The names we love in Switzerland: Leon, Mia, Gabriel, Emma, Mattia, Giulia


BERN, SWITZERLAND – And the winner is – well, actually, in a country with four languages, there are eight winners for the most popular baby names. Here’s the 2011 list, published by the Swiss Federal Statistical Office in Neuchatel: German-speaking Switzerland, Leon and Mia (boys’ names followed by girls’) 1. Leon with  310 1. Mia […]

Mystery of A-level jumping blonds cleared up, whew

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND -A-level exam results come out 18 August in the UK and Chris Cook, writing in the Financial Times 1 August, has finally cleared up something that has puzzled me, as a journalist, for several years. Why is this news always covered heavily by the British media with blond girls, most of whom are […]

India’s population now 17% of world total

Female infanticide appears to continue India’s census results were published Thursday 31 March, showing that the country is now the world’s second most populous, with 17 percent of the world population. India officially has 1.21 billion people, compared to China’s 1.34 billion. India added 181 million new people, but the Guardian notes that the census […]

Missing twins: all trails lead to nowhere (update)

Update 18:55  Lausanne, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Some 20 Swiss, French and Italian police met in Lausanne Wednesday afternoon 30 March with Swiss public prosecutor Pascal Gillerion to share their investigations into the disappearance of twins Alessia and Livia Schepp 30 January. Despite intensive searches and knowing more details about the trail left by the father, […]

The “girls”, the cars, the girls agan: Geneva show sparkles


Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – A fact of life seems to be that car shows require beautiful young women, and the Geneva Motor Show is no exception. Women and cars: the mix looks like it could break an attendance record, with organizers saying the car show had 300,000 visitors by Sunday night 6 March, at the […]

Missing twins: police seek Geneva witnesses (update 2)


Update 10 March: video added  Lausanne, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The mother of missing twins Alessia and Livia Schepp has posted a video asking the public for help, after two new witnesses came forward. Vaud police said 7 March that the witnesses provided precise information about the presence in canton Geneva of a father and two […]

Missing twins: solidarity walk in St Sulpice Wednesday (update)

Update 16:05  Geneva and Lausanne, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Family, friends and those who have been involved in the search for missing twins Alessia and Livia Schepp gathered at the Pierrette beach in Saint Sulpice, near Lausanne, at 15:00 Wednesday 23 February for an hour-long solidarity walk. The missing girls’ mother, Irina, met briefly with the […]

Missing twins: father sent letter saying he killed them (update)

French police confirm he left Corsica for Toulon alone Update 12:00  Geneva and Lausanne, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The chances of finding Alessia and Livia Schepp alive appear to have sharply diminished, with the announcement Friday morning that the father sent a letter to the mother saying he had killed them. The letter was one of […]

Vaud police hotlines for missing twins

Lausanne, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Police canton Vaud have set up two hotlines for anyone with information that might help them find the missing six-year-old Schepp twins, Alessia and Livia. Swiss hotline +41 21 644 82 31 Numéro vert in France 08 05 01 07 07.

Missing twins’ father sent €5,000 to mother (update)

Italian news reports say no child seats, no clothing for girls found in car Update 15:35  Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – A new aspect in the investigation into the disappearance of twins Livia and Alessia Schepp has surfaced Tuesday 8 February: the father mailed some €5,000 to the mother, in bills of €50, the money he […]