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American comedienne Sylvia Day, 45, gave up her communications job to move to Switzerland in 1995. Here, she tells The Local how she’s carved out an unlikely career in comedy — and how she uses improv to fight stress in the Swiss workplace.
When Miami-based author Joseph Brady, 38, wrote his first novel, The Zurich Decision, he set it in Switzerland — even though he’d never set foot in the country. Then his wife was offered a job there, and fiction turned into reality . . .
After spending a decade working in the finance industry in London, Spanish-born Ana Ortega, 32, was transferred to Switzerland. She tells The Local how her newfound passion for vegan food led her to write a cookbook on the side.
After working for a large company, Swedish-born Ann Söderblom, 31, recently took the plunge from employee to entrepreneur. Söderblom, who advises expats on how to start their own business, tells The Local why Switzerland is the perfect place to set up your own company.
When Michael Fontana-Jones moved to Switzerland from London eight years ago, he took on the brave mission of persuading a country renowned for its own cheeses to try his native Cheddar and Stilton. Here, he tells The Local how he fared.
Tomasz Trzebiatowski originally moved to Lucerne from Poland to study music, but his interest in photography soon split his career in two directions. Today, he tells The Local why the city in central Switzerland is such a thriving artistic centre and why he decided to found a photography group.
Swiss Employment News
Although better known today for their colourful uniforms than their centuries-old reputation as fearless warriors, the Swiss Guards remain a powerful symbol of the Vatican. The Local speaks to David Geisser, one of the latest recruits, about a career protecting popes.

The official unemployment rate in Switzerland edged higher for the second consecutive month in November to 3.2 percent from 3.1 percent in October driven again by an increase in jobless foreigners, government figures released on Tuesday show.
An increase in unemployment among foreigners drove Switzerland's overall jobless rate higher in October to 3.1 percent from three percent in the previous month, according to federal figures released on Friday.
Swiss-based Adecco, the world's biggest temporary staffing agency, on Thursday reported a rise in third-quarter profits, which missed expectations as business took a hit in its main market, France, and slowed in Germany.
More than one in two job seekers in Switzerland are dissatisfied with the process used by employers to hire people, according to a new survey by staffing company Kelly Services.
More than 40 percent of employed people in Switzerland believe they suffer from overwork, while a quarter of them say they are stressed out, according to a new survey.

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