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The Expert Guide to Your Life in Switzerland
Brought to you by Rigby together with Bergli Books, The Expert Guide is a series about life in Switzerland.
Nov 8, 2022
The Media in Switzerland with Veronica DeVore of SWI swissinfo
In this episode, we welcome Veronica DeVore. Veronica is a Swiss-American dual national, living in Bern and working as Head of Audience at SWI swissinfo.ch. We speak with Veronica about her background, her experience of living here in Switzerland having grown up in the US, about the Swiss media landscape and about how certain stories in the news here may resonate with a global audience.
Oct 7, 2022
Voting rights for women in Switzerland with Clare O'Dea, author of Voting Day
In this episode, we welcome back Clare O'Dea, who spoke with us once before about Swiss neutrality. Clare is an Irish author and journalist living in Fribourg, here in Switzerland. She worked for the international service of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation for 10 years, and she's written three books, 'The Naked Swiss: The Nation Behind 10 Myths', which examines the main stereotypes about the Swiss, 'The Naked Irish', which does the same thing for Ireland, and Voting Day, her first novel, which is set in 1959, on the day that Swiss men voted 'no' to granting women the vote. It will be Voting Day that we'll be looking at a little more closely in today's episode.
Sep 8, 2022
Foreigners in Switzerland
In this episode, we speak about foreigners in Switzerland. We look at who they are, where they live, voting rights and more.
Aug 8, 2022
Swiss Travel for Visitors
We have something a little bit different again for you this time, which is another conversation with Beth Zurbuchen. Beth is the President of the Swiss Centre of North America, and Diccon met with her in New Glarus as part of his recent tour of the US. In this conversation, Beth tells us a little bit about her experience of travelling in Switzerland as a Swiss citizen, but one who didn't grow up here.
Jul 9, 2022
Summer in Switzerland
In this episode, we speak about a few things to do during the summer in Switzerland.
Jun 8, 2022
A chat with Beth Zurbuchen, the President of the Swiss Center of North America
We have something a bit different for you this time, which is a conversation between Diccon and Beth Zurbuchen. Beth is the President of the Swiss Center of North America, and Diccon met with her in New Glarus, as part of his recent tour of the US. In this conversation, Beth tells us a bit about her experience of holding onto her Swiss heritage while living abroad. If you like this podcast, please subscribe and, if you work in IT and would like to find a role here in Switzerland, or if you’re looking to hire, please let us know. We’d be happy to help. The best way to do that is to send us an email to email@example.com, and we’ll be in touch. So, enjoy the episode!
May 8, 2022
The Swiss abroad
In this episode, we’ll be talking about the Swiss abroad, or die fünfte Schweiz. We'll look at where some of the Swiss who moved abroad went and why.
Apr 8, 2022
Neutrality in Switzerland - Is Switzerland still neutral?
In this episode, we’ll be talking about Swiss neutrality, in light of Switzerland’s recent decision to join the international community in imposing sanctions on Russia. Switzerland has not officially taken part in conflict since 1815 and Napoleon’s defeat at Waterloo. This neutrality is a key principle of Swiss foreign policy, and has allowed its diplomats room to manoeuvre to pursue various objectives. Now however, the country has taken a position regarding Russia’s attack on Ukraine. As we will see, it isn’t easy being neutral nowadays. Here to discuss this with us is Clare O’Dea. Clare is an Irish author and journalist living in Fribourg. She has worked for Swissinfo and has written three books, including The Naked Swiss, which examines the main stereotypes about the country and its people, including neutrality.
Mar 8, 2022
Etiquette and blunders
In this episode, we look at putting your foot in it and getting things wrong.
Jan 5, 2022
Swiss food with Andie Pilot of Helvetic Kitchen
In this episode we have something a little different for you, which is a talk with the author Andie Pilot. Andie is a trained pastry chef, with a Swiss mother, who grew up in Canada and moved to Switzerland in 2010. She started a blog about Swiss food, Helvetic Kitchen, in 2015 and from there has published three books: Helvetic Kitchen, Drink like the Swiss and Swiss Cookies. Today she lives in the bucolic Emmental valley. Enjoy!
Dec 7, 2021
Swiss Winter Festivals and Traditions
In this episode, we speak about some of the traditions of winter here in Switzerland.
Nov 8, 2021
Money in Switzerland
Money in Switzerland
Oct 6, 2021
In this episode we take a brief run through Swiss history.
Sep 6, 2021
Travel in Switzerland
In this episode we speak about various aspects of travel in Switzerland.
Aug 6, 2021
Direct Democrary in Switzerland - how does it work?
In this episode we take a closer look at the Swiss political system of direct democracy.
May 25, 2021
Seven Things You Always Wanted to Know About Life in Switzerland
In this episode we tackle seven things you always wanted to know about life in Switzerland, but were maybe too afraid or too embarrassed to ask!