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99th Congress of the Swiss Abroad 2023 in St. Gallen

Swiss culture: an export product?

The 99th Congress of the Swiss Abroad 2023 will be held in St. Gallen from 18 to 20 August 2023.

The dissemination of Swiss culture abroad and international cultural exchange are key elements of cultural promotion. This also includes education and Swiss schools abroad. Although our country's culture does not stop at our borders, the very rich cultural heritage of the Swiss abroad is not sufficiently recognised. However, the dissemination of culture and the exchange associated with it, as well as the preservation of tangible and intangible heritage, have a strong influence on identity formation, the perception of a country abroad, the economy and also technological development.

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.