A History of Britain by Simon Schama

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE – This is totally engrossing and very readable history. [More] …

Bern calls for legal change to allow tax data swaps

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Separate measure would let Swiss banks get Swiss client data when tax evasion suspected BERN, SWITZERLAND – The end of Swiss banking secrecy moved significantly closer Wednesday, the result of Switzerland’s determination to keep its financial centre strong by adopting “the new global standard” in tax matters. The Federal Council voted to adopt negotiation mandates, […]

Weekend marred by accidents, Gotthard tunnel closed

TPG bus crashes into school, Lausanne chase Two cyclists hit in 24 hours in Geneva GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The weekend has been marred by a series of accidents, with a fatality in the Gotthard tunnel causing the closure of the main north-south route and prompting lines of several kilometres in both directions. A Geneva public […]

Bern sets quotas for Croatians

BERN, SWITZERLAND – The Swiss government Wednesday announced, as expected, that as of 1 July Switzerland will put in place a quota system for Croatian workers: Croatia on that date becomes the 28th member of the European Union. The new system will provide for 50 one-year category B permits and 450 short-term category L permits. […]

A day for gardens and chimney sweeps

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Republished from Ellen’s Garden World Today is a perfect day for all those tasks that aren’t really gardening, but are auxiliary to garden life. So for the first time this year the clothes were put out on the line to dry. The raclette machine was taken outside for a potato and melted cheese lunch (no […]

Foreigners plumped the Swiss population in 2013

BERN, SWITZERLAND – The Swiss resident population now stands at 8.14 million, with an increase of 100,000 persons in 2013, figures published 24 April by the Federal Statistical Office show. The 1.2 percent increase includes 65.700 foreigners with long-term residence permits or who have been living in the country for more than a year. The […]

GenevaLunch holiday break

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Occasional news: GenevaLunch.com is taking a holiday break Dry have would “visit site” on into large drinking lasix water pill your power, which. for the next two weeks, with occasional news reports and features.

Swiss weekend news roundup: diamonds, Earth Hour, accidents


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Sunshine and warm weather contributed to a busy weekend, with crowds filling lakefront walks and beaches, and police chasing criminals. Weekend news highlights from the Lake Geneva region. High-speed chase on the A1 leaves motorist injured Happily, there were no injuries during a high-speed chase that saw Vaud police shoot out the […]

Things to remember on Swiss trains


Tips for travelers GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Trains are longer and more crowded than usual thanks to the car show, which opens to the public Thursday 6 March. Here are a few tips to make your journey smoother if you’re part of the crowd: Keep a close eye on your luggage at all times. That said, […]

Local roundup: watches, ribs, books


Tram close call, hell of a start to 2014, fab watches GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The man who was thrown from his van when it hit a Geneva tram in Carouge last week, then was thrown under the tram, has not only survived but he was able to share his experience from his hospital bed last […]