SWISS NATIONAL DAY 2020
Contributions and messages from around Australia and Switzerland.
Experience online Swissness to warm your hearts!
Happy Swiss National Day from your CSA Oceania Team!
Katja Wallimann Gates, Carmen Trochsler, Roland Isler & Beat Knoblauch
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©CSA Oceania. Music: Linard Bardill - D’Flügel, wo du mier häsch geh. Flying with permission!
Remo Gysin, President of the Organisation of the Swiss Abroad: “Our aim is to strengthen the bond between Swiss people in whatever part of the world they are living in.”
© Organisation of the Swiss Abroad
Beat Knoblauch from Sydney has been a member of the Council of the Swiss Abroad since 2009. He has prepared a special message for the Swiss living in the Oceania region.
© Beat Knoblauch
Bernadette Hunkeler Brown is Switzerland’s Consul General in Australia. Her team is based in Sydney. Listen to her 1st of August speech for the Swiss community in Australia.
© Consulate General of Switzerland in Sydney
On the Missione1Agosto website Ambassadors from around the world have left a message, including Ambassador and Special Envoy for the Pacific Islands Region, Yasmine Chatila Zwahlen from Canberra.
© Swiss Embassy in Canberra / Presence Suisse
A special contribution from Switzerland to Australia from Diccon Bewes, who is experiencing his first Swiss National Day as the proud owner of a Swiss passport – which only took 979 days to acquire, almost as much time as the Brexit negotiations!
© Diccon Bewes
Do ANZAC Day and Swiss National Day have anything in common? Let Dr Charles Knight, our honorary Swiss and military historian who was a member of three Swiss choirs in Australia, give you the surprising answer.
© Charles Knight
Bärg-Röseli members are active @Home, and happy to share their latest production. With the present COVID-19 situation, they will probably not rehearse in person for several more months, but can still be creative!
© Gabriel & Yanni Dubler
Enjoy this glimpse into traditional events of the Swiss Club of South Australia with alphorns, bonfire, lampoons, tug-of-war and sack racing games, Bernese mountain dogs and Swiss flags!
©CSA Oceania/Swiss Club of South Australia
A great clip from the Swiss National Day Picnic 2018, organised by the Swiss Yodlers of Sydney and the Swiss Folksdance Group Alpegruess at Castle Hill Showground. It’s called a ‘picnic’ but really is a big party!
© Swiss Club of NSW
Have you heard of the Swiss Yodel Choir Matterhorn & Tschäderebäng Band? Enjoy Swiss folklore made downunder. Recorded at last year’s 1st of August celebration at the Austrian Club in Heidelberg, Victoria.
© Matterhorn Yodel Choir
Missing green alpine meadows, snow-covered mountain peaks and the sound of Schwyzerörgeli? This video will transport you right into the heart of Switzerland, to the annual Mountain Spring Festival on the Männlichen.
©Grindelwald Tourism. Used with permission.
Due to an increase in COVID-19 cases Melbourne has been put into lockdown again – no public or private gatherings allowed. A heart-warming 1st of August greeting from Swiss Club committee member Claude Staub and family!
© Claude Staub
A brief history of Switzerland presented by CSA Delegate Roland Isler. Want to know why Swiss National Day is celebrated on 1st of August? Click on the cover of the flip-book to learn how Switzerland became the country it is today.
©CSA Oceania. Free to download.
What every Swiss needs for a perfect Swiss National Day or any other celebration is cheese! We are proud that The Red Cow joins our virtual festivities in the Oceania region by offering a 10% discount on its entire range of delicious Swiss cheese. Use the coupon code “swissabroad20” at checkout. Valid until 15 August. Click here to shop.
Ready for more Swissness?
We invite you to visit the interactive website www.missione1agosto.org for all fellow Swiss and friends of Switzerland around the world, created by the Swiss Government. The current events are not going to stop Switzerland from celebrating 1st of August together, wherever you are in the world!
“You convey Switzerland’s democratic principles to the world.” Watch President Simonetta Sommaruga’s National Day address to the Swiss Abroad.
© UVEK / swissinfo.ch
Unfortunately, travel to Switzerland is currently difficult. But it is allowed to dream, to be inspired and to plan. That is why we would like to bring Switzerland to your home – with beautiful pictures.
© Switzerland Tourism. Used with permission.
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Background photo credits: Depositphotos, Francine Schaepper Photography, Organisation of the Swiss Abroad, CSA Oceania
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Congress of the Swiss Abroad and the meeting of the Council of the Swiss Abroad (CSA) that were to be held in Lugano this August had to be postponed to next year. As a consequence – and as a first of its kind – the CSA meeting was conducted virtually, utilising the online conference system ‘Demio’. It took place on 10 July 2020 and a total of 86 delegates participated.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the meeting of the Council of the Swiss Abroad (CSA) on 14 March 2020 in Berne had to be cancelled. As a consequence - and as a first in the history of the organisation – the 127 delegates were asked to cast their votes electronically in matters that couldn’t be postponed until the next meeting.
Sadly, the Congress of the Swiss Abroad that was to be held in Lugano from 21 to 23 August 2020, and with it the CSA summer assembly, had to be cancelled.
Dear fellow Swiss
As you are all aware the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is quickly spreading around the world but the World Health Organisation (WHO) has not changed its warning level (public health emergency of international concern) since January 30, 2020.
Are you a student or graduate from a university, university of applied arts and sciences, a teacher training college or a qualified teacher seeking experience?
The exchange-programs offered by Movetia gives young students and graduates from abroad the opportunity to work as language teaching assistants in Swiss grammar schools, vocational schools and vocational baccalaureate schools. As native speakers, they bring a unique richness to the teaching of languages, as well as exemplifying cultural aspects of their country of origin.
The program is for young Swiss Abroad who were either born in a country where English, German, French, Spanish or Italian is the official national language or have lived there from the age of four. The paid position begins after the summer holidays and usually lasts a whole school year. The deadline for applications for the school year 2020/21 is 13 March. For further information and registration, please see the website.
The team of the Consulate General in Sydney will be visiting Brisbane QLD from 24 April to 1 May 2020 with the mobile passport station.
Provided enough interest is received, Cairns QLD will also be visited during this time.
Registered citizens in QLD, NT and northern NSW will be contacted by email or letter two months prior to the visit with detailed information regarding dates, venues and procedures. Please ensure that the Consulate General has your up-to-date personal data and email address.
The Consulate General aims to provide this service to its compatriots rotating the locations, servicing each capital city on a regular basis.
Saturday, 5 October saw the ‘Young Swiss Citizen Celebration’ being held for the fourth time in Melbourne. 13 young Swiss who recently celebrated their 18th birthday, and thus became fully-fletched Swiss citizens, followed the invitation by the Hon. Consul, Manuela Erb, to a luncheon at the Swiss Club of Victoria. They were accompanied by families and friends.
CSA elections in 2021: because the Swiss e-voting systems are on hold until further notice, direct election via e-voting of the CSA delegates (as per pilot projects in Australia and Mexico in 2016) will not be possible. The CSA Delegates in Australia will have the job to organise the next elections without certainty of assistance at this stage. Importance is given to umbrella organisations in countries where they exist, which will have the task to organise fair and democratic elections. Default solution is the ‘old System’ each country carried in the past.
The 50th Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Summit took place in Tuvalu from 13 to 16 August, 2019.
Switzerland is a success story, but it will have to evolve under fast changing international conditions. Therefore, foreign policy will become more important for Switzerland’s prosperity and security. Starting from these reflections, Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis established the AVIS28 working group in 2018 with the aim to define a coherent and adaptive foreign policy vision for Switzerland for 2028. AVIS28 is a source of inspiration and new ideas, and at the same time, it should initiate a broad discussion on the future of Swiss foreign policy. Switzerland needs the courage to change. Its foreign policy must become more focused, networked and agile. Switzerland should also work more closely with like-minded states, like Australia and New Zealand, towards their common goals.
A lot has happened lately with regards to e-voting. There has been growing resistance and a fair bit of scare-mongering in Switzerland regarding the introduction of e-voting. Whilst the advantages are obvious to the government and the Swiss Abroad, sceptics argue that the trust in the democratic process is compromised due to e-security uncertainty and the cost of developing a secure system is also a concern. Earlier this year, a broad alliance of political parties has been collecting signatures for a popular initiative. Their aim is to ban the introduction of e-voting for at least five years.
OSA PRESS RELEASE: Bern, 13 June 2018 – The Organisation of the Swiss Abroad (OSA) representing the interests of 751,800 compatriots living abroad, is disappointed that the Council of States today rejected Motion 17.3626 by 30 votes to 9 with 4 abstentions. The Council of States has decided not to follow the majority of its Foreign Policy Commission (APK-S) and has rejected a motion calling on PostFinance to accept Swiss Abroad on similar terms as citizens residing in Switzerland. The problem that has existed for our compatriots living abroad for ten years remains unresolved.
OSA PRESS RELEASE: Bern, 30 May 2018 – The Organisation of the Swiss Abroad (OSA) is relieved that the Council of States has today decided to follow the recommendation of its Commission on Social Security and Health (SGK-S) to delete the amendment to Article 4 (1) in the context of the supplementary benefits reform. This means that the current rules remain in place. Last March, the National Council approved an application whereby Swiss Abroad would have had to pay social security contributions (AHV) for at least ten years in order to qualify for supplementary benefits, which would have discriminated against Swiss Abroad.