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'Mugged' youth admits he stabbed himself
Photo: R. Nial Bradshaw

'Mugged' youth admits he stabbed himself

A man who claimed to have been attacked and stabbed by muggers in Balsthal, in the canton of Solothurn, has confessed to police that he made the incident up and actually stabbed himself. READ  

Swiss mountains claim latest hiker victim
The Kandersteg valley. Photo: Jonty Sewell

Swiss mountains claim latest hiker victim

A 64-year-old German man died in the Bernese alps on Wednesday morning after slipping on a snowy path and falling several hundred metres to his death, cantonal police confirmed. READ  

Swiss jobless rate rises in second quarter
The number of jobless has risen compared with last year according to new figures based on ILO standards. Photo: Seco

Swiss jobless rate rises in second quarter

New figures show the unemployment rate in Switzerland rose to 4.4 percent in the second quarter of this year — a slight increase over the same period last year. READ  

Falls claim more lives than road accidents
The safety bureau promotes the use of "balance disks" attached to the bottom of shoes to improve your balance and reduce the likelihood of falls. Photo: BFU

Falls claim more lives than road accidents

Falls account for more accidental deaths in Switzerland than any other cause, a new report shows. READ  

Swiss parents steadfast in baby name choices
Last year 82,731 babies were born in Switzerland. Photo: Gabi Menashe

Swiss parents steadfast in baby name choices

Mia, Noah, Emma and Gabriel remain the most popular baby names in Switzerland, the federal office of statistics (BFS) said on Tuesday. READ  

Report: Switzerland tenth most tax-attractive nation
The report gave Switzerland a 55 percent satisfaction rating. Photo: Olivier Miche/Genève Tourisme

Report: Switzerland tenth most tax-attractive nation

Switzerland is the tenth best place for expats to live for low taxes, according to a new report by international expatriation specialists Bradley Hackford. READ  

Thousands drive without permit in Switzerland
Photo: Paul Hamilton

Thousands drive without permit in Switzerland

Some 3,500 drivers in Switzerland are behind the wheel without a permit, according to statistics from the federal highways office (ASTRA). READ  

Street Parade revellers keep quiet for baby birds
Photo: Nicholas Ratzenboeck/AFP

Street Parade revellers keep quiet for baby birds

Revellers at Saturday’s Street Parade in Zurich revealed their softer side after complying with an aviary’s pleas to keep the noise down so as not to disturb hatching birds. READ  

Death threats for young socialist's flag swap plan
Molina suggested party members fly a flag white for peace instead. Photo: Balachandar Radhakrishnan

Death threats for young socialist's flag swap plan

A young politician who called for people to renounce nationalism and militarism by not displaying the country’s distinctive flag on Swiss National Day, August 1st, has received death threats. READ  

Festival fish throwing deemed 'unacceptable'
The fishy tradition dates back a century. Photo: Paul Asman/Jill Lenoble

Festival fish throwing deemed 'unacceptable'

An animal protection organization has called on Zurich’s guild of fishermen to stop throwing dead fish in the streets as part of a traditional parade during the annual Sechseläuten spring festival. READ  

Switzerland fetes 100 years for national park
The Swiss National Park was created in 1914. Photo: Caroline Bishop

Switzerland fetes 100 years for national park

The village of Zernez in the canton of Graubünden will lead celebrations for the 100th birthday of Switzerland’s only national park on August 1st, Swiss National Day. READ  

Zurich taxis charge world’s highest fares
Taxis in Zurich cost more than in 17 other major cities. Photo: eGuide Travel

Zurich taxis charge world’s highest fares

Taxis in Zurich are the most expensive in the world, according to a new survey. Hailing a cab in the Swiss city will cost you more than other major cities including Paris, London and New York. READ  

Swiss customers react to 1kg meat import limit
The regulations apply to fresh meat and charcuterie. Photo: Marijke Blazer

Swiss customers react to 1kg meat import limit

Butchers in Italian border towns have seen a 25 to 30 percent reduction in trade after a Swiss law limiting the importation of meat to one kilogramme came into force on July 1st. READ  

Basel dogs embark on National Day trip abroad
Give dogs a break this National Day, says TBB. Photo: Michael Gil

Basel dogs embark on National Day trip abroad

An animal protection group in Basel is organizing a holiday for dogs over the Swiss National Day long weekend in order to protect them from the trauma of fireworks. READ  

Low-IQ ‘IT genius’ leads school computer theft
iMacs were among the computers stolen from nine schools. Photo: Jamie McCall

Low-IQ ‘IT genius’ leads school computer theft

A youth with an IQ of just 65 helped mastermind the theft of dozens of computers from schools in the canton of Vaud before reconfiguring them for sale at a Lausanne second-hand shop. READ  

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