Swiss president hails national value of… ‘punctuality’

Swiss President Ueli Maurer expressed gratitude to those nationals living abroad and hailed the country's shared values such as "punctuality". But what are the values that unite the Swiss?

Swiss president hails national value of... 'punctuality'
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On Swiss National Day, president Ueli Maurer, who holds the rotating Swiss presidency this year, issued the traditional address to Swiss people living abroad.

This year he wanted to stress the importance of Swiss values and also paid tribute to the importance of Swiss citizens living abroad for the reputation and image of the country.

In a video message Maurer said: “Today on August 1st there are many things that connect us –  the shared history of our country for almost 700 years.

“We are also connected by shared values: punctuality, reliability, modesty and diligence.

“These are all values that one associates with Switzerland. I assume that you are all living out these positive Swiss values.

“These values form people's image of Switzerland.”

The president also paid tribute to the Swiss citizens who had upped sticks to live abroad.

“It's very important for Switzerland that we have such representatives of our country abroad. It makes us strong and for that we are extraordinarily grateful,” he said. 

Maurer's speech begs the question – is “punctuality” really a Swiss value? We'd like those of you living in Switzerland or who know Swiss people well to have you say on the country's real national values.


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Travel in Switzerland: Geneva airport launches more Christmas flights

An increased number of flights will link the Swiss city with dozens of international destinations.

Travel in Switzerland: Geneva airport launches more Christmas flights
SWISS and EasyJet will fly to 70 destinations. Photo by AFP

Starting on December 19th, the timetable from Geneva’s Cointrin airport will be expanded to include 70 cities.

Most flights will be operated by EasyJet and SWISS.

The flagship airline will jet to 15 cities, including two new destinations — Marrakech in Morocco and Hurghada in Egypt.

EasyJet will fly to 40 cities in Europe. It will ensure nonstop flights to Spain, Portugal, France, and Greece, among other popular destinations.

It will also be possible to fly again to many regions of central and eastern Europe, where flights were discontinued or sharply reduced during the pandemic.

They include Moscow and St. Petersburg in Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Serbia, and Kosovo.

Before you book a flight, however, be aware of most recent regulations and restrictions that are in effect at your destination.

READ MORE: Covid-19: What you need to know if you are travelling abroad from Switzerland

Some countries require you to be tested for Covid-19 prior to arrival and present a negative result. Others have a compulsory quarantine.

Switzerland also requires arrivals from certain countries to self-quarantine for 10 days. 

Whether on arrival or return, quarantine means you won’t be able to go out or receive guests during the time mandated by the government — usually between 10 and 14 days.