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Analysis US Election 2012 Blog: View from Switzerland

Election live blog

( 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.

If you have any questions or comments, send them to or tweet to @swissinfo_en

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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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The morning after

The crowd gathered at a Starbucks in Bern at the crack of dawn on Wednesday morning was a mix of American expats, embassy workers and journalists ...


The concession speech

US Embassy staff and American citizens in Bern were watching as Republican Mitt Romney conceded the election to President Barack Obama and told ...


Delighted Democrats

Cheers echoed off the walls of the Uptown Geneva café and theatre. Inside Obama fans hugged each other, high-fived, cried and shouted their ...


Forward to victory, she hopes

“Obama represents everything I truly believe in,” says Eleanor T Khonje, who comes from Texas. “I’m nervous, excited, anxious and hopeful." "I ...

Decision points: women's rights

Bern American Women's Club member Nancy Barbian tells the major factor in deciding who got her vote was women's rights. "I find it ...


Overseas participation - up or down?

Susan Dzieduszycka-Suinat, President and CEO of the US Vote Foundation and Overseas Vote Foundation, doubts new technological changes to overseas ...


Worried about the wackos

According to The Economist, the Republicans’ greatest handicap is the presence of extremist elements within the party. Republicans in Geneva ...


Perspectives: Man of the people

Republican Ed Karr says from Geneva, "I’m cautiously optimistic but not nervous at all. Both sides have done the best job they could. It’s been a ...


Perspectives: Keep it local

American expat William Olenick from Zermatt is seeking a less centralised government in the US, which is why he's throwing his support behind Mitt ...


All night long in Geneva

Around 1,000 American expatriates of all ages and political leanings are expected tonight at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Geneva for the US ...


The fear factor

Tension is rising in the razor-thin race for the White House – even in Switzerland. Swiss-based political activists say it could be a nail-biter ...


Romney: a breath of fresh air?

A former Republican ambassador to Bern recently told a Swiss newspaper that she felt Romney would handle Switzerland differently than Obama. ...


The Swiss connection

Mitt Romney was frequently bashed by the Democrats for his Swiss bank account. But the Republican is said to have other links to Switzerland. His ...

It’s complicated

Switzerland and the US are not exactly best friends right now. Relations between the two countries have been overshadowed since 2009 by disputes ...

Let's go party!

Not surprisingly, Switzerland and its ongoing tax-banking dispute with the US did not feature in the election campaign. But for a brief moment a ...


Election fever?

So what has election fever been like in Switzerland in the build up to Election Day? “For us it’s been steady as she goes, plodding along,” ...


Election? What Election?

A small number of Swiss newspapers, such as Le Temps, NZZ and Tages-Anzeiger, as well as the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation have been giving ...


Blast off!

Morning! In 24 hours we may know the name of the new president of the United States – that is if there are no legal challenges or recounts. Many ...


Doom and gloom

The Economist described the 2012 US presidential contest as a “miserably negative campaign” in which Mitt Romney was depicted “as a devious, ...


Don’t mention the "R" word

Being openly Republican in Switzerland and Europe is not easy, according to Edward Patrick Flaherty, co-chairman of Republicans Abroad ...


Super PACs and George - what else?

The presidential contest looks set to become the costliest in history after recently passing the $2 billion fundraising mark. Ordinary citizens, ...


The devil they know

Ignoring talk about a nail-biting finish, Donald Beyer, the US ambassador to Switzerland, thinks Obama will romp home with around 300 electoral ...


The Sandy effect

The media has been whipping up a storm over the potential impact of Hurricane Sandy on the presidential contest. Last Thursday New York City's ...


Paths to victory

Thanks for joining us as we take a look at the American election from Switzerland, bringing you reactions from Swiss in the US, Americans in ...

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