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Today in Switzerland: A roundup of the latest news on Friday

Find out what's going on today in Switzerland with The Local's short roundup of the news.

Today in Switzerland: A roundup of the latest news on Friday
Fruit prices are going up. Photo by Erin Flegg from Pexels

Switzerland plays against Spain tonight

After knocking out world champions France last week, Switzerland will face another tough contender today at 6 pm.

Swiss Health Minister advised against travelling to St.Petersburg to watch the game due to that city’s high infection rate: this week, 1,503 cases and a new high of 111 deaths were reported there.

However, fans can watch the match amid party atmosphere in many places in Switzerland, including in these cities:

Where can I watch Switzerland’s Euro 2020 matches in Zurich?

Where can I watch Switzerland’s Euro 2020 matches in Geneva?

Where can I watch Switzerland’s Euro 2020 matches in Bern?

READ MORE: ‘We don’t like France, Germany or Italy’: How linguistic diversity unites Swiss football fans

A Covid certificate required to go to the Knie circus

As every year, (except in 2020), the first performance of the popular national circus will take place in Rapperswil (SG) on July 29th.

However, this year, access to the circus will only be open to visitors with a Covid certificate, whether they are vaccinated, tested, or have recovered from the disease.

After Rapperswill, the circus will set up in Bern from August 4th to  22nd, in Geneva from August 27th to September 19th, in Lausanne from September 22th to October 10th, and in Zurich from October 15th to Novermber 8th.

Most Swiss support cannabis legalisation

About 70 percent of Switzerland’s population are in favour of legalising cannabis, according to a new survey by the Sotomo research institute.

But regulatory measures are also widely demanded, especially in the area of ​​youth protection.

Study respondents cited the elimination of the black market and improvement of consumer safety as most important reasons for the legalisation.

Opponents, on the other hand, are concerned about hazardous effects of this narcotic on the brains of young people. They want the minimum age for consumption to be set at 18, implement a ban on advertising, impose high taxation of cannabis products, as well as health protection

Fruit prices are going up

The frosty start of spring and storms of the past weeks have impacted fruit harvest in central and western Europe.

As a result, prices for imported fruit in Swiss supermarkets have increased by 17 percent.

Swiss fruit is currently not affected by the price increases, but the local vegetable harvest could get costlier than usual in the fall.

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Today in Switzerland: A roundup of the latest news on Friday

Heating with wood to become more expensive, redacted vaccine contracts, and other Swiss news in our roundup on Thursday.

Today in Switzerland: A roundup of the latest news on Friday

Heating with wood is starkly more expensive

It’s not only the prices for fossil fuels, oil and gas that have risen sharply in Switzerland. Even those who rely on alternative energies such as wood as a fuel currently have to dig deeper into their wallets, SRF reported.

The pellets made from pressed sawdust are 46 percent more expensive than a year ago. “In general, we can summarise that the increase is due to higher production costs,” said Peter Lehmann, President of the “proPellets” Association. In addition to processing, wood is also more expensive.

Last year, almost 50 percent more pellet-based heating systems were built than in 2020, which has increased the demand for pellets. However, Lehmann assumes that the price will not decrease in the medium term; wood as a raw material is too much in demand in the current situation.

READ ALSO: Five of the biggest challenges facing Switzerland right now

Swiss government publishes redacted vaccine contracts

After a long period of resistance, the Swiss government disclosed the vaccine purchase contracts. Before that, however, it had redacted them out extensively, Watson reported.

The authorities have kept it a secret even the duration of secrecy, so the Swiss won’t know how long it will take until they can see the complete contracts. The lack of transparency has brought on criticism against the government.

READ ALSO: EXPLAINED: Why vaccinations are not mandatory in Switzerland

Almost 10 percent of Ukrainian refugees have found jobs in Switzerland

A total of 9.4 percent of adults possessing a special “S” permit are working, with most employed in the restaurant sector, the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) said.

Nearly a quarter of them (23 percent) are active in the restaurant industry. In addition, 17 percent work in the “planning, consulting, IT” sector. Agriculture and education each account for 8 percent of those with the S status.

There are currently 61 424 status S applications in Switzerland, of which 59 411 persons have been granted S status, SEM said.

READ ALSO: 200,000 in 2022: Immigration fuelling Swiss population surge

Federal Council wants to decide on sanction policy in August

Switzerland’s Federal Council wants to discuss whether or not to adopt the so-called “thematic” sanctions of the European Union, Tagesanzeiger said.

These sanctions work differently than those imposed on a specific country. Instead, they allow measures to be taken against individuals, companies and organisations from different countries that violate certain rights. They are primarily concerned about violations regarding chemical weapons, cyber and human rights.

Specifically, in March 2021, the EU decided to sanction some persons, organisations and institutions from North Korea, Libya, Eritrea, South Sudan, Russia and China for serious human rights violations.

The controversial decision could lead to Switzerland sanctioning China, with Minister of Economic Affairs Guy Parmelin against adopting the measures.

READ ALSO: Switzerland bans imports of Russian gold

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