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Housing market The Swiss are building empty homes in the suburbs

There are enough of them, but in the wrong places – this is the housing market in Switzerland. Photographer Sophie Stieger has documented the paradox.

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Government rejection Retail digital franc remains taboo for Switzerland

Switzerland has ruled out the possibility of a central bank-issued digital franc for the general public in the foreseeable future. The government ...

This content was published on December 13, 2019 12:12 PM

Social inequality Is Switzerland a utopia of wealth distribution?

It's been said that Switzerland is a less socialist but more successful utopia than Scandinavia. Is there any truth in this?

Top diplomats talk Swiss humanitarian channel to Iran seen within months

A humanitarian channel to bring food and medicine to Iran could be up and running within months, senior Swiss and U.S. officials told Reuters.

This content was published on December 11, 2019 6:18 PM

Banking HSBC Swiss unit to pay $192 million in US tax fine

The Swiss branch of HSBC's private bank has been fined almost CHF200 million by the US Department of Justice (DoJ) for having helped American ...

This content was published on December 11, 2019 4:08 PM

Pascale Baeriswyl Business and human rights can go together, says foreign policy boss

Doing business and promoting human rights can and do go “hand in hand”, says Swiss State Secretary for Foreign Affairs Pascale Baeriswyl.

COP25 Swiss seek compromise amid ‘lack of will’ at climate talks

The head of the Swiss delegation is frustrated by hesitation to move ahead at the UN’s annual climate conference.

Finance Bank savers feel sting from negative interest rates

The number of Swiss bank customers being charged negative interest rates on their deposits is on the rise – and shows no sign of reversing.

Atomic jubilee Beznau - a symbol of progress turned object of discord

Switzerland's first nuclear power plant tuns 50 with its future, and very presence, the cause of contention.