International Club of Berne

Club Meeting – The Naked Swiss

Tuesday, 14th November 2017 at 7pm

Location: Cheminee Room of the Bruder Klaus Church (tram 7 stop Burgernziel)

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Club Meeting The Naked Swiss

When                Tuesday, 14 November, from 19:00 to 21:30
Where               Cheminee Room of Bruder Klaus Church
Contact            Gerd Ulbers
Deadline          Please register by the day before

In her book The Naked Swiss: A Nation Behind 10 Myths, author Clare O’Dea speaks to the most clichés and myths about Switzerland. She introduces readers to a cast of real Swiss, using anecdotes to paint the portrait of a lively country.

Clare O’Dea is a veteran of SwissInfo and is now Swiss herself. She speaks five languages, has visited all 26 cantons, and is the mother of three Swiss children.

See for more information on her and the book.


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Graham wrote
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Graham wrote
at 12:34pm on Friday, 3rd November 2017
In The Naked Swiss: A Nation Behind 10 Myths, Clare O’Dea promises to change the way the world thinks about modern Switzerland – and give Swiss readers much to think about too. In ten chapters O’Dea dismantles the most positive myths of modern Switzerland (The Swiss are Rich/Brilliant/Have the Perfect Democracy) with the same sharp journalistic eye as she assesses the negative ones (The Swiss are Crooked Bankers/Xenophobic/Helped the Nazis).

The Naked Swiss introduces readers to a cast of real Swiss, painting a lively country through many anecdotes. It is a Switzerland of the twenty-first century – a Switzerland of working mothers, disgraced banks and multicultural football teams. It is a book that isn’t afraid to address past shame, current crises and national failings. O’Dea speaks five languages, has visited all 26 cantons, and is the mother of three Swiss children, and her deep knowledge of the country is on display page after page.

The Naked Swiss features portraits of fascinating Swiss, past and present – refugees from Stalin’s Soviet Union, one of the country’s last surviving suffragettes, a street-sweeping philosopher, a pragmatic private banker and a president with no regrets, to name but a few. It also provides all the context you need to make your mind up about this complex and dynamic land.

The book is now on sale in Swiss bookshops that stock English-language books. If you would like order a copy online, you can buy the book from the Swiss publisher Bergli Books, or on The ebook is available through most online retailers.

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events in August

By Graham on 7th August

In the warm weather: join the Swimming / Picnic WhatsApp group

Thursday to Saturday: Buskers in Berne
Thursday 9: Spanish café cancelled
Sunday 12: BARBECUE at Auguet
Tuesday 14: French café
Thursday 16: English Tea Time
Thursday 16: Meditation
Sunday 19: Cycling: note changes to the plan
Sunday 26: Estaveyer Benichon
Week 20-26 August: Salzburg festival - anyone interested in this trip?

Other events in Berne
Museums are open and free on Saturdays
Kino Rex shows Hitchcock movies
Movies group on WhatsApp - ask to join
Köniz castle events
GenerationenHaus events:


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