Joint Statement of the United States of America and Switzerland on Cooperation in Quantum Information Science and Technology

Embassy of the United States of America For Immediate Release October 26, 2022   Joint Statement of the United States of America and Switzerland on Cooperation in Quantum Information Science and Technology The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America and Switzerland on the occasion of …

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Message for U.S. Military Veterans in Switzerland and Liechtenstein (October 24, 2022)

Embassy of the United States of America Bern, Switzerland   Message for U.S. Military Veterans in Switzerland and Liechtenstein   October 24, 2022   In an effort to provide you with helpful resources, information, and events, the U.S. Embassy in Bern would like to create a contact database for all U.S. Military Veterans residing in …

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Russia’s Sham Referenda in Ukraine

Embassy of the United States of America For Immediate Release September 29, 2022 Russia’s Sham Referenda in Ukraine The Kremlin’s sham referenda are a futile effort to mask what amounts to a further attempt at a land grab in Ukraine. To be clear: the results were orchestrated in Moscow and do not reflect the will …

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G7 Leaders’ Statement

Embassy of the United States of America For Immediate Release September 27, 2022 G7 Leaders’ Statement We, the Leaders of the Group of Seven (G7), strongly condemn the sham referenda that Russia attempts to use to create a phony pretext for changing the status of Ukrainian sovereign territory, which is subject to an ongoing Russian …

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Announcing the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program in Switzerland

In partnership with Movetia , the Swiss National Agency for Exchange and Mobility, the Fulbright program in Switzerland will offer three English Teaching Assistant awards as part of the general English Language Assistantship program. The application deadline for the 2023/2024 program cycle is October 11, 2022. For more information on the program, the requirements and deadlines …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Outreach, Passport renewal, and Voting

Embassy of the United States of America Bern, Switzerland   The U.S. Embassy in Bern is pleased to provide you with information related to U.S. Citizens living in Switzerland and Liechtenstein.  An upcoming passport and notarial outreach in Basel, information on how to renew your passport at any time, and a reminder on how to …

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F-35A Procurement Contract Signed

On September 19, 2022, Switzerland’s Federal Office for Defence Procurement (armasuisse) finalized its agreement to purchase 36 F-35A Lightning II aircraft, signing a letter of offer and acceptance that calls for the jets to be delivered between 2027 and 2030. The United States welcomes this most recent step in the procurement process and looks forward …

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DCM Dana M. Brown Delivers Remarks at Swiss-US Energy Innovation Days 2022

Good evening. It is a pleasure to join you at the Swiss-U.S. Energy Innovation days on behalf of the U.S. Embassy, particularly at a time where the world’s energy future is so uncertain and cooperation is more important than ever. As many of you know, the unprecedented and unprovoked Russian invasion of Ukraine has made …

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The U.S. Embassy in Bern is Looking for an Electrical Contractor for a Photovoltaic System

The U.S. Embassy in Bern, Switzerland is looking for an electrical contractor to perform an electrical tie-in to the city grid for a photovoltaic system on a Bern property. The contractor shall be responsible for providing all equipment, materials, supplies, and labor to complete the electrical tie-in. The completed work shall meet or exceed Swiss …

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Alert: Worldwide Caution – U.S. Embassy Bern (August 3, 2022)

Embassy of the United States of America Bern, Switzerland On July 31, 2022, the United States conducted a precision counterterrorism strike in Afghanistan that killed Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden’s deputy and successor as leader of al-Qa’ida.  Al- Zawahiri was one of the masterminds of the attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001, …

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The U.S. Embassy Bern is Looking to Provide a Sound Dampening Material Installation on a Bern Property

The US Embassy Bern is looking for sound dampening material to be installed on Bern property. Contractor shall provide all equipment, materials, supplies and labor to install sound dampening material. The complete work shall meet or exceed Swiss regulations and codes that are in place or planned to take effect on 2022. The contract requires …

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Ambassador Miller Leads U.S. Delegation at URC2022

U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland and Lichtenstein Scott C. Miller traveled to Lugano, Switzerland from July 4 to 5 to lead the U.S. delegation at the Ukraine Recovery Conference (URC 2022). The United States’ delegation included representatives from USAID, U.S. Department of the Treasury, and U.S. Department of State. URC 2022, co-hosted by the Swiss and …

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Independence Day Speech by Ambassador Scott C. Miller – July 1, 2022

This is the most people I have seen in Bern all in one concentrated spot. Forgive me. I’m a little overwhelmed and beyond honored. Excellencies, Members of the National and Cantonal Governments, friends, fellow citizens, family, and distinguished guests – good evening and thank you for joining us. Before I start my official remarks, I …

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End of Use of Certain Expired U.S. Passports for Direct Return to the United States

U.S. citizens will not be permitted to use their expired U.S. passport to return to the United States after June 30, 2022. If your passport has expired, please visit our website for information on how to renew your passport.   Click here to find out if you are eligible to renew your passport by mail.

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bern – CDC Testing Order Rescinded (June 13, 2022)

  Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bern – CDC Testing Order Rescinded (June 13, 2022) Location: Countrywide Event:  As of yesterday, June 12, 2022, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) order requiring all persons to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States, has …

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Information about COVID-19 and Travel to the United States

Last Updated: June 13, 2022 As of 12:01 a.m. on June 12, 2022, air travelers to the United States are no longer required to show a negative COVID-19 test result, or documentation of recovery from COVID-19, prior to boarding a flight to the United States. For more information, see the Centers for Disease Control order. Proof of vaccination for non-U.S. …

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Press Release: America’s Most Advanced Multi-Role Fighter

The F-35A is America’s most advanced multi-role fighter. It routinely demonstrates unmatched capabilities and combines stealth, advanced sensors, and information sharing systems. It is already proving itself in eastern Europe and will be the cornerstone of the U.S. Air Force’s fighter fleet for decades to come. European partners such as the United Kingdom, Italy, Finland, …

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Biden Administration Approves First Operation Fly Formula Mission

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 20, 2022 On May 19, the White House announced the first shipment of critical need infant formula from Switzerland to Plainfield, Indiana. The formula is being sourced from Nestlé S.A. and will be shipped by the U.S. Department of Defense. The shipment, which will be expedited to Nestle’s pre-existing distribution centers …

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Press Release: U.S. Delegation to Attend the 2022 World Economic Forum

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 20, 2022 Ambassador Scott C. Miller will travel to Davos, Switzerland from May 22-25 to participate in the 2022 World Economic Forum. Ambassador Miller welcomes the opportunity to advance the Biden-Harris Administration’s agenda with world leaders and underscore America’s commitment to building stronger partnerships and promoting economic prosperity. Other U.S. government …

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Contracting Opportunity: The U.S. Embassy Bern is Looking to Provide a Drainage Repair on a Bern Property

The US Embassy Bern is looking to provide a drainage repair on a Bern property.  Contractor shall provide all equipment, materials, supplies and labor to service and repair the drainage issue. The completed work shall meet or exceed Swiss regulations and codes that are in place or planned to take effect on 2022.  The contract …

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Contracting Opportunity: The U.S. Embassy Bern is Looking to Provide an Annual Service Contract on a Pitch Tile Roof

The US Embassy Bern is looking to provide an annual service contract on a pitch tile roof on a Bern property.  Contractor shall provide all equipment, materials, supplies and labor to service and repair the tile roof and metal flashing. The completed work shall meet or exceed Swiss regulations and codes that are in place …

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Contracting Opportunity: The U.S. Embassy Bern is Looking for a Building Automation System (BAS) Contractor

The US Embassy Bern is looking for a Building Automation System (BAS) contractor for an annual maintenance contract on a Bern property. Contractor shall provide all equipment, materials, software, computers, supplies and labor to preform an annual service and make repairs. The complete work shall meet or exceed Swiss regulations and codes that are in …

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U.S. Passport renewal by mail

Beginning June 6, 2021, U.S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland is accepting online fee payments for adult U.S. passport renewal applications. Paying online allows you to mail your application to the U.S. Embassy without the need to apply in person. No more travel to the Embassy to renew a passport! Please see below to determine if you …

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Contracting Opportunity: The U.S. Embassy Bern is Looking for a Contractor to Install Flooring in a Bern Property

The US Embassy Bern is looking for a contractor to install flooring in a Bern property.  Contractor shall provide all equipment, materials, supplies and labor to install flooring. The complete work shall meet or exceed Swiss regulations and codes that are in place or planned to take effect on 2022.  The contract requires the contractor …

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Contracting Opportunity: The U.S. Embassy Bern is Looking for a Fire Stop Contractor

The US Embassy Bern is looking for a fire stop contractor to install fire stop on a Bern property.  Contractor shall provide all equipment, materials, supplies and labor to install fire stop. The complete work shall meet or exceed Swiss regulations and codes that are in place or planned to take effect on 2022.  The contract …

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25 Years of U.S.-Liechtenstein Diplomatic Relations

Statement by Scott Miller, United States Ambassador to Liechtenstein Today we celebrate 25 years of formal diplomatic relations between the United States and Liechtenstein.  On March 14, 1997, my predecessor, Ambassador Madeline Kunin, visited Vaduz for the first time in an official capacity to present Prince Hans-Adam II letters of credence from President Bill Clinton, which …

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Humanitarian Assistance and Visa Information for Ukrainians who have Evacuated to Switzerland or Liechtenstein

Return to U.S. Embassy in Ukraine Website Last Updated: 06-Apr-2022 Information for U.S. Citizens coming from Ukraine: Ukraine Crisis (state.gov) HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE   If you are seeking information about immediate humanitarian assistance in Switzerland or Liechtenstein: Almost all refugee cases in countries abroad are processed by local authorities, in this case the government of Switzerland or Liechtenstein. Ukrainians should not contact the authorities of the United …

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Call for Applications for the 2022 Benjamin Franklin Summer Institute

Interested in learning about diplomacy, exploring global issues, community activism and American culture? Then you should apply for the 2022 Benjamin Franklin Summer Institute at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. The fellowship takes place from June 25 to July 23, 2022, all costs will be paid for. The application deadline is February 19, 2022. …

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Contracting Opportunity: The U.S. Embassy Bern is Looking for a Telephone Services Contractor

The Embassy Bern is looking for a Contractor that shall provide mobile telephone services to the Embassy of the United States of America in Bern, Switzerland. The prices listed below shall include all labor, materials, insurance (see FAR 52.228-4 and 52.228-5), overhead, and profit. The Government will pay the Contractor on a monthly basis for …

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Contracting Opportunity: The U.S. Embassy Bern is Looking for a Fencing Contractor

The U.S. Embassy Bern is looking for a fencing contractor to install metal fence on Bern  property.  Contractor shall provide all equipment, materials, supplies and labor to install metal fence and gate. The complete work shall meet or exceed Swiss regulations and codes that are in place or planned to take effect on 2022.  The …

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Arrival of Ambassador Scott Miller

On Tuesday, January 11, Scott Miller presented his Letters of Credence to the President of the Swiss Confederation, Ignazio Cassis.  President Cassis accepted the Letters and welcomed Ambassador Miller as the new U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland.  Ambassador Miller was nominated by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on August 6 and confirmed by the U.S. Senate …

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Message to U.S. Citizens About Passports: U.S. Embassy Bern (December 28, 2021)

Location: Switzerland and Liechtenstein  Subject:  Travel to the United States on Expired U.S. Passports  If you are overseas and your passport expired on or after January 1, 2020, you may be able to use your expired passport to return directly to the United States until June 30, 2022. You will not be permitted to use your …

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COVID-19 – FAQ for U.S. Citizens

International commercial flight options currently exist in Switzerland and Liechtenstein.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate arranging repatriation flights in Switzerland and Liechtenstein at this time.

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Passport Fee Increase – Message to U.S. Citizens

PASSPORT FEE INCREASE Routine: U.S. Embassy Bern, December 15, 2021 Location: Switzerland and Liechtenstein Event: Passport Fee Increase Effective December 27, 2021, the passport book security surcharge will increase by $20.  This reflects increases in security-related costs for processing passports, and is added to the application fee and the execution fee to comprise the total cost to …

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Contracting Opportunity: The U.S. Embassy Bern is Looking for a Compact Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV)

U.S. Embassy Bern has a requirement for a compact sport utility vehicle (SUV)  available in Switzerland by January 15, 2022. The vendor shall provide a new vehicle equipped with an all-wheel drive system, space for 5 passengers with luggage, and must be available to perform regular preventative maintenance on the vehicle in the Bern area. …

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U.S. Support for Human Rights Defenders

Overview Protecting and supporting human rights defenders is a key priority of U.S. foreign policy. Because human rights defenders seek to hold their governments accountable to protect universally recognized human rights, defenders are often harassed, detained, interrogated, imprisoned, tortured, and even killed for doing their work. The Department’s objective is to enable human rights defenders …

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Health Message for U.S. Citizens: New Air Travel Policy for Entry to the United States

Location: Switzerland and Liechtenstein, countrywide Event:  On December 6, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will implement a one-day COVID-19 testing requirement for travelers over age two coming to the United States.  Regardless of vaccination status or nationality, any individual coming to the United States must show a negative pre-departure COVID-19 viral test taken the day before they board their flight …

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Health Alert: New Restrictions for Travelers from Certain Countries

Location: Switzerland and Liechtenstein Event: On November 26, the White House announced a travel restriction for certain travelers physically present within the Republic of Botswana, the Kingdom of Eswatini, the Kingdom of Lesotho, the Republic of Malawi, the Republic of Mozambique, the Republic of Namibia, the Republic of South Africa, and the Republic of Zimbabwe …

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Contracting Opportunity: The U.S. Embassy Bern is Looking for Housing/ Hotel Options

U.S. Embassy Bern is looking for housing/ hotel options in Davos, Klosters, and surrounding areas for the period leading up to and during the World Economic Forum early next year. Once the requirement is finalized, the awarded contractor shall provide lodging for a minimum of 40 rooms and a maximum of 750. The total anticipated …

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Health Alert – Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs (November 5, 2021)  

Location: Worldwide: Event: On October 25, President Biden announced the United States will adopt a global air travel policy.  This policy prioritizes public health, protecting U.S. citizens and residents as well as those who come to visit us.  Effective November 8 all non-citizen, nonimmigrant (not a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, lawful permanent resident, or traveling to …

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Contracting Opportunity: The U.S. Embassy Bern is Looking for Transportation Services

The U.S. Embassy Bern may have a requirement for the transportation of specialized equipment in Switzerland and Zurich Airport staging facility services during the month of January 2022.  The vendor shall provide up to 8 truck and trailer units with operators which are equipped with a rolling system to take 463 L pallets. The truck …

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Contracting Opportunity: The U.S. Embassy Bern is Looking for a Roofing Contractor

The U.S. Embassy Bern is looking for a roofing contractor to perform annual services on clay roof tiles, gutters, and drain lines. The work will be done in Bern. Contractor shall provide all equipment, materials, supplies, and labor to perform the annual service, including minor repairs and replacement of up to 250 tiles. The complete …

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Dr. David Mooney, Executive Director Institutional Planning, Integration and Development at NREL, shares best practice on energy efficiency

The U.S. Embassy in Bern is proud to support Dr. David Mooney, Executive Director Institutional Planning, Integration and Development at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), as a guest speaker at Swisspower and SIG Genève’s virtual public event on energy efficiency «Mehr Schub für die Energieeffiziens» https://swisspower.ch/veranstaltungen/energieeffizienz-event/ Energy efficiency is one of the three pillars of …

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Demonstration Alert

Location: Bern, Switzerland Events: Several demonstrations, both organized and spontaneous, are expected to occur in Bern on Saturday, October 16, 2021. Saturday, October 16, 14:00 – 15:30 “Against Corona Measures” demonstration, held at the Waisenhausplatz. A couple of hundred peaceful demonstrators are expected to attend. Saturday, October 16, 15:00 – 16:30 “Against the killing of …

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Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Trip to Switzerland, Uzbekistan, India, and Pakistan

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 27, 2021 Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman will travel to Geneva, Switzerland on September 29 to lead a U.S. interagency delegation to a September 30 U.S.-Russia bilateral Strategic Stability Dialogue.  She will be joined by Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Bonnie Jenkins.  …

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Demonstration Alert

Location:        All cantons in Switzerland and Lichtenstein Events:         Several demonstrations, both organized and spontaneous, are expected to occur throughout Switzerland over the weekend.  Recent events show that unplanned demonstrations can also occur without warning. Actions to take:         Exercise vigilance and heightened situational awareness over the coming days ·         Stay alert in public places, …

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Raphaela Kurer Joins Entrepreneurs from across Europe for the Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative YTILI Exchange Program

Congrats to this year’s Swiss YTILI 2021 nominee Raphaela Kurer, co-founder and CPO of Meloncast, a digital decision-making tool for targeted, informed, marketing. Raphaela will join Entrepreneurs from across Europe for the Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative YTILI exchange program in the United States. The Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative YTILInetwork is an ECA State Department flagship exchange program with the goal of …

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U.S. Embassy Bern – Liechtenstein National Day Message from Chargé d’Affaires Eva Weigold Schultz

Hello – I’m Eva Weigold Schultz, Chargé d’Affaires at the United States Embassy in Bern. This August 15th, I wish the Princely Family and everyone in the Principality of Liechtenstein a very happy National Day! Today, you celebrate with family and friends everything Liechtenstein has accomplished. Yours is truly a remarkable and unique success story. …

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Francesca Chaney at Impact Hub Bern

Francesca Chaney, 24 Year old chef and businesswoman from New York City, shares her story of becoming a female entrepreneur with young Swiss women at Impact Hub Bern The U.S. Embassy in Bern is proud to support Francesca Chaney, 24-year-old chef and owner of Sol Sips in New York City, as the guest speaker at Impact Hub …

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New Opening Hours – Consular Agencies in Switzerland

Starting September 1, 2021 the Consular Agencies will be opened as follows:   Please select your required service on our website and follow the step-by-step instructions. At the end of the process you can request an appointment through the appointment request form. Adult Passport Renewal – Mail-In (BOOK only)   Passport and Citizenship Services   Notarial Services   Social Security  

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U.S. Embassy Bern – Swiss National Day Message from Chargé d’Affaires Eva Weigold Schultz

Hi – I’m Eva Weigold Schultz, Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Bern. To all our Swiss friends and partners – Happy National Day! Today we honor more than 700 years of Swiss democracy, which laid the foundation for other democracies to follow. More than 500 years after the oath on the Rütli, America’s founding fathers were inspired …

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President Biden Congratulates Swiss President Parmelin on Swiss National Day

Dear Mr. President: On behalf of the United States of America and the American people, I extend my best wishes to the people of Switzerland on your National Day. Switzerland is a good friend and partner to the United States, and I appreciated meeting with you in June to discuss the many areas in which …

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U.S. Embassy Bern – Independence Day Message by Chargé d’Affaires Eva Weigold Schultz

Hello – I’m Eva Weigold Schultz, Chargé d’Affaires at the United States Embassy in Bern. To all my fellow Americans resident in Switzerland and Liechtenstein – Happy Fourth of July! This year, we celebrate 245 years of independence. It’s a time to reflect on the blessings of freedom, and this year in particular, to give …

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Press Release: The U.S. Embassy in Bern’s Statement in Response to the Federal Council’s Air2030 Decision

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 30, 2021  The U.S. Embassy in Bern welcomes the Federal Council’s Air2030 decision.  The United States is proud to have provided Switzerland with world-class air defense products over the past five decades, respecting Swiss sovereignty, supporting Swiss national security, and partnering with Switzerland on economic and technological advancements.  We look forward …

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The U.S. Embassy Bern is Looking for a Plumbing  Contractor

The U.S. Embassy Bern is looking for a plumbing  contractor to repair a shower and bathroom to meet ADA (handicap) code in a property. The work will be done in the Chancery.  Contractor shall provide all equipment, materials, supplies and labor to replace sanitary drain lines, plumbing fixtures, wall tile, and water lines in the …

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President Biden’s Visit to Switzerland

President Biden will meet with President Putin in Geneva, Switzerland on June 16, 2021. The leaders will discuss the full range of pressing issues, as we seek to restore predictability and stability to the U.S.-Russia relationship. Additional information about the US – Russia Summit. U.S.-Russia Presidential Joint Statement on Strategic Stability June 16, 2021 Briefing Room   Remarks by President Biden in Press Conference June 16, 2021 Hôtel du …

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Food Business Innovation & Technology Commercialization: Lou Cooperhouse Visits Switzerland

With the support of the U.S. Embassy in Bern, Lou Cooperhouse, founder of BlueNalu, will deliver a keynote at the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute’s International Food Innovation Conference on June 29.  The conference will examine the future of nutrition and explore technical innovation as well as societal changes in the food ecosystem.  Earlier in June, Lou …

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Message for U.S. Citizens About Passports: U.S. Embassy Bern (May 25, 2021)

Location: Switzerland and Liechtenstein Event: U.S. citizens may directly return to the United States with certain expired U.S. passports. If you are overseas and your passport expired on or after January 1, 2020, you may be able to use your expired passport to return directly to the United States until December 31, 2021 You qualify for …

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Demonstration Alert

Location:        Waisenhausplatz, Bern, Switzerland Events:         Saturday, May 22, beginning at 2:00 PM, local authorities expect demonstrators to gather on Waisenhausplatz to demonstrate against the Israeli – Palestinian conflict. Officials expect up to a couple hundred demonstrators to attend. Please be advised that there may be an increased police presence in the area …

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Call for Applications for Fulbright Grant Program in the U.S. for Students and Scholars

Call for Applications for Fulbright Swiss Student and Visiting Scholar Grant for the 2022-2023 Deadline for application for academic year 2022-2023 is August 5, 2021 “The Fulbright Program aims to bring a little more knowledge, a little more reason, and a little more compassion into world affairs, and thereby to increase the chance that nations …

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Update on Swiss Quarantine Restrictions for U.S. Travelers

The U.S. Department of State has no greater responsibility than the safety and security of U.S. citizens overseas. We are committed to proactively advising U.S. citizens  about travel amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, including the most up-to-date information about travel restrictions imposed by the Swiss government or the U.S. government. As of April 5, per the Swiss …

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Press Release: United States and Switzerland Hold Virtual Bilateral Defense Talks

On March 19, 2021, the United States and Switzerland held virtual bilateral Defense Talks.  Andrew Winternitz, Principal Director for Europe and NATO Policy of the Office of the Secretary of Defense led the U.S. Delegation and Brigadier General Markus Maeder, Director International Relations of the Swiss Armed Forces led the Swiss Delegation.  The two sides had …

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Happy International Women’s Day and Happy Women’s History Month from Chargé d’Affaires Eva Weigold Schultz

  Hello.  I’m Eva Weigold Schultz, Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Bern. March 8 is International Women’s Day, a time to reflect on the contributions of women everywhere to advancing peace, prosperity, and security. March is also Women’s History Month in the United States, where we celebrate women who have shaped the course …

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U.S. Embassy Bern Celebrates Black History Month 2021

To celebrate Black History Month and this year’s topic of “The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity,” members of the Embassy are reading their favourite, family-related poem by an African American author. Langston Hughes: “Mother to Son” Lucille Clifton: “won’t you celebrate with me” We are using the poem, which was published in The Book …

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Register Now for the Virtual 2021 SelectUSA Investment Summit, June 7-11, 2021

The SelectUSA Investment Summit  https://www.selectusasummit.us/  is the premier event dedicated to promoting foreign direct investment (FDI) in the United States.  The Investment Summit plays a vital role in attracting and facilitating business investment and job creation by raising awareness about the wide range of investment opportunities in the United States and enabling essential direct connections between …

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U.S. Expert Speakers Participate in 4th International Block Chain Forum

In coordination with Embassy Bern, two U.S. experts spoke on February 4th at the annual International Block Chain Forum. The focus of this year’s meeting was block chain applications in the healthcare industry. Prof. Lucila Ohno-Machada, chair of the Biomedical Informatics Department of UC San Diego, discussed applications of block chain technology in clinical research and healthcare quality …

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Today We Celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science

February 11 is International Day of Women and Girls in Science, a day to emphasize the importance of gender balance in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM). So many solutions to today’s global challenges demand a strong background in STEAM fields, and these disciplines are stronger when women are equally represented. The …

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Contracting Opportunities: Air Conditioning (AC) System Installation

The US Embassy Bern is looking for contractors to install an Air Conditioning (AC) system in a property. The System will be two (2) VRV size estimated to be between 50-70 KW and will cool up to 14 rooms. The contractor will provide all equipment, materials, supplies, and labor to install new AC system that …

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Fulbright Program Celebrates its 75th Anniversary

2021 marks 75 incredible years of the Fulbright Program! Join Embassy Bern as we celebrate the program’s history of positive impact on the lives of individuals as well as on global and local communities. To find more information on the U.S. government’s flagship international education exchange program and to read participants’ stories, visit  https://fulbright75.org/

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Inaugural Address by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.

JANUARY 20, 2021 – The United States Capitol 11:52 AM EST THE PRESIDENT: Chief Justice Roberts, Vice President Harris, Speaker Pelosi, Leader Schumer, Leader McConnell, Vice President Pence, distinguished guests, and my fellow Americans. This is America’s day. This is democracy’s day. A day of history and hope. Of renewal and resolve. Through a crucible …

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Health Alert – Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs (January 15, 2021)  

Health Alert – Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs (January 15, 2021)  Location: Worldwide – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director has signed an order requiring all airline passengers traveling to the United States, including U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs), to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 viral test or recovery from COVID-19.     Event:  Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must …

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Two U.S. Expert Speakers at 4th International Block Chain Forum

U.S. Embassy Bern is proud to support the virtual 4th International Block Chain forum on February 4th organized by the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences, including two U.S. expert speakers.  This year’s edition will focus on Block Chain applications in the healthcare sector and will cover current topics such as data protection of health records, infection contact tracing, and …

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Demonstration Alert

Demonstration Alert:  U.S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland (January 8, 2021)  Location:        U.S. Embassy, Bern Events:         Planned demonstrations, regarding support of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange are scheduled for Friday, January 8, 2021 from 4:00 to 5:00 PM and Saturday, January 9, 2021, from 2:00 to 3:00 PM outside the U.S. Embassy, Bern. As with all such gatherings, …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland (December 3, 2020)

Location:        Switzerland and Liechtenstein countrywide Event:             During the holiday season, security measures in Switzerland and Liechtenstein remain heightened due to ongoing threats posed by transnational terrorist organizations and individuals inspired by violent extremist ideology throughout Europe.  Violent extremists continue to focus on locations such as Christmas holiday markets, shopping malls, airports, clubs, restaurants, …

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International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) 2020

December 3rd is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) 2020, a day to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society. US Embassy Bern has a long-standing relationship with the ETH in Zurich and is pleased to see US competitors enter the university’s annual international Cybathlon competition, …

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Demonstration Alert

Demonstration Alert:  U.S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland (November 20, 2020) Location:        Bundesplatz, Bern Events:         Planned demonstrations, against ongoing COVID-19 mitigation measures are scheduled for Saturday, November 21, 2020 from 1:00 PM at the Bundesplatz. It is possible that other unplanned demonstrations also related to the ongoing COVID-19 measures could form at the Bahnofplatz and occur at …

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Runoff Elections in Georgia/Louisiana

If you are registered to vote in the State of Georgia or in the 5th Congressional District of Louisiana, you may be eligible to vote in the upcoming runoff elections. More information on the runoff elections in Georgia can be found here: https://www.fvap.gov/georgia and in Louisiana here: https://www.fvap.gov/louisiana . Remember U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling …

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Demonstration Alert

Demonstration Alert:  U.S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland (November 4, 2020)   Location:        Throughout the city of Bern Events: A demonstration, which calls for peace throughout the U.S. election process is planned for November 4–6, 2020 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM at Waisenhausplatz. It is possible that other unplanned demonstrations also related to the U.S. elections …

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Experience U.S. Embassy Bern’s Four-Season Garden – Autumn

2020 Autumn in the garden: The perfect moment to propagate flowers     Summer begins in October.  No we don’t mean on the calendar, but in October preparations for the next garden season begin. In the yearly life cycle of a garden the end is often also the beginning. In autumn, summer flowers wilt and …

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Songwriter Workshop with Arts Envoy and Professional Musician, Derik Nelson

Attention budding Swiss and Liechtensteiner songwriters!! The U.S. Embassy in Bern is delighted to announce a five-day virtual songwriting workshop led by professional musician and Arts Envoy, Derik Nelson. This unique, week-long event will offer something to beginning and experienced musicians alike. The first lesson kicks off Monday evening 30 November at 6pm. For 5 …

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Don’t Let the Elections Pass You By

Don’t Let the Elections Pass You By   If you plan to vote in the November 2020 election it is important to ACT NOW!  Don’t wait, return your voted ballot right away! Remember U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling places; same-day in-person voting is not available outside the United States – but you can …

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Virtual Discussion: Developing Trends in the U.S. and Swiss Media Industries

Join Philip Napoli, Professor of Public Policy at Duke University, on October 1 between 16:00H and 17:00H for a virtual discussion about developing trends in the U.S. and Swiss media industries. To join, please contact l.udris@ikmz.uzh.ch to register and to obtain an access link. Professor Napoli will discuss the contrast between dominant digital platforms and the …

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Webinar on Business Travel to the U.S. During COVID-19

U.S. Embassy Bern held a webinar and question & answer session September 16, 2020 with a focus on business travel to the U.S. during COVID-19. If you missed the live stream, catch a recording of the webinar on our YouTube channel.    

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Travel Advisory for Switzerland – Level 3 – Reconsider travel (August 7, 2020)

U.S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland   Reconsider travel to Switzerland due to COVID-19. Read the Department of State’s  COVID-19 page  before you plan any international travel. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for the Switzerland due to COVID-19. Improved conditions have been reported within Switzerland. Visit the Embassy’s  COVID-19 page  for more information on COVID-19 in Switzerland. Read the  country information page

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First U.S.-Switzerland Cybersecurity Dialogue

On July 9, 2020, U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein Edward T. McMullen, Jr. hosted the Swiss Special Envoy for Cyber Foreign and Security Policy, Jon Albert Fanzun, and the Swiss Cybersecurity Delegate and Head of the National Cybersecurity Centre, Florian Schütz, for the first U.S.-Switzerland Cybersecurity Dialogue at the U.S. Embassy in Bern. The …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland (June 19, 2020)

UPDATE: The police activity in central Geneva has ended. The area is once again open for traffic, but expect delays due to the previous road closures.   Subject: Security Alert: Increased Police Activity in Geneva – U. S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland (19 June 2020) Location: Jardin Anglais/Mont Blanc Bridge area in central Geneva  Event: The …

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Dean Cheng of The Heritage Foundation: Chinese Political Strategy in the Post-COVID World

Together with the U.S. Embassy in Austria and Swiss think tank foraus , we are looking forward to this upcoming virtual talk: Chinese Political Strategy in the Post-COVID World with Guest Speaker Dean Cheng of The Heritage Foundation Tuesday 30 June, 16:00 – 17:00 The discussion will be streamed live on the Facebook pages of: U.S. Embassy Bern: https://www.facebook.com/USBotschaftBern/ U.S. Embassy …

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Independence Day

We would like to remind the public that due to the COVID-19 situation the U.S. Embassy in Bern remains closed for regular services. American citizens can continue to reach us in case of emergency on Independence Day by dialing the following phone number: 📞 +41 31 357 70 11 We wish everyone a happy and …

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Demonstration Alert U.S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland (June 12, 2020)

U.S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland   Subject: Demonstration Alert U.S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland   Location: Basel, Bern, Zurich, and various other locations in Switzerland (12 June 2020)  Event: Numerous demonstrations are being planned over the coming weeks in various locations in Switzerland over concerns about racial discrimination and civil rights in the United States.  Some events are …

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International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) Celebrates its 80th Anniversary

2020 marks the 80th anniversary of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) , the Department of State’s premier professional exchange initiative for emerging leaders. The short-term visits foster mutual understanding and develop cultural and professional connections. The program has over 225,000 alumni worldwide, including more than 300 Swiss alumni including Swiss Federal Councilors Simonetta Sommaruga and Karin Keller-Sutter; State Councilor Christian …

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Flexibility & Optimism: The Swiss and U.S. Fulbright Exchange During COVID-19

U.S. Fulbrighters in Switzerland In September 2019, 13 students from the United States arrived in Switzerland to conduct research in their respective fields of study. They spread out over the country, from Basel to Lucerne, Fribourg, Bern, Lausanne, and Geneva. Filled with excitement, they were eager to capitalize on a year of living the Swiss …

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Global Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel

The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.  In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  …

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IVLP 2020 “The Digital Economy – Transformative Technology for the Social Good”

Guest blog post by: Tim Weingärtner – Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts Participant of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) program 2020 “The Digital Economy – Transformative Technology for the Social Good” The IVLP (International Visitor Leadership Program) is an “on invitation only” program by the U.S. State Department with each group having a special …

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Smart Traveler Enrollment Program – STEP

The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service to allow U.S. citizens and nationals traveling and living abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Receive important information from the U.S. Embassy Bern about safety conditions in your destination country, helping you make informed decisions about your travel plans. Help the U.S. Embassy contact you …

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SelectUSA Investment Summit 2020 Postponed

Given the uncertainty facing a large number of public events around the world due to the progression of COVID-19, SelectUSA has made the decision to postpone the SelectUSA Investment Summit to June 2021. You will find more information on applications and hotel reservations here. Save the Date: 2021 SelectUSA Summit,  June 6-9, 2021 in Washington Hilton, Washington, …

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Digital Support from SelectUSA

SelectUSA’s global network of experienced investment specialists remains hard at work helping their clients develop international business plans. Specialists are relying significantly on emails, conference calls, Skype sessions, and video conferences to stay connected with businesses all around the world. To learn more about how  SelectUSA  can help you with your investment plans in the United …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bern (March 20, 2020)

U.S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland    Subject:Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bern (March 20, 2020) Location:Switzerland and Liechtenstein  Event: On March 19, 2020 the Department of State issued a Global Level 4 Health Alert – Do not travel The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.  In countries where commercial departure options remain available, …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bern (March 16, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland and Liechtenstein (March 16, 2020) Location: Switzerland and Lichtenstein Event: Effective March 16, 2020, U.S. Embassy Bern has suspended routine consular services.  The embassy will also be closed on March 17 and resume limited operations on March 18.  Emergency American Citizens Services, including emergency passport issuance, continue to be available. Please …

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Proclamation – COVID-19 – Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants

The World Health Organization has determined that multiple countries within the Schengen Area are experiencing sustained person-to-person transmission of SARS CoV-2, which causes the disease COVID-19. Presidential Proclamation 9984 restricts and suspends the entry into the United States, as immigrants or nonimmigrants, of all aliens who were physically present within the Schengen Area (which includes Switzerland and Lichtenstein) …

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Fulbright Specialist Kevin Oh at the School for Education FHNW in Brugg

For three weeks in February and March, Kevin Oh, Associate Professor of Learning and Instruction at the University of San Francisco, visited the School for Education at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts NorthWestern Switzerland as a Fulbright Specialist. The goal of his time at the FHNW was to give lectures to future primary …

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Press Release: Swiss Humanitarian Trade Arrangement Finalized

Ambassador Edward T. McMullen is pleased to confirm the finalization of the Swiss Humanitarian Trade Arrangement (SHTA), which will facilitate the transfer of critical food and medical supplies to the citizens of Iran. This is the result of many months of dialogue with our Swiss partners, and high-level visits supported by the U.S. Embassy in …

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Mark Johnson, Founder of the Clean Energy Block Chain Network, in Switzerland from 19 to 21 February

With support from the U.S. Embassy Bern, Mark Johnson will be in Switzerland where he will give several talks. Mark Johnson is an expert in using blockchain applications to digitally track the use of clean energy and the extent of carbon emissions. These applications help improve transparency, raise awareness on energy consumption, and considerably lower …

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Americans in Switzerland: Darius Willis Coaches Bern’s Football Team

Darius Willis grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana and is the head coach of the Bern Grizzlies – the football team of Switzerland’s capital city. Surprised to find out that football is a thing in Switzerland? So were we! We talked to Darius about his love for American football and how the sport is becoming more …

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Adam Segal, Cyberspace Expert of the Council of Foreign Relations in Switzerland for Speaking Engagements

On invitation of the U.S. Embassy Bern, Adam Segal will give several lectures across Switzerland.  Segal is the Council on Foreign Relations’ Ira A. Lipman chair in emerging technologies and national security, and the director of the Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program. He is an expert on security issues, technology development, and Chinese domestic and …

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Demonstration Alert

Subject: Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland   Location: Bern, Lucerne, Zurich, Davos, and possibly other cities in Switzerland   Event: Planned and unplanned demonstrations are expected to take place in a variety of locations in the lead up to the 2020 World Economic Forum which will take place January 20 – 24, …

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U.S. Embassy Bern Announces In-Person Advising Opportunities

U.S. Embassy Bern is proud to announce new in-person advising opportunities for students interested in study exchanges to the U.S. Our EducationUSA advisor will be at the BIZ Bern (Bremgartenstrasse 37, 3001 Bern) on the following dates: February 6, 10:00 – 12:00 March 5, 10:00 – 12:00 April 2, 10:00 – 12:00 May 7, 10:00 – 12:00 June 4, 10:00 …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland (January 7, 2020)

Subject: Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland (January 7, 2020)   Location: Switzerland and Liechtenstein   Event: Heightened Middle East Tensions There is heightened tension in the Middle East that may result in security risks to U.S. citizens abroad. The Embassy will continue to review the security situation and will provide additional information as …

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Speaker Joshua Tucker on Social Media and Democracy

On invitation of the U.S. Embassy in Bern, Joshua Tucker, Director of New York University’s Jordan Center for Advanced Study of Russia , and co-director of the  Social Media and Political Participation (SMaPP) lab gave several talks in Switzerland. He spoke at the Political Science Department of the University of Lucerne and at Gymnasium Rämibühl in Zürich. He also had a meeting at the Research Institute for the Public Sphere …

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Security Alert: U. S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland (November 27, 2019)

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland (November 27, 2019) Subject: U.S. Embassy Bern (November 27, 2019)   Location: Switzerland and Liechtenstein countrywide   Event: During the holiday season, security measures in Switzerland and Liechtenstein remain heightened due to ongoing threats posed by transnational terrorist organizations and individuals inspired by violent extremist ideology throughout …

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Demonstration Alert – Geneva Airport

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland (November 15, 2019) Subject: Demonstration Alert for Geneva Airport on November 16, 2019 – U.S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland   Location: Geneva Airport   Event: Media reports indicate a potential demonstration by environmental groups at Geneva Airport starting at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 16.  Travelers should anticipate …

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Call for Applications for the 2020 Benjamin Franklin Summer Institute

Interested in learning about diplomacy, exploring global issues, community activism and American culture? Then you should apply for the 2020 Benjamin Franklin Summer Institute at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. The fellowship takes place from the end of June to the end of July 2020 (exact dates will be communicated later), all costs will …

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Americans in Switzerland: Meet Fulbright Specialist Joanna Woronkowicz

Social scientist Joanna Woronkowicz was selected as a Fulbright Specialist to work with Zurich University of the Arts (ZhdK Zurich). We caught up with her to learn more about her experience in Zurich and with the program. What was your motivation to collaborate with ZhdK Zurich? I had a couple of motivations. First, I wanted …

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Speaker Joshua Tucker on Social Media and Democracy

U.S. Politics Professor Joshua A. Tucker will be in Switzerland the week of November 20, 2019 to give several talks on the relationship between social media and politics.  Joshua Tucker is the Director of New York University (NYU)’s Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia, and the Co-Director of the NYU Social Media and Political Participation …

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Celebrating Years of Fruitful Apprenticeship Cooperation

As the U.S. celebrates the 5th National Apprenticeship Week , we look back on recent highlights of Swiss-U.S. apprenticeship cooperation. In the U.S., apprenticeships are not as common as in Switzerland – yet. The U.S. government is looking for new ways to train the workforce of the future, and it is thankful for partners like Switzerland who have …

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Demonstration Alert

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland (November 08, 2019) Subject: U.S. Embassy Bern – Demonstration Alert for Bern and other locations on November 8, 2019   Location: Bern and possibly other cities in Switzerland   Event: Demonstrators will gather in Bern and possibly other cities on Saturday, November 9, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 …

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Demonstration Alert

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland (October, 25, 2019) Subject: U.S. Embassy Bern – Demonstration Alert (October 25, 2019)   Location: Bern and possibly other cities in Switzerland   Event: Kurdish groups have announced plans to demonstrate in downtown Bern on Saturday, October 26, from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m.  Planned and unplanned demonstrations …

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Demonstration Alert

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland (October 11, 2019) Subject: U.S. Embassy Bern – Demonstration Alert   Location: Bern, Zurich, Geneva, and possibly other cities in Switzerland   Event: Kurdish groups and anarchist groups have announced separate plans to demonstrate in Bern, Zurich, and Geneva over the next few days.  Planned and unplanned …

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Astronaut Jeffrey Hoffman on Speaking Tour in Switzerland

On invitation from U.S. Embassy Bern, Jeffrey Hoffman – a former U.S. astronomist, astronaut, diplomat, and now astronautics professor at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts – traveled through Switzerland September 23-25, 2019. He spoke to students, entrepreneurs, and scientists about space travel, his experiences as an astronaut and the future of human space exploration. Hoffman’s latest …

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Joint Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) FAQ

The 2010 Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, known as FATCA, created new reporting requirements for taxpayers with specified foreign assets. Visit the Joint Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) from the Department of the Treasury, the Department of State, the Internal Revenue Service, and the Social Security Administration for more information: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/while-abroad/Joint-Foreign-Account-Tax-Compliance-FATCA-FAQ.html 

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Opening of the William Wegman Exhibition at the Museo d’arte della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano

On Saturday, 7 September, the photo exhibition of William Wegman officially opened to the public at the Museum of Arts in Lugano. The exhibition is supported by a grant from the U.S. Embassy. William Wegman has been photographing and filming his Weimaraner dogs for about fifty years. In the exhibition, Wegman combines a documentary style …

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Colonel Juanita Chang to Talk About the Importance of Social Media for the U.S. Army

With support of the U.S. Embassy, Colonel Juanita Chang was one of the keynote speakers at the annual Colonel Juanita Chang on Saturday, 7 September. This year the theme was “Transparency; Opportunity or Risk?” Colonel Chang talked about the use of social media by the U.S. Army and its soldiers and shared her thoughts about …

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Frederike Asael Participates in the Program “Entrepreneurship as the Engine of Prosperity and Stability”

This past spring, Frederike Asael, an entrepreneur and photographer from Switzerland, participated in the three-week IVLP program designed by the U.S. Department of State entitled “Entrepreneurship as the Engine of Prosperity and Stability.” The program aims to promote small business development, innovation, and entrepreneurial acumen as paths to socio-economic wellbeing and political stability. After Frederike’s …

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Smart Cities Expert, Kerry O’Connor on Speaking Tour in Switzerland

On invitation by the U.S. Embassy in Bern and in collaboration with Impact Hub Bern / Smart City Bern, Kerry O’Connor, Chief Innovation Officer for the city of Austin, Texas, traveled to Switzerland in August for speaking engagements in the cities of Bern and Zurich. She focused on the importance of developing a city-wide sensor …

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Former Astronaut, Professor Jeffrey Hoffman in Switzerland from 23 to 25 September

On invitation by the U.S. Embassy in Bern and with support of the U.S. State Department, former astronaut Jeffrey Hoffman will give several presentations in Switzerland from 23 to 25 September. Jeffrey Hoffman teaches in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  A member of the U.S. Astronauts Hall of …

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Swiss Study Finds Swiss-U.S. Bilateral Trade Is a Win-Win Situation

A study released today by Swiss think tank Avenir Suisse found that a trade agreement between Switzerland and the U.S. would bring considerable prosperity to both countries. It finds that within five years, trade in goods could increase by more than $14 billion and more than 40,000 new jobs could be created – 27,500 of them in …

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Americans in Switzerland: Meet Sarah Charley

Since 2013 Sarah Charley has lived and worked in the Geneva area. Sarah is part of the CERN Press Office and manages the US CERN Communications and Media Relations. She is responsible for planning media visits for US journalists, coordinating US VIP visits with the CERN Protocol Office, working with US university press offices and …

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Kerry O’Connor, Chief Innovation Officer Austin, Texas in Switzerland to talk about Smart Cities

On invitation by the U.S. Embassy in Bern and in collaboration with Impact Hub Bern/ Smart City Bern, Kerry O’Connor, Chief Innovation Officer for the city of Austin, Texas, will be in Bern and Zurich in August. In round tables and talks she will focus on the importance of developing a city-wide sensor technology strategy …

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Security Alert – for France on July 19, 2019

Subject: Security Alert for France on July 19, 2019   Location: Paris, Marseille, and other major cities including but not limited to Lyons, Montpellier, Nice, and Toulon.   Event: Large gatherings in major French cities are expected on Friday, July 19, 2019 following the Africa Cup of Nations final soccer match between Algeria and Senegal.  …

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Benjamin Franklin Night at the Ambassador’s Residence

Last month we hosted a “Benjamin Franklin Night” at the Ambassador’s Residence! The Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute (BFTF) is a 4-week program in the U.S. that aims to build links between Europeans and Americans. At the institute, participants discuss topics relating to transatlantic relations and diplomacy. There are a total of 10 U.S. …

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Demonstration Alert

Demonstration Alert for Geneva on June 29, 2019 i Embassy Bern, Switzerland Subject: U.S. Embassy Bern – Demonstration Alert for Geneva on June 29, 2019   Location: Geneva: Place des Nations and Avenue de Bude   Event: Police expect up to 10,000 demonstrators and counter-demonstrators to gather in Geneva on Saturday, June 29, between 9:00 …

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Deputy Director of the Center of Strategic and International Studies William Carter Speaks in Switzerland

On invitation by the U.S. embassy in Bern, William Carter, deputy director of the Center of Strategic and International Studies, had a speaking program in several parts of Switzerland from 17 to 19 June. He focused in his talks on the international and domestic cybersecurity and artificial intelligence strategy of the U.S., and its relations …

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William Carter Expert on Policy and Strategy in Cybersecurity and Artificial Intelligence on Speaking Tour in Switzerland

With support of U.S. Embassy Bern, William Carter, deputy director of the Technology Policy Program at CSIS, will be in Switzerland next week for several speaking engagements. Mr. Carter’s research focuses on international cyber and technology policy issues, including artificial intelligence, surveillance and privacy, data localization, cyber conflict and deterrence, financial sector cybersecurity, and law …

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1946 Switzerland Aerial Pictures taken by American WWII Bombers

On May 21, the Swiss Federal Office of Topography, swisstopo, organized a press conference at the Swiss National Library to present the exhibition “seen from the sky.” The story and details of the U.S. post-war mission of photographing all of Switzerland from the air was highlighted. U.S. Embassy Bern Defense Attaché Darren Smith was honored to attend and give introductory remarks. Shortly after WWII, in the …

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Eli Stern and Rik Willard Engaged in Discussions on Block Chain

With support from the U.S. Embassy in Bern, Rik Willard from Agentic Group and Eli Stern from Ernst & Young came to Switzerland for a U.S – Swiss exchange on block chain in the financial and other sectors. They and other experts spoke on the hype that surrounds the topic of block chain and bitcoin, …

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Americans in Switzerland: Meet Exchange Students from Massachusetts in Basel

When you experience a different culture through educational and cultural exchange you gain a deeper understanding of yourself and those around you—deepening your knowledge of foreign cultures and strengthening international relationships.  Leaving the familiar behind and plunging into the unknown shows a commitment to understanding other people and cultures; and a commitment to learning about …

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Swiss Politician and Entrepreneur Andri Silberschmidt Participates in an IVLP Exchange Program to the United States

This past winter, Andri Silberschmidt, a politician and entrepreneur from Switzerland, participated in a three-week IVLP exchange program designed by the U.S. Department of State. Back in Bern, around a table of interested U.S. Embassy staff, Andri shared his experience: The IVLP program makes it possible to break down prejudices, make new friends, better understand …

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Rik Willard and Eli Stern, two American Experts on the Future of Crypto Assets in Switzerland

On invitation by the U.S. Embassy in Bern, Rik Willard of Agentic Group and Eli Stern of Ernst & Young will be the keynote speakers at the U.S.-Swiss Exchange on Blockchain Innovation and Regulation in Zurich on May 15. Both speakers will look at the future of crypto assets; what comes after bitcoin, how will blockchain technologies affect our society and the …

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AlertSwiss App

Disaster can strike at any time. Luckily, there is Alertswiss , a mobile app developed by the Federal Office for Civil Protection to help you plan for and stay safe in an emergency while in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. With Alertswiss , you receive alerts, warnings and information in real time. So that you always know exactly and …

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Meet Christian Hirsig, our April Exchange Alumni Member of the Month!

In June 2016, Christian Hirsig travelled to the United States as a participant in the Young Transatlantic Leaders Initiative (YTILI), where he visited Washington, DC, Pittsburgh, and San Francisco with other innovators from Europe. During a discussion at Google, he was inspired by two panelists, both of whom were European entrepreneurs. One started a catering …

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Annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2018

This year marks the 43rd year the Department of State has produced annual Human Rights Reports. The United States Congress mandated these reports to provide policymakers with a holistic and accurate accounting of human rights conditions in nearly 200 countries and territories worldwide, including all member states of the United Nations and any country receiving …

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Demonstration Alert

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland (March 13, 2019) Subject: U.S. Embassy Bern – Demonstration Alert   Location: Geneva, Lausanne, Fribourg, Neuchatel, Sion, and Jura, Switzerland (Possibly other cities)   Event: Planned demonstrations related to climate change are expected to take place in a variety of locations around Switzerland on Friday, March 15, 2019 …

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Swiss Entrepreneur Silvan Visits U.S. for YTILI Fellowship

The Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative Fellowship, also known as YTILI, is a U.S. State Department exchange program that engages young European entrepreneurs in a series of professional development and leadership activities. The fellowship opens with a summit in Europe, followed by a week-long experience in a U.S. host city, and concludes with a conference …

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Brad Roberts, Former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, to Speak About International Security

Dr. Brad Roberts, Director of Lawrence Livermore National Lab’s Center for Global Security Research, visited Switzerland early February  for several speaking engagements on invitation from the Center of Security Studies at the ETH and supported by the U.S. Embassy. Dr. Roberts addressed the idea of strategic stability as a useful framework for understanding how the …

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Closure Notice

Please note that the U.S. Embassy Bern is closed on February 18, 2019 in observance of Presidents’ Day. Washington’s Birthday is a U.S. federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February in honor of George Washington, the first president of the United States. Increasingly, the holiday has become an occasion to celebrate the birthdays …

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Computer Scientist Rohini Srihari to Speak at the International Blockchain Forum

On invitation by the U.S. Embassy in Bern, Professor Rohini Srihari will come to Switzerland to speak at the International Blockchain Forum in Rotkreuz, organized by the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts and in cooperation with the U.S. Embassy and the Embassies of Canada and the UK.  The 2019 event will focus on …

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Brad Roberts, Director of Center for Global Security Research, in Switzerland for Speaking Engagements

Dr. Brad Roberts, Director of Lawrence Livermore National Lab’s Center for Global Security Research , will visit Switzerland in February for several speaking engagements on invitation from the Center of Security Studies at the ETH Zurich and supported by the U.S. Embassy. Dr. Roberts will address the idea of strategic stability as a useful framework to understand how the relationship among various challenges – …

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Demonstration Alert

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland (January 30, 2019)   Subject: U.S. Embassy Bern – Demonstration Alert   Location: Bern, Fribourg/Freiburg, Zurich, Luzern, Geneva, Delemont, Neuchatel, Biel/Bienne, Solothurn, Basel, St. Gallen, Bellinzona, Lausanne   Event: On Saturday, February 2, from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm, Klimastreik Schweiz, Greve du Climat Suisse, and Sciopero per …

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Updated Security Alert

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland (January 23, 2019)   Subject: U.S. Embassy Bern – Updated Security Alert: All Clear in Geneva – Explosion Linked to Electrical Junction Box Failure   Location: Areas surrounding the U.S. Consular Agency Geneva, Rue François-Versonnex 7, CH-1207 Geneva, Switzerland   Event: Geneva Police have confirmed that the …

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Security Alert

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland (January 23, 2019)   Subject: U.S. Embassy Bern – Security Alert   Location: Areas surrounding the U.S. Consular Agency Geneva, Rue François-Versonnex 7, CH-1207 Geneva, Switzerland   Event: There are reports of an explosion in the area around the Consular Agency. Avoid the area and seek shelter …

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Enhancing Health Care for Immigrant and Refugee Populations

In collaboration with the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Embassy in Bern has developed a two-week exchange program on Enhancing Health Care for Immigrant and Refugee Populations. Five experts from the Swiss health sector participated in the program. The core topics of the exchange were migrant health, mental health, and health literacy. On 27 …

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IVLP Exchange Program HiddenNoMore to Support Women in Science and Technology

In October 2018, Marion Schleifer, a freelance software developer and community organizer from Switzerland, participated in the three-week IVLP exchange program  #HiddenNoMore  designed by the U.S. Department of State. The award-winning film Hidden Figures inspired viewers across the world as well as an International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) that brought 50 women leaders who represent “hidden …

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The White House Announces Updated Presidential Delegation to Switzerland to Attend WEF

The January 15, 2018 White House press release can be found here . President Donald J. Trump today announced the Presidential Delegation that will attend the World Economic Forum in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, from January 22 to January 25, 2019. The Honorable Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of the Treasury, will lead the delegation. Other Members of the Presidential …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland (January 11, 2019)

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland (January 11, 2019)   Subject: U.S. Embassy Bern – Demonstration Alert   Location: Bern, Geneva, Zurich, Davos, and possibly other cities in Switzerland   Event: Planned and unplanned demonstrations are expected to take place in a variety of locations in the lead up to the 2019 World Economic …

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Weather Alert – High Avalanche Danger (January 9, 2019)

Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland (January 9, 2019)   Subject: U.S. Embassy Bern – Weather Alert – High Avalanche Danger   Location: Switzerland and Liechtenstein Alpine Regions   Event: The Swiss Weather Service and the European Avalanche Warning System report a significant increase in avalanche danger as a consequence of fresh snow …

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Cheryl Edison from Silicon Valley Gave a Workshop at the University of Liechtenstein

On Wednesday, 5 December, Cheryl Edison, serial entrepreneur and currently creator of “maker spaces” (or startup communities) from Silicon Valley, gave a workshop at the University of Liechtenstein.  The 25 participants were master students Architecture or Entrepreneurship from at least ten different countries. During the interactive workshop, Cheryl talked about being an entrepreneur; the importance …

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Demonstration Alert: Geneva, Parc de Cropettes to Place des Nations, December 13. 2018

Subject:          Demonstration Alert: Geneva, Parc de Cropettes to Place des Nations, December 13, 2018 Location:        Geneva, Parc de Cropettes to Place des Nations Event:             The U.S. Embassy in Bern informs U.S. citizens that a demonstration by the Geneva Public Service is expected this afternoon, December 13, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in …

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Call for Applications for the 2019 Benjamin Franklin Summer Institute

  Interested in learning about diplomacy, exploring global issues, community activism and American culture? Then you should apply for the 2019 Benjamin Franklin Summer Institute at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. The fellowship takes place from June 29-July 27, 2019, all costs will be paid for. The application deadline is February 18, 2019. Last year’s participant …

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Holiday Security Alert

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland (November 27, 2018) Subject:          U.S. Embassy Bern – Holiday Security Alert Location:        Liechtenstein and Switzerland countrywide Event:             During the holiday season security measures in Liechtenstein and Switzerland remain heightened due to ongoing threats posed by transnational terrorist organizations and individuals inspired by extremist ideology throughout …

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Demonstration Alert for Bern, Zurich and other Cities for Friday, November 9, 2018

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland (November 9, 2018) Subject:          U.S. Embassy Bern – Bern, Zurich and other Cities for Friday, November 9, 2018                          Location:      Downtown Bern, Zurich and potentially other cities   Event:           Embassy Bern has received reports …

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Deputy Chief of Mission Erath Speaks on U.S.-Swiss Trade and Investment Opportunities

Deputy Chief of Mission Tara Feret Erath was one of the keynote speakers at the Switzerland Global Enterprise Exporter Demain! Event for the Swiss small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) at the SwissTech Convention Center in Lausanne. During the dialogue with Kudelski Group Chairman and CEO André Kudelski, DCM Tara Feret Erath highlighted the business opportunities …

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Security Alert: Security Alert: Ongoing Security Threat in Baden, Aargau

Subject:          Security Alert: Ongoing Security Threat in Baden, Aargau Location:        Downtown Baden, Aargau Event:             The U.S. Embassy in Bern informs U.S. citizens of a bomb threat in the downtown area of Baden.  U.S. citizens in the area should avoid the area and follow guidance from local authorities. https://twitter.com/Kapo_Aargau According to news reports the downtown …

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Senior Technology Advisor for the U.S. Department of State Len Hause Speaks in Switzerland

On invitation of the U.S. Embassy, Senior Technology Advisor for the U.S. Department of State in the Office of the Coordinator for Cyber Issues Len Hause was in Switzerland on a speaking tour.  Len focused on how governments, companies, and the population can address the challenges of security and privacy issues arising from the ever increasing …

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A Chronicle of Iran’s Destructive Activities

This report documents the magnitude of the Islamic Republic’s destructive activities at home and abroad. Many of the activities highlighted have occurred recently, while others date back to the early days of the revolution. As this report makes clear, the one constant is that the Iranian regime will do whatever it takes to maintain its …

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Paul Turner: Expert on the Prevention of Violent Extremism on Speaking Tour in Switzerland

On invitation by the U.S. Embassy in Bern, Paul Turner, Technical Director for Countering Violent Extremism and the Senior Peacebuilding Advisor at Creative Associates (Creative) , was in Switzerland from 13 to 15 October for a series of speaking engagements.  He spoke about radicalization in general–beyond Islamic or religious radicalization-, why it happens  and which groups are most …

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Demonstration Alert for Geneva on Tuesday, October 16 and Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland (October 15, 2018) Subject:          U.S. Embassy Bern – Demonstration Alert for Geneva on Tuesday, October 16                          and Wednesday, October 17, 2018 Location:        Geneva city center The areas around the Cornavin Train Station and the Mont …

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Paul Turner: Expert Speaker on the Prevention of Violent Extremism in Switzerland

Paul Turner, the Technical Director for Countering Violent Extremism and the Senior Peacebuilding Advisor at Creative Associates (Creative), is travelling through Europe on a U.S. State Department speakers program from the 1st to the 5th of October. He will spend a few days in Macedonia and will then be in Switzerland for several days. Mr. Turner will talk to …

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Americans in Switzerland: Amanda Bennett Director of Ballet School Theater Basel

We visited the Ballet School Theater Basel and got an in depth look at ballet education in Switzerland. Our host was the Texas-born director of the school, Amanda Bennett. Basel has played an important role in Amanda’s career. From 1978 to 1989, she fascinated audiences as the principal dancer under the leadership of Heinz Spoerli. Since 2001, she has …

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Demonstration Alert: For Bern on Saturday September 15, 2018

Location: Bundesplatz and various other locations downtown Bern Event: The March for Life demonstration will take place in the Bundesplatz area from 15:00 to 16:15 on Saturday, September 15, 2018.  The authorities suggest counter-protests are expected to take place from 19:00 onward.  Traffic disruptions are anticipated throughout the city on Saturday and clashes may be …

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Americans in Switzerland: Meet Global Changemakers, Serene and Matthew

Deputy Chief of Mission Tara Feret Erath had the pleasure of meeting two American social entrepreneurs, who were in Zurich this August for the Global Youth Summit. She joined the two for a “meet & greet” and learned about their passions, projects and impressions of Switzerland. The one-week Global Youth Summit is an annual event …

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Secretary Pompeo Sends Congratulatory Message for Liechtenstein National Day

In honor of August 15, Liechtenstein’s National Day, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sent a congratulatory message to the Liechtenstein people. On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I would like to wish the people of the Principality of Liechtenstein a happy and prosperous National Day. Liechtenstein is recognized across …

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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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Americans in Switzerland: Meet U.S. Embassy Bern’s Summer Interns Allison, Daniel, and Ann Marie

U.S. Embassy Bern welcomed three American students this summer through the State Department’s internship program. Through the internships, they were able to explore potential professional pathways in the U.S. Foreign Service and to immerse themselves in Swiss culture. We interviewed the three young professionals about their passions, projects, and perceptions of Switzerland. Allison Tschiemer, 26, …

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Americans in Switzerland: U.S. Interns Do Research on Bio-Inspired Materials

Several American undergraduate students are spending the summer at the Adolphe Merkle Institute in Fribourg, Switzerland, to participate in the National Center of Competence in Research (NCCR) Bio-Inspired Materials internship program. The U.S. Embassy Bern had the pleasure of interviewing four of those American students and learning about their visit to Switzerland. We asked the …

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Top Tips for Americans Visiting Switzerland

Top Tips for Americans Visiting Switzerland Check your passport validity: You will be denied entry into Switzerland if your passport is expired or is expiring soon.  To enter Switzerland or the Schengen area, your passport must remain valid for 90 days after your planned date of departure from the Schengen area.  Before leaving the U.S., …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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