News brief: Vale to pay Bern, Vaud CHF212m in taxes

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Vale, the world’s largest iron ore producer, will pay CHF212 million in back  taxes to canton Vaud (share: CHF 36m) and to the federal government, ending a dispute over the company’s tax-free status that dates back to 2006. The company’s European head office is in St Prex, near Morges in Vaud. Details: […]

Kiss and fly from Geneva, starting tomorrow

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Just in time for the holiday airport rush: starting Thursday 20 December you can drop off your favourite travelers, give them a quick kiss goodbye and roll away from the airport curb in Geneva. No more short-term parking for the under-10-minutes dropoff, with curbside service going into effect. Three lanes are being […]

Swissmedic reported to give ok to Downs Syndrome pregnancy test

Federal drug approval body has not made official announcement BERN, SWITZERLAND – Swissmedic, the body that authorizes treatments, medicines and diagnostic tools in Switzerland, is reported by NZZ’s Sunday edition to have given the green light to new pregnancy tests for Down’s Syndrome. According to the Zurich newspaper the PrenaTest by a German drug firm […]

Trains on Geneva-Lausanne line slowed Tuesday morning

GENEVA / LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – A major problem with contacts on the Geneva-Lausanne train line has causing serious traffic disruptions Tuesday morning, the CFF says, mainly between Gland and Morges. The problem has been resolved and traffic should be back to normal by 10:00.  

Swiss Post set to become country’s largest Apple seller

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Old phones rebate part of the move BERN, SWITZERLAND – Swiss Post is planning to develop Switzerland’s largest chain of outlets of Apple products, putting it in line to compete more strongly with Swisscom for iPad and iPhone sales. The move is part of a major transformation of its third party products at post offices, […]

US, Switzerland sign new visa waiver agreement

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Swiss fears visas linked to open-ended US data demands prove unfounded BERN, SWITZERLAND – Switzerland will continue to be part of the US Visa Waiver Program, known to travelers as the Esta requirement. Swiss nationals can enter the US without a visa for up to 90 days if they have an Esta, or Electronic System […]

Census data shows 739,000 speak English at work in Switzerland

Switzerland has a thriving English business community with several active groups and media such as GenevaLunch.com, an independent daily news service for the international population

But the most startling language statistic is that English at work was measured clearly for the first time and 16.5 percent of people say they use English regularly at work: 739,000 people out of a working population of 6.52 million.

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 […]

Blood donors needed! HUG drive in Geneva Thursday

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Transfusion Centre seeks new donors to boost supplies GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Geneva’s transfusion centre at the Hug university hospitals is holding a blood drive Thursday and Friday, 14 and 15 June, to mark World Blood Donor day Thursday. The centre takes 100 units a day from donors, but one-third more is needed to cover the […]