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In a speech at the northern end of the tunnel, Swiss Federal President Johann Schneider-Ammann described the inauguration as a "giant step for Switzerland but equally for our neighbors and the rest of the continent." Proposals for the base tunnel date back to 1947, but the project wasn't approved until 1992, following a voter referendum.Over the course of 17 years, workers excavated more than 28 million tons of rock from the site, which they repurposed as concrete for the tunnel.“Unfortunately, while there are four different coexisting languages and cultures in Switzerland..acceptance of diversity does not seem to extend to newcomers.” More than half said it was difficult to learn the local language and only 48 percent felt it was easy to get used to the local culture.Neither do all expat families feel particularly welcome in Switzerland, found the survey, with 21 percent disagreeing that there is a friendly attitude towards families with children compared to seven percent worldwide.
China has announced plans to build an underwater train tunnel that if completed, would be 76 miles long.
Full service is expected to begin in December, with passenger trains traveling at a maximum speed of 155 miles per hour.
When service begins, the travel time between Zurich and Milan will be reduced by an hour.
The alpine country is one of the world’s ten biggest losers in the Expat Insider 2016 study by online network Inter Nations, plunging to 31st place after being ranked 14th last year and as high as 4th in 2014.
The survey ranks expat life in 67 countries across 43 aspects within five categories: quality of life, ease of settling in, family life, working abroad and personal finance.
While parents praised the quality of Swiss education and the safety of their children here, 74 percent had a negative opinion of the affordability of childcare, compared with a global average of 34 percent.