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Eritrean refugees find shelter at Swiss abbey
Eritrean refugees in front of Einsiedeln abbey. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Eritrean refugees find shelter at Swiss abbey

After a harrowing flight from autocratic Eritrea, the last place Nuguse Teklestion expected to call home was the pastoral grounds of a Swiss monastery housing a mysterious black Madonna. READ  

Anglo writer lauds expat 'brains and brawn'
Author Diccon Bewes dresses the part after retracing the footsteps of Victorian tourists. Photo: Diccon Bewes

Anglo writer lauds expat 'brains and brawn'

“Outside expert” on Switzerland and English expat Diccon Bewes followed in the footsteps of the Victorians for his latest book Slow Train to Switzerland. As he tells The Local’s Emily Mawson, if British tourists transformed the country then, international expats play as important a role now. READ  

Geneva lab sleuths help art world uncover fakes
Fine Arts Expert Institute head scientist Killian Anheuser tests painting ascribed to Fernand Léger. Photo: Richard Juilliart/AFP

Geneva lab sleuths help art world uncover fakes

Dressed in an immaculate white lab coat, Sandra Mottaz stares intently through a stereo microscope at a bold-coloured painting purportedly by French master Fernand Léger, searching for signs of forgery. READ  

Mushroom picking 'more complex' than expected
Photo: Catherine McLean/The Local

Mushroom picking 'more complex' than expected

Hunting for mushrooms is a popular pastime in Switzerland but finding ones that are edible — rather than those liable to send you to hospital — can be challenging, as The Local's Catherine McLean discovers. READ  

Cameras give dizzy view of Eiger's north face
Photo: Mammut/AFP

Cameras give dizzy view of Eiger's north face

A project using custom-made 360-degree cameras mounted on the backs of climbers scaling the Eiger in Switzerland's Bernese Alps has captured a unique and dizzying view of the mountain's infamous north face. READ  

Swiss National Park: touring an Alpine refuge
Photo: Tim Williams/The Local

Swiss National Park: touring an Alpine refuge

The Local’s Emily Mawson spends a night in the Swiss National Park, celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, to experience what the country’s most protected place is like. READ  

Panoramic Bernina Express fetes rail history
The Bernina Express pulls into the Alp Grüm station, situated at 2,091 metres above sea level. Photo: Tim Williams

Panoramic Bernina Express fetes rail history

As the Rhaetian Railway celebrates its 125th anniversary, The Local’s Emily Mawson takes a ride on one of its trains to find out what makes the Graubünden cantonal rail network so unique. READ  

Bern’s unusual fountains tell capital story
Photo: Bern Tourism

Bern’s unusual fountains tell capital story

Bern is sometimes known as the ‘city of fountains’ — it is home to more than 100 of them. A tour of the oldest ones, dating back to medieval times with unusual statues such as a child-eating ogre, offers a fascinating way to get to know the Swiss capital, writes The Local's Emily Mawson. READ  

Alphorn opens Swiss doors for US expat writer
Author Chantal Panozzo and the cover of her book about Swiss surprises.

Alphorn opens Swiss doors for US expat writer

If there’s one thing American Chantal Panozzo realizes after eight years in Switzerland it’s that communication is about more than language. READ  

Roughing it beyond the power grid in Ticino
Traditional stone buildings in the Valle Bavona. Photo: Emily Mawson/The Local

Roughing it beyond the power grid in Ticino

The Local’s Emily Mawson ventures to the Valle Bavona, a steep-sided valley amid the mountains of the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino, where residents voted against introducing electricity in the 1950s, and discovers a region lost in time. READ  

World Cup 2014
Swiss seek fond farewell for 'Gottmar' Hitzfeld
Ottmar Hitzfeld: final hurrah in Brazil. Photo: AFP

Swiss seek fond farewell for 'Gottmar' Hitzfeld

Switzerland's veteran boss Ottmar Hitzfeld retires after the World Cup football finals and his young squad aim to give him a farewell to remember in Brazil. READ  

Monthly pay under $4,000 'a challenge' in Geneva
Supporters hold paper planes during an action in Geneva earlier this month to support a minimum wage of 4,000 francs. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Monthly pay under $4,000 'a challenge' in Geneva

Surrounded by luxury at the high-end Geneva hotels where she works, Alcina Esteves de Almeida sometimes goes hungry — her salary, while generous by American standards, is not enough to make ends meet in pricey Switzerland. READ  

Expat life inspires Geneva-based writer
Anne Korkeakivi. Photo: Handout

Expat life inspires Geneva-based writer

After living in many places, New York-born writer Anne Korkeakivi is now based in Geneva, where she speaks to The Local about how being an expat inspired her first novel, An Unexpected Guest. READ  

Expats lace up running shoes for Swiss races
Runners take in mountain scenery in the Aletsch half marathon. Photo: Kathy Zimmerman

Expats lace up running shoes for Swiss races


From the simply beautiful to the downright barmy, Switzerland's vast array of running races are a great way for expats to integrate into the Swiss way of life, The Local's Caroline Bishop learns. READ  

Gritty district turns into Zurich’s trendiest spot
Cyclist and dog pass by Im Viadukt in Zurich's Kreis 5. Photo: Diego Alborghetti/Zurich Tourismus

Gritty district turns into Zurich’s trendiest spot

Zurich’s Kreis 5 may be the antithesis of the idyllic Switzerland shown in tourist brochures, but that uniqueness is proving a draw for tourists and residents alike. READ  

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Foreign women give birth to rising share of newborns: latest figures
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Switzerland's voters reject public health insurance proposal
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Geneva MP seeks ban on charging for tap water in restaurants
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Saint Maurice abbey in Valais celebrates 1,500 years of history
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Education
ETH Zurich remains top university in Europe: QS world rankings
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Switzerland's housing vacancy rate jumps: new federal figures
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Swiss football club fires team masseuse over explicit sex video
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Sport
Formula One legend Schumacher to continue treatment at Swiss home
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Former federal planning official calls for nine Swiss cantons
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The Local gets the lowdown on mushroom picking in Switzerland
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Politics
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Swiss gays recognized as parents of child born to surrogate mother
Health
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Swiss policeman belatedly honoured for saving Jews from Holocaust
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American tax evasion crackdown hits Swiss private banks' bottom line
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