It’s election time, and not just in Switzerland. The online vote for the official list of the new Seven Wonders of Nature is underway and the Matterhorn is one of the 28 finalists. It’s up against some very stiff competition – the Grand Canyon, Uluru, the Amazon and the Great Barrier Reef – but there are seven winners in this race (rather like the vote for the Federal Council in Switzerland!). Voting takes a couple of minutes and can be done in a host of languages. All you have to do go to the website and click on your seven choices. That’s it.
Four years ago the official new Seven Wonders of the World were picked by over 100 million voters worldwide. Nothing Swiss even managed to make it into the final, but then Switzerland doesn’t really have any world-famous monuments that could compete with the eventual winners: the Colosseum, Rio’s statue of Christ, the Taj Mahal, Great Wall of China, Machu Picchu, Petra, and Chichen Itza. But when it comes to natural wonders, Switzerland is surely in the running. I found it easy to pick seven Swiss candidates in this post last year – Seven Natural Wonders of Switzerland - including the Matterhorn, of course.
The deadline for voting is 11 November – 11.11.11 – so there’s still plenty of time for you to spread the word. Tell your friends and family, use the buttons below to put it on your Facebook page or Twitter, in fact do whatever it takes to help the Matterhorn (or Il Cervino, as it’s known in Italian) get picked. If you need more information about the famous mountain, this short post from my Swiss trivia series last year might help.
So what are you waiting for go and vote!