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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...

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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.

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8 fantastic reasons to visit French-speaking Switzerland
The Grande Dixence dam. Photo: Grande Dixence SA/essencedesign.com

Fourteen percent of German-speaking Swiss have never visited the country’s French-speaking region. Here's why they should.

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10 unspoken rules for fitting in with the Swiss
Photo: Stephan Schacher/Swiss Tourism

New to Switzerland? The Local shows you how to navigate your way through the Swiss social minefield.

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In pictures: Switzerland’s most welcoming hotels
Photo: Cervo

Looking for somewhere to stay this summer? For a warm Swiss welcome, you can’t beat these – it’s official.

Geneva exhibition marks 200 years of Frankenstein
Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

The Martin Bodmer Foundation marks 200 years since Mary Shelley first imagined the ultimate horror story during a visit to Switzerland.

June 5th referendum
Swiss basic income vote: what you need to know
Could Switzerland give everyone 2,500 francs a month? Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

On June 5th Switzerland will vote on the introduction of an unconditional basic income (UBI). What could this mean for you?

Eurovision
Canadian singer Rykka: ‘I was made in Switzerland’
Rykka has a family connection with Switzerland. Photo: SRF/Lukas Mäder

Switzerland’s Eurovision entry may have been born in Canada, but she’s more Swiss than the Swiss, she tells The Local.

Brexit
Could Brits in Europe put the brakes on Brexit?
Photo: Leon Neal/AFP

The Local's survey discovers what expats are thinking about the forthcoming British referendum.

Queen's 90th birthday
7 reasons why the Queen should visit Switzerland
Queen Elizabeth II the day before her 90th birthday. Photo: Chris Jackson/Pool/AFP

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II last visited Switzerland in 1980. As she celebrates her 90th birthday, The Local feels it’s about time she paid us a second visit.

New Chaplin museum set in star's own 'Downton Abbey'
Chaplin's World will open in Manoir de Ban near Vevey, Chaplin's home for many years. Photo: Philippe Merle/AFP

An immersive museum showcasing the life of Charlie Chaplin opens in Switzerland on Sunday.

How Switzerland shaped London's youngest hotelier
Olivia Byrne stands outside her London hotel.

“Switzerland is just the best place to grow up.”

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Eight reasons Swiss-French is better than French-French
Photo: Dylan Cantwell

As Switzerland kicks off its 21st annual French-language week, The Local finds plenty of reasons to celebrate Swiss-French.

Brexit
Why these Brits in Switzerland are worried about Brexit
Photo: Justus Blumer

With the Brexit referendum looming, The Local spoke to Brits in Switzerland about what they want for their native land.

Features
How Switzerland's scenery inspired some of the world's greatest authors
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Why you should attend an international job fair
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National
A guaranteed basic income: why did the Swiss say no?
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Features
Switzerland’s breathtaking Unesco World Heritage sites
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Culture
Nestlé celebrates 150 years with museum openings
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Education abroad: How to find an international school
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National
Report: Swiss are officially ‘good’ for the planet
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World agog at bizarre Gotthard Base Tunnel opening
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Swiss supermarkets look to scrap free plastic bags
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Business & Money
Report: Swiss economy more competitive than US
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National
Murderer escapes from Swiss psych hospital
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Features
8 fantastic reasons to visit French-speaking Switzerland
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Lifestyle
Swiss village to make world’s biggest meringue
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Features
10 unspoken rules for fitting in with the Swiss
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National
Gotthard base tunnel: what you need to know
Photo: Caroline Bishop
Sport
Swiss cantons team up to vie for winter Olympic games
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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
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Lifestyle
Swiss court vetoes wedding of couple with 50-year age gap
Photo: Filippo Monteforte/AFP
Culture
Dog day afternoon: Swiss saint meets Pope in Rome
Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP
Business & Money
Pink diamond sold for record-breaking $31m in Geneva
File photo: Candida Performa
Lifestyle
Revealed: living in Switzerland could prolong your life
Photo: Cervo
Travel
In pictures: Switzerland’s most welcoming hotels
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