WeTalk. Pop Culture. Swiss-Made is a social media campaign of the Embassy of Switzerland in the United States. WeTalk promotes the diversity of Swiss culture and innovation by featuring prominent Swiss stakeholders from these fields. Sharing perspectives from artists, athletes and entrepreneurs, WeTalk provides its audience with fascinating insights into the diversity of contemporary Swiss culture. Watch Crimer’s 1-min WeTalk interview here!


Welcome to the History Blog featuring the connections between Switzerland and the Midwest. I am Joerg Oberschmied, Deputy Consul General in Chicago. My interest in history started at an early age and continues to this day. The views expressed are solely mine and I hope you enjoy these journeys through time.

Among the first impactful settlers of Chicago were two brothers from Switzerland, Andrew and Conrad Sulzer. Andrew co-founded the first successful brewery in Chicago, and Conrad is recognized as the first recorded non-native settler in the area. Chicago in the 1830’s was an insignificant place in a wild yet…


WeTalk. Pop culture. Swiss-Made is a Social Media campaign launched by the Embassy of Switzerland in the United States. WeTalk aims at promoting the diversity of Swiss culture and innovation by featuring prominent Swiss stakeholders. Sharing perspectives from artists, athletes and entrepreneurs, WeTalk provides its audience with fascinating insights into the diversity of contemporary Swiss culture. Watch Loïc’s video here!


On the occasion of the « Mois de la Francophonie » (Month of the French language), the Consulate General of Switzerland in Atlanta is presenting the movie TAMBOUR BATTANT (engl. Roll the Drum!), a comedy that is a little about politics and music, but mostly about love, friendship, and immigration. In an exclusive interview, we had the chance to speak with film director François-Christophe Marzal about his movie.

Film Director François-Christophe Marzal

Why did you decide to become a film director?

It has always been a big desire of mine to be able to tell stories. Because of this urge inside of me, I…


In 1998, the cities of Chicago and Lucerne entered into a sister city partnership, which was ratified in Chicago by Mayors Richard M. Daley and Urs W. Studer a year later. Prior to that, several cultural exchanges already took place, with the Lucerne Carnival band “Noggeler” visiting in 1991 and bringing an age-old Swiss tradition to Chicago. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra enriched the Lucerne Festival on various occasions and also performed as orchestra in residence. For Lucerne — a medium-sized Swiss city — this was a unique opportunity to shape its international orientation. Not that the city was unknown outside…


WeTalk. Pop culture. Swiss-Made is a Social Media campaign launched by the Embassy of Switzerland in the United States. WeTalk aims at promoting the diversity of Swiss culture and innovation by featuring prominent Swiss stakeholders. Sharing perspectives from artists, athletes and entrepreneurs, WeTalk provides its audience with fascinating insights into the diversity of contemporary Swiss culture. Watch Mibsy’s video here!


Black History Month 2021 is being celebrated virtually not only here in Washington, DC, but also at Swiss representations around the United States, and we’re inviting you to join us! Below, you’ll find a welcome message from Ambassador and Mrs. Pitteloud, as well as information about upcoming events and exciting content from around the network that will be available throughout the month.

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KT Gorique is an artist of Ivorian and Italian origins, who has lived in Switzerland…


WeTalk. Pop culture. Swiss-Made is a Social Media campaign launched by the Embassy of Switzerland in the United States. WeTalk aims at promoting the diversity of Swiss culture and innovation by featuring prominent Swiss stakeholders. Sharing perspectives from artists, athletes and entrepreneurs, WeTalk provides its audience with fascinating insights into the diversity of contemporary Swiss culture. Watch KT’s video here!


Welcome to the History Blog featuring the connections between Switzerland and the Midwest. I am Joerg Oberschmied, Deputy Consul General in Chicago. My interest in history started at an early age and continues to this day. The views expressed are solely mine and I hope you enjoy these journeys through time.

A young Sam Burckhardt with Sunnyland Slim in 1975. (Courtesy Sam Burckhardt)

Sam Burckhardt grew up in in Basel, where he had drum and Saxophone lessons with Chester Gill. From 1982 until the death of Sunnyland Slim in 1995, he was a member of Sunnyland’s band and produced the album Chicago Jump with him. In 1994 Burckhardt helped form the band…


2020 has been a difficult year for everybody, particularly so for students whose job and paid internship prospects plummeted due to COVID-19. As a gesture of support, the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York (CGSNY) launched a poster design competition in partnership with Poster House. Students were asked to create an original work that uses the Swiss Grid Style as their primary design tool. The three selected winners all created unique and intriguing designs which will be presented in an exhibition this spring in the Consulate’s lobby along with a selection of other student works.

Aita Pult, the head…

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