US Election 2012 Blog: View from Switzerland
swissinfo.ch bloggers gathered news and views in the lead up to US election day and were on the ground in Geneva and Bern to bring reactions from Switzerland as developments unfolded.
About this blog
swissinfo's Simon Bradley and Veronica DeVore are following the 2012 US presidential election from special expat events held in Geneva and Bern.
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Switzerland and the US
Between 1700 and 2009, about 460,000 Swiss citizens emigrated to the US. Currently there are thought to be around 1.2 million Swiss-Americans and Americans with Swiss roots.
Of the 75,637 Swiss nationals registered in the United States at the end of 2011 – one tenth of all Swiss abroad - 52,093 were dual citizens.
Of an estimated six million Americans living abroad in 160 different countries, roughly 30,000 are registered in Switzerland.
In the 19th century, a relationship of friendship developed between the two “sister republics” – Switzerland and the US – on the basis of shared values such as democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights.
In 1822, Switzerland opened its first consulates in the US, in Washington and in New York. Sixty years later, the opening of the Swiss embassy in Washington marked Switzerland’s first embassy outside Europe.
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