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Federal fund aims to reduce childcare costs
Photo: Loic Venance/AFP

A 100 million franc fund would ease the burden of childcare for working parents.

Switzerland sets out law on expelling foreign criminals
File photo: Christoph G

The 2010 initiative to expel foreign criminals for serious crimes will come into effect this autumn.

Court fines Muslim father in latest swimming lessons row
Photo: P Cutler

A Muslim father was fined in Switzerland on Wednesday for refusing to allow his daughters to take swimming lessons at school.

Wimbledon
Federer ends British fairytale at Wimbledon
File photo: Carmen Jaspersen/AFP

Brit qualifier Marcus Willis's brief flirtation with Wimbledon fame was ended by Swiss champ Roger Federer on Wednesday.

Drone shocks nudists at Swiss waterpark
Photo: Marcel Chassot/Bernaqua

Clients at a Bern waterpark were horrified to spot a drone hovering over a nudist area.

Kidnapping of Swiss boy raises online gaming fears
File photo: Rachel Johnson

A 12-year-old Swiss boy was allegedly abused by a German man he first met online.

Study: Swiss among world’s most socially progressive
Photo: Janek Skarzynkski/AFP

Switzerland is one of the world’s most socially progressive countries, according to a new report.

Escaped Swiss cow loses holiday rights
Ilana the cow spent ten days on the loose before being recaptured. Photo: Graubünden police

There will be no summer holiday for Ilana the Highland cow.

Swiss giant Nestlé bucks history with new top dog
Schneider, 50, is a German-US national. Photo: Daniel Roland/AFP

The appointment of new CEO Ulf Mark Schneider marks a new, nutrition-focused era for Nestlé.

Signs lay down law and order for Basel prostitutes
Photo: Justice and Security Department, Basel

New signs in Basel’s red light district will show streetwalkers where they may legally tout for business.

Features
Opinion
Brexit voters ‘misinformed’ on Swiss relations with EU
The Swiss president meets with European leaders on the first Gotthard train. Photo: Ruben Sprich/AFP

Leave campaigners calling for Britain to be like Switzerland did not truly understand Switzerland’s relationship with the EU, one commentator tells The Local.

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...

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.

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.

More news
Muslim school kids must swim to be Swiss
Swimming lessons are compulsory in Basel's education system. Photo: Daniel Orth

Two Muslim teenage girls were denied a Swiss passport because they refused to participate in school swimming lessons on religious grounds.

France demands Swiss bank UBS face fraud trial
File photo: Martin Abegglen

The bank is accused of orchestrating a vast system of tax fraud in France.

Wimbledon
Federer wins uninspired Wimbledon opener
File photo: Miguel Medina/AFP

Roger Federer was well short of his best as he advanced to the second round.

Nestlé’s birthday bash ruffles festival feathers
Lausanne's Festival de la Cité has not received the same special dispensation as Nestle, despite asking. Photo: Régis Colombo/Lausanne tourism

Is Nestlé getting special treatment from local authorities?

Germans avoid plunge off Swiss mountain pass
Photo: Graubunden cantonal police

Two holidaymakers had a lucky escape when their brakes failed coming down a mountain pass.

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From our other editions
Brexit result is 'a bad day' for Europe and Austria
Facebook/Christian Kern

Austrian politicians react to the news of Britain’s exit from the European Union with shock, describing the result as “a political earthquake”.

How to get German citizenship (or just stay forever)
Photo: DPA.

Considering a change of passport after the UK's vote to ditch the EU? Here’s how to do it.

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.

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Education abroad: How to find an international school
Photo: Basel Justice and Security Dept
Lifestyle
New signs lay down law and order for Basel prostitutes
Photo: Daniel Orth
Education
Muslim school kids denied passport for refusing swimming lessons
Photo: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP
Politics
Swiss-EU talks ‘must’ resume this summer, says President
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Why you should attend an international job fair
File photo: Kochtopf
National
Anger as Swiss council plans non-pork school lunches
File photo: Jen/Flickr
Society
Geneva could get 'café fellatio' by end of year
Features
How Switzerland's scenery inspired some of the world's greatest authors
Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP
National
A guaranteed basic income: why did the Swiss say no?
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Why Swiss hospitality graduates are in demand
Photo: Andreas Gerth/Swiss-Image.ch
Features
Switzerland’s breathtaking Unesco World Heritage sites
Photo: Nestle
Culture
Nestlé celebrates 150 years with museum openings
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
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Avoid hidden fees when sending money overseas
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
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