Train disruption throws daily life off track

Train disruption throws daily life off track

Under what passes for normal in Switzerland – highly precise and efficient transport – more than 90,000 people a day typically hurtle over the tracks in Lucerne, making it the nation’s sixth-busiest rail hub....
Local Swiss political party launches primaries

Local Swiss political party launches primaries

The leftwing Social Democratic Party plans to hold primaries this year to choose its candidate for the 2018 government elections in canton Graubünden. Is this move – a first for Swiss politics - a...
UN expert calls on Swiss to maintain funding

UN expert calls on Swiss to maintain funding

The Swiss government is facing calls by the United Nations special rapporteur on torture to boost its financial support for the independent mandate. Nils Melzer, a Swiss national appointed to the post last year by...
Why do Swiss workers hardly ever go on strike?

Why do Swiss workers hardly ever go on strike?

No one downs tools less often than workers in Switzerland and Austria, according to an international comparison of strikes. Between 2006 and 2015, an average of only two work days were lost per 1,000 workers...
Credit Suisse and UBS Tell Wealthy Clients the Same: Buy Stocks

Credit Suisse and UBS Tell Wealthy Clients the Same: Buy Stocks

Credit Suisse Group AG and UBS Group AG have a message for their wealthy clients: it’s not too late to buy equities. Political risk is keeping many rich individuals on the sidelines of a rally...
Swiss first time mothers among the oldest

Swiss first time mothers among the oldest

Women in Switzerland are on average the third oldest in Europe - at age 30.6 - when they give birth to their first child, according to the latest statistics. Only women in Italy and...
Avalanche in Austria kills four Swiss men

Avalanche in Austria kills four Swiss men

Four Swiss men were killed when their ski touring group was swept away by an avalanche in western Austria, police in the Tyrol region said on Wednesday. Rescuers had used snow-drilling machines to try to...
In the thrall of the mountain king

In the thrall of the mountain king

The Swiss loved their ibex to death – hunting them for their meat and horns, which people once believed had medicinal properties. Supposedly, horn powder could help conquer vertigo. The last Swiss ibex was shot...
Switzerland attempts a makeover to seduce young Indians

Switzerland attempts a makeover to seduce young Indians

Will Indian film star Ranveer Singh help Switzerland shed its image as a “beautiful but boring” destination and attract young Indian tourists? For decades, the Alpine nation has lured Indian tourists thanks to free publicity...

Why Swiss cows are set to lock horns this spring

As the cow fighting season kicks off in Switzerland, The Local looks at the ins and outs of this longstanding Swiss tradition. Which cows are we talking about? The Hérens (or Eringer in German) cow is...
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Swiss politician guilty of helping illegal immigrants

The public prosecutor of southern Swiss canton Ticino has found parliamentarian Lisa Bosia Mirra guilty of facilitating the entry of illegal immigrants into the...