Category Archive: 3) Swiss Markets and News

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Swiss Abroad: Stay in touch with Switzerland

SWI swissinfo.ch, a branch of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SBC), provides targeted information to all the Swiss living abroad. We deliver the latest news from and about Switzerland. We report on political events in Switzerland and on the international stage. We also look at how the government and the cantons deal with issues relating to the Swiss Abroad. SWI swissinfo.ch provides independent reporting on Swiss politics, business, science,...

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Women soldiers in peacekeeping SWISSCOY contingents

Women are still a minority in international peacekeeping operations. The Swiss armed forces’ contingent in Kosovo, SWISSCOY, shows just how important their role can be. We spent a day with Iris Probst, who now just completed her training module which is part of her three-month pre-deployment preparation at SWISSINT, the Swiss armed forces’ centre for international peacebuilding in Stans-Oberdorf, in canton Nidwalden. She has now been posted to...

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Let’s Talk Banking: Crypto

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The world’s longest passenger train through the Swiss alps

Switzerland’s largest private railway operator, Rhaetian Railway (RhB), set a new world record for the longest passenger train on a spectacular narrow gauge track. The train – comprising 100 carriages for a total length of 1,910 metres - travelled for 25 kilometres on the Albula/Bernina route from Preda to Alvaneu in canton Graubünden in southeast Switzerland. It comprised 25 newly delivered train units, or 100 carriages, making a total length of...

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Let’s Talk: polar research and our struggling planet

Some may question the value of polar research when there are other problems closer to home. But what is happening in these remote regions has a knock-on effect all over the globe. SWI swissinfo.ch invited two Swiss-based scientists to discuss their experiences – including working on the sea ice and examining the largest glacier outside the north and south poles. Julia Schmale is a professor and head of the Extreme Environments Research Laboratory...

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Kosovo’s post-war problems

The Serb community in northern Kosovo has been instructed by the government to ditch their Belgrade-issued number plates for Kosovan ones, but for many people, this is tantamount to accepting Kosovo's independence, something Serbia has avoided since 2008.

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How exclusion became the driving force for democratisation

It is a widely held belief that political inclusion has been an integral part of Swiss life since women gained the right to vote in 1971. Democracy, however, is a work in progress. To this day, some people remain excluded from Swiss political life.

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Neuchâtel: where one woman broke the male monopoly on politics

The first woman in Switzerland ever to be elected to a cantonal parliament was Raymonde Schweizer. This Social Democrat came from the industrial town of La Chaux-de-Fonds in the Neuchâtel Jura. A trade unionist and feminist, she was elected on her first try in 1960, thereby becoming a trendsetter at a time when Swiss women were not even allowed to vote in national elections. Not once but twice was Neuchâtel the setting for key developments in the...

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Swiss hydropower prepares for energy shortage

Europe’s severe drought this summer has hampered hydroelectric output across the continent. In Switzerland, the hot weather has caused glaciers to melt rapidly and Switzerland’s hydropower reserves are currently below-average. Will they be enough to help prevent an electricity shortage this winter?⁠ ⁠--- swissinfo.ch is the international branch of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SBC). Its role is to report on Switzerland and to provide a Swiss...

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Melting Swiss glaciers reveal tragedies of the past

Switzerland’s melting glaciers have revealed more unexpected, macabre secrets than ever this summer: human remains and plane wreckage trapped in the ice for over 50 years. Such discoveries are set to multiply in the coming years, says Robert Bolognesi, a snow science expert. --- swissinfo.ch is the international branch of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SBC). Its role is to report on Switzerland and to provide a Swiss perspective on...

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Swiss vote: sticking up for animal welfare

The Swiss will vote on September 25 whether to ban factory farming. The country is committed to agriculture and already has very strict animal welfare legislation. The popular initiative was organised by animal rights organisations, who say the welfare requirements for livestock and poultry should at least meet the criteria of the 2018 Bio Suisse standard. But the government and parliament consider farm animals to be adequately protected under...

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‘Let’s Talk’: pension reform debate

A revamp of Switzerland’s pension system is set for a popular vote. SWI swissinfo.ch discussed the issue with supporter Andri Silberschmidt and opponent Barbara Gysi. The reform plans encompass two separate proposals to be decided by voters on September 25: the retirement age for women is to be hiked from 64 to 65, while value-added tax in Switzerland is to rise by 0.4%. Opinion polls suggest the result could be tight. They also show that...

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The circular economy: A new way of making and using things

A circular economy means moving away from using precious raw materials and producing goods that end up in the landfill. Products are repaired, reused and recycled instead.

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Your views on female conscription

By the end of this decade, the Swiss army expects to have trouble recruiting enough personnel. So the defence department is studying the option of drafting women alongside men for military service or an alternative civilian service. We recently asked readers to send in their views on gender-neutral conscription. -- swissinfo.ch is the international branch of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SBC). Its role is to report on Switzerland and to...

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Women’s Wealth Talk: Episode 5

In dieser Ausgabe des Women’s Wealth Talk erzählt Dr. Elena Gross, Gründerin und CEO von KetoSwiss, unter anderem, welche persönlichen Umstände sie zur Gründung von KetoSwiss bewegt haben, welche Rolle Networking für sie als erfolgreiche weibliche Start-up-Gründerin spielt und welche Bedeutung das Thema Nachhaltigkeit für ihr Unternehmen und für sie als Privatperson beim Investieren hat.

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Episode 3: The Golden ticket

In our satirical video format, Swiss comedian and director Patrick Karpiczenko apologises for Switzerland’s transgressions – this time for so-called golden visas that have been given freely to Russian oligarchs.

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How Covid changed Swiss democracy

In April 2020, with the arrival of Covid-19, political analyst Martina Mousson expressed concerns about the curtailment of parliament and political rights in Switzerland. Two years on, she is visibly more relaxed about things.

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Crystal hunters in the Swiss Alps

Archaeologists are looking for crystals in the Swiss Alps as these are clues to how Stone Age craftspeople lived. Fragments of crystals can indicate how and where tools were made. Check out the full article on our website: http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/sci-tech/in-pursuit-of-the-crystal-hunters/47669880 --- SWI swissinfo.ch is the international branch of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SBC). Its role is to report on Switzerland and to provide...

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The Swiss army: your questions answered Part 7

In Switzerland, all able-bodied men complete compulsory military service, while others opt for a civilian service. But how useful is a conscript army in light of what Russia did to Ukraine? This is one of many questions SWI readers sent to us. Daniel Reist, head of media relations for the Swiss armed forces, takes a shot at answering them. Our seventh question and the last in our series is: why are women not conscripted in Switzerland? ---...

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The Swiss army: your questions answered Part 6

In Switzerland, all able-bodied men complete compulsory military service, while others opt for a civilian service. But how useful is a conscript army in light of what Russia did to Ukraine?

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