Category Archive: 3.) Swissinfo Business and Economy

Sensational meteorite fragments unearthed in Bern field

Researchers and collectors have discovered hundreds of meteorite fragments on a field in canton Bern. It’s the largest meteorite find in Switzerland so far and an important one for science. (SRF/swissinfo.ch) More than 30 years ago, a Swiss farmer came across a single piece of a meteorite that fell to earth around 160,000 years earlier. …

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Swiss theatre group makes waves

The Swiss theatre group, Karls Kühne Gassenschau, is still managing to pull the crowds, after 32 years in the business. It’s latest show predicts a dark future, but the story is told with high dives, punk rock and gags. (SRF/swissinfo.ch) — swissinfo.ch is the international branch of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SBC). Its role is …

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How wood could help boost Kosovo’s economy

Kosovo’s wood sector shows great growth potential in a country currently suffering from high unemployment and poverty. (Julie Hunt, swissinfo.ch) — 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 international events. For more articles, interviews and videos visit …

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Swiss upset the Germans with high speed races

Swiss speedsters are crossing over into Germany for high octane car races in souped up sports cars. Their favourite haunt is the town of Singen between Schaffhausen and Lake Constance. Even speeding fines are not putting them off. (SRF/swissinfo.ch) — swissinfo.ch is the international branch of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SBC). Its role is to …

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Promoting tourism in one of Europe’s poorest countries

Could Kosovo one day become a popular tourism destination? By setting up a tourism board in the west of the country, the Swiss are helping to put it on the map. (Julie Hunt, swissinfo.ch) — 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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Business booms for Swiss companies

River cruises in Europe are becoming very popular, and Swiss tour operators are getting their piece of the action, and have expanded to Russia. (SRF/swissinfo.ch) — 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 international events. For more …

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What’s the policeman doing with that baguette?

Police officers are taking part in the European biennial of contemporary art, “Manifesta”, in Zurich: but not in their normal roles. They are actors in a social experiment. (SRF/swissinfo.ch) — 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 participation in EU science projects at risk

Swiss scientists are worried the Brexit vote will impact their access to the EU research programme Horizon 2020. (SRF/swissinfo.ch) — 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 international events. For more articles, interviews and videos visit swissinfo.ch …

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The dying art of professional mourning

In parts of India, trained mourners are called in at funerals to create an atmosphere of grief and bereavement. One such mourner was invited to Switzerland as part of an artistic performance. (Anand Chandrasekhar & Michele Andina, swissinfo.ch) — swissinfo.ch is the international branch of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SBC). Its role is to report …

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125 years of popular initiatives

Looking back at how popular initiatives shaped Switzerland. (SRF/swissinfo.ch) — 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 international events. For more articles, interviews and videos visit swissinfo.ch or subscribe to our YouTube channel: Website: http://www.swissinfo.ch Channel: http://www.youtube.com/swissinfovideos...

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What is end-to-end encryption?

Andy Yen reckons email privacy can be safeguarded using end-to-end encryption. He’s developed a secure application called ProtonMail, hosted in Switzerland, and he explains how encryption works. (Carlo Pisani, swissinfo.ch) — 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 …

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How secure are your emails?

Andy Yen believes he’s come up with a foolproof way of keeping your emails safe from the prying eyes of governments and hackers with his secure application, ProtonMail, hosted entirely in Switzerland. (Carlo Pisani, swissinfo.ch) — swissinfo.ch is the international branch of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SBC). Its role is to report on Switzerland and …

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Basel improvises to deal with street prostitution

Basel police want prostitutes to respect the law when it comes to looking for business in the city. To do this, they’ve come up with an unusual solution. (SRF/swissinfo.ch) After complaints from people living in Basel’s red light district, the authorities marked out areas where prostitutes are allowed to stand with special green pictograms. The …

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Sending rejected asylum seekers home

When a request for asylum is rejected, the applicant is supposed to leave the country straight away. Not everybody does, and there are vast differences in how the cantons deal with this. (SRF/swissinfo.ch) In Renens in canton Vaud, around 100 rejected asylum seekers have been camping for months. When it comes to deporting rejected asylum …

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Fighting pests without chemicals

Permaculture is an agriculture system based on combining plants to simulate patterns in natural ecosystems. For some it’s proving an effective method for controlling pests. (RTS/swissinfo.ch) — 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 international events. For …

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Seeking a second medical opinion online

Health insurance premiums are on the rise and reflect soaring healthcare costs. The number of operations performed is among the root causes. Seeking a second opinion online can help cut down on the need for operations. (SRF/swissinfo.ch) — swissinfo.ch is the international branch of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SBC). Its role is to report on …

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Milking robots improve cows’ lives

A farmer in canton Aargau extolls the virtues of his new milking robot, which also feeds his cows and cleans up after them. (RTS/swissinfo.ch) — 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 international events. For more articles, …

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Alberto Giacometti’s atelier opens

Alberto Giacometti was one of the major sculptors of the 20th century. He regularly spent time in his native village of Stampa in the Bregaglia Valley in canton Graubünden, and now his studio has now been opened to the general public. (SRF/swissinfo.ch) — swissinfo.ch is the international branch of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SBC). Its …

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Robocop style protection for firefighters

Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute for Technology (EPFL) are developing a new type of protective eyewear that should help firefighters to see through thick smoke. (SRF/swissinfo.ch) — 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 international events. …

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Inside Switzerland’s only transgender shop – in 360°

Hidden away inside an unremarkable building on an industrial estate on the outskirts of canton Zurich is Switzerland’s only transgender shop. Sharon runs the business and also works for the Transgender Network Switzerland, to help trans people who want to come out at work. — swissinfo.ch is the international branch of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation …

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