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Six steps to getting along better with the Swiss

Six steps to getting along better with the Swiss

If you value the same things the Swiss do, you have a better chance of building positive relationships with them, says Zurich-based communications trainer Shane Norton. But what if you don’t? Norton’s advice is to learn to — and if that fails, at least show some willingness to appreciate them. Here are his top tips on how to do that. READ  

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SwissBenefits: ‘I try to build bridges for expats’

Switzerland was recently voted the best place in the world for expats, but lots of paperwork and complex procedures can keep expats on their toes. The Local spoke with SwissBenefits, a consulting company aiming to streamline the process. READ  

Burkhalter: anti-terror measures a 'priority'

Combating violent extremism is a “priority” in Switzerland, Swiss foreign minister and former president Didier Burkhalter has said, telling a counter-terrorism summit in Washington this week that Switzerland has measures in place to prevent the radicalization of youth and the financing of terrorism. READ  

Lausanne man gets 14 years for strangling wife

A Swiss court on Friday sentenced a civil servant from Assens near Lausanne in the canton of Vaud to 14 years in prison for strangling his wife to death at their home and burying her body in a nearby forest. READ  

Several injured in two-train collision
The accident happened at 6.45am on Friday. Photo: Michael Buholzer/AFP

Several injured in two-train collision

UPDATED: Two trains slammed into each other in the Swiss town of Rafz, northwest of Zurich, early on Friday, leaving passengers injured and train carriages upturned, police and media said. READ  

Mobile phone offences zoom on Swiss roads
The number of licences lost for gadget-use rose by 3.7 percent. Photo: Paul Hamilton

Mobile phone offences zoom on Swiss roads

More Swiss drivers are losing their licences for illicit use of mobile phones, satnavs or other electronic devices while driving, according to figures released by the Federal Roads Office (ASTRA) on Thursday. READ  

Jura residents demand action over zoophilia

Authorities in the canton of Jura have called for calm after a series of acts of zoophilia against horses sparked outrage among the local community. READ  

Swiss carnivals play out to large crowds

With carnival season in full swing, numerous cities in Switzerland have been celebrating with colourful floats, costumes, children’s parades and traditional gugge music bands, as dry conditions boost attendance figures. READ  

Gangs at war over Swiss cannabis plantations

The public prosecutor of St Gallen ordered the detention in custody of two suspects on Wednesday following a shooting at an industrial building in Altstätten earlier this week which led to the discovery of a large cannabis plantation. READ  

Study: Swiss enjoy world’s best retirement

Switzerland is the best place in the world to spend your retirement, according to a global study. READ  

Army official calls for Swiss women in draft

A senior member of the Swiss military has called for compulsory military service to be extended to Swiss women in order to widen the pool of quality service personnel in the army in the future. READ  

Jewish community in Zurich fears terror attack
Fear has risen among the Jewish community in Zurich Photo: Thomas Leuthard

Jewish community in Zurich fears terror attack

The Jewish community in Zurich is “seriously worried” about the possibility of a terrorist attack after the shootings in Paris and Copenhagen, senior members of the community say. READ  

SBB wants to attract part-time female workers

Switzerland’s federal rail service SBB is to promote part-time working in a bid to attract more women to its workforce. READ  

Swiss Gauguin 'most costly painting ever'

An heir to the Swiss trust that sold a celebrated Paul Gauguin painting refused Saturday to reveal the price, which was reported as a record $300 million. READ  

World Economic Forum: Davos
Blair joins religion and Charlie Hebdo panel
Rosen and Blair at panel discussion. Photo: World Economic Forum

Blair joins religion and Charlie Hebdo panel

What do a rabbi, an archbishop, a top Islamic academic and former British prime minister Tony Blair have in common? Quite a lot, it turned out, at an unusual panel on religion at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Wednesday, where they found shared ground on extremism, violence and freedom of expression in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo killings in Paris. READ  

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