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Cabinet portfolios How Switzerland will choose a new foreign minister

The resignation and replacement of a government minister may not be worth more than a shrug of the shoulders in most countries. Not in Switzerland.

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in depth Vote September 24, 2017

A look at the issues on the ballot sheet for the September 24 nationwide votes.

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Swiss Pioneers The king of chocolate in Mexico

A Swiss man emigrates to Mexico, sets up a company, and makes a fortune making something the Mexicans have never tasted before: white chocolate.

Second pillar of the community Occupational pensions, a hidden Swiss treasure

Swiss pension savings far exceed gross domestic product (GDP) and the reserves of the Swiss National Bank (SNB). 

Tumbling mountains High-tech protection from rockslides

When every minute counts, advanced warning systems are a matter of life and death for people who live in rockslide danger zones.

Good offices Switzerland keeps US and North Korea talking

Switzerland has been negotiating between the United States and North Korea without fanfare but with success.

Take a look Picture of the week

In this series, swissinfo.ch picture editors choose an image highlighting a news event of the past seven days.

Alpine marmot Cute rodent appears on postcards and plates

Their fat faces grace postcards; their fat is used in salves. In Switzerland, the marmot is part mascot, part medicine chest and part meal. 

Cheers to that UNESCO status boosts wine trade in Lavaux

Wine producers in the spectacular wine-growing region on Lake Geneva have enjoyed success since getting UNESCO World Heritage status a decade ago.