(FSO) - According to the Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (SILC) from the Federal Statistical Office (FSO), in 2012 almost 20% of the population said they were disturbed by noisy neighbours or noise from the street. 13% said they faced problems of dampness in their home. People living in rented dwellings are more likely to be exposed to noise or damp than home-owners. The latter are more likely to be satisfied with their home than tenants.
(FSO) - According to provisional results from the Federal Statistical Office (FSO), real turnover in the retail sector adjusted for sales days and holidays rose by 1.2% in October 2013 compared with October 2012 (in nominal terms -0.2%). Real, seasonally adjusted turnover in the retail sector fell by 0.1% in October 2013 compared with September 2013 (in nominal terms -0.5%).
Arbeitslosigkeit im November 2013 - Gemäss den Erhebungen des Staatssekretariats für Wirtschaft (SECO) waren Ende November 2013 139’073 Arbeitslose bei den Regionalen Arbeitsvermittlungszentren (RAV) eingeschrieben, 5’630 mehr als im Vormonat. Die Arbeitslosenquote stieg damit von 3,1% im Oktober 2013 auf 3,2% im Berichtsmonat. Gegenüber dem Vorjahresmonat erhöhte sich die Arbeitslosigkeit um 7’006 Personen (+5,3%).
Speaking in his capacity as the next chairman-in-office of the OSCE at the closing plenary session of the Ministerial Council of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter, paid homage to the deceased former South African president, Nelson Mandela, as an exemplar of freedom and reconciliation. The representatives of the 57 OSCE member states adopted several decisions and declarations at the close of this year's Ministerial Council in Kiev.
Today, the Federal Council launched the consultation on adoption of the EU regulation on the European external border surveillance system (EUROSUR). The regulation governs the exchange of information between member states and the European border control agency, FRONTEX, and coordinates the operational surveillance of the Schengen external borders. The consultation will end on 21 March 2014.