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Tobacco Geneva parliament votes to ban cigarette sales to minors

Geneva has joined most other Swiss cantons in banning the sale of cigarettes to minors and plans a ban on the sale of e-cigarettes to young people.

This content was published on January 17, 2020 6:42 PM

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Shopping habits Swiss Post posts parcels record

Swiss Post handled a record number of parcels in 2019, the company said on Friday. The number of letters sent however continues to fall.

This content was published on January 17, 2020 5:56 PM

Not shipshape  Inquiry launched into huge Swiss navy losses

Swiss Economics Minister Guy Parmelin has announced an administrative inquiry into huge government losses related to the Swiss merchant navy.  

This content was published on January 17, 2020 3:43 PM

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.

Direct democracy Voters to have final say on digital ID

Campaigners have handed in the necessary signatures to challenge a decision for the creation of a digital identity of internet users in Switzerland.

This content was published on January 16, 2020 3:47 PM

Opinion ‘Yes to an initiative promoting moderately-priced housing’

The free market in Switzerland has built housing units that remain empty because they are too expensive, says Marina Carobbio Guscetti.

Opinion ‘No to an initiative that is dictatorial, costly and not focused on real needs’

The initiative on more social housing is not in keeping with real economic or environmental needs, says Fabio Regazzi.

Climate crisis Should the Swiss National Bank invest in fossil fuels?

Environmentalists’ targets include not only private banks like Credit Suisse, but also the Swiss National Bank. 

Animal welfare How well are Swiss animals protected?

Strict welfare legislation makes Switzerland one of the better places to have fur, fins or feathers. Here’s why.

Climate crisis Why most Swiss buildings are environmentally inefficient

Buildings account for about a quarter of annual CO2 emissions in Switzerland. But progress has been slow to do more to save energy.

Tourism Château de Chillon sets visitor record

Château de Chillon, the most visited historical building in Switzerland, set a new record last year.

This content was published on January 14, 2020 4:31 PM