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Survey: air travel most popular way to go on holidays for Swiss

Survey: air travel most popular way to go on holidays for Swiss

In Switzerland, 46% of adults want to fly on holiday in 2024, while at least a third will travel by car and only just under 15% by train. Keystone / Christian Beutler Despite the climate crisis, flying is the most popular mode of transport to head on holidays – particularly for young, urban and high-income...

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Swiss spend CHF2.17 billion on sporting goods – SWI swissinfo.ch

Swiss spend CHF2.17 billion on sporting goods – SWI swissinfo.ch

The running (up 0.3%) and leisure sports (up 1%) segments recorded the highest year-on-year growth in 2023, according to the press release. KEYSTONE People in Switzerland spent CHF2.17 billion ($2.38 billion) on sporting goods last year. This was 1.5% less than in the previous year, according to Swisspo, the specialist agency for sporting goods in...

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Switzerland violates right to protest: Amnesty International – SWI swissinfo.ch

Switzerland violates right to protest: Amnesty International – SWI swissinfo.ch

Police monitor a protest in Geneva KEYSTONE/© KEYSTONE / SALVATORE DI NOLFI The civil rights watchdog Amnesty International has criticised Switzerland for not fully respecting the right of citizens to peacefully protest. This content was published on April 24, 2024 – 09:48 The NGO released its annual report as the world reaps the consequences of...

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Planned cuts to education and research funding in Switzerland spark concerns – SWI swissinfo.ch

Planned cuts to education and research funding in Switzerland spark concerns – SWI swissinfo.ch

A researcher at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag) in Dübendorf, near Zurich. Keystone/Gaetan Bally Switzerland is often ranked as one of the world’s most innovative and competitive countries, with a reputation for excellence in science and education. But financial pressures have squeezed the upcoming federal education, research and innovation budget....

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Switzerland’s Marco Sieber officially appointed ESA astronaut

Switzerland’s Marco Sieber officially appointed ESA astronaut

“Becoming an astronaut has always been a dream for me, but not really a realistic dream,” said Sieber after receiving his diploma. Keystone/Alessandro della Valle Switzerland once again has a full-fledged astronaut. Marco Sieber from Bern officially joined the astronaut corps of the European Space Agency (ESA) on Monday after completing basic astronaut training in...

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Anti-Semitism ‘played no role’ in Raiffeisen Switzerland bank business

Anti-Semitism ‘played no role’ in Raiffeisen Switzerland bank business

A suggestion was made to rename Raiffeisenplatz, where the bank’s headquarters are located. Keystone/Gaetan Bally The Raiffeisen banking group has no history of prejudicial business behaviour against Jews in Switzerland despite the anti-Semitic views of its German founder, according to a report that was commissioned by the company. This content was published on April 19,...

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Record-breaking Switzerland: from the world’s steepest railway to the largest igloo – SWI swissinfo.ch

Record-breaking Switzerland: from the world’s steepest railway to the largest igloo – SWI swissinfo.ch

The steepest point on the Stoos funicular railway is 110%, about 47 degrees Keystone/ Urs Flueeler A Swiss train last week set a world record by travelling almost 3,000 kilometres without refuelling. But Switzerland is home to many other technological records. Here are some of the most impressive – and surprising – ones. This content...

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Retail sales drop in Swiss sports market

Retail sales drop in Swiss sports market

Sales of hard goods such as skis, helmets and fitness equipment dropped by 3% KEYSTONE/© KEYSTONE / CHRISTIAN BEUTLER The Swiss sports market shrank in 2023 after two strong years. Fewer hard goods such as skis and rucksacks were bought, as were textiles. However, more shoes were purchased than in the previous year. This content...

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Pharma: Novartis announces job cuts in the development division – SWI swissinfo.ch

Pharma: Novartis announces job cuts in the development division – SWI swissinfo.ch

Novartis currently employs 10,400 people in Switzerland, 3,000 of whom work in the development department. KEYSTONE/© KEYSTONE / GEORGIOS KEFALAS The pharmaceutical company Novartis is facing job cuts. The development division will be affected, as the company announced on Tuesday. This content was published on April 10, 2024 – 09:35 In Switzerland, 400 to 440...

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UBS finalises transfer of Credit Suisse securitisation business to Apollo – SWI swissinfo.ch

UBS finalises transfer of Credit Suisse securitisation business to Apollo – SWI swissinfo.ch

Under the new deal, announced on Wednesday, Apollo Global Management will purchase from UBS $8 billion of “senior secured financing facilities” as part of the Swiss bank’s efforts to wind down its non-core legacy portfolio KEYSTONE/© KEYSTONE / ENNIO LEANZA UBS Group and Apollo Global Management have reached an agreement regarding the carveout of Credit Suisse’s...

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UNRWA head calls on Switzerland to resume financial support

UNRWA head calls on Switzerland to resume financial support

UNRWA head Lazzarini met with Swiss politicians. KEYSTONE/© KEYSTONE / SALVATORE DI NOLFI The director of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), Philippe Lazzarini, has called on Switzerland and the European Union to resume their support for the organisation. This content was published on March 26, 2024...