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The ancient 'megaphone' of the Alps returns for its annual Swiss gala

The ancient 'megaphone' of the Alps returns for its annual Swiss gala

With the Valais Alphorn Festival set to bring together 12,000 enthusiasts of the 'Swiss didgeridoo' from today until Sunday we take a closer look at the roots of the instrument and the people keeping the tradition alive.

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The smart service saving the day for dog owners living abroad

The smart service saving the day for dog owners living abroad

No more last minute panic about who will take care of your dog if you need to go away.

 
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Switzerland's driest summer for more than a decade threatening water supplies

Switzerland's driest summer for more than a decade threatening water supplies

High temperatures, low rainfall and an extremely dry summer have caused Swiss authorities to restrict water usage and raise wildfire alerts.

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The undergraduate programme preparing students for an international business career

The undergraduate programme preparing students for an international business career

Is it possible to lay the foundation for an international career while still at business school? It is if that business school is ESCP Europe.

 
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'The difference between Sweden and Switzerland? One played badly and the other worse'

'The difference between Sweden and Switzerland? One played badly and the other worse'

Heartbreak and humour: here is what the Swiss had to say after bowing out of the World Cup in Russia.

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Healthcare in Switzerland: Everything expats should know

Healthcare in Switzerland: Everything expats should know

Switzerland isn’t just famous for chocolate, watches, and cheese. It also has what is widely considered to be one of the world’s best healthcare systems, and once you’re a Swiss resident you’ll have full access to its services.

 
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Five Swiss cleaning nightmares -- and how to avoid them

Five Swiss cleaning nightmares -- and how to avoid them

Don’t end up making a mess of things when trying to clean your home in Switzerland.

 
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Somali mother first to be sentenced under new law in Switzerland for genital mutilation of daughters

Somali mother first to be sentenced under new law in Switzerland for genital mutilation of daughters

A court in Neuchâtel last week found a Somali mother guilty of submitting her two daughters to female genital mutilation in a landmark case in the Alpine nation.

Eight hacks to turn your next long-haul flight into a holiday

Eight hacks to turn your next long-haul flight into a holiday

While there’s a lot of wisdom to the saying ‘it’s the journey, not the destination’, it’s a safe assumption that most people don’t view the flight itself as the highlight. Which is not to say it shouldn't be.

 
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The pros and cons of starting your own business in Switzerland

The pros and cons of starting your own business in Switzerland

Thinking of creating a startup? Here’s what it’s like.

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Breaking down the cost of healthcare in different countries

Breaking down the cost of healthcare in different countries

Ever wonder where illness or injury abroad may set you back the most? Find out how much expats can expect to pay for various medical procedures in different countries. Hint: prices aren’t all the same.

 
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Seven English words Swiss Germans get delightfully wrong

Seven English words Swiss Germans get delightfully wrong

From 'shitstorms' to 'wellness' weekends, here are seven ways Swiss German speakers make English their own.

Make this small Mediterranean capital your next city break

Make this small Mediterranean capital your next 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 this year’s Capital of Culture and can’t wait to go back.

 
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‘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 meat giant Bell invests in synthetic meat startup

Swiss meat giant Bell invests in synthetic meat startup

Switzerland's largest meat producer Bell Food Group has invested €7.5 million into the Dutch company that produced the first hamburger produced through cell tissue rather than slaughter.

Hip hop legend Chuck D paints Swiss city of Basel

Hip hop legend Chuck D paints Swiss city of Basel

A key figure in the history of rap music, Public Enemy front man Chuck D is also a talented artist.

Former Spanish king accused by alleged former lover of holding secret Swiss bank accounts to launder funds

Former Spanish king accused by alleged former lover of holding secret Swiss bank accounts to launder funds

Reports in the French, Spanish, German and Swiss media allege that former Spanish king, King Juan Carlos I, stashed illegitimately acquired funds in Swiss bank accounts.

How Swiss software is helping drones survey wildlife in Namibia

How Swiss software is helping drones survey wildlife in Namibia

A new technique combining drones and automated image analysis is being used to help researchers count animals in Namibia's huge nature reserves.

Swiss-based G20 regulator unveils plan to monitor cryptocurrency threat

Swiss-based G20 regulator unveils plan to monitor cryptocurrency threat

On Monday July 16th, a financial regulator unveiled a strategy to monitor whether cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin pose a threat to world economic stability.

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Sweden's wildfires halved overnight and rain might be on the way

Sweden's wildfires halved overnight and rain might be on the way

Huge fires are still raging in forests in several Swedish counties, but the number of blazes has dropped dramatically since Friday.

 

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Swiss court rules Eritreans who face national service can be deported

Swiss court rules Eritreans who face national service can be deported

The latest ruling further ramps up the pressure on the around 9,400 Eritreans living in Switzerland on temporary residence permits.

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Made in Switzerland, Croatia's Rakitic on cusp of World Cup glory

Made in Switzerland, Croatia's Rakitic on cusp of World Cup glory

Faced with a choice between Switzerland, where he was born, and Croatia, the homeland of his parents, Ivan Rakitic made a painstaking decision that will see the midfielder line up against France in Sunday's World Cup final.