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Zoo faces cruelty charges over cub deaths
Kurt Nünlist was appalled by the deaths of two cubs at the Bern zoo (photo:zvg)

Zoo faces cruelty charges over cub deaths

A Swiss animal lover has filed a legal complaint against Bern zoo, accusing it of cruelty over the deaths of two bear cubs. Dählhölzli zoo could be fined under Switzerland’s tough animal protection laws. 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 () »

Skiing meshes with yoga on St. Moritz piste
Instructor Sabrina Nussbaum does the splits on the world's first yoga piste. Photo: Suvretta Snowsports

Skiing meshes with yoga on St. Moritz piste

Ski-yoga is more than a fashionable gimmick, as The Local’s Emily Mawson learns when she finds her skiing improving on St. Moritz’s new yoga piste — the first of its kind in the world. READ () »

Basel drummers pound out expert carnival beat
Photo: Basel Tourism

Basel drummers pound out expert carnival beat

Drummers play a key role in Basel’s three-day annual carnival or Fasnacht. But drumming is more than just a pastime in this German-speaking city on the Rhine River, as The Local’s Emily Mawson discovers. READ () »

Carmakers in Geneva push SUVs of all sizes
Porsche's new Macan SUV. Photo: Pierre Albouy/AFP

Carmakers in Geneva push SUVs of all sizes

Massive or small, affordable or off-the scale pricey: urban sports utility vehicles abound at the 2014 Geneva International Motor Show, with luxury carmakers speeding into the lucrative market. READ () »

UK novelist inspired by Lausanne memories

UK novelist inspired by Lausanne memories

Following on the success of her debut novel, The Book of Summers, British author Emylia Hall has looked to Switzerland for inspiration for her latest work. A Heart Bent Out of Shape is set in Lausanne, drawing on time Hall spent there as a 19-year-old student. The Local talks to her to find out more. READ () »

Swiss grapple with pros and cons of immigration
Photo: Sebastian Bozon/AFP

Swiss grapple with pros and cons of immigration

Swiss politician Martin Suter doesn’t have to look far to see the drawbacks from a European Union agreement that has permitted thousands of Germans, French and other Europeans to settle in Switzerland. READ () »

Sri Lankan keeps Swiss sledge tradition alive
Photo: Emily Mawson/The Local

Sri Lankan keeps Swiss sledge tradition alive

When Tamil Kavithas Jeyabalan arrived in Chur in the canton of Graubünden from his native Sri Lanka in 1984, he had never seen snow and didn’t speak a word of German. Now, the talented expat carpenter is using his skills to keep the Swiss sledge tradition alive. READ () »

UK diplomat's advice: 'Go out and meet folks'
British diplomat Tom Matlock enjoying the Swiss Alps with wife Kate.

UK diplomat's advice: 'Go out and meet folks'

Tom Matlock, Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Bern, arrived in Switzerland this year following postings in South Korea and Sudan. While sharing typical expat concerns over the high cost of living and restrictive Swiss shopping hours, he tells The Local that new arrivals should make an effort to form friendships. READ () »

Competition for new Swiss anthem set to start
Swiss fans sing national anthem before ice hockey game. Photo: AFP

Competition for new Swiss anthem set to start

Likened to a weather forecast crossed with a church hymn, Switzerland's national anthem could be binned in favour of a new version if campaigners get their way. READ () »

Remodelled Olympic Museum sports new look
Photo: Caroline Bishop

Remodelled Olympic Museum sports new look

With a transformed interior and dozens of interactive digital displays, the Olympic Museum in Lausanne is reopening after a major renovation project that took nearly two years to complete. READ () »

Underground data vault business booms
Andz Reinhardt, of Deltalis, enters the company's Swiss Mountain Data Center, a former Swiss Army bunker built during the cold war. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Underground data vault business booms

It looks like the ideal location for a James Bond thriller: a massive underground bunker in a secret location in the Swiss Alps used for keeping data safe from prying eyes. READ () »

Swiss ski resorts: what’s new for 2013-14
Andermatt, the focus of one of five major ski resort developments opening this season. Photo: Andermatt Swiss Alps

Swiss ski resorts: what’s new for 2013-14

Faced with stiff competition from elsewhere in the European Alps, Switzerland’s renowned ski resorts are not resting on their laurels. As the winter season gets under way, The Local’s Emily Mawson takes a look at five major expansion projects that augur well for skiing and snow boarding enthusiasts. READ () »

Swiss Christmas markets vie to drum up business
Photo: Caroline Bishop

Swiss Christmas markets vie to drum up business

Germany may have invented the Christmas market, but Switzerland presents stiff competition. The chance to browse handicrafts while sipping vin chaud under sparkling lights on a cold, dark night is an experience available all over the mountain country — and it's big business. READ () »

'Learn Swiss history': US diplomat’s advice
Photo: US Embassy, Bern

'Learn Swiss history': US diplomat’s advice

As he comes to the end of a three-year stint as press and cultural attaché at the United States embassy in Bern, Alexander Daniels tells The Local why he will be sorry to leave. READ () »

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