Swiss Info

Wed, 22 May 2019 04:00:00 GMT
Sperm quality of Swiss youth in ‘critical’ condition
The first ever nationwide testing of young Swiss men has found that over 60% have below average sperm count, mobility or morphology.  Researchers from the University of Geneva tested over 2,500 army recruits aged between 18 and 22. With a median o...

Tue, 21 May 2019 16:51:00 GMT
City of Geneva first to sign maritime human rights declaration
Geneva has become the first city to officially sign the Geneva Declaration on Human Rights at Sea that aims to raise awareness on the violation of human rights in international waters. Mayor of Geneva Sami Kanaan signed the document on Tuesday as ge...

Tue, 21 May 2019 14:30:00 GMT
New powers did not amount to more surveillance in 2018
The use of special surveillance measures by Swiss prosecutors and the secret service did not increase last year, despite the introduction of new powers that allow the authorities to bug mobile phones and hack computers. Electronic and telecoms surve...

Tue, 21 May 2019 12:49:00 GMT
UBS to implement zero interest rate on savings accounts
As of June 1, Switzerland's largest bank will stop paying interest on adult savings accounts. Funds deposited in UBS savings accounts currently earn a rate of 0.01%, just like at Credit Suisse, the other major Swiss bank. Almost all other Swiss bank...

Tue, 21 May 2019 11:50:00 GMT
OECD lowers Swiss growth forecasts for 2019-2020 
The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has revised its growth forecasts for Switzerland downwards for the next two years due to a global economic slowdown.   After a strong 2018 (+2.5%), gross domestic product (GDP)...