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Foreigner head count nears two million
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Foreigner head count nears two million

Immigration continues to boost the Swiss population, which grew to 8,236,600 at the end of 2014, an increase of 96,000 persons (up 1.2 percent) from a year earlier, according to new provisional figures released by the federal statistics office. READ  

Zermatt bans Saint Bernard dog photos
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Zermatt bans Saint Bernard dog photos

The municipality of Zermatt decided on Thursday to ban the taking of tourist photos with Saint Bernard dogs in the mountain resort town in the canton of Valais, according to media reports. READ  

Salt aims to shake up Swiss mobile market

Salt aims to shake up Swiss mobile market

A Swiss Orange has turned into Salt — but this is no magician's trick. READ  

Swiss top 2015 world 'happiness index'
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Swiss top 2015 world 'happiness index'

Apparently, this goes beyond the great taste of Swiss chocolate. Switzerland is the happiest country in the world, according to a global ranking of happiness unveiled by the United Nations in New York on Thursday. READ  

Austrian climber dies in fall from Matterhorn
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Austrian climber dies in fall from Matterhorn

A 33-year-old Austrian climber died on Thursday when he fell 600 metres down the side of the Matterhorn after ascending the iconic 4,478-metre mountain in the canton of Valais with a colleague. READ  

Novartis profits and sales slip in first quarter
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Novartis profits and sales slip in first quarter

Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis on Thursday said its first quarter income had fallen but maintained it would still meet its targets for this year. READ  

Swiss exports dip as higher franc bites
The Swiss watch industry has remained resilient in the face of a stronger franc. Photo: Mike Chapman

Swiss exports dip as higher franc bites

Swiss exports dipped in the first quarter as the the impact of the stronger franc began to bite but the currency effect also weakened imports leaving Switzerland with a positive trade balance of 8.2 billion francs, figures released on Thursday show. READ  

Drug trafficker jailed for peddling 100,000 pills
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Drug trafficker jailed for peddling 100,000 pills

In one of the biggest drug trafficking cases of its kind in Switzerland, a Zurich district court on Wednesday sentenced a 56-year-old Swiss man to a three-year jail term for illegally selling almost 100,000 sleeping pills. READ  

Spectacular rockslide creates huge dust cloud
Photo: Valais cantonal police

Spectacular rockslide creates huge dust cloud

Experts are monitoring the Randa area, near Zermatt in the canton of Valais, after a rockslide on Wednesday caused a massive cloud of dust in a place where 24 years ago gigantic rockfalls blocked the valley, cutting off road and rail links. READ  

Solar Pacific crossing a 'human challenge'
Pilot André Borschberg: headed across the Pacific. Photo: Solar Impulse

Solar Pacific crossing a 'human challenge'

The Swiss pilot set to attempt an ambitious crossing of the Pacific Ocean in a solar-powered plane said on Wednesday that the flight will not only test the aircraft but his own endurance as well. READ  

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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
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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  

Anglo expats mine creativity to earn crust
Gareth Knott: "Thankfully design is a universal language." Photo: Handout

Anglo expats mine creativity to earn crust

Switzerland’s job market is appealingly lucrative but sometimes anglophones need to be creative to find a job in a country where English is not an official language, as The Local's Emily Mawson finds out. READ  

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Richemont warns of lower 2014-15 profits
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Richemont warns of lower 2014-15 profits

Geneva-based Richemont, the world's number two maker of luxury goods, said Wednesday it expected its annual profit to fall by more than a third due to losses on financial instruments. READ  

Roche sales rise in Q1 despite strong franc
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Roche sales rise in Q1 despite strong franc

Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche reported a three percent rise in first quarter sales despite a strong Swiss franc, and said it was on track to meet this year's targets. READ  

Swiss residents quaff less domestic wine
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Swiss residents quaff less domestic wine

Swiss residents are drinking less wine, particularly home grown vintages, according to the latest government figures which indicate historic lows in per capita consumption. READ  

Wawrinka dubbed 'Stan the man' of Geneva Open
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Wawrinka dubbed 'Stan the man' of Geneva Open

Swiss tennis star Stan Wawrinka brushed aside his recent problems on — and off — the court at a press conference in Geneva on Tuesday to highlight his appearance as the top-ranked player at next month’s Geneva Open tournament. READ  

Public transport safety touted despite death rise
Wreckage from minibus involved in fatal train collision last August. Photo: Nidwalden cantonal police

Public transport safety touted despite death rise

The total number of deaths from public transport accidents in Switzerland shot up to 41 in 2014, an increase of 11 from the previous year, official figures released on Tuesday show. READ  

Solar Impulse finishes sixth stage in Nanjing
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Solar Impulse finishes sixth stage in Nanjing

Switzerland's Solar Impulse 2 landed late on Tuesday in the Chinese city of Nanjing, finishing the sixth stage of its landmark 12-leg quest to circumnavigate the globe powered only by the sun. READ  

Credit Suisse beats forecasts for first quarter
Credit Suisse's private banking unit boosted the bottom line. Photo: AFP

Credit Suisse beats forecasts for first quarter

Swiss banking giant Credit Suisse says a strong performance by its investment banking unit helped first quarter net profit rise by 23 percent to 1.05 billion francs ($1.1 billion), outstripping forecasts by analysts. READ  

Ranking downgrades Swiss passport's 'power'

Ranking downgrades Swiss passport's 'power'

The passports of 18 countries are regarded as more “powerful” than the one offered by Switzerland, according to a new survey. READ  

Frog invasion forces halt to Zurich football game
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Frog invasion forces halt to Zurich football game

A referee was forced to stop an amateur football match between two senior clubs in Zurich after thousands of frogs invaded the field, according to media reports on Monday. READ  

Search continues in Chur River for missing boy
Photo: Saint Gallen cantonal police

Search continues in Chur River for missing boy

Police and fire department officers in the canton of Saint Gallen continued searching for the third day in a row on Monday for Semere, a two-year-old boy who went missing over the weekend. READ  

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Racist outburst prompts civil courage debate
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Racist outburst prompts civil courage debate

A video of a man hurling racist abuse at a Somali passenger on a tram in Vienna has caused outrage on social media and provoked a discussion about moral courage. READ  

G36 rifle 'has no future' in German army
Defence minister Ursula von der Leyen. Photo: DPA

G36 rifle 'has no future' in German army

Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen announced on Wednesday that the controversial G36 rifle 'has no future in the German Army,' signalling the end of a two decade relationship between the army and the dodgy weapon. READ  

Warning: ‘Denmark will be hit by a terror attack’
Some of the threatening notes were placed at Krudttønden, the cafe shot up in February. Photo: Søren Bidstrup/Scanpix

Warning: ‘Denmark will be hit by a terror attack’

Police have confirmed that a series of notes threatening a new and more extensive terror attack have been found in the same Copenhagen district where a gunman opened fire on a free speech debate. READ  

Barcelona school attack
Student kills teacher with crossbow in Barcelona
Police officers stand guard outside Joan Fuster secondary school in Barcelona. Photo: Josep Lago/AFP

Student kills teacher with crossbow in Barcelona

UPDATED: Police have detained a 13-year-old after a teacher was shot dead with a crossbow and several others injured in a Barcelona secondary school. READ  

British expats left in lurch by NHS clampdown
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British expats left in lurch by NHS clampdown

British people living in France and other European countries could be forced to take out private health insurance, due to the latest clampdown on expats using the UK's National Health Service. READ  

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Top ten problems of growing up multilingual
Growing up speaking more than one language is not always a blessing. Photo: Shutterstock

Top ten problems of growing up multilingual

Although it may sound to some like a dream, being brought up multilingual can have its downsides. Trilingual journalist Anna Pujol-Mazzini lists ten of the most common problems. READ  

EU's crazy homeopathy cure for Norway fish
These healthy looking salmon need no sugar pills. Photo: Norsk Havbrukssenter/Flickr

EU's crazy homeopathy cure for Norway fish

Norwegian vets are up in arms about a “scientifically illiterate” European directive that mandates the use of homeopathic medicines as the first line of treatment for organic farmed fish. READ  

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My Swedish habits that foreigners just don't get
Swedes eat crayfish in August. Only in August. Photo: Carolina Romare/imagebank.sweden.se

My Swedish habits that foreigners just don't get

Do the Swedes have certain habits you just can't work out? Here, The Local's Emma Löfgren, who has recently returned to Sweden from the UK, lists some of the Nordic traits that leave her foreign friends bemused. READ  

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