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‚Röstigraben‘ and the ‚Willensnation‘ or how the Swiss master their multilingual country.

What does it mean to live in a multilingual country? Is it a curse or an advantage in our globalized world? 

Despite the ‚Röstigraben‘, the mental border between the French- and the German-speaking part of Switzerland and the ‚Polentagraben‘ separating the Italian-speaking Swiss from the North, Switzerland remains an example of excellent functioning as a state and as a society. 

It shows how much common past, shared norms and values may influence the way we think and behave that goes far beyond linguistic differences. Going back in the history, it reveals Swiss reasons for staying together, regardless current opposite movements. 

To find out more please read the article about the influence of multilingual heritage on the everyday life in Switzerland:  

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180325-switzerlands-invisible-linguistic-borders

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