Contracting Opportunities: Diplomatic Pouch Handling Services

The U.S. Embassy Bern is looking for contractors to provide Diplomatic Pouch Handling Services: INCOMING POUCH The contractor will handle the arrival of all diplomatic pouches for the U.S. Embassy. The contractor will pick up the bags at the air cargo terminal in Bern (BRN). The contractor will process the necessary paperwork for the custom ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Global Entry Program Enrollment Event in Bern, Geneva, and Zurich

Global Entry Program Enrollment Event in Bern, Geneva, and Zurich The U.S. Embassy in Bern is pleased to announce that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers will be in Switzerland from November 27 to December 8 to conduct the in-person enrollment interviews for anyone eligible for Global Entry . What is Global Entry? Global Entry is a program ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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