Favoured tipple

After years of decline, the consumption of Swiss wines – mainly produced in the cantons Valais, Vaud and Ticino – increased in 2013, helped by government measures to promote local production.  

Not child’s play

Swiss artist Sipho Mabona has turned a big pile of paper into a life-size elephant. Creating the animal was a technical challenge for the origami expert. (  

Klee, Macke, Moilliet

It’s 100 years since the three artists and friends Paul Klee, August Macke and Louis Moilliet made their legendary journey to Tunisia. To celebrate this significant moment in modern art, the Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern is bringing together more than 140 works of art and putting on a rich and varied programme of activities.  

Crane enabled

Art installation “Hafenkran” (harbour crane) finally stands in position on the Limmatquai in Zurich on Thursday. The rusty crane, built in 1963 in the German port of Rostock, weighs 90 tonnes with a height of more than 30 metres.  

Unique job ad

The community of Solothurn has placed a job advertisement for a local hermit to continue a 600-year-old tradition. But this time, they are looking for someone who’s sociable enough to get along with curious tourists and locals.  

Andrea Garbald

The Graubünden Museum of Art in Chur is devoting an exhibition to pioneering Swiss photographer Andrea Garbald (1877–1958), who worked his entire life in the southern alpine Bregaglia valley.  

Disputed deity

A 16cm stone statuette purportedly representing the deity Ekeko should be returned to Bolivia, stressed the country’s foreign minister, David Choquehuanca, during a visit to the Swiss capital on Friday.  

Tale of two expats

There are lots of reasons why you might apply for US citizenship, but few would admit that they needed it in order to get a liquor licence or a bank loan. That, however, is the story of two Swiss immigrants.  

Icy outpost

Dikson – 650 souls, deathly cold in winter, but 23 hours of daytime as of April: it’s the northernmost settlement in Russia, split between the mainland and a nearby island. Swiss photographer Beat Schweizer travelled there to figure out how people can live in such a place.  

Urs Widmer

Urs Widmer, one of the most famous contemporary authors in the German-speaking world, has died in Zurich after a long illness. He was 75.  

Expat literature

The vast majority of English-language books in Swiss bookshops are imported. Some, however, are conceived and published in Switzerland, often by Bergli Books. It’s a niche market trying to compete in the digital world.