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A Very Healthy Country

Bloomberg has recently published a list of worlds healthiest countries. And guess who made it almost to the top of the list? Exactly! Switzerland was chosen the 4th healthiest country in the world! This doesn't surprise me since Switzerland is well known for it's populations healthy eating habits.

Who beat Switzerland in healthy living? On top of my head I would have thought that the Scandinavian countries like Sweden or Norway would be right at the top of the list. Great health systems and a modern lifestyle should do its trick, right?! However, none of them are found ahead of Switzerland. Sweden is placed 6th and Norway 9th - still very good though.

The top three healthiest countries of the world are definitely not what you'd think they'd be. Maybe with the exception of Iceland as #3 healthiest country. But I don't think anybody would have guessed Italy to be the second healthiest country of the world. I mean, how healthy can pasta and pizza be? Maybe the red win…

Hornussen

There is probably no sport more Swiss than Schwingen, the Swiss style of wrestling in sawdust. However, another traditional Swiss sport is making headlines these days, as the annual Swiss championship of Hornussen is coming up. It will take place this weekend 25th and 26th of August in Lyss in the Canton of Berne.

Hornussen is not only the name of a Swiss village but also of this interesting sport that looks a bit like a Swiss version of baseball or cricket. It is almost exclusively played in Switzerland with a few German cities joining the fun. Surprisingly there are also some South Africans who are playing and they actually call the game "Swiss Golf". :)

The game of Hornussen is quite simple: The hitter hits the "Nouss" (the ball) in order to make it fly into the opponents playing field or even farther. For this purpose the Nouss is placed on a piece of wood and hit with a long flexible stick that resembles a fishing rod. The opposing team then tries to catch th…

Sailing in Switzerland

Remember Alinghi?  The Swiss sailing boat that won the Americas Cup in 2003 and 2004? Well, maybe you aren't into sailing or were not interested in anything Swiss back then. I remember the first victory in 2003 very clearly. It was all over the news and everyone was saying "Now, who is still claiming that a land-locked country cannot bring forth excellent sailors?!".

This year we also had some sailors at the olympics but they did not excel at their sport. Nevertheless, sailing is quite popular in Switzerland. Of course not as much as soccer or ice hockey but popular enough to flood lake Zurich with sailing boats once a week. If you've ever been around lake Zurich on a sunny and warm Sunday, you must have noticed the great number of white sails moving quietly over the water. Thousands of sailing boats are registered in the canton of Zurich alone and besides lake Zurich there isn't much water to sail on.

Here, in Switzerland you need a sailing license to sail boat…

Selling Lost Items

Ever wondered what happens to all the things lost and forgotten on the many trains and busses in Switzerland? I always imagined some giant storehouses with tons of old stuff simply aging and collecting dust. That wouldn't be very Swiss though, would it? Especially with all the dirt and dust since we are generally such clean freaks. :) Turns out that many public transportation companies sell their lost and found items to a shop in Zurich that makes a business out of selling lost items.

About 60'000 items reach the lost and found shop every month. And there are some very funny, some expensive and some very strange items for sale there. You want examples?! If you have a look at their online shop you'll understand what I mean. Currently on sale are:
different kinds of jewelrysex toyssecond hand underwearpaintingsclothessports geara machine for counting bank notes There's two central questions that have been bothering me ever since I found out about this shop:
who loses such …