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22 North Korean athletes will compete at 2018 Games: IOC

22 North Korean athletes will compete at 2018 Games: IOC

North Korea will send 22 athletes to next month's Winter Games in the South, the International Olympic Committee said in Lausanne, Switzerland on Saturday. The IOC also confirmed that the two nations will march together at the opening ceremony.

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Helvetian 101: Your guide to the Swiss lifestyle

Helvetian 101: Your guide to the Swiss lifestyle

Integrating in Switzerland is about more than appreciating a bar of Lindt chocolate and carrying a Swiss army knife.

 
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Cardboard recycling slip-up costs Zurich resident dear

Cardboard recycling slip-up costs Zurich resident dear

Failing to tie up your paper and cardboard recycling properly can result in a hefty fine if you happen to live in the city of Zurich.

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The biggest challenges of moving to Switzerland

The biggest challenges of moving to Switzerland

Switzerland is one of the world’s best expat countries, with some of the highest living standards and a sophisticated, multilingual population. Yet moving to Switzerland can still be stressful and difficult if you don't do it right.

 
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Third gen foreigners can become Swiss more easily from February

Third gen foreigners can become Swiss more easily from February

The grandchildren of immigrants to Switzerland will be able to access the facilitated naturalization process from February 15th, the Swiss government has said.

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Review of the year: How Switzerland made international headlines in 2017

Review of the year: How Switzerland made international headlines in 2017

Arguments over cowbells, record-breaking engineering projects and one small village’s repopulation plan were among the many Swiss stories that made international headlines this year.

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The volunteer opportunity with a unique difference

The volunteer opportunity with a unique difference

Learn more about the gap year opportunity attracting volunteers from across the globe to a unique community nestled in 600 acres of wood and farmland in upstate New York.

 
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Number of EU citizens migrating to Switzerland hits record low

Number of EU citizens migrating to Switzerland hits record low

Fewer people migrated to Switzerland last year than at any point in the past 10 years.

The pros and cons of working in Switzerland

The pros and cons of working in Switzerland

Just arrived in Switzerland? Here’s what’s great – and not so great – about being an employee here.

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How many Stockholmers are actually immigrants?

How many Stockholmers are actually immigrants?

To celebrate International Migrants Day, the team at Beyond Borders hit the streets to chat with Stockholmers about where they come from.

 
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Becoming Swiss will be harder in 2018

Becoming Swiss will be harder in 2018

Those wishing to take out citizenship in Switzerland will face tougher requirements from January 2018.

‘Losing all the glaciers in Switzerland is not that far away’

‘Losing all the glaciers in Switzerland is not that far away’

A child born in Switzerland today will likely live to see the turn of the 22nd century. If scientists are right, the views they’ll see will have changed remarkably.

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Swiss cooks ordered to stun lobsters before boiling

Swiss cooks ordered to stun lobsters before boiling

The Swiss government on Wednesday ordered an end to the common culinary practice of throwing flailing lobsters into boiling water, ruling that they must be knocked out before they are killed.

Switzerland's 'low-cost' ski season gets off to a great start

Switzerland's 'low-cost' ski season gets off to a great start

Switzerland's new low-cost season passes have already begun working their magic to woo back an ever dwindling number of skiers to the Swiss Alps, helped in part by great early season snow.

Basel Fasnacht recognized by Unesco as ‘intangible heritage’

Basel Fasnacht recognized by Unesco as ‘intangible heritage’

Switzerland’s biggest annual carnival, the Fasnacht in Basel, was on Thursday inscribed onto Unesco’s list of intangible heritage.

Free movement vote could result in ‘Swiss Brexit’

Free movement vote could result in ‘Swiss Brexit’

Switzerland may not be in the European Union but it could nevertheless face its own ‘Brexit’ if the Swiss people were to vote against the free movement of people.

Intelligent street light system wins energy prize

Intelligent street light system wins energy prize

An innovative street lighting project that saves energy by only casting as much light as is needed has been awarded the Swiss energy prize for 2018.

Davos 2018: what you need to know about Switzerland's biggest business bash

Davos 2018: what you need to know about Switzerland's biggest business bash

The annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) will see the rich and famous flying in on private jets to Davos-Klosters from January 23rd-26th. The Local takes a closer look.

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Norwegian troops battle Taliban gunman in siege at luxury Kabul hotel

Norwegian troops battle Taliban gunman in siege at luxury Kabul hotel

Gunmen stormed a luxury hotel in Kabul and killed at least six people including a Ukrainian, sparking a 12-hour battle with Afghan forces backed by Norwegian troops that left terrified guests scrambling to escape.

 

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US embassy warns citizens over anti-Trump demos

US embassy warns citizens over anti-Trump demos

The United States embassy in Bern has issued a warning to its citizens in Switzerland to stay away from demonstrations ahead of the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos.

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Doping whistleblower to testify in Geneva as athletes appeal

Doping whistleblower to testify in Geneva as athletes appeal

Whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov, the source of revelations about state-sponsored doping in Russia, is expected to testify next week at a Court of Arbitration for Sport hearing involving the appeals of 39 Russians banned for doping.