Burning winter away in Geneva

GENEVA, Switzerland – Every year, after a long and parma-gray winter, Genevans gather up to wish winter away and celebrate the arrival of spring. The celebration, known as Bonhomme Hiver, takes place across the canton and is usually organized by neighborhood associations. 

On Syria travel ban, Swiss remind US of the Geneva Conventions

GENEVA — US President Donald Trump’s executive order to ban travelers from seven Muslim-majority nations from entering the country, has sparked a global backlash including from neutral Switzerland which stated that such ban is “contrary” to the Geneva Conventions.

The Flottins, an alternative magical town comes to an end in Evian, Lake Geneva

. EVIAN (Lake Geneva) – There are only a few days left until the end of one of the most magical displays in the Lake Geneva region, the Flottines. For the past ten years, this giant outdoor exhibit has come to life thanks to the Theatre de la Toupine artists in Evian, neighboring France. The “fabulous village” for kids and grownups…

Celebrating Swiss National Day on 1 August in Geneva

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POST UPDATED FOR SWISS NATIONAL DAY 2016 GENEVA, Switzerland – The Swiss celebrate this 1 August, 724 years of togetherness after a day in early August 1291, when three cantons, Uri, Schwyz and Unterwald (today Nidwalden and Obwalden), signed a Letter of Alliance to protect each other. The 1291 agreement paved the road for what would…

Good Friday, Easter around Lake Geneva: markets and processions

GENEVA, Switzerland – Good Friday, an official holiday in 24 out of 26 cantons in Switzerland (strangely not in two of the most Catholic, Valais and Ticino) is commemorated with markets, processions and Via Crucis. Then, on Monday, in addition to religious services a few good Easter egg hunts. Check it out. 

Get Ready to Rumble! Emergency Sirens Test Across Switzerland Today

GENEVA, Switzerland – Get ready to rumble! The annual Swiss emergency alert system testing takes place today (the first Wednesday of February) from 13:30 to 14:30. With almost 8,000 high power sirens going off at once for two hours —116 sirens alone in canton Geneva— this is a sound you won’t soon forget.

Who is what in Swiss Government 2016

BERN – Switzerland’s will “to guarantee employment and prosperity” is the theme portrayed by the Swiss Federal Council in its 2016 official photo taken inside a Swiss factory featuring five factory workers.