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Euro 2016
Unlucky Swiss crash out of Euros on penalties
The Swiss hit the bar and forced the Polish goalkeeper into numerous saves as the match wore on but just couldn't convert a chance. Photo: AFP

Poland beat Switzerland 5-4 in a penalty shootout in the first Euro 2016 last 16 clash on Saturday with new Arsenal star Granit Xhaka missing a crucial kick for the Swiss.

Swiss-based IT worker at Panama Papers firm released
The identity of the man who worked at the Geneva offices of Mossack Fonseca has been withheld. Photo: AFP

A Swiss-based IT worker arrested earlier this month on suspicion of stealing documents from the law firm at the centre of the Panama Papers scandal was released from custody on Friday, his lawyer said.

Brexit vote will hit Swiss economy: president
Schneider-Ammann has warned the Swiss economy could suffer. Photo: AFP

President Johann Schneider-Ammann has warned that Brexit will have a negative impact on the Swiss economy.

Opinion
Why we are part of the Brexit problem - and what to do
Photo: AFP

It’s been a long night, and for those of us Brits who have made our lives elsewhere in Europe, it will be a long road ahead writes The Local's managing editor James Savage.

River swimmers advised of cold water risks
Cooling off should be done with care. Photo: bad-info.ch

As Switzerland basks in the sun swimmers are being warned that many rivers have yet to heat up.

SNB moves to stabilize franc after Brexit vote
The SNB is worried about the franc's strength. Photo: AFP

Central bank intervenes in the foreign exchange market to stabilize the franc following Brexit.

‘Leap into the unknown’: Swiss press on Brexit
The EU flag won't be hanging from British buildings in future. Photo: AFP

Britain's historic vote to leave the European Union is a recipe for uncertainty and turbulence, Swiss papers say.

Football: Swiss prep for Poland clash
The Swiss in training ahead of Saturday's game. Photo: AFP

The Swiss 'Nati' are gearing about to face Poland in the last 16 at Euro 2016 on Saturday.

 Self-driving shuttles premiere in Sion
Two shuttles are operating in Sion's old town. Photo: PostBus

In a first for Switzerland, driverless post buses are now carrying passengers in Sion.

Geneva to get 'café fellatio' by end of year
File photo: Jen/Flickr

A firm in Geneva plans to open a café where customers can enjoy oral sex while they sip their morning coffee. Not everyone is happy with the idea.

Features
Six authors who found inspiration in Switzerland
Chillon as it was in Byron's time. Photo: www.mymontreux.ch

It's 200 years since English poet Lord Byron visited Lake Geneva, putting it firmly on the literary map. But he's not the only one to have found inspiration in the country's hills and glaciers...

The Local List
Nine surprising Swiss German words you need to know now
Photo: AFP

From Büezer to Bünzli, here are nine Swiss German words that speak volumes about a truly unique part of the world.

Switzerland’s breathtaking Unesco World Heritage sites
The Aletsch glacier is among Switzerland's 11 Unesco sites. Photo: Andreas Gerth/Swiss-Image.ch

Switzerland celebrates its 11 Unesco sites with a special event this weekend.

The Local List
8 fantastic reasons to visit French-speaking Switzerland
The Grande Dixence dam. Photo: Grande Dixence SA/essencedesign.com

Fourteen percent of German-speaking Swiss have never visited the country’s French-speaking region. Here's why they should.

The Local List
10 unspoken rules for fitting in with the Swiss
Photo: Stephan Schacher/Swiss Tourism

New to Switzerland? The Local shows you how to navigate your way through the Swiss social minefield.

More news
Asylum seeker fined 900 Swiss francs for kiss on cheek
The main train station in Aarau where the incident occurred. Photo: Kecko/Flickr

An asylum seeker who earlier this year sexually harassed two young women and kissed one of them on the cheek was fined 900 Swiss Francs (€830) it has emerged.

United Nations steps up security at Geneva HQ
The "Palais des Nations", which houses the United Nations Office in Geneva. Photo: AFP

Security has just got tighter at the United Nations headquarter in Geneva. Here's how.

Swiss technology
Swiss solar plane completes historic Atlantic crossing
Swiss pilot Bertrand Piccard of the sun-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft, celebrates at Sevilla airport on Thursday. Photo: AFP

UPDATED: The feat is a world-first for solar-powered flight.

Priests to protest Swiss Pride march with Latin prayers
Participants at the Europride festival in Zurich in 2009. File photo: AFP

Pride organizers say they are disappointed the ultra-conservative society behind the action has not contacted them.

Roger Federer reaches career crossroads at Wimbledon
"I don't need to win three slams a year to be content," Roger Federer said recently. Photo: AFP

Swiss tennis star Roger Federer refuses to be written off and says he still loves playing the game.

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From our other editions
Llama goes for a swim after escaping pen
FF Prebuch

A llama ended up in the middle of a swimming lake after escaping from its enclosure in Styria.

Police free hostages, kill gunman at cinema attack
Police in Viernheim. Photo: DPA.

Special forces have shot a man dead who stormed a cinema in western Germany, authorities have confirmed. Security officials say terror an unlikely motive.

Brexit
EU-sceptic Danish party calls for referendum, PM says no
PM Lars Løkke Rasmussen and FM Kristian Jensen addressed the Brexit results on Friday morning. Photo: Uffe Weng/Scanpix

The Red-Green Alliance wants a Danish referendum on EU membership within a year but the PM reaffirms that "we belong in the EU".

Brexit
Brit expats in Spain stunned and fearful after Brexit win

The UK voted to leave the EU in a referendum yesterday, immediately sending the value of sterling plummeting and leaving British expats in Spain stunned and concerned about their future.

Features
How Switzerland's scenery inspired some of the world's greatest authors
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Why you should attend an international job fair
Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP
National
A guaranteed basic income: why did the Swiss say no?
Photo: Andreas Gerth/Swiss-Image.ch
Features
Switzerland’s breathtaking Unesco World Heritage sites
Photo: Nestle
Culture
Nestlé celebrates 150 years with museum openings
Sponsored Article
Education abroad: How to find an international school
Photo: Jan Geerk/Swiss-image.ch
National
Report: Swiss are officially ‘good’ for the planet
Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP
National
World agog at bizarre Gotthard Base Tunnel opening
Photo: Coop
Swiss supermarkets look to scrap free plastic bags
Photo: IMD
Business & Money
Report: Swiss economy more competitive than US
Photo: Aargau police
National
Murderer escapes from Swiss psych hospital
Photo: Grande-Dixence SA/essencedesign.com
Features
8 fantastic reasons to visit French-speaking Switzerland
Photo: Terroir Fribourg
Lifestyle
Swiss village to make world’s biggest meringue
Photo: Swiss Tourism
Features
10 unspoken rules for fitting in with the Swiss
Photo: Alp Transit Gotthard
National
Gotthard base tunnel: what you need to know
Photo: Caroline Bishop
Sport
Swiss cantons team up to vie for winter Olympic games
Photo: Broad Bean Media
National
Basel: Muslim schoolboys must shake hands or face fine
Photo: Emmanual Dunand/AFP
Sport
Brother of Belgian bomber wins gold in Switzerland
Photo: Gstaad Tourism
National
Snow puts end to hottest weekend of year so far
File photo: Abhishek Jacob
Lifestyle
Swiss court vetoes wedding of couple with 50-year age gap
Photo: Filippo Monteforte/AFP
Culture
Dog day afternoon: Swiss saint meets Pope in Rome
Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP
Business & Money
Pink diamond sold for record-breaking $31m in Geneva
File photo: Candida Performa
Lifestyle
Revealed: living in Switzerland could prolong your life
Photo: Cervo
Travel
In pictures: Switzerland’s most welcoming hotels
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