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Vote on 13 February 2022: two initiatives and two referendums

Swiss voters will go to the polls over two popular initiatives – “Yes to a ban on human and animal experiments” and “Yes to protecting children and young people from tobacco advertising” – plus referendums opposing the law on stamp duty and on the media law. 

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Further SwissCommunity News

Word of the President: Retrospective 2021

21 December 2021 - Filippo Lombardi looks back on the year 2021 and addresses his words directly to…

New rules on entering Switzerland

17 December 2021 - What are the entry requirements for Switzerland and where can you find the…

E-voting trials: new legal basis to be finalised by mid-2022

16 December 2021 - The cantons shall again be able to carry out trials with e-voting. The Federal…

Order your desk calendar 2022

14 December 2021 - Looking at the coming new year, you again have the opportunity to recieve a free…

New financial solution for the Swiss Abroad

1 December 2021 - Partnership between the Organisation of the Swiss Abroad and YAPEAL.

Results of the popular vote on 28 November 2021

The Fifth Switzerland votes similarly to the country as a whole. 

Winter meeting of the Council of the Swiss Abroad

Key topics on 27 November 2021 include the exercising of political rights and the banking issues.

COVID-19 Vaccination: Access to certificates

"Swiss COVID certificate" valid only in Switzerland and access via the centralised online platform.

30th anniversary of the "Area for the Swiss Abroad" in Brunnen (SZ)

24 September 2021 - In 2021, the anchorage of all Swiss Abroad in Brunnen (SZ) celebrates its 30th…

100 years of recruit care packages!

17 September 2021 - Every year, young Swiss men and women return to Switzerland to complete the…

New social security agreement between Switzerland and the United Kingdom

15 September 2021 - With Brexit, many social security agreements became invalid and around 70,000…

The new head of the Organisation of the Swiss Abroad and its goals for the legislative period 2021 - 2025

23 August 2021 - Filippo Lombardi replaces Remo Gysin as President of the Organisation of the Swiss…

Live stream of the meeting and election of the Council of the Swiss Abroad for the legislative period 2021 – 2025

16 August 2021 - On 20 and 23 August 2021, the meeting of the Council of the Swiss Abroad will be…

Live stream of the 1 August 2021 celebration in Brunnen

29 July 2021 - Join us from all over the world: At 5 p.m. (CET/Swiss time), our Director Ariane…

Successful 1st Congress of Young Swiss Abroad

21 July 2021 - For the first time, young Swiss Abroad came together online and were able to…

"Thanks to you, Switzerland is an infinitely large country."

8 July 2021 - Video message from Mr Guy Parmelin, President of the Swiss Confederation, to mark…

The Council of States sends a strong signal towards a memorial for the victims of National Socialism

8 June 2021 - On 8 June 2021, the Council of States approved a memorial for the victims of National…

Submission of life certificate for recipients of OASI or DI pensions

5 May 2021 - From 1 May 2021, OASI and DI recipients will again have to submit official life…

An important political step towards a memorial for Holocaust victims

23 March 2021 - An important matter of the Organisation of the Swiss Abroad has definitely reached…

The "electronic identity" had no chance at the ballot box

8 March 2021 - For the time being, no electronic identity (E-ID) will be introduced in Switzerland:…

Submission of life certificate

1 March 2021 - From 1 May 2021, OASI and DI recipients will again have to submit official life…

Order your desk calendar 2021

28 January 2021 - At the beginning of the year, Switzerland Tourism and the Organisation of the…

"Exit" does not exclude Fifth Switzerland

27 January 2021 - The euthanasia organisation Exit is refraining from a controversial step: Swiss…

COVID-19 Vaccination

11 January 2021 - The Organisation of the Swiss Abroad provides the following important information…

Happy New Year

31 December 2020 - We wish you a wonderful New Year 2021. May this new year be synonymous with…

Living abroad

Emigration & return migration

Voting & co-determination

Offers & events



At the end of 2020, 776,300 Swiss citizens lived abroad.

Community of the Swiss Abroad in numbers:


of all Swiss citizens live abroad.


Added together, they would form the fourth largest canton in Switzerland.


Swiss citizens emigrated in 2020.

"Swiss Review" articles

Swiss arms industry on the defensive

Switzerland’s arms industry is booming as countries around the world increase their military…

A new predator in Switzerland

Switzerland first picked up the trail of the golden jackal ten years ago. We now know that this…

Swiss, Tamil and a global star

The Swiss singer of Tamil descent, Priya Ragu, has achieved worldwide success with her single “Good…

Swiss scientists calculate the most exact pi number ever

The University of Applied Sciences of Grisons made global headlines by calculating pi to 62.8…

Globi will soon turn 90. He has had an eventful life so far.

The iconic Swiss cartoon character Globi can look back on an illustrious career since being invented…

Same-sex couples can now marry in Switzerland too

Now that the Swiss electorate has emphatically approved the “Marriage for all” proposal, lobbying…

Switzerland’s paradoxical love affair with cash

People in Switzerland are paying with cash less and less but stashing away more and more banknotes…

Swiss Review December 6/21

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The introduction of one or more reliable e-voting systems would finally enable the 207,375 Swiss citizens living abroad who are registered to vote to actively participate in referendums and elections in Switzerland.
Ariane Rustichelli Director, Organisation of the Swiss Abroad, SwissCommunity