It’s the weekend! Skis, puppies, shopping, books

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Five shopping days left, ski slopes opening GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The weekend is here, the last one before Christmas, and shopping madness is about to begin. Many stores are open late tonight and some shops are open Sunday, but not everyone will be out buying: ski slopes are opening. A quick reminder: if you haven’t […]

Swiss will vote on doubling size of Gotthard tunnel

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BERN, SWITZERLAND – Swiss voters will be asked, sometime after the politically sensitive parliamentary elections of 2016, to vote on doubling the Gotthard road tunnel. More than 100,000 signatures have been gathered against the proposed addition of a second tunnel for the Gotthard, which has regular tailbacks, especially during peak holiday travel periods. But a […]

Muslims to have burial ground in Lausanne

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – The regional Muslim population will have a proper burial ground in Lausanne, at the latest by early 2016, reports RTS. The public broadcaster notes that canton Vaud has a Muslim population of 30,000, of whom 9,000 live in Lausanne. The city has been having discussions for a dozen years with various Muslim […]

Christmas deadlines from Swiss Post


BERN, SWITZERLAND – Still trying to send letters and packages off before Christmas – hoping they might arrive on time? Swiss Post says that thanks to online sales, it is expecting the largest amount of holiday mail ever this year. Here are some of the deadlines from Swiss Post: In Switzerland – Swiss-Express “Lune” for […]

ACA list of US tax preparers completed

Working out those tax dollars: you'll need a bit of help if you're overseas

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – American Citizens Abroad, the ACA, has now completed a US taxpayers’ directory of qualified tax preparers, with 1.700 professionals listed. The ACA, representing the 6.8 million Americans who live overseas, created the first-ever such directory earlier this year, with just 106 names. The directory is free of charge. In a statement 18 […]

Foreigners better about wearing ski helmets

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BERN, SWITZERLAND – Foreigners on skis and snowboards are catching up with the Swiss, in terms of the number wearing safety helmets. The latest annual figures, released 18 December by the Swiss safety and accident prevention council BPA, show that 89 percent of all skiers and snowboarders now wear helmets, with 91 percent of Swiss […]

Holiday travel forecast, Swiss roads, borders


Consider your timing if you’re planning to travel BERN, SWITZERLAND – The Federal Highway Office has issued its annual alert for slowdowns on roads during the Christmas and Near Year’s holidays, from 20 December to 6 January. Expect heavy traffic heading to ski resorts on Saturday from 10:00-15:00 and returning from them on Sundays 11:00-16:00. […]

Orange Suisse goes to French investor

Swisscom shares drop post-sale ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – Swisscom shares dropped Thursday on news of the sale of Orange Suisse to French investor and multi-millionaire Xavier Niel. His holding company, NJJ capital, is reported by news agency AFP to have paid British owner of Orange Suisse Apax €2.3 billion for the telecoms operator. Apax bought it […]

147kph speeder nabbed on Lausanne-Bern road

Teenagers accused of CHF35,000 in damage to school LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – A 25-year-old Portuguese man had his car and his driver’s license taken away after he was caught driving 147 kph in Lucens, in an 80 kph zone, Tuesday 16 December at 13:45. Police picked him up during a traffic check on the cantonal road; […]

Negative interest! Swiss central bank goes sub-zero

Chilly interest rates from the SNB in Zurich/Bern

Winter arrives and the SNB chills out would-be franc investors ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – The Swiss National Bank has lowered the interest rate it offers some account holders to -.25%, effective 22 January 2015. “Over the past few days a number of factors have prompted increased demand for safe investments. The introduction of negative interest rates […]