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Swiss keep up the patent pace

Switzerland is the champion of the patent world, filing the most patent applications per head to the European Patent Office in 2016. But is the Swiss inventive spirit really unparalleled? A machine for sorting gravel, a barometer that works by atmos... read more

 SWISS INFO5 hours ago

     
Swiss mobile providers perform well

Speed, availability, network responsiveness: on all counts, the mobile experience in Switzerland is “an excellent one”, according to a new report. But improvements could still be made to advance on the leader board. This is the verdict published We... read more

 SWISS INFO5 hours ago
Swiss mobile providers perform well

Speed, availability, network responsiveness: on all counts, the mobile experience in Switzerland is “an excellent one”, according to a new report. But improvements could still be made to advance on the leader board. This is the verdict published We... read more

 SWISS INFO9 hours ago
Swiss keep up the patent pace

Switzerland is the champion of the patent world, filing the most patent applications per head to the European Patent Office in 2016. But is the Swiss inventive spirit really unparalleled? A machine for sorting gravel, a barometer that works by atmos... read more

 SWISS INFO9 hours ago
Five takeaways from Sunday’s Swiss energy vote

On May 21, Swiss voters endorsed a new energy law that aims to promote renewable energy, ban new nuclear power plants and ensure lower energy consumption. Sunday’s vote revealed five interesting lessons. 1. Doris Leuthard is having the time of her ... read more

 SWISS INFOYesterday
Swiss press reacts positively to energy legislation

A majority of commentators in Swiss newspapers are pleased with voters’ decision to withdraw from nuclear power and promote renewable energies, even if the government’s energy strategy leaves many open questions. The Basler Zeitung sees a "change o... read more

 SWISS INFOYesterday
Swiss expats back nuclear phase-out

Swiss voters living abroad gave their full support to the government's new energy law in Sunday's nationwide vote. Political scientist Thomas Milic explains why. On Sunday, Swiss voters living outside the country said a resounding 'yes' to Energy St... read more

 SWISS INFOYesterday
New LafargeHolcim CEO given market approval

The markets have welcomed LafargeHolcim’s choice of chief executive to guide the company out of a reputational hole. Jan Jenisch, who will take over in October, has experienced difficult situations having spent the last two and a half years driving u... read more

 SWISS INFOYesterday
New LafargeHolcim CEO given market approval

The markets have welcomed LafargeHolcim’s choice of chief executive to guide the company out of a reputational hole. Jan Jenisch, who will take over in October, has experienced difficult situations having spent the last two and a half years driving u... read more

 SWISS INFO2 days ago
Swiss expats back nuclear phase-out

Swiss voters living abroad gave their full support to the government's new energy law in Sunday's nationwide vote. Political scientist Thomas Milic explains why. On Sunday, Swiss voters living outside the country said a resounding 'yes' to Energy St... read more

 SWISS INFO2 days ago
Five takeaways from Sunday’s Swiss energy vote

On May 21, Swiss voters endorsed a new energy law that aims to promote renewable energy, ban new nuclear power plants and ensure lower energy consumption. Sunday’s vote revealed five interesting lessons. 1. Doris Leuthard is having the time of her ... read more

 SWISS INFO2 days ago
Swiss press reacts positively to energy legislation

A majority of commentators in Swiss newspapers are pleased with voters’ decision to withdraw from nuclear power and promote renewable energies, even if the government’s energy strategy leaves many open questions. The Basler Zeitung sees a "change o... read more

 SWISS INFO2 days ago
Particle physicist shuns hyperactive investments

Cern practises cutting-edge science but its pension fund is surprisingly risk averse. The prestigious nuclear research centre near Geneva, is best known for blasting atoms around its Large Hadron Collider, a 27-kilometre tunnel that forms the world’s... read more

 SWISS INFO2 days ago
Particle physicist shuns hyperactive investments

Cern practises cutting-edge science but its pension fund is surprisingly risk averse. The prestigious nuclear research centre near Geneva, is best known for blasting atoms around its Large Hadron Collider, a 27-kilometre tunnel that forms the world’s... read more

 SWISS INFO2 days ago
Alpinism, invention and integration

Here are a few of the stories we will bring you during the week starting on May 22. Monday Our series marking the 500th anniversary of the Reformation continues on Monday with the story of Anna Reinhart’s once-secret marriage to Huldrych Zw... read more

 SWISS INFO3 days ago
Alpinism, invention and integration

Here are a few of the stories we will bring you during the week starting on May 22. Monday Our series marking the 500th anniversary of the Reformation continues on Monday with the story of Anna Reinhart’s once-secret marriage to Huldrych Zw... read more

 SWISS INFO3 days ago
Will the Swiss say yes to boosting renewables and banning nuclear power?

Voters on Sunday will decide on a new energy law that aims to promote renewable energy, ban new nuclear power plants and lower energy consumption. Even though the Energy Strategy 2050 was approved by parliament last year, it comes to a vote since it... read more

 SWISS INFO3 days ago
Will the Swiss say yes to boosting renewables and banning nuclear power?

Voters on Sunday will decide on a new energy law that aims to promote renewable energy, ban new nuclear power plants and lower energy consumption. Even though the Energy Strategy 2050 was approved by parliament last year, it comes to a vote since it... read more

 SWISS INFO4 days ago
Vanessa, Rihanna and Hedi - first, second, third!

Michael Rüegsegger, an auctioneer, gazes into his computer screen. The compressors of the high-pressure cleaners puff up, a group of brown cattle stands wet in the spray mist, while another truck drives forward and the last group of cattle prepares t... read more

 SWISS INFO4 days ago
Vanessa, Rihanna and Hedi - first, second, third!

Michael Rüegsegger, an auctioneer, gazes into his computer screen. The compressors of the high-pressure cleaners puff up, a group of brown cattle stands wet in the spray mist, while another truck drives forward and the last group of cattle prepares t... read more

 SWISS INFO4 days ago
Switzerland to end development aid to Pakistan

Budget cuts have forced the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) to withdraw aid to Pakistan.  On Friday, SDC announced that it was ending development cooperation in two northern provinces of Pakistan “faster than expected”. This means... read more

 SWISS INFO5 days ago
Switzerland to end development aid to Pakistan

Budget cuts have forced the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) to withdraw aid to Pakistan.  On Friday, SDC announced that it was ending development cooperation in two northern provinces of Pakistan “faster than expected”. This means... read more

 SWISS INFO5 days ago
British double-deckers start new life in Switzerland

PostBus, a subsidiary of the Swiss Post which provides regional and rural bus services throughout Switzerland, plans to replace gradually its 19 double-deckers in the eastern part of the country with buses that were made in Britain.  The buses, whic... read more

 SWISS INFO5 days ago
British double-deckers start new life in Switzerland

PostBus, a subsidiary of the Swiss Post which provides regional and rural bus services throughout Switzerland, plans to replace gradually its 19 double-deckers in the eastern part of the country with buses that were made in Britain.  The buses, whic... read more

 SWISS INFO5 days ago
New high-speed Gotthard train officially unveiled

The first high-speed train from Stadler Rail to be used in the new Gotthard north-south tunnel through the Alps has been officially unveiled at Bussnang in northeast Switzerland.  The new trains, which are expected to be rolled out from the end of 2... read more

 SWISS INFO5 days ago
New high-speed Gotthard train officially unveiled

The first high-speed train from Stadler Rail to be used in the new Gotthard north-south tunnel through the Alps has been officially unveiled at Bussnang in northeast Switzerland.  The new trains, which are expected to be rolled out from the end of 2... read more

 SWISS INFO6 days ago
Rainbow families start to colour Swiss media

Gay or lesbian parents are almost non-existent in the Swiss mainstream media, unlike in the United States where they play central roles in several award-winning series. But many same-sex parents have welcomed a ground-breaking short scene in one of S... read more

 SWISS INFO6 days ago
Fair trade label marks 25 years in Switzerland

A quarter-century after hitting Swiss supermarket shelves, fair trade label Max Havelaar is doing good – and well.  “Initially, the big supermarkets had reservations about the reliability of small-scale farmers and the quality of their products,” re... read more

 SWISS INFO6 days ago
Granite greeter unveiled in Andermatt

“Standmandli” (little stone man) by Swiss sculptor Udo Rondinone was unveiled on Thursday on a new roundabout at the entrance to Andermatt, a tourism destination in canton Uri.  The 22-tonne granite sculpture was commissioned by Egyptian businessman... read more

 SWISS INFO6 days ago
Bern train station to expand to meet growing rail traffic

Bern railway station, Switzerland’s second busiest after Zurich, is set to expand with the creation of a new underground rail station serving regional trains between Bern and Solothurn. A pedestrian access area is also planned.  Some 202,000 passeng... read more

 SWISS INFO6 days ago
Non-smoking apartments sell out in Zurich

A non-smoking apartment block has been built in Zurich, the first of its kind in Switzerland. (RTS/swissinfo.ch) All 40 apartments in the block, built by the Schönheim housing cooperative, have been sold. Tenants sign a contract agreeing not to smok... read more

 SWISS INFO6 days ago
Novartis to shed 500 jobs in Basel

The Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis has announced that it plans to cut 500 jobs at its Basel headquarters in Switzerland over the next 18 months. It says it will also create 350 new posts, mostly in its biotech business. Novartis said in a state... read more

 SWISS INFO6 days ago
New Swiss bear park gets green light

If all goes to plan, Swiss mountain resort Arosa will soon have a park for rescued bears.  The canton of Graubünden has approved a change in zoning laws to allow for construction of the park, called Arosa Bear Country. The authorities announced the ... read more

 SWISS INFO6 days ago
New Swiss bear park gets green light

If all goes to plan, Swiss mountain resort Arosa will soon have a park for rescued bears.  The canton of Graubünden has approved a change in zoning laws to allow for construction of the park, called Arosa Bear Country. The authorities announced the ... read more

 SWISS INFO6 days ago
Bern train station to expand to meet growing rail traffic

Bern railway station, Switzerland’s second busiest after Zurich, is set to expand with the creation of a new underground rail station serving regional trains between Bern and Solothurn. A pedestrian access area is also planned.  Some 202,000 passeng... read more

 SWISS INFO6 days ago
Non-smoking apartments sell out in Zurich

A non-smoking apartment block has been built in Zurich, the first of its kind in Switzerland. (RTS/swissinfo.ch) All 40 apartments in the block, built by the Schönheim housing cooperative, have been sold. Tenants sign a contract agreeing not to smok... read more

 SWISS INFO6 days ago
Novartis to shed 500 jobs in Basel

The Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis has announced that it plans to cut 500 jobs at its Basel headquarters in Switzerland over the next 18 months. It says it will also create 350 new 'hi-tech' production and research-related jobs. Novartis said i... read more

 SWISS INFO6 days ago
Granite greeter unveiled in Andermatt

“Standmandli” (little stone man) by Swiss sculptor Udo Rondinone was unveiled on Thursday on a new roundabout at the entrance to Andermatt, a tourism destination in canton Uri.  The 22-tonne granite sculpture was commissioned by Egyptian businessman... read more

 SWISS INFO6 days ago
Fair trade label marks 25 years in Switzerland

A quarter-century after hitting Swiss supermarket shelves, fair trade label Max Havelaar is doing good – and well.  “Initially, the big supermarkets had reservations about the reliability of small-scale farmers and the quality of their products,” re... read more

 SWISS INFO6 days ago
Rainbow families start to colour Swiss media

Gay or lesbian parents are almost non-existent in the Swiss mainstream media, unlike in the United States where they play central roles in several award-winning series. But many same-sex parents have welcomed a ground-breaking short scene in one of S... read more

 SWISS INFO6 days ago
Strong Swiss franc could be over reckons currency strategist at UBS

Tribune de Genève. After more than two years of a highly overvalued franc, relative to the euro, the currency should ease in the near term reckons Thomas Flury, senior currency strategist at UBS. He expects a euro to be worth 1.14 francs in 6 months ... read more

 LE NEWS6 days ago
Earring record shattered at Geneva auction

Sotheby’s in Geneva has set the record auction price for a pair of earrings, selling a duo of blue and pink diamond jewels for $57.4 million (CHF56.5 million).  The pear-shaped earrings, known as the “Apollo Blue” and the “Artemis Pink”, were bought... read more

 SWISS INFO6 days ago
US and Italy take lead in repatriating manufacturing

After years of offshoring, dozens of United States and European firms are making a U-turn by returning production back home, or moving it closer to home. It’s a phenomenon known as back- or near-reshoring. An expert and representatives of two busine... read more

 SWISS INFO6 days ago
20 facts about the new CHF20 note

People in Switzerland have been getting their hands on the newest bank note, released into circulation on Wednesday, in the re-vamped currency series: the CHF20. Here are 20 points of information about the bills. The new notes are available from Wed... read more

 SWISS INFO6 days ago
More countries demand UBS client names

Sweden and the Netherlands have joined a growing list of countries demanding the names of UBS bank clients suspected of dodging taxes. France and Spain have previously asked for Swiss administrative assistance following the same tip-off from the Germ... read more

 SWISS INFO6 days ago
New bank note

A brand new Swiss bank note went into circulation today, with a new design and lots of new security features.... read more

 SWISS INFO6 days ago
Court rejects four-fingered KitKat trademark bid

Swiss food manufacturer Nestlé has lost a legal bid to have the four-fingered shape of its iconic KitKat chocolate bar protected by trademark in Britain. The Court of Appeal in London rejected its motion following an objection from confectionary riva... read more

 SWISS INFO6 days ago
Switzerland has a second stab at Digital ID

Amid much fanfare, Switzerland’s digital identification concept has been rebooted after a faltering start. The launch of SwissID has raised both expectations and a series of tantalizing questions as Switzerland tries to catch up with other countries ... read more

 SWISS INFO6 days ago
Switzerland has a second stab at Digital ID

Amid much fanfare, Switzerland’s digital identification concept has been rebooted after a faltering start. The launch of SwissID has raised both expectations and a series of tantalizing questions as Switzerland tries to catch up with other countries ... read more

 SWISS INFO6 days ago
More countries demand UBS client names

Sweden and the Netherlands have joined a growing list of countries demanding the names of UBS bank clients suspected of dodging taxes. France and Spain have previously asked for Swiss administrative assistance following the same tip-off from the Germ... read more

 SWISS INFO7 days ago