How a poor country became rich – swissinfo

Switzerland was once a poor country. Only at the end of the 19th century things did begin to change after an economic boom. Then it took just 130 years for the Swiss population to grow from three to eight million.
(SF/swissinfo.ch)
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Watery tourism – swissinfo

Branding 2012 as the “Year of Water”, Switzerland Tourism is promoting the H2O theme in all its forms. It’s part of efforts to find new ways of helping the industry overcome the effects of the strong franc. (SF/swissinfo.ch)
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Brain power robot – swissinfo

Researchers at the Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne have accomplished the task of piloting a wheelchair using brainpower alone. This brain machine was developed by the Institute’s Neuroprosthetic Centre, and promises to vastly improve the lives of disabled people. (SF/swissinfo.ch)
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Skin cancer on the rise – swissinfo

Switzerland has the highest rate of skin cancer in Europe, with some 2,000 cases being diagnosed every year. Men seem to be particularly vulnerable. Over the past two decades, detection rates have sharply increased and melanoma is now the fourth most prevalent cancer in Switzerland. (SF/swissinfo.ch)
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Business oasis – swissinfo

Switzerland is expensive. The franc is too strong for the industrial sector to be competitive. Some Swiss companies have had to move their production abroad because of this. But there are also many foreign firms which relocate to Switzerland, mainly because of tax cuts but also because they want a good business environment and the “Swiss made” label. (SF-ECO-swissinfo.ch)
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New energy concept – swissinfo

After its landmark decision to gradually reduce and abandon reliance on nuclear power, the Swiss government has set specific targets for the reduction of energy and electricity consumption by 2050. However, in order to reach these ambitious goals, people will also have to make their own contributions and rethink the way they consume energy. (SF/swissinfo.ch)
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Mad tinker – swissinfo

For the past three years Stefan Heuss has been presenting his machines on the Swiss satirical television programme “Giacobbo/Müller”. His inventions don’t really serve any useful purpose, yet they make people laugh. (SF/swissinfo.ch)
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