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Fri, 19 Apr 2024 13:36:31 GMT
Swiss franc strengthens amid Middle East tensions
On Friday, the Swiss franc showed itself to be a safe haven in troubled times, amid new developments in the Middle East. However, some of the gains against the dollar and euro were lost again as the markets stabilised. In the early afternoon, the US ...

Fri, 19 Apr 2024 13:16:58 GMT
Lufthansa suspends flights to Israel amid developing conflict
Lufthansa and its subsidiaries SWIIS International Air Lines and Austrian cancelled all flights to Israel on Friday due to the ongoing security situation. Four flights up to and including 7am on Saturday are affected, a Lufthansa spokesperson said in...

Fri, 19 Apr 2024 13:13:55 GMT
Weather forces delays for Patrouille des Glaciers races
Poor weather conditions have led the start of the Patrouille des Glaciers races planned for Friday to be postponed by 24 hours. The first starts, which were scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, had already been cancelled on Monday. Passing weather di...

Fri, 19 Apr 2024 12:16:09 GMT
Russian foreign minister derides Switzerland as ‘openly hostile country’ 
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has described Switzerland as an "openly hostile country" in an interview. As a result, Switzerland is not suitable for negotiations on the Ukraine conflict, Lavrov was quoted as saying by Russian state news agen...

Fri, 19 Apr 2024 11:35:53 GMT
Swiss filmmaker and critic Ulrike Koch dies aged 73 
The Swiss filmmaker and film critic Ulrike Koch has died at the age of 73. Koch was an expert on China and was known for her successful 1997 documentary film The Salt Men of Tibet, among other works. Koch died March 30 in the Zurich region, following...

Fri, 19 Apr 2024 10:13:28 GMT
Swiss Federal Court upholds Swisscom appeal in anti-trust case
The Swiss Federal Court has upheld an appeal by telecommunications provider Swisscom against a decision by the Competition Commission (ComCo). In 2015, the Competition Commission had fined Swisscom more than CHF7 million ($7.7 million) for an anti-tr...

Fri, 19 Apr 2024 09:58:06 GMT
Anti-Semitism ‘played no role’ in Raiffeisen Switzerland bank business
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. A presentation of the report...

Fri, 19 Apr 2024 08:29:29 GMT
Switzerland abstains from vote to grant Palestine full UN membership 
Switzerland, like the United Kingdom, has abstained from voting on a resolution in favour of full membership of the Palestinian state at the United Nations. The Swiss foreign ministry announced on Thursday night that "at the present time" the admissi...

Thu, 18 Apr 2024 14:39:34 GMT
Minister opens Swiss entry to 2024 Venice Biennale
As the 60th edition of the Venice Art Biennale opened its doors on Thursday, Swiss Interior Minister Elisabeth Baume-Schneider inaugurated the Swiss Pavilion. In her speech, the interior minister – who is also responsible for culture – emphasised...

Thu, 18 Apr 2024 14:32:52 GMT
Swiss court upholds conviction of essayist for homophobic remarks 
The Federal Court in Lausanne has upheld the conviction of far-right essayist Alain Soral for discrimination and incitement to hatred. The Frenchman, who lives in Lausanne, made derogatory comments about the sexual orientation of a female journalist ...

Thu, 18 Apr 2024 13:47:50 GMT
Campaigners submit 57,000 signatures for referendum on health financing reform
Swiss voters are likely to have the last word on reforms to healthcare financing this year as the country’s public services union (VPOD) handed 57,000 signatures in to the federal chancellery in Bern on Thursday. At stake is the ‘monism bill’ w...

Thu, 18 Apr 2024 13:04:48 GMT
ETH Zurich considering drastic cost-cutting measures 
Federal technology institute ETH Zurich’s high placing in global university rankings could be under threat as its budget struggles to keep pace with increasing student numbers, it says. The university believes government funding will be insufficien...

Thu, 18 Apr 2024 11:43:04 GMT
Swiss drank less wine in 2023 – but more of it was local
People in Switzerland drank slightly less wine in 2023 than in the previous year. However, Swiss-made wines increased their market share. Overall, wine consumption fell by 1.3 million litres to 235.9 million litres, the Federal Office for Agriculture...

Thu, 18 Apr 2024 10:13:23 GMT
Costs in Swiss health sector rose by 2.5% in 2022
Healthcare costs rose by 2.5% in 2022 compared to the previous year to CHF91.5 billion ($100.7 billion). However, the increase was below the average of the last five years, the Federal Statistical Office (FSO) said on Thursday. The big three service ...

Thu, 18 Apr 2024 09:25:59 GMT
No SWISS flights to Beirut this month
Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) decided on Wednesday that it will not be operating any flights to the Lebanese capital up to and including April 30. The airline also announced that it would not be using Iranian airspace until then and will be m...

Thu, 18 Apr 2024 08:26:10 GMT
Appliance efficiency leads to drop in Swiss electricity consumption
In 2023, 1.7% less electricity was consumed than in the previous year, apparently due to more efficient appliances. According to the Federal Office of Energy (FOE), electricity production also rose by 13.5% to hit a new record. In 2023, 72.1 billion ...

Thu, 18 Apr 2024 07:40:54 GMT
Switzerland and US hold third edition of strategic dialogue 
Switzerland and the US discussed bilateral processes, particularly taxation, and international issues in a third strategic partnership dialogue in Bern on Wednesday. Delegations were led by Secretary of State Alexandre Fasel on the Swiss side and Ass...

Thu, 18 Apr 2024 07:37:09 GMT
SNB can continue to ignore climate risks, Swiss lawmakers say
The Swiss National Bank won’t have to take climate and environmental risks into account in its monetary policy, according to the country’s parliament. While a number of institutions including the European Central Bank and Sweden’s Riksbank have...

Wed, 17 Apr 2024 15:28:04 GMT
EU appoints Miroslav Lajcák as new ambassador to Switzerland 
The High Representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, has appointed Miroslav Lajcák as the EU's future ambassador to Switzerland. As the host country, the Swiss authorities still need to formalise...

Wed, 17 Apr 2024 14:56:57 GMT
Tick-borne encephalitis cases double in Switzerland compared to previous year
So far, Switzerland has recorded more than twice as many cases of tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) compared to the same period last year. Experts suggest that ticks are becoming more active due to climate change and mild winters. As of the end of March ...

Wed, 17 Apr 2024 13:46:25 GMT
Chatbots on the rise in Switzerland
Chatbots are gaining popularity in Switzerland. A growing number of people now favour being helped online by such digital assistants over human beings. Specifically, 80% of the Swiss population now knows what a chatbot is, compared to just 57% three ...

Wed, 17 Apr 2024 12:27:32 GMT
Swiss milk processor Emmi secures majority stake in Brazilian dairy Verde Campo
The Switzerland-based milk processor Emmi is acquiring a majority stake in the Brazilian dairy company Verde Campo. The stake is being purchased from Coca-Cola at an undisclosed price, as outlined in a press release issued on Tuesday. With the purcha...

Wed, 17 Apr 2024 12:01:08 GMT
Swiss House of Representatives urges ban on extremist and racist symbols
The Swiss parliament wants to ban extremist symbols. Following the approval by the Senate, the House of Representatives also approved a motion for a ban on Wednesday. The ban primarily targets Nazi symbols, but it extends beyond that. However, a swas...

Wed, 17 Apr 2024 09:56:08 GMT
Nestlé adds sugar to baby food in low-income countries, report finds 
Swiss Nestlé, the world’s largest infant food company, takes pride in not adding sugar to its baby formulas distributed in Europe. However, in many low-income countries, its products do contain added sugar on a very large scale. In South Africa, C...

Wed, 17 Apr 2024 09:07:49 GMT
Switzerland won’t join G7 task force on Russian oligarch money
According to the House of Representatives, Switzerland should not join the international task force to track down Russian oligarchs’ money. Switzerland won't join the G7’s REPO (Russian Elites, Proxies, and Oligarchs) task force, which is tasked ...

Wed, 17 Apr 2024 08:17:07 GMT
Fedpol chief: ‘Swiss police resources insufficient to fight Mafia’  
Organised crime has infiltrated Switzerland’s justice system, and police resources are insufficient to effectively combat it, warns Nicoletta della Valle, director of the Federal Office of Police (Fedpol). Approximately 60 investigations are curren...

Wed, 17 Apr 2024 07:26:27 GMT
Switzerland’s domestic energy resources to run out by Thursday 
Switzerland is projected to deplete its domestic energy resources on Wednesday, as calculated by the Swiss Energy Foundation (SES). Starting from Thursday, the country will rely on imports of oil, gas, and uranium. This means that more than 70% of th...

Tue, 16 Apr 2024 15:05:28 GMT
Xi wants peace in Ukraine – but the path remains unclear 
Following his meeting with German Prime Minister Olaf Scholz in Beijing this week, Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for international cooperation to prevent further escalation in the Ukraine war and achieve a peaceful solution quickly. After m...

Tue, 16 Apr 2024 13:39:42 GMT
‘Pfuusbus’ emergency homeless shelter sees record demand 
The ‘Pfuusbus’, an emergency shelter for homeless people, was busier last year than ever before. The Pfarrer Sieber charity has said this is likely due to a change in drug use, an overburdened psychiatric system, and the housing shortage. The Pfu...

Tue, 16 Apr 2024 12:59:58 GMT
UN needs millions for aid in Ethiopia 
With the hunger crisis in Africa not only affecting Sudan, but also neighbouring Ethiopia, the United Nations (UN) wants to support 15.5 million people there this year. However, there is a lack of funds. At a donor conference in Geneva on Tuesday, th...

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