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1st of August 2014 President's address to the Swiss abroad

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The 750,000 Swiss abroad give Switzerland “a voice, a face and a presence around the world” at a time when challenges are global, says President Didier Burkhalter in his August 1 speech.

A new law on the Swiss abroad is being drafted and legislation has been adopted to protect Swiss schools, he says. Globally, Burkhalter notes that today’s challenges range from climate change to human rights and peace.

Traditionally, the Swiss President records an address for the Swiss abroad each year in celebration of the Swiss national holiday. Here’s what President Burkhalter has to say.

1st of August 2014 Swiss National Day

President Didier Burkhalter's speech to the Swiss abroad on the Swiss national day.

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