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General Information

Constitution of Switzerland (www.uni-wuerzburg.de/law/sz00t___.html) English full-text version of the Swiss constitution (per 1991) provided by the University of Würzburg, Germany. For original versions (per 1 October 1996) in German, French and Italian, see Bundesverfassung der Schweizerischen Eidgenossenschaft. For the proposed new version of the constitution, see Reform der Bundesverfassung (German, French and Italian).

Swiss World (www.swissworld.org) Provides a variety of information on the Swiss economy, politics, society, culture and geography. The site was commissioned by Presence Switzerland, the federal PR agency for the promotion of Switzerland abroad, and is produced by Swiss Radio International.

Switzerland at a Glance (www.swissemb.org/info) General introduction to Switzerland and its political, economic, social and educational system. Information provided by the Embassy of Switzerland in the United States. The service also includes a section on Legal Affairs.

Information about Switzerland (www.about.ch) Another good introduction to the country, offered by Reto Ambühler of the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. Provides information down to the cantonal level.

 Living in Switzerland (www.us-embassy.ch/miscella/living.html) Information provided by the American Embassy in Switzerland, dated January 1996. For details on work permits, see Visa Desk by the Swiss Embassy in Washington D.C.

Swiss Political Links (www.socio.ch/poli/index.htm) A well selected and up-to-date directory of Swiss political links provided by Hans Geser and Markus Roth of the Institute of Sociology at the University of Zurich.

Swiss Weather (www.nzz.ch/wetter/index.html) Check out NZZ Online's weather service for up-to-date forecasts. The pages are in German, but you should get the point by looking at the satellite pictures.


Swiss Federal Authorities (www.admin.ch) Official website of the Swiss government. Provides basic information on Switzerland and its political system. Links to the homepages of the seven departments (ministries) are also included. Much more information is available in one of the national languages (German, French, Italian).

Federal Assembly (Parliament) (www.parliament.ch) Provides information on the workings of the Swiss parliament, its political composition, its members, offices, committees and delegations, etc. Includes information on national elections and plebiscites, press releases, a page with links to the major political parties, and much more. Available in German, French, Italian and (some parts) English.

Swiss Federal Supreme Court (www.parlament.ch/bger/e) Introduction to the Swiss Federal Supreme Court. Also available: Access to all decision of the Supreme Court and of the Federal Insurance Court from 1975 to 1997 (German, French and Italian).

Swiss Government (www.gov.ch) Large collection with links to websites of public administration and services at the federal, cantonal and communal level. Service maintained by Christine Poupa of the Institut de hautes études en administration publique.

Business and Economy

Swiss Federal Statistical Office (www.admin.ch/bfs/eindex.htm) Lots of statistical information on the country and the individual cantons. Detailed information can be found under Specialized Fields. Includes up-to-date press releases. Available in German, French, Italian and English.

Swiss National Bank (www.snb.ch/e/homepage.html) Includes press releases, information on the bank's monetary policy, and very little statistical information; available in English, German and French.

Swiss Stock Exchange (www.swx.com) Official homepage of the Swiss Stock Exchange. For quotes of 17 major markets as well as global indices and exchange rates, please refer to NZZ Online's own quote service.

Federal Commercial Registry (zefix.admin.ch/english.htm) The registry presently contains some 320,000 active and cancelled Swiss business names and names of associations and foundations. In addition, approx. 40,000 branch offices of Swiss and foreign companies are included.

LocationSwitzerland (www.LocationSwitzerland.ch) Website run by the Federal Office for Economic Development and Labor, providing information for companies and persons wishing to set up business activities in Switzerland. Available in German, French and English.

OSEC - Swiss Export + Trade (www.osec.ch) Website of the official trade promotion organization of Switzerland. Includes a Swiss Export Directory which can be searched by company name, product or trademark.

Travel and Tourism Switzerland Tourism (www.switzerlandtourism.ch) Switzerland Tourism is the official national marketing organization for the destination Switzerland providing information, offers, packages and reservation opportunities. Under Swiss Tourism Regions and Resorts you will find an overview of each major region with a short description and a link to the official corresponding website.

Swiss Federal Railways (www.sbb.ch/pv/index_e.htm) Includes timetable information and ticket ordering service.

Finaroute routeplanner (momo.magnet.ch/cgi-bin/finaroute?lang_suffix=en) Interactively plan your road trip through Switzerland.

Higher Education

General Information for Foreign Students (www.swissembassy.org.uk/culture/higheduc.htm) Information on higher education in Switzerland covering topics such as "Admission requirements," "How to proceed when wishing to study in Switzerland," "Immigration formalities" and more. Provided by the Embassy of Switzerland in London.

Universities and Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology

University of Basel (www.unibas.ch)

University of Bern (www.unibe.ch)

University of Fribourg (www.unifr.ch)

University of Geneva (www.unige.ch)

University of Lausanne (www.unil.ch)

University of Lugano (www.ti-edu.ch/usi/english)

University of Neuchâtel (www.unine.ch)

University of St. Gallen (www.unisg.ch)

University of Zurich (www.unizh.ch)

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology - Zurich (www.ethz.ch/HomePage_EN.html)

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology - Lausanne (www.epfl.ch)

Swiss Libraries (www.switch.ch/libraries) List of Swiss libraries and catalogues provided by SWITCH, the Swiss Academic & Research Network, with information on access methods.

News Media

Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ) (www.nzz.ch) The leading Swiss newspaper with an international reputation. Publishes the entire paper online. Also includes collections of articles on specific topics, a stock quote service, weather information and much more (German with some parts in English).

Tages-Anzeiger (www.tages-anzeiger.ch/home.htm) The other major daily (from the Zurich region); available full-text (German).

Weltwoche (www.weltwoche.ch) German-language weekly.

Facts (www.facts.ch) News magazine providing major stories in full-text. German language only.

Cash (www.cash.ch) Swiss business weekly. Provides quotes for investment funds. German language only.

Bilanz (www.bilanz.ch) Swiss business monthly; includes major articles as well as some of their "lists" (i.e. top 100 Swiss companies, 200 wealthiest Swiss, etc.); available in German only.

Le Temps (www.letemps.ch) One of the major dailies of Switzerland's French-speaking region.

Edicom (Edipresse) (www.edicom.ch) Homepage of the major Swiss French-language publisher; includes articles from Edicom itself as well as from the Tribune de Genève, Le Matin, 24 heures and editorials from other products of the same publisher.

L'Hebdo (www.webdo.ch/hebdo/hebdo.html) French-language weekly news magazine. Be sure to check out their main site, Webdo.

Corriere del Ticino (www.cdt.ch) Website of the major newspaper from Switzerland's Italian-speaking region.

 Swiss Radio International (SRI) (www.swissinfo.org) SRI is the international section of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation. Its task is to strengthen links between Swiss citizens abroad and their homeland as well as to contribute to international understanding and reflect Swiss reality in the world.

Schweizer Radio DRS (www.drs.ch) Information (in German) on the German-language service of Swiss Public Radio; includes program listings, some files (e.g. news) in RealAudio, etc.

Radio Suisse Romande (RSR) (www.rsr.ch) Website of the French-language service of Swiss Public Radio; provides quite a large selection of RealAudio files.

Radio Svizzera di Lingua Italiana (RSI) (www.rtsi.ch) Homepage of the Italian-language service of Swiss Public Radio; not too much information available yet.

SF DRS (www.sfdrs.ch) Website of the German-language channels of Swiss national television. Provides program listings, RealVideo clips and more (German only).

Television Suisse Romande (www.tsr.ch/welcome.html) Homepage of Swiss national television's French-language channels.

Zeitung.ch (www.zeitung.ch) List containing lots of websites of Swiss newspapers.

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