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Schweizer Schule Alexandrien, Ägypten

Das Jahr ist 1921 und 100 Schüler in Alexandrien - der Ägyptischen Handelsstadt am Mittelmeer - werden in der Schweizerschule französisch-sprachig nach dem Lehrplan des Kanton Waadt unterrichtet. Aus seiner exotischen Schulzeit der Kriegsjahre, vom morgendlichen Schweizer Fahnen-Aufzug bis zu König Farouk's Besuchen, erzählt Auslandschweizer Beat Knoblauch. >

Four highly recommended Swiss films

"The Divine Order," and "My life as Courgette," have obtained international acclaim and are widely available for viewing in English. The Swiss documentary "Die vierte Gewalt" and the movie "Die letzte Pointe" are two newly released Swiss-German language films addressing important contemporary issues. >
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SWISSWOOD Alphorns & Engel-Chörli Appenzell

Do you know what “Rugguusserli” in Appenzell Innerrhoden, “Zäüerli” in Ausserrhoden and “Jolen” in the Toggenburg refer to? Find out as Swiss abroad guest author Franz Muheim recently did when he attended a very innovative folk music concert in his native Kirchberg SG. >
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Kloster Kappel, Kappel am Albis

Every Swiss school child knows the story: warring soldiers of two Cantons brought about a famous Swiss peace treaty during the Reformation by sharing milk soup and bread, cooked in a large kettle over an open fire near beautifully restored Kappel Monastery, founded in 1185. >
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Beromünster Radioweg

Wayside sounds from Switzerland's radio history walk. Seven red radio boxes entertain, amaze and enlighten hikers on their walk through unspoilt forest and farming areas, moderately up the hill and heavily down memory lane! >
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Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen: Vertraute Stimme aus der Heimat

(German.) Die SRF Online Programme - eine der beliebtesten Heimat-Verbindungen der Auslandschweizer. Vom "Donnschtig-Jass" bis zum "Echo der Zeit". Ein Blick hinter die Kulissen des SRF Radio Studio's in Bern. >
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Roger Federer, social entrepreneur in high profile tennis

Roger Federer needs no introduction. The champion tennis player is Switzerland's best known ambassador. Increasingly, Roger Federer is also becoming a major player in a part of the world that does not associate his name with tennis. >

Light of Peace

In late November, a 12-year old boy lit a candle in the Grotto of the Nativity in Bethlehem. In a special lantern, the light is flown to Vienna, Austria, from where the Light of Peace is spread to over thirty countries in Europe and the USA, Canada (since 2009) and parts of South America. In Zürich and five other Swiss cities, it is received simultaneously at 5 pm on the third Sunday of Advent, to be spread, candle-by-candle, to all people present. >
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Swiss National Soup Day and other amazing community stories

The Spirit of Christmas imbued in three real-life initiatives: A group of parents buy a farm and create happy & purposeful lives for their impaired adult children. A woman re-distributes overflow food to the poor, and the indomitable spirit of sightless basket weaver Urs Schwarz who prevails over his many challenges. >
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Glasi Hergiswil

Look over the shoulders of a glass blower at work and feel the heat of the furnace! At 200 year old Glasi Hergiswil on Lake Lucerne, you can get up close and even blow your own Christmas ball!  >
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St. Nicholas arrival - Samichlaus Auszug

In the central cantons of Switzerland, Samichlaus' arrival - always with his donkey and his impressive entourage of bell and whip bearers - is celebrated by the community with age old customs. >
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Swiss Christmas traditions

Little hands eagerly await the month of December to open the first of 24 paper windows on their Advent calendar. December 6, St. Nicholas arrives with his donkey with Grittibänz, mandarins and chocolates, and, Christmas Eve, December 24, is when Christmas is celebrated in Switzerland. >
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Emmental Christmas market

A warm and authentic atmosphere reflect the charming, unhurried Bernese dialect and way of life of these Emmental country folk. Talented local artisans demonstrate traditional crafts in typical designs made of local materials. Far from flashy lights and repetitive music, these are gifts of value & authenticity. >
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Zürich Gourmet Trams

Enjoy a Fondue, an Apéro or take a trip with Saint Nicholas in an old-timer streetcar: Zürich Gourmet Trams delight every age in Holiday illuminated Zürich and throughout the rest of the year! >

Grittibänz & Christmas cookies

Grittibänz & Christmas cookies are the classic Advent pastries in Switzerland, equally loved by big and small. Try one of these recipes and decide for yourself! >
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Zürich Public Transportation - Holiday Dinners, Sightseeing, Books

Three fun ways to discover the city of Zürich via its iconic blue-and-white Public Transportation System: enjoy a Holiday gourmet dinner with changing scenery on an old-timer streetcar, take a podcast-guided sight-seeing tour or read some fun short stories with real-life colorit. >
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Die Pracht der Tracht - Swiss Traditional Costumes

Traditions are strongly alive in Switzerland: in large scale events, regional & village traditions and daily on radio & tv. The Fine Arts Museum of Solothurn's 'Die Pracht der Tracht' exhibit with its magnificent art collection of traditional costumes in paintings and other mediums draws parallels and connects the past to the present. >
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Justistal Chästeilet

Do you know the difference between Alp- and Bergkäse (Alp and mountain cheese)? The farmers hard work and skill culminate in the end-of-summer cheese distribution with a community gathering, music, mouthwatering fare and Alpabzug and is part of this Swiss tradition dating back to 1739. >

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