Expatica : Switzerland (64)

Swiss food imports are growing faster than the population

A government studyshows that imports of food products have grown by 80% β€” three times faster than the Swiss population β€” between 1990 and 2016.In that time, the quantity of imported food consumedper inhabitant...

'Together' quiz app answers newcomers' Swiss questions

Is tipping required at Swiss restaurants? Can my kids attend a Swiss public school even if they don't speak a national language? An app for those new to Switzerland answers these questions and many more,...

Report says Swiss ski resorts face bleak future

Climate change is the biggest threat to the survival of Swiss ski resorts, says bank Credit Suisse in a report published on Tuesday.By 2035 only a third of Swiss Alpine resorts will have enough snow in...

Swiss fair price initiative heads for nationwide vote

The Swiss people's initiative For Fair Prices' handed in 107,908 citizen signatures on Tuesday – well over the 100,000 required to trigger a nationwide vote on the issue of affordable consumer goods.The...

Swiss will not vote on revoking immigration quotas

A Swiss group seeking to reverse a decision to introduce immigration quotas on European Union nationals has announced it is satisfied with how the quotas have been implemented and is therefore withdrawing...

Parliament: don't touch banking secrecy for Swiss clients

Swiss banking secrecy should not be loosened – at least not for clients within Switzerland, according to the Swiss parliament. An initiative that called for the protection of domestic banking secrecy to...

Young prefer Snapchat and Instagram to Facebook

Use of Snapchat and Instagram overtook Facebook among young Swiss people in 2017, according the latest survey into media consumption habits in Switzerland.The Electronic Media Interest Group digiMonitor'...

Why small ponds have enormous value

Ponds may not seem as glamorous as rushing rivers or majestic lakes, but they're indispensable when it comes to biodiversity and ecosystem health. In Switzerland natural ponds have all but vanished with...

Your questions become our stories: time to vote

Whether you live in Switzerland or abroad, we want to know what you're wondering about the country. Vote on a selection of questions sent in by readers to help drive our coverage.Over the past few weeks,...

Lonely in Switzerland?

The American Alexandra Dufresne lives in Zurich with her family. She describes what it is like to experience loneliness as a foreigner, especially during the holiday season, and offers her advice on how...

ANZ Bank sells life insurance arm to Zurich for US$2.14 bn

ANZ Bank unveiled plans Tuesday to offload its life insurance arm to Zurich for Aus$2.85 billion , making the Swiss giant Australia's largest retail life insurer by premiums.It follows...

Algae species in Swiss lakes are homogenising, researchers find

Swiss and French scientists report thatvariations of cyanobacterial communities, or algae, found in the lakes of Switzerland havebecome increasingly uniform. This could allow more toxic species to thrive.The...

Embattled start-up Monetas declared bankrupt

The Swiss-based digital payment start-up Monetas has been declared bankrupt on Monday by a court in Zug. It's the latest blow for boss Johann Gevers, also under pressure regarding his role in the Tezos...

First of three 'Cannon Run' Brits handed suspended sentence

One of three Brits arrested for speeding in Switzerland during the illegal 2017 Cannon Run' race has been sentenced to a 13-month suspended prison term. He will also pay court fees of CHF12,000 .Flashed...

Over two million Swiss are covered by collective labour contracts

More than two million workers in Switzerland have jobs covered by a collective labour agreement which guarantees a minimum wage, the Federal Statistical Office reported on Monday.According to the office,...

UN seeks urgent resettlement of 1,300 refugees stranded in Libya

The UN urgently appealed Monday for countries to take in 1,300 "extremely vulnerable" refugees stranded in Libya, following revelations of horrific abuse of migrants in the country.The UN refugee agency...

Record number of passengers through Gotthard rail tunnel

It has been one year since the first trains started using the Gotthard Base Tunnel – the world's longest rail tunnel.The new tunnel opened on December 11, 2016. Since then, passenger and freight train...

Swiss rail passengers stranded overnight

About 200 people woke up in a Swiss school on Monday morning after their train got stuck in the snow and slush the previous day.The disruption happened on Sunday afternoon, when a Swiss Federal Railways...

Federer named Swiss Sportsman of the Year

Roger Federer has been chosen as Swiss Sportsman of the Year for the ninth time . The 36-year-old tennis star enjoyed a sensational comeback year, winning...

The decline of the Swiss private bank

Laurent Gagnebin does not fit the traditional image of a Swiss private banker. Fifteen years ago, he worked as a manager at a luxury hotel in Gstaad. Now he is putting his hospitality skills to work as...

Swiss chocolate, cheaper skiing and not-so-lonely expats

Here is a selection of stories to look ahead to on swissinfo.ch in the week of December 11, 2017.MondayIn an interview with swissinfo.ch, International Committee of the Red Cross President Peter...

Snow complicates new train timetable

The annual timetable change of the Swiss Federal Railways has run more or less smoothly – the only problems on Sunday were caused by the snow and freezing temperatures.The majority of trains were running...

Tezos Foundation probe set to clear president Gevers

swissinfo.ch has learnt that a Tezos Foundation internal inquiry is likely to clear president Johann Gevers of all allegations of financial impropriety and mismanagement made by Tezos founders Arthur and...

EU tax grey list splits Federal Council

It's hardly a tragedy' that the European Union has placed Switzerland on a grey list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes, says Finance Minister Ueli Maurer. Economics Minister Johann Schneider-Ammann,...

'I am American. I write from my American soul'

Susan Tiberghien came late to writing, but she's made up for lost time. The founder of the Geneva Writers' Group is the author of several books and despite living most of her life in Europe, says...

'We called it the Horny Tour'

In the relatively dry winter of 2017, Christoph Moser and I decided to do one of the absolute classic ski tours of the Bernese Oberland, a tour that serves as an endurance test for mountain guides.We called...

Swiss scientists pioneer 3D printing with live organisms

A 3D printing platform incorporates living bacteria into the ink, resulting in structures with a range of useful properties that can be targeted for biomedical, environmental, and sanitation applications.Research...

Swiss government seeks to boost police anti-terror powers

People not subject to criminal proceedings could still be held under house arrest if they are deemed a potential terror threat, under plans proposed by Switzerland's Federal Council on Friday.It is part...

Switzerland to take refugees from Libyan detention centres

Switzerland has agreed to take up to 80 particularly vulnerable refugees as part of an emergency plan by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to evacuate some 5,000 people from detention...

Swiss gun fans blast EU-Schengen restrictions

A light' version of the new European Union gun directive aimed at tightening firearms regulations has got Swiss gun fans hot under the collar. Switzerland, which has deep-rooted gun traditions, is expected...

'Britain is at a crossroads', Corbyn tells UN in Geneva

Britain needs to rethink its role in the world after its decision to leave the European Union, opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn told an audience at the United Nations in Geneva on Friday.Britain...

Job priority for Swiss residents to kick in at 8% unemployment rate

The Federal Council has announced that until 2020, Swiss residents registered at the unemployment office will get first dibs at jobs once unemployment in that sector reaches an 8% threshold. The measure...

Swiss School Beijing officially recognised

The Swiss School in Beijing – the first of its kind in China and first Swiss school abroad in more than three decades – has been officially recognised by the Swiss government.The school sees itself as...

What a typical Swiss student is like

There are almost 200,000 university students in Switzerland. What do we know about their backgrounds and how do they get by financially?At the end of November, the Federal Statistical Office published...

LafargeHolcim ex-boss charged over alleged Syria terrorist payments

The former boss of Franco-Swiss cement giant LafargeHolcim has been charged in Paris with funding a terrorist group' in a case involving the company's operations in Syria. Eric Olsen is also under investigation...

Uganda Marburg virus outbreak is contained: WHO

Uganda has contained an outbreak of the Ebola-like Marburg virus weeks after it emerged, the World Health Organization said Friday, praising improved response systems since the disastrous West African...

GM plants in bird feed found in non-GMO Switzerland

Authorities have identified the presence of genetically modified oilseed rape in bird feed sold in Switzerland. This could provide a pathway for the release of genetically modified organisms into...

Swiss border guard convicted over Syrian refugee's miscarriage

A Swiss military court on Thursday convicted a border guard for refusing medical assistance to a heavily pregnant Syrian refugee who miscarried while being sent back to Italy.The guard was found guilty...

General Electric to cut 1,400 Swiss jobs

General Electric has announced plans to cut around a third of its workforce based in northern Switzerland as the American multinational responds to a sharp fall in demand for fossil fuel power equipment.GE...

Australia's democratic moment is overdue

Love is in the air across Australia following the first successful nationwide popular vote on an issue in more than 40 years. As a result, its parliament just approved same-sex marriage. But longer-term,...

Basel's Fasnacht carnival wins Unesco 'intangible' status

The Fasnacht in Basel – Switzerland's largest carnival – has joined Unesco's list of intangible heritage', securing the coveted status alongside the 'FΓͺte des Vignerons' in Vevey.The...

Swiss authorities to phase out 1,000 civil defence facilities

The government has announced its plan to close about half of the civil defence facilities, mainly bunkers, found across Switzerland. Security concerns are not as pressing as in past decades, it says.Speaking...

Watch the Swiss border for a warning on trade

When you land at Geneva Airport with the intention of driving onwards, you have a choice. You can pass through Swiss immigration and head straight for the car hire desks.Alternatively, you can go up an...

Crossborder shopping costs Swiss retailers CHF9 billion

Swiss shoppers who drive over the border to stock up cost the Swiss retail industry CHF9.1 billion this year, according to researchers at the University of St Gallen.This is almost 10% more...

Here comes Santa Claus, on Lake Lucerne

Every year, a village on Lake Lucerne hosts one of Switzerland's most spectacular holiday traditions: the Klausjagen.Loosely translated as chasing Santa', Klausjagen is a procession featuring hundreds...

Alain Berset voted Swiss president

The Swiss parliament on Wednesday elected Interior Minister Alain Berset to serve in the largely symbolic position of president next year, making him the youngest to hold the post in a century.The choice...

Swiss-Palestine Society condemns Trump's decision on Jerusalem

President Donald Trump has reversed decades of United States policy and recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in defiance of warnings from around the world that the gesture risks creating further...

Federer named 'sign of the year' by Swiss deaf society

Following victories in Melbourne, Wimbledon and Basel this year, Roger Federer is in everybody's hands', according to the Swiss Deaf Association, which on Wednesday named the Swiss tennis player 'sign...

ChemChina thrives at home on strategy of 'going out'

Back when the Chinese government was encouraging state-owned enterprises and private sector companies to go out' of the country, few responded as energetically as ChemChina and Ren Jianxin, its entrepreneurial...

Hodler painting fetches CHF4.3 million at auction

A painting of Lake Thun by Swiss artist Ferdinand Hodler has been sold for CHF4.3 million during an auction that fetched almost CHF8 million for a range of classic and contemporary Swiss...