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Farmers’ wives offer taste of Swiss rural life
Erika Hänni is one of 36 hosts in the scheme. Photo: Caroline Bishop

Farmers’ wives offer taste of Swiss rural life

2 days ago

With most expats in Switzerland living or working in urban areas, few get the opportunity to experience traditional Swiss life in the countryside. But Swiss Tavolata hopes to change that by offering people the chance to have lunch on a farm. As the initiative celebrates its first birthday this September, Caroline Bishop takes her seat at the farmhouse table.

Expat's time in Zurich inspires racy novel
From the book cover of Hausfrau (detail). The author tells The Local how her Swiss experience inspired the much talked about novel. Photo: Penguin Randon House

Expat's time in Zurich inspires racy novel

August 04, 2015

Zurich’s high standard of living makes it a popular destination for expats, but linguistic and cultural hurdles can make for a lonely and alienating existence for trailing spouses, as depicted in Jill Alexander Essbaum’s erotically-charged novel Hausfrau.

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How to buy a car in Switzerland

July 08, 2015

Shopping around for the right car at the right price, sorting out registration and insurance. Buying a new car is complicated, particularly if you're an expat. Now you can let someone else take the strain.

EXPAT GUIDE | Social
Six steps to getting along better with the Swiss
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Six steps to getting along better with the Swiss

July 08, 2015

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?

EXPAT GUIDE | Work
Quick tips for writing the perfect Swiss CV
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Quick tips for writing the perfect Swiss CV

July 08, 2015

Every country has a slightly different approach to the perfect resume. Rebekka Affolter, who writes the blog for leading Swiss recruitment website swissjobs.ch, tells The Local how to polish up your CV and stand out from the hordes of other jobseekers in Switzerland.

Veggie lovers challenge Swiss eating habits
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Veggie lovers challenge Swiss eating habits

June 15, 2015

The Swiss are known for being hardcore meat eaters but traditions are slowly changing thanks to increased health consciousness and the growing influence of expats.

Summer fun keeping Swiss mountains tidy
Collecting litter at Verbier in the canton of Valais. Photo: Summit Foundation

Summer fun keeping Swiss mountains tidy

June 02, 2015

Switzerland has a reputation for cleanliness but littering is still a problem, particularly in ski areas. As the snow melts to reveal the rubbish left by winter visitors, resorts are inviting skiers to return in summer to help tidy up the slopes. The Local's Caroline Bishop lifts the cover on what's happening.

Severed rope recalls Matterhorn's first ascent
Climbers for Mammut near Matterhorn's summit. Photo: Christoph Frutiger/Mammut

Severed rope recalls Matterhorn's first ascent

May 25, 2015

As Zermatt celebrates the 150th anniversary of the first ascent of the Matterhorn, The Local’s Emily Rose Mawson delves into the story and finds out more about the iconic Swiss summit that so many people want to climb.

Street food (finally!) surfaces in Swiss cities
Photo: Caroline Bishop

Street food (finally!) surfaces in Swiss cities

April 27, 2015

Street food offers an alternative, lower cost style of dining that has been almost impossible to find in Swiss cities. The Local's Caroline Bishop finds out that this state of affairs is rapidly changing — to the delight of many expats.

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

April 21, 2015

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.

Young urban Swiss catch the car-sharing bug
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Young urban Swiss catch the car-sharing bug

March 30, 2015

A Swiss cooperative that allows members to share cars is shifting into high gear.

EXPAT GUIDE | Housing
Top tips for finding an apartment in Switzerland
Waterfront apartments in Zurich. Photo: John Eckman

Top tips for finding an apartment in Switzerland

March 12, 2015

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.

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

Anglo expats mine creativity to earn crust

January 26, 2015

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.

Expat pens seismic novel about Haitian homeland
Writer Dimitry Elias Léger. Photo: The Local

Expat pens seismic novel about Haitian homeland

January 14, 2015

Geneva seems an unlikely place for author Dimitry Elias Léger to be writing about his native country of Haiti — but then again maybe not.

Multiple Swiss sites finally rid of tons of TNT
Bad Seckingen covered bridge over the Rhine river in Stein: loaded with explosives. Photo: Sebastien Bozon/AFP

Multiple Swiss sites finally rid of tons of TNT

January 13, 2015

The Cold War finally came to an end in Switzerland late last year, without a bang.

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