Everything that changes in Switzerland in 2021
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Everything that changes in Switzerland in 2021

From beer at gas stations to paternity leave, here's what's set to change in Switzerland in 2021.

Switzerland rejects further coronavirus lockdown despite ‘worrying’ situation

Switzerland rejects further coronavirus lockdown despite ‘worrying’ situation

The Swiss government said no additional coronavirus measures are necessary despite the “worrying” situation that has been caused by the pandemic.

Uncertain future: The challenges ahead for Britons living in Europe

Uncertain future: The challenges ahead for Britons living in Europe

Even with a Brexit trade deal secured, British people in Europe now enter a period of profound uncertainty. Brian Robinson of citizens' rights group Brexpats - Hear Our Voice outlines the challenges ahead.

Swiss authorities dismiss claim woman died due to vaccination

Swiss authorities dismiss claim woman died due to vaccination

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.

Swiss study finds dating apps don’t destroy love

Swiss study finds dating apps don’t destroy love

Looking for love during the cold, long nights of the pandemic in winter? All you need to do is swipe.

Swiss police open investigation into Brits who fled ski quarantine

Swiss police open investigation into Brits who fled ski quarantine

Police in the canton of Valais have opened up an investigation into 12 Britons who fled a ten-day quarantine over the weekend.

‘It’s time to put Brexit behind us’: EU chiefs sign trade deal with UK

‘It’s time to put Brexit behind us’: EU chiefs sign trade deal with UK

EU chiefs Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel signed the post-Brexit trade deal agreed with Britain on Wednesday morning.

EU health warning: ‘High’ risk new coronavirus strains will lead to more deaths

EU health warning: ‘High’ risk new coronavirus strains will lead to more deaths

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.

Top ten European tech stories of 2020
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Top ten European tech stories of 2020

Every year is now a big year in tech. But in 2020 innovative digital solutions were more in demand than ever before, as disruption became a fact of life rather than simply a business buzzword.

EXPLAINED: What changes in Swiss tax law in 2021?
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EXPLAINED: What changes in Swiss tax law in 2021?

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.

Switzerland: Glarus and Appenzeller Innerrhoden to open ski slopes on Wednesday

Switzerland: Glarus and Appenzeller Innerrhoden to open ski slopes on Wednesday

The cantons of Glarus and Appenzeller Innerrhoden have announced skiing will again be possible from Wednesday, December 30th.

MAPS: Which Swiss ski regions are open?

MAPS: Which Swiss ski regions are open?

After closing over Christmas, a number of Swiss cantons have again opened their ski slopes - or will do so in the coming days.

Switzerland to get 24/7 fighter jet protection from 2021

Switzerland to get 24/7 fighter jet protection from 2021

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.

‘We stopped being afraid to meet local people’: The Czech lunches that connect families

‘We stopped being afraid to meet local people’: The Czech lunches that connect families

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.

ANALYSIS: What Brexit means for Switzerland

ANALYSIS: What Brexit means for Switzerland

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.

EXPLAINED: What changes on Switzerland’s roads in 2021?
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EXPLAINED: What changes on Switzerland’s roads in 2021?

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

‘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: Brexit deal is ‘good news for the whole world’

Switzerland: Brexit deal is ‘good news for the whole world’

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".

Brexit will throw up endless hurdles for Britons in Europe, but we’ll be there to help

Brexit will throw up endless hurdles for Britons in Europe, but we’ll be there to help

The impact of Brexit will probably be more of a dull pain felt over a long period – endless unexpected hurdles cropping up to test Britons living in Europe. Here at The Local we’ll be there to help, writes founder and CEO James Savage.

ANALYSIS: Britons in Europe still gripped by fear and loathing over Brexit

ANALYSIS: Britons in Europe still gripped by fear and loathing over Brexit

It's been four years since the polemic Brexit referendum and now the inevitable moment is upon us. So how have Brits living in Europe come to terms with leaving the EU? Graham Keeley finds out.

Switzerland: Hundreds of British ski tourists escape quarantine in Valais

Switzerland: Hundreds of British ski tourists escape quarantine in Valais

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.

Swiss health minister: ‘We were far too optimistic’

Swiss health minister: ‘We were far too optimistic’

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.

New coronavirus mutation detected in Switzerland

New coronavirus mutation detected in Switzerland

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

‘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.

‘Devastating’: Anger and dismay after UK decides to pull out of EU’s Erasmus student scheme

‘Devastating’: Anger and dismay after UK decides to pull out of EU’s Erasmus student scheme

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.

‘Europe is moving on’: How EU leaders reacted to the Brexit deal with Britain

‘Europe is moving on’: How EU leaders reacted to the Brexit deal with Britain

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.

‘The deal is done’: EU and UK finally reach a Brexit trade agreement

‘The deal is done’: EU and UK finally reach a Brexit trade agreement

After months of fraught negotiations the EU and the UK have finally reached a trade deal, both sides announced on Thursday.

EU and UK reach a trade deal

EU and UK reach a trade deal

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."

Hack Your Future, Belgium’s coding school for refugees

Hack Your Future, Belgium’s coding school for refugees

Belgium needs IT workers, while disadvantaged migrants need the chance to access skilled jobs. A programme that trains refugees and asylum seekers in web development aims to help.

UPDATED: Which countries are currently on Switzerland’s quarantine list?

UPDATED: Which countries are currently on Switzerland’s quarantine list?

Several countries including Ireland, Denmark, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic have been added to Switzerland's quarantine list.

Switzerland to allow UK flights from Thursday but only for certain travellers

Switzerland to allow UK flights from Thursday but only for certain travellers

Switzerland has announced it will re-open its airports to flights from the United Kingdom from Christmas Eve but only for certain travellers.

Bridging between worlds in Switzerland – the promise of transcultural psychiatry

Bridging between worlds in Switzerland – the promise of transcultural psychiatry

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.

UPDATE: First person receives coronavirus vaccine in Switzerland

UPDATE: First person receives coronavirus vaccine in Switzerland

A 90-year-old woman in the canton of Lucerne has become the first person to be vaccinated in Switzerland.

Struggling Swiss ski resorts feel hit after British flight ban

Struggling Swiss ski resorts feel hit after British flight ban

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.

UPDATED: When will coronavirus vaccinations start in your Swiss canton?

UPDATED: When will coronavirus vaccinations start in your Swiss canton?

As at January 7th, only one Swiss canton is yet to start vaccinating people against coronavirus.

Coronavirus vaccinations to start in Switzerland today

Coronavirus vaccinations to start in Switzerland today

The first delivery of vaccines has already arrived in Switzerland. Vaccination will begin on Wednesday.

Switzerland: Baden-Württemberg closes border due to coronavirus risks

Switzerland: Baden-Württemberg closes border due to coronavirus risks

The German state of Baden-Württemberg has closed the border to Switzerland in both directions to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

EU says blanket UK travel ban should end to allow people to return home

EU says blanket UK travel ban should end to allow people to return home

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.

When are the public holidays in Switzerland in 2021?
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When are the public holidays in Switzerland in 2021?

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.

Covid-19: Switzerland imposes new restrictions on Christmas shoppers

Covid-19: Switzerland imposes new restrictions on Christmas shoppers

Access restrictions went into effect in Swiss stores on Tuesday to stem the spread of coronavirus during the busy festive season.

UPDATE: Which Swiss regions are closed for skiing over the holidays?

UPDATE: Which Swiss regions are closed for skiing over the holidays?

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.

EXPLAINED: Everything you need to know about Switzerland’s Covid-19 vaccination rollout

EXPLAINED: Everything you need to know about Switzerland’s Covid-19 vaccination rollout

Switzerland has begun rolling out the coronavirus vaccine. Here's what you need to know.

UPDATE: What are Switzerland’s current coronavirus shutdown measures?

UPDATE: What are Switzerland’s current coronavirus shutdown measures?

On December 18th, Switzerland put in place an extensive range of new measures. Here's what you need to know.

IN PHOTOS: Everyday resilience in a Lesvos refugee camp

IN PHOTOS: Everyday resilience in a Lesvos refugee camp

While conditions at refugee camps on the Greek island of Lesvos are dire, it hasn't stopped residents finding ways to live through the constant state of emergency.

Switzerland imposes retroactive quarantine on arrivals from UK

Switzerland imposes retroactive quarantine on arrivals from UK

Switzerland has announced that anyone who arrived in the country from the UK and South Africa in recent days must now go into quarantine.

TRAVEL: Switzerland suspends flights with UK over new Covid strain

TRAVEL: Switzerland suspends flights with UK over new Covid strain

Switzerland has barred travel from the UK in a bid to block a new strain of coronavirus that has swept across southern England.

UPDATE- Travel chaos in Europe – Which countries have imposed transport bans on UK?

UPDATE- Travel chaos in Europe – Which countries have imposed transport bans on UK?

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.

EXPLAINED: how business mentality and psychology differs between countries
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EXPLAINED: how business mentality and psychology differs between countries

If you want to pursue a business career today, you're certain to have contact with people from many cultures and countries. While globalisation is a powerful force, it has not swept away all the cultural differences that shape how people work.

Vaccinations to start in Switzerland ‘within days’ after official approval

Vaccinations to start in Switzerland ‘within days’ after official approval

The Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine has been approved in Switzerland.

Switzerland adds parts of Germany, removes Austria from mandatory quarantine list

Switzerland adds parts of Germany, removes Austria from mandatory quarantine list

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.

UPDATE: Switzerland to close all restaurants amid new move to stem Covid-19 surge

UPDATE: Switzerland to close all restaurants amid new move to stem Covid-19 surge

New restrictions will go into effect in Switzerland on Tuesday in an effort to curb the growing number of coronavirus infections.

Covid-19: Where are you most likely to catch the virus in Switzerland?

Covid-19: Where are you most likely to catch the virus in Switzerland?

With about 5,000 contaminations throughout the country each day, Swiss health authorities have established a list of where the majority of infections occur.

Cross-border workers in Switzerland face growing unemployment

Cross-border workers in Switzerland face growing unemployment

About 13 percent of workers from France lost their jobs in Switzerland between March and September, figures show.

Swiss parliament approves same-sex marriage

Swiss parliament approves same-sex marriage

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.

Where can you travel by international train from Switzerland this Christmas?

Where can you travel by international train from Switzerland this Christmas?

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.

Mayor of Stockholm: ‘We want to be the impact capital of the world’
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Mayor of Stockholm: ‘We want to be the impact capital of the world’

Few years have given humankind as much cause for reflection as 2020. But in the eyes of Anna König Jerlmyr, the Mayor of Stockholm, reflecting on your purpose and the impact you can have has always been crucial.

Travel in Switzerland: Geneva airport launches more Christmas flights

Travel in Switzerland: Geneva airport launches more Christmas flights

An increased number of flights will link the Swiss city with dozens of international destinations.

UPDATE: Swiss ski resort sets quotas for slopes while Zurich demands pistes close

UPDATE: Swiss ski resort sets quotas for slopes while Zurich demands pistes close

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 reveals its Covid-19 vaccination strategy

Switzerland reveals its Covid-19 vaccination strategy

Switzerland is getting ready to vaccinate against coronavirus at the end of January, and this is what the process will look like.

EXPLAINED: What are the Covid-19 rules for skiing in Switzerland this winter?

EXPLAINED: What are the Covid-19 rules for skiing in Switzerland this winter?

Skiing will be possible in Switzerland this winter despite coronavirus restrictions. Here's what you need to know.

Art of Swiss watchmaking awarded UNESCO heritage status

Art of Swiss watchmaking awarded UNESCO heritage status

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.

How a community scheme is forging bonds between locals and newcomers

How a community scheme is forging bonds between locals and newcomers

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 dies from Covid-19

Former Swiss president dies from Covid-19

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.

EXPLAINED: What are Switzerland’s current coronavirus rules you need to know?

EXPLAINED: What are Switzerland’s current coronavirus rules you need to know?

Switzerland adopted new federal coronavirus measures on December 12th. Here's what you need to know.

Basel City to extend coronavirus measures to next year

Basel City to extend coronavirus measures to next year

Basel City has decided to extend its coronavirus lockdown measures until January 22nd.

WHO warns Europe of Covid-19 ‘resurgence’ and urges families to wear face masks at Christmas

WHO warns Europe of Covid-19 ‘resurgence’ and urges families to wear face masks at Christmas

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.

EXPLAINED: The Covid-19 restrictions Switzerland could impose after Christmas

EXPLAINED: The Covid-19 restrictions Switzerland could impose after Christmas

These are the measures Swiss cantons are likely put in place before the end of the year if the epidemiological situation in Switzerland deteriorates.

Switzerland ranked more expensive than all European countries

Switzerland ranked more expensive than all European countries

Prices are 55 percent higher in Switzerland than the average across the EU, new figures released by the Federal Statistical Office (FSO) indicate.

Cost of living in Switzerland: How to save money if you live in Zurich

Cost of living in Switzerland: How to save money if you live in Zurich

You don’t need to live in Zurich to know how expensive it is - but locals tips can make your francs stretch a little longer.

‘Foreigners rather than equals’: How Switzerland is failing immigrants

‘Foreigners rather than equals’: How Switzerland is failing immigrants

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.

Switzerland to offer compensation for delayed trains from 2021

Switzerland to offer compensation for delayed trains from 2021

From next year, passengers will be entitled to compensation for delays on public transport in Switzerland.

UPDATE: What is the coronavirus situation in Switzerland and where are cases rising?

UPDATE: What is the coronavirus situation in Switzerland and where are cases rising?

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.

EXPLAINED: What you are still allowed to do in Switzerland this Christmas
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EXPLAINED: What you are still allowed to do in Switzerland this Christmas

Recent government measures restrict many festivities traditionally associated with the holiday season. But some activities are not banned.

‘Landlocked’ in the EU: Are you affected by loss of onward freedom of movement?

‘Landlocked’ in the EU: Are you affected by loss of onward freedom of movement?

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.

New sanitary rules set for rail passengers between Switzerland and Italy

New sanitary rules set for rail passengers between Switzerland and Italy

Trains between Switzerland and Italy are circulating again, but new measures are in place.

Covid-19: What is the situation in Swiss hospitals right now?

Covid-19: What is the situation in Swiss hospitals right now?

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?

Switzerland’s hospital directors issue plea for tighter coronavirus measures

Switzerland’s hospital directors issue plea for tighter coronavirus measures

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.

UPDATED: UK and EU abandon deadline to continue Brexit trade deal talks

UPDATED: UK and EU abandon deadline to continue Brexit trade deal talks

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.

Swiss claim China deal posed no threat to dissidents

Swiss claim China deal posed no threat to dissidents

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.

How Switzerland’s new clampdown on virus has stoked communal tensions

How Switzerland’s new clampdown on virus has stoked communal tensions

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 announces new Christmas restrictions as Covid-19 cases surge

Switzerland announces new Christmas restrictions as Covid-19 cases surge

Switzerland’s government has ordered new national restrictions for Switzerland ahead of Christmas to curb the increasing rate of Covid-19 infections.

How a refugee-run factory is helping the Netherlands meet its need for face masks

How a refugee-run factory is helping the Netherlands meet its need for face masks

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.

Swiss railways releases new time table: Here’s what changes in 2021

Swiss railways releases new time table: Here’s what changes in 2021

From additional seats on several lines to more frequent connections, this is what you can expect on Switzerland’s trains in 2021.

EXPLAINED: Why are Covid-19 infections on the rise again in Switzerland?

EXPLAINED: Why are Covid-19 infections on the rise again in Switzerland?

After several weeks of falling coronavirus numbers and rising optimism, the epidemiological situation in Switzerland is deteriorating again. Why is this happening?

How a nighttime bell has caused uproar in a Swiss village

How a nighttime bell has caused uproar in a Swiss village

There is uproar in a Swiss village and it's all to do with the incessant ringing of a nearby bell at nighttime.

UPDATE: Cross-border train service between Switzerland and Italy to continue running

UPDATE: Cross-border train service between Switzerland and Italy to continue running

Despite an earlier announcement that Switzerland and Italy will halt rail services between the two countries, they are set to continue.

EU announces no-deal plans to guarantee road and air travel with UK in January

EU announces no-deal plans to guarantee road and air travel with UK in January

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.

Adapting to address changing refugee needs in Athens

Adapting to address changing refugee needs in Athens

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.

Why are Switzerland’s French-speaking cantons rebelling against planned new Covid-19 restrictions?

Why are Switzerland’s French-speaking cantons rebelling against planned new Covid-19 restrictions?

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".

Covid-19: What new rules could Switzerland introduce on Saturday?

Covid-19: What new rules could Switzerland introduce on Saturday?

Faced with the increasing infection rate in the Swiss-German regions, the Federal Council could order new national restrictions.

Same-sex marriage one step closer in Switzerland

Same-sex marriage one step closer in Switzerland

Is Switzerland set to introduce same-sex marriage?

Switzerland promises coronavirus vaccine will be free and voluntary

Switzerland promises coronavirus vaccine will be free and voluntary

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.

Explained: What you need to know about Zurich’s new coronavirus shutdown

Explained: What you need to know about Zurich’s new coronavirus shutdown

Zurich will tighten coronavirus measures on Thursday. Here's what you need to know.

BREXIT: What Brits in Europe need to know about travel from January 2021

BREXIT: What Brits in Europe need to know about travel from January 2021

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 elects new president from 2021

Switzerland elects new president from 2021

Switzerland’s federal assembly on Wednesday elected Guy Parmelin to take over as President from 2021 onwards.

REVEALED: What is the ‘Word of the Year’ for each of Switzerland’s language regions?

REVEALED: What is the ‘Word of the Year’ for each of Switzerland’s language regions?

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.

What are the penalties for breaking Switzerland’s coronavirus rules?

What are the penalties for breaking Switzerland’s coronavirus rules?

The Swiss Conference of Prosecutors (SSK) has adopted a uniform set of sanctions for non-compliance with the country's Covid-19 restrictions.

MAP: Return of night trains across Europe comes a step closer

MAP: Return of night trains across Europe comes a step closer

Will night trains become an alternative to late night and early morning flights in Europe?

Switzerland plans new restrictions as Covid-19 situation ‘deteriorates noticeably’

Switzerland plans new restrictions as Covid-19 situation ‘deteriorates noticeably’

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 to suspend cross-border train services indefinitely

Switzerland and Italy to suspend cross-border train services indefinitely

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.

Swiss secure three million more vaccine doses

Swiss secure three million more vaccine doses

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.

Several Swiss cantons tighten coronavirus measures

Several Swiss cantons tighten coronavirus measures

Authorities in Zurich, Solothurn and Basel Country are tightening lockdown measures. Here's what you need to know.

The tech hub that offers work-life balance as well as digital innovation
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The tech hub that offers work-life balance as well as digital innovation

Cities today don’t just compete on raw economics. They’re also in competition to show themselves as leaders in sustainability, digitalisation and quality of life. Here, we look at some international rankings – and one city that thrives on many criteria.

How a Cyprus charity realigned its services to face the pandemic

How a Cyprus charity realigned its services to face the pandemic

When Cyprus went into lockdown in spring 2020, many migrants found themselves without easy access to food and other necessities. Here's how one charity quickly restructured its organisation to focus on its members' needs.

Why one rebellious canton could see new shutdown imposed across whole of Switzerland

Why one rebellious canton could see new shutdown imposed across whole of Switzerland

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.

EXPLAINED: What you should know about restaurant re-openings in French-speaking Switzerland

EXPLAINED: What you should know about restaurant re-openings in French-speaking Switzerland

Restaurants will open again this week in French-speaking cantons in Switzerland. This is what you should know about the rules.

Why the Swiss are banking on a more cautious approach to Covid-19 vaccine

Why the Swiss are banking on a more cautious approach to Covid-19 vaccine

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.

Could new rules in Switzerland deter Christmas shoppers?

Could new rules in Switzerland deter Christmas shoppers?

On Friday, Switzerland's government announced new pre-Christmas measures to prevent coronavirus infections, including some relating to shopping.

What will Christmas be like in Switzerland this year?
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What will Christmas be like in Switzerland this year?

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.

How law students in Germany are providing free advice to asylum seekers

How law students in Germany are providing free advice to asylum seekers

Bureaucracy might be a well-known source of grievances for most new arrivals in Germany, but for some, the burden is considerably heavier than for others. Meet the law students helping asylum seekers and refugees navigate German legislation.

Skiing: Photo of crowds queuing at Swiss ski lift sparks outrage

Skiing: Photo of crowds queuing at Swiss ski lift sparks outrage

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.

Covid-19: Switzerland expects to vaccinate 70,000 people daily

Covid-19: Switzerland expects to vaccinate 70,000 people daily

Starting in January, Swiss health authorities are planning to administer up to 70,000 vaccines every day.

Switzerland warns cantons to expect tougher pandemic measures

Switzerland warns cantons to expect tougher pandemic measures

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.

Switzerland announces new Covid-19 rules for Christmas

Switzerland announces new Covid-19 rules for Christmas

In a press conference on Friday Swiss Health Minister Alain Berset laid out measures and recommendations for the festive season in Switzerland.

Switzerland gives green light to Christmas skiing

Switzerland gives green light to Christmas skiing

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.

Switzerland adds US and parts of Austria and Italy to mandatory quarantine list

Switzerland adds US and parts of Austria and Italy to mandatory quarantine list

Swiss health officials included more ‘high risk’ countries on in its list on Friday. The new rule will come into force on December 14th.

Switzerland makes home Covid-19 tests available

Switzerland makes home Covid-19 tests available

A Swiss company is selling a coronavirus testing kit to be used at home, the first such test in the country.

Weather warning: Swathe of Switzerland faces heavy snow and gales

Weather warning: Swathe of Switzerland faces heavy snow and gales

Although winter doesn't officially start until December 21st, strong winds, snow, and low temperatures are already hitting parts of Switzerland.

What are the new Covid-19 hotspots in Switzerland right now?

What are the new Covid-19 hotspots in Switzerland right now?

Throughout the first and second waves, the Swiss-French cantons had the highest number of coronavirus infections. But now the trend is shifting.

Open  Meal with Refugees: The public potluck bringing newcomers and locals together in Amsterdam

Open Meal with Refugees: The public potluck bringing newcomers and locals together in Amsterdam

When Sahr John first moved to Amsterdam, he was an undocumented migrant. Originally from Sierra Leone, for the past four years he has planned and hosted Open Meal with Refugees, a public potluck where refugees and Amsterdammers are encouraged to mingle and make new friends.

Swiss police can now issue on-the-spot fines for mask refusers

Swiss police can now issue on-the-spot fines for mask refusers

A law change has made it much easier for mask refusers to be fined in Switzerland.

Switzerland: Liberian ‘cannibal warlord’ to go on trial in Swiss criminal court

Switzerland: Liberian ‘cannibal warlord’ to go on trial in Swiss criminal court

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.

Switzerland’s Nestle to spend billions cutting carbon footprint

Switzerland’s Nestle to spend billions cutting carbon footprint

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.

‘Freedom Pass’: Will Switzerland introduce a British-style coronavirus immunity card?

‘Freedom Pass’: Will Switzerland introduce a British-style coronavirus immunity card?

A ‘covid immunity card’ would give holders special benefits and a 'return to normality' of sorts, but would it be introduced in Switzerland?

Switzerland warned it could face a third wave of Covid-19

Switzerland warned it could face a third wave of Covid-19

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.

‘I got fed up and cancelled’: The reality of travelling abroad from Switzerland in a pandemic

‘I got fed up and cancelled’: The reality of travelling abroad from Switzerland in a pandemic

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.

‘Not another Ischgl’: Switzerland unveils plans to make ski slopes safer this winter

‘Not another Ischgl’: Switzerland unveils plans to make ski slopes safer this winter

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.

IN PICTURES: Swiss flags hang over protesting French ski village

IN PICTURES: Swiss flags hang over protesting French ski village

The French village of Châtel is protesting against the closure of their ski lifts by flying Swiss flags from the town hall.

Coronavirus: Will Switzerland introduce a working from home obligation?

Coronavirus: Will Switzerland introduce a working from home obligation?

Switzerland’s Health Minister has proposed a working from home obligation. If approved, the measure will apply until January 20th.

How Switzerland is setting up its unprecedented vaccination infrastructure
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How Switzerland is setting up its unprecedented vaccination infrastructure

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.

UPDATE: French skiers to be banned from hitting Swiss slopes

UPDATE: French skiers to be banned from hitting Swiss slopes

France will take measures to stop skiers from sidestepping local virus restrictions and hitting the slopes in other countries during the Christmas holidays.

Border checks and quarantine: France lays out measures to stop French hitting ski slopes abroad

Border checks and quarantine: France lays out measures to stop French hitting ski slopes abroad

France will take measures to stop skiers from sidestepping local virus restrictions and hitting the slopes in other countries during the Christmas holidays.

Switzerland: Should binational couples get priority access to coronavirus vaccine?

Switzerland: Should binational couples get priority access to coronavirus vaccine?

A Swiss health expert has suggested binational couples be treated ‘as a risk group’, thereby getting access to the first wave of coronavirus vaccinations.

Anti-mandatory vaccine referendum campaign launched in Switzerland

Anti-mandatory vaccine referendum campaign launched in Switzerland

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 set to tighten coronavirus measures until Christmas: reports

Switzerland set to tighten coronavirus measures until Christmas: reports

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 Europe urged to apply for new EHIC card

British pensioners and students living in Europe urged to apply for new EHIC card

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.

Are companies in Switzerland in good shape to survive impact of pandemic?

Are companies in Switzerland in good shape to survive impact of pandemic?

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.

Covid-19: What you need to know if you are travelling abroad from Switzerland
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Covid-19: What you need to know if you are travelling abroad from Switzerland

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.

EXPLAINED: Does Switzerland face a threat from terrorism?

EXPLAINED: Does Switzerland face a threat from terrorism?

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.

Train connections between Switzerland and France set to increase in December

Train connections between Switzerland and France set to increase in December

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 economy and job market face gloomy outlook, new figures show

Switzerland’s economy and job market face gloomy outlook, new figures show

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.

‘Our goal is to empower students based on their talent – not the colour of their passports’

‘Our goal is to empower students based on their talent – not the colour of their passports’

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.

Everything that changes in Switzerland in December 2020
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Everything that changes in Switzerland in December 2020

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.

Will residents in Switzerland be allowed to go to Germany for Covid-19 vaccination?

Will residents in Switzerland be allowed to go to Germany for Covid-19 vaccination?

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?

Switzerland rejects ban on weapons exports

Switzerland rejects ban on weapons exports

Swiss voters have rejected a referendum proposal which would have put in place a ban on weapons exports.

UPDATED: World’s strictest corporate responsibility plan fails in Swiss vote

UPDATED: World’s strictest corporate responsibility plan fails in Swiss vote

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.

What do people in Switzerland spend their money on?

What do people in Switzerland spend their money on?

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.

Bus shuttle service for French skiers in Switzerland risks stoking tensions

Bus shuttle service for French skiers in Switzerland risks stoking tensions

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.

Which ski resorts are open in Switzerland and which are expected to open soon?

Which ski resorts are open in Switzerland and which are expected to open soon?

Swiss ski season is underway and some infrastructures are already open. Others expect to welcome skiers in the coming weeks.

How translators in the Netherlands are making Covid-19 information more accessible

How translators in the Netherlands are making Covid-19 information more accessible

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.

Covid-19 vaccine may be ready in Switzerland sooner than predicted

Covid-19 vaccine may be ready in Switzerland sooner than predicted

Swiss Health Minister Alain Berset has said the first coronavirus vaccines will likely be rolled out within two months.

Swiss named European champions of train travel

Swiss named European champions of train travel

When it comes to the number of trips taken and kilometres travelled by train, people in Switzerland top the charts.

Cafés and restaurants in most of French-speaking Switzerland to re-open on December 10th

Cafés and restaurants in most of French-speaking Switzerland to re-open on December 10th

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.

’The Swiss way is right’: Switzerland defends decision to keep ski resorts open

’The Swiss way is right’: Switzerland defends decision to keep ski resorts open

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.

‘We help prepare migrants for the job market – and prepare Greek employers for diversity’

‘We help prepare migrants for the job market – and prepare Greek employers for diversity’

Navigating the naturalisation process and finding a job can be a complicated and long procedure for migrants coming to Greece. Generation 2.0, a non-profit organisation working towards a diverse and inclusive society, tries to not only help migrants integrate and thrive, but also to bring about social and legal reform.

How a Spanish project keeps migrant mothers away from trafficking networks

How a Spanish project keeps migrant mothers away from trafficking networks

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.

British tourists set to face Europe’s Covid-19 travel ban from January 2021

British tourists set to face Europe’s Covid-19 travel ban from January 2021

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.

Introducing ‘Changing the narrative’: A new series and approach to migration reporting
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Introducing ‘Changing the narrative’: A new series and approach to migration reporting

Throughout 2020, The Local has offered training on a solutions-focused approach to migration reporting for over 100 journalists. Over the next few weeks we will be publishing some of their articles.

How legal information can support refugees’ fight for their rights in Germany

How legal information can support refugees’ fight for their rights in Germany

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.

Open Home: How a group of citizens responded to Luxembourg’s housing crisis by welcoming refugees into their homes

Open Home: How a group of citizens responded to Luxembourg’s housing crisis by welcoming refugees into their homes

In 2019, Luxembourg received 2,047 applications for asylum. By the end of the year, its asylum centres hosted 3,208 people, including those granted refugee or protection status (BIP) who involuntarily linger on, unable to afford suitable accommodation.

Everything you need to know about Switzerland’s referendum to ban military exports

Everything you need to know about Switzerland’s referendum to ban military exports

Swiss voters will go to the polls on Sunday to decide on whether to ban military exports and other war materials.

Everything you need to know about Switzerland’s ‘corporate responsibility’ referendum

Everything you need to know about Switzerland’s ‘corporate responsibility’ referendum

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: Where in Europe will it be possible to go skiing this year?
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UPDATE: Where in Europe will it be possible to go skiing this year?

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.

‘Self-quarantine’: Tips for how to have a safe Swiss Christmas

‘Self-quarantine’: Tips for how to have a safe Swiss Christmas

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.

Could Swiss authorities prevent you from travelling if you refuse the coronavirus vaccine?

Could Swiss authorities prevent you from travelling if you refuse the coronavirus vaccine?

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?

Swiss stabbing suspect ‘linked to jihadism inquiry’

Swiss stabbing suspect ‘linked to jihadism inquiry’

A woman arrested for a knife attack in a Swiss department store was linked to a 2017 jihadism investigation, police said on Wednesday.

Swiss police investigate ‘terrorist motives’ after shopping centre stabbing

Swiss police investigate ‘terrorist motives’ after shopping centre stabbing

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.

IN PICTURES: Swiss hit the slopes ‘to save ski season’

IN PICTURES: Swiss hit the slopes ‘to save ski season’

Can Switzerland's love of the mountains and passion for winter sports save an industry crippled by coronavirus?

‘We have enough tests’: Switzerland calls on Swiss to get tested

‘We have enough tests’: Switzerland calls on Swiss to get tested

Swiss health officials have urged anyone experiencing symptoms to get tested. Switzerland currently tests less per positive case than most European countries.

How dual citizenship has become easier to obtain in Switzerland
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How dual citizenship has become easier to obtain in Switzerland

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.

Why Switzerland might have to wait longer than other countries for a coronavirus vaccine
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Why Switzerland might have to wait longer than other countries for a coronavirus vaccine

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?

What is ‘Covid solidarity tax’ and should Switzerland impose it?

What is ‘Covid solidarity tax’ and should Switzerland impose it?

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?

Covid-19: Is it safe to ski in the Swiss Alps this season?

Covid-19: Is it safe to ski in the Swiss Alps this season?

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?

Thousands of Italian cross-border workers set to lose their jobs in Switzerland

Thousands of Italian cross-border workers set to lose their jobs in Switzerland

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.

IN NUMBERS: Reasons to be optimistic about the coronavirus situation in Switzerland

IN NUMBERS: Reasons to be optimistic about the coronavirus situation in Switzerland

Data from the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) shows that the rate of contaminations is declining, especially in the hardest-hit Swiss cantons.

Covid-19: What’s new in Switzerland from Monday

Covid-19: What’s new in Switzerland from Monday

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.

UPDATE: Switzerland removes France and Belgium from travel quarantine list

UPDATE: Switzerland removes France and Belgium from travel quarantine list

France, Belgium and Armenia have been removed from Switzerland’s quarantine list, while parts of Austria along with Luxembourg and Montenegro have been added.

Switzerland: Basel to tighten coronavirus measures from Monday

Switzerland: Basel to tighten coronavirus measures from Monday

Basel will close restaurants, fitness centres, casinos and brothels from Monday.

CHARTS: What we know about the coronavirus victims in Switzerland

CHARTS: What we know about the coronavirus victims in Switzerland

From fatalities to ICU beds, here’s what you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic in Switzerland.

Why does Switzerland carry out so few coronavirus tests?

Why does Switzerland carry out so few coronavirus tests?

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.

What Swiss residents need to do to avoid being fined in France

What Swiss residents need to do to avoid being fined in France

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.

Covid-19: What kind of Christmas can we expect in Switzerland this year?

Covid-19: What kind of Christmas can we expect in Switzerland this year?

With holidays only weeks away, many in Switzerland are wondering whether traditional family celebrations will be possible this year. What do the experts say?

EXPLAINED: Are there really no free ICU beds in Switzerland?

EXPLAINED: Are there really no free ICU beds in Switzerland?

According to media reports, Switzerland’s intensive care units are at full capacity. Are there really no free ICU beds in all of Switzerland?

Switzerland: Canton of Bern extends coronavirus measures

Switzerland: Canton of Bern extends coronavirus measures

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.

Switzerland: Woman fined 1,900 francs for leaving coronavirus quarantine early

Switzerland: Woman fined 1,900 francs for leaving coronavirus quarantine early

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.

EXPLAINED: Why certain parts of Switzerland are to vote on coronavirus measures

EXPLAINED: Why certain parts of Switzerland are to vote on coronavirus measures

In addition to two national initiatives, voters in three German-speaking cantons will decide on local issues driven by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Geneva to relax some coronavirus restrictions

Geneva to relax some coronavirus restrictions

Three weeks after implementing Switzerland’s toughest Covid-19 measures, Geneva is lifting a number of its restrictions from November 21st.

UPDATED: How much can I be fined for failing to wear a mask in Switzerland?

UPDATED: How much can I be fined for failing to wear a mask in Switzerland?

Switzerland’s Federal Council has just made it easier for police to fine someone for failing to wear a mask.

Why Zurich ranks as the world’s most expensive city once again

Why Zurich ranks as the world’s most expensive city once again

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.

Tell us: How do you save money in Zurich?

Tell us: How do you save money in Zurich?

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.

‘Practically all full’: Swiss sound alarm as ICU units reach capacity

‘Practically all full’: Swiss sound alarm as ICU units reach capacity

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.

Can Switzerland still save its ski season?

Can Switzerland still save its ski season?

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.

Switzerland: Should coronavirus sceptics forfeit their bed in the case of ICU bottlenecks?

Switzerland: Should coronavirus sceptics forfeit their bed in the case of ICU bottlenecks?

A prominent Swiss Health Economist has suggested coronavirus skeptics forfeit their places in intensive care units in the event of bottlenecks.

How Switzerland plans to roll out the coronavirus vaccine

How Switzerland plans to roll out the coronavirus vaccine

While Switzerland has said the coronavirus vaccine will not be mandatory, fines or obligations for people in specific jobs are being considered.

Coronavirus: Switzerland’s intensive care units ‘close to capacity or above’

Coronavirus: Switzerland’s intensive care units ‘close to capacity or above’

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

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.

Fondue or fon-don’t: Row erupts over safety of Switzerland’s national dish

Fondue or fon-don’t: Row erupts over safety of Switzerland’s national dish

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?

Switzerland tops rankings for ability to attract most talented workers

Switzerland tops rankings for ability to attract most talented workers

A new global study shows that for the fifth consecutive year, Switzerland is the number one destination for top professionals.

Will an American-style queuing system end chaos at Swiss ski lifts?

Will an American-style queuing system end chaos at Swiss ski lifts?

The Swiss are usually organised and orderly. But when it comes to waiting in line to get on ski lifts, crowds are often unruly.

EXPLAINED: What exactly is ‘coronagraben’ in Switzerland?

EXPLAINED: What exactly is ‘coronagraben’ in Switzerland?

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?

Who will pay for Covid-19 vaccines in Switzerland?

Who will pay for Covid-19 vaccines in Switzerland?

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.

UPDATE: What’s the latest on the Covid-19 situation in Geneva?

UPDATE: What’s the latest on the Covid-19 situation in Geneva?

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.

Life insurance: do you need it and how much is enough?
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Life insurance: do you need it and how much is enough?

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.

‘Swiss autonomy’: Does Switzerland need a better agreement with the EU?

‘Swiss autonomy’: Does Switzerland need a better agreement with the EU?

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.

Five tips for getting cheaper health insurance in Switzerland
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Five tips for getting cheaper health insurance in Switzerland

Swiss health insurance is notoriously expensive, but there are a few ways to cut the cost of the premiums.

Why bright minds from across the world are choosing to live in Stockholm
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Why bright minds from across the world are choosing to live in Stockholm

If the world is your oyster, where do you choose to go and why? Today, many talented people decide by looking firstly for a city that fits their lifestyle – and then for the right job opportunities.

Where in Switzerland are you most likely to find properties for rent?

Where in Switzerland are you most likely to find properties for rent?

According to an analysis of Swiss real estate market by Raiffeisen bank, some cantons have a larger selection of rental units than others.

Where in Switzerland is the rate of Covid-19 infections falling?

Where in Switzerland is the rate of Covid-19 infections falling?

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.

Does Switzerland’s ‘mild’ coronavirus strategy make it ‘the new Sweden’?

Does Switzerland’s ‘mild’ coronavirus strategy make it ‘the new Sweden’?

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’.

‘World’s largest’ pink diamond sold in Geneva

‘World’s largest’ pink diamond sold in Geneva

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 in Switzerland: Infections slowing but deaths on the rise

Coronavirus in Switzerland: Infections slowing but deaths on the rise

Coronavirus figures for the past week brought bittersweet news in Switzerland’s continuing battle against the pandemic.

Swiss Pharma boss: ‘I support compulsory coronavirus vaccination’

Swiss Pharma boss: ‘I support compulsory coronavirus vaccination’

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.

Free ID: Swiss municipality abolishes fees for residents

Free ID: Swiss municipality abolishes fees for residents

A municipality in the Swiss canton of Basel Country has abolished fees for residents, including ID, stamp duty and other paperwork-related fees.

UPDATED: What are the coronavirus measures in every Swiss canton?

UPDATED: What are the coronavirus measures in every Swiss canton?

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 considers mandatory coronavirus testing for flights

Swiss airlines considers mandatory coronavirus testing for flights

Swiss airlines is investigating the use of rapid coronavirus tests on flights after a similar program has been adopted in Germany.

Switzerland makes 400 million francs available for coronavirus vaccine

Switzerland makes 400 million francs available for coronavirus vaccine

The Swiss government has increased its vaccine fund by CHF100 million, bringing the total funds available for the vaccine to CHF400 million.

Geneva’s Jet d’Eau switched off due to pandemic

Geneva’s Jet d’Eau switched off due to pandemic

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.

EU could see Covid-19 vaccinations rolled out ‘first quarter next year’

EU could see Covid-19 vaccinations rolled out ‘first quarter next year’

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.

Covid-19 in Switzerland: Five reasons to be optimistic

Covid-19 in Switzerland: Five reasons to be optimistic

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".

EXPLAINED: When will Switzerland roll out a Covid-19 vaccine?

EXPLAINED: When will Switzerland roll out a Covid-19 vaccine?

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?

New probe shows Switzerland’s involvement in “spectacular” international spy scandal

New probe shows Switzerland’s involvement in “spectacular” international spy scandal

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 Union mulls tighter external borders in fight against terror attacks

European Union mulls tighter external borders in fight against terror attacks

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.

‘Treat pets like family members’: Swiss experts recommend social distancing for animals

‘Treat pets like family members’: Swiss experts recommend social distancing for animals

Swiss experts have recommended pet owners make sure their furry friends practice social distancing to avoid transmission of coronavirus.

What’s the risk of catching Covid-19 in each Swiss canton?

What’s the risk of catching Covid-19 in each Swiss canton?

This detailed tool shows how meeting people in each Swiss canton impacts your risk of catching coronavirus.

What do Italy’s new restrictions mean for the Swiss border canton of Ticino?

What do Italy’s new restrictions mean for the Swiss border canton of Ticino?

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?

EXPLAINED: What’s at stake in Switzerland’s November referendums?

EXPLAINED: What’s at stake in Switzerland’s November referendums?

Switzerland’s voters will go to the polls on November 29th to decide on two popular initiatives. Here's the issues to be decided.

EXPLAINED: How to change your health insurance carrier in Switzerland and save money
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EXPLAINED: How to change your health insurance carrier in Switzerland and save money

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.

Why does Geneva have the ‘highest number of coronavirus infections in Europe’?

Why does Geneva have the ‘highest number of coronavirus infections in Europe’?

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 ‘on the front lines’ in coronavirus battle

Swiss army ‘on the front lines’ in coronavirus battle

Swiss army reservists have been called up once again to help do battle against one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in Europe.

Covid-19: Geneva reports highest number of infections in Europe

Covid-19: Geneva reports highest number of infections 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.

UPDATE: Swiss canton Ticino tightens coronavirus restrictions

UPDATE: Swiss canton Ticino tightens coronavirus restrictions

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.

Rare pink diamond to go under hammer in Geneva

Rare pink diamond to go under hammer in Geneva

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.

Travel: Are neighbouring countries still open to Swiss tourists?

Travel: Are neighbouring countries still open to Swiss tourists?

Borders between Switzerland and its neighbours are open. But given high coronavirus infection rates, border nations have tightened their entry requirements.

‘Scandalous’: Swiss government ‘knew coronavirus quarantine for travellers was ineffective’

‘Scandalous’: Swiss government ‘knew coronavirus quarantine for travellers was ineffective’

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.

Are cross-border workers spreading coronavirus between Switzerland and France?

Are cross-border workers spreading coronavirus between Switzerland and France?

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.

‘Exhausted’ Swiss doctors reel as second virus wave hits

‘Exhausted’ Swiss doctors reel as second virus wave hits

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.

‘Retail tourism’: Geneva residents defy lockdown rules by shopping in Vaud

‘Retail tourism’: Geneva residents defy lockdown rules by shopping in Vaud

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.

MAP: Just how full are Switzerland’s intensive care units in each canton?

MAP: Just how full are Switzerland’s intensive care units in each canton?

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?

QUIZ: Do you know the secrets of paying lower Swiss taxes?
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QUIZ: Do you know the secrets of paying lower Swiss taxes?

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?

Covid-19 cases ‘explode’ in Europe: Which countries are under lockdown or curfew?

Covid-19 cases ‘explode’ in Europe: Which countries are under lockdown or curfew?

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.

Swiss politicians call for relaxation of gun laws after Austrian terrorist attack

Swiss politicians call for relaxation of gun laws after Austrian terrorist attack

Right-wing Swiss politicians have called for Switzerland’s gun laws to be relaxed in the wake of the Vienna terrorist attack.

How do Covid-19 restrictions impact public transport in Switzerland?

How do Covid-19 restrictions impact public transport in Switzerland?

Some night and long-distance services have been cut as a result of Switzerland's shutdown.

UPDATE: Valais becomes latest Swiss canton to tighten coronavirus restrictions

UPDATE: Valais becomes latest Swiss canton to tighten coronavirus restrictions

The southern canton joins Switzerland’s other French-speaking regions in implementing strict measures to curb the further spread of Covid-19.

Covid-19: How will a priority triage system in Swiss hospitals work?

Covid-19: How will a priority triage system in Swiss hospitals work?

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.

Swiss suspects in Vienna attack ‘already faced terror charges’

Swiss suspects in Vienna attack ‘already faced terror charges’

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.

Swiss drafts army as coronavirus cases spike

Swiss drafts army as coronavirus cases spike

The Swiss government said Wednesday it will deploy troops in cantons where under-pressure health services require support as coronavirus cases spike.

EXPLAINED: What is the latest Covid-19 situation in Switzerland?

EXPLAINED: What is the latest Covid-19 situation in Switzerland?

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.

Vaud joins other Swiss cantons in implementing stricter Covid-19 measures

Vaud joins other Swiss cantons in implementing stricter Covid-19 measures

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 arrested in Switzerland over Vienna attack

Two arrested in Switzerland over Vienna attack

Two young Swiss men were arrested near Zurich on Tuesday in connection with the deadly shooting rampage in Vienna, Swiss police said.

Everything you need to know about Geneva’s coronavirus shutdown

Everything you need to know about Geneva’s coronavirus shutdown

What is closing - and what is staying open? Here's what you need to know.

Everything that changes in Switzerland in November 2020
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Everything that changes in Switzerland in November 2020

From tougher coronavirus measures to a minimum wage in Geneva, here’s what you can expect to happen in Switzerland in November.

Covid-19: Why masks must now be worn outdoors in Switzerland

Covid-19: Why masks must now be worn outdoors in Switzerland

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.

US arrivals in Switzerland no longer required to quarantine

US arrivals in Switzerland no longer required to quarantine

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.

UPDATE: Swiss cantons of Fribourg, Neuchâtel to implement new coronavirus restrictions

UPDATE: Swiss cantons of Fribourg, Neuchâtel to implement new coronavirus restrictions

Neuchâtel joins Geneva and several other cantons in Switzerland in mandating tougher measures to fight the spread of Covid-19.

How will lockdowns in France and Germany affect Swiss residents?

How will lockdowns in France and Germany affect Swiss residents?

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.

Coronavirus: Swiss cantons ask federal authorities to restrict non-urgent surgeries

Coronavirus: Swiss cantons ask federal authorities to restrict non-urgent surgeries

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.

UPDATE: Geneva and other Swiss cantons introduce tighter coronavirus restrictions

UPDATE: Geneva and other Swiss cantons introduce tighter coronavirus restrictions

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 orders bars and restaurants to close to stem coronavirus spread

Geneva orders bars and restaurants to close to stem coronavirus spread

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 goes beyond national corona rules, shutting bars and restaurants

Geneva goes beyond national corona rules, shutting bars and restaurants

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.

Swiss police intervene as anti-Covid protesters disrupt medics march

Swiss police intervene as anti-Covid protesters disrupt medics march

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.

Around Europe: How the relentless resurgence of coronavirus is causing unease and despair

Around Europe: How the relentless resurgence of coronavirus is causing unease and despair

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.

Will Switzerland be able to meet demand for the flu vaccine?

Will Switzerland be able to meet demand for the flu vaccine?

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?

What you should know about the new 15-minute coronavirus tests in Switzerland

What you should know about the new 15-minute coronavirus tests in Switzerland

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.

UPDATED: Who can enter Switzerland right now?

UPDATED: Who can enter Switzerland right now?

What are the rules for entering Switzerland right now?

‘Just ten guests at Christmas’: How long will Switzerland’s Covid-19 measures last?

‘Just ten guests at Christmas’: How long will Switzerland’s Covid-19 measures last?

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.

Switzerland’s new outdoor mask requirement: Everything you need to know

Switzerland’s new outdoor mask requirement: Everything you need to know

From Thursday, October 29th, masks will be required in indoor and outdoor spaces across Switzerland. Here’s what you need to know.

Switzerland’s new coronavirus measures explained

Switzerland’s new coronavirus measures explained

How long do the restrictions last? How do the measures differ from those in the spring? Your questions answered.

Swiss airlines pays out executive bonuses despite coronavirus pandemic

Swiss airlines pays out executive bonuses despite coronavirus pandemic

Swiss has paid out manager bonuses in October, despite the company undergoing significant losses and requiring public funding due to the coronavirus pandemic.

EXPLAINED: Why do US citizens in Switzerland give up their American passports?
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EXPLAINED: Why do US citizens in Switzerland give up their American passports?

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.

Do Switzerland’s new coronavirus restrictions go far enough?

Do Switzerland’s new coronavirus restrictions go far enough?

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?

Five fast ways to boost your job prospects
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Five fast ways to boost your job prospects

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 lifts quarantine rules for most travellers from abroad

Switzerland lifts quarantine rules for most travellers from abroad

Switzerland on Wednesday amended its quarantine rules. Now, only four countries - and regions of another - are considered ‘high risk’ areas requiring a quarantine.

Switzerland announces sweeping new Covid-19 restrictions

Switzerland announces sweeping new Covid-19 restrictions

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.

Two Swiss cantons call for military assistance as hospitalisations skyrocket

Two Swiss cantons call for military assistance as hospitalisations skyrocket

The western Swiss cantons of Geneva and Fribourg have called for military assistance to help them manage rapidly increasing hospitalisations.

Covid-19 hoaxes: Swiss residents sent fake texts and WhatsApp messages

Covid-19 hoaxes: Swiss residents sent fake texts and WhatsApp messages

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.

Switzerland could revise quarantine list for travellers amid rising coronavirus infections

Switzerland could revise quarantine list for travellers amid rising coronavirus infections

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 airports across Europe ‘risk going bankrupt’

Nearly 200 airports across Europe ‘risk going bankrupt’

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’s the punishment for ignoring coronavirus measures in Switzerland?

What’s the punishment for ignoring coronavirus measures in Switzerland?

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.

Lockdown looms likely as Switzerland’s epidemic reaches ‘mid-March levels’

Lockdown looms likely as Switzerland’s epidemic reaches ‘mid-March levels’

In a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, Swiss authorities suggested that another nationwide lockdown was an inevitability due to rising hospitalisation and deaths.

What will happen if you have to go to a hospital in Switzerland during Covid-19 pandemic?”

What will happen if you have to go to a hospital in Switzerland during Covid-19 pandemic?”

Although some Swiss hospitals are reaching their saturation points due to the influx of coronavirus patients, everyone who needs medical care will be treated.

Three Swiss cantons impose new face mask requirements

Three Swiss cantons impose new face mask requirements

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.

How wealthy foreigners can ‘buy’ a Swiss residence permit

How wealthy foreigners can ‘buy’ a Swiss residence permit

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.

UPDATE: What you should know about coronavirus tests in Switzerland

UPDATE: What you should know about coronavirus tests in Switzerland

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.

Switzerland faces lack of hospital beds as coronavirus infections soar

Switzerland faces lack of hospital beds as coronavirus infections soar

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.

UPDATE: Geneva and Vaud impose tighter measures to fight Covid-19 surge

UPDATE: Geneva and Vaud impose tighter measures to fight Covid-19 surge

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 call for volunteers as Covid-19 virus surges
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Geneva hospitals call for volunteers as Covid-19 virus surges

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.

What to expect from the Swiss government’s lockdown meeting on Wednesday

What to expect from the Swiss government’s lockdown meeting on Wednesday

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.

Will border workers in Switzerland be subjected to France’s curfew?

Will border workers in Switzerland be subjected to France’s curfew?

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.

New, improved Swiss face mask is ‘an invention born out of frustration’

New, improved Swiss face mask is ‘an invention born out of frustration’

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?

UPDATE: Which Covid-19 treatments are on the horizon in Switzerland?

UPDATE: Which Covid-19 treatments are on the horizon in Switzerland?

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.

Three more Swiss cantons tighten coronavirus rules as infections increase

Three more Swiss cantons tighten coronavirus rules as infections increase

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.

Covid-19: How Swiss hospitals are preparing for influx of new patients

Covid-19: How Swiss hospitals are preparing for influx of new patients

As infection rates are skyrocketing in Switzerland, hospitals in various regions are implementing new measures to handle hospitalisations linked to the resurgence of coronavirus.

Explained: What would a ‘mini lockdown’ look like in Switzerland?

Explained: What would a ‘mini lockdown’ look like in Switzerland?

Swiss authorities have flagged a potential ‘mini lockdown’ to counter rising infection rates. What would this look like?

Switzerland promises lockdown measures unless infections subside

Switzerland promises lockdown measures unless infections subside

Switzerland's president has promised the country would adopt additional lockdown measures unless skyrocketing new coronavirus case numbers slowed.

Swiss sound the alarm as coronavirus cases double

Swiss sound the alarm as coronavirus cases double

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.

Defeat for rights of Britons wanting to return from EU in future

Defeat for rights of Britons wanting to return from EU in future

A proposal to protect the family rights of British people in Europe returning to the UK has been voted down in the UK parliament.

Switzerland: Will I have to quarantine when I enter Germany?

Switzerland: Will I have to quarantine when I enter Germany?

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?

Switzerland placed on Germany’s ‘high risk’ quarantine list

Switzerland placed on Germany’s ‘high risk’ quarantine list

Germany has placed the entire country of Switzerland on its ‘high risk’ quarantine list due to rising infection rates, including border cantons.

Switzerland’s Roche developing oral coronavirus treatment

Switzerland’s Roche developing oral coronavirus treatment

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.

Switzerland: Daylight savings abolition referendum effort fails

Switzerland: Daylight savings abolition referendum effort fails

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.

Valais implements ‘Switzerland’s strictest’ lockdown measures as infection rates skyrocket

Valais implements ‘Switzerland’s strictest’ lockdown measures as infection rates skyrocket

The southern Swiss canton of Valais has been the latest to put in place stricter lockdown requirements in the wake of spiralling coronavirus infections.

Switzerland: How wearing a mask to work can help you avoid quarantine

Switzerland: How wearing a mask to work can help you avoid quarantine

In Zurich, authorities have said that wearing a mask in the office will allow you to avoid a quarantine requirement.

‘It’s dangerous when it gets cosy’: Switzerland warns of work lunch covid risk

‘It’s dangerous when it gets cosy’: Switzerland warns of work lunch covid risk

New research has shown that lunchtime is the most dangerous part of the day when it comes to coronavirus transmissions at work.

Switzerland: Should people be fined for refusing to wear masks?

Switzerland: Should people be fined for refusing to wear masks?

Masks are now required in indoor areas all across Switzerland. Should so-called ‘mask refusers’ be fined for refusing to wear them?

Switzerland considering ‘mini lockdown’ to cut rising infection rates

Switzerland considering ‘mini lockdown’ to cut rising infection rates

Switzerland is considering following in the paths of Ireland, Israel, Wales and Scotland by imposing a ‘mini-lockdown’ to cut rising coronavirus infections.

Switzerland: Referendum launched to give every citizen 7,500 francs

Switzerland: Referendum launched to give every citizen 7,500 francs

An initiative which would culminate in referendum to pay every Swiss citizen CHF7,500 has been launched in Switzerland.

Can I be fined for not wearing a mask in Switzerland?

Can I be fined for not wearing a mask in Switzerland?

Since October 19th, masks have been compulsory in indoor areas across Switzerland. Can so-called ‘mask refusers’ be fined or arrested?

Everything you need to know about Switzerland’s nationwide mask requirement
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Everything you need to know about Switzerland’s nationwide mask requirement

What are the rules for mask wearing in Switzerland?

Swiss weapons exports up 38 percent despite pandemic

Swiss weapons exports up 38 percent despite pandemic

Switzerland’s weapons exports have seen a 38 percent increase in 2020, according to official government figures.

German word of the day: Gell

German word of the day: Gell

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.

Switzerland: Zurich launches coronavirus testing program in pharmacies

Switzerland: Zurich launches coronavirus testing program in pharmacies

The Swiss canton of Zurich has launched a pilot program to test for the coronavirus in pharmacies.

Swiss-Italian tax agreement for cross-border workers to be signed by end of 2020

Swiss-Italian tax agreement for cross-border workers to be signed by end of 2020

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.

Swiss go ‘binge-shopping’ in Germany amid fears of border closures

Swiss go ‘binge-shopping’ in Germany amid fears of border closures

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.

New mask requirements: Does Switzerland have sufficient stock?

New mask requirements: Does Switzerland have sufficient stock?

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.

Do Switzerland’s new Covid-19 measures go far enough?

Do Switzerland’s new Covid-19 measures go far enough?

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.

Everything you need to know about Switzerland’s new lockdown measures

Everything you need to know about Switzerland’s new lockdown measures

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.

Swiss authorities impose tighter pandemic rules as cases jump

Swiss authorities impose tighter pandemic rules as cases jump

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.

Around Europe: How a surge in Covid-19 cases has impacted life in different countries

Around Europe: How a surge in Covid-19 cases has impacted life in different countries

Our team of journalists from around Europe report the latest on the how the Covid-19 pandemic has affected life in their country.

Switzerland sees Europe’s biggest surge in Covid-19 cases

Switzerland sees Europe’s biggest surge in Covid-19 cases

Europe has seen a huge surge in Covid-19 infections in recent days with Switzerland topping the table for the biggest growth rate.

Which Swiss cantons are most ‘business-friendly’ — and why?

Which Swiss cantons are most ‘business-friendly’ — and why?

A new study by the Credit Suisse bank reveals which regions in Switzerland offer the best opportunities for companies.

Which masks sold in Switzerland are most and least effective against Covid-19?

Which masks sold in Switzerland are most and least effective against Covid-19?

Tests carried out in Switzerland show that most masks sold in in the country don’t protect against Covid-19.

What a new study reveals about Switzerland’s foreign population
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What a new study reveals about Switzerland’s foreign population

A new study released this week by the Federal Statistical Office (OFS) shows some interesting facts about foreign nationals living in Switzerland.

Switzerland’s shrinking glaciers hit by record-low snow accumulation

Switzerland’s shrinking glaciers hit by record-low snow accumulation

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.

Melting Swiss glaciers unearth an archeological treasure trove

Melting Swiss glaciers unearth an archeological treasure trove

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.

Finger pointed at Swiss yodelling ‘superspreader’ concert

Finger pointed at Swiss yodelling ‘superspreader’ concert

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.

Swiss coronavirus situation ‘deteriorating’: Health Minister Berset

Swiss coronavirus situation ‘deteriorating’: Health Minister Berset

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 further Swiss cantons added to Germany’s ‘high risk’ list

Eight further Swiss cantons added to Germany’s ‘high risk’ list

Eight Swiss cantons have been added to Germany's 'high risk' quarantine list, bringing the total number of cantons to ten.

Switzerland’s coronavirus crisis meeting: What you need to know

Switzerland’s coronavirus crisis meeting: What you need to know

Switzerland on Thursday held a ‘coronavirus crisis’ meeting in the hopes of avoiding a second lockdown. Here’s what you need to know.

Switzerland: Zurich and Geneva implement stricter coronavirus measures

Switzerland: Zurich and Geneva implement stricter coronavirus measures

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.

How Switzerland plans to shorten its quarantine requirement to seven days

How Switzerland plans to shorten its quarantine requirement to seven days

Swiss health authorities have put forward a plan to shorten the country’s quarantine requirement from ten to seven days.

‘Worry is the word of the hour’: Switzerland doubles its highest total of new coronavirus cases

‘Worry is the word of the hour’: Switzerland doubles its highest total of new coronavirus cases

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.

MAPS: Where are masks mandatory in Switzerland?
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MAPS: Where are masks mandatory in Switzerland?

More and more cantons are adopting mask rules. Here's where masks are required in Switzerland.

Mass surveillance slammed in French-speaking Switzerland

Mass surveillance slammed in French-speaking 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".

Will Switzerland be added to Germany’s quarantine list?

Will Switzerland be added to Germany’s quarantine list?

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?

Switzerland: Criminal proceedings opened against retirement home after coronavirus deaths

Switzerland: Criminal proceedings opened against retirement home after coronavirus deaths

Criminal charges have been laid against an old people’s home in the southern Swiss canton of Ticino after more than 20 coronavirus deaths.

Two further Swiss cantons make masks compulsory indoors

Two further Swiss cantons make masks compulsory indoors

Schwyz and Schaffhausen have become the latest Swiss cantons to put in put in place compulsory mask requirements in indoor areas.

German word of the day: Der Erdapfel

German word of the day: Der Erdapfel

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.

Brexit: European nationals warned of change in travel rules when visiting UK in future

Brexit: European nationals warned of change in travel rules when visiting UK in future

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.

VIDEO: Why little Malta is a big attraction
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VIDEO: Why little Malta is a big attraction

Perfectly situated in the middle of the Mediterranean, Malta gets more than 300 days of sunshine per year.

Switzerland calls ‘crisis summit’ in bid to avoid second lockdown

Switzerland calls ‘crisis summit’ in bid to avoid second lockdown

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.

Switzerland’s Roche promise high-volume rapid Covid-19 test by end 2020

Switzerland’s Roche promise high-volume rapid Covid-19 test by end 2020

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.

Swiss economic slump is ‘less serious than feared’

Swiss economic slump is ‘less serious than feared’

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.

Swiss salaries: How much do people earn in Switzerland?
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Swiss salaries: How much do people earn in Switzerland?

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.

Covid-19: Why contact tracing has become difficult in hard-hit Swiss regions

Covid-19: Why contact tracing has become difficult in hard-hit Swiss regions

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.

Missionary Beatrice Stoeckli named as Swiss Mali victim

Missionary Beatrice Stoeckli named as Swiss Mali victim

A Swiss woman thought to have been killed in Mali was a missionary abducted in 2016, the Swiss foreign ministry said on Saturday.

Swiss hostage ‘killed by jihadis in Mali’: ministry

Swiss hostage ‘killed by jihadis in Mali’: ministry

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: Parts of Germany, Italy and Austria added to coronavirus quarantine list

Switzerland: Parts of Germany, Italy and Austria added to coronavirus quarantine list

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.

Coronavirus: Swiss canton Jura tightens mask rules, effective immediately

Coronavirus: Swiss canton Jura tightens mask rules, effective immediately

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.

‘Has the canton given up?’ Vaud to no longer test for ‘cold’ symptoms

‘Has the canton given up?’ Vaud to no longer test for ‘cold’ symptoms

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.

Swiss activists launch referendum bid against Covid-19 measures

Swiss activists launch referendum bid against Covid-19 measures

Activists who oppose the Swiss government’s coronavirus measures have launched a bid to have the restrictions banned at a referendum.

Want to speak German? How to overcome the challenges holding you back
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Want to speak German? How to overcome the challenges holding you back

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.

How to navigate your way to a lower Swiss tax bill
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How to navigate your way to a lower Swiss tax bill

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 ID no longer valid’: UK to require passports from October 2021

‘Swiss ID no longer valid’: UK to require passports from October 2021

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.

UPDATE: Where in Switzerland are masks compulsory right now?

UPDATE: Where in Switzerland are masks compulsory right now?

Where, and under what circumstances, are masks required?

Three more Swiss cantons make masks compulsory in shops and supermarkets

Three more Swiss cantons make masks compulsory in shops and supermarkets

The Swiss cantons of Zug, Ticino and Bern have each announced a range of new lockdown restrictions, including compulsory masks in shops and supermarkets.

Bern notice: Swiss region to again vote on changing cantons

Bern notice: Swiss region to again vote on changing cantons

The Bernese region of Moutier will hold another vote on switching cantons. A previous vote, from June 2017, was held invalid.

Why Switzerland’s autumn infection spike is ‘not yet a second wave’

Why Switzerland’s autumn infection spike is ‘not yet a second wave’

Switzerland is currently experiencing its highest number of new coronavirus infections since April. Experts however say the two periods cannot be compared.

OPINION: Britons living in Europe will be locked out of UK by ‘inhumane’ law

OPINION: Britons living in Europe will be locked out of UK by ‘inhumane’ law

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.

Switzerland: 2021 Davos summit shifted to Lucerne in May

Switzerland: 2021 Davos summit shifted to Lucerne in May

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.

Where coronavirus infections are increasing in Switzerland – and why

Where coronavirus infections are increasing in Switzerland – and why

Why are infection rates on the rise in Switzerland- and where are most of the new cases?

Why now may be a good time to buy a house in Switzerland

Why now may be a good time to buy a house in Switzerland

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.

What we know about dual nationals living in Switzerland
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What we know about dual nationals living in Switzerland

Nearly a fifth of the country’s residents have two citizenships — Swiss and another one. Here’s what we know about them.

Swiss told ‘get a grip’ as virus cases top 1,000-mark

Swiss told ‘get a grip’ as virus cases top 1,000-mark

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".

Mandatory contact tracing in Zurich brothels stirs controversy

Mandatory contact tracing in Zurich brothels stirs controversy

A lawyer for the Zurich sex industry is taking legal action against new tracing rules being implemented for prostitutes working in the Swiss canton.

The Swiss cantons that blacklist people for not paying their health insurance premiums

The Swiss cantons that blacklist people for not paying their health insurance premiums

Anyone who doesn’t pay their health insurance premiums in Switzerland can be blacklisted. Seven cantons are involved in this practice.

What can Europe do to battle ‘pandemic fatigue’?

What can Europe do to battle ‘pandemic fatigue’?

The World Health Organization warned European countries Tuesday about "pandemic fatigue" which it says threatens the continent's ability to tackle the coronavirus.

EXPLAINED: European healthcare spending and ratings by country
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EXPLAINED: European healthcare spending and ratings by country

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?

MAPS: Where are Switzerland’s coronavirus hotspots?
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MAPS: Where are Switzerland’s coronavirus hotspots?

This map shows the coronavirus cases over the past 14 days in Switzerland.

Switzerland begins assessment of Oxford coronavirus vaccine

Switzerland begins assessment of Oxford coronavirus vaccine

Swiss authorities have begun assessing AstraZeneca and Oxford University's Covid-19 vaccine -- the first such treatment submitted for authorisation in the country.

Communication breakdown: Twitter blocks Swiss Ministry of Communications

Communication breakdown: Twitter blocks Swiss Ministry of Communications

"Account suspended -- Twitter suspends accounts which violate the Twitter Rules."

Jobs in Switzerland: What’s the latest outlook?

Jobs in Switzerland: What’s the latest outlook?

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.

EXPLAINED: How major bank customers now have free access to every ATM in Switzerland

EXPLAINED: How major bank customers now have free access to every ATM in Switzerland

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.

Where are the hardest parts of Switzerland to find an apartment?

Where are the hardest parts of Switzerland to find an apartment?

There are nearly 80,000 vacant dwellings up for grabs across Switzerland - but where?

Key victory for family rights of Britons returning to the UK from EU

Key victory for family rights of Britons returning to the UK from EU

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.

EXPLAINED: What Americans in Switzerland should know about voting in the US election

EXPLAINED: What Americans in Switzerland should know about voting in the US election

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.

Zurich has one of the world’s ‘riskiest’ housing markets

Zurich has one of the world’s ‘riskiest’ housing markets

The risk of a housing bubble is on the rise in Switzerland’s largest city Zurich, according to a new study.

Swiss politician’s call to ban dual citizens from becoming MPs sparks anger

Swiss politician’s call to ban dual citizens from becoming MPs sparks anger

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.

European careers: how Generation Z will transform YOUR job
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European careers: how Generation Z will transform YOUR job

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?

Swiss canton accused of being ‘too strict’ with residence permits for foreigners

Swiss canton accused of being ‘too strict’ with residence permits for foreigners

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.

Where to find out about last-minute train schedule changes in Switzerland

Where to find out about last-minute train schedule changes in Switzerland

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.

Geneva extends Covid-19 restrictions until mid-November

Geneva extends Covid-19 restrictions until mid-November

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.

Travel: Where can you fly from Switzerland right now?

Travel: Where can you fly from Switzerland right now?

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?

Eight reasons why buying a Swiss home is easier than you think
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Eight reasons why buying a Swiss home is easier than you think

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 in three Zurich restaurants ‘violating coronavirus rules’

One in three Zurich restaurants ‘violating coronavirus rules’

One third of Zurich’s restaurants have not been adhering to coronavirus hygiene rules, according to checks carried out by cantonal authorities.

Just how guaranteed are the rights of Britons living in Europe?

Just how guaranteed are the rights of Britons living in Europe?

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?

What does the future hold for Swiss-EU relations?

What does the future hold for Swiss-EU relations?

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.

Everything that changes in Switzerland in October 2020
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Everything that changes in Switzerland in October 2020

What changes are taking place in Switzerland in October of 2020?

EU launches legal action against UK over breach of Brexit deal

EU launches legal action against UK over breach of Brexit deal

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.

‘Just so fun to say’: Our readers on their favourite Swiss German words

‘Just so fun to say’: Our readers on their favourite Swiss German words

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.

Switzerland: Fribourg removed from Germany’s travel warning list

Switzerland: Fribourg removed from Germany’s travel warning list

Germany has removed the Swiss canton of Fribourg from its travel warning list. Geneva and Vaud remain on the list.

Which Swiss canton has Europe’s second-longest life expectancy?

Which Swiss canton has Europe’s second-longest life expectancy?

Whether it’s diet, lifestyle or simply good genes, people in this Swiss canton live longer than pretty much anywhere else in Europe.

Swiss police concerned about ‘extremism’ among corona sceptics

Swiss police concerned about ‘extremism’ among corona sceptics

Coronavirus scepticism is a growing problem in Switzerland. Police and intelligence services are concerned that the movement could lead to radicalisation.

Switzerland drops below its ‘high-risk’ threshold due to falling Covid-19 rates

Switzerland drops below its ‘high-risk’ threshold due to falling Covid-19 rates

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.

Coronavirus: Switzerland sees economic resurgence despite fears of second wave

Coronavirus: Switzerland sees economic resurgence despite fears of second wave

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 hope to deliver cross-border worker tax deal ‘by 2021’

Switzerland and Italy hope to deliver cross-border worker tax deal ‘by 2021’

Switzerland and Italy have pledged to conclude a long-awaited tax arrangement for cross-border workers by the end of the year.

ANALYSIS: What we learned from Switzerland’s autumn referendums

ANALYSIS: What we learned from Switzerland’s autumn referendums

On Sunday, Switzerland went to the polls to decide on five major questions. Here are six surprise takeaways from Switzerland’s September referendums.

‘A hand is still a hand’: Switzerland warns against fist bumps

‘A hand is still a hand’: Switzerland warns against fist bumps

“First they came for the handshakes and I said nothing…” Swiss health officials have issued new guidelines warning against fist bumps.

Swiss wildcats’ future in doubt due to ‘rugged sex appeal’

Swiss wildcats’ future in doubt due to ‘rugged sex appeal’

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.

‘Unlimited resources’: Switzerland’s Nestle goes vegan

‘Unlimited resources’: Switzerland’s Nestle goes vegan

Swiss food giant Nestle, which has made billions with dairy products, said Monday it will host start-ups that want to develop vegetarian alternatives.

How does paternity leave work in Switzerland – and who can claim it?

How does paternity leave work in Switzerland – and who can claim it?

Paternity leave is approved in Switzerland, but not all fathers can claim the benefit. Here’s what you need to know.

EXPLAINED: What’s the difference between permanent residence and Swiss citizenship?
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EXPLAINED: What’s the difference between permanent residence and Swiss citizenship?

The ‘Settled Foreign Nationals’ C-permit grants sweeping rights to its holders. But is it as good as a Swiss passport?

‘No Trump fighter jets’: Swiss don’t want to buy American planes

‘No Trump fighter jets’: Swiss don’t want to buy American planes

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.

Everything you need to know about minimum wage in Switzerland

Everything you need to know about minimum wage in Switzerland

Geneva on Sunday approved a minimum wage for the first time. Here's what you need to know.

How the pandemic influenced Switzerland’s migration referendum

How the pandemic influenced Switzerland’s migration referendum

Cross-border workers were crucial during the pandemic. Some experts believed they swayed public opinion.

Which four Swiss cantons supported the referendum to limit EU migration?

Which four Swiss cantons supported the referendum to limit EU migration?

Switzerland on Sunday rejected the migration limitation referendum. The initiative did however find favour in some Swiss cantons.

OPINION: Switzerland is now in a stronger position to negotiate with EU

OPINION: Switzerland is now in a stronger position to negotiate with EU

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.

EXPLAINED: How Switzerland voted in Sunday’s referendums

EXPLAINED: How Switzerland voted in Sunday’s referendums

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 refuse immigration cuts, embrace paternity leave

Swiss voters refuse immigration cuts, embrace paternity leave

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 approve ‘world’s highest’ minimum wage

Geneva voters approve ‘world’s highest’ minimum wage

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.

Most Swiss embrace paternity leave and EU freedom of movement, vote projections

Most Swiss embrace paternity leave and EU freedom of movement, vote projections

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.

Is EU freedom of movement at risk in Swiss referendum?

Is EU freedom of movement at risk in Swiss referendum?

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.

European airlines cutting fares to woo back passengers

European airlines cutting fares to woo back passengers

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 slaps mandatory quarantine on travellers from UK and 14 other countries

Switzerland slaps mandatory quarantine on travellers from UK and 14 other countries

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.

What do the Swiss actually think of foreigners?
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What do the Swiss actually think of foreigners?

Around one in four residents of Switzerland is a foreigner. What do the Swiss actually think of them?

Will Switzerland vote to end EU migration?

Will Switzerland vote to end EU migration?

On Saturday, Switzerland decide whether or not to restrict migration from EU countries. We asked three Swiss experts whether the vote will be successful.

Snow forecast for the Swiss mountains as early winter chill hit Switzerland this weekend

Snow forecast for the Swiss mountains as early winter chill hit Switzerland this weekend

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’.

Covid-19: What treatments are in view in Switzerland?

Covid-19: What treatments are in view in Switzerland?

While no drugs are yet available to specifically treat, cure, or prevent coronavirus, Swiss health authorities have pre-ordered some medications for 2021.

Around Europe: How countries are battling to prevent a second wave of Covid-19
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Around Europe: How countries are battling to prevent a second wave of Covid-19

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.

Covid-19 crisis in Switzerland: What are your rights and obligations in the workplace?

Covid-19 crisis in Switzerland: What are your rights and obligations in the workplace?

The Covid-19 crisis has created new practices and behaviours not only in society as a whole, but also in Swiss workplaces.

A Covid-19 vaccine could be made mandatory in Switzerland

A Covid-19 vaccine could be made mandatory in Switzerland

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.

How cross-border workers from France are causing congestion in Switzerland’s Jura region

How cross-border workers from France are causing congestion in Switzerland’s Jura region

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.

2,500 students locked down at elite Swiss school over virus

2,500 students locked down at elite Swiss school over virus

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.

UPDATE: What restrictions do travellers from Switzerland face?

UPDATE: What restrictions do travellers from Switzerland face?

With quarantine requirements in Switzerland and abroad, is it still possible to travel to foreign countries?

What will happen if Switzerland votes to limit EU immigration?

What will happen if Switzerland votes to limit EU immigration?

What will a successful vote mean for foreign workers and for Switzerland?

Where in Switzerland can foreigners vote?

Where in Switzerland can foreigners vote?

Only Swiss citizens can vote in national referendums or in federal elections. But in some regions, foreigners are allowed to participate as well.

Five things that will surprise you about living in Switzerland
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Five things that will surprise you about living in Switzerland

Some aspects of Swiss life, rules, and practices may be surprising — or even shocking — to new arrivals from more conservative or less regimented countries.

How much will you pay for Swiss health insurance premiums in 2021?

How much will you pay for Swiss health insurance premiums in 2021?

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 clear climate protesters camped outside Swiss parliament

Police clear climate protesters camped outside Swiss parliament

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.

EU immigration: Switzerland’s foreign workers in numbers

EU immigration: Switzerland’s foreign workers in numbers

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.

Two Swiss cities ranked among ‘smartest’ in the world

Two Swiss cities ranked among ‘smartest’ in the world

Zurich and Geneva ranked in the top 10 in a new international survey rating the technological progress of world’s major urban centres.

Train links between Switzerland and Paris to be reduced

Train links between Switzerland and Paris to be reduced

Daily connections between Geneva and the French capital will be reduced starting on Monday, September 28th.

Five Swiss laws that foreign residents are bound to break
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Five Swiss laws that foreign residents are bound to break

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.

EXPLAINED: Why Switzerland’s EU free movement referendum could impact much more than immigration

EXPLAINED: Why Switzerland’s EU free movement referendum could impact much more than immigration

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.

Can Swiss residents continue to shop in France’s border regions?

Can Swiss residents continue to shop in France’s border regions?

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?

How will Switzerland’s autumn referendums turn out?

How will Switzerland’s autumn referendums turn out?

Polling ahead of Switzerland’s five nationwide referendums on September 27th shows that some proposals are strongly favoured, while others are neck and neck.

Your vote matters: get your US election ballot in today
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Your vote matters: get your US election ballot in today

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.

‘Without cross-border workers Switzerland’s hospitals would not function’

‘Without cross-border workers Switzerland’s hospitals would not function’

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.

Covid-19: Why Switzerland doesn’t envisage another ‘disastrous’  lockdown

Covid-19: Why Switzerland doesn’t envisage another ‘disastrous’ lockdown

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.

Brits in EU risk losing UK bank accounts ‘within weeks’

Brits in EU risk losing UK bank accounts ‘within weeks’

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.

UPDATE: Which countries and regions are now on Switzerland’s quarantine list
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UPDATE: Which countries and regions are now on Switzerland’s quarantine list

Currently, there are 66 countries or regions on Switzerland's 'high risk' list.

EXPLAINED: What you should do if you need a Covid-19 test in Switzerland?

EXPLAINED: What you should do if you need a Covid-19 test in Switzerland?

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?

Swiss warned against taking herbal ‘miracle cure’ for Covid-19

Swiss warned against taking herbal ‘miracle cure’ for Covid-19

Health authorities in Switzerland are warning against a claim made by a local laboratory that a herbal extract could cure Covid-19.

Denmark advises against travel to Switzerland and three other countries

Denmark advises against travel to Switzerland and three other countries

The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs is now advising against all non-essential travel to Switzerland, the Netherlands, Portugal and Austria.

Why Swiss canton Vaud is relaxing quarantine rules despite rising cases

Why Swiss canton Vaud is relaxing quarantine rules despite rising cases

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.

Quarantine: How does Switzerland decide a country is ‘high risk’?

Quarantine: How does Switzerland decide a country is ‘high risk’?

As at mid-September, there are 55 countries on Switzerland's 'high-risk' list. But how does a country receive this tainted honour?

‘Dangerous misinformation’: Why this school flyer is causing a furore in Switzerland

‘Dangerous misinformation’: Why this school flyer is causing a furore in Switzerland

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 experts warn of ‘massive increase’ in illegal raves this winter

Swiss experts warn of ‘massive increase’ in illegal raves this winter

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.

Europe’s ‘alarming’ infection rates and shorter quarantine periods worry WHO chiefs

Europe’s ‘alarming’ infection rates and shorter quarantine periods worry WHO chiefs

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.

One in five Swiss in favour of compulsory coronavirus vaccination

One in five Swiss in favour of compulsory coronavirus vaccination

Twenty percent of Swiss are in favour of a compulsory vaccination regime for coronavirus, should a vaccine become available.

Basel to vote on granting monkeys ‘fundamental constitutional rights’

Basel to vote on granting monkeys ‘fundamental constitutional rights’

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.

Coronavirus: Net migration to Switzerland to fall to record lows

Coronavirus: Net migration to Switzerland to fall to record lows

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 President Maurer: ‘Switzerland can’t afford a second lockdown’

Former President Maurer: ‘Switzerland can’t afford a second lockdown’

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.”

EXPLAINED: Why Switzerland avoided adding French border regions to its quarantine list

EXPLAINED: Why Switzerland avoided adding French border regions to its quarantine list

Switzerland on Monday added several regions of France and Austria to its quarantine list, but avoided including border regions. Here’s why.

Switzerland to expand night train links to Rome, Barcelona and Amsterdam

Switzerland to expand night train links to Rome, Barcelona and Amsterdam

Switzerland’s federal transit authority (SBB) has announced plans to expand its night train connections with Barcelona, Amsterdam and Rome.

European airlines demand end to quarantine ‘chaos’

European airlines demand end to quarantine ‘chaos’

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.

Why is Switzerland holding a referendum on purchasing fighter jets?
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Why is Switzerland holding a referendum on purchasing fighter jets?

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.

‘Worst infection rate in Switzerland’: New lockdown measures introduced in Vaud

‘Worst infection rate in Switzerland’: New lockdown measures introduced in Vaud

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.

Is Switzerland’s coronavirus skeptic movement ‘imported’?

Is Switzerland’s coronavirus skeptic movement ‘imported’?

Swiss Health Minister Alain Berset has criticised those taking part in the country’s coronavirus skeptic movement, saying it has been “imported from abroad”.

‘We will be hit hard’: Swiss tourism officials call to cut quarantine

‘We will be hit hard’: Swiss tourism officials call to cut quarantine

The Swiss tourism industry has called on the government to scrap the ten-day quarantine ahead of the winter tourism season.

Coronavirus: Switzerland becomes a ‘high-risk’ country according to government threshold

Coronavirus: Switzerland becomes a ‘high-risk’ country according to government threshold

Switzerland is now effectively a high-risk area for coronavirus after infection rates in the country passed the Swiss government's own safety threshold.

Swiss retail giant Migros slashes prices on 600 products

Swiss retail giant Migros slashes prices on 600 products

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.

Where are Switzerland’s best and worst train stations?

Where are Switzerland’s best and worst train stations?

Millions of commuters travel through Swiss train stations every day. But which stations are the best? A new ranking might have the answer

Analysis: Which Swiss cantons have the fewest Covid-19 infections — and why?

Analysis: Which Swiss cantons have the fewest Covid-19 infections — and why?

As the number of reported coronavirus infections is rising in Switzerland, it is easy to forget that some cantons have had relatively few cases.

Europe will see rise in Covid-19 deaths in coming months, WHO warns

Europe will see rise in Covid-19 deaths in coming months, WHO warns

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.

Switzerland quarantine: What you should know if you are travelling from France

Switzerland quarantine: What you should know if you are travelling from France

Starting Monday, arrivals from nine French regions will have to self-quarantine in Switzerland for 10 days.

Swiss police use rubber bullets to disperse crowd at ‘illegal’ street party

Swiss police use rubber bullets to disperse crowd at ‘illegal’ street party

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".

UPDATED: Switzerland imposes quarantine on arrivals from regions of France, Italy and Austria

UPDATED: Switzerland imposes quarantine on arrivals from regions of France, Italy and Austria

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.

Swiss health chiefs insist there’s no cause for alarm as Covid-19 cases surge

Swiss health chiefs insist there’s no cause for alarm as Covid-19 cases surge

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.

Zurich unveils its chocolate fountain

Zurich unveils its chocolate fountain

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.

Could Switzerland force arrivals from France to go into quarantine ?

Could Switzerland force arrivals from France to go into quarantine ?

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.

Two Swiss care homes hit by deadly virus outbreaks

Two Swiss care homes hit by deadly virus outbreaks

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.

EU tells UK to back down over Brexit bill or face legal reprisals

EU tells UK to back down over Brexit bill or face legal reprisals

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.

OPINION: ‘All certainty has vanished’ for British citizens living in Europe

OPINION: ‘All certainty has vanished’ for British citizens living in Europe

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.

Court finds Swiss immigration authorities cannot order deportation for criminal offences

Court finds Swiss immigration authorities cannot order deportation for criminal offences

A Swiss court has held that immigration officials are not able to order a person to be deported under Switzerland’s deportation initiative.

American wingsuit jumper dies in Swiss mountain accident

American wingsuit jumper dies in Swiss mountain accident

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.

Swiss post-Covid economic recovery ‘fourth best in the world’

Swiss post-Covid economic recovery ‘fourth best in the world’

Switzerland economic resilience and capacity to rebound from the coronavirus pandemic is the fourth best in the world.

Switzerland backs recreational cannabis trials – with one condition

Switzerland backs recreational cannabis trials – with one condition

Switzerland’s Council of States has approved a plan to start cannabis trials for recreational use, but only 'experienced cannabis users' should apply.

Geneva and Vaud included on Germany’s travel warning list

Geneva and Vaud included on Germany’s travel warning list

The German government has placed the western Swiss cantons of Geneva and Vaud on its ‘high-risk’ travel warning list.

EXPLAINED: How to prove you are a resident in Switzerland
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EXPLAINED: How to prove you are a resident in Switzerland

Depending on where you're from, there are different ways to prove you're a resident in Switzerland in case you ever need to.

‘Right of residency for life’: Switzerland gives final green light to Brexit agreement

‘Right of residency for life’: Switzerland gives final green light to Brexit agreement

Switzerland has given formal approval to an agreement to protect the residential rights of Brits in Switzerland - and Swiss in the UK.

Solidarity tax on rich Swiss extended due to coronavirus

Solidarity tax on rich Swiss extended due to coronavirus

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.

Switzerland rolls back ‘antiquated’ ban on women showing their shoulders in parliament

Switzerland rolls back ‘antiquated’ ban on women showing their shoulders in parliament

Women in Swiss parliament are now allowed to show their shoulders and arms after the Council of States relaxed its clothing regulations for women.

IN PICTURES: Swiss parliament resumes in plexiglass ‘aquariums’

IN PICTURES: Swiss parliament resumes in plexiglass ‘aquariums’

Switzerland’s National Council resumed on Monday September 7th in plexiglass ‘aquariums’ to comply with social distancing requirements.

Which European countries’ coronavirus phone apps have had the most success?

Which European countries’ coronavirus phone apps have had the most success?

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 risk is too great’: Why Switzerland rejected a five-day quarantine

‘The risk is too great’: Why Switzerland rejected a five-day quarantine

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.

Switzerland: Zug doctor fired for not wearing mask

Switzerland: Zug doctor fired for not wearing mask

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.

How much do IT specialists earn in Switzerland?

How much do IT specialists earn in Switzerland?

Switzerland is expensive, but a silver lining is that workers tend to earn big bucks - and that’s certainly the case for IT specialists.

Seven fascinating ways written and spoken German differ

Seven fascinating ways written and spoken German differ

Even with High German, the differences between writing and speaking are stark.

Summer weather to continue across Switzerland this week

Summer weather to continue across Switzerland this week

While the shadows are growing longer and the nights are becoming crisper, there are still some warm days to come all across Switzerland.

Pollution linked to ‘one in eight’ deaths in EU countries

Pollution linked to ‘one in eight’ deaths in EU countries

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.

Switzerland rejects call from cantons to cut quarantine

Switzerland rejects call from cantons to cut quarantine

The Swiss government has rejected a call from a number of Swiss cantons to cut the country’s quarantine requirement.

Climate: Three-quarters of Switzerland’s energy comes from renewable sources

Climate: Three-quarters of Switzerland’s energy comes from renewable sources

Three-quarters of Switzerland’s energy came from renewable sources in 2019, while only two percent came from fossil fuels.

Coronavirus in Switzerland: Is it still OK to have a cheese fondue?

Coronavirus in Switzerland: Is it still OK to have a cheese fondue?

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.

Should children in Switzerland undergo Covid-19 testing?

Should children in Switzerland undergo Covid-19 testing?

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.

INFOGRAPHIC: Paris – 14 unexpected facts on careers, culture, food and fashion
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INFOGRAPHIC: Paris – 14 unexpected facts on careers, culture, food and fashion

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?

‘Brexit terms must be respected’: EU’s Barnier sends message to Boris Johnson

‘Brexit terms must be respected’: EU’s Barnier sends message to Boris Johnson

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.

Why Switzerland is one of the best countries in the world to be a child

Why Switzerland is one of the best countries in the world to be a child

A new report by a United Nations agency places Switzerland among four best countries to be a child.

‘Substantial benefit to Switzerland’: New study debunks misconceptions about EU workers

‘Substantial benefit to Switzerland’: New study debunks misconceptions about EU workers

Despite some claims to the contrary, the free movement of people has had a positive impact on the Swiss economy, a new study concludes.

Switzerland updates quarantine list: Croatia added but Belgium removed

Switzerland updates quarantine list: Croatia added but Belgium removed

Four countries have been added to Switzerland’s mandatory quarantine list, while a further two have been removed.

More than half of Swiss workers report feeling ’emotionally exhausted’

More than half of Swiss workers report feeling ’emotionally exhausted’

More than half of all employees in Switzerland feel emotionally exhausted, while three out of ten suffer from stress.