• Switzerland's news in English
 
ILO sees potential in Juncker jobs plan
Jean-Claude Juncker. Photo: European People's Party/flickr

ILO sees potential in Juncker jobs plan

An ambitious European investment plan could create 2.1 million jobs by 2018 if properly implemented, the Geneva-based International Labour Organization (ILO) said on Wednesday. READ  

Right-wing group seeks national face veil ban
Member of the Islamic Central Council of Switzerland wears niqab while distributing flyers in Ticino against veil ban in 2013. Photo: Fabrice Coffrrini/AFP

Right-wing group seeks national face veil ban

The same group that launched the initiative to ban the construction of new minarets in Switzerland is now seeking a national law to prohibit the wearing of veils and other face-covering headgear. READ  

Presented by Taxes for Expats
'The age of financial privacy is over'
Unsuspecting Americans have been hit hard by FATCA. Photo: Shutterstock

'The age of financial privacy is over'

Jonathan Weiss hasn’t lived in the US for 25 years. But that didn’t keep his foreign bank account from being frozen in the wake of new US tax laws. Find out how you can avoid the same fate at the hands of FATCA. READ  

World Economic Forum: Davos
Hollande: 'Big business must help fight terror'
Photo: Photo: Jean-Christophe Bott/AFP

Hollande: 'Big business must help fight terror'

On his first visit to the World Economic Forum in Davos on Friday, French president François Hollande told the corporate world it must play its part in fighting terrorism. READ  

Mobility group calls for return of overnight trains
Photo: umverkehR

Mobility group calls for return of overnight trains

An environmental mobility association is petitioning Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) and the federal Transport Minister Doris Leuthard to restore overnight trains to international destinations. READ  

Zug party president quits over sex scandal
Swiss People's Party cantonal MP Markus Hürlimann. Photo: Canton of Zug

Zug party president quits over sex scandal

Markus Hürlimann has stepped down as the president of the right-wing Swiss People’s Party (SVP) in the canton of Zug following a sex scandal involving another politician, according to several reports. READ  

Tourism industry reeling from soaring franc
Foreigners are side-stepping winter holidays in Switzerland due to high costs. Photo: Zermatt.ch

Tourism industry reeling from soaring franc

As Switzerland continues to grapple with the implications of a franc that is no longer tied to the euro, the Swiss tourism industry is making no bones over the immediate negative effect it will have on the sector. READ  

Switzerland's soaring currency
Shock move to untether franc sparks debate
Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Shock move to untether franc sparks debate

For some it was a “bold step”, for others a foolhardy move that risks harm to the economy and job losses. 

The Swiss National Bank’s decision to stop capping the level of the franc against the euro after more than three years has sparked a national debate and created worries in many quarters about threats to Switzerland’s robust business climate. READ  

Hollande and Merkel to join Davos forum leaders
Merkel and Hollande among leaders heading to the Swiss mountain resort. Photo: Council of the European Union

Hollande and Merkel to join Davos forum leaders

World leaders including France's Francois Hollande, Germany's Angela Merkel and China's Li Keqiang will gather at the annual Davos forum next week, seeking to chart a path away from fundamentalism towards solidarity. READ  

Iran minister urges 'respect for values'

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Geneva on Wednesday urged "respect for each other's values" amid Muslim anger over the new Charlie Hebdo magazine cover showing a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed. READ  

Ex-president elected 2014 Swiss of the year
Didier Burkhalter receiving award. Photo: SRF

Ex-president elected 2014 Swiss of the year

Swiss Foreign Affairs Minister Didier Burkhalter was elected Swiss of the year for 2014 during a televised event over the weekend. READ  

'Don't succumb to fear': President Sommaruga
Sommaruga (third from right) joins leaders in Sunday's march. Photo: AFP

'Don't succumb to fear': President Sommaruga

Swiss President Simonetta Sommaruga joined 59 world leaders at a march on Sunday in solidarity with victims of terror attacks in Paris that attracted an estimated crowd of more than one million people. READ  

Right-wing MP calls for ban on Muslim refugees
Right-wing Walter Wobmann: faces opposition for his proposal. Photo: SVP

Right-wing MP calls for ban on Muslim refugees

The politician behind the successful campaign to prohibit the construction of new minarets in Switzerland is now calling for a ban on certain Muslim refugees in the country following the Charlie Hebdo massacre in France. READ  

Sommaruga lauds 'bold' Swiss democracy
Simonetta Sommaruga in her New Year's address. Screenshot: SRF

Sommaruga lauds 'bold' Swiss democracy

Swiss president for 2015, Simonetta Sommaruga, extolled Switzerland’s system of direct democracy in a TV and radio address to mark the new year. READ  

SVP loses ground but remains strongest party
The SVP was behind the controversial referendum to limit immigration. Photo: Mike Knell

SVP loses ground but remains strongest party

Support for the rightwing Swiss People’s Party (SVP) has fallen while centre-left parties are gaining in popularity, according to a voter survey. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Business & Money
FATCA: 'The age of financial privacy is over'
Sponsored Article
Avoid the costs of wild Swiss currency swings
Features
Anglophone expats in Switzerland mine creativity to earn crust
National
Number of 'immigrants' swells to third of Swiss population: report
International
Pricey Switzerland tops latest global cost of living study
National
Swiss travel agents and retailers cut prices after franc surge
Technology
Solar Impulse team unveils round-the-world route for sun-powered plane
Business & Money
Swiss central bank's shock move to let franc rise sparks debate
National
Markets panic as Swiss National Bank scraps euro rate cap
National
VIDEO: Swiss soldiers publish pictures of antics on internet
National
A portrait of modern Switzerland in ten stats
National
Europe in statistics - from Spain to Sweden
Features
Geneva-based expat pens seismic novel about Haitian homeland
Features
Tons of explosives finally removed from hundreds of Swiss sites
International
'Don't succumb to fear': Swiss President Sommaruga on terrorism
Sport
Federer claims historic 1,000th win at Brisbane tennis tournament
National
Swiss newspapers condemn deadly Charlie Hebdo terror attack
Business & Money
Hackers steal client information from Geneva cantonal bank
National
Charlie Hebdo terror attack in Paris sparks Swiss rallies
National
Pop star Madonna leaves her mark during Swiss mountain holiday
National
Disassembled Solar Impulse heads to Emirates in jumbo jet
National
US ambassador in Bern sparks flap over Swiss ski lift line 'chaos'
National
New President Sommaruga lauds 'bold' Swiss democracy
National
Hopes fade of finding missing Scottish researcher still alive
National
Scientists in Lausanne and Belgium step up search for alien life
National
Nude 'selfie' mayor heads Switzerland's top ten scandal list
Features
The Local's top ten snow sport alternatives to skiing in Switzerland
Culture
Suspected stabber Nabilla given conditional release from detention
International
Swiss hotel school grad 'hero' among Australian café siege victims
Business & Money
Switzerland cracks top ten list of best countries for business
Business & Money
Swiss National Bank imposes negative interest rates
Politics
Federal cabinet ministers rapped for accepting new limouisines
International
Swiss chocolate café at centre of hostage-taking drama Down Under
National
Why has The Local got a new logo?
Features
Exploring the 'most beautiful village' in French-speaking Switzerland
Business & Money
Italian thieves steal 260 tons of Swiss Lindt & Sprüngli chocolate
National
World's longest train tunnel — under the Swiss Alps — set to open in 2016
National
Porn film on video screen spices up fare at Swiss McDonald's restaurant
National
Masturbation scene in Swiss TV ad for Media Markt draws complaints
National
Cantonal lawmakers end 'happy hours' tippling in Vaud pubs and bars
Politics
Former concert pianist Sommaruga elected as next Swiss president
Culture
Jailed German art forger's paintings go on sale at Bern gallery
Business & Money
Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad's family listed as Switzerland's richest
Features
Long-time expats face dilemma: to be or not to be a Swiss citizen
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

2,302
jobs available