“We won’t betray our secret”: three determined old men vaunt the merits of Appenzeller cheese in a popular series of advertisements, which exploit some of the values associated with their canton: tradition, love of homeland, and obstinacy. [...]
Former South African President Nelson Mandela died at his Johannesburg home on Thursday after a prolonged lung infection. As the world mourns the loss of the 95-year-old anti-apartheid icon, swissinfo.ch examines Switzerland’s relationship to South Africa over the years. [...]
It is a big job distributing presents to children, but St Nicholas’s choice of assistants is coming under scrutiny. Concern over the Dutch blackfaced Zwarte Piet has reached the United Nations. He resembles a bogeyman seen in some parts of Switzerland. [...]
How have Swiss teenagers become top European performers in maths, as has just been revealed by the latest international assessment? swissinfo.ch went to the Rietwis School in the canton of Zurich to see how one institution has got it right. [...]
Free trade agreement
A new agreement between Bern and Beijing aims to reduce barriers to bilateral trade. It means Swiss companies will be able to export to China on favourable conditions. Yet for some, the thousand-page document contains worrying aspects. [...]
Investing in being 'liked'
Swiss banks are behind the times when it comes to social media according to a new study. In comparison with banks outside Switzerland, many have only cautiously taken up using digital networks. [...]