Multicultural and Cosmopolitan Switzerland Newsletters

The Alemannic Language

The Alemannic Language refers to (German) dialects in the south of the German-speaking region. The area of Lake Constance was never a linguistic unity, apart from the present-day German language and Latin Language in the Roman period. A distinction is made between Schwäbisch (north of Tuttingen and Immenstadt in Baden-Württemberg), Oberrheinalemannisch (Alsace), Bodenseealemannisch (German and … Read more » “The Alemannic Language”

Rumantsch Grischun and Education

Graubünden slowly matured to political autonomy in the 14th and 15th centuries. The Three Leagues (the God’s House (der Gotteshausbund), the Ten Jurisdictions (der Zehn Gerichtebund) and the Grey League, (der Graue or Obere Bund) separated from the feudal aristocratic system. They became autonomous communes and regions. The Three States joined in a Confederation of … Read more » “Rumantsch Grischun and Education”

The Romandy

The Swiss artist Ben Vautier exhibited his art by the claim “La Suisse n’existe pas” at the world exhibition in Seville (1992). Switzerland exists, no doubt, but what about the Romandy or La Suisse romande, the French-speaking part of Switzerland? Although religion plays a less critical role nowadays, the Catholic and Protestant dividing lines crisscross … Read more » “The Romandy”