Zurich, a cozy Swiss town with global appeal

Spring, summer, fall, or winter — there is no single best season to visit the charming town of Zurich — the largest city often mistakenly referred to as the capital in Switzerland is located in the north-center of the country. In the last decade, Zurich has experienced a tourism (re)naissance, and the truth is there […]

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Switzerland’s Proposal to Pay People for Being Alive

This fall, a truck dumped eight million coins outside the Parliament building in Bern, one for every Swiss citizen. It was a publicity stunt for advocates of an audacious social policy that just might become reality in the tiny, rich country. Along with the coins, activists delivered 125,000 signatures — enough to trigger a Swiss […]

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Switzerland may re-impose immigration quotas

A plan to re-impose immigration quotas in Switzerland and give existing residents an advantage in the job market could pass in a plebiscite next February, an opinion poll showed on Thursday. Fifty-two percent of voters backed the “Stop Mass Immigration” proposal, while 40% are against it, pollsters Isopublic said, adding that the margin of error […]

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Travel and Adventure: Winter’s lure of the Matterhorn and beyon

Traveling by rail from Zurich to Zermatt deep in the Swiss Alps was worth every mountainous twist and turn as the tracks traversed up through snow-covered vineyards and forests, delivering me to within eyeshot of the Matterhorn, one of the world’s most legendary peaks. Like the young boy in his ski suit sitting across from […]

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Who Treats Their Workers Best?

Switzerland is first, Yemen last and Northern Europe the top region in a new evaluation of how nations foster their work forces. The Human Capital Report, released Tuesday by the World Economic Forum, measured 122 countries in four areas — education, health, employment and “enabling environment” — to establish the rankings. The fourth area encompasses […]

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Switzerland tops new global Human Capital Index

Switzerland topped the World Economic Forum’s first Human Capital Index, which was released on Tuesday, and China ranked the highest among the BRICS nations at 43rd. The Human Capital Index measured countries’ ability to develop and deploy healthy, educated and able workers through four distinct pillars, education; health and wellness; workforce and employment; and enabling […]

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