• Switzerland's news in English
 
app_header_v3

The Local - Switzerland's News in English

Swiss politician argues against hijab in ID photos
The official guidelines should what ID photos allow. Photo: FedPol

Should the Islamic headscarf be banned in photographs for official Swiss documents?

Swiss driverless bus trial suspended after crash
Photo: PostBus

The pioneering self-driving bus was involved in a minor collision with a van.

Swiss supermarkets to charge for plastic bags
Photo: Migros

Migros and Coop will introduce charges for single-use plastic bags this year.

Swiss police arrest Algerian rebel wanted in France
Merouane Benahmed in 2015. Photo: Pascal Pavani/AFP

Merouane Benahmed has filed a claim for asylum in Switzerland.

In pictures: Inside the latest Swiss luxury hotel
Photo: Royal Savoy

On the eve of its inauguration, The Local takes a peek inside the Royal Savoy in Lausanne.

Swiss-EU relations
Swiss press criticize Bern’s 'capitulation' on immigration
The Swiss President and EU leaders cosy up at the opening of the Gotthard tunnel in June. Photo: Ruben Sprich/AFP

Is the Brexit camp taking note?

Valais man caught driving 100km/hr over speed limit
The speed was recorded by a police radar camera. Photo: Valais police

He could face a four-year prison sentence.

Swiss-EU relations
Row as Swiss MPs give in on EU migrant curbs
The debate over EU immigration became heated in parliament on Wednesday. File photo: Justus Blumer

Is parliament's proposal a necessary solution or the “death of direct democracy”?

Wawrinka continues winning streak in Russia
The Swiss champ during his US Open title match. Photo: Jewel Samad/AFP

Top seeded US Open champion Stan Wawrinka cruised comfortably into the last eight at the Saint Petersburg Open.

Bern debates raising health insurance excess
File photo: Jasleen Kaur

A higher minimum deductible could help reduce the cost of premiums, feel some politicians.

Features
Amputee's Swiss trek 'makes it more possible' for others
Photo: Neil Heritage/Endeavour Fund

After losing his legs in a suicide bomb in 2004, ex-soldier Neil Heritage will climb the Matterhorn this month.

10 great apps for exploring Switzerland this summer
Find a Swiss beach with the BeachGuide app. Photo: C Sonderegger/Swiss Tourism

Download these free apps to make your Swiss trip go swimmingly.

14 mistakes foreigners make on moving to Switzerland
Swiss habits take time to get to know. Photo: Chris Murphy

Did you make any of these common errors when you arrived?

Start-ups: How to do business like the Swiss
File photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

An American expat talks to The Local about the challenges and rewards of being an entrepreneur in Switzerland.

Love
Dating in Switzerland: what you need to know
File photo: Tammy McGary

Looking for your perfect match in Switzerland? The Local uncovers some quirks of the Swiss dating scene.

More news
Majority of over 50s consider assisted suicide
File photo: AFP

Two thirds of the over 50s in German-speaking Switzerland have considered resorting to euthanasia to end their lives when the time comes, according to a survey.

Survey: expats in Switzerland have money but few friends
File photo: Ivo Scholz/Swiss-image.ch

Expats in Switzerland have the best earning prospects in the world but among the worst social lives, according to a new survey.

Swiss-EU negotiations resume but no deal yet
Juncker and Schneider-Ammann meet in Zurich. Photo: Manuel Lopez/Pool/AFP

The Swiss president, Johann Schneider-Ammann, met with EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker in Zurich on Monday.

Muslim pupils must shake hands – ‘no ifs and buts’
File photo: Broad Bean Media

The Muslim schoolboys at the centre of a furore over handshaking earlier this year have had their appeal quashed.

Mother leaves toddler son alone in car to go clubbing
Photo: Schaffhausen police

A mother is facing charges of neglect after leaving her toddler son alone in a parked car in Schaffhausen while she went to a nightclub.

Read older articles »

From our other editions
Rape victim stabs Syrian asylum seeker
Vienna's 16th district, Ottakring. Photo: Michael Kranewitter/Wikimedia

A 45-year-old Moroccan asylum seeker has been arrested for attempted murder in Vienna after stabbing a 27-year-old Syrian man who he claims drugged and raped him.

Merkel faces new gains by anti-migrant AfD in Berlin
Berlin mayor Michael Mueller together with foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Hamburg's Mayor Olaf Scholz at the closing rally for the SPD party's campaign. Photo: Bernd von Jutrczenka/dpa

Berlin residents voted in state elections on Sunday, as a wave of protest voting against her welcome to refugees was expected to hit the hip, multicultural capital.

Video
Denmark home to world’s lamest iPhone 7 launch
Somehow, we don't think that the scene in Viborg is what Tim Cook was hoping for. Photo: Josh Edelson/Scanpix

"When you see that clip, you can’t help but to smile.”

The Local list
Seven reasons why autumn is the very best season in Spain
Valle del Jerte, Extremadura. Photo: Raúl A./Flickr

Tourists may flock to Spain during the summer months in search of sun, sea and sangria but autumn is actually the best season to spend in Spain. The Local tells you why:

Sponsored Article
7 tips for learning Swiss French
Photo: AFP
National
Geneva airport bomb hoaxer faces 90,000-franc bill
Photo: Schaffhausen police
National
Mother leaves toddler son alone in car to go clubbing
Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP
Swiss populist attacked by knife-wielding pensioner
Sponsored Article
Why Jordan is the ‘Different’ East
Photo: File
Politics
Bern argues over passports for 3rd generation foreigners
Photo: Broad Bean Media
Education
Muslim pupils must shake hands – ‘no ifs and buts’
Photo: AFP
Society
Swiss ‘slave children’ to finally get compensation
Photo: Jan Geerk/Swiss-image.ch
Lifestyle
Zurich named ‘greenest’ city on the planet
Photo: Swiss
National
Brawl over seats forces Swiss to abort flight
Photo: Daniel Stockhammer
Culture
Research shows typical Swiss chalets ‘not actually Swiss’
Photo: AFP
National
Switzerland to get nationwide disaster alert system
Photo: S3
National
Swiss space firm boss left badly injured in violent attack
Photo: ETH Zurich
Education
ETH Zurich crowned best uni in continental Europe – again
File photo: Martin Abegglen
National
Report: Swiss citizenship rules leave some stateless
Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP
National
Fatal crash: pilot told to fly below safe altitude
Photo: Peter Linke
Business & Money
Elderly Italian on benefits stashed €1m in Swiss bank
Photo: Stuart Richards
Society
Court sides with chickens in dispute over noisy henhouse
Photo: SAC
Lifestyle
Hiking: 7 incredible Swiss Alpine Club cabins
Photo: David Abercrombie
National
Swiss politician arrested over illegal entry of migrants
Photo: Coiffure X
National
Chewbacca stolen in ‘terrorist attack’ on Swiss hair salon
Photo: AFP
National
Foreigners in Switzerland surpass 2 million mark
Photo: AFP
National
Expert predicts major quake for Switzerland by 2040
Photo: The Local
National
Geneva runs out of permits for non-EU workers
Photo:C Carlstead
National
Geneva advises teachers on religion in school
4,335
jobs available