Lucie’s murder: cantonal authorities did their job, judge rules

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – The cantonal prison authorities carried out their duties in line with the law and following standard practice, a judge in canton Aargau has ruled, in the case of the murderer of 16-year-old Lucie T in March 2009 in Rieden, Aargau. The father of the young woman from Fribourg, who was working as […]

Italy loses European Court case over returned Libyans at sea

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Italy was dealt a blow Thursday by the European Court of Human Rights, which ruled against it in a case known as Hirsi Jamaa and Others v. Italy that date back to 2009. “Italy violated the European Convention of Human Rights by intercepting and returning to Libya in 2009 a group of […]

Pinot Noir 2009 Château d’Auvernier

Wine tasting notes, Swiss red wines wine video, red Red wine, dry Grape variety: Pinot Noir Winery: Chatau d’Auvernier Location: Auvernier, canton Neuchatel Price at the winery: n/a View this wine reviewed in French by Laurent Probst and in German by Gabriel Tinguely Complete list of GenevaLunch Swiss wine videos, produced by RomanDuVin Click on […]

There are more of us: Switzerland’s int’l population up by 2.2%

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Unemployment hits foreigners harder than Swiss Bern, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The rate of growth of resident foreigners as part of the Swiss population is picking up, with a 2.2 percent increase in 2009, new federal statistics show. Germany and Italy lead with the way, with European Union citizens accounting for two-thirds of the increase. Switzerland […]

Geneva Airport gets sunny news after ashy gloom

Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Geneva Airport is in the black for 2009: the good news about its CHF40 million in profits for last year comes as the airport is getting back to work after a six-day closure due to volcanic ash from Iceland. Geneva International Airport had turnover of CHF295 million for 2009, and airport […]

Migros has record profits despite lower sales

Basel, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Supermarket cooperative group Migros posted a 20.8 percent increase in profits, CHF846 million, in 2009 despite a 3.1 percent fall in sales, the company announced Tuesday 30 March. Turnover was CHF24.95 billion, of which retail sales were CHF21.04b.

EPFL’s Rolex Learning Center takes top architecture award

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Lausanne, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The architects who designed the Rolex Learning Center at EPFL in Lausanne will be awarded the Pritzker Prize, widely considered the top prize in architecture, in May at Ellis Island in New York. The news was announced Monday 29 March by the Hyatt Foundation in Los Angeles, California. The two will […]

Crime stats for 2009 are first Swiss-wide

Neuchatel, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Switzerland has for the first time produced nationwide crime statistics that will in future allow for true comparisons between areas. Top of the list of crimes committed: theft and property damage, which together make up 82 percent of all crimes, with car theft more than one-third of these. Swiss police registered […]

Nestlé’s profits and sales fall, but new markets strong

Vevey, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Food multinational Nestlé says its profits fell by more than 40 percent in 2009 compared to the previous year largely because of a hefty profit in 2008 from the sale of Alcon eye-care company. Net profit in 2009 was CHF10.4 billion, down from CHF18b in 2008. Sales slipped from CHF109.9b to […]

Swiss central bank expects CHF10b profit

Zurich, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The Swiss National Bank expects to see a “large profit” of CHF10 billion for 2009, thanks to the rapid rise in the price of gold and currency fluctuations during the year. The valuation of the gold  holdings of the central bank rose by CHF7.3 billion during the year, with the price […]