Period IV

A Multilingual Country

At a time when (young) Swiss citizens from German-speaking cantons sometimes have to communicate with their fellow citizens in French-speaking cantons in English in order to understand each other, the Forum for Bilingualism in Biel/Bienne is not a luxury

The canton of Grisons (the only trilingual canton, German, Italian, Romansh) and the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino also face similar problems when meeting their fellow citizens.

The Forum is a foundation domiciled in Biel/Bienne, the largest bilingual city in Switzerland. Its main activity is raising awareness of the advantages offered by a multilingual approach to education, politics, business, culture and other fields.

The Forum is a partner for institutions seeking advice concerning bi- and multilingual aspects thanks to its broad experience in the bilingual city of Biel/Bienne and the bilingual structures in place in the officially bilingual canton (state) of Berne.

The Forum is in close contact with various language research institutions and helps linguists to realize their research projects based on experiences in Biel/Bienne.(Source and further information:www.bilinguisme.ch).