Indian city joins “age-friendly” cities network


Kolkota becomes 105th city to make commitment to older population GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Kolkota, India this week becomes the 105th city in the world to commit itself to creating inclusive and accessible urban environments that benefit its aging population. The World Health Organization (WHO) in 2010 set up its Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and […]

Swiss population continues steady growth

BERN, SWITZERLAND – The Swiss population in 2011 grew 1.1 percent, at the same pace as the previous two years, to reach 7.95 million. One in eight persons lives in one of the main cities of Zurich, Geneva, Basel, Lausanne or Bern. The figures are definitive ones, published 30 August by the Federal Statistical Office […]

Swiss home building slows down, but Geneva sees growth spurt


NEUCHATEL, SWITZERLAND – The number of new homes grew by 7 percent in Switzerland’s five largest cities during the first quarter of 2012, compared to the same period a year earlier, but the figure hides an overall slowdown in new home construction that will be felt in coming months. Geneva will be the rare exception, […]

Milan sends car-free citizens to museums, pools


MILAN, ITALY – Sunday 9 October was a car-free day in Milan, designed to get the pollution level, one of Europe’s highest, down to legally acceptable levels. Seventy firefighters and extra police officers ensured that from 08:00 to 18:00 virtually no cars were driven in the city. The city’s safety commissioner said they were also […]

Cryptic Crossword, Cities by Artix

Artix, a guest compiler and a member of the Rasputin crossword compiling group, has provided this week’s entertaining cryptic crossword. If you prefer to work on the interactive version, click this link which takes you to the Crossword Compiler web page. Across 1 The Turn of the Crew? (6) 4 Senior policeman is so right: […]

Yemeni forces reportedly storm protest camp

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Six people reportedly died and 100 were injured over the weekend as Yemen’s government forces “stormed” a protest camp that is several weeks old, in the southern city of Taiz, reports Aljazeera, which lists areas of unrest throughout the country. “Forces loyal to Ali Abdullah Saleh, the long-serving Yemeni president, have battled members […]

Annecy holds its Fête des voisins day; Geneva gets friendly Tuesday

ANNECY, FRANCE – Annecy, just over the border from Geneva, has a head start over its Swiss neighbours by celebrating its Fête des voisins day Friday 27 May, to encourage neighbours, particularly in large apartment blocks, to get to know and better appreciate each other. Parties are set up in lanes, gardens or wherever neighbours […]

If you live near Geneva or Zurich, expect to have more neighbours


Bern, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Switzerland 29 March released its population growth forecasts for the next 25 years showing that while growth is expected everywhere, it will be most concentrated in the Lake Geneva region and around Zurich. Cantons Vaud, Fribourg to grow by 20 percent in 25 years The strongest growth, 20 percent, is expected […]

General Knowledge Crossword, No 44, Chalicea

General knowledge for a gentle change after last week. How well do you know the world’s cities? If you prefer to work on the interactive version, click on this link that will take you to the Crossword Compiler page. Across 7 Capital and largest city of Colombia; located in central Colombia on a high fertile […]

Swiss cities only 5% off “perfect”


Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Geneva and Zurich are not among the 10 most liveable cities in the world, according to the annual survey by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), although they do rank 11 and 12, with scores over 95 percent. Vancouver, Canada holds the top slot for the fifth year in a row with […]