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Swiss bike lobby calls for faster progress on infrastructure

Swiss bike lobby calls for faster progress on infrastructure

Since 2018, the United Nations has recognized June 3 as World Bicycle Day. Keystone / Sohail Shahzad The government must shift gears to more quickly work towards its goal of doubling bicycle traffic by 2035. This is what the organisation Pro Velo is calling for on World Bicycle Day on Monday, asking for five measures...

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Ukraine conference in Switzerland: diplomacy against a historic backdrop

Ukraine conference in Switzerland: diplomacy against a historic backdrop

Many political heavyweights have met on this mountain in central Switzerland. Keystone/Urs Hubacher The Bürgenstock hotel complex overlooking Lake Lucerne, where the Ukraine peace conference will take place on June 15 and 16, has a long history of high-level political meetings. Its location guarantees security and discretion and was also a long-time favourite of film...

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Switzerland to intensify border checks during sporting events

Switzerland to intensify border checks during sporting events

Checks and controls will increase in the coming months. Keystone/Jean-Christophe Bott During the European Football Championships in Germany and the Olympic Games in Paris, the Swiss government will step up border controls. The reason for this is the increased threat of terrorism in connection with these major sporting events.  This content was published on May...

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Pharma firm Takeda to cut up to 120 Swiss jobs

Pharma firm Takeda to cut up to 120 Swiss jobs

An employee at one of Takeda’s locations in Germany. Keystone/Silas Stein The Japanese pharmaceutical company Takeda has announced a reduction of up to 120 jobs at its site in Opfikon. The statutory consultation process is currently underway.  This content was published on May 31, 2024 – 12:55 A Takeda spokesperson confirmed a report published in...

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Fighter jets to use Swiss motorway as runway

Fighter jets to use Swiss motorway as runway

Part of the road which will be occupied by the jets. Keystone/Jean-Christophe Bott To prepare for an emergency, Switzerland will have fighter jets take off and land on a motorway next week. Eight F/A-18s are expected to be deployed, the Swiss Air Force announced on Thursday.  This content was published on May 31, 2024 –...

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Switzerland may triple tuition fees for foreign university students

Switzerland may triple tuition fees for foreign university students

The Swiss federal technology institutes in Lausanne and Zurich are among the best in the world. Keystone / Georgios Kefalas Foreign students at federal technology institute ETH Zurich and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) may soon have to pay at least three times as much as Swiss students in tuition fees. The House...

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Switzerland expects bumper summer for tourism

Switzerland expects bumper summer for tourism

The Äscher-Wildkirchli guest house in Alpstein is a favourite tourist spot. Keystone / Gian Ehrenzeller Swiss hotels and holiday hotspots are looking forward to another record summer with Chinese guests in particular predicted to boost overnight stays by 0.4%, according to the KOF Swiss Economic Institute. This content was published on May 28, 2024 –...

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Federer in hot water over boathouse plan

Federer in hot water over boathouse plan

Roger Federer playing a charity ‘Match for Africa 3’ by Lake Zurich in 2017. KEYSTONE/© KEYSTONE / ENNIO LEANZA Former Swiss tennis star Roger Federer has fallen foul of public access campaigners with plans to build a boathouse on the shores of Lake Zurich. This content was published on May 28, 2024 – 11:37 Do...

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Winners and losers: sports betting in Switzerland

Winners and losers: sports betting in Switzerland

More than a fifth of Swiss who bet on sports say they do it because they enjoy the excitement and the experience. Keystone/Manuel Lopez With the Euro 2024 football tournament and the Olympic Games just weeks away, bookmakers and punters are looking forward to a summer of betting on sports. But how easy is it...

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Swiss employment trends positive in 2024

Swiss employment trends positive in 2024

Keystone/Alessandro Della Bella Employment in Switzerland has continued to develop positively in 2024, with more jobs being created in the year’s first quarter. Although the employment indicator fell slightly in terms of outlook, it remains positive.  This content was published on May 24, 2024 – 15:01 The number of jobs rose by 1.8% compared to...

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Switzerland Tourism takes stock of three years of pandemic recovery 

Switzerland Tourism takes stock of three years of pandemic recovery 

In 2023, guests came to Swiss hotels in droves. Keystone/Peter Klaunzer Switzerland Tourism has taken stock of the first three years since the start of the pandemic in March 2020. Additional recovery funds have helped to mitigate the effects of the health crisis and stabilise the industry.  This content was published on May 24, 2024...

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Swiss Air Force to use motorway for test exercise 

Swiss Air Force to use motorway for test exercise 

The Air Force wants to use the ‘Alpha Uno’ exercise to test whether its fighter jets can take off and land at improvised locations. Keystone / Michael Buholzer Swiss Air Force F/A-18 fighter jets will practice taking off and landing on the A1 motorway between Payerne and Avenches in canton Vaud on June 5.  This...