December 4, 2022

COMPARE: What is the best season to visit Switzerland?

To visit or not to visit Switzerland isn’t the question to ask, but when you should see the country. Writer Lily Töngi-Andrews brings the highlights and how to best enjoy each month.
December 2, 2022

Game of cojones: Serbia suffer and give Granit Xhaka the last word | Barney Ronay

Switzerland’s captain offered a snapshot of the bad blood between Albania, Kosovo and Serbia with one crude gestureMaybe Fifa does have a sense of humour after all. Certainly there was a note of dark comedy in the news, relayed breathlessly over the PA on the final whistle, that the player of the match in this fraught Group E decider was Granit Xhaka.Not that Xhaka didn’t deserve it. He played well in deep midfield on a steamy night at Stadium 974. He controlled the tempo at times. More to the point Xhaka also controlled the noises off, directing the dark energy that must always accompany this fixture with the poise of a veteran conductor. Albeit, a veteran conductor with one hand down his shorts. Continue reading...
December 2, 2022

How employees in Switzerland can take more holidays in 2023

If you work in Switzerland, you are entitled to take four weeks for holidays, either at once or in smaller time periods. There, is, however, a way, to extend your time off — if you plan ahead.
December 2, 2022

Zurich news roundup: Just how pricey is the city and what is Tina Turner's community 'tax cut'?

From a new ranking placing Zurich as one of the most expensive cities in the world to a tax cut said to be influenced by rock goddess Tina Turner, here's The Local's weekly news roundup for Switzerland's biggest city.
December 2, 2022

12 things that are actually 'cheaper' in Switzerland

Switzerland regularly tops rankings of the most expensive countries in the world and it is unlikely to win any prizes for being a budget destination. But not everything in the country costs a small fortune.
December 2, 2022

EXPLAINED: How coffee in Switzerland is getting more expensive

If you can’t get through the day without your dose of caffeine, the news about price hikes for this drink in Switzerland will leave a bitter taste in your mouth.
December 2, 2022

LGBTQ groups seek legal ban on Swiss conversion therapy

LGBTQ organisations in Switzerland are concerned that without swift action, the country could become a haven for conversion therapy, which is banned in neighbouring France and Germany.
December 2, 2022

Switzerland and Serbia feel the weight of history before high-stakes clash

The scars of the Kosovo conflict are yet to heal as both sides pledge no repeat of 2018 World Cup flashpointsThe flashpoints had been well signposted. When Serbia and Switzerland met in Kaliningrad at Russia 2018 it was clear from the outset that nobody would be fading out quietly. Xherdan Shaqiri’s decision to recognise the land of his birth with a Kosovo flag stitched into the heel of his right boot had warmed a tinderbox that was already well stocked and, when Granit Xhaka celebrated his thudding equaliser by forming an Albanian eagle with his hands, tensions ignited.Both players repeated the gesture when Shaqiri scored a dramatic late winner that ultimately ensured their side were the ones who reached the last 16; the recriminations were long, loud and ended with Fifa issuing several fines. Continue reading...
December 2, 2022

Today in Switzerland: A roundup of the latest news on Friday

Some trains between Switzerland and France are cancelled, Zurich tests a novel idea for sick leave, and other news in our roundup on Friday
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