EconomyLoop
where regional business news becomes global to everyone

Grab your beach towel, sunscreen and drone

This summer in Switzerland, drone sales are expected to grow – adding to pressure for tighter security and rules. The devices are getting easier to pilot, which makes them more accessible to the buying public, but good weather is another factor in t... read more

 SWISS INFO5 hours ago

     
Company director punished for insider trading

A former board member of several Swiss industrial firms has become the first person working for a company outside the scope of the financial regulator to nevertheless be punished by it for insider trading.  The Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Aut... read more

 SWISS INFO17 hours ago
Highest bridge in Europe opens

June 22 marks the official opening of the Tamina Bridge, the highest in Europe, connecting the Swiss villages of Pfäfers and Valens in canton St Gallen. (SRF/swisisnfo.ch) The two-lane asymmetrical concrete arch towers 200 metres above the valley. T... read more

 SWISS INFO17 hours ago
How to get your rent lowered in Switzerland

It's possible to get a rent reduction in Switzerland: if you know when and how to ask.... read more

 SWISS INFO17 hours ago
American expats, Nazis and a churchman gone astray

Here are some of the stories we will feature in the week beginning June 26. Monday: Huldrych Zwingli, a key figure in the Protestant Reformation movement in Zurich and Switzerland, is presented in a different light. The latest in series of repor... read more

 SWISS INFO17 hours ago
New publication aims to be ‘good for the head’

As media habits shift in Switzerland, new projects are emerging to complement traditional publications. One of them launched last week. Zeynep Ersan Berdoz is full of energy. When swissinfo.ch meets the president of new online publication Bon pour l... read more

 SWISS INFO17 hours ago
New publication aims to be ‘good for the head’

As media habits shift in Switzerland, new projects are emerging to complement traditional publications. One of them launched last week. Zeynep Ersan Berdoz is full of energy. When swissinfo.ch meets the president of new online publication Bon pour l... read more

 SWISS INFOYesterday
American expats, Nazis and a churchman gone astray

Here are some of the stories we will feature in the week beginning June 26. Monday: Huldrych Zwingli, a key figure in the Protestant Reformation movement in Zurich and Switzerland, is presented in a different light. The latest in series of repor... read more

 SWISS INFOYesterday
How to get your rent lowered in Switzerland

It's possible to get a rent reduction in Switzerland: if you know when and how to ask.... read more

 SWISS INFO3 days ago
Highest bridge in Europe opens

June 22 marks the official opening of the Tamina Bridge, the highest in Europe, connecting the Swiss villages of Pfäfers and Valens in canton St Gallen. (SRF/swisisnfo.ch) The two-lane asymmetrical concrete arch towers 200 metres above the valley. T... read more

 SWISS INFO3 days ago
Company director punished for insider trading

A former board member of several Swiss industrial firms has become the first person working for a company outside the scope of the financial regulator to nevertheless be punished by it for insider trading.  The Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Aut... read more

 SWISS INFO3 days ago
'I can't afford to come back home for holidays'

Due to high prices and a strong franc, some Swiss abroad say they can no longer afford to come home to visit on holidays. A clear theme emerged from comments following a recent article by swissinfo.ch. The piece, which examined the reasons for Switz... read more

 SWISS INFO3 days ago
Vegetarian supermarkets

A supermarket without meat? Vegetarian shops are the latest trend in Switzerland.... read more

 SWISS INFO3 days ago
Switzerland: a country of millionaires?

Is everybody who lives in Switzerland wealthy?... read more

 SWISS INFO3 days ago
Switzerland: a country of millionaires?

Is everybody who lives in Switzerland wealthy?... read more

 SWISS INFO4 days ago
Vegetarian supermarkets

A supermarket without meat? Vegetarian shops are the latest trend in Switzerland.... read more

 SWISS INFO4 days ago
'I can't afford to go on holidays in my own country'

Due to high prices and a strong franc, some Swiss abroad say they can no longer afford to come home to visit on holidays. A clear theme emerged from comments around a recent article by swissinfo.ch. The piece, which examined the reasons for Switzerl... read more

 SWISS INFO4 days ago
More work but no great reward for Swiss women

Despite more Swiss women entering the workplace than in previous generations, men still bring home twice as much income to the average household. Official statistics show men contributing just over two thirds of total income while the typical share o... read more

 SWISS INFO4 days ago
More work but no great reward for Swiss women

Despite more Swiss women entering the workplace than in previous generations, men still bring home twice as much income to the average household. Official statistics show men contributing just over two thirds of total income while the typical share o... read more

 SWISS INFO4 days ago
Traffic noise increases risks of heart illnesses and diabetes

Traffic noise from cars, lorries, trains and planes can have negative health consequences, such as increased risk of heart-related illnesses and diabetes, according to a long-term study of the impact of noise pollution on the Swiss population. Resea... read more

 SWISS INFO4 days ago
Swiss win top European road safety award

Switzerland’s long-term efforts to improve road safety have been acknowledged by the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC).  The 2017 ETSC Road Safety Performance Index award was presented to Switzerland after it registered a 15% drop in road dea... read more

 SWISS INFO4 days ago
Making money from yodelling

While some people find yodelling a cacophony of clichés and others consider it a living art form, it is a welcome business opportunity for the people of canton Valais, where the National Yodelling Festival will be held this year. (SRF, swissinfo.ch) ... read more

 SWISS INFO4 days ago
Swiss play key roles in new exoplanet mission

Scientists from the universities of Geneva and Bern are heavily involved in the largest European mission to discover a planet outside of our solar system that orbits a star. The aim of the research mission is to enable astronomers to discover and ch... read more

 SWISS INFO4 days ago
Companies ‘making progress’ on ethical standards

Plans to make companies in Switzerland bear greater responsibility for the effects of their business activities on society and the environment are advancing. Approving an interim report on the implementation of a four-year programme launched in 2015... read more

 SWISS INFO4 days ago
Companies “making progress” on ethical standards

Plans to make companies in Switzerland bear greater responsibility for the effects of their business activities on society and the environment are advancing. Approving an interim report on the implementation of a four-year programme launched in 2015... read more

 SWISS INFO5 days ago
Swiss play key roles in new exoplanet mission

Scientists from the universities of Geneva and Bern are heavily involved in the largest European mission to discover a planet outside of our solar system that orbits a star. The aim of the research mission is to enable astronomers to discover and ch... read more

 SWISS INFO5 days ago
Switzerland most expensive in Europe, but not for everything says new study

Few who have visited or lived in Switzerland will be particularly surprised to hear that Switzerland is the most expensive place in Europe. However the price differences are quite eye opening. The recently published Eurostat price level study ranks S... read more

 LE NEWS5 days ago
Making money from yodelling

While some people find yodelling a cacophony of clichés and others consider it a living art form, it is a welcome business opportunity for the people of canton Valais, where the National Yodelling Festival will be held this year. (SRF, swissinfo.ch) ... read more

 SWISS INFO5 days ago
Swiss win top European road safety award

Switzerland’s long-term efforts to improve road safety have been acknowledged by the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC).  The 2017 ETSC Road Safety Performance Index award was presented to Switzerland after it registered a 15% drop in road dea... read more

 SWISS INFO6 days ago
Traffic noise increases risks of heart illnesses and diabetes

Traffic noise from cars, lorries, trains and planes can have negative health consequences, such as increased risk of heart-related illnesses and diabetes, according to a long-term study of the impact of noise pollution on the Swiss population. Resea... read more

 SWISS INFO6 days ago
For the first time many Swiss commercial apprenticeship positions are vacant

20 Minutes. Normally commercial apprenticeship positions in Switzerland are snapped up nearly one year in advance. However this year many will be left vacant according to Zurich newspaper NZZ am Sonntag. Commercial apprenticeships cover tasks such as... read more

 LE NEWS6 days ago
Healthcare costs, watch repairs and a new kind of peacebuilding

Here are some of the stories we will feature in the week beginning June 19. Monday If your Swiss watch breaks, it is becoming less likely that you’ll be able to get it fixed in the shop where you bought it. We look at the reasons why. Tues... read more

 SWISS INFO6 days ago
Concern over pesticides in drinking supplies

Higher-than-normal levels of pesticides have been found in 20% of the nation’s drinking water supplies from groundwater, prompting industry calls for tougher action to cut the costs of treating the water. A fifth of the samples seen in national moni... read more

 SWISS INFO6 days ago
New Actelion CEO feels adrenaline rush

The newly appointed CEO of Swiss biotech Actelion says there are no plans to let go of any employees or to downsize as she takes the reigns on behalf of US behemoth Johnson & Johnson. The American pharmaceutical multinational, which operates more th... read more

 SWISS INFO6 days ago
Why Swiss watch repairs are becoming a pain

Even a Swiss-brand watch will not run forever. Nowadays, minor repairs can be very expensive or take months because many specialist watchmakers no longer receive spare parts from Swiss manufacturers.  If your Mercedes breaks down anywhere in the wor... read more

 SWISS INFO6 days ago
Swiss promote water co-operation in central Asia

Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter has opened the “Blue Peace Central Asia” conference in the Kazakhstan capital, Astana. With this initiative, Switzerland wants to help five central Asian states manage water supplies in a peaceful and sustainable ma... read more

 SWISS INFO6 days ago
Swiss must raise human rights issues in Astana

Human rights activists are concerned about the mixed messages that may come when Swiss political leaders appear at the Expo 2017 in Kazakhstan. This summer Kazakhstan is the first Central Asian country to host a world fair, Expo 2017 Astana, dedi... read more

 SWISS INFO6 days ago
Novartis chief cools on US after visa crackdown

Novartis has rejected overtures from United States President Donald Trump to increase jobs in the US, citing work visa restrictions as a reason. In a newspaper interview, chief executive Joe Jimenez said Switzerland and Europe were more attractive fo... read more

 SWISS INFO6 days ago
Swiss rail experiments with first-class upgrades

A trial project on Swiss trains has allowed passengers to enjoy cheap upgrades while relieving congestion in crowded carriages. Debates about fairness have already begun.  First class tickets on Swiss trains often cost about twice as much as their s... read more

 SWISS INFO6 days ago
For sale: a decommissioned military nuclear bunker

For sale: desirable mid-20th century mountain residence, central Switzerland (underground). All mod cons, including electromagnetic pulse protection, dark fibre network connection and air filtration system. Sleeps 1,500.  The London surveyors Griffi... read more

 SWISS INFO6 days ago
Swiss rail experiments with first-class upgrades

A trial project on Swiss trains has allowed passengers to enjoy cheap upgrades while relieving congestion in crowded carriages. Debates about fairness have already begun.  First class tickets on Swiss trains often cost about twice as much as their s... read more

 SWISS INFO7 days ago
For sale: a decommissioned military nuclear bunker

For sale: desirable mid-20th century mountain residence, central Switzerland (underground). All mod cons, including electromagnetic pulse protection, dark fibre network connection and air filtration system. Sleeps 1,500.  The London surveyors Griffi... read more

 SWISS INFO7 days ago
Novartis chief cools on US after visa crackdown

Novartis has rejected overtures from United States President Donald Trump to increase jobs in the US, citing work visa restrictions as a reason. In a newspaper interview, chief executive Joe Jimenez said Switzerland and Europe were more attractive fo... read more

 SWISS INFO7 days ago
Swiss promote water co-operation in central Asia

Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter has opened the “Blue Peace Central Asia” conference in the Kazakhstan capital, Astana. With this initiative, Switzerland wants to help five central Asian states manage water supplies in a peaceful and sustainable ma... read more

 SWISS INFO7 days ago
Swiss must raise human rights issues in Astana

Human rights activists are concerned about the mixed messages that may come when Swiss political leaders appear at the expo in Kazakhstan. This summer Kazakhstan is the first Central Asian country to host a world fair, Expo 2017 Astana, dedicated... read more

 SWISS INFO7 days ago
Luxury timepieces: when passion becomes a pain

Even a Swiss brand watch will not run for ever. Nowadays, even a minor repair can be very expensive or take months. Many specialist watchmakers no longer receive spare parts from Swiss brand manufacturers because these manufacturers want to take over... read more

 SWISS INFO7 days ago
New Actelion CEO feels adrenaline rush

The newly appointed CEO of Swiss biotech Actelion says there are no plans to let go of any employees or to downsize as she takes the reigns on behalf of US behemoth Johnson & Johnson. The American pharmaceutical multinational, which operates more th... read more

 SWISS INFO8 days ago
Concern over pesticides in drinking supplies

Higher-than-normal levels of pesticides have been found in 20% of the nation’s drinking water supplies from groundwater, prompting industry calls for tougher action to cut the costs of treating the water. A fifth of the samples seen in national moni... read more

 SWISS INFO8 days ago
Watch repairs, healthcare costs and a new kind of peacebuilding

Here are some of the stories we will feature in the week beginning June 19. Monday If your Swiss watch breaks, it is becoming less likely that you’ll be able to get it fixed in the shop where you bought it. We look at the reasons why. Tues... read more

 SWISS INFO8 days ago
Geld und Status? Nicht seine Welt

Diese Woche ist 89-jährig Harry Borer gestorben. Der langjährige Besitzer und Geschäftsführer von Rolex hat die Schweizer Uhrenmarke zu dem gemacht, was sie heute ist. In scharfem Kontrast zu allem, was Rolex verkörpert – Status, Geld und Luxus – ste... read more

 SWISS INFO9 days ago