Swedish planes for Swiss air force – decision delayed

BERN, SWITZERLAND – Sweden’s Gripen planes are still on the agenda for the Swiss parliament, but a decision about buying them is being delayed until after summer, when parliament reconvenes in Bern. The Gripen fighter jets have been making test runs in Switzerland this week, as part of the approval process for the planes to […]

Salvation Army band renamed for Eurovision contest

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The Salvation Army band chosen to represent Switzerland at this year’s Eurovision song contest in Sweden has adopted a new name, Takasa, the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation, SSR, announced Thursday 14 March. The group, which will also swap their iconic uniforms for white shirts and black trousers, selected a new name to distance […]

Salvation Army, first the Eurovision good news, then the bad

Salvtion Army Band

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – “The ‘You and me’ show is a whole – including the song, the outfits and the performance. It was designed and selected as such,” the Swiss Salvation Army said Tuesday afternoon in a press release, say that the song and performance, as they stand, have a real chance of winning the Eurovision […]

Switzerland followed by Singapore: most competitive nations

World Competitiveness Report, WEF, 2012-2013

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report 2012-2013 is out, and Switzerland again leads the pack of 144 countries, with Singapore overtaking Sweden for second place. Overall, “the results show that while competitiveness in advanced economies has stagnated over the past seven years, in many emerging markets it has improved, placing their […]

Assange could be in Sweden by end of June

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Julian Assange, Australian founder of WikiLeaks, could be in Sweden by the end of June after he lost his request to have his extradition case reopened. Sweden requested his extradition more than two years ago for hearings in a case where two women accused him of sexual misconduct. A UK court agreed […]

Euphoria takes the cake: Sweden’s Loreen wins Eurovision Song Contest

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Swedish singer Loreen won the Eurovision Song Contest in Baku, Azerbaijan Saturday 26 May, with her song “Euphoria”. She told a press conference after her win that “When I think about Sweden, I think about nature, clear air, water – organic.”

Sports, equestrian: Rolex Cup gives Miranda max points in final

Rolex FEI World Cup Qualifier Geneva 2011

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND -Alvaro de Miranda of Brazil riding AD Ashleigh Drossel Dan took maximum points in Geneva Sunday 11 December in the series final of the Rolex FEI World Cup Jumping, Western European League event. The crowd had their money’s worth watching the 38-year-old rider and his 13-year-old gelding, in the second-round race against the clock, […]

Assange extradition to Sweden approved

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, 2 November lost his high court appeal to avoid extradition to Sweden. His lawyers say they will decide in the next 14 days whether or not to appeal to Britain’s supreme court. Assange is wanted by Sweden for questioning over charges of sexual assault filed by two […]

Sweden’s fictional murder capital “a great place to bring up children”


 Long before Steig Larsson provided chilling murders Swedish-style, there was Henning Mankel By Bob Evans YSTAD, SWEDEN – “This is a great place to bring up children,” says police inspector and mother-of-two Charlotte Lindh as parents and children pass by heading to an open-air flea market on a bright Saturday morning. “Ystad is a very […]

Switzerland tops WEF World Competitiveness rankings, US slips to no. 4

Global Competitiveness Report 2011, WEF

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Switzerland is once again at the top of the World Economic Forum’s annual Global Competitiveness Report, followed by Singapore, which has overtaken Sweden, then Finland with the US now in fifth place, slipping two slots since last year. The report was published Wednesday morning 7 September by the Geneva-based organization that organizes […]