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Swiss repay Norwegian creditors after huge fraud
Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Swiss repay Norwegian creditors after huge fraud

1 hour ago

Swiss authorities will repay creditors around 700,000 francs in embezzled funds stashed in a Swiss bank account, in one of Norway's biggest-ever bankruptcies, prosecutors said this week.

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Swiss join bid to combat refugee smuggling
Forensic officers work at a truck found to contain dead migrants on a motorway in Austria on Thursday. Photo: Dieter Nagl/AFP

Swiss join bid to combat refugee smuggling

21 hours ago

Switzerland, Germany and Italy are preparing to launch a joint task force to detect and dismantle networks smuggling refugees and migrants into Europe, Swiss authorities said on Friday.

Nestlé accused in US of 'slave labour' cat food
Nestlé headquarters in Vevey in the canton of Vaud. Photo: Nestlé

Nestlé accused in US of 'slave labour' cat food

21 hours ago

UPDATED: Swiss-based food giant Nestlé on Friday rejected allegations that it had knowingly allowed its Fancy Feast cat food to contain fish from a Thai supplier suspected of using slave labour.

Swiss economy shows surprising growth in Q2
The Swiss economy continues to show resilience. Photo: Mike Chapman

Swiss economy shows surprising growth in Q2

1 day ago

Domestic spending kept Switzerland’s economy expanding in the second quarter as government figures released on Friday showed a surprise upturn in growth.

Italian base jumper dies in Bernese Oberland
Base jumpers in Lauterbrunnen in the canton of Bern. Photo: AFP

Italian base jumper dies in Bernese Oberland

1 day ago

A 46-year-old Italian plunged to his death in the Bernese Alps Thursday after crashing onto rocks during a base jump, the latest in a series of such accidents in Switzerland in the past year, police said.

Manhunt launched after Geneva hotel holdup
Photo: Geneva cantonal police

Manhunt launched after Geneva hotel holdup

1 day ago

Geneva cantonal police launched a hunt for a man suspected of holding up a luxury hotel overlooking Lake Geneva on Thursday, two days after another armed robbery in the city.

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

US penalizes UBS for dealing with 'terrorist'

1 day 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

1 day 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

1 day 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

2 days 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.

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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

August 25, 2015

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

Federer to defend Brisbane title in 2016

2 days 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

2 days 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

2 days 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

2 days 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?

3 days 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

3 days 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.

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

3 days 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

3 days 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

August 25, 2015

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

August 25, 2015

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.

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Six-year-old girl being sued for €38,000
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Six-year-old girl being sued for €38,000

2 days ago

A six-year-old girl is being sued by a woman for €38,000 for causing a skiing accident in Vorarlberg that left the adult with serious injuries.

Gabriel visits Saxony after weekend of violence
Protests in Heidenau turned violent as right-wing demonstrators clashed with police at the weekend. Photo:DPA.

Gabriel visits Saxony after weekend of violence

August 24, 2015

Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel is to visit the Saxon town of Heidenau on Monday after far right demonstrators clashed with police outside a refugee home in the town over the weekend.

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

August 25, 2015

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

3 days 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.

Two men jailed after 'Charlie Hebdo 2' scare
The two men have been sentenced to prison for their threats. Photo: AFP

Two men jailed after 'Charlie Hebdo 2' scare

3 days ago

Two men have been sent to prison after their "joke" about kicking off a "second" Charlie Hebdo attack while on a train in France saw them arrested.

Italian woman locks up man for refusing sex
The woman allegedly locked up the man at her home near Naples. Photo: Alexandra Svatikova

Italian woman locks up man for refusing sex

August 25, 2015

A 46-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of abduction after locking a 25-year-old man in the basement of her home near Naples because he denied her sex, Italian media reported.

Syrians cross Norway's Arctic border on bicyles
The Storskog border station between Norway and Russia. Photo: Cornelius Poppe/NTB scanpix

Syrians cross Norway's Arctic border on bicyles

2 days ago

More than 100 Syrian refugees have crossed the Arctic border into Norway from Russia on bicycles, exploiting a loophole in the country's border regulations.

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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

August 25, 2015

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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