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From Brexit to beards – what the Swiss googled most

It’s been a year dominated by major world events like Brexit and the US election, but in 2016 the Swiss were most interested in football – at least when it came to Google searches.

From Brexit to beards – what the Swiss googled most
Euro 2016 was the top search item. Photo: UEFA

According to the search engine’s annual year-end list released on Wednesday, the UEFA Euro 2016 football tournament was the year’s biggest trending search term in Switzerland.

Next came the new iPhone 7, followed by the smartphone game Pokémon Go.

International events were still uppermost in the minds of many Swiss, with searches on Brexit and Donald Trump coming fourth and fifth in the list of most searched words. 

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International events were still uppermost in the minds of many Swiss, with searches on Brexit and Donald Trump coming fourth and fifth in the list of most searched words.

Brexit and Trump also topped the list of 2016 scandals and things to get excited about, with Hillary Clinton coming in fourth.

Swiss were also concerned about what was happening in their own country.

Number five in this category was the Swiss People’s Party (SVP) implementation initiative on the deportation of criminal foreigners, which was voted on and rejected in February.

Less serious topics also featured strongly in the search lists.

‘How do I make my beard grow evenly,’ was a regularly asked question, presumably among Swiss hipsters.

And in a country of chocolate lovers, it was perhaps not surprising that “how do I make milk chocolate out of dark chocolate” came in at number three in the ‘how to’ list.

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Google employee in Zurich tests positive for coronavirus

A Zurich employee of the US tech giant Google has been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, the company confirmed on Friday.

Google employee in Zurich tests positive for coronavirus
The employee was based at Google's offices in Zurich. Photo: Google Maps
“They were in the Zurich office for a limited time, before they had any symptoms,” a Google spokesperson said. “We have taken, and will continue to take, all necessary precautionary measures, following the advice of public health officials, as we prioritise everyone's health and safety.”
 
The company said that it had no plans to close the office or quarantine all of its staff.  “The Zurich office, like all other offices, remains open”, the spokesperson said.
 
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The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Switzerland has risen to 15, and more than 100 people are in quarantine, government minister Alain Berset said on Friday. 
 
Switzerland's federal government has invoked special powers which allows it to take decisions on measures that are normally the responsibility of the country's cantons, and banned all events involving more than 1,000 people.
 
This has meant football matches, carnival celebrations, concerts and the Geneva International Motor Show have all been put on hold. 
 
In a statement announcing the move, the government conceded it would “have a significant impact on public life in Switzerland”, but added that “it should prevent or delay the spread of the disease, thus reducing its momentum”.
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