Sunday, January 31, 2021

Swiss stories

The House of Switzerland is a Swiss hospitality centre, meeting point, and social hub. It is part of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, which aims is to promote Swiss interests.

Switzerland’s image is closely related to the people and things that create it, such as Swiss brands, athletes and products. It is with such icons - and sometimes clichés - that House of Switzerland work. Their role is to showcase them in the best possible light and explain what makes them specifically Swiss and how that impacts Switzerland’s image. 

Check out their Swiss stories... there are over 260 stories to discover up to date... Happy reading!

Saturday, January 30, 2021

A Ticino success story

Did you know that the ski poles used by Olympic champions are made in the Blenio Valley, under the close watch of the Adula and the Sosto? There are over 30 km of cross-country skiing trails around the new sports centre and lodge in Campra, while the unspoilt natural setting makes it worth a visit all year round.

Discover the story of Tauf Khamitov, athlete, coach and KVplus founder who  spent half his life in Russia and half in Ticino, where he feels at home. Born in Omsk, in south-western Siberia, he has always loved sport. He set up his business over 20 years ago, never thinking that he would end up supplying ski poles to the likes of Dario Cologna.

As a young man he was involved in sport alongside his studies, while as an adult it took him from competition to competition, ultimately bringing him to Campra, where he took part in a Continental Cup in 1992. He returned again the following year, when it also brought him love; it was in Campra that the Siberian athlete met Valentina, whom he went on to marry. The rest is history... as they say...

From Siberia for love:

Friday, January 29, 2021

Swiss citizens living abroad

Figures published by the Federal Statistical Office (FSO) show that more than 770,000 Swiss citizens lived abroad on 31 December 2019, that is more than 1 in 10 Swiss nationals.

About 182,000 Swiss citizens living abroad are registered on an electoral roll. This corresponds to the number of eligible voters in the canton of Neuchâtel. 

Almost two thirds lived in Europe, notably in France (25,9%). Their number continued to increase, both among the young and old. Overall, the share of women remained greater than that of men, according to the results of the statistics on the Swiss abroad from the FSO.

But did you know that three quarters of Swiss abroad have one or more additional citizenships. This proportion varies according to the country of residence.

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Friendly neighbours

Living in Paris and travelling back to my home country regularly, I was curious about the importance of the relationship between France and Switzerland! For those curious, or if you just love numbers and charts, following is the link to the 2021 edition of the brochure "Switzerland-France: an economic partnership of excellence" published by the Swiss Embassy in France, including supporting figures and  lots of infographics. 

France is Switzerland's 4th largest trading partner, thanks in particular to exchanges between border regions. Investments on both sides of the border contribute to cultural exchange, the sharing of good practices, as well as the creation of jobs. In 2018, Swiss investments in France generated more than 3,300 jobs, thus contributing to economic development.

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Sunday, January 17, 2021

Vivi il tuo Ticino

Have you wondered how to support your local gastronomy sector? By choosing to take home a delicious dish cooked by the chefs of Ticino restaurants. Discover restaurants that offer take-away service thanks to "Vivi il tuo Ticino". Order. Pick-up. Enjoy! Easy peasy.

"Vivi il tuo Ticino" has created a platform that is as simple as it is useful: restaurateurs offering take-away services can register their details to be contacted directly. The choice is yours… see if you can find your favourite spot or discover some new places throughout the canton. Click here!

Friday, January 1, 2021

This year's Swiss president 2021

After a difficult year dominated by the coronavirus pandemic, Switzerland’s new president, Guy Parmelin, has called for national unity to help overcome the many uncertainties ahead. The French-speaking economics minister assumed the rotating Swiss presidency for the first time on January 1st.

In his online address, Parmelin recalled the important work being carried out by health workers in nursing homes and hospitals. He also expressed support for people currently on short-time work and others who have lost their jobs due to the virus. “The pandemic has changed our lives by putting people out of work, destroying traditional businesses and putting our education and health systems to the test,” he said.

Realism prevented him from making “overly enthusiastic wishes” for 2021, the former farmer from canton Vaud declared. He ended his speech with a call for national unity.

The Federal Council photo for 2021 shows the seven cabinet members and the Federal Chancellor as a unit. The parliament building in Bern can be seen in the background.

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