Useful Swiss Consumer Programme – From Scams to Dried mushrooms, Toothbrushes and Tea.

If you are interested in consumer issues and want to know more about the products you buy here in French speaking Switzerland, it’s worth taking a look at the weekly television programme called ABE (A Bon Entendeur) presented by Manuelle Pernod and broadcast on Tuesday evenings on RTS1 at 20:10

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A regular look at the products we buy

This consumer progamme takes a regular look at many of the products we all buy in the main Swiss supermarkets and shops. It compares brands, analyses the content of many food products and draws conclusions for the consumer. Even if you only understand a basic amount of French, these programmes are well produced, can be easily understood and the conclusions are illustrated in graph form or with clear photos. 

Housing, Transport, Insurance etc

The programme also looks at other consumer issues such as housing, transport, insurance etc.  The website of the programme has useful links to consumer associations and  links to consumer rights groups.

The products featured over the last few weeks have been on a variety of items such as electric toothbrushes (their conclusion – buying the most expensive product in the shop isn’t necessarily the best!)  Scroll to around 4 minutes on the programme here to see the result on this particular test.

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Pesticides in Mushrooms and Herbal Teas

Another programme broadcast on February 18th featured the packets of dried mushrooms that can be found for sale in recognised retail outlets. It explained which packets of mushrooms contain pesticides and other chemicals, and which brand of mushrooms was rated the best all round. 

For lovers of herbal tea  another programme revealed the content of some well recognised tea brand names, the results can be seen on this clip here 

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Scam targeting local businesses

This week’s programme revealed a scam that involved small businesses being approached (one of them in Versoix) to take out and pay up front for advertising in a magazine that simply didn’t exist.

The programme has been on air for many years and there’s lots of archive material to be found on their site.  There is even an ABE app!



Events on over the next few days and a useful audio clip for newly arrived expats

Photo – True Live – courtesy Usine a Gaz

Here is a selection of events coming up  in the region.  Plus, a reminder that you can now buy the  “Living along Lac Léman” book at Nyon tourist office, or you can order it through this site, just click on “Living in Nyon book” on the top side bar.

End of season event for the Roulotte

 On Saturday 15th October the Roulotte will close its doors for the winter season. There will be a “boom”  (a dance), music and entertainment from 17:00 onwards. The Roulotte, the converted railway carriage behind Nyon station, has grown in popularity and has now become a favourite spot for Nyon residents and commuters to have an alfresco meal or an afterwork drink . 

Above  – La Roulotte

Indian Dance – Friday night

There will be  a dance performance tonight Friday October 14th at the Theatre de Marens, Route de Stand 5 in Nyon. The performance is called  “A Journey to sacred sites through dance” and will be performed by senior students of the “Omkara school of Indian Classical Dance”. Doors open at 18:30 , performance starts at 19:30 ends at 21:30. Price 40 chf to include Indian food and chai (children go free). Proceeds of this performance will go towards the conservation, management and restoration of Selected Sacred Natural sites in the Himalayas. For tickets call 076 377 7283  email

Chestnut festival

There is a seasonal event going on in the Valais this weekend with the “Fête de la Chataigne” in Fully (chestnut festival). There are lots activities planned at this festival see here for full details

Australian band play in Nyon on the 22nd

On Sat  22 October  Melbourne Aussie band  “True Live “, will be headlining at the Usine a Gaz in Nyon along with Swiss band “Tweek” for an evening of “hip hop- jazz and nu soul”. See Usine a Gaz

Useful audio clip  and radio programme for expatriates 

Want to know about  the numbers you need to call in a medical emergency here in Switzerland and other useful safety advice? You can find out more here on a World Radio Switzerland audio clip. This was  recorded on the Connectors in August this year with Dr Michelle Wright, the station’s in house medical expert and the host of the “Connectors” (the Living in Nyon editor).

The  Connectors are  a team of different nationalities (plus Swiss members!) and they discuss  all kinds of expatriate issues from relocation to culture shock, to language, and the fun news items about Switzerland. It is broadcast live just after 18:30 on a Thursday on WRS, repeated on Fridays on Sunday just after 12:30, or online at any time.

Starting a business

Thinking of starting up a small business here in Switzerland? Listen to two entrepreneurs who did just that and what they have to say about the experience. Thi show was recorded live at Expat Expo in Geneva . Here is the audio clip

Relieving a bit of Christmas stress in Nyon

 If you fancy  relieving a bit of stress at this busy time of year, then the Nyon centre for the Grinberg method may be able to help you, as this coming Saturday the centre is inviting locals to experience their work. They will be giving free relaxation sessions on the neck and shoulders and for 20 minutes, you will learn how to reduce excess effort through touch, and breathing exercises.  The Grinberg method also helps those who suffer from back pain.

The centre can be found at 38, Rue de la Gare ( just opposite the railway station – walk past the flower shop and turn left into a small side street).

This Saturday 18th December, sessions will be from 11:00 – 13:00  and mince pies will be offered!

Registraton required by emailing or by calling Stéfanie Gétaz on 078 699 7125. To find out more about the Grinberg method see the site