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100 Faces – Portraits of Swiss living abroad


Presence Switzerland, part of the Consular Directorate at the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and responsible for the image of Switzerland abroad, has worked closely with the OSA to mark the 100-year anniversary of the Organisation of the Swiss Abroad (OSA) with the release of the book “100 Faces – Portraits of Swiss living abroad”.

One hundred people, from past and present, with extraordinary life stories, represent their home to the world and influence the image of Switzerland abroad. Their lives are multifaceted and their reasons for emigration diverse. Yet all of Switzerland’s citizens living abroad have something in common – their connection to Switzerland.

Participants were invited to speak about their social background and their professional career in the language of their choice. This created portraits of 90 people from roughly 50 countries and all five continents with different life stories, personal stories that also represent the history of Swiss identity. Furthermore, the lives of ten figures from past centuries are highlighted, figures who made a name for themselves abroad.

Get to know these 100 people on the website