Switzerland’s Educational Institutions Attract Foreign Students

Switzerland’s Educational Institutions Attract Foreign Students

Switzerland remains an educational hotspot for many foreign students from around the globe. According to recent statistics about one in four students studying at Swiss higher education institutions are foreigners. The Federal Statistics Office said in an official statement that foreign nationals accounted for almost a third of all university places during the 2015-2016 academic year. The figures...

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New Constitutional Changes To Swiss Laws In 2017

New Constitutional Changes To Swiss Laws In 2017

The Swiss parliament started 2017 with a vast array of new constitutional changes to some important laws in the country. Some of the changes affect anything from sharing bank information, child support for separated parents, along with other significant changes to Swiss manufacturing. Childcare Support The new constitutional modification to child support according to the latest changes from...

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Police Body Cameras Tested In Switzerland

Police Body Cameras Tested In Switzerland

It is a phenomenon that is gaining increasing popularity in the United States and now Switzerland is following the lead. According to news reports in Swiss papers the canton of Zurich is the first to try fitting body cameras on police to monitor their activity, particularly in case of an altercation. The small body cameras can easily be attached to an officer’s helmet, glasses, shoulder or...

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Third Generation Foreigners To Get Easier Access to Swiss Passports

Third Generation Foreigners To Get Easier Access to Swiss Passports

The Swiss government is planning to urge the public to vote in support of easing naturalization rules and granting third generation foreigners easier access to Swiss passports. Justice Minister Simmonetta Sommaruga discussed the proposed law with the Swiss media recently and said that the issue took months of deliberations in parliament. The government has designated a date for the vote. On...

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2016 Warmest Year On Record For Switzerland

2016 Warmest Year On Record For Switzerland

This past year was the warmest year in terms of rising temperatures in Switzerland according to Meteo Swiss. The weather agency reported that temperatures in 2016 were 0.6 to 0.7 degrees warmer than usual across Switzerland. Switzerland’s federal weather office also mentioned that 2016 has already earned a spot on the top ten mildest years on record. According to the federal weather office,...

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Swiss Government Reaches A Consensus on Language Issue

Swiss Government Reaches A Consensus on Language Issue

The Swiss government says it will not force primary schools to teach French by law as was previously required. Instead cantons will focus on teaching English, which is considered an increasingly important language to communicate with in a global diversified world. Switzerland’s Interior Minister Alain Berset made the announcement in a recent press conference. “We don’t think that revising...

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EU Gives Its Nod of Approval On Swiss Immigration Policy

EU Gives Its Nod of Approval On Swiss Immigration Policy

The tense relationship between the European Union and Switzerland will finally ease up, after the European Union and Switzerland agreed to get back on track and resume talks on immigration. Previously Switzerland had a stringent viewpoint regarding its immigration policies, however in a meeting between Swiss and EU committee members earlier this month the EU said that it is glad to see that...

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More Teachers Needed In Swiss Schools

More Teachers Needed In Swiss Schools

The shortage of teachers is threatening the state of education in Swiss schools. A recent report by Swiss media shows that there is a large gap in male teachers taking over the education industry. Educational experts believe that it is relatively important to increase the number of male teachers in Swiss schools. Katarina Farkas head of the Zug University of Teacher Education noted that it is...

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How Switzerland Deals With Its Recycling Problems

How Switzerland Deals With Its Recycling Problems

Each year Swiss households generate tons of waste, it is estimated that a typical Swiss household produces more than 700 Kilograms of garbage per capita, which is one of the highest in the world according to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The question is how does the country deal with all that amount of garbage and what can be said about its recycling...

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Should Switzerland Have A Single National Language?

Should Switzerland Have A Single National Language?

The debate about speaking a single official national language has created a conundrum in the Swiss educational field. A number of arguments have recently been raised regarding the place of French in German-speaking primary schools. French was recently removed from the curriculum in Thurgau but that later changed after a vote in 2014. Switzerland has four official national languages; these include...

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New Swiss E-voting System Passes Initial Test

New Swiss E-voting System Passes Initial Test

The canton of Fribourg is the first out of nine cantons in Switzerland to test and introduce the new electronic voting system developed by Swiss Post. The canton recently launched and tested the electronic voting system and was pleased with the initial results. The cantonal authorities were not only pleased with the outcome, but they are looking to develop the system further. By developing the...

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Are You A Model Swiss Citizen?

Are You A Model Swiss Citizen?

The government of Switzerland is placing more emphasis on integration as a key factor in granting Swiss residency permits. Some of the basic requirements include respecting public security and order, upholding the values of the constitution and speaking one of the official national languages to the required level. Many wonder why such a change is abruptly introduced, the decision was made by the...

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Switzerland Elects New President For 2017

Switzerland Elects New President For 2017

The Swiss government announced a new president for 2017 who will take over from outgoing president Johann Schneider Ammann. Mrs Doris Leuthard will assume her role starting January 2017, her term will last for a year. The office of president in Switzerland is decided by parliamentary votes. Leuthard was elected after receiving 188 votes from the Swiss Parliament. The Swiss presidency is held by a...

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Is Switzerland Still The World’s Safest Country?

Is Switzerland Still The World’s Safest Country?

According to crime statistics provided by the Swiss authorities, crime rates have dropped marginally in 2015 by more than 7% compared to pervious years. The Federal Statistical Office (FSO) released figures in 2015 showing a sharp decline in crimes committed on Swiss soil. Around 77,000 crimes were committed in 2015, which is the lowest since 2009; the figure encompasses crimes committed by both...

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Switzerland’s Policy Toward Drug Addicts

Switzerland’s Policy Toward Drug Addicts

The small alpine country has an open policy toward drug addicts; in fact Switzerland is one of a few countries to provide addicts with free methadone and clean needles. Experts say that Switzerland’s open policy towards drug addicts should serve as a model for other nations to follow. They also stated that openly acknowledging drug addicts and providing them with clean needles has greatly...

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