Top 5 Places to Get Swiss News and Views in English

For students who want to maximise their English practice or teachers looking for interestings topics for their lessons there is nothing better than a well put together Swiss news website. These are my favourite Swiss news sites in English.

  1. https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng

This is my favourite by far. The articles, translated into 10 different languages, are well written and cover a variety of interesting topics from Switzerland and abroad. This is my go-to website when I want to find information on up-coming referendums or national events. It is also a good starting point for a discussion into differences between life in Switzerland and other countries. The Switzerland: How to page describes the Swiss school system, the political system and everything you need to know about living in Switzerland. Here is a, rather tongue in cheek, article about how to behave on Swiss trains.

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/swiss-train-etiquette/44854438

2. https://www.thelocal.ch/

This is a website purely in English. Most articles are members-only and you can buy a subscription for about 50.- CHF for one year. The articles seem to be less detailed than on Swissinfo and there is less of an international focus to the news but there are some interesting topics.

3. https://www.englishforum.ch

The English forum is not really a news site but it’s interesting to visit the discussion pages to have an expat’s-eye view on the country. You might find someone to practice your English with if you are a student. Maybe you could give a Switzerland newbie some advice.

https://www.englishforum.ch/transportation-driving/304141-getting-rid-totaled-worthless-car-switzerland.html

4. https://www.ch.ch/en/

ch.ch is the official Swiss government news and information website, in other words “The Swiss Authorities Online”. Really useful if you want to find out about Swiss laws and regulations in a concise and clear way. Here you can find out about how much driving over the speed limit will cost you.

https://www.ch.ch/en/driving-over-speed-limit/

5. https://www.ronorp.net/zurich_en

The platform Ronorp gives people and businesses in Switzerland the chance to write about what matters to them. Kind of like a collective blog. The English page (unfortunately only available for Zurich) is well worth a read to find out what’s going on in the area. I would definately check out Ron’s Tips. This one has a link to walking tours of Zurich in English. Maybe we could use them on our English Walk on Saturday.

https://www.ronorp.net/zurich_en/ron-s-tips/guides.1351/good-to-know.1365/sex-drugs-and-rock-stroll.2180098

Anyway, I hope you’ve found this information useful. Please comment with suggestions of your own.

See you soon

Sally

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