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This old Swiss army bunker is now an incredible new pool
The pool is built into the original foundations of a military bunker. Photo: Illiz Architektur

A former military bunker in the canton of Zurich has given an amazing facelift and now houses a state-of-the-art swimming pool.

Decapitated cat shocks residents of Swiss town
The city of Schaffhausen in northern Switzerland. File photo: Hans Nater

The gruesome discovery of a cat's head on a street in northern Switzerland has left residents uneasy.

Lidl uses German mountain to promote its Swiss products
The Watzmann mountain is not in Switzerland. Photo: Heinrich Plum

German supermarket chain Lidl has been left with egg on its face after a recent advertising campaign

Switzerland braces for heavy holiday traffic
Southbound traffic approaching the Gotthard Tunnel at 12.15pm on Wednesday. Photo: Gotthard north portal webcam

If you planning to head south by car this weekend, be prepared for long traffic jams, especially at the Gotthard Road Tunnel.

Zurich Zoo mourns death of Druk the elephant
Druk with baby elephant Omysha. Photo: Zurich Zoo

The 49-year-old, a gift from the King of Bhutan, arrived in Switzerland when she was just 15 months old.

Brexit
Brexit would leave expats in 'ghastly' legal limbo for years
Photo: Paul Lloyd/FLickr

The rights of two million Britons living in the EU would be thrown into doubt for years after Brexit, a new report will conclude.

Glencore cuts copper and zinc production as prices fall
Photo: AFP

Commodities giant Glencore said on Wednesday it had cut its copper and zinc production in the first quarter as it struggles to rein in an abundance of supply that has sent prices plummeting.

Swiss military hit by series of cyber attacks
An F/A-18 Hornet fighter aircraft of the Swiss Air Force releases flares. File photo: AFP

UPDATED: The Swiss defence department was the victim of a cyber attack in January, Switzerland's defence minister has confirmed.

Banking
UBS share price tumbles on lower profit result
Photo: AFP

UPDATED: Swiss banking giant UBS on Tuesday saw its share price plummet after jittery investors helped push its first quarter net profit down by nearly two thirds.

Swiss school eyes longer holidays for non-smoking staff
File photo: Flickr

Staff at a school in the canton of Basel Country who provide a positive role model by not smoking should receive an extra week's holiday, one member of staff has suggested.

Features
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.

Queen's 90th birthday
7 reasons why the Queen should visit Switzerland
Queen Elizabeth II the day before her 90th birthday. Photo: Chris Jackson/Pool/AFP

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II last visited Switzerland in 1980. As she celebrates her 90th birthday, The Local feels it’s about time she paid us a second visit.

New Chaplin museum set in star's own 'Downton Abbey'
Chaplin's World will open in Manoir de Ban near Vevey, Chaplin's home for many years. Photo: Philippe Merle/AFP

An immersive museum showcasing the life of Charlie Chaplin opens in Switzerland on Sunday.

How Switzerland shaped London's youngest hotelier
Olivia Byrne stands outside her London hotel.

“Switzerland is just the best place to grow up.”

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Refugee crisis
'Switzerland must shut itself off with barbed wire'
A man walks with his son in the Moria detention centre on the Greek Island of Lesbos in April. Photo: AFP

Swiss politician Andreas Glarner isn't afraid of controversy.

Tennis: Injured Federer pulls out of Madrid Open
Federer said he injured his back in practice on Saturday. Photo: AFP

Back problems have caused Roger Federer to pull out of the tournament in the Spanish capital.

Swiss may extradite Kosovan war crimes suspects: report
Swiss president and justice minister Simonetta Sommaruga is studying the case. Photo: AFP

Swiss authorities have arrested two Kosovans wanted by Serbia for suspected war crimes, but the question of where to extradite them to is stirring up diplomatic tensions, Swiss media report.

Swiss alpinist finds body of US climbing legend Alex Lowe
Speed Speed climber Steck (pictured) and his colleague David Göttler found the remains of Alex Lowe. Photo: AFP

Swiss mountain climber Ueli Steck has found the body of Alex Lowe more than 16 years after the American was buried by an avalanche in the Himalayas.

MPs say yes to cash for Switzerland’s 'slave kids'
Victims of historic abuse during the handover of a petition as part of "Repair", a public initiative calling for justice for victims of abuse in Bern in 2014. Photo: AFP

For decades, Swiss children were taken from their homes and forced to work as cheap labour. Some were sexually abused or underwent forced sterilization.

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From our other editions
Friendly neighbour wins lawn ownership
What a mower might look like. Photo: SeppVei/Wikimedia

An Austrian businessman whose neighbour used to mow his garden has now lost a huge chunk of it after the court decided cutting the grass gave the neighbour the right to own the land.

Why Germans get wholly wasted on Ascension Day
Young men in Schleswig-Holstein go for their annual chug and stroll on Ascension Day - which is also Father's Day. Photo: DPA.

In Germany, Himmelfahrt is not just about honouring Jesus' ascent into heaven - it's also Father's Day, and sees a tripling of alcohol-related accidents. The Local explains why.

Danish school bars Muslim students from wearing niqab
The school said that the learning process was disrupted by the niqab. Photo: Iris/Scanpix

School largely cheered for its decision to not allow face-covering veils.

Students at Spanish college forced to take exorcism class
Father José Antonio Fortea Cucurull, who is leading the seminar on exorcism. Photo: Public domain/Wikimedia Commons.

The lecture includes such topics as "the devil, exorcisms, being possessed and hell".

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Druk the elephant hauled to her feet by Zurich fire brigade
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Swiss champion snowboarder Estelle Balet killed by avalanche
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Swiss 'groundhog day' forecasts lousy summer
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'Love-making couch' among inventions at Geneva show
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Bank blacklists Swiss travel agent named Isis
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National
Italian research student slain in Geneva street
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Features
New Chaplin museum set in star's own 'Downton Abbey'
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Lifestyle
Name traditions still sway married Swiss women despite law change
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Government eyes hefty fines for littering
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National
Revealed: the richest regions in Switzerland
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Switzerland's new 50 franc note: what you need to know
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Society
VIDEO: Swiss farmer's cows leap for joy of spring
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Automatic expulsion of criminal foreigners rejected at the ballot box
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City of Geneva to translate information into English
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