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Taylor Swift sings at her concert in Lisbon on May 24, 2024.

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Dear Swiss Abroad,

Today we have cause to celebrate. Finally we have a proper summer’s day. Today is also my mother’s birthday and the independence day of Argentina, the Latin Americaan nation with the most Swiss nationals (15,100, or 2% of all Swiss Abroad). ¡Feliz Día amigos y amigas!

Some of you may have timed your summer (or winter) vacation in Zurich to catch Taylor Swift’s concert. The American singer’s two-day concert starts tonight. Over 100,000 people are expected to attend. One in 10 Swifties are coming from abroad to sing their lungs out.

Are you going? If so, all I can say is hats off for your time and money budgeting skills. Those tickets sold out fast and went for eye-watering prices! Enjoy.

And now for some news…

Taylor Swift sings at her concert in Lisbon on May 24, 2024.
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In the news: Russia sanctions, India luxury boom, capitalising on AI at work

  • Switzerland has slapped a raft of new sanctions against Russia in response to its war on Ukraine. The move comes a day after a Russian missile struck a children’s hospital in KyivExternal link and as NATO leaders gather for the military alliance’s 75th anniversary summit. The sanctions target 69 individuals along with 47 companies and organisations. The individuals include members of the Russian judiciary, military and intelligence apparatus, including persons responsible for the deportation of Ukrainian children.
  • Swiss watchmkers are poised to benefit from the luxury boom in India, specially now that the two countries have signed a free trade agreement,
  • Scared that AI will steal your job? Move to Switzerland. In the Alpine nation, workers tend to see AI as an opportunity rather than a threat, according to consulting firm EY.
  • How easy it to hold a protest in your country? Amnesty International criticises Switzerland for its requirement to obtain a permit for even small demonstrations and different approaches across cantons.

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