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Eurovision 2015
As it happened: Sweden wins Eurovision 2015
Måns Zelmerlöw becomes the sixth act from Sweden to win Eurovision. Photo: AFP

As it happened: Sweden wins Eurovision 2015

Sweden won the 60th Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday night, thanks to 28-year-old Måns Zelmerlöw. Read our highlights from the scene. READ  

Switzerland extradites French teen jihadist
Ancient city of Palmyra in Syria now reportedly in the hands of Isis jihadists. Photo: Joseph Eid/AFP/File

Switzerland extradites French teen jihadist

Switzerland has extradited a French teenager who was trying to reach Syria for a second time since March, the federal department of justice said on Friday. READ  

Richemont confirms financial losses cut profit
Photo: Richemont

Richemont confirms financial losses cut profit

Geneva-based Richemont, the world's second largest luxury goods group, confirmed on Friday that its annual net profit fell by more than a third due to losses on financial instruments. READ  

Top court refuses to accept child's two fathers
Photo: Bundesgericht

Top court refuses to accept child's two fathers

Switzerland’s highest court has refused to recognize two Swiss gay men as the legitimate fathers of a four-year-old child who was born to a surrogate mother in the US. READ  

Opinion
Give us a vote: we've got most to lose if UK quits
2.2 million Brits live in another EU country. 2.3 million people from elsewhere in the EU live in the UK. Photo: Charles Clegg.

Give us a vote: we've got most to lose if UK quits

Brits in the rest of the EU should all be given a vote in the country’s upcoming referendum - as should Europeans who live in the UK. We’re the ones with most to lose, argues The Local's managing editor James Savage. READ  

Swiss fail Eurovision Song Contest semifinals
Mélanie René: early exit. Photo: Oscar Alessio/SRF

Swiss fail Eurovision Song Contest semifinals

Switzerland will have to find another “time to shine” after the country’s entry to the Eurovision Song Contest failed to sway voters on Thursday night. READ  

Wawrinka knocked out of Geneva Open in shocker
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Wawrinka knocked out of Geneva Open in shocker

Argentine Frederico Delbonis knocked top seed and local Swiss favourite Stan Wawrinka out of the Geneva Open tennis tournament on Thursday in a shock result. READ  

Macedonian PM's plane makes forced Zurich stop
Macedonian PM Nikola Gruevski at a rally in Skopje earlier this week. Photo: Robert Atanasovski/AFP

Macedonian PM's plane makes forced Zurich stop

A jet carrying Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski made an emergency landing in Zurich on Thursday due to technical problems but no one was hurt in the incident, a spokesman said. READ  

Woman's scoop for news site: 'I killed my husband'
Collonge-Bellerive municipal hall, near where ex-husband was murdered. Photo: Roland Zumbühl/Picswiss

Woman's scoop for news site: 'I killed my husband'

A woman visiting the office of Lugano-based news website in the canton of Ticino jolted staff on Thursday by informing them that she had murdered her husband. READ  

Geneva particle smasher sets energy level record
Photo: CERN

Geneva particle smasher sets energy level record

The world's largest particle smasher broke the record for energy levels in a test run after a two-year upgrade, the Geneva-based European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) announced on Thursday. READ  

Features
Street food (finally!) surfaces in Swiss cities
Photo: Caroline Bishop

Street food (finally!) surfaces in Swiss cities

Street food offers an alternative, lower cost style of dining that has been almost impossible to find in Swiss cities. The Local's Caroline Bishop finds out that this state of affairs is rapidly changing — to the delight of many expats. READ  

Swiss hotel schools serve 'world best' recipe
Students work through lunch at the Glion school. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Swiss hotel schools serve 'world best' recipe

It feels like a luxury restaurant, with starched-uniformed waiters pouring pricy wine and explaining the intricate details of a gourmet menu as diners gaze out at a spectacular mountain view. READ  

Young urban Swiss catch the car-sharing bug
Photo: Mobility

Young urban Swiss catch the car-sharing bug

A Swiss cooperative that allows members to share cars is shifting into high gear. READ  

Six steps to getting along better with the Swiss

Six steps to getting along better with the Swiss

If you value the same things the Swiss do, you have a better chance of building positive relationships with them, says Zurich-based communications trainer Shane Norton. But what if you don’t? Norton’s advice is to learn to — and if that fails, at least show some willingness to appreciate them. Here are his top tips on how to do that. READ  

Top tips for finding an apartment in Switzerland
Waterfront apartments in Zurich. Photo: John Eckman

Top tips for finding an apartment in Switzerland

Housing in Switzerland is among the most expensive in the world and competition is fierce for affordable properties. It’s all very well if money isn’t an issue, but what if it is? The Local's Emily Rose Mawson investigates. READ  

More News
Four Swiss bathing areas 'unfit' for swimmers
Photo: Sempachseetri

Four Swiss bathing areas 'unfit' for swimmers

Three beaches in Lausanne by the shores of Lake Geneva and an area of the Rhine River in Kaiseraugst in the canton of Aargau have water unfit for swimming, a new European Environment Agency (EEA) study says. READ  

Monsanto spells out bid for Syngenta takeover
Syngenta sign at the company's Les Barges test site, near Vouvry in the canton of Valais. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Monsanto spells out bid for Syngenta takeover

US agriculture and seed giant Monsanto said Wednesday that it would sell Syngenta's seeds and traits assets to address regulatory concerns if the Swiss company accepts its takeover offer. READ  

Coop plans new logistics centre near Lausanne
Artist's impression of new Coop centre in Aclens-Vufflens. Photo: Coop

Coop plans new logistics centre near Lausanne

Coop, Switzerland’s second largest retailer, is planning to build a new logistics and administrative centre for western Switzerland in the canton of Vaud at a cost of 88 million francs, the canton announced on Wednesday. READ  

Cement CEO roasted for bonus linked to job cuts
Photo: AFP

Cement CEO roasted for bonus linked to job cuts

Lafarge chief executive Bruno Lafont has been awarded a €2.5 million ($2.8 million) bonus for the successful merger with Swiss rival Holcim as the cement company announced job cuts. READ  

Woman kills pensioner in Geneva village drama
Collonge-Bellerive municipal hall, near scene of tragedy. Photo: Roland Zumbühl/Picswiss

Woman kills pensioner in Geneva village drama

Geneva cantonal police are seeking a woman suspected of gunning down a 73-year-old man on Tuesday in the upscale municipality of Collonge-Bellerive on the left bank of Lake Geneva. READ  

UBS pays $545 million over FX and rate fraud
Photo: Martin Abegglen

UBS pays $545 million over FX and rate fraud

UBS, Switzerland's largest bank, says that it will plead guilty to fraud in the US for manipulating benchmark interest rates and pay $545 million in fines and penalties. READ  

Motorist suspected in manhole worker's death
Photo: Henkka/Flickr

Motorist suspected in manhole worker's death

Aargau cantonal police said on Tuesday that a criminal investigation was continuing into the death of a 64-year-old company employee who was apparently killed in a collision with a car after working in a manhole. READ  

Swiss Eurovision hope is expat with UK ties
Mélanie René. Photo: Oscar Alessio/SRF

Swiss Eurovision hope is expat with UK ties

A 24-year-old expat from Mauritius who studied music in the UK is carrying the banner for Switzerland in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest getting under way in Vienna on Tuesday night. READ  

Hiker dies after 80-metre plunge in Appenzell
Hiking trail in Alpstein region. Photo: Switzerland Tourism

Hiker dies after 80-metre plunge in Appenzell

A 55-year-old hiker died after falling 80 metres from a cliff in the Alpstein mountain range in the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden, police said on Tuesday. READ  

Scientists find craters beneath Lake Neuchâtel
Photo: Markus Loher/ETH Zurich

Scientists find craters beneath Lake Neuchâtel

Scientists have discovered four large craters at the bottom of Lake Neuchâtel that rate among the largest of their kind in the world. READ  

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Top ten places for gourmet dining in Vienna
Le Loft. Photo: Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom

Top ten places for gourmet dining in Vienna

There are times when a Leberkässemmel from your favourite sausage stand just doesn't cut it. Perhaps you have an important date lined up - but where's the best place to splash out on for an evening of fine dining? Barbara Cação recommends ten high end restaurants in Vienna for an evening to remember. READ  

Train drivers to strike from Wednesday: union
GDL members in Munich station on May 7th 2015. Photo: DPA

Train drivers to strike from Wednesday: union

Train drivers' union GDL said on Monday that members would strike on goods trains from Tuesday and passenger services from Wednesday in a long-running battle with rail operator Deutsche Bahn (DB). READ  

Danish jihadists cashed in on welfare benefits
Waging jihad while collecting unemployment. Photo: Stringer/Scanpix

Danish jihadists cashed in on welfare benefits

Thirty-two Danes have collected nearly 400,000 kroner worth of unemployment benefits while fighting in Syria, it was revealed on Monday. READ  

Nuns defy Vatican to follow political calling
Television sensation Sister Lucia appearing at a campaign meeting in Barcelona on May 20th. Photo: Josep Lago/AFP

Nuns defy Vatican to follow political calling

A couple of Catalan nuns are defying the Vatican and even the Spanish government by throwing their wimples into Spain's political arena. READ  

French language
More English words sneak into French
A copy of the 2015 Larousse dictionary. Photo: AFP

More English words sneak into French

France's two main dictionaries have revealed some of the new words that are set to grace their 2016 editions - and plenty of them come from English. READ  

Italy starts to show the strains of migrant influx
Augusto Rollandin, the president of Val d'Aosta, says the region doesn't have the facilities to house migrants in decent conditions. Photo: Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

Italy starts to show the strains of migrant influx

With its refugee reception facilities bursting at the seams, Italy is starting to show the strains created by thousands of people washing up every week on its southern shores. READ  

Scandinavian Airlines cancels 110 flights
An SAS plane on the ground. Photo: SAS

Scandinavian Airlines cancels 110 flights

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) cancelled 110 flights on Wednesday and Thursday in a bid to to prevent passengers from getting stuck in transit due to an impending strike, the airline announced today. READ  

Interview
Why Swedish girls are leaving home for Isis
The problem is not confined to Sweden. Here Severine Ali Mehenni holds pictures of her daughter Sahra who left France to join jihadists. Photo: AP/TT

Why Swedish girls are leaving home for Isis

More girls and women than ever before are leaving Sweden to fight with terrorist groups like Isis. The Local speaks to terrorism expert Magnus Ranstorp from the Swedish Defence University about what’s luring them to leave one of the safest countries in the world to wage jihad. READ  

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