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Podcast Learning life skills at the circus

Swiss equilibrist Meret Ryhiner “ran away with the circus” in 1979. Now she’s a much-loved mentor New Orleans.

Using common senses Fighting food waste with your eyes, nose and tongue

Two-thirds of the food thrown away in Switzerland could have been eaten. A new label on foodstuffs wants consumers to be much more discerning.

#SWIonTour From yodel to bebop

Gabriela Martina left the Lucerne countryside to study jazz in the US. Today, the vocalist and composer teaches at Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Swiss first Banning dirty cars to help fight Geneva’s smog

In an effort to reduce air pollution and its health hazards, the Geneva authorities have approved a measure to ban the most polluting vehicles.

Pink tax in Switzerland Skirts and tampons taxed more than menswear and Viagra

These are just two Swiss examples of the pink tax. Read on for more on why women are paying more and what’s being done about it.

Political activism 100,000 gather in Bern for climate demo

Thousands demonstrated in the Swiss capital on Saturday to demand that politicians and individuals take action against climate change.

Great outdoors What you need to know about hiking in Switzerland

Autumn — often described as “golden” in Switzerland — is great for hiking. With 65,000km of marked hiking trails, there are routes for everyone.

Population boosters Swiss villages bribe people to come, stay and breed

Small towns often struggle to retain people, yet these schemes seem to be bearing fruit in Switzerland.

#SWIontour Swiss in Minnesota call for compromise and e-voting

Finding middle ground in an increasingly polarized political landscape is key, say Swiss voters living in the American Midwest.

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People and predators Wolves: welcome or worrying?

Should an area in south-western Switzerland be a predator-free zone? A local initiative wants to eliminate protected species like wolves.

Way to White House How Swiss is the US electoral system?

The US electoral system may seem rather unique, but it actually has a lot in common with Switzerland’s brand of democracy. Here’s how they compare.

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Solar Impulse 2

Solar Impulse 2 (Si2) was the first aircraft of its kind to circle the globe – flown by two Swiss pilots and making several stops along the way.

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Portrait series Faces of Switzerland

To offer you a glimpse of Swiss society and its diversity, this series tells the stories of “ordinary” people of all ages, regions and walks of life.

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