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Free go Swiss public fridges cut waste and help the poor

In Switzerland, almost one in ten people suffer from or are at risk of poverty. More and more citizen initiatives are being created to help them.

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Migration policy Aiding illegal immigrants remains a crime in Switzerland

People who help undocumented immigrants in Switzerland risk running afoul of the law, even if they are acting purely for humanitarian reasons.

Who wants to be Swiss? Swiss passport attracts more Russians than Italians

Not everyone wants to become Swiss. Residents from far away find it more attractive than Europeans, a new study has found.

Cantonal vote Citizenship hurdle ‘risks stigmatising welfare aid’

Denying Swiss passports if applicants have received welfare assistance could result in fewer people in need asking for help, an expert warns.

LGBT Survey shows broad Swiss support for same-sex marriage

A day after voters backed an anti-gay discrimination law, a survey shows a majority also in favour of marriage rights for same-sex couples.

Helping hand Pro Infirmis: 100 years of supporting people with a disability

People with a disability, considered marginal figures a century ago, are now better integrated into society, but there’s still plenty of work to do.

Foreign population Immigration to Switzerland rises ahead of vote on EU free-movement deal

Net immigration to Switzerland rose again last year, ahead of a May referendum on ending an accord with the EU on the free movement of citizens. 

This content was published on January 30, 2020 2:50 PM

Läderach SWISS drops chocolate maker accused of homophobia

Swiss International Air Lines has severed links with Läderach after negative headlines about the CEO’s opposition to same-sex marriage and abortion. 

This content was published on January 30, 2020 11:48 AM

Abandonment and adoption How do ‘baby boxes’ work in Switzerland?

Switzerland does offer an emergency solution for desperate mothers that want to give away their infant anonymously.

Gender equality  Women replace men on Geneva road signs 

The city of Geneva is putting women on its pedestrian crossing road signs in a move to boost women’s presence in public spaces. 

This content was published on January 17, 2020 9:30 AM

Jewish history A tale of passports, profiteers and escaping Nazi persecution

An exhibit in Basel is shining light on a little-known underground effort in Switzerland to help European Jews escape from Nazi-occupied territories.

Portrait A Nigerian with a dream becomes a priest in Switzerland

As a child in rural Nigeria, Gerald Chukwudi Ani struggled to realise his dream, but now he is a priest in Switzerland.