Which is the best canton to live in Switzerland?

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The other day a friend was asking me which European country I would recommend him to immigrate to. Without the slightest hesitation, I told him to go settle in the Swiss Confederation (Confoederatio Helvetica). To my surprise, he followed through by asking me which canton or region I had in mind, given that he spoke … Continue reading Which is the best canton to live in Switzerland?

The Abridged Story of the Swiss Square Flag

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Normal national colours are rectangular and let's put it this way... peaceful. That is not the case with the Swiss national colours. Here follows the extraordinary journey of the Swiss flag. Depicted: the Swiss Pantone 485 C Red. The approved colour of the Swiss Confederation's flag. Our story begins in the Middle Ages, up in … Continue reading The Abridged Story of the Swiss Square Flag

Your Country Wants You Dumb

Preface When I started writing this blog three months ago, Covid-19 pandemic was in full swing, and the world seemed on a downward slope to oblivion. Because I did not want to add to the utter confusion of those days, I stopped to reflect. Some might even say I took a knee. In truth, I … Continue reading Your Country Wants You Dumb

What’s the most important war that nobody talks about?

I will preface my answer with Milan Kundera’s epic quote: Czech author Milan Kundera, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting (Kniha smíchu a zapomnění) - (1979). There is something about the Czech esprit de fronde, which has always captured my attention. Ever since I learned about the self-sacrifice of Jan Palach, I started paying more attention … Continue reading What’s the most important war that nobody talks about?

How strong was the Swiss Military compared to the Germans during World War 2? Would the Swiss have been able to resist a German invasion?

QED - tank numbers are not from WW2. These are the current figures.Si vis pacem para bellum! If you want peace prepare for war! Svizzeri armatissimi et libertissimi! Machiavelli said that 500 years ago. He meant to say that the Swiss owe their liberty to their arms! If Hitler had invaded Switzerland and implemented Operation … Continue reading How strong was the Swiss Military compared to the Germans during World War 2? Would the Swiss have been able to resist a German invasion?

Switzerland – The Last Democracy

YouTube is very educational. Unlike it's brethren, Facebook, which is almost useless when it comes to learning something useful, YouTube looks as if was made to advance human knowledge by the sheer power of moving pictures. It is rather true what they say about a picture being worthy 1,000 words. What about 26 or 60 … Continue reading Switzerland – The Last Democracy

Swiss banking secret and taxation

The Banking Act of 1934 made Swiss banking secret unique by rendering any persons betraying it criminals. In short, it put Swiss bankers in the same category with doctors and lawyers who are all bound by law to keep their clients' secrets… well, secret. I could tell you all about the minimum $100,000 bank deposits. … Continue reading Swiss banking secret and taxation

Geo-politics: Were Switzerland and other neutral countries judged for their lack of help during WW2?

Unfortunately, they were. But in truth, neutrality does not extend to the people’s minds. During WW2, Swiss citizens were fiercely divided into two camps: pro-Allied and anti-Communist. Most Swiss, however, were also quite vehemently anti-Nazi. Not all, but their vast majority. So while the Swiss government was the proponent and unflinching practitioner of armed neutrality, … Continue reading Geo-politics: Were Switzerland and other neutral countries judged for their lack of help during WW2?