New exhibition hall dazzles Baselworld watch show

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A new exhibition hall designed by star architects Herzog & De Meuron opened to the public April 25 with the start of the annual watch show, Baselworld. The newly designed halls have resulted in two-thirds of the exhibitors bringing completely new stands to the show. The building was completed in February at […]

Swiss, nation of renters, increasingly home owners

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Basel, Geneva, 2 big exceptions Zug tenants pay the most for their housing, all categories combined BERN, SWITZERLAND – The Swiss are traditionally a nation of renters, but figures released by the federal government Thursday 28 March show that for the decade from 2000 to 2010, the rate of home ownership picked up speed, further […]

Sleuthing a Flaesch Pinot’s 91 points from Parker


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Here’s the news: Pinot Noir ’09 from Gantenbein winery in canton Graubuenden was given a note of 91 by Robert Parker wine reviewer Neal Martin. This comes on the heels of four Swiss wines mentioned recently by another Parker reviewer, David Schildknecht. The information was bundled into a press release from Swiss […]

Number of successful asylum seekers down as loopholes closed

BERN, SWITZERLAND – The number of requests for asylum in Switzerland fell by 16 percent in February, compared to January (and by 20 percent compared to February 2012), and the number of asylum seekers whose files were handed over to the country where they entered the Schengen area rose by 10 percent in February. The […]

Basel man who killed 1, injured 7 others, judged unfit for trial

Wild car ride in 2012 followed escape from psychiatric ward BASEL, SWITZERLAND – A 28-year-old man who 13 March 2012 killed a cyclist and injured seven others, two of them critically, is unfit to stand trial, the pubic prosector in Basel says, and he should be given therapeutic treatment with reviews of his case every […]

Travel alert: Geneva-Lausanne train service interrupted

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A “person accident” between Coppet and Nyon Wednesday evening is causing major interruptions on the Geneva Airport-St Gallen line. A number of fast trains are cancelled between Geneva and Yverdon-les-bains as well as Geneva and Lausanne, with only very limited local train service between Coppet and Nyon. The CFF expects the lines […]

Swiss weekend winter sports and weather: 15-17 February 2013


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Snow followed by sun with temperatures remaining cold enough for the snow to stay: a good skiing weekend is promised by the national weather service, MeteoSwiss. Expect snow to continue in Alpine areas until Friday afternoon, gradually clearing skies and sunshine for Saturday through Monday. Temperatures will range from lows of -4 […]

Ferdinand Hodler’s final Geneva-inspired years at Basel exhibit


BASEL, SWITZERLAND – An exhibit of the late works of Ferdinand Hodler, arguably the most renowned Swiss modern artist, opens to the public Sunday 27 January at the Beyeler Foundation in Riehen, outside Basel. Hodler, who died in 1918 in Geneva, is heralded by the exhibit as a pioneer of modern painting of international significance. […]

Swiss weekend winter sports and weather: 25-27 January


What’s on in Geneva and elsewhere: busy weekend of balloons, art, and of course skiing! GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Winter activities are gearing up around Switzerland, after the holidays and pause that follows them. This weekend offers plenty of opportunities for entertainment. You might want to get in the wintry mood Friday by heading for Bastions […]

Switzerland steps up reorganization for handling asylum requests (update 2)

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30,000 requested asylum in 2012 BERN, SWITZERLAND – Switzerland in future will house its asylum seekers in five regions, each with several centres run by the federal government, with cantons taking a smaller share of them, a national conference involving all levels of government agreed Monday 21 January. The group issued a declaration at the […]