Preserving the Swiss Heritage in Minnesota



Twin Cities Swiss American Association (TCSAA)

A place where expatriate Swiss living in Minnesota and Western Wisconsin can keep in touch with another.

Swiss Consulate General New York City

Your government connection to Switzerland if you need a new passport or if you would like to register your newborn with the Swiss homeland.

Mr. Pius Eigenmann, Honorary Consul

Your e-mail connection to Mr. Pius Eigenmann, Honorary Swiss Consul, for the Twin Cities area. His address is:

Swiss Honorary Consulate in Minneapolis
Plymouth, MN 55446
Phone: 612 382 7610
Fax: 612 233 6931

Swiss World

Information about Switzerland published by the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of the Swiss Government—promoting an authentic image of modern Switzerland worldwide.

Swiss Embassy, Washington, D.C.

The Embassy of Switzerland in the United States will help you with questions about commerce and trade, scholarships and studying in Switzerland, and much more.

Swiss National Library

The Swiss National Library offers the most comprehensive resources for your research about Switzerland. In addition to books and media, they have librarians on staff that can answer questions in 4 languages, including English. You can even call them on the telephone during their opening hours, or if you prefer you can chat with them on your computer keyboard. Like any other multi-language library collection, not all parts are readily available in all languages. But over time and as the need arises, more and more translations will become accessible. Chat with one of the librarian if you have more questions on how to use the Swiss National Library.

Please observe that all their dates are in the format of day.month.year. As you visit their website you will find articles in English, German, French and Italian on the same page. These articles are published in the original language of the writer.

The most intriguing portion for many of us may be found under the Service tab. Here you discover that you can

  • Create a complex library search using their SwissInfoDesk.
  • Under the heading of SwissInfoDesk Links you can ask specific questions about Switzerland that will be answered by a qualified librarian.
  • and much more.

Organization of the Swiss Abroad

English portal to the Multi-lingual Organization of the Swiss Abroad (OSA). OSA was founded in 1916 and is a foundation whose mission is to inform, link, lobby and advise the 732,000 Swiss citizens living away from their home country.

OSA aims to make the link between the Swiss Abroad and Switzerland stronger.

SwissCommunity for the Swiss Abroad

SwissCommunity connects Swiss citizens worldwide. It was developed by the Organisation of the Swiss Abroad as a global network for the Swiss abroad.

Swiss-American Business Council

The Swiss-American Business Council is located in Chicago, Illinois. It aims to foster and enhance the ties between businesses in the Midwest and Switzerland.

Esther’s European Imports

Not enough time or not enough cash to travel to Switzerland and in need of genuine Swiss merchandise? You can travel to Esther’s European Imports in New Glarus, Wisconsin, or you can visit with a click of your mouse.

Shop Swiss at the Mall of America

Visit one of these fine stores for genuine Swiss merchandise:

  • Victorinox: Buy a genuine Swiss Army knife at the Mall of America and much, much more.
  • Lindt Chocolate: Sweeten your shopping experience with authentic Swiss chocolates.
  • Swatch: Never miss a beat in your life with a fashionable Swatch.

The Swiss Bakery

Do you crave for some authentic Swiss bread or pasteries? You can get the ‘real thing’ in Springfield or Burke, Virginia, or you can visit the Swiss Bakery in cyber space.

Swiss Center of North America—New Glarus, WI

The Swiss Center of North America is collecting stories and historical information about Swiss Americans. Everyone is encouraged to contribute.

The Latest News from Switzerland

What's happening in and around Switzerland? Find out here what the talk of town is…

Swiss Review

Information for the Swiss living in another country around the globe sponsored by the Organization of the Swiss Abroad.

Swiss Tourist Office

Homesick for Switzerland? Or ready for a travel adventure? Here is your official connection to the Swiss Tourist Office.

Swiss German Dialects—Schwyzerdütsch

Despite its small area compared to American standards, Switzerland not only has 4 different spoken languages but also countless dialects within its borders. This website has numerous sound samples of Schwyzerdütsch—the Swiss German dialect. Although the website has an introductory page in English, it may be useful to know some German to find your way around.

Swiss Internet Radio Stations

Here you find a list of links to many Swiss Radio stations streaming news and music directly to you over the internet.

Swiss Folk Music

Here you have a direct link to the Swiss «Farmers’ Radio»— called «Buure Radio» in the Swiss German dialect.

Explore Switzerland on the Map

The website allows you to zoom in on the geographical map of Switzerland, all the way down to building plots and houses.

WikiTravel: Switzerland

Do you need a second opinion about your travel plans to Switzerland? This website is also a good resource to learn more about Switzerland and its multi-cultural aspects if your have never been there before.

Germanic American Institute (GAI)

The Germanic American Institute features German, Austrian and Swiss cultures at the Haus several times a year and it also provides German language lessons.

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