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Tears of outgoing Bundesrat minister Merz

September 20, 2010, 11 Comments

With only two days to go before his successor is elected by the Swiss parliament, outgoing Finance Minister Hans-Rudolf Merz was today...

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Dead famous in Switzerland

September 15, 2010, 41 Comments

When it comes to Switzerland, foreign celebrities are like elephants – they come here to die. 

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Three easy walks in the Oberland

September 12, 2010, 4 Comments

It’s perfect autumn weather for walking, and the Swiss love walking. A lot. Most Swiss take their walking very seriously

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Rot, Blau, Grün Rivella

10 trivial facts about Switzerland

September 2, 2010, 14 Comments

Last month was trivia month but which was the most popular post? Cuckoo clocks or the Birdie Song? Nestlé or Rivella?

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An introduction to Swinglish

July 16, 2010, 12 Comments

In my beginner’s guide to Swissness, I suggested that learning Swinglish was one way to become more Swiss, so here’s a guide to...

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Kiss me, I’m Swiss

July 6, 2010, 8 Comments

The Swiss are great kissers. I can make that statement purely from having experienced the quantity rather than the quality, because they...

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Summer in the city means swimming in Bern

June 30, 2010, 6 Comments

It’s something Londoners, Parisians and Romans can only dream of: finishing work on a hot summer day and jumping in the river.

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A beginner’s guide to Swissness

June 4, 2010, 36 Comments

It’s the opening round of Family Fortunes (or 5Gegen5 if you’re reading this in Switzerland). The host says, “We asked 100 people to...

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Was Heidi’s father German?

April 8, 2010, 8 Comments

For millions of people around the world, she is the personificaton of Switzerland but it seems that the original Swiss miss may not...

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What the Swiss get up to when they go to Wankdorf.

March 31, 2010, 6 Comments

It’s my favourite place-name in the whole of Bern. Wankdorf. What a great name for English speakers to laugh about; it’s almost too...

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