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  • Uphill, but no struggle for these skiers
    When a window of good weather appears, Swiss photographer Dan Patitucci, heads for the snowy hills. With two days of sun bookended by grey and wet conditions, we decided to take advantage of the great weather and fresh snow by ski touring both days in the Bernese Oberland.  Together with friends, we headed up to the Lobhorn Hut, then further towards the Schwalmerer, a 2777-metre-high peak we look up at from our home in Interlaken.  Conditions were perfect; shin-deep powder, and no tracks. Now, conditions are perfect to be working inside again. At work and play We are fortunate to call the mountains our workplace and still marvel at what we get to do on any given work day, be it in the Alps or Himalaya.  After all these years, the passion we have for life as mountain sport athletes and photographers hasn't faded. Experiencing the Alps on so many levels keeps us motivated for what comes next. Grandiose landscapes Since December, swissinfo.ch has been publishing a series ...
  • Australia's Ticinese have strong ties to a faraway home
    In the mid-19th century, around 2,000 people left the Swiss canton of Ticino for Australia. More than 150 years later, the legacy of the “Swiss Italians” can still be seen in the state of Victoria.  In the regions of Daylesford and Hepburn Springs, northeast of Melbourne, you will find a hotel Bellinzona, the Locarno thermal springs, the cricket grounds builder Tinetti and the Lavandula farm. They all bear witness to this large wave of emigration from the southern Swiss canton of Ticino to Australia. During the 1850s, droves of people left behind the poverty of the Ticino valleys and, to a lesser extent, the val Poschiavo in the adjoining canton of Graubünden to seek their fortunes on the other side of the world. Many were lured by the promise of gold in the states of Victoria and New South Wales. But most were bitterly disappointed. By the time they arrived, the gold rush was almost over. Many returned home empty-handed and with big debts to pay, or left straightaway for the ...
  • Support wanes for abolition of public broadcast fee
    A proposal to scrap the mandatory licence fee for services of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SBC) has lost more ground, according to a major opinion poll. The survey, published on Wednesday ahead of a nationwide vote on March 4, found that nearly two out of three people will reject the initiative. The initiative was launched by the youth chapters of the two major parties on the right of the political spectrum. Support for the initiative dropped 5% compared with a previous poll carried out by the leading GfS Bern research institute on behalf of the SBC in January. “The long-running debate has been losing steam and chances of the initiative gaining the upper hand are waning,” says GfS political scientist Martina Mousson. Discussions about the initiative began last October, triggering emotional campaigns and broad coverage in the following month both by traditional and social media. “The involvement of civil society against the initiative led to heated debates, pushing ...
  • Swiss Icon: a symbolic expression of Switzerland
    What comes to your mind when you think of Switzerland? Chocolate, banks, luxury watches? These omnipresent images are not only indispensable products in everyday Swiss life. They are also considered symbols of Swiss tradition by people all around the world. However, they are presented across cultures in very different ways. A few years ago, Chinese artist Ying Xu moved to Schaffhausen in northern Switzerland. Her daily life and discussions with Swiss friends about linguistic differences and the misunderstanding of images and symbols from different cultural perspectives provided her with ideas and subject matter for the “Swiss Icon” series. It has now become a major creative project for her. The “icons” Xu chose are typical “Made in Switzerland” products such as fondue, edelweiss or yodelling and brands which probably haven’t been widely recognised internationally, for example Grittibänz, Tiger-Finkli and Ricola. During the creative process, Xu gradually developed her own way of ...
  • Romansh-speakers call for more government support
    Eighty years ago, 92% of Swiss voters approved the recognition of Romansh as the country’s fourth national language. On the occasion of this anniversary, the language’s lobby association has called for a widening of its official territory. Speaking to media in Bern on Monday on the eve of the vote’s anniversary, Johannes Flury, president of the Lia Rumantscha association, said the whole of Switzerland should henceforth be recognised as the official territory of the language, rather than just its home region in the east. Flury told Swiss Public Television SRF – in Romansh – that the authorities in canton Graubünden needed to implement measures to ensure that the canton stayed trilingual.  The reason for the call is the language’s ongoing decline: while Romansh grows in reputation and popularity, it is dying out in reality. It is spoken by just 0.5% of the Swiss population (around 60,000 people) and has been classified as at risk by UNESCO. + More on the struggle for ...
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The United Swiss Societies of Northern California (USSNC), founded in 1912, merged with the Swiss House Association of California, which had incorporated on July 21, 1930, the merger created the new name, United Swiss House of Northern California, Inc., which on February 11, 1983 incorporated to its current name. United Swiss Societies of Northern California, Inc., organized as a California Non-Profit Public Benefit Corporation, 501(c)(4), tax ID 23-7126939