Znüni News – Wednesday August 24

The most common baby names given in central Switzerland in 2021 were Mia and Noah, followed by Emma, Malea and Elena for the girls and Leon, Luca, Elias and Lino for the boys.

Because of the few days of rain the drought situation in central Switzerland has been downgraded from “great” to “considerable”.Tthis means that people are once again allowed to make fires in designated fire pits in the forest and in picnic areas.

The Euro is currently at 96 Rappen, which is the lowest it has ever been. The bank Goldman Sachs is forecasting that it could go as low as 88 Rappen in the coming months. The last time the Euro started sliding, the Swiss National Bank had imposed a minimum exchange rate of CHF 1.-, but they are less worried this time round. Because of the variation in inflation in various countries the effect is not as negative for Switzerland as expected, as the price of exported goods remains relatively stable. Looking into the future there is talk of a “Euro-crisis” which forecasters warn could begin in Italy because of the high interest rates there.

Today is Ukraine’s independance day, it also marks the 6 months that Russia began its invasion of the country. To date over 60 000 Ukrainians have applied for their refugee status in Switzerland. They have found generous support here and two centres have been opened to give them information Lukraina in Kriens, and Prostir in Lucerne. You can find all of the governmental organisations supporting the refugees here.

This morning is Information Coffee Morning (9.30 to 11.30) at the LiLi Centre and tonight there will be the Bring Your Own BBQ from 19.30 to 21.00. Have a great day!

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