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Over 100 years ago, the southern Swiss village of Gondo was famous on the European continent for its gold mines. These days, the tiny Alpine location is becoming famous for its cryptocurrency mining operations. Gondo only lays claim to a population of roughly 50 people but has become the site of ...
Up until a century ago, the southern Swiss village of Gondo was famous for gold mining, but the industry closed and Gondo fell on harder times. ... Last year, the customs administration which had long served as an employer in Gondo moved to a neighbouring municipality and one of the village's ... cryptocurrency

Geneva, Zurich and Lausanne are the Swiss cities with the highest proportion of people living in rented accommodation. Nine out of ten homes there are rentals, according to the latest figures published by the Federal Statistical Office on Wednesday. In Geneva, 91.4% of people were tenants. The rate ...
This project is implemented by the Development Policy Institute and financed by the Swiss Government through the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). It ensures participation of citizens in budgetary processes and strengthens the capacity of municipalities to improve citizens' ...
While Bordeaux and Kiev Boryspil are both new destinations for SWISS, only the former is a new route from Zurich, with Ukraine International Airlines already operating a daily service between its Boryspil hub and Switzerland's largest city. It should be noted that SWISS has flown the Zurich-Boryspil airport ...
In 2017, Switzerland's homicide rate was 2.9 per 100,000 (244 homicides), a far cry from the 55.8 per 100,000 in Baltimore, America's most murderous city, according to USA Today. The only large cities in the United States with murder rates similar to Switzerland's are San Diego (2.2), El Paso (2.8) Austin ...

Hunger is currently the biggest humanitarian problem in the world, Swiss Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis said on Friday at the annual conference of Swiss humanitarian aid. “We produce 4,600 calories per day per person, which is double the food needed to feed the whole world,” he said. “And yet one ...
Switzerland's biggest city, Zurich, offers the second-best quality of life in the world, according to the annual survey from consulting firm Mercer. Geneva was ranked eighth and Basel came in tenth place. Austria's capital Vienna defended its position at the top of the ranking for the ninth time in a row. Munich ...
It found the top five most desirable cities in Europe for international employees were Vienna, Zurich, Munich, Dusseldorf and Frankfurt. But the Mercer survey, now in its 20th year, found some of the highest increases in living standards were in eastern European cities, notably Sarajevo, Bratislava and ...
This is why Chur has been frequently described as "the oldest city in Switzerland", and would make it some 2,000 years older than Jericho. ... By these criteria, "Chur is certainly not the 'oldest town' in Switzerland, since towns as such do not emerge before the Celtic Iron Age, the mid-first millennium BCE".
Spanish prosecutors say they have asked the government and Interpol to assess whether Carles Puigdemont, the fugitive ex-president of Spain's restive Catalonia region, can be arrested and extradited during his private visit to Switzerland this weekend. The office of Spain's state prosecutor said in a ...
... to New Hampshire and Vermont combined—Switzerland packs a big punch. It's home to a dozen UNESCO sites, a topographic diversity that includes palm trees and glaciers (not to mention four languages to call them by), and some of Europe's most modern cities contrasted with tiny Alpine villages.
An Alpine chalet in Switzerland's trendy village of Verbier is heading under the hammer in April. ... The traditional Swiss chalet, made from wood and stone, spans almost 3,000 square feet and has five bedrooms and five bathrooms, wood panelling, beamed ceilings, a fireplace and a rustic wooden ...
The Swiss Foreign Ministry says Carles Puigdemont, the fugitive ex-president of the restive Spanish region of Catalonia, is heading to Switzerland for a private visit. The ministry said Wednesday that Puigdemont is due in Geneva after accepting an invitation from the International Film Festival and the Forum ...
Charlie Smith, European advisor for Concierge Auctions, comments: "With the chalet not subject to the usual Swiss residency restrictions around property acquisition, this auction offers the rare opportunity for an international buyer to purchase a home in Switzerland. It is a very exciting first Alpine auction for ...
PUNE: A delegation from Switzerland visited the projects carried out by Pune Smart City Development Corporation Limited (PSCDCL) during a special study tour. ... Earlier, a delegation of ministry of housing and urban affairs (MoHUA) and National Mission Director (Smart Cities) had visited Pune.
My interest in Switzerland stems from the family connection, of course, but I also find that Switzerland and Canada are quite similar in their federal systems of government, high standards of living, and multilingualism. As a teenager, I became rather interested in politics, and Swiss direct democracy appealed ...

SEOUL, South Korea — The Korean truce village in the heavily fortified border area that divides the peninsula is a likely venue for the planned summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. But other locations are being considered, including Switzerland, Sweden or even ...
Zurich, Geneva, Basel, Bern, Lausanne, St Gallen: Switzerland's largest cities are dominated by parties on the political left. Meanwhile, most small towns in peripheral regions are governed by parties on the right, with the left slowly gaining ground in some locations. Why is that? Elections to the Zurich city ...
For ecstasy Zurich was ranked fourth (81 mg per 1,000 people per day) and Geneva eighth (47 mg), while Amsterdam was far out in front (230 mg). The loads of amphetamine and methamphetamine detected in Swiss wastewater were considerably lower than in northern and eastern European cities.
Encounter new worlds in the Old World on train ride from Switzerland to Italy ... I relate all this not to bury the lead, but because these are the things you'll think about as the train emerges into Bodio, a tiny town in Switzerland's ... The Gotthard Panoramic Express passes through many small Swiss villages.
Zurich, Basel, Bern, St-Gallen and Geneva feature among the ten European cities where cocaine is most used, according to a European study. ... released by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drugs addiction (Emcdda) on Wednesday, show that cocaine is highly prevalent in five Swiss cities, ...
Air pollution measurements in five Swiss cities have shown that nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels are consistently too high. According to the Transport and Environment Association (TEA), diesel vehicles are the main culprits. The measurements were carried out in Lausanne, Bern, Basel, Zurich and Lugano.
It's something of a dreamlike experience: you're on the train hurtling through lush Swiss scenery — trackside haystacks and farmhouses, small villages with a single towering steeple, distant mist-crowned mountains, and dramatic landscape unfolding in more shades of green than you knew existed. Then ...
Authorities at Geneva's airport say it has reopened after a mid-morning shutdown that was the second closure in as many days due to snowy and icy conditions in the Swiss city. Geneva Airport authorities said passengers still should arrive two hours early for their expected flights, and use public ...
GENEVA, March 2 (Xinhua) -- Police in the Swiss capital city of Bern said Friday evening that some suspicious items were found inside the Church of the Holy Spirit, which is located just outside the train station's main entrance. The train station area in the town has been closed for about five hours as a ...
Voters in Switzerland will go to the polls on Sunday to decide whether to abolish the mandatory licence fee for public broadcasting. At the moment each household pays 451 Swiss ... There are also websites, and local radio stations in many Swiss towns and cities. Far more than a public broadcaster should ...
With the Winter Olympics now over, the attention in Switzerland has turned to the bid to bring the 2026 games to the Swiss town of Sion. ... Switzerland's Olympic team ended up with 15 medals in Pyeongchang, South Korea – five gold, six silver, and four bronze medals - four more than what they were ...
I'm told that in the Swiss town of Basel, one gentleman went for a leisurely swim in the Rhine last weekend, no wetsuit required. It was minus 7 degrees .... I grew up in Switzerland and never once enjoyed a snow day. The village where we lived had several feet of snow almost every year. It often lasted for ...
TRADITIONALLY, European skiing holidays include a lot of fondue, rich food and mulled wine, but one hotel in the Swiss alps is trying to introduce a healthier, eco-friendly concept to the skiing industry. Perched close to the Obersee lake, in the small town of Arosa, is the new four-star Valsana. You might ...
Single mum asked to repay more than 200,000 francs of welfare by Swiss municipality ... In Zurich and Basel-City, repayment is only requested if you come into a large sum of money, for example from inheritance or a lottery win. ... The woman's lawyer, Pierre Heusser, was critical of the municipality.
“Zug is our spiritual home,” says Jeremy Epstein, from Washington, DC, who has just taken 40 foreigners to tour the small Swiss town south of Zurich. They came not for sunsets, ... Switzerland's famous banking secrecy is falling to a global assault on money-laundering and tax evasion. But financial security ...
Richard Ettl, head of the blockchain-based logistics company Smart Containers Group in Zug, said: “Switzerland is at the epicentre of a small revolution in the financial system.” And now the Swiss Minister of Economic Affairs Johann Schneider-Ammann (FDP) said he hopes the crypto revolution will spread ...
This is why Chur has been frequently described as “the oldest city in Switzerland”, and would make it some 2,000 years older than Jericho. ... By these criteria, “Chur is certainly not the 'oldest town' in Switzerland, since towns as such do not emerge before the Celtic Iron Age, the mid-first millennium BCE”.
Municipal elections in Switzerland's largest city on Sunday saw Corine Mauch of the Socialists returned as mayor. The city now has a clear left-wing majority with the Socialists, the Greens and the Alternative List (AL) all winners on Sunday in a shift to the left that was larger than many expected.
The Swiss Institute, the New York–based nonprofit dedicated to contemporary art, announced today that it has raised $3.5 million, 70 percent of the $5 million capital campaign it launched in order to fund its new home in the East Village. Designed by Selldorf Architects, the institute's new 7,500-square-foot ...
The Swiss Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to contemporary art, is edging closer toward debuting its new East Village home. The organization announced that it has raised $3.5 million of its $5 million capital campaign to fund its new headquarters, which will replace a Chase bank branch located ...
BASEL, Switzerland (AP) — Manchester City sent out another statement to the rest of Europe by thrashing Basel 4-0 away in the first leg of their Champions League ... City didn't even have to be at its best on a bobbly pitch and near-freezing conditions to see off the Swiss champions, whose striker Dimitri Oberlin wasted ...
“What was so impressive about it was that City did exactly what Guardiola promised they would try to do, imposing their game on the opposition in their home ground. “This is a Swiss fortress, the national stadium, but City took control in the first half and never let go. The noisy home crowd and the freezing ...
With a beautifully preserved Old Town, a view of the snow-covered Alps, world-class museums, great restaurants offering more than just chocolates and cheese and a river which invites a leisurely swim, it's no wonder Bernese people have a reputation for being the most relaxed among their countrymen.
City have revealed the squad flying to Switzerland for Tuesday's Champions League Round of 16 clash with FC Basel. As reported earlier ... Manchester City's Champions League campaign resumes in Switzerland this week, with FC Basel the opponents in the first leg of our last 16 tie. Find out how you can ...
The Latest on the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local):. 7:05 p.m.. Sara Benz scored two power-play goals and Switzerland smothered Japan's quest for its first Olympic victory in women's hockey with a 3-1 win. Japanese forward Rui Ukita sat out Monday, suspended for kicking at an opponent in their ...
A Swiss national was among those killed in a plane crash in Russia on Sunday, Switzerland's foreign affairs department has confirmed to The Local. ... operated by Saratov Airlines crashed just minutes after take-off from Moscow's Domodedovo airport en route to the city of Orsk. The cause of the crash is ...
In Geneva and Zurich, Switzerland's most congested cities, the percentage of driving time spent in congestion, on average, during peak hours on roads into and out of the city ... A study by the Swiss government published in 2016 calculated that traffic congestion in Switzerland cost CHF 1.25 billion in 2014.
This weekend has been a good one from the Manchester City point of view. A good win at home to Leicester, followed by United dropping points at Newcastle sees Manchester City sixteen points clear. Focus now turns to the Champions League against a tricky FC Basel side. The League position for the ...
“The Olympic Village is like its own city,” says Danielle Scott, a five-time Olympic indoor volleyball player and two-time silver medalist. “Of my five appearances, we mostly stayed in condo-style apartments with the exception of the 2004 games in Sydney, where we stayed in a subdivision of homes with two ...
While some are turned off by Switzerland's perceived perfection, writing of its well-manicured cities and towns and cool, calm and collected locals as bland, ... Having a Swiss partner gave him an "in", but New Zealanders who move there without knowing anyone are unlikely to ever fully integrate, he said.
While the Swiss cities of Geneva and Zurich regularly come near the top of international rankings for quality of life, they have now also received the somewhat ... And these results put the two largest cities in Switzerland in 32nd and 33rd place globally out of the 1,360 cities and towns studied by the US firm.
Softbank raises eyebrows with talks to buy a slice of Swiss Re. Share. Oliver Gill. Oliver Gill is a City A.M. reporter, you can contact him on oliver.gill@cityam.c [..] Show more. Follow Oliver. SWITZERLAND-LUXURY-WATCHES-TAGHEUER. Talks to take a slice of the insurer were at a preliminary stage, ...
Thousands of revelers gathered in the early hours on Thursday to ring in carnival season in Switzerland. In Lucerne, 15,000 people crowded into the Old Town for the 5am blast and confetti shower, which featured 5.3 million scraps of paper. Dressed in elaborate costumes, brass bands provided the ...


 

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