The Local : Switserland (25)

Swiss village wants to offer families 70,000 francs to go and live there

Residents of Albinen, a small Swiss village near Leukerbad in the canton of Valais, will on November 30th vote on a new policy which would offer money to outsiders who are willing to come and live in the village for at least a decade.

Fribourg cheesemaker wins World Fondue Championships

The smell of moitié-moitié filled the air in the village of Tartegnin in the canton of Vaud on Saturday as cheese aficionados attended the second World Fondue Championships.

Hundreds demonstrate in Geneva against rise in health insurance premiums

An estimated 800 people gathered in Geneva on Saturday afternoon to demonstrate against rising health insurance premiums.

SBB offers free festive train trip to those spending Christmas alone

Not everyone has friends and family they can spend Christmas with. Now Swiss federal railways is offering 80 people the chance to celebrate the festive season on a special train trip on Christmas Eve.

Federer happy with 'amazing year' despite loss at ATP Finals

Roger Federer says he "can't wait" to get back on court in Australia after an inspired David Goffin destroyed his chance to finish a golden season with a flourish at the ATP Finals.

Federer reaches semifinals in London and becomes world's highest earning athlete

Roger Federer condemned Marin Cilic to more frustration in London as he repeated his Wimbledon heroics against the Croatian with a 6-7 , 6-4, 6-1 victory in the ATP Finals on Thursday.

Thousands in Switzerland are blacklisted for not playing health insurance premiums

Nearly 30,000 people in Switzerland are on a ‘blacklist’ because they don’t pay their health insurance premiums, according to Swiss media.

Bern cycling campaign sees grant accidentally slashed after officials mess up vote

Most Bern city councillors were in favour of a new campaign to encourage people in the Swiss capital to get on their bikes, however on Thursday they accidentally voted to slash the campaign’s grant by more than half after some councillors pressed the wrong button during the electronic vote.

Report: A fifth of Swiss residents struggle financially

Switzerland may offer among the highest quality of life in the world, but a fifth of people here would struggle to pay for an unexpected expense, with foreigners particularly affected, according to new figures.

Swiss health insurance to cover some foreign treatment

From 2018 Swiss residents living in certain cantons bordering other countries will be able to seek medical treatment abroad under Swiss basic health insurance.

Switzerland has too many fat cats – literally

Up to 40 percent of cats and dogs in Switzerland are overweight, according to reports.

Couple found dead in suspected double murder near Bern

A man and a woman in their 60s were found dead in a house in Suberg, in the canton of Bern, early on Wednesday morning.

No buyer at Geneva auction for $30m pink diamond

The "Raj Pink", the largest Fancy Intense Pink diamond in the world, failed to sell at auction, despite being the highlight of a Sotheby's sale of precious jewels.

Swiss man sneaks onto London-Geneva flight and hides in toilet

Passengers on an EasyJet flight from London to Geneva on Sunday night were left in shock after they realized a stowaway had managed to board the plane and shut himself in the toilet.

Kidnapped Swiss aid worker freed in Darfur

Sudanese security forces have freed a Swiss aid worker who was kidnapped in Darfur last month in an overnight operation in the war-torn region, a Sudanese official said on Wednesday.

Assisted suicide increasingly popular in Switzerland

More people in Switzerland than ever before are turning to assisted suicide to end their lives, according to the latest statistics.

Federal health office quashes Bern’s pot pilot project

A plan by the University of Bern to study the effects of allowing the sale of cannabis in pharmacies has been vetoed by the Swiss federal health office , which says such a project would be against the law.

French-Swiss cement maker investigated over alleged payments to Islamic State

French investigators searched the offices of French-Swiss cement maker Lafarge on Tuesday, the company said, as part of an enquiry into financial links to jihadist groups in Syria, including Islamic State.

Diamond sale breaks record in Geneva auction

The largest diamond ever offered at auction went under the hammer in Geneva on Tuesday evening for nearly $34 million, a world record for a gem of its kind, the Christie's auction house said.

HSBC agrees fine to avoid court over tax fraud charges

HSBC Private Bank, a Swiss unit of banking giant HSBC, has agreed to pay 300 million euros to avoid going to trial in France for enabling tax fraud, prosecutors said on Tuesday.

UAE says Swiss journalists were questioned but not arrested

The United Arab Emirates on Tuesday said two Swiss journalists had been "stopped for questioning" after the opening of the Louvre Abu Dhabi last week but declined to confirm their arrest.

How to have a wonderful wedding in Switzerland

Recently engaged and considering getting married in Switzerland? Tying the knot away from your home country may seem a minefield. Here, The Local takes you through the legalities and offers some tips for staging a wonderful Swiss wedding from someone who’s done it.

Report: Swiss are richer than ever but wealth inequality persists

The average household in Switzerland is 35 percent richer than it was at the turn of the century, but there has been no reduction in wealth inequality.

Geneva initiative aims to cap health insurance premiums

The political left in Geneva has launched a cantonal initiative aiming to cap basic health insurance premiums at ten percent of a household’s income.

One dead in accident on Swiss motorway

One person died and two were injured in a road accident on the A3 on Monday afternoon.