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Readers’ Page Letters From Richard Salkeld, Riehen Basel Congratulations! Hello Switzerland has made great strides since I last read it about five years ago. What a lot of talent there is among contributors and those reported on. Even after 40+ years here I find there is apparently still plenty to learn about Switzerland. Glad to hear it, Richard. Ed. From Stephen Butterworth, Roche Diagnostics Rotkreuz I myself say it is a professionally written magazine. It is much better to read than the other magazine we used to have Swiss News. And this is the general opinion of some of my friends. Thanks for the compliment, Stephen! Ed. From Devorah Kaplain, Ennetbaden I have recently moved to Ennetbaden from Hawai‘i and I am excited to get you publication so that I can learn more about my new home. Thank you. You’re welcome, Devorah. Ed. From John Brandolini, USA We have moved back to the US from Switzerland and greatly enjoy reading this magazine. We hope you continue enjoying the magazine in the States, John. Ed


From Midhun Mohan, Delhi, India I love Hello Switzerland! Thanks Midhun! Ed

Correction Please note that Catherine NelsonPollard was nominated in the 2011 British-Swiss Business Awards in the “Unsung Hero” category for her site all about living in and around Nyon. Apologies for any confusion!

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coop@home Coop’s online Supermarket is offering 10 vouchers each worth CHF 50.– Jungfrau Railway is offering two tickets Jungfraujoch worth CHF 380.40

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Jungfrau Railway: 100 Years The top station of the Jungfraubahn, at 3454m, is the highest in Europe. To celebrate its 100th anniversary, a new attraction opened at the end of March: the Alpine Sensation, giving the history of the Jungfrau railway and the development of tourism in the Alps. This colourful exhibition shows Switzerland quite simply as a wonderland, and also includes photos of the construction of the railway. It was an incredible project for the time: it took 16 years to build and was fraught with accidents, strikes and financial problems. Seven of the nine kilometres are in a tunnel behind the Eiger and Mönch, which had to be laboriously hewed out by hand.

The Jungfraubahn with the north wall of the Eiger in the background

This year there are special offers aplenty: you can get a return ticket on your birthday for only CHF 80, a Centenary Passport, the Centenary Book, a commemorative coin or stamp and a host of other special offers. Look out for the special events, and be sure to go up there on a clear day, so you can enjoy the view from the top as well as the two intermediate stations.  Anitra Green

Broadcasts from the Summer Olympics You’ll be able to catch a full Olympic flavour, as Diccon Bewes, popular author of Swiss Watching, will be commenting online from the Games in the House of Switzerland (see also p. 28)

Hello Switzerland for Expatriates, Summer Edition 2012  

Hello Switzerland is written by expats for expats living in Switzerland. Designed mainly for English speakers, the magazine contains feature...