Articles: Explore Switzerland

Swiss Up! - A nation of renters not buyers

Swiss Up! - A nation of renters not buyers

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Less then half of people in Switzerland own their home. Most people are renters. There is no other European country with such a low rate of home owners. Why is this so? And why do most people...

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Basel Tattoo: Pipes, drums and the WOW factor

Basel Tattoo: Pipes, drums and the WOW factor

Mid Morning Mix

Erik Julliard, Basel Tattoo Founder & Producer, talks to Katt Cullen on the Mid Morning Mix about the show that brings the best military bands, choirs and dancers from across the globe; co...

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Swiss Up! Bertrand Piccard; a real Swiss hero

Swiss Up! Bertrand Piccard; a real Swiss hero

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Bertrand Piccard is a Swiss adventurer and pilot. He fights for a sustainable future and flies very particular aircrafts around the world. He also has something to do with Startrek's Captain Picard...

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Sion Sous les Etoiles; a unique festival experience

Sion Sous les Etoiles; a unique festival experience

Mid Morning Mix

Michael Drieburg, Founder of Sion Sous les Etoiles, spoke to us about the unique vibe of the festival and the 5 year evolution of a relative newcomer to the festival scene...

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Swiss Up! - The yodelling Swiss Amish

Swiss Up! - The yodelling Swiss Amish

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The Amish are a very particular religious community in the United States. They refuse the use modern technology and dress very traditionally. Interestingly a large minority of them have Swiss origi...

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Swiss Up! - Recycling your plastic

Swiss Up! - Recycling your plastic

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Switzerland has a reputation for being a clean country and many might even hold the believe that it is good at recycling. But this it actually not the case... So where do all your plastic wrappers ...

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Swiss Up! - The William Tell that never was

Swiss Up! - The William Tell that never was

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Without a doubt the most famous hero in Swiss history is William Tell. Learn all about the famed story and how much of it is grounded in history. (Spoiler alert; not much!) None the less, t...

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In Geneva in English; in July & August

In Geneva in English; in July & August

Mid Morning Mix

  Christopher Park joins us in the studio to talk some of the great Summer events from the Ville de Genève. All events mentioned can be found in the Arts and Culture in ...

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Swiss Up! - Swiss food (not cheese)

Swiss Up! - Swiss food (not cheese)

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Join us in this edition of Swiss Up! for a food tasting session. We are looking at three typical Swiss products and uncover their stories and secrets! Katt loved one of them and hated another one....

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Swiss Up! - Jura; Switzerland's youngest canton

Swiss Up! - Jura; Switzerland's youngest canton

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The canton of Jura is the youngest canton of the Swiss federation. It joined the nation in 1979... but where was it before? Why was there and independence movement in Jura and how come a bomb went ...

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Swiss Up! - Military service

Swiss Up! - Military service

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Swiss Up! - Europe's last witch

Swiss Up! - Europe's last witch

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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?

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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?

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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

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  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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