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  • Historic Federer has No. 1 record in his sights
    by Thomas Stephens, Duc-Quang Nguyen, on Sep 6, 2017 at 5:00 PM

    Roger Federer is only two matches away from becoming the oldest ever tennis player – male or female – to sit at the top of the world rankings. More than 13 years after the 36-year-old Swiss first reached No. 1, looks at the complete history of all the top-ranked male players in one graphic.  Unlike the tennis, the calculations are simple: if Federer beats Martin del Potro and current No. 1 Rafael Nadal loses against Andrey Rublev in the quarterfinals of the US Open on Wednesday, Federer will return to the top on Monday. If Federer loses, Nadal will remain No. 1 regardless of his result against Rublev. If Federer and Nadal both win, their first US Open meeting on Friday will determine who will wear the No. 1 crown.  If Federer makes it, he will break the current age records set by Andre Agassi and Serena Williams, who were 33 and 35 respectively when they topped the rankings. Federer was 31 when he vacated the top spot in November 2012 (to Novak Djokovic).  In ... […]

  • Expats in Switzerland like the safety but not the locals
    by Thomas Stephens, on Sep 6, 2017 at 9:00 AM

    In expat heaven, safety levels are Swiss, leisure options are South African, teachers are Finnish and neighbours are Mexican. In expat hell, safety levels are South African, leisure options are Finnish, teachers are Mexican and neighbours are Swiss.  These are some of the findings of the Expat Insider 2017 survey, published on Wednesday by InterNations, the “largest expat network in the worldâ€�. (To be fair, some of the countries mentioned above were among the best or worst in the respective categories, not the absolute best or worst).  2017 winners and losers This year’s top ten destinations for expats are Bahrain (1), Costa Rica, Mexico, Taiwan, Portugal, New Zealand, Malta, Colombia, Singapore and Spain (10). The worst expat destinations in 2017 are Turkey (55), India, Qatar, Ukraine, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Nigeria, Kuwait and Greece (65). Other selected results: Germany (23), Switzerland (27), France (38), United States (43), Britain (54). In 2014, the first year the ... […]

  • What I learned when applying to a British uni from Switzerland
    by Leo Shearmur, on Sep 6, 2017 at 8:00 AM

    Thinking of studying abroad? It’s a long learning process, with not much support, writes Leo Shearmur of his personal experience of applying for UK universities. Also frustrating: not all foreign universities understand the Swiss school marking system. ​​​​​​​ Around 19,000 young people a year in Switzerland leave school with their matura, which allows them to study at university level. As far as I know, few of them decide to study abroad, and even fewer choose to study in the United Kingdom*. I count myself among this small number. I attended a bilingual gymnasium (senior high school) in the canton of Bern and secured a place at King’s College London (KCL) to study History - but only after passing through the application process twice and overcoming many unnecessary obstacles on the way. The first problem came from my school. I did not feel that it offered me much support when I expressed a wish to study in the UK. In fact, the school seemed surprised that I wanted to do so. […]

  • Drastic changes shake Swiss media landscape
    by Renat Kuenzi, on Sep 5, 2017 at 4:00 PM

    Tamedia, Switzerland’s biggest private media company, has announced that its 14 different newspapers will soon be produced by only two editorial offices. At the same time, businessman Christoph Blocher has taken over 25 free newspapers in one fell swoop. On 23 August, Tamedia dropped the bomb. It made public that in future only two editorial offices, one for the German-speaking and one for the French-speaking region, would produce its 12 dailies and two weeklies. The reason is the significant drop in the number of ad sales as well as subscriptions in the print sector. What exactly does this mean? From 2018 onwards, Tamedia’s newspapers will uniformly inform a readership of around one million people about Swiss politics, foreign affairs, economics and sport. Only the local news sections will remain independent. Tamedia has stressed that this move would not result in redundancies, but would increase the efficiency of the company. This is the latest chapter in the decade-long ... […]

  • Swiss festival is the place to be for animated films
    by Carlo Pisani, on Sep 5, 2017 at 11:53 AM

    Fantoche, Switzerland's International Animation Film Festival, is getting noticed by filmmakers around the world. A look at what's on offer. With 2,094 films from 102 countries, the festival’s 15th edition, taking place from 5-10 September in Baden, has seen the highest number of submissions ever in its history. The festival presents a selection of 17 feature film premieres, four with special behind-the-scenes presentations. In addition, Fantoche will feature 81 animated short films as part of the 'International Competition', 'Swiss Competition' and 'Competition for Children’s Films'. What has now become an important meeting place for animated film lovers and the creative industry alike started in 1995 because of the founders’ desire to open up Switzerland to the “realm of boundless opportunitiesâ€� that animation offers. Until 2009, the festival was held only every two years. It has now become, together with Annecy in France, Stuttgart in Germany, Ottawa in Canada and ... […]

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  • Two Swiss universities make top 50 of global ranking
    by Le News on Sep 7, 2017 at 12:14 AM

    Two Swiss universities made the top 50 in the times higher education 2018 world university ranking of 1,000 universities. The ranking is described as the only global university performance table to judge research-intensive universities across all of their core missions: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. ETH Zurich, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, […]

  • The number of Swiss brewers continues to rise despite declining beer consumption
    by Le News on Sep 6, 2017 at 11:14 PM

    A recent report shows a 2% drop in average Swiss beer consumption in 2016. Over the last 20 years it has dropped 4% to 54.9 litres per person. On its own this would be no cause for alarm, however in 2016, the number of breweries in Switzerland rose by 21% to 753. Since 2011, the […]

  • Swiss retailers called on to remove palm oil from their products
    by Le News on Sep 6, 2017 at 11:57 AM

    Two Swiss NGOs have started a petition calling for Swiss retailers to reduce or remove palm oil from their products. Present in many processed foods, cosmetics and detergents, the ingredient has a bad reputation. The NGOs Bread for All and the Swiss Catholic Lenten Fund want to see a reduction in palm oil consumption. They […]

  • How receiving welfare can put your Swiss residency permit at risk
    by Le News on Sep 4, 2017 at 11:26 PM

    A recent example, reported in 20 Minuten, shows how even foreigners who have lived in Switzerland for many years can be forced to leave if they end up reliant on government welfare. A mother and her 17 year old daughter recently found out the hard way. Switzerland’s constitution allows people to be stripped of their residency […]

  • Switzerland’s most expensive apartments in Zurich, Maloja and Lavaux
    by Le News on Sep 1, 2017 at 12:33 PM

    According to data from, Switzerland’s most expensive apartments are found in Zurich, Maloja – home to Saint-Moritz, and Lavaux-Oron. One square metre will cost you CHF 12,250 (US$ 13,000) in Zurich, CHF 11,500 in Maloja and CHF 11,250 in Lavaux-Oron. Lavaux-Oron contains posh parts of Greater Lausanne, such as Lutry, and the UNESCO-listed wine terraces of Lavaux on the […]

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