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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

#DearDemocracy’s international portal for people with a passion for politics

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?

Vote May 21, 2017 Let’s not jeopardise our liberal, secure and inexpensive energy supply!


The new energy law costs a fortune, sets unattainable targets and would deprive citizens of their decision-making powers on an unprecedented scale.

Expat definition Why do we never talk of an ‘illegal expat’?

Who is an expat? It’s a simple question, but it’s far from easy coming up with a succinct and satisfactory answer.

Russian Revolution Centenary ‘This is about Western perceptions...our relationship to this art’

Bern and Switzerland have more connections to the Russian Revolution than we might at first imagine.

Fasting and furious How a couple of sausages triggered the Swiss Reformation


The time: March 9, 1522, the first Sunday of Lent. The crime scene: a printer’s workshop in Grabengasse, Zurich.