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Fact check Are products sold in Switzerland of better quality than in the EU?

A reader question puts to the test the widespread cliché that everything in Switzerland is a little bit better than elsewhere.

Nuclear bunkers, Sunday noise Fact check: Do you need to know about fondue to become Swiss?

Is that really true? Here is the second collection of answers to some of our readers' quirkier queries. 

Facts behind myths Why are Swiss mums assumed to be ‘stay-at-home’?

Despite making strides in the workplace, women still do most of the childcare, as we find out in our latest reader-driven fact check.

Fact check Do foreigners pay higher car insurance premiums in Switzerland?

In our ongoing series of factchecks driven by reader suggestions, we look at the differences in premium prices between Swiss and non-Swiss drivers.

fact check Are most Swiss residents rich?

Following reader suggestions, we find out if most people calling Switzerland home can afford diamond rings and fur coats or are just making ends meet.

Loo-flushing, explosives & gold Fact check: Lonely guinea pigs and other quirky Swiss rumours

Is that really true? We asked you whether you’d heard anything about Switzerland that sounded suspicious and that you wanted us to check out.

Take part Heard something about Switzerland we should fact check?

Make suggestions about which far-fatched assumptions and long-held beliefs about the Swiss nation we should put under the microscope.

fact check Do tightened gun laws lead to greater security?

Closing loopholes in the existing gun law will further protect citizens, says the Swiss government. Opponents who disagree may be on to something.

Fact check Does Switzerland produce half of all the food it needs?

So says the government as it tries to convince voters to reject a proposal calling for greater ethical standards in food production. Is it right?

True or false? ‘Foreign judges’ initiative: fact checking the parliamentary debates checks the accuracy of some of the statements heard so far in both chambers.

true or false? Gambling fact-check: ‘closed Switzerland’ vs ‘open Denmark’

Ahead of a nationwide vote on the issue, looks at campaigners' claims about Denmark and finds both sides (mostly) sticking to the facts. 

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Public broadcasting debate Fact check: the case for and against licence fees

We checked the claims of politicians from the for and against camps in the debate about broadcasting licence fees.

Fact check Checking “alternative facts” in a Swiss vote campaign

Misinformation has been a recurring feature in the current battle for votes on highly charged issues like naturalisation and tax reforms.

Verification Long battle ahead to curb fake news

Swiss and European experts caution that training machines to detect misinformation on social media is no easy task.

Fact check Have Switzerland’s nuclear reactors become too old and dangerous?

Swiss voters may have little reason to fear a major nuclear accident triggered by age-related issues.

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