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The (almost) Swiss President of the United States

November 8, 2012, 2 Comments

President’s Obama’s right little toe is Swiss, or at least a small part of him is: 1/256th to be exact.

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Have you been Newly Swissed yet?

July 20, 2012, 1 Comment

Shocking news: I am not the only one writing about Swissness in all its glory. There are others.

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The land of the scarlet slippers

April 3, 2012, 8 Comments

Red shoes. It’s amazing how two innocent little words in one book can unexpectedly provoke so much heated debate.

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The ten most popular posts of 2011

January 23, 2012, No comments

2011. It was quite a year. Arab Spring, London riots, Fukushima, euro crisis – and a general election in Switzerland. 

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What do other Europeans call Switzerland?

September 1, 2011, 11 Comments

Schweiz, Suisse, Svizzera, Svizra. Switzerland has four names in its four national languages, and that’s not counting the domestic versions of the...

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Four little films about Swissness

June 15, 2011, 5 Comments

For the past few weeks I’ve been making little video podcasts about Swissness. The very first one featured a coconut which...

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One blog, 150 posts & 100,000 visitors

April 28, 2011, 6 Comments

I couldn’t have planned it better if I’d tried. This is the 150th post on this blog, and at 22.42 last night...

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Switzerland from A to Z

October 5, 2010, 8 Comments

A is for apple. Ever since William Tell shot one off his son’s head, the humble apple has been the unofficial national...

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A beginner’s guide to Swissness

June 4, 2010, 36 Comments

It’s the opening round of Family Fortunes (or 5Gegen5 if you’re reading this in Switzerland). The host says, “We asked 100 people to...

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