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  • Roundup: Victory Puts Lindsey Vonn Step Closer to Record
    After clinching a second straight win in Saturday’s downhill in Val d’Isère, France, Vonn has the chance to secure a 62nd career win in Sunday’s super-G and tie the Austrian great Annemarie Moser-Proll for career wins.
    By The Associated Press.  International Herald Tribune.  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 17:07:14 GMT.
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  • DealBook: Apax Partners Sells Swiss Mobile Provider Orange for $2.9 Billion
    Switzerland’s third-largest mobile provider will be acquired by NJJ Capital, an investment vehicle founded by the French billionaire Xavier Niel.
    By Chad Bray.  International Herald Tribune.  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:44:58 GMT.
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  • What are negative interest rates?
    Switzerland's National Bank is to impose a negative interest rate of minus 0.25% on large deposits - but what are negative rates, and why do banks bring them in?
    BBC News.  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:04:07 GMT.
  • Swiss interest rate to turn negative
    Switzerland's National Bank will bring in a negative interest rate cutting the value of any money left on deposit in the country.
    BBC News.  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:57:25 GMT.
  • Turkish teams draw continental heavyweights in Europa League draw
    Turkey’s last remaining participants in European competition, Beşiktaş and Trabzonspor, will face difficult respective tests against Liverpool and Napoli in the Europa League Round of 32 following a draw on Dec. 15 in Nyon, Switzerland.
    Hurriyet.  Mon, 15 Dec 2014 14:46:00 +0200.
  • Hublot CEO Ricardo Guadalupe Talks Fashion, Watches and Success of The Company
    Ricardo Guadalupe, 49 years of age, is the CEO of Hublot. A career fueled by his passion for the Swiss watchmaking industry since his childhood days growing up in Neuchâtel, Switzerland.
    By Troy Alexander.  Forbes.  Fri, 12 Dec 2014 17:03:00 GMT.
  • Swiss Lawmakers Vote for More Financial Scrutiny of Sports Officials
    Swiss lawmakers on Friday passed a bill that would subject sports officials, such as the head of soccer's governing body FIFA and the International Olympic Committee, to more financial scrutiny by banks in Switzerland. ...
    Voice of America.  Fri, 12 Dec 2014 03:49:38 -0500.
Switzerland map, showing Berne, the capital city, and other major Swiss cities
Austria map, showing Vienna, the capital city of Austria, and other major Austrian cities
Slovenia map, showing Ljubljana, its capital city, and parts of adjacent countries

Facts About the Alpine States

The Alpine States consist of Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, and Liechtenstein.  These nations are located in the Alpine region of south central Europe, and you find more news and information about them by visiting the official government websites listed below.

The Swiss Confederation's capital city is Berne, and its national currency is the Swiss Franc.  The primary languages used in Switzerland are German, French, and Italian; in 2007, the estimated population of Switzerland was 7,555,000.

The Republic of Austria's capital city is Vienna, and its currency is the Euro.  The primary language used in Austria is German, and in 2007, the estimated population of Austria was 8,200,000.

The Republic of Slovenia's capital city is Ljubljana, and its currency is the Tolar.  The country's national language is Slovene, and its estimated population in 2007 was 2,009,000.

The Principality of Liechtenstein's capital city is Vaduz, and its currency is the Swiss Franc.  The Alemannic German dialect is spoken in Liechtenstein, and in 2007, the nation's estimated population was 34,000.

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