Swiss Citizenship

Very often the question arises whether descendants of Swiss emigrants to the USA or other countries still retain Swiss citizenship. Swiss abroad (in German: Auslandschweizer) still have rights in Switzerland.

The Organization for the Swiss abroad (OSA)

Swiss living abroad, if properly registered, may even vote on federal affairs at their embassy. The following text was copied from the Switzerland - Genealogy mail list. It explains certain aspects.

How to become Swiss citizen

The text copied over from Switzerland Genealogy mail list Nov. 8, 1997:

"I just had a phone with the EDA (Eidgenössisches Departement für Auswärtige Angelegenheiten ...Foreign Affairs...). The words of one of the Great Manitous slaves are: The limit of age 22 is correct. If the Swiss emigrants of the first generation (they are Swiss natives) fulfill their <duties> (i.e. to register their children before age 22) at the Swiss Embassies, Consulates or at their own Bürgerort, these children (the 2nd generation) become Swiss citizens as their parents are. If this second generation fulfills its <duty> .... a third generation of Swiss citizens is generated.

The game continues without any <legal> end! Finally by some law of sampling distribution and multiplicative combination (the thing you never got at school ;-)) all people around the world could be Swiss. But the <real life> operates the other way! Duties are not everbodys pastimes ... So the Swiss population still holds at 7 millions.

Hope this helps
Klaus-F. Augustiny, e-mail:

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