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Why Switzerland is a Russian ‘espionage hotspot’

Switzerland’s famous allegiance to neutrality — even during times of war — has provided the perfect loophole for Russian spies to slip into the country. Hugo Miller of Bloomberg News reports that Geneva has become a spy ‘hotspot’ this year.      Geneva remains a “hotspot” for international espionage and the number of Russian agents

‘Sanctioned’ Russian oil funneled through Switzerland

    Amidst rising sanctions against Russia since its invasion of Ukraine, a handful of companies doing business through Geneva have actually increased their shipments of Russian oil, according to a new report in the Swiss newspaper Le Matin Dimanche.   More on the report   A Swiss company, which has asked for anonymity in

Saving Switzerland: How the country fights climate change

The world’s top climate scientists warn that significantly reducing greenhouses gas emissions is imperative to reduce global warming and avoid the most catastrophic effects to the planet. What is Switzerland doing to prioritize sustainability and climate change?     How climate change has directly affected Switzerland   Landlocked Switzerland’s average temperature rises two to three

Switzerland – a mix of democracy and federalism

The first version of the Swiss constitution was a breakthrough on the road to democratization. It gave the cantons more autonomy and paved the way for creating one of the greatest democracies in Europe. However, it was far from perfect. Claude Longchamp from SWI swissinfo.ch breaks it all down.       On September 12,

The magic of growing up in Switzerland

Kindergarteners walk to school alone, use knives and cook over open flames. Are Swiss children being given too much freedom or are the rest of us holding on too tightly?     Tourists in Switzerland may find one of the more familiar sights downright shocking – four- and five-year-olds walking around cities without their parents.

How sanctions are squeezing the Swiss luxury market

After Western countries mounted sanctions against Russian assets abroad in response to the war in Ukraine, a cat-and-mouse game regarding that wealth started in Switzerland between regulators and oligarchs. The luxury sector is feeling the chill. Paula Dupraz-Dobias of SWI swissinfo.ch investigates.                           

How Switzerland’s views on refugees have evolved

More than 40,000 Ukrainian refugees have been welcomed with open arms by Switzerland, which historians say breaks with Switzerland’s tradition of being closed to those fleeing repression and war. David Eugster of SWI swissinfo.ch takes a look back at how Switzerland has welcomed refugees over the years.     The current warm welcome to Ukrainian refugees

Will Switzerland ever join NATO?

Russia’s war against Ukraine has not swayed the historically neutral Switzerland from joining NATO, but some Swiss officials are contemplating a closer relationship with the alliance.     Switzerland sits landlocked in the heart of Europe, yet has refused to become a member of NATO or the European Union. (In fact, the country just joined

Davos: Freedom of press under fire

  Conservative American journalist Jack Posobiec posted videos to Twitter this week recounting how he was detained by police at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos while attempting to report on WEF founder Klaus Schwab. The detainment brings up old questions surrounding Switzerland’s freedom of the press and how much power Swiss police have

Switzerland’s wealth distribution: Is it equal?

While the gap between rich and poor has been steadily widening in many countries, the situation in Switzerland has remained stable over the past decades, according to recent statistics. Yet while income distribution in the Alpine nation is relatively egalitarian, wealth is more concentrated in the hands of the rich. Pauline Turuban of SwissInfo investigates.

Hiding your money? Don’t use Switzerland

      The United States is more complicit than Switzerland when it comes helping people hide their money, according to a biennial report released this week by the Tax Justice Network.   Researchers at the U.K.-based Tax Justice Network studied the financial transparency of all nations on its “Financial Secrecy Index.” They scored each

Swiss voting results: Border control, organ donation and more

The results are in from Switzerland’s weekend vote and the country is in for some changes; but overall, Swiss citizens want to keep things status quo.     On Sunday, May 15, Swiss citizens went to the polls to uphold or strike down voter referendum issues – a unique facet of Switzerland’s direct democracy system.

Sex boxes and fellatio cafes: How legal prostitution works in Switzerland

Yes, prostitution is legal in Switzerland. It surprises many outsiders who see the country as a conservative nation of dairy farmers and buttoned-up bankers; but, Switzerland has long embraced socially liberal values and free thinking among its citizens.     Amsterdam’s red light district gets all the press, but while the Dutch brothels have only

Why Swiss expats are the happiest and how you can become one

Lured by Switzerland’s high quality of life and competitive salaries, expats are drawn to work in this idyllic alpine country despite the challenges of obtaining one of its coveted work visas.     Expats living in Switzerland enjoy an excellent work-life balance, high-quality education, beautiful landscapes, top-notch healthcare, and high salaries. It is one of the

Having a baby in Switzerland: Worth the hype, and the cost?

Royalty, A-list celebrities, and foreign leaders have all chosen Switzerland to give birth, paying hefty fees to access the country’s gold-standard maternity services. But what is it really like to have a baby here?     Switzerland’s international reputation for privacy, luxury and top-tier healthcare are the primary reasons why the rich, famous and sometimes

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Swiss terrorism plot foiled

How Russian oligarchs may be laundering money through Switzerland, Swiss scientist wins award for cancer vaccine, and more in our

Credit Suisse under fire

Ukrainians struggle to find work, inside a Swiss capsule hotel, and more in our roundup of Swiss news from June

Why Switzerland is a Russian ‘espionage hotspot’
Switzerland's famous allegiance to neutrality -- even during times of war -- has provided the perfect...
Saving Switzerland: How the country fights climate change
The world’s top climate scientists warn that significantly reducing greenhouses gas emissions is...
Switzerland – a mix of democracy and federalism
The first version of the Swiss constitution was a breakthrough on the road to democratization. It...

Swiss terrorism plot foiled

How Russian oligarchs may be laundering money through Switzerland, Swiss scientist wins award for cancer vaccine, and more in our

Credit Suisse under fire

Ukrainians struggle to find work, inside a Swiss capsule hotel, and more in our roundup of Swiss news from June

US, Switzerland push forward pharma deal
How Swiss law will affect the iconic Toblerone chocolate bar, when...
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Swiss terrorism plot foiled
How Russian oligarchs may be laundering money through Switzerland,...
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