes on Brexit?
Photo: Leon Neal/AFP

The Local's survey discovers what expats are thinking about the forthcoming British referendum.

More news
Swiss aerial accidents leave three dead
File photo: Priyandarshi Ranjan

It was a deadly weekend in the skies over Switzerland.

Tourists leave hospital after Interlaken crash injures 17
The accident happened at a level crossing in Interlaken. Photo: AFP

A train crashed into a tourist bus on Friday night in Interlaken.

Police clash with violent protesters in Bern
The march caused extensive damage in Bern. File photo: Jan Geerk/Swiss Tourism

An illegal party in the Swiss capital spiralled into a violent protest march.

Federer absence a ‘loss’ for French Open
Federer’s absence was a primary topic of conversation at Roland Garros. Photo: AFP

Novak Djokovic was among those expressing their disappointment at Roger Federer’s withdrawal from the French Open.

Brother of Belgian bomber wins gold in Switzerland
Mourad Laachraoui was left 'devastated' by his brother's actions. Photo: Emmanual Dunand/AFP

"You don't choose your family," says Mourad Laachraoui.

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From our other editions
A gift for Euroskeptics?
A choice between green and blue at the ballot. Photo: Monusco Photos/Wikimedia

Austria's presidential runoff, which could see a far-right candidate grab power this Sunday, is a test for the European Union as it battles the rise of eurosceptic and populist parties across the continent.

Ruhr nuclear plant ‘pumped radioactive waste into air’
A demonstration outside the THTR reactor in 1986. Photo: DPA

A former engineer at one of Germany’s nuclear reactors has made an astonishing claim: that the plant intentionally pumped radioactive waste into the atmosphere in 1986.

Green card holders tell Denmark to keep its promise
Green card holders say that Denmark is breaking its promise by threatening to scrap the scheme altogether. Photo: Mazhar Hashmi

With parliament threatening to scrap the controversial green card scheme, current green card holders are trying to convince MPs to reverse course.

Plane forced to dodge THREE drones to land in Bilbao
Photo: Don McCullough/Flickr

The plane was attempting to land at Bilbao airport in the Basque Country.

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Lifestyle
Swiss court vetoes wedding of couple with 50-year age gap
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Eat, learn, live: unforgettable holidays in France
Photo: Filippo Monteforte/AFP
Culture
Dog day afternoon: Swiss saint meets Pope in Rome
Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP
Business & Money
Pink diamond sold for record-breaking $31m in Geneva
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Becoming an expat: where to start
File photo: Candida Performa
Lifestyle
Revealed: living in Switzerland could prolong your life
Photo: Cervo
Travel
In pictures: Switzerland’s most welcoming hotels
Photo: Aargau cantonal government
‘Beast of Rupperswil’ was local football coach
Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP
Features
Geneva exhibition marks 200 years of Frankenstein
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National
Swiss basic income campaign sets Guinness world record
Photo: St Gallen police
Society
Police hunt killer of man shot dead in St Gallen street
File photo: Martin Abegglen
Society
Presumed jihadist could have Swiss nationality quashed
Photo: Zurich Zoo
Culture
Gallery: giant tortoise at Zurich Zoo is mother at 80
Photo: Caroline Bishop
Society
Swiss farmer loses appeal in row over noisy cow bells
Photo: Esparta Palmer
Health
44-year-old woman refused fertility treatment on insurance
File photo: Thomas Coex/AFP
Society
Jilted admirer shocks woman with tattoo... of her face
File photo: Flickr
Health
Swiss school eyes longer holidays for non-smoking staff
Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP
National
Swiss basic income vote: what you need to know
 Photo: Heinrich Plum
National
Lidl uses German mountain to promote its Swiss products
Photo: Illiz Architektur
This old Swiss army bunker is now an incredible new pool
Photo: Stephan Engler
National
Survey reveals some Swiss ‘never’ cross linguistic divide
Society
Swiss parliament snubs plan for two weeks paternity leave
File photo: Giovanni Blank
Lifestyle
Fathers should share parental leave, says commission
Photo: eGuide Travel
Society
Dictator-tracker spices up Geneva planespotting
File photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP
Politics
Swiss army ready to act in worst case migrant scenario
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