Swiss Children Urged To Learn A Second Language

Swiss Children Urged To Learn A Second Language

The Swiss Federal Office of Culture urged primary schools to start teaching children a second national language. It is notable to observe that Switzerland has four official languages, which include French, German, Italian and Romanish. The recommendation by the Swiss Federal office of culture was presented in an official report, which was released publicly. Switzerland’s school children and...

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How Switzerland Is Handling The Refugee Crises

How Switzerland Is Handling The Refugee Crises

Amnesty International recently urged Switzerland to integrate migrants and help them relocate. Switzerland has a specific duty according to the human rights organization, to help migrants settle since it is not one of the main destinations for asylum seekers. According to recent reports Switzerland transfers most migrants to other European Union countries. Amnesty International stated that a...

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Assisted Suicide On The Rise In Switzerland

Assisted Suicide On The Rise In Switzerland

More Swiss citizens are choosing to end their lives rather than suffer the ramifications of ill health and debilitating disease. According to news reports, assisted suicide rates soared by more than a quarter in just one year. A newspaper report stated that there were 742 cases of assisted suicide in 2014, which increased by 26% from the previous year. Switzerland is one of a few countries in the...

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Report Finds Domestic Violence Prevalent In Switzerland

Report Finds Domestic Violence Prevalent In Switzerland

According to a report by humanrights.ch one in five women in Switzerland are subjected to domestic violence. The report stated that typically victims fall prey to threats, blackmail, beatings and sexual violence. Domestic violence entails the use of threat along with physical, psychological or sexual violence. Within the family sphere women, children, parents and grandparents can all be victims...

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Switzerland’s Stance On Expelling Foreign Criminals

Switzerland’s Stance On Expelling Foreign Criminals

Swiss voters have recently been embroiled in a battle to vote on whether to expel foreign criminals for committing crimes. The recent vote came in favour of foreigners living in the country, as more than 58.9% of voters rejected the proposal to deport foreign criminals. The vote comes at a crucial time when many European countries are taking a tougher view on migrants arriving from the Middle...

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A Preview Of The Swiss Political Structure

A Preview Of The Swiss Political Structure

Switzerland is politically diverse as it is geographically; composed of 26 cantons the country has a federal structure with three distinct political levels, which include the confederation, the cantons and the municipalities. The Federal Level At the federal level the constitution contains vital information for the functioning of the state, the rules and regulations guarantee the basic rights of...

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Switzerland Faces The Reality Of Integrating Immigrants

Switzerland Faces The Reality Of Integrating Immigrants

Integration is one of the key aspects that makes immigrants begin to feel at home, Switzerland is introducing a number of grass-root projects aimed at making newcomers integrate into Swiss society. According to a survey in 2008 Switzerland had over 1.6 million foreign residents composing 21.4 % of the country’s total population. An average of more than 40,000 foreigners became Swiss citizens...

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Switzerland Lags Behind In Gender Equality Ratings

Switzerland Lags Behind In Gender Equality Ratings

According to a recent report by the World Economic Forum, Switzerland has fallen behind in its gender equality ratings. Switzerland currently is at the 11th place dropping marginally from the ninth place last year. The report released by the Geneva based World Economic Forum depicted countries like Iceland topping the list, while Finland rates second, followed by Norway, Sweden and Denmark. The...

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Government Eases Swiss Citizenship Rules

Government Eases Swiss Citizenship Rules

Obtaining a Swiss passport might be one of the most challenging endeavours for many immigrants, according to recent news reports the Swiss parliament will ease the process for third generation immigrants. Eligible individuals will include foreigners 25 years of age who were born in Switzerland and have studied here for at least 5 years. Other amendments to the rule stipulate that one of the...

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Swiss Cabinet Negotiates Immigration Plans

Swiss Cabinet Negotiates Immigration Plans

The Swiss government rejected a proposal intended to curb immigration for European Union citizens and favoured presenting a counter proposal. Justice Minister Simonetta Sommaruga said that trying to annul the results of the vote is undemocratic. Simonetta reiterated the fact that no details on counter proposals had been fixed yet; she mentioned that the government wanted to enshrine the results...

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Swiss Voters Endorse New Intelligence Law

Swiss Voters Endorse New Intelligence Law

In an effort to clamp down on terrorism Swiss voters endorsed a new law that allows Swiss secret intelligence to tap phone and cyberspace activities. This comes after a recent surge in terrorists’ activities in both France and Brussels. According to the law, surveillance systems will monitor questionable activity, 66.5% of voters in Switzerland endorsed the new law agreeing with its terms and...

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Voting Rights And Privileges For Swiss Citizens

Voting Rights And Privileges For Swiss Citizens

Switzerland was one of the last few countries in the world to allow women to vote, women were only allowed to participate in elections at the federal level in 1971. On the cantonal level women were allowed to vote in 1959. Nevertheless having said that many might wonder what voting rights and privileges do they currently have in Switzerland and where and when can they vote, read on as we consider...

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Helpful Information When You Lose Someone You Love In Death

Helpful Information When You Lose Someone You Love In Death

When you lose someone you love in death feelings and attitudes may surface that you did not expect, these include-fear, anger, guilt, and depression. These feelings might overtake you and shroud your thinking ability. Adding more to the burden is losing a loved one in a foreign land. In this blog we provide you with a few helpful tips on what you need to do in case you lose a loved one in...

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How to Apply For University In Switzerland

How to Apply For University In Switzerland

The gruelling question on many students’ minds after they finish high school is “What’s next?” Sooner or later they have to confront this challenge and choose from an array of career choices including business, medicine, art, computer sciences, engineering or trades. Switzerland is one of a few European countries that provide a vast field of higher education, thanks to its institutes...

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Vital Information On Crime and Safety In Switzerland

Vital Information On Crime and Safety In Switzerland

Switzerland is considered one of the few safe countries in Europe, given its low crime rate; according to a recent survey the homicide rate was 0.7% lower than the average of 2.1%. Nevertheless many still admit that they have a haunting fear of crime and violence in the country. What precautions can you take to protect yourself? Who do you contact in case of emergency? Read on as we provide a few...

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