31/12/2015 By Le News Le Matin. On new year’s eve the Swiss stick to their habits noted the German-language newspaper Blick while doing the rounds of Swiss department stores. However the choice of meats is not universal across all of Switzerland. A third of French-speaking Swiss eat fish while another third eat turkey or duck. Swiss german speakers on the other hand prefer pork according to a press release by the Swiss supermarket Coop. Only 10% of German-speakers eat fish and 5% turkey. Source: Wikipedia One thing seems to prevail regardless of the language spoken. The meats bought usually find their way into a boiling broth, a ritual known as chinese fondu. Like cheese fondu the table shares a pot, but instead of forks armed with bread or potato, diners are equipped with small wire baskets which are loaded up with meat and vegetables and then submerged into the hot soup to cook. The Swiss have developed their own variant of this … [Read more...] about What do Swiss eat on new year’s eve? Language matters.
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The verdict is in: here are the top Swiss words of the year from the German, French and Italian-speaking parts of the country. Read on to find out more. In a year which saw a football World Cup, the top word in the Swiss-German speaking part of the country was "Doppeladler" (double eagle gesture), while its Italian equivalent ("gesto dell'aquila") was nominated the top word in the Italian-speaking part of the country. The unusual term has its origins in a World Cup match between Switzerland and Serbia in June which saw the Swiss team snatch a last-gasp victory. During the match, Swiss players Xherdan Shaqiri and Granit Xhaka, both of whom have a Kosovo Albanian background, controversially celebrated their goals by making a hand gesture representing the “double eagle” of the Albanian flag. The use of the gesture was read by many as a provocative act given Kosovo was a former province of their opponents Serbia. The “double eagle” gesture also sparked a … [Read more...] about Here are the top Swiss words of the year for 2018
A train taking tourists to the bottom of the Eiger in the Bernese Alps. Photo: OLIVIER MORIN / AFP Interlaken Tourism has taken steps to raise awareness about the benefits of visitors to the city. Interlaken, in the Bernese Alps, is one of Switzerland’s most visited cities. It offers tourists a range of activities from skiing and hiking to paragliding and rock climbing, and is the gateway to famous mountains such as the Eiger and Jungfraujoch. But according to Daniel Sulzer, the director of Interlaken Tourism, there is “latent resentment” among the local population because of the number of tourists. There are currently 137 overnight stays per year and, according to Sulzer, the situation is not yet precarious – the critical limit would be 200. However, Interlaken Tourism wanted to react before that point is reached. That’s why they commissioned a study carried out by the University of Bern on tourism in the region. The results largely give a … [Read more...] about Swiss city gears up to combat ‘latent resentment’ towards tourists
Dirty money Tim Leissner is in talks to cooperate with US authorities in the probe of a multibillion-dollar fraud at a state fund. A Swiss connection has also emerged. Published on July 11, 2018 2:59 pm A report that former Goldman Sachs partner Tim Leissner, a German national, is willing to cooperate with US investigators in exchange for a lesser charge has increased scrutiny on the New York investment bank and its alleged role in a huge Malaysian financial scandal. Investigations into the misappropriation of up to $4.5 billion (€3.8 billion) from the state-run fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad, or 1MDB, have been stepped up since May’s surprise election victory of ex-prime minister Mahathir Mohamad over Najib Razak, his successor. Mr. Najib was arrested last week and charged with breach of trust. He pleaded not guilty and denied any wrongdoing. A Swiss connection involving Mr. Leissner has also come to light. The former Goldman executive for Southeast Asia has … [Read more...] about German ex-Goldman partner reportedly in plea deal over Malaysian scandal
While there is a splash of ethnic diversity on virtually every team playing in soccer's 2018 Russia World Cup, many cite the Swiss national team for setting the standard for being multicultural. Foreigners Not WantedMalamud noted that Peter Odemwingie -- the son of Nigerian immigrants who was born and raised in Russia -- refused to play for Russia several years ago, opting instead to play for Nigeria. "They live in the margins, not truly accepted and mostly tolerated at best," Malamud said. "Their socioeconomic situation isn't conducive to having their children participate in organized sports, and most of them would not be able to get Russian citizenship." And he suggested that racism also plays a role in the absence of minorities on Russia's team. He said there's a common perception in Russia: "Europe is dying under the hordes of invading barbarians." "It's basically a part of the country's official ideology," he said. For example, Zenit Saint Petersburg, one of the country's top … [Read more...] about Russia’s World Cup Team Bucks Multiethnicity Seen On Swiss, Other Teams