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Living in Switzerland (3 of 5) Owning a home in Switzerland

In Switzerland, every second residential building is a single-family home. A portrait of life in Hägendorf, a small village in canton Solothurn.

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Environment Swiss fuel-related CO2 emissions remained stable in 2018

Despite an increase in the use of biofuels and electric vehicles, fuel-related carbon dioxide emissions remained unchanged in 2018 in the country.

This content was published on July 16, 2019 2:39 PM

LIVING IN SWITZERLAND (2 of 5) Minergie homes are booming in Switzerland

Switzerland’s Minergie label for sustainable construction is booming for new buildings in the German-speaking part of the country.

winegrowers' festival Swiss artist Daniele Finzi Pasca designs the 2019 Fête des Vignerons

A portrait of the stage director and choreographer from Ticino, the designer behind the 2019 Fête des Vignerons, which opens in Vevey on July 18.

LIVING IN SWITZERLAND (1) How the Swiss live – from co-operatives to mobile homes

From a single-family dwelling to a hip co-operative to a quirky home on wheels: in this series, Swiss people open their doors to swissinfo.ch.

Klöntalersee Ice cream by boat on a picturesque Swiss lake

André van Sprundel is a successful businessman with an unusual hobby. He is the only person in the country who sells ice cream to bathers by boat.

discrimination Foreign names impact chance of getting an apartment viewing

A study has found that some foreign-sounding names – especially Kosovar or Turkish – are less likely to be accepted for apartment viewings.

This content was published on June 9, 2019 12:39 PM

Natural hazards Camping in Switzerland carries certain risks

About one in three campsites in Switzerland is situated in or near a risk zone along rivers, lakes or in avalanche regions.

This content was published on June 2, 2019 5:29 PM

HISTORIC MOUNTAIN LINE A new season for Switzerland's old Furka steam train

Armed with chain saws, shovels and snow ploughs, it takes volunteers three weeks to clear the snow from the historic Furka line.

Swimming season Leaping into summer

There are more than 500 outdoor and natural swimming pools in Switzerland. For many of them, the summer season has begun.