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Migration history How people on the move have shaped Switzerland

A new exhibition traces the population movements that have shaped the Alpine territory, and includes those who have left to seek fortunes elsewhere.

ELECTIONS 2019  Swiss abroad voted differently – but many could not 

Swiss citizens abroad had the right to take part in Sunday’s parliamentary elections, but many could not. Their frustration is palpable.

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Interview: Remo Gysin Expat Swiss lament government’s ‘lack of leadership’ on e-voting

E-voting is no longer an option for the parliamentary elections in October. What does this mean for the expatriate Swiss community?

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Swiss schools abroad

Difficulties Swiss school in Milan causes media uproar

The Swiss school in Milan has been asked to amend its statutes following an outcry over its recommendations against pupils with learning difficulties.

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Young Swiss abroad

International education  Swiss schools abroad are adapting amid competition 

Is there room for Swiss education in the crowded international schools market? Yes, says the Swiss schools abroad body educationsuisse.

This content was published on November 28, 2019 11:00 AM
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Congress of the Swiss Abroad, Basel 2017

Swiss Abroad Congress Martha Neidecker-Cabrera, US

Mexican-Swiss Martha Neidecker-Cabrera really likes the concept of the Organisation of the Swiss Abroad.

Swiss Abroad Congress Monika Tiffany, US

First-time congress attendee Monika Tiffany feels Swiss banks should make banking less of a hassle for Swiss citizens living abroad.

Swiss Abroad Congress Franz Boos, US

Besides e-voting and pension reform, Swiss expatriate Franz Boos is concerned about banking services.

Swiss Abroad Congress Nicolas Szita, England

London-based Nicolas Szita thinks Swiss living abroad should be more bold regarding certain issues.

Swiss Abroad Congress Cecilia Scherrer, Australia

For Basel native Cecilia Scherrer, it's important to bring a touch of Swissness to Australia.

Swiss Abroad Congress Franz Muheim, Scotland

Originally from St Gallen, Franz Muheim now lives in Schotland, where he teaches particle physics at the University of Edinburgh. He serves as ...

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Forum Are you a Swiss expat? What kind of expo would you like?

In Switzerland, ideas for the next national exhibition are percolating. What role should the Swiss living around the world play? Join the discussion!

#WeAreSwissAbroad Dear Swiss living abroad…

We’re on Instagram! Please share your pictures using the hashtag #WeAreSwissAbroad.

Making the move What Swiss abroad must consider before heading home

Some 24,000 Swiss living abroad move home every year. Are there enough resources available to help them make the transition?

Emigration Where do the Swiss go, when they live abroad?

More than one in ten Swiss lives abroad. This graphic illustrates that the Swiss don’t like to stray too far from home.

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A visit to the Swiss Country Club in Johannesburg. The Swiss Society Helvetia Johannesburg was founded in 1890. A new clubhouse was built in ...