The Local : Switserland (17)

Swiss launches more ski flights between Sion and UK

Swiss International Air Lines will offer additional flights between Sion airport in the Valais and London Heathrow this winter, expanding the route it trialled for two weeks last season.

Ignazio Cassis is elected Switzerland’s new federal councillor

Switzerland has a new federal councillor. Ignazio Cassis was on Wednesday elected by parliament to the seat left vacant by outgoing minister Didier Burkhalter.

Start-up targets 'breathable air market' with Swiss air in a can

Can fresh Swiss mountain air be a tonic for people who live in polluted cities?

Fifa suspends Caribbean football chief for ethics violations

Fifa suspended Caribbean Football Union president Gordon Derrick from the sport for six years on Tuesday after he was found guilty of several ethics violations.

Swiss hunter kills donkeys belonging to French trekking company

A donkey trekking company in the Savoie region of France has been left devastated after a Swiss hunter mistook four of its donkeys for prey and shot at them.

The 21 most annoying ‘false friends’ in French

Avoid ghastly gaffs in French-speaking Switzerland by reading our handy guide.

St Gallen backs 'burqa ban' proposal

The cantonal parliament of St Gallen on Monday voted to adopt a bill that would ban people from covering their face in public, including women wearing the burqa.

Swiss police investigate why Geneva toilets were clogged with cash

If someone tells you they flushed more than a hundred grand down the toilet, chances are they're referring figuratively to a bad investment, or an outrageous extravagance.

Geneva University launches new course to help imams integrate in Swiss society

As the academic year begins at the University of Geneva , a new programme is on offer that aims to help imams in Switzerland integrate into Swiss society.

Swiss ski resorts wake up to September snow

It appears the summer hiking season may be over for another year as many Swiss alpine resorts saw fresh snow over the weekend.

Two Bern villages vote against following Moutier to canton Jura

Three months after the town of Moutier voted to leave the canton of Bern and join the Jura, two neighbouring communes have rejected a plan to follow suit.

Syngenta chief calls for debate on 'sustainable agriculture'

Swiss agrochemicals giant Syngenta, recently taken over by ChemChina, said there should be a wide-scale debate on what constitutes "sustainable agriculture" in face of a number of current controversies over pesticides.

Zurich researchers win 'funny Nobel' for discovery that didgeridoo playing can prevent snoring

Researchers from Zurich were among the 2017 recipients of the Ig Nobel peace prize for discovering that playing the didgeridoo can help people stop snoring.

Bern police hunt for missing 14-year-old girl

Police in Bern on Wednesday launched a huge search operation after a 14-year-old girl went missing in Utzigen.

Barry Foundation celebrates bumper crop of St Bernard puppies

Twelve St Bernard puppies were born at the Barry Foundation recently, bringing the year’s total to 32, well above the annual average of 20.

Strong winds cause chaos for Swiss roads and airports

Stormy weather and strong winds proved hazardous across Switzerland on Thursday, with planes struggling to land and trucks swept off the roads.

This is how Switzerland elects a new federal councillor

Since the resignation of Swiss foreign minister Didier Burkhalter in June, speculation has been rife in the press over who will replace him. On September 20th all will be revealed. Here are ten things you should know.