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Geneva minister revives cable car project - The Local

Geneva minister revives cable car project - The Local | interesting news and facts about switzerland | Scoop.it
Cable cars — just like those used to carry skiers up mountain slopes — have re-emerged as a public transportation option in Geneva, where authorities are st
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Swiss startups get help with US market breakthrough

Swiss startups get help with US market breakthrough | interesting news and facts about switzerland | Scoop.it
Switzerland’s entrepreneurs who want to go global have trouble finding local markets and support, so they’re increasingly seeking fertile ground in the United States.
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Images of a pioneering alpine photographer

Images of a pioneering alpine photographer | interesting news and facts about switzerland | Scoop.it
The Graubünden Museum of Art in Chur is devoting an exhibition to pioneering Swiss photographer Andrea Garbald (1877–1958), who worked his entire life in the southern alpine Bregaglia valley.
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Controversial artwork towers over Zurich

Controversial artwork towers over Zurich | interesting news and facts about switzerland | Scoop.it
Art installation “Hafenkran” (harbour crane) finally stands in position on the Limmatquai in Zurich on Thursday. The rusty crane, built in 1963 in the German port of Rostock, weighs 90 tonnes with a height of more than 30 metres.
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Criticism mounts over “dirty gold” imports

Criticism mounts over “dirty gold” imports | interesting news and facts about switzerland | Scoop.it
Refiners are still importing gold from questionable sources in Peru, a report published to coincide with the world’s largest watch fair, Baselworld, has found. But those in the watch industry say that sourcing clean gold is not always easy.
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Democratic? The canton where voting is compulsory

Democratic? The canton where voting is compulsory | interesting news and facts about switzerland | Scoop.it
Jutting out into Germany, Schaffhausen is Switzerland’s most northerly canton. It also has another claim to fame: it’s the only canton in Switzerland – and one of a small number of places in the world – where you will be fined for not voting.
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Winter, winter disappear…

Winter, winter disappear… | interesting news and facts about switzerland | Scoop.it
… come again another year! That’s the idea behind the Chalandamarz, a festival in the Romansh-speaking part of eastern Switzerland when children walk through the streets on March 1, singing, cracking whips and ringing cowbells.
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Researchers shed light on accident 88 years ago

Researchers shed light on accident 88 years ago | interesting news and facts about switzerland | Scoop.it
Four hikers who disappeared 88 years ago on the largest glacier in the Alps, had frozen to death after becoming disoriented, according to glacier simulations conducted by a mathematician from Germany and a glaciologist at the Federal Institute of...
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Pioneer nature park marks centenary

Pioneer nature park marks centenary | interesting news and facts about switzerland | Scoop.it
The creation of the first nature reserve in the Alps 100 years ago - the Swiss National Park - had an enormous impact both in Switzerland and abroad. But experts say that the park’s rigorous approach to conservation would not be possible today.
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Keeping the Olympic dream alive in Switzerland

Keeping the Olympic dream alive in Switzerland | interesting news and facts about switzerland | Scoop.it
Although a top winter sports nation, Switzerland has not hosted a Winter Olympics since 1948.
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Appenzell marks 500 years of Swissness

Appenzell marks 500 years of Swissness | interesting news and facts about switzerland | Scoop.it
“We won’t betray our secret”: three determined old men vaunt the merits of Appenzeller cheese in a popular series of advertisements, which exploit some of the values associated with their canton: tradition, love of homeland, and obstinacy.
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New exhibition pays tribute to rock band

New exhibition pays tribute to rock band | interesting news and facts about switzerland | Scoop.it
A permanent exhibition has been opened in Montreux, honouring the works of the legendary rock band Queen. It covers the band’s sessions in the Mountain Studios, where they created most of the tracks for six of their most popular albums.
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Rosa's Yummy Yums: A PHOTOGRAPHIC ESSAY - BERN'S HIDDEN TREASURES

Rosa's Yummy Yums: A PHOTOGRAPHIC ESSAY - BERN'S HIDDEN TREASURES | interesting news and facts about switzerland | Scoop.it
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Ticino restaurant tells diners: eat up or pay up - The Local

Ticino restaurant tells diners: eat up or pay up - The Local | interesting news and facts about switzerland | Scoop.it
A restaurateur in Losone in the canton of Ticino has come up with a novel way of reducing the amount of food thrown away.
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Palestinians join Geneva Conventions

Palestinians join Geneva Conventions | interesting news and facts about switzerland | Scoop.it
Palestine’s application to join the Geneva Conventions has been accepted and the other member countries have been informed, a spokesman for the Swiss foreign ministry confirmed on Friday. The request was formally registered on Thursday.
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Swiss town seeks outgoing hermit

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The community of Solothurn has placed a job advertisement for a local hermit to continue a 600-year-old tradition. But this time, they are looking for someone who’s social enough to get along with curious tourists and locals.
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The art of extraordinary origami

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Swiss artist Sipho Mabona has turned a big pile of paper into a life-size elephant. Creating the animal was a technical challenge for the origami expert.
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A PHOTOGRAPHIC ESSAY - SIMMENFÄLLE, BERNER OBERLAND (FALL 2012)

A PHOTOGRAPHIC ESSAY - SIMMENFÄLLE, BERNER OBERLAND (FALL 2012) | interesting news and facts about switzerland | Scoop.it
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Quantitative Scenarios of Climate Change Impacts in Switzerland

Quantitative Scenarios of Climate Change Impacts in Switzerland | interesting news and facts about switzerland | Scoop.it
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Giving dead commuter towns the kiss of life

Giving dead commuter towns the kiss of life | interesting news and facts about switzerland | Scoop.it
Once seen as vibrant and tight-knit, today many old farming communities-turned-commuter villages in Switzerland are struggling to keep their social fabric together. But change can often come down to one person.
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Image of Swiss punctuality ‘in danger’

Image of Swiss punctuality ‘in danger’ | interesting news and facts about switzerland | Scoop.it
The iconic Swiss Federal Railways clock stands for precision, punctuality and reliability – a symbol not only of Swiss trains but also of the country. However, the red second hand is increasingly disappearing from station clocks around the country.
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Folk called on to fine-tune national anthem

Folk called on to fine-tune national anthem | interesting news and facts about switzerland | Scoop.it
Switzerland has been warming up to the idea of a new national anthem for decades. But replacing – or updating – a piece of Swiss history isn’t easy. The organisers of the latest contest hope to find a song that all Swiss will be proud to sing.
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The Swiss running a hotel in a conflict zone

The Swiss running a hotel in a conflict zone | interesting news and facts about switzerland | Scoop.it
Erika Maier has upped sticks in Switzerland to run a hotel in Mali. Despite the outbreak of civil war and lack of tourists, she refuses to leave the country. Ironically, the conflict has now brought her guests in abundance.
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Glaciers uncover 'lost' objects

Glaciers uncover 'lost' objects | interesting news and facts about switzerland | Scoop.it
An ancient ski pole, a shard of glass bearing the Star of David, the remains of a chamois. As he crosses Switzerland’s glaciers, Damian Poffet has encountered many objects. His photographs demonstrate the evanescence of man and nature.
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The Swiss expats who are mad for Manchester

The Swiss expats who are mad for Manchester | interesting news and facts about switzerland | Scoop.it
There is a corner of Manchester that is forever Switzerland, thanks to members of the city’s Swiss Club – some of whom have been here more than half a century. Their stories recall a Britain – and Switzerland – of a bygone era.
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