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In The News – October 2

One of the main things that concerns/annoys Swiss people is the constant rise of the premium on health insurance. Next year the premium will rise overall by 4% in Switzerland, but the good news is that it will only raise by 2,7% for adults in Lucerne, 2,3% in Zug, 1,9% in Nidwalden, 2,2% in Obwalden, 1,6% in Schwyz and 1,8% in Uri. The trend for rising cost of premiums however will continue for the foreseeable future.

The city and canton are currently having a landlord/tenant disagreement over the cost of the rent for the Musegg high school. Currently the rent for the Musegg and Fluhmatt school is at 3.5 million francs, but the canton would like to pay 1 million less. Astonishingly the town says it is ready to lower the rent but there seems to be a communication problem as the canton says it has not been informed about this. If no agreement is reached a new school will probably be built. If no resolution is found then the school building will be given up in 2028.

Locals voted in favour of turning the Inseli car park into a park, this will only take effect in 2020, but it seems like parking solution are already been found. Currently the funfair is taking place on the car park and coaches are being rehoused all over the town, so it seems like when there is a will there is a way!

Luzern has faced a disappointment with the budget for the underground train station being refused, the project would have cost 6 billion francs and would have included the Zimmerberg tunnel. The federal council has agreed to pay for the Zimmerberg tunnel which will run between Thalwil and Zug (and cost 2,2 billion francs).

Finally some good news, going through border control just got easier at the Zurich airport. Automated biometric security checks have been installed. Meaning all you have to do is put your biometric passport on the scanner, look at the camera and walk through. The collected information will then be deleted again. 100 000 people go through border control in Zurich every day. This should reduce travel time.

Charlie Hartmann is the managing director of the Living in Luzern organisation which focuses on helping international residents connect, grow and thrive in Switzerland.