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Swiss Up! - Military service

Swiss Up! - Military service

Swiss Up!

Switzerland still has general conscription. In principle all young men have to do military service. How long does it take, what are the alternatives and are dual citizens also drafted?  ...

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Swiss Up! - Drug policy

Swiss Up! - Drug policy

Swiss Up!

For a while in the early 90s Switzerland was looked up to by other countries for is progressive drug policy. What was it all about, what's left of it and what will happen if you get caught with...

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Swiss Up! - Yodeling

Swiss Up! - Yodeling

Swiss Up!

One of the big Swiss folksy traditions is the Yodel. A very particular style of singing that you might be a little familiar with. But what's the historical background of yodelling and were will...

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Swiss Up! - The Swiss neutrality

Swiss Up! - The Swiss neutrality

Swiss Up!

Switzerland is neutral. That is quite well known. But why is that so? What does it really mean? What historical events influenced it's neutrality, what are the pros and cons of it and what a...

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Swiss Up! - Sects and Cults

Swiss Up! - Sects and Cults

Swiss Up!

Today Dario takes a look at the sects and cults in Switzerland. There are thought to be around 1000 different cults in the country, around 200 of which are thought to be problematic in some way. ...

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Swiss Up! - How to become Swiss

Swiss Up! - How to become Swiss

Swiss Up!

How does one become Swiss? What agony and pain does one have to go through and what can you expect at the ceremony of naturalisation?  Figure it all out in today's edition of Swiss Up!

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Swiss Up! - Gay rights in Switzerland

Swiss Up! - Gay rights in Switzerland

Swiss Up!

Currently ranking at number 22 out of 49 European countries, you'd think that Switzerland is fairly forward in terms of gay rights, but there's still a long way to go for equality. Did y...

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Swiss Up! - Hidden giants of the Swiss economy

Swiss Up! - Hidden giants of the Swiss economy

Swiss Up!

Every one knows Nestle and Swatch, but there are many Swiss companies that nobody knows and that are huge players in their niche. One of them is involved every time you get a Latte at a Starbuck...

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Swiss Up! - The women's strike of 1991 - The biggest strike in Swiss history

Swiss Up! - The women's strike of 1991 - The biggest strike in Swiss history

Swiss Up!

In 1991 Swiss women went on strike to force the implementation of the constitutional article on gender equality. It was the biggest strike in Swiss history with hundreds of thousands of participant...

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Amy Foundation fundraising

Amy Foundation fundraising

Mid Morning Mix

The Amy Foundation is a South African Non-Profit organisation running daily programmes to educate, develop and empower over 2000 children and youth living in disadvantages communities. Th...

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Swiss Up! - Europe's last witch

Swiss Up! - Europe's last witch

Swiss Up!

On this day in 1782 Europe's last witch was executed in the canton of Glarus in Switzerland. But why? What did she do and what were the consequences? Figure it all out in today's Edition of Swiss ...

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Swiss Up! - Where's your nearest bunker?

Swiss Up! - Where's your nearest bunker?

Swiss Up!

Switzerland is obsessed with bunker building for it's citizens. It all started in the 60s during the cold war but to this day many new buildings come with bunkers in the cellar. There was even ...

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Swiss Up! - How does the Swiss democratic process work?

Swiss Up! - How does the Swiss democratic process work?

Swiss Up!

You probably know that the Swiss are called to vote on many different issues several times a year. But how exactly does it work? Who decides what get's voted on and what are the shortcomings of...

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Swiss Up! - Enclaves and exclaves

Swiss Up! - Enclaves and exclaves

Swiss Up!

  Did you know that there is a German and an Italian village both of which are completely surrounded by Swiss territory? These Swiss enclaves have existed for hundreds of years. Figure out ...

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Cycle alongside Andy Schlek in Crans Montana for UNICEF this Saturday

Cycle alongside Andy Schlek in Crans Montana for UNICEF this Saturday

Mid Morning Mix

Amongst other celebrities and corporate teams who support this event, 2010 Tour de France winner Andy Schlek will be cycling for UNICEF this Saturday 9th June and you can cycle alongside him there,...

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Swiss Up! - Landlocked and still sailing

Swiss Up! - Landlocked and still sailing

Swiss Up!

Switzerland is famously landlocked... and yet a lot of people are sailing and the biggest regatta in the world on a lake is also held here, in Geneva. Figure it all out in today's edition of Swiss...

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Swiss Up! - Albert Einstein and his Swiss passport

Swiss Up! - Albert Einstein and his Swiss passport

Swiss Up!

Albert Einstein was German... and Swiss... and also American. The situation of his nationality was a bit complicated. What is for certain however, is that he got his higher education in Switzerland...

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Swiss Up! - Ferdinand Hodler

Swiss Up! - Ferdinand Hodler

Swiss Up!

Image: Ferdinand Hodler. Self-portrait. Public Domain.

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Swiss Up! - Swiss emigration

Swiss Up! - Swiss emigration

Swiss Up!

Switzerland has not always been a country where people emigrated to. In past centuries hundreds of thousands of Swiss people left the country to try their luck elsewhere. Why did they go? Where did...

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Swiss Up! - Mr Tobler used torrone to make Toblerone

Swiss Up! - Mr Tobler used torrone to make Toblerone

The Breakfast Show

Learn all about Switzerland's most iconic chocolate; the two origin stories of it's shape and what it has to do with a Swiss military defence line!    

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Susi Schildknecht explains the slowUp ethos

Susi Schildknecht explains the slowUp ethos

Mid Morning Mix

slowUp allows you to get around, on tarmac, without the traffic. It's a unique way to see the country, with events happening across Spring, Summer & Autumn in 20 different locations across ...

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Swiss Up! - Glaciers are retreating

Swiss Up! - Glaciers are retreating

Swiss Up!

Swiss Glaciers are the countries water reserves. They are not only important for tourism but also for agriculture and water in the tap for many. So what is done to prevent them form disappearing? A...

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Swiss Up! - The Swiss Merchant Navy

Swiss Up! - The Swiss Merchant Navy

Swiss Up!

Dario talks about the Swiss Merchant Navy; how many boats, why Switzerland needs a fleet and what are the pros and cons of shipping companies flying the Swiss flag.

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Hester Digs Chelsea - Things to take home (4/4)

Hester Digs Chelsea - Things to take home (4/4)

Dig It!

 What were the big themes or take-homes from this year's Chelsea Flower Showthat you can try in your garden right now? Screens and water for the hardscaping and yellow in any form at ...

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