Forum of Bilingualism

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, the Forum of Bilingualism (Forum du bilingualism/ Forum für Zweisprachigkeit) in Biel/Bienne is not a luxury Citizens of the canton Grisons (the only trilingual canton: German, Italian and Romansh) and the Italian-speaking … Read more » “Forum of Bilingualism”

Bridge in Switzerland

The Netherlands and Switzerland were, until 1795 respectively, 1798, republics of seven sovereign provinces of the Netherlands and thirteen sovereign cantons of the Confederation (Eidgenossenschaft). Both were recognised as independent states by the Peace of Münster/Westphalia in 1648. Close diplomatic, military and commercial contacts existed between countries and their cantons/provinces. Swiss (Protestant) mercenaries in the … Read more » “Bridge in Switzerland”

A Country of Museums

The first museums originated in Renaissance Italy during the fifteenth century. Rome and Greece’s political and constitutional models were popular, and the (re)discovery of Greek and Roman authors increased the awareness of the ancient world. Many citizens started to collect items and show them off. Antique objects (coins, statues, everyday objects, inscriptions and other artefacts) were … Read more » “A Country of Museums”