Crime rate up 9% in Switzerland, mainly theft – urban areas worst hit

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Lausanne’s increase highest: detective work paying off, but cop patrols to be stepped up GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Crime is on the rise in Switzerland, up 9 percent overall in 2012, with robberies showing an 11 percent increase nationwide. Theft in urban areas has risen more rapidly than elsewhere. Two other areas of crime that are […]

Women working more but not in leadership roles (update)

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Men have higher rate of violence in public areas, women suffer more domestic violence GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A number of events will take place in Switzerland 8 March to mark International Women’s Day. The Swiss federal office for equality between the sexes has, in advance, published a report on progress made in achieving gender equality […]

Italians, Spaniards and French visited Swiss in November

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BERN, SWITZERLAND – Swiss tourism figures showed some unusual developments in November 2013, with Italy showing the strongest growth, with overnight stays up 14 percent, France up 8.2 percent and Spain up 14 percent. Italy led the way with the largest overall increase in visitors, but European visits to Switzerland as a whole rose 2.9 […]

Working women outstrip men as serious car accident risks

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Men are becoming more sensible drivers more rapidly Women 18-24, en route to work, are most at risk GENEVA / BERN, SWITZERLAND – Working women who drive are at their worst on the road between 07:00 and 08:00, particularly women ages 18 to 24, show figures pubished 9 January by the Suva, Swiss obligatory accident […]

Swiss economy grows in third quarter

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BERN, SWITZERLAND – Swiss gross domestic product (GDP) rose by 0.6 percent in the third quarter of 2012, compared to the second quarter, and it was up 1.4 percent compared to a year earlier. Public and private consumption and the trade balance in goods contributed to the increase, federal statistics published in Neuchatel Thursday 29 […]

Unicef says number of genital cutting cases rising in Switzerland

Sudan new this year, some 1,500 cases BERN, SWITZERLAND – The number of girls or women who live in Switzerland and who have been or are at risk of genital cutting has risen from 6,700 eight years ago to 10, 700 in 2011, according to new figures released Wednesday 28 November by Unesco’s Swiss office. […]

Swiss tourism tightens belt, looks forward to 2015

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Ski lifts will bounce back in 2013 due to high demand for day passes BERN, SWITZERLAND – The high Swiss franc continues to hurt the Swiss tourism industry, but the worst may be behind it, a key new forecast indicates. Bakbasel, an economic research group, and Seco, the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, expect […]

Number of working poor falling in Switzerland

BERN, SWITZERLAND – The percent of the working population that falls under the poverty bar in Switzerland fell between 2008 and 2011, from 5.2 to 3.5 percent, federal statistics published 23 October show. Some 120,000 persons who work are officially poor, defined for 2010 as approximately CHF2,250 for one person living alone and about CHF4,000 […]

Argentina responds to IMF pressure at UN

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Argentina’s president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner rejected criticism by the International Monetary Fund of her government’s presentation of economic statistics, saying the country would not submit to threats. The Argentinian leader spoke Tuesday 25 October at the United Nations General Assembly a day after IMF chief Christine Lagarde warned that Argentina could […]

Swiss highways saw 2.8 percent increase in 2011 traffic

Traffic has more than doubled since 1990 Zurich had 349 days with traffic jams BERN, SWITZERLAND – Swiss highway traffic increased by 2.8 percent in 2011, to 26 billion kilometres driven. The busiest roads in the country were the A1 autoroute between Geneva and Lausanne, and the A1 between Bern and Winterthur, plus the A1 […]