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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…

5 Tips for your holidays in Switzerland

30 June 2021 - What are the entry requirements for Switzerland and where can you find the relevant…

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 healthcare on the brink of intensive care

Switzerland has an ageing population with more and more people suffering from complex health issues.…

Bernard Rappaz, self-proclaimed Winkelried of cannabis

The pugnacious hemp farmer from Valais, Bernard Rappaz, returned to the media spotlight with a brand…

Borders far away, borders in the mind

No other municipality in Switzerland is situated further from an international border than Uetendorf…

Filippo Lombardi succeeds Remo Gysin

Remo Gysin stepped down from his role as president of the Organisation of the Swiss Abroad (OSA) at…

The weather extremes of climate change

Hail and floods instead of hot and sunny – summer 2021 was a wet affair in Switzerland. Climate…

From zeroes to heroes

The sight of Swiss international Xherdan Shaqiri consoling his distraught young teammate Ruben…

Alfred A. Häsler | “Window into a more civilised world”

In his 1967 work “Das Boot ist voll” (The boat is full), Alfred A. Häsler shone a light on the…

Independence of the judiciary under scrutiny

Anyone who wants to become a federal judge in Switzerland must join a political party. This has…

Swiss Review October 2021

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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