Some 2,000* people in Switzerland have died of COVID-19 – an undeniably heavy price. Tens of thousands have lost their jobs and futures. Hundreds of thousands will feel the effects...

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COVID-19 brought parts of the Swiss economy to a standstill, affecting a third of all employees. Tens of thousands of shops had to close. Almost two million people were put on...

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Around a million Swiss elementary school pupils had to do lessons from home during the lockdown. The same applied to 400,000 secondary and vocational school students. Distance...

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Should Switzerland spend six billion francs on new fighter jets? Swiss voters will make their decision on 27 September 2020. It is a hotly contested issue, not least given the...

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Are social attitudes changing? A law discriminating against the itinerant way of life has been rescinded. Voters have approved a controversial camping site for itinerant people....

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Focus
07/22/2020

The high-risk group

Older people felt the effects of the lockdown in particular. They received help and support from the rest of the population, but were also made...

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Our homes became the centre point of our lives. Our normal social and consumer habits were turned upside down. But the Swiss lockdown experience...

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Tourism in Switzerland was booming only last year. Overtourism became a thing. Yet many hotel rooms lie vacant this summer. The hospitality sector is...

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COVID-19 is no laughing matter – as Switzerland’s satirists and cartoonists acknowledged this spring. But humour will always shine through eventually,...

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Politics

Following the cancellation of the federal votes that were scheduled for May, as many as five proposals – including the SVP’s limitation initiative –...

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Switzerland has been discussing the introduction of paternity leave for almost two decades. Parliament has always stood in the way, but the mood is...

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OSA news

The Council of the Swiss Abroad (CSA) has endorsed the idea of setting up a memorial to Swiss holocaust victims. It has also reiterated its call for...

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Due to the COVID-19 epidemic, the Congress of the Swiss Abroad will not be taking place this August in Lugano. Continued global uncertainty, severe...

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The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on postal services, resulting in severe restrictions on mail deliveries between Switzerland and many other...

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