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#swisshistorypics A century of Circus Knie

One hundred years ago, Circus Knie gave its first performance in the Swiss capital, Bern.

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Stories of Swiss diplomacy When the death of a diplomat challenged Swiss neutrality

Forty years ago, Hugo Wey was shot dead in El Salvador, a sign that Swiss neutrality could not protect diplomats from the fallout of local conflicts.

Trouble recruiting An uncertain future for Swiss soldiers guarding the Pope

Every May, a new batch of young Swiss Roman Catholic soldiers swears allegiance to the Pope. In recent years their numbers have been dwindling.

Anarchists in Switzerland: part 4 When bombs shook Geneva

​​​​​​​In the early 1900s, Geneva was the site of two explosions. Both of them were the work of anarchists amid turbulent times for Switzerland.

‘Beyond the curtain’ How a trip from Bern to Bucharest changed Swiss diplomacy

Fifty years ago, Swiss diplomacy embarked on a new path when cabinet minister Willy Spühler travelled to Romania.

Terrorism Two Swiss confirmed dead in Sri Lanka bombings

Two Swiss citizens, one of them a Swiss-Sri Lankan dual national, were killed in bombings in Colombo on Sunday, the Swiss foreign ministry has ...

This content was published on April 22, 2019 6:49 PM

Swiss religious Traditions The medieval Easter ceremony where women weep silently

Veiled women in black mourn the death of Christ in a traditional Good Friday ceremony in the medieval town of Romont.

Losing a landmark How would Switzerland rebuild a national treasure like Notre-Dame?

For many Swiss, the fiery devastation of Notre-Dame Cathedral sparks another memory – that of Lucerne’s wooden Chapel Bridge in flames.

Investments in Switzerland Qatar said to be leading funder of mosques in Europe

Qatar has funded mosque and Islamic centre projects in Switzerland to the tune of several million francs, according to a new book.

This content was published on April 5, 2019 3:52 PM

70th anniversary Switzerland and NATO: engaged but not married

Switzerland has been collaborating with NATO for more than 20 years but membership is out of the question for reasons of strict neutrality.

Hanami Swiss-Japanese friendship continues to blossom

Bern has 36 new cherry trees thanks to the deep roots of a Japanese friendship.

Anarchists in Switzerland ‘Empress stabbed in the heart’

In 1898 the Empress Elisabeth of Austria was killed in Geneva by an Italian anarchist - a dramatic case that aroused strong feelings around the world.

Troubling trend Anti-Jewish conspiracy theories make a comeback

Last year, cases of anti-Semitism rose in French-speaking Switzerland. The phenomenon is also noticeable in the German-speaking part of the country.