Latest news from Switzerland in English


Friday 21st January

EXPLAINED: How to drink wine like a Swiss

EXPLAINED: How to drink wine like a Swiss

When foreigners think of ‘typically’ Swiss foods, cheese and chocolate naturally come to mind. Not many people know, however, that Switzerland is also a wine producing (and drinking) nation.

EXPLAINED: Why is Switzerland so obsessed with cheese?
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EXPLAINED: Why is Switzerland so obsessed with cheese?

Today in Switzerland: A round-up of the latest news on Friday
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Today in Switzerland: A round-up of the latest news on Friday

Wednesday 19th January

Covid in Switzerland: How common are hospitalisations and deaths among the boosted?
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Covid in Switzerland: How common are hospitalisations and deaths among the boosted?

Despite some teething problems, Switzerland’s Covid booster campaign is in full swing. New data shows the effectiveness of booster shots in preventing infection and death.

Will Switzerland announce tighter measures on Wednesday?
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Will Switzerland announce tighter measures on Wednesday?

What is Switzerland’s TV license fee and can you cancel it?
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What is Switzerland’s TV license fee and can you cancel it?

Today in Switzerland: A round-up of the latest news on Wednesday
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Today in Switzerland: A round-up of the latest news on Wednesday

Saturday 15th January

What’s behind the strange German name for musical chairs?

What’s behind the strange German name for musical chairs?

In English the name for the popular kids’ birthday game involving chairs and music is fairly straightforward. But why do Germans call it "Trip to Jerusalem"?

16 ways to make your life in Switzerland easier without really trying
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16 ways to make your life in Switzerland easier without really trying

Everything you need to know about car insurance in Switzerland
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Everything you need to know about car insurance in Switzerland

Today in Switzerland: A round-up of the latest news on Friday
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Today in Switzerland: A round-up of the latest news on Friday

Thursday 13th January

Covid hotspots: ‘More hospitalisations’ predicted for Switzerland’s as cases increase
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Covid hotspots: ‘More hospitalisations’ predicted for Switzerland’s as cases increase

The epidemiological situation in Switzerland is not improving — the number of infections continues to be extremely high, though hospital admissions have remained relatively stable. However, that is likely to change soon, experts predict.

These parts of Switzerland are set to introduce a 30km/h speed limit
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These parts of Switzerland are set to introduce a 30km/h speed limit

Switzerland to cut quarantine period for vaccinated and extend current measures

Switzerland to cut quarantine period for vaccinated and extend current measures

Today in Switzerland: A round-up of the latest news on Thursday
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Today in Switzerland: A round-up of the latest news on Thursday

Wednesday 12th January

Swiss government: Omicron may be ‘beginning of the end’ of pandemic

Swiss government: Omicron may be ‘beginning of the end’ of pandemic

Omicron could be the beginning of the end of the pandemic, the Swiss government said Wednesday as it slashed quarantine times and prolonged restrictions to control the Covid-19 variant.

EXPLAINED: Why did Switzerland relax Covid quarantine rules?
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EXPLAINED: Why did Switzerland relax Covid quarantine rules?

Why finding a job in Switzerland is set to become easier
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Why finding a job in Switzerland is set to become easier

Is Swiss rail hiding cheap first class fares?
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Is Swiss rail hiding cheap first class fares?

Covid-19: What will Switzerland announce on Wednesday?

Covid-19: What will Switzerland announce on Wednesday?

Today in Switzerland: A round-up of the latest news on Wednesday
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Today in Switzerland: A round-up of the latest news on Wednesday

Monday 10th January

How Switzerland chose the franc as its currency
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How Switzerland chose the franc as its currency

We carry it in our wallets and use it every day to purchase all kinds of goods and services. But have you ever wondered how the franc became Switzerland’s currency?

What are the current rules for Swiss cross-border shopping in Germany?
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What are the current rules for Swiss cross-border shopping in Germany?

Why Swiss trains are less punctual — and what is being done about it
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Why Swiss trains are less punctual — and what is being done about it

Reader question: How do I dispose of my Christmas tree in Zurich?
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Reader question: How do I dispose of my Christmas tree in Zurich?

Today in Switzerland: A round-up of the latest news on Monday
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Today in Switzerland: A round-up of the latest news on Monday

Sunday 9th January

Why peace capital Geneva is a favoured spot for Russia and US talks

Why peace capital Geneva is a favoured spot for Russia and US talks

Geneva, dubbed the capital of peace, is a favoured spot for meetings between the two great post-World War II powers and is once again hosting talks between Russia and the United States on Monday.

‘Impossible’: Why Switzerland’s one franc homes are too good to be true
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‘Impossible’: Why Switzerland’s one franc homes are too good to be true

Saturday 8th January

Switzerland drops PCR tests for confirming positive rapid antigen tests

Switzerland drops PCR tests for confirming positive rapid antigen tests

If you test positive on a rapid-antigen test, you no longer need to take a PCR test to confirm the result, Switzerland's Federal Office of Public Health (BAG) told Swiss media on Friday.

Does marriage make financial sense in Switzerland?
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Does marriage make financial sense in Switzerland?

Friday 7th January

Looking ahead: The best events and festivals in Switzerland in 2022
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Looking ahead: The best events and festivals in Switzerland in 2022

After nearly two years of living with various restrictions, we all need something uplifting to do and to look forward to. Here’s a selection of some fun events scheduled to take place in Switzerland this year.

Renting in Switzerland: What financial info can my landlord ask for?
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Renting in Switzerland: What financial info can my landlord ask for?

Switzerland: Do antigen tests detect Omicron?
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Switzerland: Do antigen tests detect Omicron?

Today in Switzerland: A round-up of the latest news on Friday
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Today in Switzerland: A round-up of the latest news on Friday

Thursday 6th January

‘High degree of aggressiveness’: How Covid has changed Switzerland
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‘High degree of aggressiveness’: How Covid has changed Switzerland

The nearly two-year-long pandemic has had an impact not only on health, but it also changed Swiss people’s attitudes toward their government and each other.

Swiss army bans WhatsApp due to privacy concerns

Swiss army bans WhatsApp due to privacy concerns

Covid situation in Switzerland worsens amid unprecedented explosion of cases
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Covid situation in Switzerland worsens amid unprecedented explosion of cases

Today in Switzerland: A round-up of the latest news on Thursday
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Today in Switzerland: A round-up of the latest news on Thursday

Tuesday 4th January

Swiss tourism rebounding despite Omicron threat

Swiss tourism rebounding despite Omicron threat

The Swiss tourism sector had a more positive start to the key winter season than had been expected, despite the Omicron variant of Covid-19, the Switzerland Tourism agency said Tuesday.

Gambarogno: The latest Swiss village to sell houses for one franc

Gambarogno: The latest Swiss village to sell houses for one franc

Why hospitalisations in Switzerland are not increasing despite soaring infections
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Why hospitalisations in Switzerland are not increasing despite soaring infections

Reader question: When will Switzerland approve Novavax?
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Reader question: When will Switzerland approve Novavax?

Today in Switzerland: A round-up of the latest news on Tuesday
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Today in Switzerland: A round-up of the latest news on Tuesday

Monday 3rd January

When will the Covid pandemic end in Switzerland?
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When will the Covid pandemic end in Switzerland?

That question in on many people’s minds, in Switzerland and elsewhere. And while nobody has a crystal ball, some epidemiologists say the health crisis may be nearing its end soon, thanks to Omicron.

Why Covid has made the Swiss ‘more anti-social than ever’
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Why Covid has made the Swiss ‘more anti-social than ever’

New stats show effectiveness of Switzerland’s Covid booster campaign

New stats show effectiveness of Switzerland’s Covid booster campaign

Several Swiss cantons start children’s Covid vaccinations

Several Swiss cantons start children’s Covid vaccinations

How the cost of living will change in Switzerland in 2022
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How the cost of living will change in Switzerland in 2022

EXPLAINED: The hidden costs of renting in Switzerland
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EXPLAINED: The hidden costs of renting in Switzerland

Today in Switzerland: A round-up of the latest news on Monday
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Today in Switzerland: A round-up of the latest news on Monday

Sunday 2nd January

Europe tops 100 million Covid cases

Europe tops 100 million Covid cases

Europe has recorded over 100 million coronavirus cases, more than a third of all infections worldwide, since the start of the pandemic, an AFP tally Saturday showed.

Saturday 1st January

IN PICTURES: How Europe brought in the New Year in the face of Omicron

IN PICTURES: How Europe brought in the New Year in the face of Omicron

In many capitals public celebrations were cancelled or curtailed, and in some even private celebrations were heavily restricted. But the European countries covered by The Local still managed to bring in 2022 in some style.

Thursday 30th December

Renting in Switzerland: Can a landlord ask if I am vaccinated? 
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Renting in Switzerland: Can a landlord ask if I am vaccinated? 

The unvaccinated are restricted from a range of activities, but is it relevant when applying to rent a home?