Take a hike, but keep your clothes on

The Federal Court in Switzerland has ruled that local authorities can impose fines on people hiking nude in the Alps, throwing out an appeal by a man who was fined after hiking naked past a family picnic area.

Swiss vote against tighter gun controls

Voters in that most democratic of countries, Switzerland, have voted against proposed tighter controls on gun ownership, voters deciding during the referendum to retain the current system, which allows army-issued weapons to be kept at home.

Swiss vote to deport convicted immigrants

The Swiss have voted in favour of a referendum proposal for the automatic expulsion of non-Swiss citizens for certain crimes, with 53% agreeing that those convicted of crimes ranging from benefit fraud to murder should be deported.

Democracy at work

The Swiss are nothing if not democratic, the people actually having a say in what should happen within their country. How radical.

Mystery tour

“I’d like a ticket to…” “Here you are sir” “But I haven’t told you where I’m going!” “Not necessary, sir, we’ll leave that up to the French. Have a nice journey. Next!”

Democracy still rules in Switzerland

Ignoring the advice of their Government, the Swiss people have voted in favour of a ban on the building of minarets in the country in a referendum held on Sunday. Around 57% of voters said ‘no’ to minarets, many fearing that allowing minarets would represent the growth of an ideology and a legal system, Sharia law, which are incompatible with …

Speedy record

A new record in Switzerland as an Italian driver clocked up 15 motoring offences within 11 minutes. Normal in Italy, but a record for Switzerland.


Fast food giants McDonalds are the latest major US company to move their European headquarters from the UK to Switzerland. Others now based in Switzerland include Kraft, Procter & Gamble, Colgate Palmolive, Yahoo and Google. McDonalds will still run the UK section of their business from London, but European operations will be run from Zurich.