Switzerland

Arosa, Graubünden, Switzerland
Mountain in Arosa, Graubünden, Switzerland by W. Bulach licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

Democrats Abroad Switzerland is the official country committee for U.S. Democrats living in Switzerland.

We strive to help Americans connect with fellow citizens living across the 26 Cantons of the Swiss Federation and remain active in U.S. politics. Living in a unique nation of expats in which resident foreigners comprise 23% of the population, DA Switzerland provides a vital social and political link for American citizens staying for a short period as well as those here for the long term.

Our mission is to deliver critical votes for Democrats in U.S. federal elections as well as serving as unofficial U.S. ambassadors, communicating global perspectives to Washington D.C., to our hometowns, and our local Swiss communities.

Watch this space for upcoming announcements of meetings and events – we have events planned throughout the year and encourage anyone interested in participating to get in touch.

If you haven't already, join Democrats Abroad! If you're already a member, please consider signing up as a volunteer.

Feel free to reach out to us via email! You can find the email addresses for national leaders in this post; chapter leaders can be found on the Basel, Geneva, and Zurich pages.


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DA Switzerland Leadership:

Eric Burns
| Chair, Switzerland
Peter Butterfield
| Co-Chair, Geneva Chapter
Emily T Blitz
| Co-Chair, Geneva Chapter
Ben Stewart
| Chair, Basel Chapter
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  • News

    Open Days and Earth Beats at Kunsthaus Zurich

    After 13 years in the making the Kunsthaus Zurich Chipperfield extension is finally open to the public and as a thank you the museum and the city of Zurich are offering free entry October 9 - 10. It's also a perfect time to check out "Earth Beats," the museums look at climate change through the eyes of world re-known artists like Vaughn Bell, Anna Jermolaewa and Ana Mendieta.

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    Halloween Happenings

    Halloween will be here before we know it! While this holiday isn't widely celebrated in Switzerland, there are definitely pockets of the country that are starting to embrace it. If you're looking for some spooky, family-friendly fun, we have some suggestions for you! 

    🎃 Basel 🎃

    • Your kiddos may have some luck trick-or-treating in these neighborhoods:

      You can recognize participating households as those with a pumpkin by the front door. Süsses oder Saures!

    • The Basel Children's Trust typically has a Halloween Party; you can contact them for details at [email protected].

    • Teens and adults should check out our Ghost Walk!

    🎃 Geneva 🎃

    🎃 Zürich 🎃

    Did we miss something near you? Let our Engagement Team know by contacting Emily at [email protected].

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    Upcoming Events

    Friday, October 22, 2021 at 07:00 PM Bern Time · CHF20.00 CHF · 2 rsvps
    Pfalz, Münster observation terrace in Basel, Switzerland

    Basel Ghost Walk

    Join Democrats Abroad Switzerland members on a spooky tour through Basel's Old Town!

    We will meet at the Pfalz behind the Basler Münster (next to the flag pole) at 7 PM, after sundown. Our tour guide will take us around Basel's haunts, including City Hall, Middle Bridge, St. Urban-fountain, Spiegelhof, Totengässlein, Spalengate, and other small haunted places.

    Map with tour highlights can be found here.

    Note: Due to the content of the tour, and the time frame, the suggested minimum age is 14.

    This event is a fundraiser for Democrats Abroad Switzerland, although it is open to non-US citizens as well.

    • Non-US citizen or US citizens under the age of 18: CHF 10 (per person price for the tour guide)
    • US citizens aged 18+: CHF 20 (includes a CHF 10 donation)

    Payment can be made ahead of time via bank transfer, PayPal, or Twint.

    RSVPing on this site does not reserve your spot on the tour; you must buy a ticket at Eventzilla.


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    Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 11:00 AM Bern Time · CHF10.00 CHF · 8 rsvps
    Zürich Hauptbahnhof - Treffpunkt in Zürich, Switzerland

    Zürich History Walk

    Zurich has enjoyed a rich history, from modest beginnings as a Celtic village to influential financial centre. Along the way it has been home to the Protestant Reformation, Russian Communism, and Dadaism.

    Join city historian Paul Doolan for a two hour stroll as he guides you along Roman ruins and medieval alleyways, literary cafes and grand hotels, while revealing the city’s secret history of Jewish pogroms and religious executions. Walk in the footsteps of Paracelsus, Casanova, Wagner, Albert Einstein, Rosa Luxemburg, and Lenin. Enjoy the art of Henry Moore, Nikki de St. Phalle, and Sigmar Polke. Be inspired by the city that inspired great writers like Goethe, Victor Hugo, James Joyce, Patricia Highsmith, Franz Kafka, Bertolt Brecht, and Thomas Mann.

    This event is a fundraiser for Democrats Abroad Switzerland, although it is open to non-US citizens as well.

    • Adults: CHF 10
    • Children: CHF 5

    Payment can be made ahead of time via bank transfer, PayPal, or Twint.

    RSVPing on this site does not reserve your spot on the tour; you must buy a ticket at Eventzilla.


    Add to your Google Calendar.