Switzerland. In a referendum in March, 71% of voters
voted to retain the license fee for public service, that is,
radio and TV. According to
Countryaah.com, the Swiss equivalent of the Radio Service is
called Billag, and the opponents have argued that the
licensing fee system is outdated and that it impedes the
competitiveness of other media companies. In another
referendum, this June, just over 70% of Swiss voted to block
foreign gaming sites on the Internet. As of 2019, only
gaming companies and casinos registered in Switzerland will
be allowed, and this applies not only to the Internet but
also purely physically.
Ten people, seven skiers, two climbers and one guide,
were killed in May when the Swiss Alps suffered severe
weather conditions. Five of them were part of a group of 14
people who failed to reach a mountain cabin in the Pigne
d'Arolla area in southern Switzerland west of the Matterhorn
mountain peak and were therefore forced to spend the night
In August, all 20 people died on board an old propeller
aircraft when it crashed in the Swiss Alps. The plane, a
Juncker Ju-52 ("Aunt Ju"), was from 1939 and was flown by a
company that makes panoramic flights for, for example,
In Lausanne, in August, a Muslim couple were denied Swiss
citizenship because they did not want to shake hands with
the opposite sex. The mayor of the city motivated the
decision with a lack of respect for equality.
Apple Watch now sells more watches than the entire Swiss
watch industry together, and then it's about brands like
Omega, Rolex, Tissot and Swatch. This is what the analysis
company Canalys claims, which looked at figures relating to
sales during the last quarter of last year.
In November 2009, Switzerland conducted a referendum on
banning minarets. The vote had been proposed by the
right-wing Swiss People's Party SVP, while the government
advised that such a ban be implemented as it would harm the
country's relationship with the Muslim world. Still, 57% of
Swiss voted for a ban, and 22 out of 26 cantons voted in
favor. The country was home to 400,000 Muslims, and after
Christianity, Islam is the country's second largest
religion, albeit quite hidden. There are only 4 mosques in
the country. The night before the vote, the mosque in Geneva
was vandalized. Amnesty International declared that the ban
was a violation of religious freedom and would probably
either be overturned by the country's Supreme Court or by
the European Court of Human Rights.
In September 2010, the fourth woman is elected to the
country's seven-person Federation Council, and before that,
the council has a majority of women.
In a new referendum in November 2010, there will be a
majority to automatically expel foreigners who have
committed "serious crime".
In January 2011, a former Swiss bank employee is known to
have violated the country's strict banking secrecy laws. He
has provided WikiLeaks with a list of wealthy foreigners who
have been taxed and saved their fortunes in Switzerland.
In light of the disaster at Japan's Fukushima nuclear
power plant, Switzerland became the first European country
in May 2011 to decide to phase out nuclear power. No new
works were to be built and worn-out reactors would not be
replaced. The last reactor is expected to be commissioned in
At the October 2011 parliamentary elections, the
right-wing SVP goes 2.3% to 26.6%, but remains the country's
largest. The Liberal FDP and Christian Democratic CVP are
also each declining just over 2%. In contrast, the Green
Liberal Party GLP is up 4% to 5.4%.