During the public centenary celebrations on the Bundesplatz on 5 August, speeches will be held by Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter and others. There will be musical performances by Swiss Army Band, Swiss Jazz Orchestra, Anna Rossinelli and band, and William White.


In 2016, the Organisation of the Swiss Abroad is celebrating its centenary and 100 years of working on behalf of the Swiss Abroad. The anniversary year takes the title of 'Switzerland – part of the world'.


An overview of the 100th anniversary of the OSA in 2016: 

– Official launch of the centenary of the OSA, 2 March 2016

– 25 years of the Area for the Swiss Abroad, 15–17 April 2016

– Trek by young people in Switzerland, 24 July–4 August 2016

– 94th Congress of the Swiss Abroad in Berne, 5–7 August 2016


The Swiss Post Office is joining in the OSA's centenary celebrations by issuing a special stamp. After a competition organised by the Swiss Post Office, it is Tom Künzli who was given the tricky task of representing the diversity of the Swiss Abroad on a few square centimetres. 


Over a two-week period, 100 young Swiss Abroad – divided into four groups – will set off from the four corners of our nation to discover Switzerland. They will report on their adventures on the Swissinfo website and in the SSR-SRG media outlets.

Who is the OSA?

The Organisation of the Swiss Abroad (OSA) represents Swiss expatriates' interests in Switzerland. It informs Swiss living abroad about what is happening in Switzerland and provides them with a wide selection of services.

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