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  • Support wanes for abolition of public broadcast fee
    A proposal to scrap the mandatory licence fee for services of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SBC) has lost more ground, according to a major opinion poll. The survey, published on Wednesday ahead of a nationwide vote on March 4, found that nearly two out of three people will reject the initiative. The initiative was launched by the youth chapters of the two major parties on the right of the political spectrum. Support for the initiative dropped 5% compared with a previous poll carried out by the leading GfS Bern research institute on behalf of the SBC in January. “The long-running debate has been losing steam and chances of the initiative gaining the upper hand are waning,” says GfS political scientist Martina Mousson. Discussions about the initiative began last October, triggering emotional campaigns and broad coverage in the following month both by traditional and social media. “The involvement of civil society against the initiative led to heated debates, pushing ...
  • Swiss Icon: a symbolic expression of Switzerland
    What comes to your mind when you think of Switzerland? Chocolate, banks, luxury watches? These omnipresent images are not only indispensable products in everyday Swiss life. They are also considered symbols of Swiss tradition by people all around the world. However, they are presented across cultures in very different ways. A few years ago, Chinese artist Ying Xu moved to Schaffhausen in northern Switzerland. Her daily life and discussions with Swiss friends about linguistic differences and the misunderstanding of images and symbols from different cultural perspectives provided her with ideas and subject matter for the “Swiss Icon” series. It has now become a major creative project for her. The “icons” Xu chose are typical “Made in Switzerland” products such as fondue, edelweiss or yodelling and brands which probably haven’t been widely recognised internationally, for example Grittibänz, Tiger-Finkli and Ricola. During the creative process, Xu gradually developed her own way of ...
  • Romansh-speakers call for more government support
    Eighty years ago, 92% of Swiss voters approved the recognition of Romansh as the country’s fourth national language. On the occasion of this anniversary, the language’s lobby association has called for a widening of its official territory. Speaking to media in Bern on Monday on the eve of the vote’s anniversary, Johannes Flury, president of the Lia Rumantscha association, said the whole of Switzerland should henceforth be recognised as the official territory of the language, rather than just its home region in the east. Flury told Swiss Public Television SRF – in Romansh – that the authorities in canton Graubünden needed to implement measures to ensure that the canton stayed trilingual.  The reason for the call is the language’s ongoing decline: while Romansh grows in reputation and popularity, it is dying out in reality. It is spoken by just 0.5% of the Swiss population (around 60,000 people) and has been classified as at risk by UNESCO. + More on the struggle for ...
  • Boris Johnson's "mummy"
    This is thought to be UK Foreign Minister, Boris Johnson's great-great-great-great-great-grandmother. The best-known mummy in Switzerland was for decades a riddle to scientists. After 40 years, its identity has been unveiled. She was a lady with an illustrious family tree that leads back to the upper echelons of British high society. The mummy's name was Anna Catharina Bischoff, she lived from 1719 to 1787 and was related to the nobility of Basel. (SRF, swissinfo.ch)
  • Celebrating the ‘fifth season’ Swiss-style
    During carnival, the photographers of the Swiss picture agency Keystone are often in action at unusual hours, documenting wild celebrations in all their local forms across the country.  The last big event in the annual carnival calendar in the “Morgestraich” in Basel. At 4am, masked people playing piccolos and drums set off through the city.  + More information on Swiss customs and traditions The collection of images presents a short – and obviously far from complete – stroll through Switzerland’s carnival traditions. Not everywhere puts on massive events – in many places carnival consists simply of smaller parties and masked get-togethers in local pubs.  (All images: Keystone; text: Thomas Kern, swissinfo.ch)
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The United Swiss Societies of Northern California (USSNC), founded in 1912, merged with the Swiss House Association of California, which had incorporated on July 21, 1930, the merger created the new name, United Swiss House of Northern California, Inc., which on February 11, 1983 incorporated to its current name. United Swiss Societies of Northern California, Inc., organized as a California Non-Profit Public Benefit Corporation, 501(c)(4), tax ID 23-7126939