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Expats in Switzerland mobilize for refugees
A refugee in the Serbian capital of Belgrade. Photo Andrej Isakovic/AFP

Expats in Switzerland mobilize for refugees

1 hour ago

Moved by the tragic images in recent days of the plight of Syrian refugees fleeing to Europe, some expats in Switzerland are taking matters into their own hands to try and help, finds The Local.

New fears for livestock after Swiss bear sighting
Photo: Daniel Mosch/File

New fears for livestock after Swiss bear sighting

1 hour ago

A hunter in the Swiss canton of Graubünden has reported seeing a bear in the Val du Roggiasca, part of the Val Mesolcina near the Italian border, the first bear sighting in that particular area since 1904.

IOC starts $2 million fund to help refugees
IOC President Thomas Bach. Photo: Greg Baker/AFP

IOC starts $2 million fund to help refugees

1 hour ago

The Lausanne-based International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced a two million dollar fund on Friday that will be made available to National Olympic Committees for programmes focused on refugees.

Husband arrested after Pully wife shot at home
The incident happened in Pully, a suburb of Lausanne. Photo: Ville de Pully

Husband arrested after Pully wife shot at home

3 hours ago

Police arrested a 28-year-old man in the early hours of Thursday morning after his wife was shot in the apartment they shared with their children in Pully, in the canton of Vaud.

US Open tennis
Swiss pair rolls into US Open third round
Federer only needed 80 minutes to win over Steve Darcis. Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images North America/AFP

Swiss pair rolls into US Open third round

5 hours ago

Swiss tennis stars Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka both rolled into the US Open third round on Thursday, with 17-time Grand Slam winner Federer still finding ways to improve his game at age 34.

Swiss bishops: we are open to gay people
Vitus Huonder caused outrage with his remarks in July. Photo: Swiss Conference of Bishops

Swiss bishops: we are open to gay people

1 day ago

The Catholic church is open to all, regardless of sexuality, the Swiss Conference of Bishops has said in its first official statement since the controversial comments of Bishop Vitus Huonder at the end of July.

Swiss freeze assets of Malaysian state fund
Protestors reflected in a portrait of Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak. Photo: Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Swiss freeze assets of Malaysian state fund

1 day ago

Swiss authorities said on Thursday they had frozen tens of millions of dollars in assets as part of an investigation into Malaysia's troubled state investment fund, 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

Merkel to talk up free movement in Swiss visit
Photo: John Macdougall/AFP

Merkel to talk up free movement in Swiss visit

1 day ago

German chancellor Angela Merkel is expected to reiterate Europe’s commitment to the free movement of people during an official visit to Switzerland on Thursday, only her second in ten years.

Swiss target airlines in asylum crackdown
Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Swiss target airlines in asylum crackdown

1 day ago

Airlines which transport passengers illegally into Switzerland will be subject to steep fines from October 1st in a new rule that aims to cut down on the number of asylum seekers.

Fifa reform body holds first meeting in Bern
Photo: AFP

Fifa reform body holds first meeting in Bern

2 days ago

A 12-member committee set up by Fifa to draw up far-reaching reforms to the Zurich-based world governing body for football in the wake of a corruption scandal met for the first time in Bern on Wednesday.

Features
Get wise to Swiss duties on stuff bought abroad
Photo: Federal Customs Administration

Get wise to Swiss duties on stuff bought abroad

2 days ago

Swiss import duties designed to protect the domestic economy can be a killjoy for ‘shopping tourists’ in Switzerland seeking bargains across the border or online. But Emily Rose Mawson discovers there are ways to avoid paying through the nose for those purchases from abroad.

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.

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MP's Facebook profile closed after complaints
MP Christoph Mörgeli: pondering legal action. Photo: Federal Assembly

MP's Facebook profile closed after complaints

2 days ago

The personal Facebook account of right-wing Swiss politician Christoph Mörgeli has been closed following complaints over controversial comments he posted, including one deriding migrants, according to a media report.

Saint-Gobain clears hurdle in Sika takeover
Photo: AFP

Saint-Gobain clears hurdle in Sika takeover

2 days ago

French building materials giant Saint-Gobain cleared a key hurdle in its bid for Swiss adhesives maker Sika, under a court ruling on Tuesday.

Rail operator launches online shopping service
SBB explains its new SpeedyShop service (in German) on its website. Photo: Speedyshop.ch/Screenshot

Rail operator launches online shopping service

2 days ago

Shopping for supermarket items by smartphone and picking them up at the train station half an hour later is now possible under a pilot project introduced on Tuesday in the Zurich region.

Zurich's Dolder Grand named best Swiss hotel
The Dolder Grand hotel. Photo: Switzerland Tourism

Zurich's Dolder Grand named best Swiss hotel

2 days ago

It was good enough for Justin Bieber when he visited Switzerland a couple of years ago and now Gault&Millau is giving Zurich’s Dolder Grand Hotel the thumbs up.

Anger over autistic kid kicked off Swiss plane
Photo: AFP

Anger over autistic kid kicked off Swiss plane

3 days 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.

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

Former ski star Cuche denies drunk driving rap

3 days 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

3 days 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

August 31, 2015

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

August 31, 2015

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

August 30, 2015

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.

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Migrant crisis
20,000 protest in Vienna over migrant treatment
Photo: Jody Manning

20,000 protest in Vienna over migrant treatment

AUSTRIA

Around 20,000 people demonstrated in Vienna on Monday against ill-treatment of migrants after the bodies of 71 refugees were found in an abandoned truck last week, police said.

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7 ways Germans get English totally wrong
Don't let their confidence fool you: Germans aren't always the best at English. Photo: DPA.

7 ways Germans get English totally wrong

GERMANY

As much as English-speakers might feel insecure about their Deutsch skills when faced with Germans' comparatively widespread grasp of English, Germans themselves often mess up English - in some pretty hilarious ways.

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

DENMARK

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

Migrant crisis
Madrid and Barcelona residents to welcome refugees into their homes
Syrain refugees arriving at a camp in Serbia. Photo: Aris Messinis / AFP

Madrid and Barcelona residents to welcome refugees into their homes

SPAIN

Madrid will join Barcelona to form a network of cities where residents can register to welcome into their homes some of the hundreds of thousands of desperate migrants arriving in Europe.

French farmers' protest
French farmers' tractor protest rolls into Paris
A convoy of tractors runs in a street of Paris on Thursday. Photo: AFP

French farmers' tractor protest rolls into Paris

FRANCE

UPDATED: Up to 1,700 tractors along with thousands of furious farmers descended on Paris on Thursday in a show of force to raise attention to their plight. Motorists have been told to stay off the roads.

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Ten Italian lifestyle habits to adopt immediately

Ten Italian lifestyle habits to adopt immediately

ITALY

The Italians have certain things sussed when it comes to well-being. From coffee culture to shopping at markets, we've picked up habits that have enhanced our lives here. Whether you live in Italy or not, here's a list of ways you too could adopt an Italian lifestyle.

Snowden warned Norway he faced death in US
Sheremetyevo airport, where Edward Snowden was hiding when he sent his extradition request. Photo: Cha già José

Snowden warned Norway he faced death in US

NORWAY

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden warned Norway that he faced a possible death sentence if returned to the United States in the extradition request he made in 2012.

Swedish party in U-turn on Nato membership
Centre Party leader Annie Lööf. Photo: Maja Suslin/TT

Swedish party in U-turn on Nato membership

SWEDEN

Sweden's opposition is moving towards a unified front on Nato membership after Centre party bosses announced they would advocate joining the defence alliance on Tuesday.

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