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Diversity Religious recognition in Switzerland—a cantonal affair

A multicultural society is often a multi-religious one. How can Switzerland best manage its growing diversity and the frictions which can arise?

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Educating Switzerland

How does Switzerland turn out enough skilled workers? Do Swiss universities fare well on the world stage? Which languages are taught in Swiss schools?

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Making Switzerland home

Expat, immigrant, foreigner: Whatever you call yourself, you’re in good company. One in four people living in Switzerland is not Swiss.

Direct democracy

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Yemen crisis ‘We look on as people starve to death, and we do nothing’

Despite the catastrophic situation in Yemen, political scientist Elham Manea still believes the situation is not hopeless in her country.

Spring parade Zurich’s traditional festival a stress test for horses

Could being made to ride through crowds and around a bonfire during Zurich's spring festival, Sechseläuten, constitute animal cruelty?

#WeAreSwissAbroad Martina Fuchs: a cultural diplomat at Chinese state TV

Polyglot journalist Martina Fuchs works for Chinese state television. But she says that China’s strict media censorship doesn’t affect her much.

Calendar controversy Time is money: why the Swiss switched calendars

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Catholics and Protestants in Switzerland fought, literally, for more than 200 years over the “correct” calendar.

Lie detector Fake news spotting tool gets better

An EU-funded project to develop a tool to spot false information online has made “a lot of progress”, but the technology still has a way to go.

Switzerland’s Multimillionaires Wealth seldom a result of hard work and innovation

Switzerland has the highest density of millionaires in the world. This is not something to be proud of, says one Swiss sociologist. 

Electronic patient records Privacy concerns raised over e-patient reports

The Swiss government wants patient information to also be compiled electronically and centralised, but concerns remain about data protection issues.

swiss national bank Thomas Jordan: five years fighting a strong franc

After five years at the helm of the SNB, Thomas Jordan still faces daunting challenges in sheltering the Swiss economy from eurozone turmoil.

Religious Minorities Is the Swiss burka ban a tyranny of the majority?

In a direct democracy, does the banning of new minarets, burkas and the ritual slaughter of animals discriminate against religious minorities?