Working for free – swissinfo

With the time they spend working for their family and their community, volunteers contribute a big share of Swiss GDP: over 7 per cent, say the statistics. More than the banking sector, which is 6.7 per cent. But volunteers pick and choose what and who they want to help. (TSR/swissinfo.ch)
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Cocaine habit – swissinfo

Cocaine is no longer a high-society drug. As a result of falling prices and increased availability, even young teenagers are buying it in Zurich, according to Swiss television. At the recent Street Parade, a mobile laboratory was set up to test the quality of the cocaine on sale on the streets. Tests showed that purity had sunk to an all-time low. (SF/swissinfo.ch)
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Border shopping – swissinfo

For many Swiss shops close to the borders with EU countries these are hard times. Thanks to the low Euro exchange rate their clients are crossing the border to Italy, France and Germany to buy just about anything, from food, shoes and even homes. (SF/TSR/TSI/swissinfo.ch)
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Swiss shopping in Germany – swissinfo

The strong franc has created a new kind of tourist: the Swiss euro bargain hunter. More and more people journey across the border to buy everyday goods at considerably lower prices. (SF/swissinfo.ch)
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Japanese dreams – swissinfo

Even in rich Switzerland there are still idealists who believe in peace and happiness not based on materialistic values. For example the members of the Yamagishi international movement, which originated in Japan in 1956 and has communities in many countries. (SF Eco – swissinfo.ch)
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Fabia’s life – swissinfo

Fifteen, mentally disabled – and happy- as part of the editorial photography course at Lucerne’s MAZ School of Journalism, Samuel Trümpy, in cooperation with swissinfo.ch, accompanied Fabia and her mother to give us an impression of their life together.
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Baby concerts – swissinfo

The audience of classic concerts is ageing faster than the general population. If the trend continues, many musicians will soon be left without jobs. The industry is looking into new ways of performing classics to appeal to a younger audience. (SF/swissinfo.ch)
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