The mobility of our fellow citizens

The Organisation of the Swiss Abroad (OSA) was founded in 1916 to forge closer links between the Swiss Abroad and their homeland and to allow them to take part in national life to a greater extent. However, the history of emigration dates back beyond the foundation of the OSA.


The anniversary of the OSA provides an opportunity to look back at Swiss emigration throughout the world to understand how it has developed and in which respects the members of the 'Fifth Switzerland' constitute a major asset for our nation today.


A little bit of history // © monstersparrow /

A little bit of history



Emigration today // © iStockphoto

Emigration today

Emigration in the future // © iStockphoto

Emigration in the future

Permanent poster exhibition on the Area for the Swiss Abroad

Permanent poster exhibition






Event partners:

Switzerland Tourism Swiss Care Lotteriefonds Kanton Bern Area of the Swiss Abroad Terre des Hommes Burgergemeinde Bern FDFA people2power Swiss Post Swiss Path Swiss Travel System City of Bern City of Bern Pro Patria Canton of Bern Swisscom iO soliswiss Zürcher Kantonalbank




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