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Your complete guide to the best Swiss Christmas markets in 2019
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Your complete guide to the best Swiss Christmas markets in 2019

Christmas is just around the corner, which means its just about time to don a winter hat and get a hot cup of Glühwein. Here are the ten best Christmas markets in Switzerland.

Your step-by-step guide to getting the best expat health insurance plan

Your step-by-step guide to getting the best expat health insurance plan

A step-by-step guide for all expats with a health insurance.

 
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The best - and worst - cities for expats in Switzerland
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The best - and worst - cities for expats in Switzerland

Zug and Basel have ranked in the top ten in the world for expat living, but the low ranking of other prominent Swiss cities shows the country gets mixed reviews from internationals.

What will business look like in Europe in the 2020s?

What will business look like in Europe in the 2020s?

Here in the waning weeks of 2019, it’s natural to look back at the decade that’s drawing to an end. But the close of a decade is not just about looking backward - it’s also a good time to consider what the next ten years have in store.

 
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From coffee to nuclear fuel: What you need to know to understand Switzerland's strategic stockpiles
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From coffee to nuclear fuel: What you need to know to understand Switzerland's strategic stockpiles

After Switzerland delayed a decision on the future of the country's strategic coffee reserves to January, here's what you need to know about the country's much-talked about stockpiling.

How to save money on your Swiss health insurance

How to save money on your Swiss health insurance

Find out if you should switch health insurance provider - and what you stand to gain.

 
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Three things to know about Switzerland's protected 'blood tongue sausage'

Three things to know about Switzerland's protected 'blood tongue sausage'

The Berner Zungenwurst - or ‘blood tongue sausage’ - a traditional delicacy from Bern, is the latest Swiss dish to achieve EU protected status.

Why Americans love studying in Sweden

Why Americans love studying in Sweden

International students from around the world often jump at the chance to study in the US. So why is that some American students are defecting to study in Sweden instead?

 
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Councillors, advocates criticise Swiss government’s refusal to ban ‘gay conversion therapy’

Councillors, advocates criticise Swiss government’s refusal to ban ‘gay conversion therapy’

Councillors from the city of Basel, as well as representatives from the National Council, have spoken out against the Federal Council for its refusal to put in place laws that would restrict ‘gay conversion therapy’.

Why are the Swiss getting worse at speaking English?
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Why are the Swiss getting worse at speaking English?

Swiss command of the English language is continuing to decline, according to a worldwide report that ranks the ability of different nationalities to speak the language of Shakespeare.

Swiss public warned as supermarket chain Migros recalls contaminated cheese

Swiss public warned as supermarket chain Migros recalls contaminated cheese

Switzerland’s’s largest supermarket chain, Migros, has withdrawn its “Gorgonzola e Mascarpone” cheese mix from sale because it was found to be contaminated and unsafe for consumption.

Why is Basel's EuroAirport constantly being evacuated?

Why is Basel's EuroAirport constantly being evacuated?

Basel EuroAirport is a constant topic of discussion, with many wondering why the airport has been evacuated several times in the past months.

From climate to health insurance: Why foreigners in Switzerland should care about the federal elections
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From climate to health insurance: Why foreigners in Switzerland should care about the federal elections

The Swiss federal elections are set to take place on October 20th. We've highlighted the policies and positions of the main political parties on areas that matter to foreign citizens living in Switzerland.

Everything that's set to change after the 2019 Swiss election
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Everything that's set to change after the 2019 Swiss election

From marriage equality to new charges on airline tickets, the historic 2019 Swiss election looks likely to bring about a raft of significant changes.

Exoplanets and alien life: What you need to know about Switzerland’s Nobel Prize win

Exoplanets and alien life: What you need to know about Switzerland’s Nobel Prize win

This year's Nobel Prize for Physics honoured Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz, Swiss astronomers who proved the existence of a planet orbiting a star far beyond the Earth's solar system.

Swiss MPs vote for eco-friendly flight tax

Swiss MPs vote for eco-friendly flight tax

Switzerland has just got one step closer to having a special green tax levied on airline flights.

Remembering Nazi crimes inseparable from German identity, says Merkel

Remembering Nazi crimes inseparable from German identity, says Merkel

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday said acknowledging Nazi crimes was part of Germany's national identity in a message aimed at far right calls for a shift away from a culture of remembrance.

 

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MPs call on Switzerland to accept asylum seekers rescued in Med

MPs call on Switzerland to accept asylum seekers rescued in Med

A cross-party group of Swiss politicians is calling for Switzerland to open its doors to asylum seekers who have been rescued while trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe.