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Here is a selection of stories to look ahead to on in the week of December 25, 2017.



As Christians celebrate yuletide, we dig up stories of holidays past from our archives and uncover traditions like the risky but enduring ritual of lighting real candles on the Christmas tree.



Take a look back at 2017 through the lens of some memorable statistics as reported by Can you remember how many bottles of wine each Swiss drank in 2017? Hint: not as many as the year before.

(André Albrecht)


In an interview with, Swiss comedian Mike Müller explains his fascination with town hall meetings, a form of direct democracy still prevalent in many smaller communities and the subject of his latest stage act.


The cost of pharmaceuticals in the US and Switzerland is among the highest in the world. Is anything being done about it? Find out in the latest of our ongoing series on health care in the two countries.

(Keystone/Ti-Press/Gabriele Putzu)


As 2018 approaches, take a pictorial look back at the past 12 months with the best images of 2017 as chosen by our picture editors.

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