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Gallery: witness to history  The last Swiss Holocaust survivors 

Some of those who lived through the Holocaust live in Switzerland. Photographer Beat Mumenthaler has taken their portraits. 

Diving record Sixty years on, Jacques Piccard remains the ‘deepest man in the world’

On January 23, 1960, Jacques Piccard and Don Walsh dived to the bottom of the deepest underwater trench in the world. 

Diplomatic history When Switzerland recognised the new China

Seventy years ago, Switzerland was one of the first Western nations to officially recognise the People’s Republic of China.

Religious diversity Is Switzerland a Christian nation?

Although Christianity dominates the Swiss religious landscape, the Alpine country is home to a variety of other religions and sects.  

Conscientious objection Is it possible to refuse military service in Switzerland?

How does Switzerland, a country that retains the duty of compulsory military service, deal with conscientious objectors?

Religion The Jewish cemetery in no man’s land

How did the largest and oldest Jewish cemetery in Switzerland come to lie in a wooded no man's land between the villages of Endingen and Lengnau?

Migration history How people on the move have shaped Switzerland

A new exhibition traces the population movements that have shaped the Alpine territory, and includes those who have left to seek fortunes elsewhere.

Living together Homeless to hip: How Swiss housing cooperatives developed

Many of the cooperatives set up to alleviate the urban housing shortage following the First World War celebrate their 100th anniversary this year.

Cold War How Switzerland froze when the Berlin Wall came down

Faced with the end of the Cold War, many Swiss politicians didn’t know what to say or do.

The Sounds of... When the world got its news from shortwave radio

What did sound like for the first seven decades of its existence? The short answer: a radio station.

Anarchists in Switzerland: Part 7 When Zurich smelled the smoke of the ‘red terror’

In 1907 an attack on the police barracks in Zurich and a bomb blast that injured children sparked national outrage. Were the Russians behind it?