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Proud Swiss want open-minded country

More than two-thirds of the Swiss feel proud of their nationality


The Swiss want their country to be more outward looking, according to the results of a new survey.

Sixty per cent of respondents to the survey said they wanted Switzerland to become a more open, modern and competitive country.

More than two thirds of the 1,000 people questioned by the Bern-based GfS institute also said they supported their country's international aid work, while only 12 per cent said they wanted Switzerland to be solely "for the Swiss".

Proud nation

Nearly 70 per cent of respondents said they were proud or very proud of being Swiss. A small minority, 11 per cent, said they did not feel at all patriotic.

The survey was commissioned by Presence Switzerland, the government-sponsored organisation to promote Switzerland abroad, ahead of the start of the national exhibition, Expo.02.

swissinfo with agencies

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