Central Europe

Central Europe hit by floods after days of rain

A fire truck drives through a flooded area near Saara, central Germany, on Sunday. Photo: AP

Authorities in parts of central Europe issued disaster warnings and scrambled to reinforce flood defences on Sunday as rivers swelled by days of heavy rain threatened to burst their banks.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Study finds Europe, Asia shared common language 15,000 years ago

Languages spoken by billions of people across Europe and Asia are descended from an ancient tongue uttered in southern Europe at the end of the last ice age, according to research. The claim, by scientists in Britain, points to a common origin for vocabularies as varied as English and Urdu, Japanese and Itelmen, a language spoken along the northeastern edge of Russia.

8 May 2013 - 4:04am

PLA peace offensive moves east after India success

The Chinese military's peace offensive this week continues now in several countries throughout Southeast Asia.

7 Sep 2012 - 8:26am

Nerves fray and cracks appear in Polish generosity

Gifting the Greeks a bailout in the opening game induced a new gait in the Polska faithful as they exited the National Stadium and made their way over the Poniatowski Bridge to the Fan Zone - the Warsaw Wobble.

10 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Let the good times roll

For a nation with a reputation for running their country as efficiently as they build their clocks, Switzerland's property market isn't exactly running to schedule. Far from following an orderly pattern, prices countrywide have risen relatively slowly since 1995.

7 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Alpine nation holds the aces

Asked to name an archetypal Swiss, most people would pick tennis champion Roger Federer, even though his mother was born in South Africa. Besides being at the top of his game, quadrilingual Federer puts as much effort into his charity work as he does on court, and is rich even by the standards of his homeland.

10 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Chinese lured by great views, low taxes in Switzerland

A growing number of Chinese buyers are being lured to the Swiss property market, not only due to the country's beautiful scenery, but also because of its good-quality education, strong currency appreciation, and low tax rates.

25 May 2011 - 12:00am

Switzerland by numbers

Important dates in the history of landlocked European country

1291 Representatives of the three founding cantons of the nation - Uri, Schwyz, and Unterwalden - gather on the Ruuti meadow, overlooking Lake Lucerne, and swear allegiance.

1648 The Peace of Westphalia gives legal recognition to Switzerland's neutrality and independence.

22 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Commercial hub prizes Asian ties

Being an entirely landlocked nation and surrounded by many of the largest countries and economies in Europe has never held the Swiss back from excelling in world trade.

1 Aug 2007 - 12:00am






7.5 million


German (official) 63.7%

French (official) 20.4%

Italian (official) 6.5%

Romansch 0.5%

Others 8.9%


Christian 79.3%

Muslim 4.3%

Other 1%

1 Aug 2006 - 12:00am


1 Which is the largest city in Switzerland? 2 How many times has Swiss tennis player Roger Federer won Wimbledon? 3 Where is the Swiss Guard stationed? 4 In what field did Carl Gustav Jung gain global recognition and acclaim? 5 'In Italy, for 30 years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder, bloodshed - they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance.

1 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Swiss Lad can cruise in the feature event

The Duke provided an early-season advertisement for international sale graduates with his grand win in the Chief Executive's Cup on Sunday and another IS purchase, Swiss Lad, can do likewise at Happy Valley this evening at his first start for new trainer Tony Cruz.

8 Sep 2004 - 12:00am

Small players share challenges

Switzerland and Hong Kong are both small places facing similar issues and challenges, and their experiences can be shared to mutual benefit, says the country's deputy consul-general on the occasion of its national day.

'Hong Kong is important to Switzerland. In many ways they are very similar, and we can learn from each other,' says Jean-Francois Lichtenstern.

1 Aug 2003 - 12:00am

School aware of safety

We refer to the concern over the safety of pedestrians in the vicinity of the German Swiss International School, as raised by one of your readers ('Untenable situation', South China Morning Post July 9).

The school is making every effort to minimise any inconvenience or safety issues related to the traffic situation during school hours.

9 Sep 2002 - 12:00am

Restaurants have to be competitive

I refer to the article headlined, 'Polish palates show scant taste for Tianjin' (South China Morning Post, August 9), which requires clarification.

21 Aug 2000 - 12:00am