Basejumper disappears near St Gallen, private jet crashes near Annemasse

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The week is off to a deadly start, with reports coming in that a private jet crashed on a farm near the Annemasse airport in the French Alps early Monday 4 March. Two people died and one was injured in the accident, but the cause of the crash, shortly before 09:00, is […]

E. Switzerland nurse and cadaver on her FB page: judicial questions

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – St Gallen authorities are looking into the case of a nurse who displayed a photo of herself with a cadaver on her Facebook page. Meanwhile, the Swiss nursing association says it is shocked by the incident and condemned it as going against the nursing code.

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 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 […]

Two die in canyoning accident in St Gallen

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A 23-year-old Swiss-Belgian guide and one of his clients, a 24-year-old German woman, died in a canyoning accident in canton St Gallen. Five other people were rescued when the group was caught by a sudden rise in the Fallenbach river; three were hospitalized. The five are two Swiss men, two Swiss women […]

Geneva yes to childcare centres, Vaud opts for canton’s assisted suicide plan

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Swiss voters Sunday 13 June had cantonal ballot issues to consider as well as federal ones. Geneva voters  embraced a modified proposal, giving every child under school age the constitutional right to have a place in a daycare centres. A proposal by the Left was modified in a government proposal so that […]

Several trains, including Geneva-St Gallen line, running late due to lines down

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A number of Swiss trains, including Intercity trains between Zurich and Basel and Zurich and Bern, have been running late for most of the day due to a break in the line at Deitikon, in canton Zurich. Trains have had to alternate on the same line in some areas, causing delays of […]

Geneva’s lakefront lights win national energy prize

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Geneva was one of the top winners in the sixth annual Swiss government Watt d’Or programme to recognize energy-saving initiatives. It was honoured 4 January as the winner of the energy technologies category for its new LED strings of lights along the Lake Geneva waterfront. The waterfront area has been lit up […]

Swiss bank Wegelin braced for “expected” fight with US

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – Wegelin Bank in St Gallen, possibly Switzerland’s oldest bank, made headlines back in August 2009 when it published a newsletter with the heading “Farewell America”, saying it was pulling out of the US and advising its clients to get out of US securities. This week the bank says it is prepared for […]

Four-year-old goes for a drive, crashes on his birthday

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Kaltbrunn, canton St Gallen, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – A precocious four-year-old is making headlines in Switzerland for taking his car for a spin on his birthday. His dad’s two-ton car, that is. According to authorities, the child, who was celebrating his birthday 17 January, took the keys to his father’s Ford, hopped into the car, somehow […]