Expatica : Switzerland (48)

Sexually transmitted diseases on the rise

The number of reported cases of sexually transmitted infections has grown in Switzerland. Health officials say the growth may be largely down to better testing.Compared to 2015, the number of cases...

UN opens key Rohingya fundraising conference

The UN opened a major fundraising conference on Monday aimed at securing some of the $434 million dollars aid groups say is needed to care for Myanmar's Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. More than 600,000...

'People need to understand that normality doesn't exist'

To feel like a woman and be accepted as one – this is the battle Stella Glitter has fought all her life. Transgender and queer', the 68-year-old artist pursues the dream of a free society, where even...

Private banks coming late to the party in wealth management

Banks have been targeting family offices since the early 1980s, but few have appreciated the nuances of working for wealthy families, simply offering the same services they would to ultra-wealthy individuals.The...

Teenager's axe rampage wounds several in Switzerland: police

A teenager armed with an axe injured several people in a rampage in Switzerland on Sunday before being shot and arrested, police said, describing the incident as unrelated to terrorism.Police in the canton...

Stories making the Swiss Sunday papers

Scepticism of Sion's Winter Olympics bid, the cost of travelling around the country and Switzerland's addiction to sugar – here are some of the leading stories making Swiss newspapers on Sunday.The bid...

Gurlitt art collection 'opportunity for Switzerland'

The Swiss authorities are missing a golden opportunity to establish the country as a leading centre for providence checking and restitution of stolen art, says a boss at the Bern Museum of Fine Arts which...

WHO set to make statement on Mugabe role

The World Health Organization said its director general will issue a statement Sunday on the naming of Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador, amid speculation that the controversial...

University mobbing case brings 'professor power' into question

Two professors at the prestigious Federal Institute of Technology Zurich have been placed on gardening leave following allegations that they mobbed doctoralstudents, the NZZ am Sonntag newspaper...

Returning to Switzerland, voting by smartphone, and healing with yoga

Here are some of the stories we'll be following the week of October 23.Monday The next story in our LBGTIQ series features Stella Glitter, a 68-year-old transgender artist. She talks about her early years...

Nina Bader: "Life is much more relaxed in Vancouver"

During her studies, Nina Bader fell in love with Vancouver. She also found herself a job and a partner in the Canadian city. The 27-year old likes the relaxed lifestyle of the west coast and the many different...

WHO chief 'rethinking' after Mugabe honour outrage

The head of the World Health Organization said Saturday that he was "rethinking" his decision to name Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe a goodwill ambassador, as global outrage over the move mounted....

The privileges of being a farmer in Switzerland

No other profession in Switzerland has such a strong political lobby. And it pays off. The agricultural sector is protected through import restrictions and state subsidies, and farmers receive a number...

WHO cites Zimbabwe record as outrage grows over Mugabe honour

The World Health Organization on Saturday cited Zimbabwe's anti-tobacco record and efforts against non-communicable diseases as justifications for making President Robert Mugabe a "goodwill ambassador",...

Asylum procedures can threaten mental health of migrants

Asylum-seekers often experience traumatic events before migrating to Europe, but even after they obtain refugee status, stressful conditions can foster or exacerbate mental health problems. That's the...

UN anti-torture panel suspends Rwanda trip over 'obstructions'

A United Nations torture prevention panel has suspended a trip to Rwanda, citing obstruction by the authorities and fears that interviewees would suffer "reprisals", a statement from the UN rights office...

'Bizarre' fish discovered in Swiss Alps

Scientists have discovered a fossil of new species of Coelacanth fish in the Swiss Alps. A team of paleontologists found it on a pass near the mountain resort of Davos in southeastern Switzerland in 2014...

Givaudan smells success in China

Swiss fragrance producer Givaudan said Friday it has begun work on a new production site in China, where the firm sees strong growth potential.The Geneva-based group said it was investing 100 million...

Madagascar plague deaths hit 94, 1,100 suspected cases: WHO

The death toll from a plague outbreak in Madagascar has risen to 94, with the number of suspected cases jumping to more than 1,100, the World Health Organization said Friday.Officials on the poor Indian...

Foreigners arriving in Switzerland more likely to be highly skilled

The demographics of Switzerland's immigrant workforce are changing; unlike during the post-war decades, most new arrivals today are university educated. Swissinfo.ch takes a look at the stats.As in most...

Insured losses from hurricanes, Mexico quakes $95 bln: Swiss Re estimate

Total insured market losses from hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and two earthquakes in Mexico this year came to around $95 billion, reinsurance group Swiss Re announced Friday.The Zurich-based company...

Trump tweets creating 'chaos politics': Kerry

President Donald Trump has created a destructive atmosphere of "chaos politics" with his prolific use of Twitter for policy announcements and incendiary remarks alike, former secretary of state John Kerry...

Two-thirds of Swiss find their neighbours annoying

Noise, cigarette smoke and disputes over shared laundry facilities are among the most common complaints Swiss have about their neighbours, a new survey shows. More than one in 10 even have several arguments...

Swiss pressure on Koran distributing group grows

Following in Zurich's footsteps, the Swiss canton of Bern has instructed municipalities to ban the Koran distributing campaign called Lies! from operating in their area. Officials fear their actions could...

Government against allowing foreign inter-city bus operators

The Swiss cabinet is not in favour of liberalising the Swiss transport market by allowing foreign coach firms to offer inter-city services within Switzerland.In a report released on Thursday, the seven-member...

Snail's pace of Brexit negotiations vexes Swiss firms

While Switzerland is not involved in Britain's divorce from the European Union, many Swiss businesses are closely watchingnegotiations unfold. And if a recent British Swiss Chamber of Commerce meeting...

Zurich Insurance sees $700 mln in hurricane claims in Q3

Swiss group Zurich Insurance said Thursday it expects to receive around $700 million in insurance claims related to hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria in the third quarter. Zurich Insurance...

Decision to deny citizenship to Turkish woman reversed

A local parliament in eastern Switzerland has overturned its earlier decision to reject the citizenship application of a young Turkish womanborn and raised in the region. She can now become Swiss.In June,...

Switzerland is no longer a cinematic island

The traditional image of Swiss cinema lies on the cutting room floor. International co-productions have become the norm and a significant number of young film-makers have an immigrant background or were...

Geneva's City of Music complex starts to take shape

The winning design for a stunning new concert hall complex to be built in the heart of so-called International Geneva was officially presented to the press on Tuesday.The future City of Music' design...

Pilot: 'Let me show you the best of Switzerland'

The passengers of a Swiss flight from Barcelona to Zurich have been given an unexpected tour.The pilot decided to make a scenic detour while in a holding pattern over Zurich airportuntil it was the plane's...

Café Crème de la crème

On July 1, 1911, the 'Grand Café Odeon'opened its doors for the first time – and revolutionised the way Zurich's art and political socialites drank their champagne. They also signed its guest book – which...

Radio and TV licence fee vote to be held next March

Voters will decide on March 4, 2018 on a proposal to scrap the mandatory licence fee for services of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation , including swissinfo.ch.On the same day, voters will also have...

The stolen childhood of the factory children

During the industrial revolution, children slaved away in Swiss factories to the point of collapse. A political outsider is to thank for the fact that child labour was banned relatively early.Workers...

Swiss 'tax spy' goes on trial in Germany

A Swiss man accused of spying on German officials who were hunting tax cheats went on trial in Frankfurt on Wednesday, in a convoluted case that has strained ties between Bern and Berlin.Daniel M., 54,...

Swiss 'tax spy' goes on trial in Germany

A Swiss man accused of spying on German officials who were hunting tax cheats goes on trial in Frankfurt on Wednesday, in a convoluted case that has strained ties between Bern and Berlin.Daniel M., 54,...

Guest book from Zurich café auctioned for CHF42,000

Between 1917 and 1932, the cream of Zurich's art and political scene signed the little guest book in the Café Odeon. The 61-page autograph-hunter's dream has now been auctioned in Zurich for CHF42,000...

Social benefits halve Swiss poverty

Almost 600,000 people live in poverty in Switzerland. Without social transfers – social help including pensions, health and unemployment benefits and housing allowances – this number would be more than...

Most Swiss back cantonal health insurance proposal

Two out of three Swiss residents would be in favour of a single basic health insurance scheme run by each canton, a new poll shows. Campaigners recently launched a people's initiative aimed at giving cantons...

Richemont flags big profit rise in watch market uptick

Swiss giant Richemont, the world's second-biggest luxury goods company after LVMH, said on Tuesday it expected to post a massive rise in net profit for the first half thanks partly to a recovering watch...

582,000 Rohingya to Bangladesh from Myanmar since August 25: UN

Some 582,000 Rohingya refugees have fled their homes in Myanmar and arrived in Bangladesh since late August, the United Nations said Tuesday, warning that thousands more were stranded at the border.The...

'Shocking' abuse of migrants in Libya smuggling hub: UN

More than 20,000 migrants, including pregnant women and babies, are being held either in detention centres or by traffickers in Libya's people-smuggling hub Sabratha, the UN said Tuesday, warning of abuse...

Sion driverless bus service to be expanded

The Swiss city of Sion plans to expand its pioneering autonomous bus service, doubling the length of its route to the train station and extending the offer to the end of 2018.The Federal Road Office has...

The legal difficulties of online expression in Switzerland

Drawing the line between freedom of expression and discrimination was difficult enough in the pre-Internet era. Social media and instant communication have made it a nuanced minefield, as a case in Switzerland...

Switzerland urged to improve protection of vulnerable migrants

The Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights has urged Switzerland to stop detaining migrant children arriving at Swiss international airports and to improve the protection of other vulnerable...

Credit Suisse targeted for break-up by activist hedge fund

A Swiss hedge fund is poised to launch an activist campaign to break up Credit Suisse, tapping into investor impatience with the progress of the bank's turnround under chief executive Tidjane Thiam.RBR...

Massive star collision unlocks more secrets of the universe

An international team including Swiss researchers has for the first time recorded gravitational waves and light emitted by the collision of two neutron stars. It's a discovery with groundbreaking potential...

Bern's SkyWork could be grounded at end of month

SkyWork Airlines, which flies to various European destinations from Bern Airport, may be forced to cease operations by the end of October due to its unstable financial situation.The Federal Office of Civil...