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  • Swiss train rides: punctual and beautiful
    Trains, train, trains: Diccon Bewes packs his bag and heads off for a day out on Swiss public transport. Along the way he manages to hop on board almost every type of moving vehicle that Switzerland has to offer. It turns out it's not the beautiful views that take his breath away, but the intricate train timetables he finds on the platforms. Diccon explains why he loves them, and what happens to them in December. (Diccon Bewes for swissinfo.ch)
  • A revolutionary train journey across wartime Europe
    A historic journey by train, 100 years ago: in 1917, Lenin famously travelled in a ‘sealed railway carriage’ from Zurich to Petrograd (now St Petersburg) in Russia. A century on, relive the route the revolutionary took, in pictures. Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, pseudonym Lenin, and his wife, Nadeshda Krupskaja, arrived in Bern in 1914, claiming political exile. Lenin had previously lived in Geneva. The couple stayed in Bern until February 1916, when they moved to Spiegelgasse 14 in Zurich’s old town, remaining there for just over a year.  The reasons behind the move were political: Lenin was dreaming of an armed uprising and was trying to gather supporters who could spread his message and help him build an international Marxist movement. The Zurich Social Democrats were more radical than their Bernese counterparts. He spent his time in the Swiss city attending Social Democratic Party meetings, trying to recruit followers and finishing his work, “Imperialism: the highest stage of ...
  • Court rules night-time church bells can continue in Swiss town
    The Swiss Federal Court in Lausanne has ruled in favour of a church near Zurich that wants to continue ringing its bells throughout the night. The verdict overturns previous local rulings in favour of the complainants, a couple from the town. In a case that could set a precedent for other church-bell practices around Switzerland, the Federal Court decided against the recommendations of the local court in Wädenswil, which had upheld the complaint of two disrupted town-centre residents. The couple backed their case with a scientific study carried out by the federal institute of technology ETH Zurich, which carried out a test to show that noise of the bells reached 48 decibels when the windows were slightly ajar. Levels of 40-45 decibels can be disruptive, the study said. + Read the background to the Wädenswil case + Church bells in Switzerland: joyful or disturbing? The tradition of the Protestant church in Wädenswil is to ring the church bells every 15 minutes, through the ...
  • Tech and tennis the most popular Swiss Google searches of 2017
    An insight into the nation’s mind: Google Switzerland has released its “hit-list” of the most-searched terms in 2017, with the results suggesting that technology and tennis are the top priorities. Perhaps people were blinded by the very machine they were using to make the search in the first place, but the top three most queried terms in Switzerland this year were themselves tech-focused: “iPhone 8” came first and “iPhone X” third. The Apple devices, both released in 2017, sandwiched a more traditional concern: “Wimbledon” was the second-most searched term, reflecting an evergreen interest in the exploits of Roger Federer, who won the grand slam tennis tournament this year for a record eighth time. Unsurprisingly, Federer also tops the list of most-searched personalities in the country, where he is joined by his colleague Stan Wawrinka (third) and his wife Mirka (fourth). Breaking into this otherwise sporting podium in second place is Geneva-born Islamic scholar Tariq ...
  • The Waggis' moment of fame
    Why is Batman angry at a character from the Basel carnival?
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Swiss Benevolent Society
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Pier 17, Suite 600
San Francisco, CA 94111
United States of America

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The United Swiss Societies of Northern California (USSNC), founded in 1912, merged with the Swiss House Association of California, which had incorporated on July 21, 1930, the merger created the new name, United Swiss House of Northern California, Inc., which on February 11, 1983 incorporated to its current name. United Swiss Societies of Northern California, Inc., organized as a California Non-Profit Public Benefit Corporation, 501(c)(4), tax ID 23-7126939