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Swiss Review faces budget cuts by parliament

The Swiss Abroad community has suffered a setback in parliament following a decision to reduce public funding for the Swiss Review magazine.

The House of Representatives voted to cut SFr500,000 ($411,000) from the bi-monthly publication's funding during a debate on next year's federal budget.

The Senate – the other parliamentary chamber – will discuss financial matters next week.

The Organisation of the Swiss Abroad (OSA) said it was disappointed by Thursday's decision, which it said was against the interests of the 700,000-strong expatriate community.

The organisation said it would either have to reduce the number of editions of the magazine – the only medium that systematically reaches all expatriates – or limit its distribution.

The Swiss Review, which is published in German, French, Italian, English and Spanish in 20 regional editions, has an annual budget of SFr1.83 million and a circulation of 408,000.

It provides Swiss abroad with information on political issues, including nationwide votes and elections.