Graubünden: People

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Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf

Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf

Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf was born in Felsberg on 16 March 1956. She rounded off her compulsory education with the 'matura' school-leaving certificate in 1976. Then she began to study law at Zurich University. In 1983 she graduated as a qualified attorney in Grisons. She qualified as a notary in 1986 and added a doctorate at Zurich University in 1990. Like her father, the former Federal Councillor Leon Schlumpf, Eveline was politically active in the Swiss People's Party (SVP), serving as Vice-Chair of its cantonal section from 1989 to 1998. In 1994 she was elected to the Grossrat or Cantonal Parliament. In 1999 she took over the leadership of the Cantonal Finance and Military Department. On 17 December 2007, in a surprise outcome, she was elected to the Federal Council. As a consequence of accepting her election, she was expelled from the SVP. Since 1 January 2008, Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf has been a member of the recently founded Conservative Democratic Party (BDP) of Switzerland. She currently heads the Federal Federal Department of Finance (FDF).


 

Rudolf Mirer

Rudolf Mirer

The painter Rudolf Mirer was born in Chur on 9 July 1937. He spent his childhood in various villages of the Canton of Grisons, where his father worked as a teacher. After his time of compulsory education, he completed a course at the Swiss Textile College in St. Gallen. After training, he spent several years as a textile designer with the company Stoffel-Tücher. After his return to the Canton of Grisons, in 1964,  Mirer dedicated himself wholly to his art work. Today he is considered an ambassador for Grisons, and the intense effect of his paintings is an attractive feature. Rudolf Mirer is known for his imaginative syntheses of painting and drawing. The artist now lives in the hamlet of Tusa, and exhibits his works to interested visitors in his gallery in Obersaxen.


 

Carlo Janka

Carlo Janka

Carlo Janka was born in Obersaxen, in the Canton of Grisons, on 15 October 1985. He competed in his first FIS ski race as early as December 2001. But it was to take him a further four years to gain his first podium place. From 2004, he took part in European Cup events, and two years later won the bronze medal in the giant slalom in the Junior World Championships in Mont Saint-Anne, Quebec, Canada. Janka was one of the most tipped favourites of the season for the 2009 World Championships in Val-d’Isère. At the 2010 Olympics in Whistler, British Colombia, Canada, he won the gold medal in the giant slalom.


 

Meta von Salis-Marschlins

Meta von Salis-Marschlins

Barbara Magaretha von Salis-Marschlins (Meta von Salis-Marschlins)  was born in Marschlins Castle in Iglis on 1 March 1855. She was Switzerland's first woman historian and one of the country's best-known women's rights campaigners. From an early age, she suffered from her aristocratic family's conservative notions of education and their ideas of a woman's life. As Meta von Salis later put it, "My first wrong step in this world was to belong to the female sex."  From 1883 she studied history, philosophy and history of art at Zurich University, where she graduated in 1887. On completing her studies, she worked as a journalist and lecturer. In 1887 she was the first woman in German-speaking Switzerland to claim fully equal suffrage for women in elections and referenda. In 1894 she was tried and convicted of dishonorable conduct, because she became involved with Caroline Farner, also campaigner for the Swiss women's rights. After this, she increasingly withdrew from public life, and died in Basel on 15 March 1929.


 

 

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