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Direct Democracy Holidaymaker becomes village chief

It took a headhunter to find a new local council leader in Tujetsch - a man who owns a holiday flat in the mountain village. 

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A new wave of digital financial technology (fintech) innovations are springing up in Switzerland that could either transform traditional financial companies - or replace them.

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Papal visit Pope Francis makes rare visit to Switzerland

Pope Francis has visited the Swiss city of Geneva to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the World Council of Churches (WCC).

Human Rights Council Switzerland regrets US move to quit human rights body

The Swiss government has defended the Geneva-based UN human rights forum’s “essential role” and “tangible impact”.

Online behaviour Video games addiction recognised as mental health problem

In Switzerland, there are around 70,000 “problematic” internet users – a stable number for the past five years that includes hardcore gamers.

Migration Refugees and locals learn to live together in Swiss town

Bex was one of the first towns in the region to have an asylum seekers' centre and its foreign population is relatively high. So do people get along?

Football World Cup ‘Fans’ Embassy’ hits the road in Russia

The Swiss embassy in Russia is organising a “mobile consular service” – a minibus – to help Swiss fans. 

#WeAreSwissAbroad – Daniel Rehmann ‘Big differences between the law and reality’

How to integrate in Russia? Having Russian friends and an interest in local history, culture and sport can help.

Alternative championship Welcome to the World Cup of Direct Democracy

What if the World Cup were decided not by playing football but by the quality of each nation’s direct democracy?