Swiss town ranked the ‘world’s best small city’

This gem of a city lies on Lake Geneva and is the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and has been ranked the best in the world for its size.

Swiss town ranked the 'world's best small city'
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Yes, it is the the hilly medieval city of Lausanne.

The picturesque Vaud capital has been named the ‘best small city in the world’ in Monocle magazine’s Small Cities Index, which ranked the best 25 small towns with a population under 200,000.

Lausanne topped the chart for its public transport network, global outlook, diverse population, natural setting, and other factors.

The global affairs and lifestyle magazine was also impressed by the number of multinational companies based in the city of just over 137,000 people.

Apart from the IOC, Lausanne is home to Philip Morris, Tetra, Owens-Illinois, Huawei Technologies, and other global corporations.

It also has one of the world’s top universities, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), as well as the world-famous Swiss Hospitality Management School.

The American city of Boulder (Colorado) and Norway’s Bergen rank in the second and third place in the survey.

Lausanne is just one Swiss city that has won international accolades.

This month, Zurich won the International Prosperity and Social Inclusion Award and also ranked as the best city in Europe for public transport .

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Hear ye, here ye! This Swiss city is looking for a town crier

Can you carry a tune? Are you a night owl? If so, this job posting in Switzerland may be up right up your (cobblestone) alley. Here’s how you can submit an application for this… very high position.

Hear ye, here ye! This Swiss city is looking for a town crier
The hat and coat are optional for the job. Photo by Lausanne Tourisme

As far as unusual employment opportunities go, this one from Lausanne is — quite literally — tops.

The city, which employs one of Europe’s last remaining town criers, is looking for people to fill this position on part-time basis.

What’s a town crier?

In Lausanne’s case, it is a person who announces the hours every night between 10 pm and 2 am from the bell tower of the city’s imposing Gothic cathedral, a landmark overlooking the roofs of the picturesque Old Town.

The workplace: Lausanne Cathedral. Photo by Lausanne Tourisme

The person who will assume this position will continue a tradition that this city in the canton of Vaud has cherished since 1405.

These are the requirements for the job:

  • To watch over the city each night
  • Announce each hour on the hour between 10pm and 2am in a melodious voice (in French, but knowledge of foreign languages is a plus)
  • Be able to climb 53 stone steps to the cathedral’s bell tower
  • Not have a criminal record
  • No falling asleep on the job
  • Have a business apprenticeship certificate (we are not sure why)

This is 365-days-a-year job, but the new hire will share the position with other criers.

Interested? This is how you can apply.