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98th Congress of the Swiss Abroad 2022 in Lugano

What are the challenges for our democracy?

Globalisation, migration, data protection, increasing digitalisation, exercising political rights, ensuring the rule of law, the Covid-19 pandemic and possible future pandemics: how is the democratic system of Switzerland reacting to the current challenges? Where does it need to reform? How can we ensure Switzerland's unique democratic basis is preserved as we are exposed to increasingly supranational political, economic and financial forces?

Personalities from the fields of politics, economics and science will try to provide answers or reflections on these and many other questions.

Mark the weekend of 19 to 21 August 2022 in your agenda and visit us in Lugano! Registration form

Palazzo dei Congressi

Congress of the Swiss Abroad

Hotel Splendide Royal

Final evening

Monte Generoso

Trip to Monte Generoso Lunch in Fiore di Pietra Botta adventure path

Congress of the Swiss Abroad

Once a year in August, the Organisation of the Swiss Abroad organises a congress for Swiss citizens living all around the world. The event has become a popular meeting and networking opportunity for all those who are interested in the international mobility of the “Fifth Switzerland”. The diverse themes are picked to match the interests and expectations of this audience.

Every year a different region of Switzerland hosts the congress. Up to 400 participants meet compatriots from around the world, listen to interesting speeches, inform themselves about developments in Switzerland, talk about their own experiences and get to know interesting personalities from the worlds of the Swiss economy and politics.

Thanks to a varied social programme, including sightseeing and excursions across the host region, participation in this event promises a unique experience.

All speeches and sessions at the congress are held in German or French – the plenary session on Saturday will also be translated into Italian.