U.S. Embassy Bern Welcomes Pollinators

Eleven years ago, the U.S. Senate’s unanimous approval and designation of a week in June as “National Pollinator Week” marked a necessary step toward addressing the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations.  Pollinator Week has now grown into an international celebration of the valuable services bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles provide to our ecosystem. ...
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Independence Day Celebration 2018

On June 27, Embassy Bern hosted its annual Independence Day celebration, commemorating the 242nd anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, which created a new nation known as the United States of America. We celebrated with great friends, delicious food, and incredible music by the U.S. Naval Forces Europe Band “Flagship Combo” and ...
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Ambassador McMullen’s Remarks at the 2018 Independence Day Celebration

Ambassador McMullen’s Remarks for Independence Day Celebration June 27, 2018   Representatives of the Swiss federal administration, Representatives of the Liechtenstein government, Representatives of the Swiss Armed Forces, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, Thank you all so much for joining us today to celebrate the 242nd anniversary of American independence.  We are so pleased to welcome ...
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Arts Envoy Musician and Spokesperson Gaelynn Lea Wowed Swiss Audiences

The U.S. Embassy Bern was happy to host the American violinist Gaelynn Lea from June 12 until June 21, 2018.  She visited Switzerland as part of the State Department’s Arts Envoy Program.  During her stay, Gaelynn met with several high school classes from Bern and Aargau and more than 100 students from the International School ...
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U.S. Fulbright Specialist Collaborates with Swiss on Migrants’ Health

Clinical psychologist and Fulbright Specialist Adam Brown is collaborating with the Emergency Department at the University Hospital in Bern to detect and treat mental health issues among refugees. After a year of research and collaboration in Switzerland and the United States, we caught up with him to learn more about his experiences. Adam Brown is collaborating with ...
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Ambassador McMullen Addresses Miami Beach Delegation Visiting Art Basel

For the opening of Art Basel 2018, Ambassaor McMullen gave a welcome address at a reception for representatives from Miami Beach at the City Hall in Basel. The Canton of Basel-Stadt has long-standing ties to the United States. In 2002, the Art Basel took place in Miami Beach for the first time, which established an ongoing ...
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Ambassador McMullen Hosted U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos in Switzerland

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos visited Switzerland June 6 to June 8, 2018 to take a closer look at its education system, learn about apprenticeships, and meet with experts in the field. Secretary DeVos was invited by Federal Councilor Johann Schneider-Ammann to deliver a keynote address at the third International Congress on Vocational and ...
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Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Sigal Mandelker’s Speech on U.S. Withdrawal from the JCPOA

Under Secretary Sigal Mandelker Speech before the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies June 5, 2018 Introduction Thank you for inviting me to speak today, Mark.  It’s a pleasure to be here at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD).  We greatly appreciate your insight and ideas. When President Trump announced his decision last ...
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Americans in Switzerland: Dr. Arlie R. Hochschild, Professor of Sociology, Receives Honorary Degree from University of Lausanne

Dr. Arlie R. Hochschild has visited Switzerland many times for tourism, to speak in expert panels at the World Economic Forum, and most recently, to accept an honorary degree from the University of Lausanne. The U.S. Embassy could not pass up an opportunity to ask her a few questions about her life, work, and perspective ...
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U.S. Policy: Free, Fair, and Reciprocal Trade

To better understand the U.S. government’s position on trade, you need to look at the numbers. The following graphic provides an overview and comparison of tariffs applied by different countries in different sectors. The data originates from the WTO Country Tariff Profiles , as well as the U.S. Census Bureau . The graphic is available in a PDF-format and can be downloaded ...
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Ambassador McMullen Attends 10 Years Disney Research in Switzerland

On June 1,  Ambassador Edward T. McMullen, Jr.  attended the celebration of ten years of Disney research in Zurich, Switzerland.  At the celebration, examples of the successful collaboration between Disney and the Swiss Polytechnic University, ETH, were shown.  With strong ties to the Computer Graphics lab at ETH, the Disney lab in Zurich is influencing video ...
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Ambassador McMullen, Jr. Celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the Swiss Fulbright Alumni

On May 31, 2018, Ambassador Edward T. McMullen, Jr. welcomed Fulbright alumni to celebrate the Swiss Fulbright Alumni Association’s 10th anniversary at the official residence in Bern. Ambassador McMullen recognized Karl Safft, Thomas Heinis, Andrè Kudelski, and Martin Naville for their commitment to the Swiss Fulbright Alumni Association. The honorees and Fulbright alumni were joined ...
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LGBTI Pride Month

Press Statement by Secretary of State Pompeo Washington, DC June 1, 2018 The United States joins people around the world in celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) Pride Month, and reaffirms its commitment to protecting and defending the human rights of all, including LGBTI persons. In many parts of the world, LGBTI individuals and their ...
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State Department Releases International Religious Freedom Report for 2017

On May 29, 2018 the U.S. Department of State released the International Religious Freedom Annual Report 2017 , which provides details on the status of religious freedom in various countries and territories. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called religious freedom “a right belonging to every individual on the globe” and said the U.S. “stands with those who yearn for religious liberty.” At the ...
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Wie der Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) die USA veränderte und anderen Staaten als Vorbild dient

Dieser Artikel erschien in Zeitschrift von agile.ch Behinderung & Politik – 2/2018 – Vorwärts mit der Gleichstellung! Was machen amerikanische Organisationen anders, und was könnte auch in der Schweiz umgesetzt werden? Diese Fragen nahmen fünf Experten/Expertinnen, die sich in der Schweiz für gleiche Rechte und Chancen für Menschen mit Behinderungen engagieren, mit auf eine 10-tägige ...
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U.S. Fulbrighters in Switzerland Visit U.S. Embassy in Bern

The Embassy hosted U.S. Fulbright scholars in Bern last week.  The Americans are wrapping up their year of research in Switzerland as part of the Fulbright scholarship program.  The ten students arrived in the fall of 2017 and have been working in Basel, Zurich, Bern, Lausanne and Geneva doing research in the areas of IT, ...
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U.S. Embassy Honors the Passing of Former U.S. Ambassador Whittlesey with Flag Ceremony

Ambassador Edward T. McMullen, Jr. and the U.S. Embassy staff honored former U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland Faith Whittlesey with a flag ceremony in front of the U.S. Embassy this morning.  Ambassador Whittlesey served as U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland for nearly five years over two tours (1981-1983; 1985-1988) during the administration of President Ronald Reagan.  Ambassador ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Tara Feret Erath Welcomes Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb

Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb and his business development delegation were welcomed by Chargé d’Affairs Tara Erath at the official residence in Bern to meet with current and prospective investors.  Indiana is home to 38 Switzerland-based companies that employ over 11,300 Indiana workers, accounting for 6% of all jobs in Indiana supported by foreign investment.  ...
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Statement from Secretary Pompeo on the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia

The United States stands for the protection of fundamental freedoms and universal human rights. Our nation was founded on the bedrock principle that we are all created equal – and that every person is entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Around the world, far too many governments continue to arrest and abuse ...
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Ambassador McMullen, Jr. Welcomed the Central South Carolina Alliance Investment Delegation

On May 16, 2018, Ambassador Edward T. McMullen, Jr. welcomed the Central South Carolina Alliance investment delegation for a business luncheon at the “Zunfthaus zum Rüden” guild house in Zurich to promote the Palmetto State as an investment destination.  South Carolina, which emerged as an industrial powerhouse with over $4.8 billion in new capital investment ...
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Statement from Secretary Pompeo on the Occasion of Ramadan

On behalf of the United States Department of State, I offer best wishes to Muslims around the world for a peaceful and blessed Ramadan. For those observing this month, it is a time of reverence, generosity, and spiritual introspection. Ramadan is also a cherished time of community, often spent reconnecting with family and friends. It ...
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Demonstration by Revolutionary Youth Group in Bern today, May 15, 2018

Demonstration by Revolutionary Youth Group in Bern today, May 15, 2018 Location:      Demonstrators are expected to gather in front of the main train station in Bern today, May 15,at 5:00 p.m.  Event:           The demonstration is organized by the Revolutionary Youth Group Bern.  The group plans to protest the relocation of the U.S. Embassy in ...
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Remarks by President Trump at Swearing-In Ceremony of Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State

State Department Washington, D.C. 11:17 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  I must say, that’s more spirit that I’ve heard from the State Department in a long time — many years.  (Laughter.)  We can say many years, and maybe many decades.  It’s going to be a fantastic start, a fantastic day.  And that spirit will ...
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Impressing Students with Pulled Pork Burgers and Peanut Butter Jelly Sandwiches

Embassy Bern attended the Global Village event organized by the international youth organization AIESEC at the University in Bern. The students present were able to try food specialties from all around the world, prepared by Embassies and citizens of the respective countries.   We contributed two American classics: pulled pork sliders and peanut butter jelly sandwiches. ...
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Security Alert: May Day Demonstrations and Security Reminder (May 1, 2018)

  Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland – May 1, 2018 Location: Various cities throughout Switzerland and Liechtenstein Event: May Day demonstrations are expected in various locations throughout Switzerland and Liechtenstein today. Please be alert for potential traffic or public transport delays. Additionally, the U.S. government remains concerned that terrorists are intent on ...
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Ambassador Edward T. McMullen, Jr. Discusses American Job Creation and U.S. Investments with Mercuria Leadership

Ambassador Edward T. McMullen, Jr. met with Mercuria CEO Marco Dunand and President Daniel Jaeggi to discuss Mercuria’s significant investments in the United States, as well as continued plans for expansion and the creation of jobs at its various operations.  Mercuria Energy, one of the largest independent commodity traders in the world, is also one ...
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Ambassador McMullen at Geneva Book Fair

On April 25, Ambassador Edward McMullen attended the official opening of the 32nd annual Geneva Book Fair–the second largest French-language book fair in the world. The Fair attracted 100,000 guests and up to 1,000 authors over five days. The city of New York was honored with a special pavilion and an extensive program of activities. ...
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Re-Opening of U.S. Consular Agency in Geneva

We are pleased to announce the official re-opening of the Consular Agency in Geneva on Thursday, April 26, 2018. Currently, more than 40,000 U.S. citizens reside in Switzerland, and Swiss authorities estimate over one million U.S. tourists visit Switzerland each year. The agency has previously been offering limited services due to a staffing gap. Keeping ...
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Embassy Bern Celebrates World Intellectual Property Day

April 26, 2018, marks the 18th annual celebration of World Intellectual Property (IP) Day.  Intellectual property underpins nearly every aspect of the economy – it supports good paying jobs, creativity in the arts, innovation in sciences and technology, and it creates a framework that allows new industries and innovations to flourish. Every year, we celebrate ...
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Ambassador Edward T. McMullen, Jr. Visits Novartis Campus in Basel

Ambassador Edward T. McMullen, Jr. was welcomed by Novartis CEO Dr. Vasant Narasimhan and his team at the Novartis Campus in Basel for a discussion and a campus tour.  Ambassador McMullen learned about Novartis’ significant footprint in the United States, as well as the company’s diversified portfolio of healthcare businesses and cutting-edge research in innovative ...
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Ambassador McMullen Participates in Panel Discussion at GDI in Rueschlikon

Ambassador Edward T. McMullen, Jr. participated in a panel discussion with industry leaders at the Zurich Economic Impulse event on Swiss-U.S. relations with a focus on innovation and regulation. Ambassador McMullen highlighted the robust economic ties between Switzerland and the United States spurred by both countries’ innovative economies, the U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act ...
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Americans in Switzerland: Jessica Caldwell “Sometimes, I’m speaking in French and nobody knows that I’m speaking in French!”

Jessica Caldwell, a native Hoosier (colloquial tern for a resident of the State of Indiana) came to Switzerland in September of last year for a Master’s degree program at the Adolphe Merkle Institute in Fribourg which offers a broad array of programs with specialties in biology, physics, chemistry, chemical engineering and more.  She met with ...
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Ambassador Edward T. McMullen, Jr. Toured the ABB Facility

Ambassador Edward T. McMullen, Jr. was welcomed by ABB CEO Dr. Ulrich Spiesshofer ‎at ABB for a guided tour at the Zurich facility. Ambassador McMullen saw first hand the power and automation technologies that enable utility, industry, transport and infrastructure customers to improve their performance. ABB has a very robust presence in many states in ...
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Ambassador McMullen Hosts U.S. Business Delegation and Swiss Business Executives

Ambassador Edward T. McMullen, Jr. welcomed ‎officials from Ernst & Young, Kuehne + Nagel, Parker Poe, the Charlotte Chamber, Central Piedmont Community College, and the Swiss business community at his residence to discuss areas of interest pertaining to investment opportunities in the United States. Participants included business officials that either have investments in the United ...
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Demonstration Alert: Demonstration in Bern on Saturday, April 7, 2018

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland (April 6, 2018) Subject:          Demonstration in Bern on Saturday, April 7, 2018 Location: Demonstrators are expected to gather in front of the main train station in Bern on Saturday, April 7, between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m.  They are also expected to march through downtown. Event: The ...
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Ambassador Edward T. McMullen, Jr. Visits Train Maker Stadler Rail in Eastern Switzerland

On March 19, Ambassador Edward T. McMullen, Jr. was welcomed by Stadler Rail Executive Chairman Peter Spuhler and CEO Dr. Thomas Ahlburg to tour the Stadler Rail manufacturing facility in Bussnang.  Mr. Spuhler and Dr. Ahlburg provided an overview on Stadler Rail’s activities in Switzerland and Salt Lake City, Utah, where Stadler Rail is establishing ...
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Romina Boccia, Heritage Foundation Expert on Fiscal Policy and Tax Reform, in Switzerland

On invitation by the U.S. Embassy in Bern, Romina Boccia of the Heritage Foundation spoke to a variety of audiences about U.S. fiscal policy, U.S. trade relations and the U.S. government debt. Her audiences were staff of the Federal Swiss Department of Finance and of the business organization EconomieSuisse. She also gave interviews to Swiss ...
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Ambassador McMullen, Jr. Hosted Indiana Commerce Secretary

On March 23, Ambassador Edward McMullen, Jr. hosted Indiana Commerce Secretary Jim Schellinger and current and prospective Swiss investors at his residence for lunch to promote investments in Indiana.  Indiana is home to 38 Switzerland-based companies.  Swiss affiliate companies employ approximately 11,300 Indiana workers, accounting for six percent of all Indiana jobs supported by foreign ...
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Demonstration Alert: Demonstration in Bern on Saturday, March 24, 2018

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland (March 23, 2018) Subject:      Student Demonstrations in Bern and other metropolitan areas throughout Switzerland on Saturday, March 24, 2018 Location:      Demonstrators will gather near the Reithalle/Schützenmatte in Bern on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.  They are expected to march through downtown to the Bundesplatz area.  The demonstration ...
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U.S. Youth Observer to the UN, Munira Khalif Talked to Swiss Youth

On invitation by the U.S. Embassy in Bern, U.S. Youth Observer to the UN, Munira Khalif gave talks at two high schools in Bern and participated in a round table discussion with 15 young people.  The topic of her talks and discussion was the importance of making education and schooling accessible to everyone, and especially ...
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Leading Fiscal and Economic Expert, Romina Boccia, to Speak in Switzerland

In the week before Easter, Romina Boccia will be in Switzerland for several speaking engagements. Romina is a leading fiscal and economic expert and is the deputy director of the Heritage Foundation’s Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies. The Heritage Foundation is a public policy think tank based in Washington, D.C. Romina frequently advises members of Congress and ...
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Demonstration Alert: Demonstration in Bern on Saturday, March 17, 2018

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland (March 16, 2018) Subject:          Demonstration in Bern on Saturday, March 17, 2018 Location:        Demonstrators will gather at Bundesplatz, Bern, and will march towards the U.S. Embassy located at Sulgeneckstrasse 19. Similar demonstrations may take place in other major cities throughout Switzerland. Event:             The demonstration ...
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Michael Lind, Co-Founder of Think Tank New America, Speaks in Switzerland

On invitation by the U.S. Embassy in Bern, on March 14 and 15 Michael Lind will have several speaking engagements in Lausanne, Bern, Zurich and St. Gallen. Michael Lind is co-founder of the think tank New America and now Visiting Professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas ...
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Ambassador McMullen Cooks His Favorite Chili

At the U.S. Embassy’s chili cooking competition last week, Ambassador McMullen’s recipe took home the top prize in the meat and bean category. The Ambassador is a passionate cook and now he invites you into his kitchen to share with you how he makes the timeless American classic—best served with a topping of shredded cheddar ...
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President Donald J. Trump Proclaims March 2018 as Women’s History Month

Our history is rich with amazing stories of strong, courageous, and brilliant women.  Since America’s founding, women have played an integral part in American innovation and productivity, while simultaneously raising generations of lively children and providing leadership in their local communities. Time and time again, women have demonstrated resilience in the face of unprecedented challenges.  America’s ...
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Security Alert – Train Station Bomb Threat – March 2, 2018

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland – March 2, 2018 Location: Bern Bahnhof Main Train Station Event: Bern Police are responding to a bomb threat in the vicinity of the train station.  One person has been arrested and the authorities are in the process of clearing the area.  Train and tram disruptions are ...
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U.S. Tax Reform in a Nutshell

How U.S. Tax Reform Impacts Doing Business and Investments Between the United States and Switzerland The U.S. Embassy will host a seminar followed by a luncheon on the U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed into law by President Trump in December 2017. Tax professionals from PwC Switzerland and K&L Gates of South Carolina as ...
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Ambassador McMullen Observes Black History Month

February is Black History Month in the United States. It’s a time to celebrate the significant contributions African Americans have made to the U.S. and the rest of the world. This month, Ambassador McMullen would like to highlight a few historical and cultural figures from his home state, South Carolina. In the field of Science: ...
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P. Rough: Speaker on Former and Current U.S. Administrations’ Middle East Foreign Policy Strategies

On invitation by the U.S. Embassy in Bern, Peter Rough, fellow at the think tank Hudson Institute in Washington, DC, was in Switzerland on February 7 for a series of speaking engagements. In his talks, Rough addressed the strategic considerations of the White House in the Middle East and to what extent the current thinking ...
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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland (February 2, 2018)

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland (February 2, 2018) Location:  Old Town Bern, Waisenhausplatz Event:  A planned demonstration is expected to take place Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 2.00pm.  The Swiss-Palestinian cooperation group intends to demonstrate against the U.S. Government’s decision to declare Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel. Actions to Take: ...
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Americans in Switzerland: Sam Frank, Catering Ambassador McMullen’s Arrival Reception

U.S. Embassy Bern met with Sam Frank, who was in Switzerland for a week to visit the company he works for in the U.S., a Swiss cheese and sausage producer. On his first night in Bern he joined his employer on a catering job at a reception in honor of the arrival of U.S. Ambassador ...
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Tillerson Bolsters Trans-Atlantic Alliances in Europe

By Michael Buchanan ShareAmerica  - Jan 29, 2018 Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to its alliances in a weeklong trip to Europe, where the U.S. helped launch a global effort to stop governments from using chemical weapons. Tillerson wrapped up his trip January 27 in Poland, where he laid a wreath at ...
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President Trump Delivers State of the Union Address

January 30, 2018 U.S. Capitol Washington, D.C. 9:10 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States, and my fellow Americans: Less than one year has passed since I first stood at this podium, in this majestic chamber, to speak on behalf of the American ...
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Ambassador Edward T. McMullen, Jr. Addresses the Swiss Business Community at Swiss Re Headquarters

On Thursday, January 11, the Swiss-American Chamber’s New Year’s reception in honor of Ambassador Edward T. McMullen, Jr. was attended by close to 200 executives from the Swiss business community at the Swiss Re Headquarters in Zurich.  In his remarks, Ambassador McMullen highlighted the progress made in the first year of President Trump’s Administration, underscored ...
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Remarks by President Trump to the World Economic Forum

World Economic Forum Congress Centre Davos, Switzerland January 26, 2018 PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you, Klaus, very much.  It’s a privilege to be here at this forum where leaders in business, science, art, diplomacy, and world affairs have gathered for many, many years to discuss how we can advance prosperity, security, and peace. I’m here today ...
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Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland (January 22, 2018)

Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland (January 22, 2018) Location:  Switzerland and Liechtenstein Alpine Regions Event:  The Swiss Weather Service and the European Avalanche Warning System report that the avalanche danger is high over widespread areas in the mountainous regions of Switzerland and Liechtenstein.  Some parts of the region have reached a level ...
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Ambassador McMullen highlights the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Ambassador McMullen is proud to commemorate Martin Luther King Day, which marks Dr. King’s birthday, and highlights the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.   Dr. King’s inspiring words and actions in his fight for civil rights still resonate today. Martin Luther King, Jr. is an important figure in American history and culture.  I grew up appreciating ...
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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland (January 12, 2018)

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland (January 12, 2018) Location:  Bern, Geneva, Zurich, Davos, and possibly other cities in Switzerland – monitor local media for confirmed locations and times. Event:  Planned and unplanned demonstrations are expected to take place in a variety of locations in the lead up to the 2018 World Economic ...
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A Big Welcome for Ambassador Edward McMullen!

On Wednesday, January 10, more than one hundred twenty people turned out to welcome Ambassador Edward McMullen and his wife Margaret Ann to Switzerland. Ambassador and Mrs. McMullen hosted a reception at their residence for government officials, business representatives, and a variety of people from universities and cultural institutions. In his remarks, Ambassador McMullen praised ...
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President Trump Announces Presidential Delegation to Switzerland to attend the World Economic Forum

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary January 11, 2018 President Trump Announces Presidential Delegation to Switzerland to attend the World Economic Forum President Donald J. Trump today announced the Presidential Delegation that will attend the World Economic Forum in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, from January 23 to January 26, 2018. The Honorable Steven Mnuchin, Secretary ...
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President Donald Trump to attend the 2018 World Economic Forum

January 10, 2018, Bern – We are pleased to confirm that President Donald Trump will be attending this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos.   The President welcomes the opportunity to advance his administration’s agenda with world leaders.  The Embassy is looking forward to supporting the President at this year’s WEF, where he will be promoting ...
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Americans in Switzerland: Meet Gilman Scholar Devin Bayly

Devin Bayly came to Switzerland as a recipient of the Gilman Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. We caught up with him to learn more about his experience here and with the program. Hailing from Tucson, Arizona, Devin is a 26-year-old junior at the University of Arizona ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in Geneva on Saturday, December 16, 2017

Security Message for U.S. Citizens:  Demonstration in Geneva on Saturday, December 16, 2017 A planned demonstration is expected to take place in Geneva on Saturday, December 16, 2017 in response to the recent announcement that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.  Reports suggest ‎the demonstrators plan to meet at Hotel President ...
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Worldwide Caution, December 6, 2017

As part of the Department of State’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad.  This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated September ...
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Registration Now Open For 2018 SelectUSA Investment Summit

Original post by  Wilbur Ross , U.S. Commerce Secretary Today, I am pleased to announce that registration is open for the 2018 SelectUSA Investment Summit, with this year’s theme of: Invest Here. Grow Here. Succeed Here. The SelectUSA Investment Summit will take place on June 20-22, 2018, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center near Washington. The goal is ...
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December 3: International Day of Persons with Disabilities

International Day of Persons with Disabilities is annually held on December 3. The United Nations General Assembly resolution 47/3 proclaimed the annual observance of this Day in 1992. It aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness about the situation of persons with ...
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Americans in Switzerland: Meet Gilman Scholar Dorai Raz

Dorai Raz came to Switzerland as a recipient of the Gilman Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.  We caught up with her to learn more about her experience here and with the program. Dorai is a senior at University of California at Berkeley, where she transferred after ...
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Arrival of Ambassador Edward T. McMullen, Jr.

U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Edward T. McMullen, Jr., presented his Letters of Credence in Bern on Tuesday, November 21. Edward T. McMullen, Jr. was appointed by President Donald Trump and approved by the United States Senate as U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein.  On Tuesday, November 21, Edward McMullen presented his Letters of ...
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Kim Holmes, Acting Senior Vice President, Research of the Heritage Foundation in Switzerland

From 13 to 15 November on invitation by U.S. Embassy Bern and Foraus, Swiss think tank on foreign policy, Dr. Kim Holmes had a speaking tour in Switzerland. As an expert on foreign and defense policy in the U.S. government, Kim Holmes gave his view on policies under the current U.S. administration and their consequences ...
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Profile in Swiss-U.S. Entrepreneurship: Toggle

Switzerland is the 12th largest trading partner of the United States and the 7th largest source of foreign direct investment.  There is a nearly balanced exchange of goods and services amounting to over $100 billion annually, and Swiss companies employ almost half a million U.S. workers.  With numbers like that, you might think that only ...
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European Travel Alert, November 17, 2017

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the heightened risk of terrorist attacks throughout Europe, particularly during the holiday season.  U.S. citizens should exercise caution at holiday festivals and events.  This Travel Alert expires on January 31, 2018. Recent, widely-reported incidents in France, Russia, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Spain, and Finland demonstrate that the ...
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U.S. Embassy Bern Hosts American Swiss Foundation’s Young Leaders

On November 14th, Chargé d’Affaires Tara Feret Erath had the pleasure of welcoming the American Swiss Foundation’s Young Leaders Conference during its annual visit throughout Switzerland.  The American Swiss Foundation is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1945 to preserve and strengthen the historic friendship between the United States and Switzerland.  The Swiss and U.S. ...
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Sylke Hoehnel to Participate in the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Hyderabad Nov 28 – 30

U.S. Embassy Bern has selected Sylke Hoehnel of SUN bioscience to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Hyderabad, India from November 28 – 30.  This year’s theme is “Women First – Prosperity for All.”  Hoehnel, a graduate of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), cofounded SUN bioscience in 2016 with classmate Nathalie Brandenberg.  Their startup seeks to develop ...
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United States Embassy Bern, Switzerland Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Possible demonstrations in Bern, November 9th to November 13th, 2017

November 9, 2017 Security Message for U.S. Citizens:  Possible demonstrations in Bern from November 9th to November 13th, 2017 Postings on social media are calling for demonstrations from November 9th to November 13th, 2017, in response to the Migration Summit that will be held in Bern this Sunday and Monday.  The demonstrations are expected to ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Welcomes Washington State Governor and His Delegation in Bern

On November 8, Chargé d’Affaires Tara Feret Erath welcomed Washington State Governor Jay Inslee and his delegation as part of an investment mission and in-depth study program to learn about Switzerland’s highly-successful vocational education system.  In her opening remarks at the investment luncheon, Chargé d’Affaires Tara Feret Erath greeted 75 guests and highlighted the robust ...
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Americans in Switzerland: Meet Gilman Scholar Lindsey Depledge

Lindsey Depledge came to Switzerland as a recipient of the Gilman Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.  We caught up with her to learn more about her experience here and with the program. Originally from Santa Barbara, CA, Lindsey is a junior at the University of California ...
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Kim Holmes, Acting Senior Vice President, Research of the Heritage Foundation in Switzerland

Dr. Kim Holmes will visit Switzerland for a three day speaking program at invitation of the U.S. Embassy in Bern and foraus, a Swiss think tank on foreign policy.  Dr. Holmes is Acting Senior Vice President for Research at the Heritage Foundation, a think tank whose mission is to formulate and promote conservative public policies. ...
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Human Trafficking and Forced Labor Expert Ima Matul Speaks in Switzerland

U.S. Embassy Bern hosted human trafficking and forced labor expert, Ima Matul, for a three-day program. As a member of the U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking and Survivor Coordinator for the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST) in Los Angeles, Ima Matul worked to raise awareness on the growing incidence of human trafficking ...
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Dr. Ted Trimble from the U.S. National Cancer Institute Learns About Swiss Health Initiatives

On October 23, Dr. Ted Trimble, Director of the Center for Global Health at the U.S. National Cancer Institute met with counterparts at the Federal Office of Public Health and the State Secretariat for Education, Research, and Innovation to exchange views and explore areas for collaboration on cancer-related initiatives.  He was accompanied by Dr. Ann ...
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United States Embassy Bern, Switzerland Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in Bern, October 28

October 27, 2017 A demonstration is expected to take place on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at approximately 5:00pm in the vicinity of the Bärengraben in Bern (Grosser Muristalden 6, Bern).  This demonstration coincides with the 30th anniversary of the Reitschule (Neubrückstrasse 8, Bern). Two unrelated demonstrations are also scheduled for Saturday, one is planned for ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Welcomes Missouri Governor Eric Greitens in Zürich

On October 20, 2017, Chargé d’Affaires Tara Feret Erath welcomed Missouri Governor Eric Greitens at a roundtable discussion hosted by UBS in Zürich. The emphasis of the roundtable with key industry stakeholders from the financial and insurance industries centered on the banking and insurance industries in Switzerland and Missouri. Governor Greitens’ delegation visited Switzerland as ...
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Americans in Switzerland: Meet Gilman Scholar Ira Long

Ira came to Switzerland as a recipient of the Gilman Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.  We caught up with him to learn more about his experience here and with the program. Ira is a junior at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA, majoring in political science.  In ...
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United States Embassy Bern, Switzerland Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in Bern, October 14

October 13, 2017 A demonstration is expected to take place on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at approximately 4:00 pm in the vicinity of the Käfigturm in Bern (Marketgasse 67, Bern).  Social media postings are calling for an ’Antifascist’ demonstration.  The police are unable to predict the number of demonstrators who may participate. Additionally, there is ...
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Swiss Action Weeks Against Trafficking in Persons – Ima Matul in Switzerland for U.S. Speaker Program

Ima Matul will be in Switzerland in October 2017 on the invitation by the U.S. Embassy in Bern for several speaking engagements.  Ima Matul is member of the U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking and is the Survivor Coordinator for the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST) in Los Angeles. Her visit takes place ...
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U.S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in Bern October 6, 2017

A demonstration is expected to take place on Friday, October 6, 2017 from 7:30pm onward in the vicinity of the Zytglogge in Bern (Marktgasse, Altstadt).  The demonstration by the “Revolutionary Youth Group Berne” is to mark the 10th anniversary of the “Schande von Berne,” a large scale demonstration that resulted in multiple injuries and property ...
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Cybersecurity Expert Kiersten Todt Speaks in Switzerland

U.S. Embassy Bern hosted cybersecurity expert Kiersten Todt in Switzerland.  The former executive director of the Presidential Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity, Ms. Todt continues to advise organizations on how to navigate today’s digital landscape in a way that effectively manages risk.  While in Switzerland she met with Swiss government officials, small to medium enterprises, international corporations, parliamentarians, ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Tara Feret Erath Welcomes SelectUSA Investment Summit Participants at Alumni Luncheon

On September 28, Chargé d’Affaires Tara Feret Erath hosted a high-profile group of SelectUSA Investment Summit participants at a luncheon at the U.S. Residence.  Along with a distinguished group of business leaders, Swiss Ambassador to the United States Martin Dahinden attended the event.  The guests’ participation in the previous summits has led to increased foreign ...
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Cybersecurity Expert Kiersten Todt in Switzerland

  On invitation from U.S. Embassy Bern, cybersecurity expert Kiersten Todt will be in Switzerland October 2-5, 2017. She will meet with think tanks, government offices, professional associations, and small to medium enterprises to talk about how the public and private sector can together mitigate cyber risks. Ms. Todt is part of U.S. Embassy Bern’s ...
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Americans in Switzerland: Meet Gilman Scholar Nangha Cuadros

Nangha came to Switzerland as a recipient of the Gilman Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. We caught up with her to learn more about her experience here and with the program. Nangha is a senior at the University of California, Davis, studying History and Political Science. ...
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Americans in Switzerland: Heather’s and Jonathan’s Creative Summer in Bern

Embassy Bern met with two American artists, Heather and Jonathan, to learn about how spending time in Switzerland, being immersed in a different landscape and culture, and exchanging ideas with strangers has impacted their creativity. What inspirations will they take back home? Read below. The two American artists visited Switzerland as artistic fellows with the ...
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James Lindsay, Council of Foreign Relations, to Speak on Foreign Policy under the Current Administration

U.S. Embassy Bern hosted James Lindsay, Vice President of the Council of Foreign Relations, in Switzerland the week of September 11.  Dr. Lindsay spoke at several Swiss think-tanks and universities, and with Swiss government officials, press, and the general public on the foreign policy of the current U.S. administration. In his talks, he focused on ...
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New York Poet and Film Maker Max Stossel in Bern to “Tell stories that matter”

On invitation by U.S. Embassy Bern New York poet, social media activist, and film maker Max Stossel was in Bern for various speaking engagements. Max spoke with four groups of high school students at the Gymnasium Kirchenfeld and Neufeld on the use of social media and how it should enhance one’s life, instead of making ...
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Remarks by President Trump to the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Mr. Secretary General, Mr. President, world leaders, and distinguished delegates:  Welcome to New York.  It is a profound honor to stand here in my home city, as a representative of the American people, to address the people of the world. As millions of our citizens continue to suffer the effects of the devastating ...
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U.S. Embassy Participates in Bern Ouest Pride March

On a sunny Saturday afternoon, staff from U.S. Embassy Bern joined the Bern Ouest Pride march. Six sections representing the colors of the rainbow kicked off the march from different parts of the city, coming together at the Bundesplatz. Embassy staff and family members walked along the orange route whose theme was “The Power of ...
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New York Poet and Filmmaker Max Stossel “Tells Stories That Matter”

Max Stossel is an award-winning poet and filmmaker, and one of the leaders of the Time Well Spent movement that aims to use technology to enhance humanity. His work consistently goes viral, reaches a broad audience outside the U.S., won two Webby Awards, has been featured in multiple film festivals, and influenced the way digital ...
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James Lindsay in Switzerland to Speak on Foreign Policy under the Current Administration

James Lindsay, Senior Vice President of the Council on Foreign Relations, will visit Switzerland from 13 to 15 September 2017. He will give several talks in Geneva, Bern and Zurich before a range of different audiences from think tanks, universities and government. In his talks, James will focus on the U.S. foreign policy under President ...
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Americans in Switzerland: Meet Fulbright Specialist Adam Brown

Clinical psychologist Adam Brown was selected as a Fulbright Specialist to work with the Emergency Department at the University Hospital in Bern. We caught up with him to learn more about his experience here and with the program. Adam is an Associate Professor and the Sara Yates Exley Chair in Teaching Excellence in the Department ...
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State Department Releases International Religious Freedom Report for 2016

On August 15, 2017 the U.S. Department of State released the International Religious Freedom Annual Report 2016 , which provides details on the status of religious freedom in 199 countries and territories. In his remarks on the release of the report, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said: “No one should have to live in fear, worship in secret, or face discrimination ...
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Secretary Tillerson Sends Congratulatory Message for Liechtenstein National Day

In honor of August 15, Liechtenstein National Day, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sent a congratulatory message to the Liechtenstein people. On behalf of the United States of America, we offer our best wishes to the people of the Principality of Liechtenstein as you celebrate your National Day. The partnership between the United States ...
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Americans in Switzerland: Meet Gilman Scholar Javier Chen

Javier came to Switzerland as a recipient of the Gilman Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. We caught up with him to learn more about his experience here and with the program. Javier is a U.S. Navy veteran and a recent graduate from the University of California, Berkeley. ...
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Americans in Switzerland: Meet Gilman Scholar Dalal Orfali

Dalal came to Switzerland as a recipient of the Gilman Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. We caught up with her to learn more about her experience here and with the program. Dalal is a communications student from the University of Illinois at Chicago studying international studies ...
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Secretary Tillerson Sends Congratulatory Message for Swiss National Day

In honor of August 1st, Swiss National Day, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sent a congratulatory message to the Swiss people. Please accept my best wishes as you and the people of Switzerland celebrate your National Day on August 1. The United States and Switzerland share a long and positive relationship, grounded in a ...
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Americans in Switzerland: Meet Carly, Emma, Maria and Miro

Chargé d’Affaires Tara Feret Erath had the pleasure of meeting four American social entrepreneurs in Zurich and learning about their visit to Switzerland (photo from left to right: Emma, Carly, Chargé Erath, Miro, Maria). The four were in Switzerland to participate in the Global Youth Summit organized by the Swiss non-profit organization Global Changemakers. We interviewed ...
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GLOBE Students Visit Embassy Wildlife Habitat

U.S. Embassy Bern invited a class of 12-14 year olds from Primarschule Neufeld in Thun that participates in NASA’s Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program.  They came to visit the certified wildlife habitat and learn about its ecosystem.  At the end of their tour, students made drawings of their observations.  GLOBE is an international science and education program that provides students and ...
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Chargé Erath Remarks for Independence Day Reception 2017

Excellencies, Representatives of the Swiss federal administration, Representatives of the Liechtenstein government, Representatives of the Swiss Armed Forces, Ladies and Gentlemen, Thank you all so much for joining us today to celebrate the 241st anniversary of American independence. We are so pleased to welcome guests from the many facets of our engagement with Switzerland and ...
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U.S. Scholar Presents Research on Decision Making

U.S. Embassy Bern invited philosophy professor Dr. Jesse Prinz, of the City University of New York, to speak at a number of venues in Switzerland before his participation in an academic conference.  At Impact Hub Bern, he led a vibrant discussion with audience members about the influence of ethics and morals in marketing and business ...
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Secretary of State Tillerson Hosts the 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report Launch Ceremony

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will unveil the 2017 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report at 10:30 a.m. (Switzerland 16:30 h) on June 27, 2017, at the U.S. Department of State and will be joined by Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump. As required by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, the TIP Report assesses government ...
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Chargé Erath and Virginia Governor McAuliffe Meet with Swiss Business Leaders

As part of Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe’s tour through Europe, he visited SICPA’s headquarters in Lausanne yesterday, meeting with CEO Philippe Amon, Chargé d’Affaires Tara Feret Erath, together with Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Todd Haymore. SICPA is the leading global provider of security inks and integrated security solutions for bank notes and value ...
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World Refugee Day: Embassy Bern’s Programs to Support Refugees and Integration

Today on June 20, 2017 the U.S. Embassy Bern commemorates World Refugee Day by recognizing the unique challenges refugees and displaced persons face, their resilience and courage in the face of chilling hardships, and the many invaluable contributions they have made to our Nation and others alike. Photo caption: U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki ...
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Basel and Miami: Partners in Art

On June 14th, Chargé d’Affaires Tara Feret Erath was warmly invited to a lunchtime discussion with representatives from Basel Stadt, MCH Group AG, City of Miami Beach, Basel Tourism, BaselArea and Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau. President of the Government of the Canton of Basel-Stadt Elisabeth Ackermann kicked off the event with a welcome to ...
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Lebanese-American Artist Leads Workshops at School & Asylum Center

On invitation of the U.S. Embassy Bern, Helen Zughaib visited Switzerland this week as a part of the State Department’s Speaker Program. On Monday she held workshops for a multicultural school class in Bümpliz and a “Durchgangszentrum” (transit center for asylum seekers) in Lyss. She opened the workshops by discussing her family’s migration story and ...
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Swiss Companies to Make Their Mark at 2017 SelectUSA Investment Summit

28 Swiss Companies – one of the largest delegations from Europe – to Join Global Business Leaders and U.S. Government Officials at Top Investment Event   June 19, 2017, Bern – A total of 36 Swiss business leaders representing 28 companies from a variety of industries across Switzerland are travelling to Washington D.C. to participate ...
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Chargé Erath Hosts Iftar at Embassy Residence

To mark the month of Ramadan, Charge d’Affaires Tara Feret Erath hosted an iftar on June 13 at the Embassy Residence. The theme of the evening was integration and cross-cultural communication. Guests representing Swiss NGOs, educational organizations and the Muslim community engaged in a discussion touching on the importance of integration, the role of schools, ...
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Chargé Erath Visits American Women’s Club of Zurich

On June 9, Chargé d’Affaires Tara Feret Erath and Consul General Brianna Powers visited the American Women’s Club of Zurich where they discussed key embassy initiatives like investment and education. In her presentation, Erath focused on the strong relationship between the United States and Switzerland, highlighting shared values and common goals. She highlighted the Embassy’s ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Tara Feret Erath’s Remarks at Swiss-AmCham General Meeting

In remarks before the 50th anniversary Swiss-AmCham Annual General Meeting, Chargé Tara Feret Erath underscored the positive momentum in U.S.-Swiss economic ties, including the USD 100 billion annual bilateral goods and services trade and growing Swiss investment in the United States. Erath expressed particular appreciation for the Chamber’s continued efforts to deepen these ties and ...
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Swiss-American Society Welcomes Chargé d’Affaires Erath

On June 8, 2017, Ms. Debra Davatz, President of the Swiss American Society welcomed Chargé d’Affaires Tara Feret Erath at its Annual General Meeting at the Au Premier Restaurant in Zürich.  In remarks to the many guests, Chargé d’Affaires Erath outlined the embassy’s priorities and highlighted the friendship and robust business ties between Switzerland and ...
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Chargé Erath at House of Religions for Ramadan Iftar

On June 11, Chargé d’Affaires Tara Feret Erath attended a panel discussion and Ramadan iftar at the House of Religions in Bern. The dialogue focused on building bridges and combatting fear; the first panel included student representatives who shared their experiences with both stereotypes and acceptance, while the second panel included religious leaders who highlighted ...
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Embassy Officials at Lugano Chamber of Commerce Investment Seminar

The Lugano Chamber of Commerce welcomed Economic and Commercial Officer Toby Wolf and SelectUSA Investment Specialist Sandor Galambos at a June 7 investment seminar in the Italian-speaking region of Switzerland. Wolf and Galambos highlighted the United States as a premier investment destination to potential investors, noting the strong footprint of Swiss companies in the United ...
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The U.S. in the 1960s: Chargé d’Affaires Tara Feret Erath Talks to Students from Wil

On May 30, Chargé d’Affaires Tara Feret Erath visited the Kantonsschule Wil to talk to students about U.S. history during the 1960s. The students participated in a special focus week during which they gained in-depth knowledge of developments in the U.S. in the 1960’s and especially in 1967. In her presentation, the Chargé focused on ...
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Pulitzer Prize Winner Adam Johnson Shares Stories with both Students and Academics

Adam Johnson, 2013 Pulitzer Prize winner for his novel The Orphan Master’s Son, was in Bern from May 22-23. On invitation from U.S. Embassy Bern, Johnson was the guest of honor in a fireside chat about his approach to writing The Orphan Master’s Son, a novel set in North Korea following the life of orphan and ...
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Helen Zughaib to Discuss Fostering Mutual Understanding through Art

With the support of the U.S. Embassy in Bern, Lebanese-American artist Helen Zughaib will be in Switzerland June 12-16. A painter whose work has been shown in multiple exhibitions all over the world, Zughaib maintains that art is one of the most important tools we have to help shape and foster dialogue among people from ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Erath Hosts the Global Tampa Bay Investment Delegation

On May 15, Chargé d’Affaires Tara Erath welcomed the Global Tampa Bay investment delegation and Swiss business leaders at the official residence to highlight the Greater Tampa area as an investment destination. In her opening remarks, Chargé Erath emphasized the Florida region’s opportunity to build upon existing links with Switzerland and the formidable economic dynamism ...
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Embassy Officers Welcome Bezirkschule Oftringen

On May 5th, the Embassy received 17 students from the Bezirksschule Oftringen. The students met with representatives of the Public Affairs, Regional Security and Management Sections, as well as one of the marines; the students asked a wide array of questions ranging from the life of diplomats, the work done at the Embassy, to what ...
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Pulitzer Prize Winner, Adam Johnson, in Bern

Adam Johnson, 2013 Pulitzer Prize winner for his novel The Orphan Master’s Son, will be in Bern May 22-23. He will give several talks focusing on his approach to writing and on The Orphan Master’s Son, a novel set in North Korea following the life of orphan and model citizen Pak Jun Do. Adam Johnson is ...
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Media Literacy and Rumor Research: Snopes.com Founder David Mikkelson in Switzerland

David Mikkelson, co-founder of Snopes.com, a leading U.S.-based resource for debunking rumors and bad information, discussed media literacy, rumor research and the importance of trustworthy sources with a wide variety of audiences in Switzerland. Addressing university students in Bern, high school students in Wettingen, an audience at the Museum of Electronic Arts in Basel, Swiss ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Erath Welcomes U.S. Investment Delegation

On April 26, Chargé d’Affaires Tara Erath greeted an investment delegation with the European American Investment Council and officials from the Economic Development Agencies of Greater Peoria, IL; Battle Creek, MI; Carroll County, GA; Longview, TX; Auglaize County, OH and Duke Energy as well a distinguished group of Swiss business leaders from a wide range ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Erath Welcomes Basel Stadt – Massachusetts Exchange Students

On April 24th, Chargé d’Affaires Tara Feret Erath addressed the Swiss and American high school participants in the 13th annual student exchange between Basel Stadt and its sister state, Massachusetts.  Swiss students from Gymnasium Leonhard and Wirtschaftsgymnasium are hosting students from Reading Memorial High School and Natick High School, following their own visit to Massachusetts. ...
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April 30 is International #JazzDay

By Christopher ConnellShare America (April 10, 2017) Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (Jazz at Lincoln Center/Frank Stewart) Rock, rap and hip-hop may rule the charts, but jazz, with roots in the spirituals of African-American slaves, is still America’s gift to the world. “There is no better example of democracy than a jazz ensemble: ...
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SelectUSA 2017 Video

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U.S. Embassy Bern’s Commitment to Nature and Wildlife

Every year on April 22, countries around the globe celebrate Earth Day – a day when people show their support for environmental protection. Here at the U.S. Embassy Bern, we honor and appreciate the beauty of our natural surroundings. Read on and learn about our efforts to preserve and protect our local wildlife habitat. Since ...
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U.S. Embassy Bern Celebrates American Pop Art Master

On April 8, 2017, Vice Consul Benjamin Baughman spoke at the opening of the Robert Indiana exhibit at the Pinacoteca Comunale Casa Rusca in Locarno.  U.S. Embassy Bern is a proud supporter of the celebration of the American pop art master.  Best known for his iconic LOVE sculpture, Indiana’s art has been inspiring people around ...
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David Mikkelson, co-founder of Snopes.com, speaker on Urban Legends and Rumor Research

Public Lecture at the House of Electronic Arts in Basel on April 27 from 18:00 – 19:00 David Mikkelson, co-founder of Snopes.com , will be speaking and leading the discussion Admission: free – No registration needed Drawing on his experience as co-founder of  Snopes.com , a leading U.S.-based resource for debunking rumors and false information, David will ...
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Chargé Erath Highlights Louisiana French Heritage Community During Francophonie Week

On March 21, as part of the “2017 Week of Francophonie” celebrations, the U.S. Embassy and the Embassy of Canada hosted a screening of the film, “Zachary Richard, Cajun Heart,” in Bern. The movie shows the history of the Acadian people, their expulsion from Canada in the 18th century and the migration of many of ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Erath Welcomes Kentucky, Oklahoma, and South Dakota Delegations

On March 20, Chargé d’Affaires greeted Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard, Kentucky Secretary of Labor Derrick Ramsey, their delegation members as well National Governors Association officials, including President Scott Pattison, at a reception at the Embassy residence. Joining the state delegations were Swiss government officials and leaders in vocational education and ...
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U.S. Embassy Bern Explains the American Political System in Sargans

Assistant Public Affairs Officer Cybèle Cochran traveled to eastern Switzerland on March 9 to speak at the Reformierte Kirchgemeinde Sargans. The group had invited her to talk about the American political system to their Continuing Education division. Forty congregation members attended the presentation where they learned about the system of checks and balances in the ...
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Dr. Paul Freedman on a Speaking Tour of Switzerland

The U.S. Embassy in Bern is pleased to have sponsored Dr. Paul Freedman, associate professor of political science from the University of Virginia, on a speaking tour of Switzerland during the first week of March. A specialist in public opinion, media and politics, and voting behavior, Dr. Freedman gave a total of nine talks on ...
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Deputy Assistant Secretary Visits Liechtenstein

Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Hoyt Yee visited Liechtenstein on March 9th, 2017. Joined by Chargé d’Affaires Tara Feret Erath and Political Officer Desiree Baron, Yee met with Foreign Minister Aurelia Frick and Ambassador Martin Frick, the Director of the Office of Foreign Affairs. Director Wilfred Marxer welcomed Yee to the Liechtenstein ...
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U.S. Embassy Bern Hosts the Bern Public Relations Society

On March 8, 2017, U.S. Embassy Bern welcomed the members of the Bern Public Relations Society (Berner Public Relations Gesellschaft, or BPRG) at the U.S. Residence. Press and Cultural Attaché Stephanie Morimura presented the State Department’s public diplomacy and communications structures. She highlighted how we as the U.S. Embassy Bern coordinate our messaging with offices ...
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The White House Office of the Press Secretary February 28, 2017 U.S. Capitol Washington, D.C.   THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States — (applause) — and citizens of America: Tonight, as we mark the conclusion of our celebration of Black ...
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U.S. Embassy Bern Celebrates Jazz Together with the Jazzwerkstatt Bern

For its 10th anniversary, Jazzwerkstatt Bern, a festival supported in part with a grant from the U.S. Embassy in Bern, featured musicians from all over the world: Switzerland, Germany, South Africa, Great Britain, Italy, Austria and the United States.  Chicago musicians Josh Bernan, Keefe Jackson and Frank Rosaly performed with Swiss musician Marc Unternährer, and ...
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Screening of “Zachary Richard, Cajun Heart” and Discussion with Director Phil Comeau

Join Us on March 21, 2017 at 18:00 at the Bubenberg Cinema in Bern!   In France, Canada, Switzerland and many other countries people speak French, but did you know that there is a French-speaking community in the United States too? You can learn something about the Cajun culture and community, mainly found in Louisiana, ...
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Prof. Paul Freedman, University of Virginia, to Discuss 2016 U.S. Presidential Election

The U.S. Embassy in Bern is pleased to be sponsoring Dr. Paul Freedman, associate professor of political science from the University of Virginia, on a speaking tour of Switzerland during first week of March. A specialist in public opinion, media and politics, and voting behavior, Dr. Freedman also serves as an election analyst for ABC ...
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Jonathan Mitchell Spoke at the SonOhr Festival

With support from the U.S. Embassy, American podcast producer, director and writer Jonathan Mitchell’s visited Switzerland from February 16 to 19. He spoke at the sonOhr Festival at Bern’s Cinema Rex on Saturday, February 18, leading a master class and participating in a panel discussion on podcasting. At the master class he guided the audience through the ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Erath Opens Model U.N. Conference

As the first speaker at the opening ceremony of the Model United Nations Conference on February 17, 2017 in the Bern City Hall, Chargé d’Affaires Tara Feret Erath talked about the Swiss-U.S. relationship, the work of the U.S. Embassy Bern, and her career as a diplomat. The University of Bern hosted the conference which included ...
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Cultural and Education Attaché Meets with ConnectUS Students

What is the secret to business success? How do companies in Switzerland and the U.S. innovate and adapt to change? And how closely do Switzerland and the U.S. work together on economic issues? These are some of the questions that students of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland explore during the ConnectUS ...
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Embassy Officers Welcome High School Students

U.S. Embassy Bern is an active participant in the Schulen Nach Bern program that enables students throughout Switzerland to travel to Bern for a week of debate, government meetings and embassy visits. On February 16, Embassy officers welcomed a French-speaking high school class from CO Goubing in Sierre, Canton Valais. The officers described day-to-day work ...
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Jonathan Mitchell at the sonOhr Festival with Support from U.S. Embassy Bern

We are happy to support U.S. podcast producer, director and writer Jonathan Mitchell’s visit to Bern this week. From February 16 to 19 Mitchell will be here give talks and lead a workshop at the sonOhr Festival at Bern’s Cinema Rex on Saturday, February 18. Mitchell produces “The Truth” which makes “movies for your ears”: audio short ...
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U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Tara Feret Erath Opens Visit USA Seminar 2017

Chargé d’Affaires Tara Feret Erath delivered opening remarks at the Visit USA Seminar on February 1, 2017 in Zürich-Regensdorf.  A total of 375 travel professionals attended the event which featured 54 partners and exhibitors.  Chargé d’Affaires Erath thanked the audience for promoting tourism to the U.S. and thus contributing to the U.S. economy.  She noted ...
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Apply Now! The 2017 Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative (YTILI) Fellowship Program application period opens on January 9, 2017 and closes on February 8, 2017 at 5:00 pm EST. Please review the YTILI Fellowship Program Overview & Selection Process document for a detailed description of the program, requirements and expectations, selection process and timeline. The 2017 YTILI Fellowship year will commence in ...
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Dr. Jane Muir, Director of Florida Innovation Hub of the University of Florida, Talks Tech Transfer in Switzerland

From Wednesday, January 25 to Sunday, January 29, Dr. Jane Muir, Director, Florida Innovation Hub of the University of Florida, visited Switzerland to address several audiences on the topic of technology transfer. While in Switzerland, Muir delivered the keynote address at the annual Swiss Technology Transfer Association (swiTT) conference in Interlaken. At a separate event ...
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President Trump delivered this inaugural address on January 20, 2017. THE PRESIDENT: Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: thank you. We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and restore its promise for all ...
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More Swiss Companies Bring Apprenticeship Programs to the U.S.

New Commitments Bring the Number of Swiss Companies to Offer Apprenticeship Opportunities in the U.S. to 30; Quality Job Creation a Priority January 16, 2017, Bern – Twelve more firms in Switzerland unveiled plans to expand or create new apprenticeship programs in the U.S., bringing the total of committed companies to 30.  The companies (list ...
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The inauguration of the 45th President of the United States will take place on Friday January, 20 2017. Did you know that this will be the 58th Presidential Inauguration ceremony? There’s one every time a president is elected – or re-elected. In fact, the Library of Congress has the history of each occasion here . You can learn all ...
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Vice President Joe Biden to Travel to Ukraine and Switzerland

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Vice President FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 12, 2017 On January 15-18, 2017, the Vice President will travel to Kyiv, Ukraine and Davos, Switzerland.  In Ukraine the Vice President will participate in bilateral meetings with President Poroshenko and Prime Minister Groysman.  The Vice President’s trip to Ukraine will underscore U.S. support ...
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U.S. Global Entry Program to Start in Switzerland February 1, 2017

January 11, 2017, Bern – The U.S. Embassy in Bern and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) welcome the Swiss Federal Council’s decision to finalize the implementation of our December 2015 agreement to expand the U.S. Global Entry program to interested Swiss citizens.  Frequent travelers who enroll in the trusted traveler program will benefit from faster and easier entry ...
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NOW OPEN: Registration for the 2017 SelectUSA Investment Summit 

We are happy to announce that registration for the 2017 SelectUSA Investment Summit is now open!  SelectUSA’s annual Summit, the top foreign direct investment (FDI) event in the country, will be held June 18-20, 2017 at the Gaylord Hotel – National Harbor in the Washington, D.C. area. The SelectUSA Investment Summit is the premier venue ...
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US Embassy Bern Holds Public Auction

From time to time U.S. Embassies around the world hold web-based public auctions to sell surplus goods. Members of the public can submit bids via the website https://online-auction.state.gov/en-US . The U.S. Embassy Bern public auction is open from December 15 – December 27. Auctions include a variety of items — one of the items available this ...
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Call for Applications for the 2017 Benjamin Franklin Summer Institute

The Public Affairs Section of the United States Embassy in Bern is pleased to announce the 2017 Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Summer Institute for students from the age of 16 to 18. Applications are now being accepted for program participation. The four-week institute will address important issues such as youth engagement, democracy and civil society development, ...
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U.S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland Emergency Message: Shooting in Zurich; Avoid Area and Police Activity

U.S. Embassy Bern informs U.S. citizens that on December 19 a gunman shot and wounded three people near the Islamic Center at Eigasse 6, Kreis 4 in Zurich. Police are searching for the gunman. We encourage U.S. citizens in Switzerland to avoid the area around Eisgasse.  We urge U.S. citizens in Zurich to contact family ...
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Celebrating Diversity

Announcing Diversity Scholarship for a High School Exchange Year in the U.S. To celebrate the value of a diverse society, the U.S. Embassy is teaming with international exchange organization YFU, to offer the “Celebrating Diversity” scholarship, an award covering a portion of the costs of a study abroad year in the U.S. for Swiss students. ...
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U.S. Embassy Bern in the Classroom, at the Residence and on the Road!

On December 5, Ambassador Suzi LeVine and Eric LeVine visited Uzwil Oberstufe to learn about the students’ participation in the GLOBE program . Second-year students presented their research on leaf growth which they had gathered over the course of the school year. Their attention to data integrity and keen observation skills demonstrated how much young people can accomplish when ...
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Europe Travel Alert, November 21, 2016

  As part of the State Department’s continuous efforts to provide Americans travelling abroad with information about relevant events, we are alerting U.S. citizens to the risk of potential terrorist attacks throughout Europe, targeting major events, tourist sites, restaurants, commercial centers and transportation.  EUROPE:  Credible information indicates terrorist groups such as ISIL/Da’esh, and al-Qa’ida and affiliates ...
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VET Panel at the AmSwiss Foundation – Suzi LeVine

Since the dawn of our democracy, the American Dream has been about opportunity and the fact that anyone from anywhere in society can pursue and achieve a life where they are safe to live, love, and be happy. What I love about this is that we’ve also exported this as a global dream! But in ...
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Achieving the American Dream One Apprenticeship at a Time

On Tuesday, November 15th, Ambassador Suzan LeVine delivered a speech at Akademie der Generationen, a forum for learning based in Solothurn.  More than 150 participants from businesses, government, education and even students from a local high school came to hear her address: “Switzerland and the U.S: Learning Together.”  Ambassador LeVine highlighted the strong and enduring ...
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Why Diversity Matters

Dialogue at ABB with Ambassador LeVine and Eric LeVine. Before an audience of more than female 50 management level ABB staff, Ambassador Suzi LeVine and her husband Eric LeVine held a dialogue with Chief Human Resources Officer Jean-Christophe Deslarzes about the importance of diversity in the workplace. Not only is a diverse team important for ...
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#ElectionNightBern

U.S. Embassy Bern hosted an all-night election watching party starting midnight on November 9. Democracy enthusiasts, friends of the United States, students and journalists came to the event which was open to the general public. The evening celebrated not only the American presidential election but also cultural exchange: two Swiss bands entertained guests with bluegrass ...
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Ambassador LeVine Greets Microsoft Delegation

On October 20 and 21, Ambassador Suzan LeVine and her husband, Mr. Eric LeVine, hosted a high-level delegation from Microsoft headed by President Brad Smith as well as a JP Morgan Chase executive. Microsoft had expressed particular interest in how the Swiss Vocational Education and Training system works, meeting with apprentices, and comparing programs to ...
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Check out our New Website!

  Yes, we have a brand new website! Have a look around! The new-look website has seven sections representing broad topics that may be of interest to you. The sections are broken down further into sub-categories to assist you in finding specific information. The Seven Sections are: Visas – For all your Visa needs and questions. ...
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Ambassador LeVine Visits Thurgau

On September 27, 2016, Ambassador LeVine and her husband, Mr. Eric LeVine, visited Thurgau Canton. They met with representatives of the cantonal government, Deputy President Carmen Haag, Minister Cornelia Komposch-Breuer, Minister Dr. Jakob Stark and Minister Walter Schönholzer in Frauenfeld to explore avenues to broaden bilateral cooperation. They discussed the strategic importance of the region ...
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Diversity in Religious Communities: Remarks at the Interreligious Women’s Parliament

Dear Heidi, dear spiritual leaders, dear fellow people who care about making the world a better place — ladies and a few gentlemen — thank you so much for inviting us here today to the House of Religions for this Women’s Interreligious Congress! It is such an honor to be here among you! First, I ...
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Ambassador LeVine Visits Major Liechtenstein Companies

  On August 29, 2016, Ambassador Suzan G. LeVine and her husband, Mr. Eric LeVine, met with CEO Dr. Christoph Loos and his team at the Liechtenstein-based Hilti facility in Schaan to discuss Hilti’s footprint in the U.S. as well as its vocational education program in Liechtenstein.  Hilti is a leading manufacturer and supplier of ...
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U.S. Embassy Volunteers at UNESCO Biosphere Entlebuch

U.S. Embassy Bern has led a series of initiatives over the past year in celebration of the U.S. National Parks Service’s 100th anniversary. On one hand, the goal of these activities was to highlight the value our two countries share of protecting and enjoying the great outdoors. On the other hand, U.S Embassy Bern wanted ...
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State Department Releases International Religious Freedom Report

On August 10 the U.S. State Department released the International Religious Freedom Report 2015 (PDF 63 KB).  At the event unveiling the report, Deputy Secretary Anthony Blinken said, “When a government denies religious liberty, it turns citizens who have done nothing wrong into criminals, igniting tension that breeds contempt, hopelessness, alienation.”  Switzerland Report (PDF 77 KB)  and  Liechtenstein Report (PDF 57 KB).
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Secretary Kerry Sends Congratulatory Message for Swiss National Day

In honor of August 1st, Swiss National Day, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sent a congratulatory message to the Swiss people. On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I congratulate the people of Switzerland on your National Day on August 1. The United States is proud to count Switzerland among its closest ...
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Tour de France Comes to U.S. Embassy Bern

On Tuesday July 19,  the U.S. Embassy welcomed U.S. cycling team Trek-Segafredo for a coffee break as part of their rest day activities in Bern. The team, which includes Swiss rider and local hero Fabian Cancellera, U.S. rider Peter Stetina and current #2 in the overall race, Bauke Mollema, stopped by the Ambassador’s Residence where ...
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Swiss Delegation to 2016 SelectUSA Summit Largest from Europe

Ambassador Suzan LeVine led the largest delegation from Europe to the third SelectUSA Investment Summit in Washington, D.C., June 19-21, 2016. Ambassador LeVine and 60 delegates from Switzerland joined President Barack Obama( Remarks by the President at the 2016 SelectUSA Investment Summit ), Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker ( Remarks by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker at the 2016 SelectUSA Investment Summit ), Secretary of State John Kerry, and other administration officials at the Summit, designed to promote the ...
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What Tradition Means to Americans: Remarks at the Gala Dinner of Swiss Cubs Worldwide

I was asked to speak this evening briefly about what tradition means to Americans. When I hear that word “Tradition,” I’m reminded of the musical, Fiddler on the Roof – have you seen it? As an American Jewish woman descended from eastern European Jews, it had a special meaning for me growing up. The musical ...
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A Work in Progress: Independence Day Speech by Ambassador Suzi LeVine

Excellencies, State Secretary Dell’Ambrogio, Members of the National and Cantonal Governments, Damen und Herren, and fellow people who care about the world Guten Abig, Bonsoir, Buena Sera, Buno Saira Before I begin my remarks, I want to give special thanks to a few folks. To my amazing husband and family – You inspire me every ...
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EPFL’s “Internet for Girls” Course Completion Remarks

Bonjour! Thank you, Dr. Moser (Farnaz) and Professor Vetterli. It is such an honor for us to be here with you today! I’d like to introduce you all, also, to my husband, Eric. As a woman leader, I want to make sure you all meet the person who supports what I do. He is a ...
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Ambassador LeVine and Eric LeVine Participate in Zurich Pride

On June 11, Ambassador LeVine, along with her husband Eric, led a delegation of diplomatic representatives in the Zurich Pride march. Before the march kicked off, Ambassador LeVine delivered opening remarks , addressed this year’s Pride theme – TeamForLove — focusing on the love that binds all families together regardless of the parents’ sexual orientation. She ...
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Remarks at the MIT Energy Initiative and ETH Zurich, Energy Science Center Joint Symposium

Professor Guzzella, Professor Zuber, esteemed members of academia and members of the business community, I couldn’t be more grateful for today’s invitation and the opportunity to address you here, and to learn from you as our two nations work together to address one of the greatest challenges in human history: climate change. As many of ...
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Ambassador LeVine Visits Anti-Piracy Exhibition in Gandria

On May 25 Ambassador LeVine and her husband, Eric, visited the customs museum in Gandria, to view the special exhibition organized by the anti-piracy organization Stop Piracy. The exhibit, “Beguiling Appearance, Murky Shadows, ” focuses on the importance of protecting intellectual property rights. Along for the visit were Swiss musician IVO and Cecile Drexel from ...
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Ambassador LeVine Visits Zurich

On May 24, 2016, Ambassador LeVine and her husband, Eric, traveled to Zurich to meet with members of the Zurich Cantonal Government and talk about the growth of Swiss start-ups. While there, they also met with the South Pole Group to learn more about how the private sector can help reduce carbon emissions. Later, the ...
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Webster University Geneva Commencement Address

Inflection Point Thank you so much to Academic Director Dr. Ron Daniel, the Board of Directors, and, of course, Webster Geneva’s director Dr. Clementina Acedo for the invitation and honor to be here with you here today! To the 137 new graduates and your family and friends who are here today – congratulations! Scholars, Graduates, ...
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Ambassador LeVine Hosts Texas Investment Delegation

On May 3rd, Ambassador Suzan G. LeVine and her husband Eric LeVine welcomed an investment delegation at their residence to discuss the many advantages the greater Houston area has for foreign companies. Participants included representatives from Conroe/the Greater Houston Partnership as well as a select group of Swiss business leaders. The greater Houston area is ...
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Apprenticeship System a Focus as Michigan Governor Snyder Visits Switzerland

On April 27, 2016, Ambassador Suzan LeVine, her husband Eric LeVine, and Michigan Governor Rick Snyder toured Switzerland’s leading skilled trades training center and met with government and business leaders as part of Governor Snyder’s European investment mission focused on strengthening trade relationships and creating jobs.  Ambassador LeVine, Mr. LeVine, and Governor Snyder visited Libs, ...
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Ambassador LeVine Visits the Adolphe Merkle Institute at the University of Fribourg

On Tuesday April 26, Ambassador LeVine and her husband Mr. Eric LeVine visited the  Adolphe Merkle Institute at the University of Fribourg. The visit consisted of a round table with graduate and post-doc students followed by a presentation to students, professors, institution leaders, and cantonal officials. In the round table discussion on work-life continuum, Ambassador ...
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Ambassador LeVine Visits the Academy for Journalism and Media of the University Neuchatel

As part of the Embassy’s ongoing educational outreach, Ambassador Suzi LeVine and her husband, Eric LeVine, visited the Academy for Journalism and Media of the University Neuchatel. She gave a presentation to students who are pursuing a Master’s degree in journalism in a class taught by SRF presenter Stephan Klapproth and RTS Editor-in-Chief Patrick Nussbaum. ...
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Deputy Chief of Mission Jeff Cellars Addresses Exchange Students

On Tuesday, April 19, Deputy Chief of Mission Jeff Cellars addressed the  11th Massachusetts – Basel-Stadt Students Exchange Program  participants. The 30 American high school students came to Basel for a two-week homestay sponsored by CityBasel and Wakefield High School via a Sister City Agreement with Boston. In his remarks, Mr. Cellars stressed the significance of face-to-face interactions with people from foreign ...
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Ambassador LeVine Hosts South Carolina Investment Forum for Swiss Companies

On April 20, Ambassador Suzan LeVine, her husband, Eric LeVine, as well as an investment delegation from South Carolina welcomed a distinguished group of Swiss business leaders from medical, life science, IT, renewable energy, machinery and space industries at an investment forum in Bern.  In her opening remarks, Ambassador LeVine highlighted South Carolina’s diverse market, ...
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SICPA Chairman and CEO hosts Ambassador Suzan LeVine and Mr. Eric LeVine

On April 19, SICPA Chairman and CEO Philippe Amon and his team hosted Ambassador Suzan LeVine and her husband, Eric LeVine, at its Prilly office.  Founded in 1927, SICPA is one of Switzerland’s true success stories.  The company provides secure identification, traceability and authentication solutions and services to governments – including the ink for U.S. ...
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U.S. Depts of State and Commerce Increase Understanding of Defense Export Controls

On Tuesday, April 19, Dr. Judd Stitziel, State Department Office of Defense Trade Controls Policy, led a joint U.S. State Department and U.S. Commerce Department team to headline the second annual defense export control seminar in Bern, Switzerland. The seminar, run in conjunction with Switzerland’s Federal Department of Economic Affairs (SECO) and Switzerland’s largest manufacturing ...
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U.S. Embassy Bern Hosts Export Control Seminar for Swiss Industry Leaders

Monday, April 18, Ambassador LeVine addressed over 60 members of Switzerland’s manufacturing and export industries at the U.S. Embassy’s second annual “U.S. Export Controls Seminar.” In her remarks, Ambassador LeVine highlighted U.S. and Swiss cooperation on defense export controls, both bilaterally and worldwide. Ambassador LeVine also detailed the Obama administration’s ongoing efforts to create a ...
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Meeting the Next Generation of Swiss Leaders

As part of our youth outreach campaign, Ambassador LeVine and her husband Mr. Eric LeVine visited schools in Sion, Sierre, and Zurich on Wednesday, April 13, and Thursday, April 14. The Ambassador spoke about the American presidential election system, explaining how delegate selection, primaries and caucuses, and grassroots organizing contribute to democratically electing a leader ...
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Ambassador LeVine Visits Valais

On April 5, 2016, Ambassador LeVine and her husband, Eric, traveled to Valais to meet with local officials of the canton of Valais.  During the visit,  Ambassador and Mr. LeVine met with President Jacques Melly, Vice-President Esther Waeber-Kalbermatten, Cantonal Chancellor Philipp Spoerri, President of the Valais parliament Nicolas Voide,  Cantonal Prosecutor of Valais Nicolas Dubuis, ...
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Student Visa Workshop for Swiss Study Abroad Advisors

On Tuesday, March 22, The U.S. Embassy in Bern held a student visa information session for study abroad advisors from Swiss universities and higher education institutes. Public Affairs Officer Stephanie Morimura and Consular Officer Matthew Boullioun described Fulbright scholarship opportunities for Swiss students and scholars , and outlined the student visa application process .  The session also served as a networking opportunity for the ...
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Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the U.S. National Parks Service with the Swiss Transport Museum

On Monday, March 14th, Security Attaché Jeff Monroe spoke at the Swiss Transport Museum ’s launch of the new IMAX movie Wild America . The film, created in honor of the 100th& anniversary of the National Parks Service , documents three nature lovers as they embark on a road trip across the U.S., taking in some of the country’s most breathtaking scenery. A ...
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Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) Brings Delegation to Switzerland

On Wednesday, March 16, Acting Director for the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) John Smith led a six-person delegation to Switzerland for a series of high-level meetings with Swiss government officials. While these meetings covered a number issues, the primary point of focus was continued Iran sanctions implementation as well as sanctions relief associated ...
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Ambassador LeVine Visits Impact Hub Zürich

Ambassador LeVine and her husband, Eric LeVine, met with  Impact Hub Zürich members on Thursday, March 10, to learn about how this socially-engaged entrepreneurial community supports start-ups. Program Director Niels Rot gave a tour of Impact Hub’s latest office space dedicated to helping young companies collaborate and contribute to a better world, and facilitated a dialogue with representative ...
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Ambassador LeVine Visits the Kantonsschule in Wil and Wattwil

Embassy Bern places a high priority on meeting with Swiss students to discuss U.S. policy, the work of the Embassy and to share information on current developments in the U.S., such as the presidential elections. As a part of this ongoing educational outreach, Ambassador Suzan LeVine, along with her husband Eric LeVine, visited two schools ...
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Embassy Bern Speaker Program: Walter Russell Mead Explains Elections

U.S. Political Scientist Walter Russell Mead traveled to Switzerland on a speaker program organized by the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy. Mead spoke to students, the public, Swiss officials and journalists in Bern, Luzerne, Basel and Zurich. The Tages-Anzeiger, der Bund and Basler Zeitung all published full-page in-depth interviews with Mead on the ...
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Ambassador LeVine Visits Basel

On February 22, 2016, Ambassador LeVine and her husband, Eric, traveled to Basel to meet with local officials of the canton of Basel Stadt.  During the discussion, the Ambassador highlighted recent progress in introducing the Swiss apprenticeship model to the U.S. with the collaboration of Swiss firms. While in Basel, Ambassador LeVine met with the ...
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Ambassador Suzi LeVine Met With Students of the Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz

On February 10, Ambassador Suzi LeVine met with students of the Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz who participate in the ConnectUS  program. The Ambassador gave the students an overview of the U.S. presidential elections, focusing on how the U.S. primary and general election works and the importance of grassroots voter mobilization. She also explained how the U.S. and Switzerland ...
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Ambassador LeVine Speaks at the MassChallenge 2016 in Geneva

On Wednesday, February 10, MassChallenge launched the opening of its start-up accelerator program in Geneva, Switzerland. Speaking to the crowd of more than 350 entrepreneurs and hopefuls, Ambassador LeVine described the fundamental elements to cultivating a rich culture of innovation: remove the stigma from failure because it is an important aspect of learning. Not only ...
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Ambassador LeVine Attended the Launch of Zurich Insurance Group’s Apprenticeship Program

Ambassador LeVine, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Labor Chris Lu, and Swiss Ambassador to the U.S. Martin Dahinden join representatives of Zurich North America and Harper College to mark the official launch of an innovative, first-of-its-kind U.S. apprenticeship program for the insurance industry. Zurich North America is a participant in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Apprenticeship ...
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Ambassador LeVine’s Top 10 Questions and Answers on the U.S. Elections

Every day as she interacts with people in Switzerland, Suzi LeVine, U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein, gets questions about the U.S. election. Here are the most frequently asked questions and her answers — just as the U.S. Presidential election begins in earnest: Monday, February 1 is the Iowa caucus, the first chance for voters ...
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Ambassador LeVine, Swiss President Participate in Biogen Groundbreaking in Luterbach

On January 29, 2016, Ambassador Suzan LeVine joined Swiss President Johann Schneider-Ammann at Biogen’s next-generation biologics manufacturing facility Groundbreaking Ceremony in Luterbach.  Founded in Switzerland, the now Massachusetts-headquartered biotech company is expanding its manufacturing footprint in Switzerland with the construction of this new site, slated to be operational in early 2019.  George A. Scangos, CEO ...
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Colorado Governor Hickenlooper Visits Switzerland

On January 26, Ambassador Suzan LeVine welcomed Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, his delegation and Swiss representatives of the business and academic communities to her residence in Bern. Governor Hickenlooper was in Switzerland leading a large business delegation. Focusing on workforce development and the “Swiss Model” of apprenticeships, the delegation explored innovative approaches to work-based learning ...
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United States Begins Implementation of Changes to the Visa Waiver Program

The United States began implementing changes under the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 (the Act) on January 21, 2016.  U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) welcomes more than a million passengers arriving to the United States every day and is committed to facilitating legitimate travel while maintaining the highest ...
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Ambassador LeVine Opens the “Winterrede” Series in Zurich

On January 5, Ambassador LeVine kicked off the annual Zurich Winterrede series organized by the Karl der Grosse Center and the City of Zurich. In the free speech tradition of the Hyde Park Speaker’s Corner, Winterrede invites speakers from the world of arts, politics, science and diplomacy to speak their minds from a window overlooking ...
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Students of Università della Svizzera Italiana Reach Final of P2P: Challenging Extremism

A class of students from USI – Università della Svizzera italiana (Lugano, Switzerland) has been invited by the US Department of State in Washington to the finals of  P2P: Challenging Extremism , an initiative managed by EdVenture Partners through which the US Government has called on university students around the world to develop positive social media narratives to ...
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Faster Entry into the U.S. Coming Soon to Swiss Citizens

U.S. and Switzerland Agree on Global Entry Program  December 16, 2015, Bern…The U.S. and Switzerland today signed an agreement to confirm Swiss participation in the U.S. Global Entry program, allowing qualified Swiss citizens who choose to participate faster and easier entry into the United States. Global Entry, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program, ...
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Ambassador LeVine Visits Jura

On December 8, 2015, Ambassador LeVine travelled to the Canton of Jura to meet with local officials. While in Jura, the Ambassador visited the towns of Porrentruy, Delemont, and Glovelier. In Porrentruy, the Ambassador LeVine toured the technical division of the Jura Center for Education and Training. There, she was able to witness first-hand the benefits ...
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Deputy Chief of Mission Jeffrey R. Cellars Celebrates “Latin-America”

On November 27, 2015, Deputy Chief in Mission Jeffrey R. Cellars addressed Swiss students who participated in the Latin translation contest «Certamen Translatorium». The contest takes place every year during Latin a cultural month organized by the Society IXber St. Gallen. The program theme for this year was Latin-America — not the geographic Latin America, ...
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U.S. Commerce Department Assistant Secretary Arun Kumar Visits Switzerland

Thursday, November 12 visiting U.S. Commerce Department Assistant Secretary Arun Kumar joined Ambassador LeVine, Dr. Christoph Lindenmeyer from Schindler Management and Swissmem, and members of the Swissmem leadership team for a high-level meeting. Over the course of their discussion, participants explored a wide-range of bilateral economic and commercial issues, including the Transatlantic Trade and Investment ...
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National Apprenticeship Week November 1-7

President Obama declared November 1-7 National Apprenticeship Week in the United States. U.S.-Swiss cooperation on vocational training and apprenticeships is well-established, with over 20 Swiss companies committed to implementing or expanding apprenticeship programs in the U.S., and a cooperation agreement in place. In September U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Thomas Perez visited Switzerland to put ...
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Ambassador LeVine Welcomes Utah State Legislators

On September 24, Ambassador LeVine welcomed legislators and officials from the State of Utah to the U.S. Embassy Bern to discuss economic opportunities for Swiss businesses in Utah, economic opportunities for Utah businesses in Switzerland, and bilateral workforce development. A number of Swiss companies currently do business in Utah, and a number of additional Swiss ...
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U.S. Embassy Bern Supports Discussion on Biotechnology and the Developing World

On September 23, the U.S. Embassy in Bern in cooperation with the U.S. Mission in Geneva and the University of Bern co-organized a high-level speaker series exploring the impact of biotechnology on the developing world. Dr. Tony Lambino from the International Rice Research Institute, Dr. C.D. Mayee from the Indian Society for Cotton Improvement (ISCI), ...
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Helsinn Management Welcomes Ambassador LeVine

On September 7, Helsinn CEO Dr. Riccardo Braglia greeted Ambassador SuzanLeVine at Helsinn’s Biasca plant in Ticino, Switzerland.  During the visit, Ambassador LeVine discussed Helsinn’s position in the global pharmaceuticals market, its footprint in the United States, and the challenges it faces doing business in the United States. Ambassador LeVine also met the leadership of ...
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Ambassador LeVine Speaks at Business Symposium on Mt. Pilatus

On September 3, Ambassador LeVine spoke to an audience of more than 200 business executives and dignitaries at a business symposium on Mount Pilatus in central Switzerland. Attendees included high ranking business officials, Swiss politicians, and academics. Switzerland’s Vice President Federal Councilor Johann Schneider-Ammann was also in attendance. During her keynote address, Ambassador LeVine highlighted ...
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U.S. and Switzerland Sign Agreement on Organic Food Trade

The United States and Switzerland signed an agreement that will expand markets for organic farmers, reduce hurdles for small and medium-size businesses, and deliver more organic products to consumers.  The agreement states that, effective immediately, organic products certified in the United States or Switzerland may be sold as organic in either country. The organic equivalency ...
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Swiss Companies Bring Apprenticeship Programs that Work to the U.S.

New Commitments bring the number of Swiss Companies to Offer Apprenticeship Opportunities in the U.S. to 18; Switzerland and the U.S. Formalize Cooperation on Vocational Education and Training Eighteen Swiss firms unveiled plans to expand or create new apprenticeship programs in the U.S.  The Swiss companies (list below), world leaders in implementing apprenticeship programs, are ...
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Independence Day Remarks 2015

Excellencies, Ambassador Guex, Ambassador Frick, Ambassador Hamamoto and Ambassador Wood from the United States Mission Geneva; Damen und Herren, Grüssich Mittenand, Welcome! It is such a pleasure to look out and see all of you here and to have you celebrate the birthday of the United States of America with us! Before I go into ...
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Remarks at the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce General Meeting

Members of the Chamber, Excellencies, Friends, Colleagues – thank you once again for the opportunity to spend this evening with all of you. Before I begin my brief remarks here, let me give a special thank you to Martin Naville and his exceptional management team at the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce – within this country, there ...
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Remarks at the Rochester-Bern Executive MBA Commencement Ceremony

Rochester-Bern Executive MBA Commencement Address: As Leaders – 10 Ideas for Your Business Repertoire Thank you so much to the University of Rochester and the University of Bern for the invitation to be here with you all on such a special and important occasion! It’s especially meaningful for me to be here at the graduation ...
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Diplomatic Community Supports LGBT Rights at Zurich Pride

On Saturday, June 20, Ambassador LeVine and her family, along with a delegation of Ambassadors and diplomats posted in Switzerland joined the Zurich Pride march in support of LGBT rights. Ambassadors and members of the diplomatic corps from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Canada, the E.U., Finland, Israel, Norway, Spain, Sweden, the U.K., the U.S. and a representative of ...
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Ambassador LeVine Hosts Colorado Investment Delegation

Ambassador LeVine and an investment development delegation from the state of Colorado welcomed a distinguished group of Swiss business leaders from aviation, life science, IT, fashion, machinery, and energy industries at an investment forum held at her residence in Bern.  In her opening remarks, Ambassador LeVine highlighted Colorado’s vast and diverse market, favorable demographics, highly ...
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The Swiss Economic Forum Welcomes Ambassador LeVine at a Speaking Event

The Swiss Economic Forum welcomed Ambassador LeVine at a speaking event on the Swiss dual-track Vocational Education and Training (VET) program.  Ambassador LeVine was joined by Swiss government officials, private industry and from Swiss universities.   The panelists stressed the fact that in Switzerland apprenticeships are valued as a great alternative to a college education with ...
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Supernovas and Science Fiction: Professor Alicia Soderberg Talks Astrophysics at Gymnasium Hofwil

On June 4, Dr. Alicia Soderberg, Professor in Astrophysics at Harvard University and one of the first scientists to observe supernovas – the catastrophic death of a star — spoke with students at Gymnasium Hofwil in Münchenbuchsee about her work. She went into detail about how she detected the supernova. She was one of the ...
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Embassy Bern Visits Schools in Langenthal and Kleindietwil: Diversity, STEM Education and Career Choices

Meeting with Swiss students to discuss U.S. policy and share information on education systems in the U.S. and Switzerland is a high priority for Embassy Bern.  As part of the ongoing educational outreach, Ambassador Suzi LeVine and Public Affairs Officer Stephanie Morimura recently visited two schools in the Canton of Bern. On May 20, Morimura ...
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Ambassador LeVine: Foreign Policy is Economic Policy

(Following introduction) Thank you so much…. It is a real honor to join you here this afternoon. Before we begin, I want to quickly recognize and welcome my counterpart from the Swiss Embassy, Ambassador Martin Dahinden, as well as my friends and colleagues from the United States Department of Commerce – Deputy Secretary Bruce Andrews ...
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Delaware Governor Jack Markell Visits Switzerland

Ambassador LeVine welcomed Delaware Governor Jack Markell to Switzerland May 7 -8. Governor Markell was in the country to participate in the prestigious St. Gallen Symposium and speak about the global impact of small states.  On May 7, on the sidelines of the Governor’s participation in the symposium, Ambassador LeVine and Governor Markell met with ...
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Driverless Vehicles, the Venice Time Machine, the Human Brain Project and MOOCs at EPFL

On Friday, May 1, Ambassador Levine, along with her husband, Eric LeVine, visited the Swiss Federal University of Technology in Lausanne, EPFL. Several highly prestigious labs with a wide diversity in focus presented their work and research: the Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience and Cognitive Neuroprostethics, the Human Brain Project, the MOOCs at the Lab for ...
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Fragrance and Flavorings Powerhouse Firmenich Welcomes Ambassador LeVine

Patrick Firmenich, Vice Chairman of the Board, and Gilbert Ghostine, CEO, welcomed Ambassador LeVine and her team to the Firmenich Research facility in Geneva. Swiss and family-owned, Firmenich is the world’s largest privately-held fragrance and flavor company and number two in its industry, with $3 billion in sales in fiscal year 2014. The company has ...
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Feintool CEO and Ambassador LeVine Discuss Apprenticeships

On April 30, Feintool CEO Heinz Loosli hosted Ambassador LeVine and her team at Feintool, headquarters in Lyss, Switzerland. Feintool develops and manufactures tools and presses, as well as high-precision, custom parts and components for the global automotive industry. During the visit Ambassador LeVine and Feintool staff discussed Feintool’s footprint in the USA as well ...
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Remarks at the Opening of the Mosque in the House of Religions by Ambassador Suzan G. LeVine

Thank you for including me in this opening of the mosque at this unique and wonderful institution, the House of Religions. Though we have many different backgrounds represented here today, I believe the fact we are all sharing this room is testament to the peace and solidarity we are all working toward. This is an ...
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Deputy Chief of Mission Jeff Cellars Addresses Massachusetts – Basel Student Exchange Program Participants

On April 20, 2015, Deputy Chief in Mission Jeffrey R. Cellars delivered a speech to students participating in an exchange program between Basel-Stadt and Massachusetts at the historic Basel Rathaus (City Hall). For several years, Basel and Massachusetts have been “Sister-States;” the exchange is a result of the ongoing cooperation of both states in the ...
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Ambassador LeVine, Swiss Special Olympians Meet U.S. Men’s Soccer Team

The U.S. Men’s Soccer Team, in Switzerland for an International Friendly match against the Swiss National Team, invited Ambassador LeVine and representatives of the Swiss Special Olympics team to a training session in Zurich on Sunday, March 29. Coach Jürgen Klinsmann welcomed Ambassador LeVine and four Swiss Special Olympians, Numa Nunez, Mauro Facciolo, Fabienne Waelti ...
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Swiss Delegation Shines at U.S. Investment Summit

President Obama and Secretary Kerry Cite Swiss Companies, Investors The Swiss Delegation to the just-concluded SelectUSA Summit in Washington D.C. was the largest delegation in attendance on a per capita basis, as well as one of the most prominent.   Acknowledging Switzerland’s impressive showing at the Summit, both President Obama and Secretary Kerry mentioned Swiss companies ...
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A Conversation with U.S. Documentary Filmmaker Ross McElwee

On March 13, 2014, the U.S. Embassy, in collaboration with Kino Xenix, hosted a roundtable with U.S. documentary filmmaker Ross McElwee. McElwee’s films offer a unique approach to documentary film making as they interweave historical and social topics with autobiographical details. Starting from his own personal life, his documentaries explore bigger political, philosophical and social ...
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Roche CEO Hosts Ambassador LeVine

On March 6, Roche CEO Severin Schwan greeted Ambassador LeVine at Roche headquarters in Basel.  Operating two divisions – Pharmaceuticals and Diagnostics – and employing over 20,000 people in the United States, Roche is a leader in research-focused healthcare.  While at Roche, Ambassador LeVine met with a number of U.S. citizens in a town hall ...
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Ambassador LeVine Visits Bildungszentrum Langenthal

On Thursday, February 26, Ambassador LeVine visited the Bildungszentrum Langenthal to meet students and educators and talk about current U.S. policies, the U.S. school system, and how women’s empowerment has expanded the range of life choices men and women can make in the 21st century. Ambassador Suzan LeVine and the Embassy delegation were greeted by ...
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Ambassador LeVine Visits Bystronic Laser AG in Niederönz

On February 26, Ambassador LeVine and U.S. Embassy staff visited Bystronic Laser AG’s headquarters in Niederönz. They were met by Bystronic’s CEO Alex Waser and CCO Jean-Pierre Neuhaus, who gave them a tour of the facilities. During the tour, Ambassador LeVine learned about the company history and saw a demonstration of some of the equipment, ...
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Deputy Chief of Mission Jeffrey Cellars Highlights International Importance of Jazz

On February 26, 2015, Deputy Chief of Mission Jeffrey Cellars addressed the audience of the Jazzwerkstatt Bern before a concert of the HKB Large Ensemble. In his remarks, he pointed out the international importance jazz has gained since its emergence at the beginning of the 20th century: “Like no other music genre, Jazz has traveled around ...
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Call for Artworks: Art in Embassies – The Intersection Between Art, Science, Technology and the Environment

The U.S. Embassy Bern, in cooperation with the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, announced the opening of a competition for Swiss artists on the theme of the intersection between art, science, technology and the environment. The selected works will be displayed as part of the collection currently on show at the Residence of Suzan G. ...
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Ambassador LeVine Welcomes Colorado Investment Delegation

On February 11, 2015, Ambassador LeVine welcomed a high-level investment delegation from Jefferson County, Colorado at the U.S. residence in Bern. Attendees at the gathering included leading members of the Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation, as well as executive members of the world renowned Swiss aircraft manufacturer Pilatus , which has its North American headquarters in ...
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Visit USA Seminar Features Ambassador LeVine

On February 4, Ambassador LeVine addressed over 400 officials from the travel and tourism industry from Switzerland, Germany and the United States at the Visit USA Seminar at the Mövenpick Hotel and Conference Center in Regensdorf. Ambassador LeVine highlighted some of the top travel destinations in the United States, including the “two Washingtons” — Washington ...
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Ambassador LeVine Hosts Midnight Super Bowl Party

Over 50 Swiss American Football fans and enthusiasts joined Ambassador LeVine at her Residence in the early morning hours of February 2 for a Super Bowl viewing party. Athletes from the Swiss American Football National Team, players and managers from several of the Swiss league teams, sportswriters, and fans gathered at the Residence to watch ...
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Holocaust Remembrance Day

Never Again isn’t Just a Wish; It is a Command Ambassador LeVine in Lucerne to Commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day On January 27th Ambassador LeVine participated in a Holocaust Remembrance Day event in Lucerne. The event, co-hosted by Ambassador LeVine, Richard Jones, E.U. Ambassador to Switzerland, Yigal Caspi Israel’s Ambassador to Switzerland, David Moran, U.K. Ambassador ...
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“Hope and Spirit” – Remarks by Ambassador Suzan G. LeVine on the Occasion of International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Thank you so much, Esther, for that introduction and for the opportunity to be here with you today!  Please allow me to acknowledge a couple of people in the room before I begin: Former Federal Councillor, Elisabeth Kopp, and Norman H. Gershman, Photographer and initiator/founder of the Besa-Project – thank you so much for all ...
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Martin Luther King Day

The third Monday in January marks Martin Luther King Day, a U.S. holiday that honors King’s legacy and challenges citizens to engage in volunteer service in their communities. Martin Luther King Jr. dedicated his life to the nonviolent struggle for racial equality in the United States. Beginning the Journey Born on January 15, 1929, to ...
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Ambassador LeVine Speaks at Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce and the American International Club of Geneva Lunch

On January 15 Ambassador LeVine spoke to more than 70 participants at a luncheon in Geneva jointly organized by the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce and the International Club of Geneva.  In her remarks, Ambassador LeVine highlighted her priorities, including increasing economic ties between Switzerland and the United States, encouraging more cooperation on security and development ...
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Leading Swiss Executives Announce Plans to Invest, Bring Apprenticeships to the U.S. During White House Meeting

On January 13, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez, Senior Advisor to the President Valerie Jarrett and Director of the National Economic Council Jeffrey Zients hosted a delegation of Swiss business leaders in Washington, D.C. The delegation, led by Vice President of the Swiss Confederation, Federal Councilor Johann Schneider-Ammann ...
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Ambassador LeVine Visits Pilatus Aircraft Facility in Stans

July 30, Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. CEO Markus Bucher and the members of Pilatus’ board welcomed Ambassador LeVine to the Pilatus manufacturing facility in Stans, Switzerland. As the sole Swiss company that develops, produces and sells aircraft to customers around the world, Pilatus plays a critical role in Switzerland’s aviation industry. Its flagship aircraft, the single-engine ...
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Ambassador LeVine Visits Microsoft Switzerland

Petra Jenner, Country Manager at Microsoft Switzerland, welcomed Ambassador LeVine at the Microsoft campus in Wallisellen, Switzerland on June 30.  During the visit, Country Manager Jenner and Ambassador LeVine discussed the advantages of having been in operation in Switzerland for the past 25 years, the role of social media, talent recruitment and the importance of ...
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PaxVax Welcomed Ambassador LeVine

Monday, July 21st Nima Farzan, the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of immunization technology firm PaxVax welcomed Ambassador LeVine to PaxVax’s newly acquired facility near Bern, Switzerland. In spite of the facility’s recent renovation and long and storied history as part of Swiss vaccine technology legend Crucell AG, the facility was facing closure. ...
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World Renowned Swiss Army Knife Manufacturer Welcomes Ambassador Suzan LeVine

Ambassador LeVine visited the iconic Swiss Army Knife manufacturer Victorinox in the Swiss Valley of Ibach, also known as “knife valley.”  Victorinox CEO Carl Elsener (great grandson of the company’s founder Karl Elsener) greeted Ambassador LeVine and took her on a tour of the company’s manufacturing facility. Having started out as a cutlery workshop 130 ...
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Ambassador LeVine Greeted by Google’s Engineering VP in Zurich

On July 10, Ambassador LeVine visited a team of Google software engineers in Zurich, the largest Google engineering center outside of the United States with over 1300 employees. During the visit, Engineering Vice-President Oliver Heckmann outlined Zurich’s competitive advantage in attracting global talent, including access to top research institutions (i.e. both Swiss Federal Institutes of ...
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Reinsurance Giant Swiss Re Welcomes Ambassador LeVine

On July 10, Ambassador LeVine visited the Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd (or “Swiss Re”), one of the world’s largest and most successful reinsurance companies. During the Ambassador’s visit she discussed U.S. priorities in Switzerland with Swiss Re’s COO Thomas Wellauer, as well as the significant role Swiss RE has played in recent U.S. crises including ...
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Ambassador LeVine Remarks: Independence Day, 2014

Guten Abend, bon soir, buonasera! Now that I have delivered my credentials to Prince Alois of Liechtenstein last week and President Burkhalter here two days ago, I can welcome you to the Residence in my official capacity as the US Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein.  I especially welcome Ambassador Guex and Ambassador Frick. Before anything, ...
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SolarImpulse Testflight

July 1, Deputy Chief of Mission Jeffrey R. Cellars attended one of the first test flights of Solar Impulse II, a Swiss long-range solar-powered aircraft project.  The project, which is led by Swiss psychiatrist Bertrand Piccard and Swiss businessman André Borschberg, aims to circumnavigate the Earth by a piloted fixed-wing aircraft using only solar power. ...
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Ambassador Levine Addresses the Annual General Meeting of the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce

On July 1, Ambassador LeVine addressed the Annual General Meeting of the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce.  Ambassador LeVine was joined by Swiss Ambassador to the United States Manuel Sager as well as former Deutsche Bank CEO and Swiss national Josef Ackerman. In her remarks, Ambassador LeVine highlighted the vital and active role the Swiss-American Chamber ...
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Ambassador Suzan LeVine Visits Landesmuseum in Zürich

On June 30, 2014, Ambassador Suzan LeVine visited the Swiss Landesmuseum in Zürich, where she met with Marco Castellaneta, Head of Museum Operations, Dr. Heidi Amrein, Head of Collections & Documentation and Pascale Meyer, who gave the Ambassador a tour of the museum. The Ambassador enjoyed the opportunity to not only hear more about Swiss ...
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Ambassador Suzan LeVine Meets with Swiss Game Developers and Game Design Students

On June 30, 2014, Ambassador Suzan LeVine met with members of the Swiss Game Developers Association (SGDA) and Game Design Students for a roundtable discussion. The group shared their thoughts on the current state of the Swiss game developing scene and told the Ambassador about the challenges and possibilities they face in Switzerland. The SGDA ...
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Cargill Executives Welcome Ambassador Suzan LeVine

On June 23, Tom Intrator, President & CEO and Dominique Le Doeuil, VP Finance of Cargill International SA welcomed Ambassador Suzan LeVine to the company’s headquarters in Geneva. Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services throughout the world. In total, Cargill has over 143,000 employees in 67 countries. Cargill has been in ...
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2014 Global Trafficking in Persons Report – Accession of Switzerland to Tier 1

On June 20, 2014, the State Department released its 2014 Global Trafficking in Persons Report. The U.S. Embassy in Bern is pleased to announce that Switzerland’s status has changed from Tier 2 to Tier 1. The change reflects Switzerland’s continued commitment to combating human trafficking which is evidenced in the Swiss government’s ongoing efforts to ...
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Ambassador LeVine Speaks at a “Welcome to Zürich” Luncheon Organized by the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce

Ambassador LeVine spoke to more than 150 attendees at a “Welcome to Zürich” luncheon organized by the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce. She told the crowd that she planned focus during her tenure on increasing economic ties between Switzerland and the United States, encourage more cooperation on security and development around the world, and increase awareness ...
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Ambassador LeVine and Members of the U.S. Embassy Participated in the Zurich Pride to March for Equal Rights for LGBT Members of the Swiss Community

Ambassador LeVine and members of the U.S. Embassy participated in the Zurich Pride to march for equal rights for LGBT members of the Swiss community. She was shown around by the Vice-President of Zurich Pride, Alan Sangines. Attending the Zurich Pride as part of her listening tour, Ambassador LeVine discussed with several groups the issues ...
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Benjamin Franklin Summer Institute Students, Applicants and Alumni Participate in a Cooking Class at the Chief of Mission Residence in Bern

Friday, June 13, alumni, applicants and selected students for the Benjamin Franklin Summer Institute had the unique opportunity to have a cooking class at the Ambassador’s residence. Ambassador Suzan LeVine joined the students during dinner and engaged in a lively discussion.      
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Swiss American Society Welcomes Ambassador Suzi LeVine

On June 12, 2014, Professor Jürg Dual, President of the Swiss American Society, welcomed Ambassador Suzi LeVine to the organization’s Annual General Meeting at the Au Premier Restaurant in Zürich. Ambassador LeVine‘s remarks were warmly welcomed by the attendees, as she outlined a general view of her priorities as Ambassador to Switzerland and the Principality ...
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Ambassador LeVine Donates eReader to Museum für Kommunikation in Bern

Today, on June 11, 2014, U.S. Ambassador Suzan LeVine donated her eReader to the Museum für Kommunikation. The Ambassador’s use of the electronic device for her swearing-in on May 30th, 2014, caused an international stir. In her remarks, Ambassador LeVine explained her reasons for using her eReader at the swearing-in ceremony and noted that she ...
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Economic/Commercial Officer Scott Woodard Visits Students at the British School of Bern

Economic/Commercial Officer Scott Woodard visited Year 6-7 students at the British School of Bern on June 10.  The students, currently studying government and politics with Mrs. Blake, had the opportunity to ask a variety of questions about Scott’s job as a U.S. diplomat. They were keenly interested about how one becomes a diplomat, the daily ...
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