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Switzerland is a mosaic of various historical experiences, languages, religions and dialects, and it is therefore difficult to define a particular Swiss culture. In the cantons you keep your own traditions and customs.

The Swiss would like to emphasize that the unity of the country is best preserved if the diversity is strengthened, although this can hardly be said to include the immigrant cultures.

Throughout history, a number of Swiss cultural figures have gained international attention, such as the philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau, writers such as Gottfried Keller, Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz, Max Frisch and Friedrich Dürrenmatt, artists such as Alberto Giacometti, Paul Klee, Jean Tinguely and Ferdinand Hodler, the architect Le Corbusier, composer Arthur Honegger and filmmaker Alain Tanner.

  • Countryaah: Latest population statistics of Switzerland, including religious profiles and major languages spoken as well as population growth rates in next three decades.

The resort of Montreux on Lake Geneva is famous for its annual jazz festivals. Until 2003, the international TV festival Guldrosen was also held here, but it was then moved to Lucerne.

A special foundation funds translations of literature from one national language to another.

Culture of Switzerland2018


Two new female ministers in the government

December 5

After Finance Minister Johann Schneider-Amman from the FDP Liberals and Environment and Transport Minister Doris Leuthard from the Christian Democratic People's Party both retire, two new women ministers are appointed. Karin Keller-Sutter becomes new finance minister after party colleague Schneider-Amman, while Christian Democrat Viola Amherd becomes new minister of environment and transport.

No to allow migrant ships to sail under the Swiss flag

December 3

A proposal by some parliamentarians from different parties is rejected by the government. The politicians who come from different political camps want the ship Aquarius to sail under the Swiss flag. The ship rescues distressed migrants in the Mediterranean and is operated by aid organizations SOS Mediterranee and Doctors Without Borders. Since the withdrawal of the ship's right to sail under the country's flag at the end of September, Aquarius has not been able to leave the port of Marseille in France.


No to let Swiss law go before international law

November 26th

Nearly two-thirds of Swiss people in a referendum vote against a proposal to put domestic law before international legislation. Right-wing populists, including the SVP, supported the proposal, which could be seen as a way to safeguard Switzerland's national sovereignty and counteract its relations with the EU. The proposal met with strong opposition from the government and business.


Berset becomes president of the federation

January 1st

Alain Berset, who has been Minister of the Interior since 2012 and was Vice President of 2017, will take up the position of Federal President in 2018.


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