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Welcome to The Local

Membership of The Local gives you more than just the news. The benefits you can also receive include:


  • Detailed coverage of the news that affects your life in Switzerland
  • The ability to join the conversation and comment on stories
  • Essential guides and tips to help you navigate Swiss life
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Our Story...

The Local began in 2004 in the form of a newsletter sent to 12 people in a language class who wanted to keep up to date with news in the country in English.

Fast forward 15 years and The Local has websites covering nine countries around Europe.

As well as Switzerland, The Local has versions in Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Spain and Sweden. In all we are read by around 5.5 million people across Europe and the rest of the world each month.

Some things haven't changed however. We do still send out newsletters. They go to our 10,000 strong community of paying Members.

As internet giants gobble up ad revenue, the financial support we receive from Members is crucial to our present and our future.

What do we do?

Our goal is to explain Switzerland to our readers.

That means telling the big news stories and reporting on the important changes readers need to be aware of.

It means giving readers up to date information about major events in Switzerland which impact their lives, from strikes to disasters and from traffic jams to extreme weather.

It means explaining the quirks of the Swiss culture and giving readers all the relevant information and advice they need to navigate their lives here.

It means fighting in our readers' corner when they run into problems.

What Membership means

Having a community of 10,000 Members who contribute financially has also spurred us on to deliver more value to our community.

We write with our Members' needs in mind rather than just hunting for clicks.

We involve them in what we do and what we write and meet them in person. We listen to their advice and act on what they say.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Members of The Local have unlimited access to all the articles. Visitors to The Local can read a limited number of articles each month.

Can Members read all editions of The Local

Yes, the Membership cost includes access to all editions of The Local.

Can I cancel my Membership?

Yes, you can cancel your Membership at any time.

What does auto-renew Membership mean?

When you join you can choose to set your Membership to renew automatically or you can choose to control when to renew your Membership.

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