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Lost in translation: Swiss minister under fire for lack of English

Lost in translation: Swiss minister under fire for lack of English

Concerns have been raised over the English capabilities of Federal Council member Guy Parmelin.

VIDEO: How a bilingual school can prepare children for the future

VIDEO: How a bilingual school can prepare children for the future

There are many benefits of bilingualism for children, from having a longer attention span to being better at multitasking than monolinguals.

 
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Switzerland’s Vevey among National Geographic’s hot destinations for 2019

Switzerland’s Vevey among National Geographic’s hot destinations for 2019

The town on Lake Geneva (Lac Léman) is hosting its once-in-a-generation wine festival next year.

Five reasons to meet up in Geneva in 2019

Five reasons to meet up in Geneva in 2019

Together is a powerful word. It’s one that - no matter what - evokes feelings of love and joy. Geneva, a Swiss gem at the gateway to the Alps, is the ideal place to get together in 2019, and this is why.

 
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Swiss train stations to go partially smoke-free

Swiss train stations to go partially smoke-free

Instead, smokers will have to use dedicated smoking areas.

This small Mediterranean capital is the perfect winter city break

This small Mediterranean capital is the perfect winter city break

Valletta, Malta’s small but mighty capital, still feels like one of the Med’s undiscovered gems. But it won’t stay that way for long. The Local’s commercial editor, Sophie Miskiw, explored 2018's Capital of Culture and can’t wait to go back.

 
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'Distracted' drivers kill or seriously injure three people every day

'Distracted' drivers kill or seriously injure three people every day

Three people are killed or seriously injured on Swiss roads every day with inattentive drivers the leading cause.

Estonia: As Nordic as the Nordics?

Estonia: As Nordic as the Nordics?

Our geographically-savvy readers are probably already aware that Estonia is not part of the Nordics (yet). It is, however, very close to its Nordic neighbours, both physically and culturally.

 
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Here are the jobs that need filling in Switzerland

Here are the jobs that need filling in Switzerland

Swiss companies are in desperate need of highly-skilled workers across a range of sectors.

QUIZ: Which influential Icelander are you?

QUIZ: Which influential Icelander are you?

Iceland may have a population of just over 330,000 people (all with equally unpronounceable names) but that doesn't stop it churning out a stream of globally-renowned people. Take our quiz to discover your Icelandic spirit animal.

 
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Here are the top Swiss words of the year for 2018

Here are the top Swiss words of the year for 2018

The verdict is in: here are the top Swiss words of the year from the German, French and Italian-speaking parts of the country. Read on to find out more.

Heiko Nieder and Marie Robert win Chef of the Year awards

Heiko Nieder and Marie Robert win Chef of the Year awards

Zurich-based chef Heiko Nieder has been named Gault & Millau’s male ‘Chef of the Year'.

Here's how Switzerland's Titlis mountain will look after starchitect revamp

Here's how Switzerland's Titlis mountain will look after starchitect revamp

The 100-million Swiss franc project on the Klein Titlis in central Switzerland is the work of renowned Swiss architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron.

Fashion house Carven parts ways with Swiss designer Ruffieux

Fashion house Carven parts ways with Swiss designer Ruffieux

The French fashion label Carven, which is being acquired by a Chinese group after falling on hard times, said Monday that its Swiss designer Serge Ruffieux is leaving after less than two years as artistic director.

Swiss official suspended over alleged hate speech on Facebook

Swiss official suspended over alleged hate speech on Facebook

A top management official in the Swiss canton of Aargau has been suspended from duty after he posted abusive messages targeting refugees and immigrants on Facebook.

Swiss Post to use drones for lab sample deliveries in Zurich

Swiss Post to use drones for lab sample deliveries in Zurich

The drone deliveries will be twice as fast as road transportation, cutting waiting times for patients and doctors alike.

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Swedish archeologist finds ancient mass grave in Egypt

Swedish archeologist finds ancient mass grave in Egypt

A Swedish archeologist has discovered a 3,000-year-old mass grave at the Gebel el-Silsila site in southern Egypt.

 

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Switzerland delays decision on EU ties with public consultation

Switzerland delays decision on EU ties with public consultation

Switzerland on Friday shrugged off a deadline set by the European Union to agree on future ties, despite Brussels taking a hard line on economic links unless Bern agrees to key demands.