From beer at gas stations to paternity leave, here's what's set to change in Switzerland in 2021.
The Swiss government said no additional coronavirus measures are necessary despite the “worrying” situation that has been caused by the pandemic.
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There is no indication the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against Covid-19 was responsible for the death of an elderly person in Switzerland just days after she received the jab, Swiss authorities said Wednesday.
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Police in the canton of Valais have opened up an investigation into 12 Britons who fled a ten-day quarantine over the weekend.
EU chiefs Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel signed the post-Brexit trade deal agreed with Britain on Wednesday morning.
The EU's health agency has warned of a 'high' risk that newly discovered coronavirus variants could increase the strain on healthcare and ultimately cause more deaths due to their infectious nature.
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Swiss revision of taxation at source, or withholding tax, took effect on January 1st, 2021. As all matters related to taxes, it is a bit complex. The Local explains the main points.
The cantons of Glarus and Appenzeller Innerrhoden have announced skiing will again be possible from Wednesday, December 30th.
After closing over Christmas, a number of Swiss cantons have again opened their ski slopes - or will do so in the coming days.
Switzerland will get round-the-clock airspace protection starting this week nearly seven years after the country was unable to scramble fighter jets to respond to an hijacking outside of business hours.
After an unpleasant encounter at a local market in the Czech Republic that was triggered by language barriers, Sarajevo-born Jelena Silajdzik, 66, knew things had to change.
The trade agreement between Brussels and London contains a lot that sounds good to Swiss ears. The bilateral path, however, follows a different logic than the British model, writes the Neue Zürcher Zeitung.
From priority access for emergency vehicles to the merging system on motorways, this is what you should know about new Swiss law.
‘You’d laugh if it wasn’t so tragic’: Swiss authorities slammed after Britons escape coronavirus quarantine
Authorities in Switzerland have been heavily criticised after hundreds of Britons escaped quarantine in the ski resort of Verbier over the weekend.
Switzerland's incoming president Guy Parmelin said Sunday the post-Brexit trade agreement between Britain and the European Union was "good news for the whole world".
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An estimated 350 British tourists have escaped self-quarantine in the southern Swiss ski resort of Verbier overnight, with some reported to have travelled into France.
Switzerland's health minister admitted Saturday that the government blundered in easing Covid-19 restrictions too far, resulting in some of Europe's fiercest infection rates during the pandemic's second wave.
Swiss authorities have confirmed that a new mutation of coronavirus, which caused flights to be cancelled and borders to slam closed across the past week, has been detected in Switzerland.
‘Plans ruined and job opportunities lost’: Freedom of movement ends as Brexit reality dawns for Britons across Europe
From January 1st 2021, Britons can no longer take advantage of the EU's right to freedom of movement, which means lost job opportunities, complications, visas, house sales and health issues as these Britons living in Europe testify.
British students will no longer be able to participate in the Erasmus exchange programme after UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson rejected the chance to continue participating in the scheme.
Political leaders in Europe on Thursday hailed the belated sealing of a UK-EU post-Brexit deal that aims to lay the groundwork for long-term future cooperation.
After months of fraught negotiations the EU and the UK have finally reached a trade deal, both sides announced on Thursday.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday, December 24, confirmed an agreement had been reached with the European Union on post-Brexit trade, tweeting: "The deal is done."
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Several countries including Ireland, Denmark, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic have been added to Switzerland's quarantine list.
Switzerland has announced it will re-open its airports to flights from the United Kingdom from Christmas Eve but only for certain travellers.
In 2015, when Amadou, a fifteen-year-old Guinean boy, reached Switzerland, he was hospitalized with strong antipsychotic medications. He had developed life-threatening depression, suicidal behavior, and severe bouts of psychosis.
A 90-year-old woman in the canton of Lucerne has become the first person to be vaccinated in Switzerland.
Switzerland's ski resorts were set to boom with snow-seeking British winter tourists -- but the flight ban because of the new Covid-19 variant raging in England has put those Christmas plans on ice.
As at January 7th, only one Swiss canton is yet to start vaccinating people against coronavirus.
The first delivery of vaccines has already arrived in Switzerland. Vaccination will begin on Wednesday.
The German state of Baden-Württemberg has closed the border to Switzerland in both directions to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
The European Commission has recommended countries lift the blanket transport ban on the UK to allow residents to return home and for essential travel. Each country will now have to decide whether to follow the recommendation.
Switzerland has very few national public holidays, but there are many that are celebrated on a regional or cantonal level. Here’s a list of what is commemorated where and when.
Access restrictions went into effect in Swiss stores on Tuesday to stem the spread of coronavirus during the busy festive season.
While skiing is allowed in Switzerland on federal level, the government leaves it up to each canton to decide whether to open their ski areas.
Switzerland has begun rolling out the coronavirus vaccine. Here's what you need to know.
On December 18th, Switzerland put in place an extensive range of new measures. Here's what you need to know.
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Switzerland has announced that anyone who arrived in the country from the UK and South Africa in recent days must now go into quarantine.
Switzerland has barred travel from the UK in a bid to block a new strain of coronavirus that has swept across southern England.
Many countries around Europe have suspended travel links from the UK due to a new, more contagious strain of Covid-19, while others intend to do so. Here's the latest on the new travel chaos around Europe.
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The Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine has been approved in Switzerland.
Switzerland has removed several Austrian states, while adding one German state to its mandatory coronavirus quarantine list. The US has been kept on the list.
New restrictions will go into effect in Switzerland on Tuesday in an effort to curb the growing number of coronavirus infections.
With about 5,000 contaminations throughout the country each day, Swiss health authorities have established a list of where the majority of infections occur.
About 13 percent of workers from France lost their jobs in Switzerland between March and September, figures show.
Switzerland's parliament approved a bill Friday allowing same-sex couples to marry, finally bringing the small Alpine nation into line with much of Europe on gay rights.
If you feel like getting away over the holidays, Swiss Federal Railways and its European partners offer many international travel options. Here's a run through of what's available.
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An increased number of flights will link the Swiss city with dozens of international destinations.
Unlike neighbouring countries, which have banned skiing on Christmas, Switzerland is allowing this popular activity to continue, but some resorts have now imposed quotas. Here's the latest on the subject of skiing in Switzerland.
Switzerland is getting ready to vaccinate against coronavirus at the end of January, and this is what the process will look like.
Skiing will be possible in Switzerland this winter despite coronavirus restrictions. Here's what you need to know.
The craftmanship of Swiss and French mechanical watchmaking on Wednesday won UNESCO intangible heritage status, casting the spotlight on an art practised for centuries in the Jura mountain region straddling the two countries.
In 2015 the four million people fleeing Syria's civil war grabbed the world's attention. As the UK government pledged to resettle 20,000 of them, local communities were inspired to play their own part. Five years later, community sponsors say a scheme designed to help newcomers integrate has also helped their neighbourhoods thrive.
Former Swiss president Flavio Cotti, who also served as the country's foreign and interior minister, has died at the age of 81 reportedly from coronavirus.
Switzerland adopted new federal coronavirus measures on December 12th. Here's what you need to know.
Basel City has decided to extend its coronavirus lockdown measures until January 22nd.
The World Health Organization in Europe Wednesday urged families to wear face masks during this year's Christmas family gatherings, as it warned of a "further resurgence" of Covid-19 in early 2021.
These are the measures Swiss cantons are likely put in place before the end of the year if the epidemiological situation in Switzerland deteriorates.
Prices are 55 percent higher in Switzerland than the average across the EU, new figures released by the Federal Statistical Office (FSO) indicate.
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Switzerland has been ranked below most of its neighbours when it comes to integrate its non-European population, a new and extensive study has concluded.
From next year, passengers will be entitled to compensation for delays on public transport in Switzerland.
As Christmas approaches Covid-19 infections in Switzerland remain high, particularly in certain parts of the country. Here's a look at the latest evolution of the virus spread.
Recent government measures restrict many festivities traditionally associated with the holiday season. But some activities are not banned.
The UK government's decision to end freedom of movement does not just hit Brits in the UK, but also those living around the EU who may need or simply want to move to another EU country in future. Please tell us if you are affected.
Trains between Switzerland and Italy are circulating again, but new measures are in place.
Throughout the second coronavirus wave, many medical facilities in Switzerland have reached their saturation points. But what is the latest on the country's hospitals?
The directors of five of Switzerland’s largest hospitals have urged the health minister to impose stringent measures to reduce Covid infections, according to media reports.
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson and EU chief Ursula von der Leyen have agreed to carry on post-Brexit trade talks after a call between leaders on Sunday.
The Swiss strongly rejected accusations this week that a deal allowing Chinese officials to enter Switzerland and interrogate Chinese nationals, which only recently came to light, put dissidents at risk.
Switzerland announced Friday that all shops, bars and restaurants must close from 7:00 pm in order to fight a resurgent coronavirus that is now stirring political and cultural tensions.
Switzerland’s government has ordered new national restrictions for Switzerland ahead of Christmas to curb the increasing rate of Covid-19 infections.
At the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, Dutch entrepreneurs teamed up with a work-learn programme for refugees to create the Netherlands' first face mask factory.
From additional seats on several lines to more frequent connections, this is what you can expect on Switzerland’s trains in 2021.
After several weeks of falling coronavirus numbers and rising optimism, the epidemiological situation in Switzerland is deteriorating again. Why is this happening?
There is uproar in a Swiss village and it's all to do with the incessant ringing of a nearby bell at nighttime.
Despite an earlier announcement that Switzerland and Italy will halt rail services between the two countries, they are set to continue.
With Brexit talks between London and Brussels seemingly deadlocked, the EU has published its no-deal contingency plans to ensure that road and air links with the UK can continue in January.
In Athens, one NGO has focused on adapting its services to suit refugees' needs, offering shelter, Greek and English lessons, food and above all a safe space.
In a joint statement, Switzerland’s French-speaking cantons expressed their disagreement with measures the federal government wants to implement before Christmas claiming they were "too strict".
Faced with the increasing infection rate in the Swiss-German regions, the Federal Council could order new national restrictions.
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The Swiss government announced on Wednesday that the coronavirus vaccine would be free in Switzerland, while also promising that the vaccination scheme would not be compulsory.
Zurich will tighten coronavirus measures on Thursday. Here's what you need to know.
Here's a reminder to Britons living around Europe of some of the rules they will have to abide by when travelling after January 1st 2021.
Switzerland’s federal assembly on Wednesday elected Guy Parmelin to take over as President from 2021 onwards.
Each year the linguistics department of the Zurich University for Applied Sciences (ZHAW) chooses a word that best describes the situation in Switzerland in a given year.
The Swiss Conference of Prosecutors (SSK) has adopted a uniform set of sanctions for non-compliance with the country's Covid-19 restrictions.
Will night trains become an alternative to late night and early morning flights in Europe?
Switzerland said on Tuesday that its coronavirus situation was taking an exponential turn for the worse, having stabilised at a high level despite restrictions to counter the pandemic.
Switzerland and Italy will halt all cross-border rail services from Thursday because train personnel do not have capacity to carry out COVID-19 safety checks.
Switzerland announced Tuesday it had secured an additional three million doses of the Moderna vaccine as it tries to hedge its bets between rival Covid-19 jabs.
Authorities in Zurich, Solothurn and Basel Country are tightening lockdown measures. Here's what you need to know.
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In defiance of the federal government’s order for some Swiss cantons to tighten their coronavirus rules, Aargau said it has no plans to do so. This might lead to some serious repercussions for the rest of the country.
Restaurants will open again this week in French-speaking cantons in Switzerland. This is what you should know about the rules.
While other countries gear up for rapid roll-outs of Covid-19 vaccines, Switzerland is staking out a slower path, prizing caution over speed, according to a leading vaccine expert.
On Friday, Switzerland's government announced new pre-Christmas measures to prevent coronavirus infections, including some relating to shopping.
Holidays is Switzerland will not be the same as usual this year, as they will be regulated by a raft of measures aiming to curb the spread of Covid-19.
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A photograph posted on social media on Saturday has caused uproar given that it appears to show Switzerland's tight safety rules for skiers being broken.
Starting in January, Swiss health authorities are planning to administer up to 70,000 vaccines every day.
Swiss health minister Alain Berset warned the federal government would impose tougher restrictions to try and control the pandemic if the cantons didn’t sharpen the rules themselves.
In a press conference on Friday Swiss Health Minister Alain Berset laid out measures and recommendations for the festive season in Switzerland.
Switzerland announced Friday that its winter resorts will be open over Christmas but with reduced capacity on trains and cable cars, as European nations squabble over whether to reopen ski stations.
Swiss health officials included more ‘high risk’ countries on in its list on Friday. The new rule will come into force on December 14th.
A Swiss company is selling a coronavirus testing kit to be used at home, the first such test in the country.
Although winter doesn't officially start until December 21st, strong winds, snow, and low temperatures are already hitting parts of Switzerland.
Throughout the first and second waves, the Swiss-French cantons had the highest number of coronavirus infections. But now the trend is shifting.
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A law change has made it much easier for mask refusers to be fined in Switzerland.
An African warlord went on trial in Switzerland on Thursday, becoming the first Liberian to face prosecution for war crimes over alleged atrocities during his country's bloody conflict a generation ago.
Less than a week after Switzerland went to the polls on a set of corporate responsibility rules, Nestle has announced it will spend billions on improving its climate compliance.
A ‘covid immunity card’ would give holders special benefits and a 'return to normality' of sorts, but would it be introduced in Switzerland?
Swiss health experts say that if restrictions currently in place continue to be relaxed, the country could experience a significant increase of infections this winter.
Though Swiss health officials advise against non-essential travel, especially to international destinations, some foreign residents have no choice — they have to go abroad for family or work reasons. If you are one of them, this is what you should expect.
Switzerland’s neighbours are fearful of outbreaks if they allow their residents to hit the slopes this winter. In order to encourage tourists, a number of safety measures have been proposed.
The French village of Châtel is protesting against the closure of their ski lifts by flying Swiss flags from the town hall.
Switzerland’s Health Minister has proposed a working from home obligation. If approved, the measure will apply until January 20th.
As Switzerland is planning to roll out the coronavirus vaccine at the end of January, health officials are putting together an intricate immunisation system that is unprecedented in recent history.
France will take measures to stop skiers from sidestepping local virus restrictions and hitting the slopes in other countries during the Christmas holidays.
France will take measures to stop skiers from sidestepping local virus restrictions and hitting the slopes in other countries during the Christmas holidays.
A Swiss health expert has suggested binational couples be treated ‘as a risk group’, thereby getting access to the first wave of coronavirus vaccinations.
Just two days after Switzerland’s last set of referendums, a campaign has been launched for a nationwide vote to prevent any coronavirus vaccines from being made mandatory.
Switzerland looks set to implement a ‘mini-quarantine’ in the lead-up to Christmas to ensure a “carefree family celebration”, Swiss media reported on Tuesday.
British pensioners and students living in an EU country are encouraged to apply for a new European Health Insurance card (EHIC) because current cards become invalid on December 31st.
Most Swiss businesses are optimistic about their prospects for 2021, a survey published by banking giant HSBC concluded, suggesting the country might not be hit has hard by the Covid-19 pandemic as elsewhere.
Restrictions in place in various countries continue to limit travel options from Switzerland. This is what you should know about current entry requirements for people arriving from Switzerland.
After a stabbing attack in Lugano on Tuesday, an incident which federal police regards as terrorism-related, many in Switzerland are wondering whether the country is at risk from more attacks. This is what the experts say.
After suspending some services between the two countries in September due to Swiss quarantine requirements on arrivals from Paris, the trains will resume in time for Christmas.
Switzerland's job market offers less opportunities for employment due to the Covid-19 pandemic whilst the overall economic forecast is gloomy, new figures reveal on Monday.
Thousands of international students join the UK job hunt every year after graduation, but finding an employer willing to sponsor your visa is often a hit-or-miss battle. Two Indian entrepreneurs aim to bridge that gap with an online career platform.
From federal aid to businesses and restaurant re-openings, to the new train timetable, this is what you can expect to happen in Switzerland in December.
Germany wants to start vaccinating against coronavirus from mid-December, while the rollout in Switzerland is not expected until the end of January. Will people be able to cross the border to get the jab?
Swiss voters have rejected a referendum proposal which would have put in place a ban on weapons exports.
A plan in Switzerland to impose the world's strictest corporate responsibility rules, which would have made Swiss-headquartered multinationals liable for abusive business practices worldwide, failed to pass in a vote on Sunday.
The Household Budget Survey published this week by the Federal Statistical Office (FSO) shows some interesting details about how much Swiss families earn and what are their most important expenses.
One of Switzerland's biggest ski resorts is set to launch a shuttle service to bus in skiers from nearby French ski stations in a move that could stoke tensions between authorities the two countries.
Swiss ski season is underway and some infrastructures are already open. Others expect to welcome skiers in the coming weeks.
Vulnerable communities around the world are faced with lack of access to information on Covid-19 and how to protect against it, including immigrants who don't speak the local language. Across Europe, initiatives have been emerging to fill in the gap.
Swiss Health Minister Alain Berset has said the first coronavirus vaccines will likely be rolled out within two months.
When it comes to the number of trips taken and kilometres travelled by train, people in Switzerland top the charts.
Nearly four weeks after closing down, bars and restaurants in five of Switzerland’s six French-speaking regions will be back in business as of December 10th.
A multinational effort may see ski slopes closed at resorts across Europe. Switzerland has decided to go its own way, promising to keep the slopes open through the winter.
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A project in southern Spain shelters migrant mothers and aims to provide them with tools to start their new lives in Europe in a secure way.
Tourists from the UK look set to be included in the EU's ban on non-essential travel after the end of the Brexit transition period on December 31st, unless the European Council decides otherwise.
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A young woman from Venezuela sparked local debate in Germany when she spoke up on television about the Covid-19 situation at her refugee accommodation. But she is not the only one who has launched a successful fight for her rights and a more humane living situation this year.
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Swiss voters will go to the polls on Sunday to decide on whether to ban military exports and other war materials.
Swiss voters will go to the polls on Sunday, deciding whether to put in place the 'world's strictest corporate responsibility rules'. Here's what you need to know.
UPDATE: When it comes to opening ski resorts around Europe countries are not on the same wavelength. Here's what we know so far about where and when a ski holiday will be possible in Europe this year.
While the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) is preparing to release on Sunday a set of recommendations for the holidays, a health expert is providing a glimpse into what guidelines Swiss authorities will release.
A Swiss health expert says that people who forego the Covid-19 vaccine once it becomes available should not be allowed to leave Switzerland. Could this drastic measure be enforced?
A woman arrested for a knife attack in a Swiss department store was linked to a 2017 jihadism investigation, police said on Wednesday.
A Swiss woman attacked two other women in a supermarket in southern Switzerland on Tuesday, regional police said, adding that "terrorist motives" could not be excluded.
Can Switzerland's love of the mountains and passion for winter sports save an industry crippled by coronavirus?
Swiss health officials have urged anyone experiencing symptoms to get tested. Switzerland currently tests less per positive case than most European countries.
With nearly a million dual nationals living in Switzerland, it is difficult to imagine that at one time maintaining two citizenships was illegal in this country.
A number of other countries have predicted a vaccine rollout in December, while in Switzerland it is not expected until the spring. Why might the Swiss have to wait so long?
The idea of the so-called ‘Covid-19 solidarity tax’ continues to stir controversy in Switzerland. What is the idea behind it and what is it supposed to achieve?
Ski season has already started in some parts of Switzerland. In others, it will begin soon. What measures are in place in mountain resorts to prevent the spread of coronavirus?
According to a trade union in the Swiss canton of Ticino, at least 4,000 cross-border commuters will lose their employment this year, as the coronavirus shut down some industries.
Data from the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) shows that the rate of contaminations is declining, especially in the hardest-hit Swiss cantons.
From the end of quarantine for arrivals from France and two other countries, to new coronavirus restrictions in Basel, this is what’s happening in Switzerland this week.
France, Belgium and Armenia have been removed from Switzerland’s quarantine list, while parts of Austria along with Luxembourg and Montenegro have been added.
Basel will close restaurants, fitness centres, casinos and brothels from Monday.
From fatalities to ICU beds, here’s what you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic in Switzerland.
According to new figures, Switzerland is carrying out far too few tests to adequately chart the spread of coronavirus. Only four European countries - all of them in Eastern Europe - test less per positive case than Switzerland.
As dozens of Geneva residents have discovered recently, going from Switzerland to France is not as simple as it used to be. Here is what you should know before you cross the border.
With holidays only weeks away, many in Switzerland are wondering whether traditional family celebrations will be possible this year. What do the experts say?
According to media reports, Switzerland’s intensive care units are at full capacity. Are there really no free ICU beds in all of Switzerland?
The Swiss canton of Bern has voted to extend its coronavirus measures until December 7th due to concerns about hospital capacities and high case numbers.
A woman has been forced to pay 1,900 francs for disregarding a coronavirus isolation measure four days early. As a result of her leaving isolation before the time was up, 280 others were required to quarantine.
In addition to two national initiatives, voters in three German-speaking cantons will decide on local issues driven by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Three weeks after implementing Switzerland’s toughest Covid-19 measures, Geneva is lifting a number of its restrictions from November 21st.
Switzerland’s Federal Council has just made it easier for police to fine someone for failing to wear a mask.
A new study places Switzerland’s largest city on top in a global league table based on how pricey a city is based on prices for goods and services.
Our readers in Zurich are keen to hear your tips for how to save on the cost of living in the "world's most expensive city". Please take a moment to share your advice.
A top Swiss medical association has sounded the alarm over saturated intensive care units across Switzerland as the second wave of Covid-19 infections takes a heavy toll.
The coronavirus crisis shuttered Switzerland's ski resorts in the spring, but they are banking on tighter precautions and the Swiss love of the mountains to save them as the winter season kicks off.
A prominent Swiss Health Economist has suggested coronavirus skeptics forfeit their places in intensive care units in the event of bottlenecks.
While Switzerland has said the coronavirus vaccine will not be mandatory, fines or obligations for people in specific jobs are being considered.
Despite almost three weeks of shutdown measures, the situation in Switzerland's intensive care units remains critical.
What you need to know about Switzerland’s flu vaccine and why the government is urging people to get it
There has been a lot of talk lately about the coronavirus vaccine becoming available in the first half of 2021. But in the meantime, the flu season is almost here and Swiss health officials are urging the public to get the jab.
As Switzerland contends with one of the worst coronavirus surges in Europe, the Swiss are gripped by one melting-hot question: is it still safe to share a fondue?
A new global study shows that for the fifth consecutive year, Switzerland is the number one destination for top professionals.
The Swiss are usually organised and orderly. But when it comes to waiting in line to get on ski lifts, crowds are often unruly.
Most of those living in Switzerland have heard of ‘röstigraben’, a cultural divide between the German and French speaking parts of Switzerland. In times of the Covid-19 pandemic, a new expression has been coined: ‘coronagraben’. What is it and how does it reflect the current situation?
Swiss health officials expect the vaccine to be ready for use in the first half of 2021. But they have not yet decided whether the government, health insurance or patients themselves will have to pay for the shot.
Earlier in November, the Swiss canton ranked among the European regions with the highest number of contaminations per capita. Now authorities say the situation, while still serious, is more stable.
If there’s one certainty in life, it’s that there are no certainties. Life insurance is one issue that it can be tempting to leave at the back of your mind. This brief guide covers the main types of coverage available, and how to work out how much you should be covered for.
A new Swiss movement, Autonomiesuisse, is launching a campaign for a better framework agreement with the EU, claiming that the current one would cause Switzerland to lose some of its independence.
Swiss health insurance is notoriously expensive, but there are a few ways to cut the cost of the premiums.
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According to an analysis of Swiss real estate market by Raiffeisen bank, some cantons have a larger selection of rental units than others.
While the number of contaminations is soaring in some Swiss regions, two cantons managed to bring their infection rate under control after experiencing a peak just three weeks ago. This is how they did it.
Switzerland has attracted criticism from at home and abroad for its relaxed approach to the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, leading some to call it ‘the new Sweden’.
A rare pink diamond derived from the biggest raw stone of the colour ever found in Russia was sold for $26.6 million on Wednesday at Sotheby's in Geneva.
Coronavirus figures for the past week brought bittersweet news in Switzerland’s continuing battle against the pandemic.
The boss of Swiss Pharma giant Roche has indicated his support for compulsory vaccination in Switzerland. The Swiss government has said on a number of occasions that any vaccine will be voluntary.
A municipality in the Swiss canton of Basel Country has abolished fees for residents, including ID, stamp duty and other paperwork-related fees.
Several Swiss cantons have gone beyond the federal minimum by putting in place their own measures to halt the spread of the coronavirus.
Swiss airlines is investigating the use of rapid coronavirus tests on flights after a similar program has been adopted in Germany.
The Swiss government has increased its vaccine fund by CHF100 million, bringing the total funds available for the vaccine to CHF400 million.
Geneva's famous Jet d'Eau fountain, which spouts water over a hundred metres into the air, is to remain switched off to signal the need for people to observe virus restrictions.
The head of the EU health agency has said that its first vaccinations against Covid-19 could get under way in the first quarter of 2021 – in an optimistic scenario.
In its press conference on Tuesday, the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) told Swiss public that they are "cautiously optimistic" about curbing the spread of coronavirus, even though "second waves are tough and usually last longer".
According to the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH), authorities 'want to ensure that Swiss public gets rapid access to Covid-19 vaccines'. But does it mean that the country is ready to bring a vaccine to the market soon?
Switzerland benefitted from a spectacular espionage scheme orchestrated by the CIA and its German counterpart who used a Swiss encryption company to spy on governments worldwide, a parliamentary probe showed Tuesday.
European leaders on Tuesday mooted tightening the EU's external borders, as they vowed joint action following a spate of attacks on home soil blamed on Islamist radicals.
Swiss experts have recommended pet owners make sure their furry friends practice social distancing to avoid transmission of coronavirus.
This detailed tool shows how meeting people in each Swiss canton impacts your risk of catching coronavirus.
Lombardy and Piedmont, which share a border with Ticino, implemented lockdown rules on Friday in order to control the spread of coronavirus. What does this mean for Switzerland's border region?
Switzerland’s voters will go to the polls on November 29th to decide on two popular initiatives. Here's the issues to be decided.
If you want to switch your compulsory Swiss health policy (LaMal) from one company to another, hurry up. The deadline to do so is November 30th.
The French-speaking canton of Geneva has become Europe's hot-spot for coronavirus infection rates according to reports. Here's a look at why the city on the border with France has been hit so hard.
Swiss army reservists have been called up once again to help do battle against one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in Europe.
With nearly 2,800 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, Geneva has experienced Europe’s highest rate of coronavirus cases in the past 14 days. In all, six Swiss cantons figure among the top 10 most affected regions.
The southern Swiss canton of Ticino has announced new rules to control the spread of Covid-19 that enter into force on Monday and will be in place until at least November 30th.
An extremely rare pink diamond will be auctioned in Geneva on November 11 by Sotheby's, which says it is worth between $23 and $38 million.
Borders between Switzerland and its neighbours are open. But given high coronavirus infection rates, border nations have tightened their entry requirements.
Despite less than one percent of people in quarantine testing positive for Covid-19, Switzerland continued to support the measure, a new report has shown.
A Lyon doctor claims that cross-border workers are partly responsible for the increase in Covid-19 infections in Haute-Savoie and Ain, the French départments that border Switzerland.
No more room. Patients with severe Covid-19 infections fill all the 10 enclosed beds in the intensive care unit at this small Swiss hospital, but more keep coming.
As all non-essential stores and businesses are closed in Geneva until November 30th, many residents are going shopping in the neighbouring Swiss canton of Vaud, where coronavirus restrictions are less stringent.
ICU (Intensive Care Unit) beds are being taken up in hospitals all across Switzerland by coronavirus patients in serious conditions. How do things look in your canton?
Taxes in Switzerland are a complex topic. Think you know the ins and outs of the system – and have some ideas about how to keep your bill low?
As Europe sees an "explosion" of Covid-19 cases many countries are reimposing tight restrictions that they had relaxed over the summer. Here's a round-up of what rules are in place in each country.
Right-wing Swiss politicians have called for Switzerland’s gun laws to be relaxed in the wake of the Vienna terrorist attack.
Some night and long-distance services have been cut as a result of Switzerland's shutdown.
The southern canton joins Switzerland’s other French-speaking regions in implementing strict measures to curb the further spread of Covid-19.
As Switzerland’s medical facilities are near their saturation points, medical authorities are preparing a triage plan to decide who will get priority for beds in intensive care units.
Two young Swiss men arrested following Monday's gun attack in Vienna were already the targets of criminal cases over terrorism offences, prosecutors said Wednesday.
The Swiss government said Wednesday it will deploy troops in cantons where under-pressure health services require support as coronavirus cases spike.
Swiss authorities have implemented a slew of measures in a bid to curtail the increase in the number of Covid-19 infections, and prevent intensive care units from becoming overburdened.
After Geneva, Fribourg, Neuchâtel, and Jura, the canton of Vaud has mandated new restrictions on Tuesday to curb the spread of the coronavirus on its territory.
Two young Swiss men were arrested near Zurich on Tuesday in connection with the deadly shooting rampage in Vienna, Swiss police said.
What is closing - and what is staying open? Here's what you need to know.
From tougher coronavirus measures to a minimum wage in Geneva, here’s what you can expect to happen in Switzerland in November.
On October 28th, the Federal Council made face masks compulsory not only in indoor public spaces throughout Switzerland, but in certain outdoor areas as well.
From October 29th, Swiss authorities relaxed quarantine rules, leaving only a handful of countries and regions on its ‘red’ list - the United States is no longer on that list.
Neuchâtel joins Geneva and several other cantons in Switzerland in mandating tougher measures to fight the spread of Covid-19.
While people in France and Germany hunker down for their second lockdowns in six months, the measures will have only minimal impact on those living on the Swiss side of the borders.
Health officials in the cantons most impacted by coronavirus infections are urging Switzerland's government to suspend non-critical medical procedures in order to free up facilities and personnel for the most urgent Covid patients.
Several Swiss cantons have announced tougher measures to fight the spread of Covid-19, going further than the rules implemented by the Federal Council.
Geneva said on Sunday it would go beyond Swiss national measures and close all bars, restaurants and non-essential shops in a bid to rein in skyrocketing cases of the novel coronavirus.
Geneva said Sunday it would go beyond Swiss national measures and close all bars, restaurants and non-essential shops in a bid to rein in skyrocketing cases of the novel coronavirus.
Police stepped in Saturday to shield health workers gathered in Bern to demand better working conditions, after protesters against fresh virus restrictions tried to disrupt their demonstration.
Throughout Europe the mood is changing rapidly as stricter measures and even full lockdowns are imposed to try to stem the relentless resurgence of Covid-19 infections. Our journalists report on the situation in each country as Europe finds itself once again as the epicentre of the pandemic.
With the onset of cooler weather and the increase in coronavirus infections, the demand for the flu shot in Switzerland is higher this year than previously. But will there be enough doses for everyone who wants them?
Swiss authorities announced this week their approval of the so-called 'rapid antigen test' to detect Covid-19. This is what you need to know about it.
What are the rules for entering Switzerland right now?
Switzerland’s Health Minister Alain Berset said on Thursday that the government had not yet set an end date for the country’s new coronavirus restrictions.
From Thursday, October 29th, masks will be required in indoor and outdoor spaces across Switzerland. Here’s what you need to know.
How long do the restrictions last? How do the measures differ from those in the spring? Your questions answered.
Swiss has paid out manager bonuses in October, despite the company undergoing significant losses and requiring public funding due to the coronavirus pandemic.
As the US election is only days away, it is interesting to look at the reasons that push many American citizens living abroad — including in Switzerland — to take a drastic and irrevocable step of renouncing their US citizenships.
The Federal Council announced on Wednesday new rules to curtail the alarming increase in Covid-19 cases across Switzerland. But are these measures sufficient to flatten the curve of infections?
The pace of change in today's workplaces can seem daunting for anyone. That's especially true if you’ve moved abroad for professional or personal reasons and you’re still adjusting to a new working culture.
Switzerland on Wednesday amended its quarantine rules. Now, only four countries - and regions of another - are considered ‘high risk’ areas requiring a quarantine.
The Swiss government announced on Wednesday a range of strict Covid-19 measures which will apply from Thursday. Here's what you need to know.
The western Swiss cantons of Geneva and Fribourg have called for military assistance to help them manage rapidly increasing hospitalisations.
Many people throughout the Switzerland have received SMS or WhatsUp messages from unknown sources in the past few days, spreading fraudulent information about the progression and management of the coronavirus pandemic in Switzerland.
As the coronavirus infection rate in the country is exceeding that in many other nations, Switzerland may remove some foreign regions from its ‘high risk’ list.
Nearly 200 European airports risk insolvency in the coming months if passenger traffic does not recover, a trade association warned on Tuesday, as nations contemplate further lockdowns to combat a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.
What happens if I fail to wear a mask on public transport or in shops in Switzerland? Geneva-based law firm Page and Partners clarifies.
In a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, Swiss authorities suggested that another nationwide lockdown was an inevitability due to rising hospitalisation and deaths.
Although some Swiss hospitals are reaching their saturation points due to the influx of coronavirus patients, everyone who needs medical care will be treated.
In response to the increase in Covid-19 infections in their cantons and in other Swiss regions, authorities in Ticino, Bern and Valais are tightening their rules regarding the wearing of masks outdoors or in school settings.
Rich people from non-EU/EFTA countries can receive a residence “B” permit, allowing them to live in Switzerland. But it comes at a steep price.
As an increasing number of Covid-19 cases is being recorded in Switzerland — 17,440 in the last 72 hours — it is important to know where, and under what circumstances, to seek a test.
As Covid-19 cases are rising at an alarming rate, intensive care units at some Swiss hospitals located in the most affected regions are reaching their saturation point.
The two Swiss cantons implemented more restrictions on Sunday at midnight, joining other Swiss regions that have recently enforced stricter Covid-19 rules on their territories.
Geneva hospitals on Sunday issued a call for medically trained volunteers and recently retired staff to help tackle a record number of Coronavirus patients anticipated in the coming days.
The Swiss government is set to meet with cantonal authorities on Wednesday to discuss another nationwide lockdown. According to a leaked report, this is what the lockdown could look like.
By adding two border regions of France to its list of departments affected by curfew restrictions, the French government limits the freedom of movement of those living close to the Swiss border.
Having difficulty breathing under a conventional mask, two inventors from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) created a more comfortable and user-friendly facial protection. But is it effective?
With the number of coronavirus infections and hospitalisations increasing in Switzerland at an alarming rate, many people are wondering whether any treatments for this disease will be available soon. The Local looks at what new medications are on the horizon.
Faced with a significant increase of Covid-19 cases and hospitalisations, the Swiss cantons of Jura, Fribourg and Neuchâtel are implementing new restrictions starting on October 23rd.
As infection rates are skyrocketing in Switzerland, hospitals in various regions are implementing new measures to handle hospitalisations linked to the resurgence of coronavirus.
Swiss authorities have flagged a potential ‘mini lockdown’ to counter rising infection rates. What would this look like?
Switzerland's president has promised the country would adopt additional lockdown measures unless skyrocketing new coronavirus case numbers slowed.
Switzerland's president said on Thursday it was time for action on the country's skyrocketing coronavirus cases, which are now doubling from week to week.
A proposal to protect the family rights of British people in Europe returning to the UK has been voted down in the UK parliament.
Germany on Thursday morning added all of Switzerland to its ‘high risk’ quarantine list. Does this mean everyone will need to quarantine, including from border regions?
Germany has placed the entire country of Switzerland on its ‘high risk’ quarantine list due to rising infection rates, including border cantons.
Swiss pharmaceuticals giant Roche is collaborating with Atea Pharmaceuticals on the development of an orally administered drug to treat coronavirus patients who have not been hospitalised.
Under a week until Switzerland winds back the clocks on Sunday, an effort to abolish daylight savings has been scrapped due to a lack of support.
The southern Swiss canton of Valais has been the latest to put in place stricter lockdown requirements in the wake of spiralling coronavirus infections.
In Zurich, authorities have said that wearing a mask in the office will allow you to avoid a quarantine requirement.
New research has shown that lunchtime is the most dangerous part of the day when it comes to coronavirus transmissions at work.
Masks are now required in indoor areas all across Switzerland. Should so-called ‘mask refusers’ be fined for refusing to wear them?
Switzerland is considering following in the paths of Ireland, Israel, Wales and Scotland by imposing a ‘mini-lockdown’ to cut rising coronavirus infections.
An initiative which would culminate in referendum to pay every Swiss citizen CHF7,500 has been launched in Switzerland.
Since October 19th, masks have been compulsory in indoor areas across Switzerland. Can so-called ‘mask refusers’ be fined or arrested?
What are the rules for mask wearing in Switzerland?
Switzerland’s weapons exports have seen a 38 percent increase in 2020, according to official government figures.
If you’re planning on heading to south Germany, Austria, or Switzerland, you’ll be certain to hear today’s word of the day in almost every conversation.
The Swiss canton of Zurich has launched a pilot program to test for the coronavirus in pharmacies.
The treaty on the taxation of cross-border workers, originally negotiated in 2015, has not yet been signed by either state, but it will be within the next few weeks, authorities said.
As 10 Swiss cantons are now on Germany’s ‘high risk’ list, many in the region worry that cross-border shopping may be in peril.
On Sunday, Swiss authorities announced that due to the alarming increase in Covid-19 infections, face masks will now have to be worn in all indoor public spaces.
On Sunday, the Swiss Federal Council announced new requirements that will be implemented on Monday to curtail the alarming increase in coronavirus cases in the country.
The Swiss government announced on Sunday that mask wearing would be compulsory in all indoor areas in every Swiss canton, while meeting in groups will be limited. Here’s what you need to know.
The Swiss government said on Saturday it was making the wearing of masks in indoor public spaces compulsory under new measures introduced after a "worrying" rise in coronavirus infections.
Our team of journalists from around Europe report the latest on the how the Covid-19 pandemic has affected life in their country.
Europe has seen a huge surge in Covid-19 infections in recent days with Switzerland topping the table for the biggest growth rate.
A new study by the Credit Suisse bank reveals which regions in Switzerland offer the best opportunities for companies.
Tests carried out in Switzerland show that most masks sold in in the country don’t protect against Covid-19.
A new study released this week by the Federal Statistical Office (OFS) shows some interesting facts about foreign nationals living in Switzerland.
Swiss glaciers have continued to shrink at an alarming rate this year, while snow accumulation on the largest glacier in the Alps reached a record low, a study showed Friday.
The group climbed the steep mountainside, clambering across an Alpine glacier, before finding what they were seeking: a crystal vein filled with the precious rocks needed to sculpt their tools.
The coronavirus pandemic has not deterred the Swiss from sending yodels echoing across their mountain valleys, but a concert attended by 600 people is believed to have made one canton a European virus hotspot.
As Switzerland sees record high Covid-19 infection numbers on a daily basis, the health minister warned Thursday that the situation is "deteriorating" at an alarming rate.
Eight Swiss cantons have been added to Germany's 'high risk' quarantine list, bringing the total number of cantons to ten.
Switzerland on Thursday held a ‘coronavirus crisis’ meeting in the hopes of avoiding a second lockdown. Here’s what you need to know.
Zurich and Geneva have introduced stricter lockdown measures to battle rising case counts, including limiting the numbers of public and private events along with requiring masks in bars, restaurants and schools.
Swiss health authorities have put forward a plan to shorten the country’s quarantine requirement from ten to seven days.
Switzerland on Wednesday recorded its highest ever total of new infections, double the highest that was recorded during the peak of the pandemic in March before there was widespread testing.
More and more cantons are adopting mask rules. Here's where masks are required in Switzerland.
Authorities in the Swiss canton of Vaud have been heavily criticised for a ‘mass surveillance’ scheme which saw the monitoring of "potentially hundreds of thousands of citizens".
Currently, 22 of Switzerland’s 26 cantons meet Germany’s ‘high-risk’ quarantine threshold. German authorities will decide on Wednesday if these cantons - or all of Switzerland - be added to the list?
Criminal charges have been laid against an old people’s home in the southern Swiss canton of Ticino after more than 20 coronavirus deaths.
Schwyz and Schaffhausen have become the latest Swiss cantons to put in put in place compulsory mask requirements in indoor areas.
German is a notoriously difficult language to master. And to make matters worse, some things have different names in different German-speaking regions. This word is a prime example.
European nationals have been warned that the rules to enter the UK will change in autumn next year, meaning ID cards will no longer be accepted at the border.
Perfectly situated in the middle of the Mediterranean, Malta gets more than 300 days of sunshine per year.
Amid rising case numbers, the Swiss government will hold a ‘crisis summit’ on Thursday to discuss what steps can be taken to avoid a second lockdown.
Swiss pharmaceuticals giant Roche said Tuesday it would produce a new antigen test for Covid-19, allowing high-volume and rapid testing for the deadly disease, by the end of the year.
Switzerland's economy has withstood the coronavirus pandemic and should be able to return to its pre-crisis level at the end of next year, a government agency said on Monday.
Workers in Switzerland are among the best paid in the world, but the cost of living here is one of the highest as well. The Local looks at how much people in various professions earn in this wealthy but expensive country.
Faced with a huge surge of coronavirus cases, contact tracers in Switzerland’s Covid-19 ‘hotspots’ Geneva, Vaud and Zurich can’t keep up with new infections.
A Swiss woman thought to have been killed in Mali was a missionary abducted in 2016, the Swiss foreign ministry said on Saturday.
A Swiss woman being held hostage in Mali "was apparently killed by kidnappers... about a month ago", Bern's foreign ministry said in a statement Friday.
Switzerland has expanded its mandatory quarantine list, adding parts of Germany, Italy and Austria - as well as seven other countries. Germany’s two largest cities have been placed on the list.
The northern Swiss canton of Jura has tightened its rules for wearing masks. Masks will now be required in bars, restaurants and at sporting events.
Rising infection rates in Vaud have seen a change in testing policy. People with certain symptoms - such as fatigue, muscle pains and a runny nose - will no longer qualify for an automatic test for the virus.
Activists who oppose the Swiss government’s coronavirus measures have launched a bid to have the restrictions banned at a referendum.
Of all the challenges that can come with being an expat, learning the language can be the most frustrating – and we don’t just mean the difficulties of dealing with der, die and das.
Think Swiss watches are complex? You should see their tax system! With four-tiers of tax burden – federal, cantonal, municipal and church taxes – working out how much you'll have to pay can be a rather bewildering and time-consuming process.
Swiss citizens will no longer be able to use their Swiss ID cards to enter the United Kingdom from October 1st, 2021. Anyone hoping to enter will need to use a passport - with one major exception.
Where, and under what circumstances, are masks required?
The Swiss cantons of Zug, Ticino and Bern have each announced a range of new lockdown restrictions, including compulsory masks in shops and supermarkets.
The Bernese region of Moutier will hold another vote on switching cantons. A previous vote, from June 2017, was held invalid.
Switzerland is currently experiencing its highest number of new coronavirus infections since April. Experts however say the two periods cannot be compared.
The UK's new immigration law could have a profound impact on the lives of Britons living across the EU. Campaigner Brian Robinson explains why.
The World Economic Forum announced Wednesday that its postponed 2021 Davos summit, themed as "The Great Reset" in the coronavirus crisis, will take place in Lucerne, Switzerland from May 18 to 21.
Why are infection rates on the rise in Switzerland- and where are most of the new cases?
Buying a house in the middle of an ongoing pandemic might not feel the wisest of ideas but there are reasons why it might be a good move in Switzerland right now.
Nearly a fifth of the country’s residents have two citizenships — Swiss and another one. Here’s what we know about them.
Daily coronavirus cases in Switzerland jumped over the 1,000 mark on Wednesday for the first time since April 1 as the Swiss were urged to "get a grip".
A lawyer for the Zurich sex industry is taking legal action against new tracing rules being implemented for prostitutes working in the Swiss canton.
Anyone who doesn’t pay their health insurance premiums in Switzerland can be blacklisted. Seven cantons are involved in this practice.
The World Health Organization warned European countries Tuesday about "pandemic fatigue" which it says threatens the continent's ability to tackle the coronavirus.
Most healthcare systems in Europe offer a good level of care. But which countries spend the most money on healthcare? Which do well in independent ratings? And which regions have the best life expectancy?
This map shows the coronavirus cases over the past 14 days in Switzerland.
Swiss authorities have begun assessing AstraZeneca and Oxford University's Covid-19 vaccine -- the first such treatment submitted for authorisation in the country.
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Despite modest gains, Switzerland’s job market remains slow to rebound from the coronavirus pandemic. There is however one industry where demand is far outstripping supply.
Switzerland’s main banks have just standardised their ATMs, meaning customers can now enjoy reciprocal access and a range of new functions. Here’s what you need to know.
There are nearly 80,000 vacant dwellings up for grabs across Switzerland - but where?
Citizens rights group were celebrating on Monday after the House of Lords - the upper house of the UK parliament - voted in favour of maintaining the family reunification rights of Britons who move back to the UK from the EU.
If you are a US citizen living in Switzerland, you have the right to vote in the upcoming election in the United States. Here’s how you should go about it — fast.
The risk of a housing bubble is on the rise in Switzerland’s largest city Zurich, according to a new study.
A deputy representing the rightwing Swiss People’s Party (SVP), claims MPs who hold dual nationality “don’t represent Switzerland’s best interests”. His comments have sparked anger.
The challenges of 2020 have thrown up big questions about the future of work. Will working from home become the norm? Will a more ethical business world emerge from the coronavirus crisis?
By requiring foreigners to show their criminal records before being allowed to live in Ticino, cantonal authorities are violating a bilateral treaty that Switzerland signed with the EU, critics say.
If you rely on Swiss train network to commute to work, or just to get around, you’d want to know about short-term schedule changes. These tips will help you stay informed about any disruptions on your route.
Given the number of infections and hospitalisations in Geneva is the second-highest in Switzerland, health authorities have decided to prolong coronavirus restrictions currently in place.
Swiss schools will soon have their autumn break and some families are planning to spend these holidays abroad. What foreign destinations are reachable from Switzerland’s international airports?
With its breathtaking Alpine views, fine chocolate, and high GDP per capita, life for expats in Switzerland must be good, right? But what about buying a home? While it's not the cheapest place on earth, here are eight reasons to give property hunters hope.
One third of Zurich’s restaurants have not been adhering to coronavirus hygiene rules, according to checks carried out by cantonal authorities.
With the UK government prepared to override parts of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement and the EU responding by launching legal action on Thursday, should Britons in the EU be worried about their future rights?
Brussels has hailed a Swiss refusal to limit immigration from the EU, hoping it could finally lead Bern to embrace a pact regulating some of the 120 accords between them.
What changes are taking place in Switzerland in October of 2020?
The EU has launched legal action against the UK government for alleged breach of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement, the European Commission chief confirmed on Thursday.
From Abfallsackgebühr to Znüni, Swiss German has a long list of charming and unique words. Readers of The Local Switzerland weighed in on some of their faves.
Germany has removed the Swiss canton of Fribourg from its travel warning list. Geneva and Vaud remain on the list.
Whether it’s diet, lifestyle or simply good genes, people in this Swiss canton live longer than pretty much anywhere else in Europe.
Coronavirus scepticism is a growing problem in Switzerland. Police and intelligence services are concerned that the movement could lead to radicalisation.
For the first time in almost three weeks, Switzerland is no longer a ‘high-risk’ area for the coronavirus according to its own threshold, due to falling infection rates across the country.
Switzerland's economy appears to be bouncing back from its coronavirus-induced funk but a surge in fresh infections could dramatically slow any recovery.
Switzerland and Italy have pledged to conclude a long-awaited tax arrangement for cross-border workers by the end of the year.
On Sunday, Switzerland went to the polls to decide on five major questions. Here are six surprise takeaways from Switzerland’s September referendums.
“First they came for the handshakes and I said nothing…” Swiss health officials have issued new guidelines warning against fist bumps.
The Swiss wildcat is in danger of becoming extinct because it is so attractive to the domestic cat, say experts. As a predator, the domestic cat has already hunted several species into extinction.
Swiss food giant Nestle, which has made billions with dairy products, said Monday it will host start-ups that want to develop vegetarian alternatives.
Paternity leave is approved in Switzerland, but not all fathers can claim the benefit. Here’s what you need to know.
The ‘Settled Foreign Nationals’ C-permit grants sweeping rights to its holders. But is it as good as a Swiss passport?
Swiss voters on Sunday narrowly approved a proposal to spend CHF6 billion on new fighter jets. But when it comes to where not to buy the aircraft, the Swiss populace are a little more decisive.
Geneva on Sunday approved a minimum wage for the first time. Here's what you need to know.
Cross-border workers were crucial during the pandemic. Some experts believed they swayed public opinion.
Switzerland on Sunday rejected the migration limitation referendum. The initiative did however find favour in some Swiss cantons.
After Swiss voters clearly rejected the initiative to end freedom of movement from the EU, Switzerland is in a stronger position to negotiate the framework agreement with Brussels and must flex its muscles, argues Vincent Bourquin from Le Temps.
On Sunday September 27th, Switzerland went to the polls on five major nationwide questions, along with several cantonal votes. Here’s how the country voted.
Swiss voters on Sunday rejected a bid to slash immigration from the EU, leaving free movement in the heart of Europe intact, and embraced offering paid paternity leave for the first time.
Geneva voters on Sunday came out in support of introducing a minimum wage, guaranteeing every worker in one of the world's priciest cities at least 23 francs ($25) an hour.
A large majority of Swiss voters rejected on Sunday a bid to dramatically reduce immigration from the European Union and also welcomed the introduction of paid paternity leave for the first time, projections showed.
The Swiss will vote Sunday on limiting immigration from the European Union, which, while not expected to pass, has sparked fears a shock "yes" could devastate relations with the bloc.
With the coronavirus crisis putting a chill on travel, European airlines are reducing fares to attract passengers and fill the planes that are still flying.
Switzerland said on Friday that mandatory quarantine would be imposed on travellers arriving from 15 more countries, including Britain, Belgium and the Netherlands, due to their coronavirus infection rates.
Around one in four residents of Switzerland is a foreigner. What do the Swiss actually think of them?
On Saturday, Switzerland decide whether or not to restrict migration from EU countries. We asked three Swiss experts whether the vote will be successful.
Autumn started just a few days ago, but cold weather and snow are predicted as of Saturday. Swiss meteorologists call it ‘the first polar invasion of the season’.
While no drugs are yet available to specifically treat, cure, or prevent coronavirus, Swiss health authorities have pre-ordered some medications for 2021.
As the Covid-19 pandemic makes a resurgence our journalists around Europe explain the state of play in their country, the measures being in put in place and the mood of the public as concerns of further restrictions and lockdowns grow.
The Covid-19 crisis has created new practices and behaviours not only in society as a whole, but also in Swiss workplaces.
While Swiss law doesn’t allow authorities to force anyone to be immunised against their will, a health official said coronavirus vaccine could be obligatory for some people.
While most workers from France cross the Swiss border in Geneva, there has been a steady increase in daily commuters in the so-called ‘Jura Arc’ region.
Some 2,500 students of a prestigious Swiss hospitality school have been placed in quarantine after a major outbreak of coronavirus following private parties there, regional authorities said on Wednesday.
With quarantine requirements in Switzerland and abroad, is it still possible to travel to foreign countries?
What will a successful vote mean for foreign workers and for Switzerland?
Only Swiss citizens can vote in national referendums or in federal elections. But in some regions, foreigners are allowed to participate as well.
Some aspects of Swiss life, rules, and practices may be surprising — or even shocking — to new arrivals from more conservative or less regimented countries.
The average premium for compulsory health insurance in Switzerland will go up by just 0.5 percent in 2021, an increase that health authorities consider ‘moderate’.
Police broke up a two-day protest outside the Swiss parliament overnight, carrying away demonstrators who had camped out to demand more action against climate change.
Foreign nationals living in Switzerland account for nearly 25 percent of the country’s population. Official figures reveal a lot of interesting facts about these people.
Zurich and Geneva ranked in the top 10 in a new international survey rating the technological progress of world’s major urban centres.
Daily connections between Geneva and the French capital will be reduced starting on Monday, September 28th.
To foreigners, some of Switzerland’s laws— whether national or local – may appear strange, or even overly persnickety. But it's important to know them or you could end up with a hefty fine.
On Sunday September 27th, the Swiss will vote on whether to curb immigration from the European Union. But if the proposal is given the green light at the polls, it will greatly impact Switzerland’s relations with the EU.
On September 11th , Switzerland added nine French regions to its list of high-risk countries, meaning that arrivals from those areas must quarantine for 10 days. But what about those who cross the border for a shopping spree?
Polling ahead of Switzerland’s five nationwide referendums on September 27th shows that some proposals are strongly favoured, while others are neck and neck.
The 2020 US election is fast approaching. If you’re a US citizen abroad, and with the added concerns around Covid-19, this is certainly not the year to delay voting – so do it now and get your “I Voted From Abroad” sticker.
The director of the hospital association in western Switzerland thanked health care workers from neighbouring countries for their role in Swiss hospitals during the Covid-19 pandemic.
As some regions of France and Spain impose new coronavirus restrictions, Swiss authorities say that such drastic measures are not planned for the time being.
Some of Britain's biggest banks have begun contacting customers in European Union countries, warning them that their accounts will be closed down within weeks because the cost and complexity of operating without a continuation of pan-European banking rules is too much.
Currently, there are 66 countries or regions on Switzerland's 'high risk' list.
Needless to say, everyone wants to avoid the coronavirus at all costs. But where should you seek help in Switzerland if you think you may have been contaminated?
Health authorities in Switzerland are warning against a claim made by a local laboratory that a herbal extract could cure Covid-19.
The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs is now advising against all non-essential travel to Switzerland, the Netherlands, Portugal and Austria.
Although it has the highest number of Covid-19 cases in the country, Vaud is easing its quarantine regulations, the first Swiss canton to do so.
As at mid-September, there are 55 countries on Switzerland's 'high-risk' list. But how does a country receive this tainted honour?
Friday is ‘International Foot to School Day’. A cartoon flyer printed to commemorate the event - which depicts a child riding a wolf to school - has caused an unexpected kerfuffle.
Swiss authorities have warned of a ‘massive increase’ in illegal raves and parties this winter, as clubs remain closed or restricted due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The European chapter of the World Health Organization on Thursday said it saw "alarming rates of transmission" of Covid-19 across the region and warned countries against shortening quarantine periods.
Twenty percent of Swiss are in favour of a compulsory vaccination regime for coronavirus, should a vaccine become available.
Voters in Basel City will ask citizens to vote on a proposal to incorporate the fundamental rights of primates into their constitution, after the supreme court ruled Wednesday the text was permissible.
Net migration to Switzerland is set to fall to below 50,000 for the first time due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, a new report has found.
Former Swiss President Ueli Maurer has asked citizens to be responsible and stick to lockdown rules, saying “Switzerland cannot afford a second lockdown. We just don’t have the money for that.”
Switzerland on Monday added several regions of France and Austria to its quarantine list, but avoided including border regions. Here’s why.
Switzerland’s federal transit authority (SBB) has announced plans to expand its night train connections with Barcelona, Amsterdam and Rome.
European airlines on Tuesday urged national capitals to coordinate measures to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus, saying the current patchwork of restrictions is hobbling a return to regular travel around the EU.
On September 27th, Swiss voters will go to the polls to decide on the purchase of new fighter jets. Here's what you need to know.
With hospitals reaching capacity and amid the worst infection rate in Switzerland, the western canton of Vaud has today introduced a range of new lockdown measures.
Swiss Health Minister Alain Berset has criticised those taking part in the country’s coronavirus skeptic movement, saying it has been “imported from abroad”.
The Swiss tourism industry has called on the government to scrap the ten-day quarantine ahead of the winter tourism season.
Switzerland is now effectively a high-risk area for coronavirus after infection rates in the country passed the Swiss government's own safety threshold.
Faced with the competition from Aldi and Lidl, Switzerland’s largest supermarket chain is now cutting prices by at least 10 percent on several hundred products.
Millions of commuters travel through Swiss train stations every day. But which stations are the best? A new ranking might have the answer
As the number of reported coronavirus infections is rising in Switzerland, it is easy to forget that some cantons have had relatively few cases.
The World Health Organization expects Europe to see a rise in the daily number of Covid-19 deaths in October and November, the head of the body's European branch told AFP.
Starting Monday, arrivals from nine French regions will have to self-quarantine in Switzerland for 10 days.
Police in the Swiss capital Bern said they used water cannon and rubber bullets to disperse a crowd of mostly young people holding an illegal "street carnival".
As of Monday, September 14th, travellers from nine areas of France will have to quarantine for 10 days upon arrival in Switzerland. However, border regions are exempted from the new rule.
On Friday, 528 new coronavirus cases were reported in Switzerland, the highest daily number since April. But health officials insist there is no cause for alarm yet.
Roger Federer, the tennis champ who is the brand’s 'ambassador’, helped Swiss chocolatier Lindt and Sprüngli to unveil a nine metre high chocolate fountain on Thursday.
On Friday, the Federal Council is discussing the question of whether, due to the high number of infections in France, a quarantine obligation should be introduced for travellers from the country.
Ninety people have tested positive for Covid-19 and eight have died in two care homes in central Switzerland in two of the largest outbreaks seen in retirement facilities, local authorities said.
The European Union on Thursday demanded Britain withdraw contentious Brexit legislation or face legal reprisals, heaping pressure on Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government as a revolt brewed within its own ranks for violating a binding treaty.
With the UK government proposing to effectively override parts of the carefully negotiated and ratified Brexit Withdrawal Agreement concern is mounting among Britons living in Europe that their futures aren't quite as guaranteed as they thought. British in Europe explain.
A Swiss court has held that immigration officials are not able to order a person to be deported under Switzerland’s deportation initiative.
A 34-year-old American man died Thursday in a wingsuit jumping accident in the Swiss mountains, local police said. The cause of the fatal crash is unknown.
Switzerland economic resilience and capacity to rebound from the coronavirus pandemic is the fourth best in the world.
Switzerland’s Council of States has approved a plan to start cannabis trials for recreational use, but only 'experienced cannabis users' should apply.
The German government has placed the western Swiss cantons of Geneva and Vaud on its ‘high-risk’ travel warning list.
Depending on where you're from, there are different ways to prove you're a resident in Switzerland in case you ever need to.
Switzerland has given formal approval to an agreement to protect the residential rights of Brits in Switzerland - and Swiss in the UK.
Switzerland’s solidarity tax, levied on the wealthiest Swiss, will be extended by at least a year due to a revenue shortfall caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Women in Swiss parliament are now allowed to show their shoulders and arms after the Council of States relaxed its clothing regulations for women.
Switzerland’s National Council resumed on Monday September 7th in plexiglass ‘aquariums’ to comply with social distancing requirements.
Countries across Europe have been rolling out coronavirus contact and trace apps in a bid to halt the resurgence of new cases. But are any of them actually proved effective? The results are far from positive.
The Swiss government has rejected a call from experts in France and Germany - along with several Swiss cantons - to halve the country’s quarantine requirement. Here’s why.
A doctor in the Swiss canton of Zug was fired without notice for not wearing a mask. She says she’s being made a “pawn” in the government’s mask battle.
Switzerland is expensive, but a silver lining is that workers tend to earn big bucks - and that’s certainly the case for IT specialists.
Even with High German, the differences between writing and speaking are stark.
While the shadows are growing longer and the nights are becoming crisper, there are still some warm days to come all across Switzerland.
In the EU, 13 percent of deaths are linked to pollution, said a new report published on Tuesday by the European Environment Agency (EEA), which stressed the current pandemic put environmental health factors in the spotlight.
The Swiss government has rejected a call from a number of Swiss cantons to cut the country’s quarantine requirement.
Three-quarters of Switzerland’s energy came from renewable sources in 2019, while only two percent came from fossil fuels.
As colder weather is approaching, Swiss health experts are answering a very pertinent question: is it safe to eat the cheese fondue during the pandemic? Seriously.
Although Swiss authorities have not recommended routine testing for young children, as they are not believed to be at risk of infection, some health experts are now changing their minds.
Paris is a leading international city in commerce, as well as culture. It's buzzing with entrepreneurs and huge numbers of students, as well as tourists. So, just how much do you know about the French capital in 2020?
The Brexit terms that Britain agreed to before formally exiting the European Union "must be respected," chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier said Monday, after reports that London might seek legislation to override key parts of the deal.
A new report by a United Nations agency places Switzerland among four best countries to be a child.
Despite some claims to the contrary, the free movement of people has had a positive impact on the Swiss economy, a new study concludes.
Four countries have been added to Switzerland’s mandatory quarantine list, while a further two have been removed.
More than half of all employees in Switzerland feel emotionally exhausted, while three out of ten suffer from stress.