ICRC given birthday gift of extra Headquarters funding

This is how the new ICRC building in Satigny will look like - Photo Fipoi

Swiss government also provides for hiring, training 150 new staff GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The Swiss government, the second largest donor to the International Red Cross (ICRC), is giving the Geneva-based organization a special gift for its 150th birthday, a CHF70 million “Headquarters contribution” to enable the ICRC “to perform its challenging task in the service […]

Christmas failures (Chappatte cartoon)


©2012 Chappatte, distributed by Globe Cartoon. More cartoons on Chappatte’s web site. Geneva-based Patrick Chappatte works for the International Herald Tribune, for Geneva newspaper Le Temps, and for NZZ am Sonntag. All cartoons reproduced with permission.

“Queen Elizabeth Land” handed to British monarch

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The Telegraph describes it as a “a deliciously regal title” in age when “the current trend is for former colonies to drop their royal names in preference for something more native,” but then, the occasion was an unusual one. Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II joined a Cabinet meeting, the first time a monarch […]

Swiss Christmas: fewer online presents, shopping abroad big

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – Swiss Christmas shoppers will buy about one-third of their presents outside the country this year, and the number of presents they buy online is falling, from nearly 38 percent in 2011 to 25 percent in 2012. A study published 12 December by the University of St Gallen suggests that shoppers will spend […]

Holiday shopping ideas from the GenevaLunch team (update)


(Correction: Claudio Carollo below) GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – January sales are now on, but many people are still on holiday, so why not combine great prices and extra time with family and friends – and take along a special gift. We’re leaving some of our Christmas shopping suggestions here because special offers are making several of […]

Fifa’s Jack Warner goes, corruption investigation dropped

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – Jack Warner, vice-president of the international football federation, Fifa, has resigned, of his own choice and effectively immediately, the Zurich-based organization announced late Monday 20 June. Warner has been active in Fifa and Caribbean football politics for nearly 30 years. He has been under investigation as part of the web of corruption […]

US, Canadian wireless devices disrupting wifi, phone networks

Electronic devices should carry CE labels for use in Switzerland

Your garage door won’t close, the wifi isn’t working and the zapper is moody: check your USA-bought cell phone Bern, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Holiday gifts bought abroad might be cheaper or more interesting in the short run, but they can deliver a hex. The Swiss communications office, Ofcom, warns that if you are buying a […]

Perfect Swiss gifts for potato lovers

by Ellen Wallace My first potato plant has just poked its head above the mound where it grows, and my thoughts immediately turned to that Swiss favourite, roesti. We grow enough potatoes to last the family from July to late January, and while my preference remains boiled and salted for fresh-out-of-the-ground spuds, roesti is an […]

Easter time is chocolate time!

Ed. note: We’ve now moved this post to Jonell Galloway’s food blog on GenevaLunch, “The Rambling Epicure.” (note, 2011: now the blog Savouring Switzerland) You’ll find this and much more on buying, cooking, eating at home and dining out from our food expert! Be sure to visit soon.