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Where are Switzerland's priciest babysitters?
Swiss parents are paying double the European average of 8.70 francs (€8.07) per hour for babysitters. Photo: AFP/File

Where are Switzerland's priciest babysitters?

3 days ago

Parents living in Switzerland pay more for their babysitters than anyone else in Europe a new study shows, but which Swiss cantons are the most expensive? Read on to find out.

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

August 25, 2015

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.

Switzerland set to test world's longest tunnel
A worker in the new Gotthard base tunnel. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Switzerland set to test world's longest tunnel

August 25, 2015

Testing of the new Gotthard base tunnel, set to become the world’s longest tunnel when it opens next year, will start in October, the construction firm has confirmed.

Parents leave baby son in car to attend concert
Photo: Jim Champion/File

Parents leave baby son in car to attend concert

August 25, 2015

A young couple left their one-year-old baby boy alone in their car on Sunday so they could go to a concert, media reported on Tuesday.

Swiss profs trained to spot potential jihadists
At least five students from the Swiss city of Winterthur are said to have joined Isis of late. Photo: AFP/File

Swiss profs trained to spot potential jihadists

August 25, 2015

Teachers in Winterthur in the canton of Zurich will be given training to help them spot the signs of radicalization among their students following the news that at least five young people from the area have joined Isis over the last few months.

School tells Muslim pupil to take off veil in class
The student (not pictured) was sent home from school. Photo: Heng Fu Ming

School tells Muslim pupil to take off veil in class

August 24, 2015

A high school in the canton of Bern has forbidden a pupil from wearing the hijab in class, Swiss media reported on Monday.

Swiss Alps claim five lives in fatal weekend
One hiker died on the Piz Lishana. Photo: Vasile Cotovanu

Swiss Alps claim five lives in fatal weekend

August 24, 2015

The past weekend was a deadly one in the Swiss mountains, with the deaths of three hikers, a paraglider and a base-jumper.

Report: Swiss are freest people in Europe
Photo: Russ Bowling

Report: Swiss are freest people in Europe

August 24, 2015

Switzerland is the second freest country in the world, and enjoys the most freedoms of any European country, according to a new report.

Swiss army ends 31-day cow rescue mission
Photo: Caroline Bishop

Swiss army ends 31-day cow rescue mission

August 21, 2015

The Swiss army has concluded its mission to airlift water to thirsty cows in the Jura and Vaud Alps after delivering 1,840 tons of water during the period of July 20th to August 19th, authorities have said.

Zurich cops won't report on criminals' ethnicity
Photo: Roland Fischer

Zurich cops won't report on criminals' ethnicity

August 21, 2015

Zurich communal authorities have instructed city police to stop releasing the nationality of criminals to the media to avoid stigmatization.

New posters for Zurich’s nudist bathing zone
The new signs will be in place for six weeks. Photo: Grün Stadt Zürich

New posters for Zurich’s nudist bathing zone

August 21, 2015

Zurich authorities have erected new signs in the traditionally nudist area of Werdinsel to alert unaware visitors to the likelihood of encountering naked bathers.

Zurich prostitutes make move to 'sex boxes'
Zurich's 'sex boxes' opened in August 2013. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Zurich prostitutes make move to 'sex boxes'

August 20, 2015

The number of prostitutes using Zurich’s 'sex boxes' has nearly doubled over the last year say city authorities, who are hailing the two-year-old scheme a success.

Switzerland orders death of sheep-killing wolf
Wolves have enjoyed a revival in Switzerland of late. Photo: Mark Kent

Switzerland orders death of sheep-killing wolf

August 14, 2015

Officials in Switzerland on Thursday gave the green light to shoot a wolf blamed for the deaths of 38 sheep, a decision swiftly condemned by the conservation group WWF.

Bishop apologizes for anti-gay speech
Bishop Vitus Huondor. Photo: Swiss Conference of Bishops

Bishop apologizes for anti-gay speech

August 13, 2015

The Bishop of Chur, Vitus Huonder, has apologized to gay people after citing controversial Bible passages in a speech he gave at a Catholic forum in Germany at the end of July.

Industry fears for Swiss wine’s market share
Photo: Marcus Gyger/Switzerland Tourism

Industry fears for Swiss wine’s market share

August 07, 2015

Winegrowers in Switzerland are concerned that a low volume grape harvest for the third successive year could mean Swiss wine loses out to foreign competitors on supermarket shelves.

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