Category Archive: 3) Swiss Markets and News

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Meet couples saying ‘I do’ to gay marriage

Now that Switzerland has approved marriage for all, host Susan Misicka talks with some couples who explain why it's important to them. We also hear from opponents of Swiss legislation granting same-sex couples the right to marry. Please sign up for our Free newsletter on Swiss Democracy.   SWI swissinfo.ch is a public service media company based in Bern Switzerland. It publishes independent news and information in 10 languages about Switzerland...

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Why we still need pens and pencils

In this encore episode of The Swiss Connection, we visit Swiss century-old pen and pencil maker Caran d'Ache. Podcast host Susan Misicka takes a tour of the factory and feels a bit silly when Caran d’Ache President Carole Hubscher sees her hasty choice of writing instrument. Please sign up for our Free newsletter on Swiss Democracy.   SWI swissinfo.ch is a public service media company based in Bern Switzerland. It publishes independent news and...

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Typeface designer is in love with letters

Swiss designers gave us the big-name Helvetica and Frutiger typefaces in the 20th century. Now a modern-day designer from Basel is collaborating on a new font that we might soon be seeing a lot more of.  Nina Stoessinger of Frere-Jones Type in Brooklyn talks about inspiration and challenges. Please sign up for our Free newsletter on Swiss Democracy.   SWI swissinfo.ch is a public service media company based in Bern Switzerland. It publishes...

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Decrypting cryptocurrency and blockchain

How soon will we start buying our groceries with Bitcoin? What kind of scams do we need to be aware of? And why is Switzerland so sweet on cryptocurrencies and blockchain? SWI finance correspondent Matt Allen gives host Susan Misicka an overview of what he's learned while covering this scene over the past several years. Please sign up for our Free newsletter on Swiss Democracy.   SWI swissinfo.ch is a public service media company based in Bern...

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Why people love the Locarno Film Festival

A gorgeous location for a film festival: Locarno in southern Switzerland. The international event features about 200 films in 10 days. But what makes the Locarno Film Festival so special? In this episode, SWI culture editor Eduardo Simantob tells podcast host Susan Misicka why he loves it.  Please sign up for our Free newsletter on Swiss Democracy.   SWI swissinfo.ch is a public service media company based in Bern Switzerland. It publishes...

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Meet the Swiss woman bringing open water swimming to Boston

Swiss architect Renata von Tscharner has devoted over two decades to improving the public spaces along the Charles River in Massachusetts. She even hopes to get people swimming in Boston's so-called "dirty water" on a regular basis. We met her at the Rhine River in her native Basel. Please sign up for our Free newsletter on Swiss Democracy.   SWI swissinfo.ch is a public service media company based in Bern Switzerland. It publishes...

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Are nuclear weapons really banned?

In this episode host Susan Misicka introduces our sister podcast, Inside Geneva. Nuclear weapons were banned by international treaty at the start of 2021. But the treaty doesn’t apply to any of the nuclear powers, since none of them signed it. So are nukes really banned? Inside Geneva host Imogen Foulkes talks to Cordula Droege, Chief Legal Officer of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Beatrice Fihn of the International Campaign to Ban...

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Should kids be sweating for our chocolate cravings?

The success of Swiss chocolate depends on cocoa beans harvested far away, often with the help of minors. In this episode we discuss whether it's OK for children to work, and how to figure out if kids helped make your candy bar. Please sign up for our Free newsletter on Swiss Democracy.   SWI swissinfo.ch is a public service media company based in Bern Switzerland. It publishes independent news and information in 10 languages about Switzerland...

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What soil sounds like and why it matters

What does soil sound like, and what do those sounds mean? We find out from the world’s first scientist to use acoustics to research the soil and underground biodiversity. Also, we explore some of Zurich's greenspaces with a conservation biologist. Please sign up for our Free newsletter on Swiss Democracy.   SWI swissinfo.ch is a public service media company based in Bern Switzerland. It publishes independent news and information in 10 languages...

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Are electric cars and planes the way to go?

Switzerland missed its target to reduce its carbon footprint in 2020. But there are still some promising developments when it comes to electric mobility in Switzerland – on the roads and up in the air. In this episode we take a ride in an electric plane and kick the tires on Swiss electric car infrastructure. Please sign up for our Free newsletter on Swiss Democracy.   SWI swissinfo.ch is a public service media company based in Bern...

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How to clean up the gold trade

In this follow-up to "The Dirt on Digging for Gold" we hear about some measures to make the gold trade more sustainable. Swiss anti-corruption champion Mark Pieth provides insight into the social problems sparked by gold mining. And members of the Swiss Better Gold Association share their experiences in Latin America. Please sign up for our Free newsletter on Swiss Democracy.   SWI swissinfo.ch is a public service media company...

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Strange days: checking in with Swiss people in America

The past year has been a strange time for all of us. It can be even harder if you’re an expat. One in ten Swiss people lives outside of Switzerland. In this episode, we hear from a few Swiss citizens who are living in the United States. They tell us how they’re experiencing the coronavirus pandemic and politics in their adopted homeland. Please sign up for our Free newsletter on Swiss Democracy.   SWI swissinfo.ch is a public service media...

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What Covid-19 tells us about the pharma industry

Switzerland is the home of some of the world’s biggest pharmaceutical companies. But when it comes to coronavirus vaccines, the Swiss pharma giants are not part of the discussion. How did they miss out? Or did they? And what does it mean for the next pandemic? Please sign up for our Free newsletter on Swiss Democracy.   SWI swissinfo.ch is a public service media company based in Bern Switzerland. It publishes independent news and information in...

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How to catch a child sex offender

The case of a Swiss couple abusing Indian children –  and getting away with it –  shows the limits of the international police network. Please sign up for our Free newsletter on Swiss Democracy.   SWI swissinfo.ch is a public service media company based in Bern Switzerland. It publishes independent news and information in 10 languages about Switzerland for a global audience.

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Crypto – a spy thriller made in Switzerland

Multiple spy agencies, secret documents, international intrigue, and a Swiss company's encryption machines are at the heart of this episode. But does anybody really know the whole story? Please sign up for our Free newsletter on Swiss Democracy.   SWI swissinfo.ch is a public service media company based in Bern Switzerland. It publishes independent news and information in 10 languages about Switzerland for a global audience.

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Why women’s suffrage took so long

Switzerland is celebrating a rather awkward anniversary this year. It was only 50 years ago that women got the right to vote at the federal level. What was the hold-up? And what’s still holding women back today? Please sign up for our Free newsletter on Swiss Democracy.   SWI swissinfo.ch is a public service media company based in Bern Switzerland. It publishes independent news and information in 10 languages about Switzerland for a global...

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Swiss government data affected by cyber-attack on Basel firm

The software company Concevis has been the victim of a cyber attack. Once again, federal government data is involved. The cybercriminals are threatening to publish the data on the darknet.

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Glencore buys Teck’s coal assets in billion dollar deal

Commodities giant Glencore is taking control of Canadian Teck's steelmaking coal business.

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Zurich Airport hits pre-pandemic traffic level in October

For the first time, the same number of passengers flew through Zurich Airport in October as before the coronavirus pandemic. The number of passengers rose significantly compared to the same month last year.

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Swiss Post readies for holiday rush amid slight parcel dip

Black Friday, Cyber Monday and then Christmas shopping: many people in Switzerland will go on a shopping spree at the end of the year. However, Swiss Post is expecting a slightly lower flood of parcels this year than in 2022.

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