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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Ambassador McMullen Hosts the Venture Leader Alumni Event

On November 7, Ambassador McMullen hosted the Venture Leader Alumni Event at his residence in Bern.  Among the guests were this year’s participants of the Venture Leader program, alumni from previous years, and representatives of the Swiss business and investment communities.  Switzerland’s Venture Leaders program is an annual entrepreneurial “boot camp and roadshow” that took ...
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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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Ambassador McMullen Receives a Copy of the Swiss Federal Charter

On October 18, Ambassador McMullen attended a gifting ceremony in the Swiss mountain village Melchsee-Frutt, where he received a framed copy of the Swiss Federal Charter . The Federal Charter is Switzerland’s oldest constitutional document, in which the central Swiss communities Uri, Schwyz and Nidwalden pledged to help each other resist threats of violence and injustice. With this ...
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Ambassador Edward T. McMullen, Jr. Welcomes Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant

Ambassador Edward T. McMullen, Jr. welcomed Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, Mississippi First Lady Deborah Bryant, and their visiting business development delegation for an investment luncheon at his residence to promote investment in Mississippi.  The investment luncheon is part of a three-day visit of Governor Bryant, who met with current Mississippi investors and as well as ...
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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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Ambassador McMullen Visits Inficon in Balzers

On September 27, Inficon Chairman Beat E. Lüthi and CEO Lukas Winkler hosted Ambassador Edward T. McMullen, Jr. at its site in Balzers, Liechtenstein for a tour of the facility and a discussion on the company’s activities in Switzerland, Liechtenstein and the United States. Inficon develops, manufactures, and supplies vacuum instrumentation, critical sensor technologies and ...
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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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Ambassador McMullen and SelectUSA’s Brian Lenihan at Roundtable with Swiss Business Executives

On September 21, Zurich Insurance Group executives welcomed Ambassador Edward T. McMullen, Jr. and Acting SelectUSA Executive Director Brian Lenihan at a breakfast roundtable with Swiss business executives to discuss the companies’ investments in the United States. The discussion also included the Swiss-style vocational program, which some of the companies have implemented at their U.S. facilities. ...
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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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Ambassador McMullen Visits the Swiss Canton of Ticino

On September 7, Cerbios’ top leadership hosted Ambassador Edward T. McMullen Jr. at its facility outside of Lugano to discuss Cerbios’ business current and future business activities in the United States.  Cerbios has been active in the United States since 1982 with an established leadership with its reduced folates products used in oncology. Ambassador McMullen ...
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Ambassador Edward T. McMullen, Jr. Visits OC Oerlikon

On September 11, OC Oerlikon leadership welcomed Ambassador Edward T. McMullen, Jr. at its Balzers facility to discuss the company’s sizable footprint in many states in the United States. OC Oerlikon is a global technology and engineering Group specialized in advanced materials, surface solutions and manmade fibers. Oerlikon has a strong presence in the U.S. with manufacturing facilities in Illinois, Oklahoma, ...
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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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On the Anniversary of the 9/11 Terror Attacks

Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC September 10, 2018 Tomorrow we honor the nearly 3,000 people who were killed in the terrorist attacks 17 years ago on September 11. Tomorrow also marks six years since the tragic loss in Libya of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, Glen Doherty, Sean Smith, and Tyrone Woods. The ...
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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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Americans in Switzerland: Jack Runs Across Switzerland for Cancer Fund

Jack Bowling, a graduate of the University of South Carolina, is running across Switzerland to benefit the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults (UCF) based in Baltimore, Maryland. Having run across the United States in the summer of 2016 for the same charity alongside a team of 26 others, and having studied for a semester ...
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Ambassador McMullen Visits the Swiss Canton of Valais

Ambassador Edward McMullen, Jr. delivered closing remarks at the 5th annual Swiss-U.S. Energy Innovation Days (SUEID) on August 22 in Sion. He highlighted the fact that both Switzerland and the U.S. are conducting innovative energy research, which presents an opportunity to deepen U.S.-Swiss cooperation on solving 21st century energy challenges. Previous conferences were hosted in ...
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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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Secretary Pompeo Sends Congratulatory Message for Swiss National Day

In honor of August 1st, Switzerland’s National Day, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sent a congratulatory message to the Swiss people. On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I congratulate the people of Switzerland on the occasion of Swiss National Day. On this day, we celebrate the foundation of the ...
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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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Ambassador Edward T. McMullen, Jr. Visits Cilag AG, a Johnson & Johnson Family Company

Mr. Andrea Ostineli, Senior Finance Director and Chairman of the Swiss Johnson & Johnson Leadership Team, welcomed Ambassador Edward T. McMullen, Jr. at Cilag, a member of the Johnson & Johnson family of companies in Switzerland, in Schaffhausen. The Cilag/Johnson & Johnson team provided an overview of the company’s overall footprint in Switzerland and the ...
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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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Ambassador McMullen’s Remarks at the 2018 Independence Day Celebration

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

On May 29, 2018 the U.S. Department of State released the International Religious Freedom Annual Report 2017 , which provides details on the status of religious freedom in various countries and territories. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called religious freedom “a right belonging to every individual on the globe” and said the U.S. “stands with those who yearn for religious liberty.” At the ...
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U.S. Fulbrighters in Switzerland Visit U.S. Embassy in Bern

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

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

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

The United States stands for the protection of fundamental freedoms and universal human rights. Our nation was founded on the bedrock principle that we are all created equal – and that every person is entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Around the world, far too many governments continue to arrest and abuse ...
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Statement from Secretary Pompeo on the Occasion of Ramadan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Mr. Secretary General, Mr. President, world leaders, and distinguished delegates:  Welcome to New York.  It is a profound honor to stand here in my home city, as a representative of the American people, to address the people of the world. As millions of our citizens continue to suffer the effects of the devastating ...
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Europe Travel Alert, August 31, 2017

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the continued threat of terrorist attacks throughout Europe. This travel alert expires on November 30, 2017. Recent, widely reported incidents in France, Russia, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Spain, and Finland demonstrate that the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS or Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, and their affiliates have the ...
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U.S. Embassy Participates in Bern Ouest Pride March

On a sunny Saturday afternoon, staff from U.S. Embassy Bern joined the Bern Ouest Pride march. Six sections representing the colors of the rainbow kicked off the march from different parts of the city, coming together at the Bundesplatz. Embassy staff and family members walked along the orange route whose theme was “The Power of ...
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U.S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland Security Awareness Message for U.S. Citizens: Bern Ouest Pride Festival

U.S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland Security Awareness: Bern Ouest Pride Festival Friday, 25 August 2017 As part of the Bern Ouest Pride Festival, there will be numerous events in downtown Bern this weekend.  The largest crowds are expected for the Parade on Saturday, August 26, that will end at the Bundesplatz at approximately 4:15 p.m.  For ...
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New York Poet and Filmmaker Max Stossel “Tells Stories That Matter”

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

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

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

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

In honor of August 15, Liechtenstein National Day, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sent a congratulatory message to the Liechtenstein people. On behalf of the United States of America, we offer our best wishes to the people of the Principality of Liechtenstein as you celebrate your National Day. The partnership between the United States ...
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U.S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations August 14, 2017

U.S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland Demonstration Alert August 14, 2017 Demonstrations are expected to take place on August 14, 2017 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the main train station in Bern and then possibly move to the Bundesplatz or in the direction of the U.S. Embassy. The Young Socialist Party (JUSO) intends to protest ...
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Americans in Switzerland: Meet Gilman Scholar Javier Chen

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

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

In honor of August 1st, Swiss National Day, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sent a congratulatory message to the Swiss people. Please accept my best wishes as you and the people of Switzerland celebrate your National Day on August 1. The United States and Switzerland share a long and positive relationship, grounded in a ...
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Security Message: Update as of July 26, 2017

Police report that the suspect in the Schaffhausen attack has been arrested and is in custody.  All movement restrictions in Schaffhausen have been lifted.   Contact the U.S. Embassy Bern in Switzerland, located at Sulgeneckstrasse 19, 3007 Bern at +41 31 357 70 11. Call +41 31 357 77 77 for after-hours emergency assistance. Call ...
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Americans in Switzerland: Meet Carly, Emma, Maria and Miro

Chargé d’Affaires Tara Feret Erath had the pleasure of meeting four American social entrepreneurs in Zurich and learning about their visit to Switzerland (photo from left to right: Emma, Carly, Chargé Erath, Miro, Maria). The four were in Switzerland to participate in the Global Youth Summit organized by the Swiss non-profit organization Global Changemakers. We interviewed ...
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Security Message: UPDATE – Major Police Operation in Schaffhausen July 24, 2017

While some of the movement restrictions in Schaffhausen have been lifted, the media is reporting that the suspected perpetrator of the security incident has not yet been detained.  He is considered armed and dangerous.  Continue to follow local media for further information.  Always heed the instructions of local authorities. Review your personal security plans; remain ...
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Security Message: Major Police Operation in Schaffhausen – July 24, 2017

The media is reporting a major police operation is underway in the northern Swiss city of Schaffhausen following a reported incident involving an unknown perpetrator and a chainsaw.  Follow local media for further information.  Always heed the instructions of local authorities. Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and ...
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U.S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations July 14, 2017

U.S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland Demonstration Alert July 14, 2017 Demonstrations are expected to take place on Saturday, July 15, 2017 beginning at 2:00 p.m. at the Bahnhofsplatz in Bern.  The demonstrators intend to express solidarity with the G20 demonstrators. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  Avoid demonstrations or ...
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GLOBE Students Visit Embassy Wildlife Habitat

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

On May 30, Chargé d’Affaires Tara Feret Erath visited the Kantonsschule Wil to talk to students about U.S. history during the 1960s. The students participated in a special focus week during which they gained in-depth knowledge of developments in the U.S. in the 1960’s and especially in 1967. In her presentation, the Chargé focused on ...
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Helen Zughaib to Discuss Fostering Mutual Understanding through Art

With the support of the U.S. Embassy in Bern, Lebanese-American artist Helen Zughaib will be in Switzerland June 12-16. A painter whose work has been shown in multiple exhibitions all over the world, Zughaib maintains that art is one of the most important tools we have to help shape and foster dialogue among people from ...
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Summer Travel Security Reminder

The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens in Switzerland and Liechtenstein to maintain a high level of vigilance, be aware of local events, and take appropriate steps to bolster their personal security going into the travel season this summer.  Terrorist groups continue to plot attacks in Europe.  European authorities continue to warn of additional attacks on ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Erath Hosts the Global Tampa Bay Investment Delegation

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

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

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

David Mikkelson, co-founder of Snopes.com, a leading U.S.-based resource for debunking rumors and bad information, discussed media literacy, rumor research and the importance of trustworthy sources with a wide variety of audiences in Switzerland. Addressing university students in Bern, high school students in Wettingen, an audience at the Museum of Electronic Arts in Basel, Swiss ...
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Europe Travel Alert, May 1, 2017

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the continued threat of terrorist attacks throughout Europe.  This Travel Alert expires on September 1, 2017. Recent, widely-reported incidents in France, Russia, Sweden, and the United Kingdom demonstrate that the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS or Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, and their affiliates have the ability to ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Erath Welcomes U.S. Investment Delegation

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

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

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

Global companies are voting with their balance sheets. Starting operations in the United States helps businesses access the world’s largest consumer market, employ a productive workforce, and tap into a culture of innovation. So what are you waiting for? Contact the SelectUSA team to learn how to grow your business in the United States: https://www.selectusa.gov/welcome
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U.S. Embassy Bern’s Commitment to Nature and Wildlife

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Hoyt Yee visited Liechtenstein on March 9th, 2017. Joined by Chargé d’Affaires Tara Feret Erath and Political Officer Desiree Baron, Yee met with Foreign Minister Aurelia Frick and Ambassador Martin Frick, the Director of the Office of Foreign Affairs. Director Wilfred Marxer welcomed Yee to the Liechtenstein ...
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President Donald J. Trump’s Address to a Joint Session of Congress

The White House Office of the Press Secretary February 28, 2017 U.S. Capitol Washington, D.C.   THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States — (applause) — and citizens of America: Tonight, as we mark the conclusion of our celebration of Black ...
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President Trump’s inaugural address

President Trump delivered this inaugural address on January 20, 2017. THE PRESIDENT: Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: thank you. We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and restore its promise for all ...
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More Swiss Companies Bring Apprenticeship Programs to the U.S.

New Commitments Bring the Number of Swiss Companies to Offer Apprenticeship Opportunities in the U.S. to 30; Quality Job Creation a Priority January 16, 2017, Bern – Twelve more firms in Switzerland unveiled plans to expand or create new apprenticeship programs in the U.S., bringing the total of committed companies to 30.  The companies (list ...
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Vice President Joe Biden to Travel to Ukraine and Switzerland

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

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

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

From time to time U.S. Embassies around the world hold web-based public auctions to sell surplus goods. Members of the public can submit bids via the website https://online-auction.state.gov/en-US . The U.S. Embassy Bern public auction is open from December 15 – December 27. Auctions include a variety of items — one of the items available this ...
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Europe Travel Alert, November 21, 2016

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

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

On September 27, 2016, Ambassador LeVine and her husband, Mr. Eric LeVine, visited Thurgau Canton. They met with representatives of the cantonal government, Deputy President Carmen Haag, Minister Cornelia Komposch-Breuer, Minister Dr. Jakob Stark and Minister Walter Schönholzer in Frauenfeld to explore avenues to broaden bilateral cooperation. They discussed the strategic importance of the region ...
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State Department Releases International Religious Freedom Report

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

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