Contributions and messages from around Australia and Switzerland.

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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!

OSA President, Remo Gysin adresses the Swiss in Oceania

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

Australian Delegate of the CSA, Beat Knoblauch

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

Swiss Consulate in Sydney

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

Swiss Embassy in Canberra

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

Diccon Bewes – author, traveller, chocolate lover

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

The Rütli Spirit - Charles Knight, Canberra

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

Brisbane’s Bärg-Röseli members active @Home

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

Swiss Club Celebrations in and around Adelaide

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

National Day Picnic at Castle Hill Showground in Sydney

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

Yodel Choir Matterhorn & Tschäderebäng Band, Melbourne

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

Bergfrühlingsfest on the Männlichen in Grindelwald

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.

National Day sausage-sizzle in lock-down Melbourne

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

Swiss History in a Nutshell

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 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!

Address by the President of the Swiss Confederation

“You convey Switzerland’s democratic principles to the world.” Watch President Simonetta Sommaruga’s National Day address to the Swiss Abroad.

© UVEK /

Dream now – travel later

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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