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Fit for duty: Swiss army wants to open door to transgender recruits

Fit for duty: Swiss army wants to open door to transgender recruits

The Swiss army is looking to change its rules to allow entry for transgender people.

Seven reasons expats in Switzerland should own a bike

Seven reasons expats in Switzerland should own a bike

For many newcomers to Switzerland, there’s no better way to feel like a local than to ride a bike. Cycling is not just one of the best ways to get around the city, it’s also an ideal way to explore the unspoilt Swiss scenery on the weekend.

 
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Europe & You: An interesting new Brexit poll and what's Switzerland's problem with the EU?

Europe & You: An interesting new Brexit poll and what's Switzerland's problem with the EU?

Here's our latest Europe & You newsletter covering everything from a French warning for Boris Johnson, an interesting new Brexit poll and a look at Switzerland's problem with the EU.

EXPLAINED: Why Switzerland WON'T be signing draft deal with EU

EXPLAINED: Why Switzerland WON'T be signing draft deal with EU

The diplomatic dance between Switzerland and the European Union continues.

Seven golden rules for moving abroad with children

Seven golden rules for moving abroad with children

Starting a new life abroad is daunting at any age. And for children, who might not have a say in the big move, there is lots of excitement and anxiety about the new place they will soon call home.

 
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How and why learning a new language messes with your old one

How and why learning a new language messes with your old one

Many people report forgetting words or phrases from their native language when they learn a second language. The Local explored this linguistic phenomenon, known as first-language attrition.

 
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How women are losing out in lucrative Swiss banking sector
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How women are losing out in lucrative Swiss banking sector

A new study shows that the Swiss banking industry is beset by serious problems in the form of a growing pay gap between men and women.

Italian word of the day: 'Allora'

Italian word of the day: 'Allora'

Don't be disappointed by its literal translation – this little Italian word really packs a punch.

Easter trees and egg smashing: how to celebrate Easter the Swiss way

Easter trees and egg smashing: how to celebrate Easter the Swiss way

Swiss food writer Fran from Little Zurich Kitchen shows us how to have an eggcellent Easter the Swiss way.

SBB launches free internet trial on long-distance trains

SBB launches free internet trial on long-distance trains

But the app-based service is currently only available on certain lines and Swisscom customers are excluded.

Italian word of the day: 'Magari'

Italian word of the day: 'Magari'

Hopefully you'll find yourself using this word as frequently as Italian speakers do.

Impatient EU pressures Switzerland to back bilateral deal by June 18th

Impatient EU pressures Switzerland to back bilateral deal by June 18th

Brussels says it wants Swiss concerns over a crucial draft deal on the future of bilateral relations between Switzerland and the EU settled in the "coming days".

Semen quality of young Swiss men 'in critical state'

Semen quality of young Swiss men 'in critical state'

Nearly two thirds of Swiss men aged 18 to 22 have poor sperm quality according to a new study of potential army recruits.

Swisscom to start charging 2.90 francs for paper bills

Swisscom to start charging 2.90 francs for paper bills

Customers who pay over the counter at the post office will also be hit with a new charge.

French authorities warn over 'black market' in paid residency permit appointments

French authorities warn over 'black market' in paid residency permit appointments

Foreigners in France trying to settle residency permits have been warned against paying for appointments to obtain a carte de séjour.

 

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US Secretary of State attends secretive Bilderberg Meeting in Switzerland

US Secretary of State attends secretive Bilderberg Meeting in Switzerland

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will take part Saturday in a secretive meeting in Switzerland of global power brokers discreetly discussing issues like Brexit and the future of capitalism.