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Anger over autistic kid kicked off Swiss plane
Photo: AFP

Anger over autistic kid kicked off Swiss plane

5 hours ago

Swiss International Air Lines is facing embarrassment after it kicked an Israeli family off a flight to Geneva from Zurich because their eight-year-old autistic boy was crying uncontrollably.

Federer starts bid for sixth US Open title
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Federer starts bid for sixth US Open title

6 hours ago

Switzerland's Roger Federer gets his bid to become the oldest US Open winner in 45 years underway on Tuesday but the five-time champion will be overshadowed by Andy Murray's clash with enfant terrible Nick Kyrgios.

Former ski star Cuche denies drunk driving rap
Photo: Christian Jansky

Former ski star Cuche denies drunk driving rap

7 hours ago

Didier Cuche, former World Cup alpine ski champion, appeared in court in the canton of Neuchâtel on Monday to contest a 6,900-franc fine and other criminal sanctions imposed by justice officials for seven alleged road traffic act infractions, including drunken driving.

Tram kills Canadian tourist in Zurich crossing
The streetcar involved was a tram 2000 similar to the one pictured here. Photo: VBZ

Tram kills Canadian tourist in Zurich crossing

18 hours ago

Zurich city police are looking for witnesses after a 56-year-old Canadian woman visiting Switzerland was struck and killed by a streetcar on Monday.

Iconic Swiss train heads to Swedish museum
Photo: SBB

Iconic Swiss train heads to Swedish museum

1 day ago

One of Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) emblematic locomotives headed out of the country on Monday for a final trip — to a transport museum in Sweden.

Seven climbers and hikers die in Swiss Alps
View of the Täschhorn near Saas Fee. Photo: Valais cantonal police

Seven climbers and hikers die in Swiss Alps

1 day ago

At least seven people died in the Swiss Alps while climbing or hiking at the weekend, police report.

Alpine dam disaster remembered 50 years on
Aerial view of Mattmark dam. Photo: Switzerland Tourism

Alpine dam disaster remembered 50 years on

1 day ago

More than 1,000 people gathered at the Mattmark hydro dam in the canton of Valais Alps on Sunday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of a natural disaster that killed 88 workers, including 56 Italians.

Migrant crisis
Swiss pledge help for Balkans on refugee crisis
A Syrian couple waits with other migrants for the train near a train station in Macedonia. Photo: Aris Messinis/AFP

Swiss pledge help for Balkans on refugee crisis

1 day ago

Switzerland said on Sunday it was planning to send financial assistance to help Balkans nations cope with the massive numbers of migrants and refugees passing through in a bid to reach the European Union.

One million throng Zurich techno party
Photo: Verein Street Parade, Zurich

One million throng Zurich techno party

2 days ago

Around one million people thronged the streets of a sun-drenched Zurich on Saturday to take part in the city's annual techno Street Parade, organizers said.

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

Swiss repay Norwegian creditors after huge fraud

3 days 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.

Features
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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Migrant crisis
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

3 days 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

3 days 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

August 28, 2015

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

August 28, 2015

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

August 28, 2015

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'

August 27, 2015

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

August 27, 2015

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

August 27, 2015

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

August 27, 2015

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

August 27, 2015

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.

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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

August 27, 2015

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.

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Ten ways Germany puts Britain to shame
Big Brother keeping an eye on Big Ben. Photo: DPA

Ten ways Germany puts Britain to shame

August 26, 2015

As most true Brits realized long ago, there are a lot of reasons why Britain is pretty rubbish. Jörg Luyken argues that his fellow Brits should pack their bags and move to Deutschland.

Denmark officially ushers in dual citizenship
As of Tuesday, it will be possible to get one of these without giving up your current citizenship. Photo: Colourbox

Denmark officially ushers in dual citizenship

22 hours ago

After years of lobbying by expat groups within Denmark and the organization Danes Worldwide, dual citizenship will finally become a reality on Tuesday.

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

August 26, 2015

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.

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Ten ways France must fix its 'failing' school system
What must France do to fix its school system? Photo: AFP

Ten ways France must fix its 'failing' school system

18 hours ago

As pupils head back to the classroom this week, Peter Gumbel, a Paris-based British journalist and author of a best-selling critique of the French school system, spells out for The Local how France must fix a national education system in crisis.

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

August 27, 2015

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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