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Expressing satisfaction over growing relations with Bangladesh, Swiss President Alain Berset has wished for a continuous economic progress in this country with a peaceful situation, democracy and election in place. "We agreed to seize new opportunities for cooperation and take the relationship to a new ...
Reuters Frankfurt (Reuters) -- Switzerland and the United States are the most secretive major financial centers in the world, according to a global ranking compiled by a group campaigning for more transparency. The tax Justice Network's study found Switzerland to be the "global capital of bank ...

I have always been critical towards my country. But the more time I spend outside its borders, the more I appreciate Switzerland. Abroad, especially during the 13 years I spent in Germany, I saw that many things don't work as well as in Switzerland. The qualities of our country should not be taken for granted ...
If Switzerland were a state of the US it would be somewhere between North Dakota (26%) and Texas (24%) on the no-religion scale. French-speaking Switzerland would be Iowa (30%), Indiana (30%) or New Mexico (30%), German-speaking Switzerland would be Kentucky (24%), Texas (24%) or West ...
The number of motor vehicles in Switzerland broke the six million barrier in 2017, says the Swiss Road Traffic Association. Of the total 6,053,000 vehicles, 5.32 million were cars or utility vehicles and 729,100 were motorbikes. This corresponds to 540 cars and 89 utility vehicles per 1,000 inhabitants.
Sirens were installed across the country starting in 1936 and testing was introduced in 1970, becoming compulsory in 1988. Switzerland has around 5,000 fixed sirens and around 2,200 mobile ones. 600 of these are designed to issue flood warnings. Fixed alarms can be switched on centrally by cantonal ...
money to help lift the most-disadvantaged out of misery is drying up, while at the same time private investors are looking for new opportunities in a zero-interest environment. Switzerland is well poised to assume a leadership role in linking the two. It is nearing 9am in Zurich and a conference hall located ...
Five out of six Swiss companies selling wood or wooden products fail to declare the type and origin of the wood correctly - despite a legal requirement that has been in place since 2012. As the Federal consumer Affairs Bureauexternal link announced on Tuesday, it conducted 120 inspections last year and ...
Under business (2nd), a group that looks at how attractive a country is for business, Switzerland's score is mixed. While it is world-beating on government transparency (8.6), corruption (0.0) and bureaucracy (0.8), it is only average on business tax (5.0) and very poor on manufacturing costs (0.0). This is not ...
The EU has refused to negotiate new deals with Switzerland, and is pushing political leaders to unify bilateral agreements which allow access to the single market, ensuring Swiss legislation is up-to-date with the trading bloc. However, difficulties in the banking sector could be the least of Switzerland's ...
It's not for lack of trying that Switzerland has yet to replace the 60-odd private insurance providers with a single public institution to handle basic health insurance claims. Left-leaning parties and consumer advocates have put the proposal before voters three times in the last two decades, arguing the single ...
GENEVA, Jan. 31 (Xinhua) -- Switzerland was once considered a predominantly Christian nation, but data released by the Swiss government on Wednesday showed that the number of permanent residents without a religious faith has more than doubled since 2000. The Federal Statistical Office's data ...
As the "global capital of bank secrecy," Switzerland remains at the top of the tax Justice Network's biennial Financial Secrecy Index -- but the growing share of opaque Financial Services offered by the United States means it allows more ill-gotten wealth to be stashed away in secrecy, the network said.
However, in a strong indication Switzerland is not prepared to be railroaded by the bloc, he stressed he did not feel compelled to stick to a timetable dictated by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, who wants to see progress on a treaty by the Spring. Mr Cassis said: "That was never a ...
The Federal Council has appointed Roberto Balzaretti as the new director of Switzerland's Directorate for European Affairs (DEA). He will take up the job on February 1 and will coordinate all Swiss negotiations with the European Union. This" organisational reset" makes it possible to have "clarity about who ...
Looted Nazi art on display at the historical and folklore museum in St Gallen will be handed over to the true owners at the end of this month, and then auctioned at Sotheby's in London. (SRF/swissinfo.ch). The two 17th century ornamental silver and gold-plated ships were plundered from a ...

It's moments like these that you realise something about Switzerland. Yes, it's beautiful - it's probably the most beautiful country on the entire planet. Switzerland really is just a long series of postcard-perfect vistas, towering snow-capped mountain peaks and lush green valleys, flawless lake after flawless ...
Switzerland and the United States have topped a list of countries whose economic systems most contribute to global "financial secrecy", a measure that a UK-based research group says encourages crimes such as money laundering and tax evasion. Switzerland took the top spot on the Financial Secrecy ...
There is just something magical about travelling in Europe by train. In scenic Switzerland, going around by rail is undeniably the best way to move about. Throw in a convenient, unlimited pass known as the Swiss Travel Pass, and it's a no-brainer. During a recent media trip, we had the opportunity to travel ...
Earlier this month economics minister Johann Schneider-Ammann, made the case to journalists for Switzerland to become a major, "crypto-nation" as he arrived at a private crypto finance conference in the alpine resort of St Moritz. The nation is keen to be a part of the cryptocurrency action, and one area ...
Last year, Switzerland received a record number of readmission applications for asylum seekers living in other European countries. The State Secretariat for Migrationexternal link received 6,113 such requests in 2017, reported newspaper NZZ am Sonntag. In comparison, there were 4,115 in 2016 and ...
Parts of Switzerland experience warmest January on record ... While normally Switzerland experiences a north-easterly bise in January, bringing cold, clear nights, this month westerly winds from the Atlantic have dominated, "bringing at the same time warmth, clouds and heavy precipitation", he explained.
There's been a 35% increase in the number of cases of Legionnaires' disease in Switzerland since 2016. Nearly 500 people became infected with the deadly lung disease last year. In 2017, there were 492 cases, compared with 365 in 2016, 395 in 2015 and 293 in 2014 - according to statistics from the ...
Ingvar Kamprad, the founder of Swedish furniture retailer IKEA, has passed away. For decades the Swedish businessman lived in Switzerland, where he benefited from lump-sum taxation. Surrounded by loved ones at home in Sweden, Kamprad died on Saturday after a short illness, reported IKEA on ...
This winter has already seen a record number of dynamite-triggered avalanches in the Swiss Alps. The reason is the huge amount of snowfall. For safety's sake, Swiss ski resort and security authorities have set off thousands of avalanches this winter - blowing up 120 metric tonnes of explosives so far, ...
The Swiss premieres of the Bollywood movie Padmaavat - based on a fictional tale involving a Hindu queen and a Muslim king - were sold out partly due to the threats and violence against the movie's makers and Actors in India. First released on January 25 as in India, the movie was shown at private ...
KRG PM Nechirvan Barzani and US Secretary of State Rex greet each other in Switzerland on January 25, 2018. Photo: Rudaw. Davos, Switzerland -- KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani is meeting with US State Department Secretary Rex Tillerson on Thursday in Switzerland. Tillerson and Barzani ...
Switzerland, Germany to set up alternatives to animal testing centres. 25 January 2018 / Alternative approaches to testing, Germany, Switzerland. Switzerland and Germany are both setting up new centres for alternatives to animal testing. The Swiss 3R Competence Centre (3RCC) will be up and running by this spring.
"At the moment, it's (medical tourism) less than 10 per cent [of total visits to Switzerland]. That's why we see so much potential and opportunity to grow. We're looking at the UAE because we already have substantial clientele who come to visit Switzerland," said Martin Nydeggar, Chief Executive Officer of ...
A well-preserved mummy in Basel, Switzerland, has long been a mystery. New analysis has found her identity: Anna Catharina Bischoff, an 18th-century clergyman's wife, and distant ancestor of UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. She's his great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandmother. Her body ...
President Donald Trump has arrived in Davos, Switzerland, to attend the World Economic Forum, where he is expected to push his "America First" message. Davos typically celebrates globalism, which Trump has been bashing for years. French President Emmanuel Macron said he "strongly recommended" ...
Switzerland isn't making headlines this week solely because it's hosting the 2018 World Economic Forum in Davos. The Alpine country was selected as "the best country in the world" by the 2018 Best Countries report, which is based on a survey of more than 21,000 "informed elites", business leaders, and ...
But one country, non-EU member Switzerland, already offers its farmers direct payments for looking after the landscape, as the BBC's Imogen Foulkes reports. "We have apple, cherry, and quince," says Fritz Bernhard. "We make juice, and schnapps, but only for ourselves." His farm, located a few kilometres ...
... oversight: report MORE's visit to the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland. Reuters reports nearly 20 anti-capitalist protesters broke through a security barrier in Davos while shouting "Wipe out WEF." The protesters rallied around slogans such as "Trump Not Welcome" and "Smash WEF!".
As of March 2018, crustaceans being prepared in Switzerland will require chefs to stun or kill them instantly before placing them in boiling water. They'll also be further protected during transit. Swiss Info reports that "live crustaceans, including the lobster, may no longer be transported on ice or in ice water.
"For generations, Switzerland relied on banking secrecy to flourish. Now it has gone, the financial sector is seeking a new path," Hucker told swissinfo.ch. "We are challenging the status quo, because there is no culture of risk taking." "In Singapore, the big banks are actively pushing the whole fintech story.
Swiss economics Minister Johann Schneider-Ammann says he does not think sweeping US tax reforms will drive American firms from Switzerland. In an interview with the Schweiz am Wochenende newspaper on Saturday, he said Switzerland also has competitive advantages for companies. The minister ...
Long lines formed Sunday in Zermatt as tourists waited for tickets on a helicopter shuttle. (Keystone). Access to the Swiss ski resort of Zermatt is again closed off for the second time this month with tourists being transported off the mountain via helicopter. "Due to avalanche risk, the road and the railway line ...
Negotiations between Switzerland and the European Union on a framework agreement for bilateral relations are likely to take time, as the government is still discussing the position it will take in talks with the EU, Swiss President Alain Berset said on Sunday. Berset, speaking to the NZZ am Sonntag ...
Theresa may will meet Donald Trump when they both attend the World Economic Forum in Davos next week. Downing Street and the White House confirmed that the pair would hold a bilateral session, which is likely to focus on foreign policy issues such as Syria and North Korea. The forum will take place ...
The first thing I noticed about Basel is the absence of mountains, an unusual feature in a country dominated by big, bossy peaks that crowd your consciousness, and jostle and clamour for attention all the time. The landscape is gentler in the north-west corner of Switzerland than in the alpine areas, so there ...
The Federal Supreme Court has ruled that a Macedonian man who served jail time for murder must be given back his residence permit in Switzerland. The judges ruled that the man, who served a prison sentence in Macedonia for murder, should be allowed to re-join his wife and their child in Switzerland, ...
Lobsters are a delicious delicacy loved by coastal dwellers across the world -- but is boiling them alive inhumane? In a new law, the Swiss government has banned the common culinary practice of throwing the crustaceans into boiling water while they are still conscious. The move is a response to studies ...
The World Economic Forum (WEF) is meeting in Davos, Switzerland next week, and there are many famous faces that will be in attendance. This year's theme, Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World, will focus on reaffirming international cooperation on mutual interests like international security, ...
The largest bird in the Alps, the bearded vulture was exterminated in the 19th century and is a vulnerable species today. Starting in 1986, bearded vultures were reintroduced in Austria, Switzerland, Italy and France; now there are roughly 200 in the Alps, and the population is doing well. In Switzerland ...
The culinary world isn't lacking in controversial practices. To produce the delicacy foie gras, ducks and geese are force-fed corn, and the calves used for veal are kept virtually immobile for their entire lives. Now, Switzerland has released an order to ban another controversial cooking practice: boiling ...
A group of Americans in Switzerland is staging a public event in Zurich on Saturday to apologize for the "damage that the current US administration is trying to cause around the world". Action Together: Zurich has joined forced with Swiss campaigning organization Campax to stage the event at the ...
The SVP, led by billionaire businessman Christoph Blocher, is fiercely opposed to the free movement of people but its proposal to ditch the border deal is opposed by Switzerland's other main parties. Social Democrat politician Eric Nussbaumer said: "It's acceptance would be Switzerland's Brexit." ...
Boiling lobsters alive -- a common practice for cooks transforming the popular crustaceans into a meal -- will soon be illegal in Switzerland. The Swiss government ruled last week that lobsters must be stunned before they are cooked and kept in a natural environment rather than on ice or in ice water.


 

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