Consulate General of Switzerland in Chicago

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INNOVATION - Physicists at EPFL in Switzerland have found a way to get photons to interact with pairs of atoms for the f...
09/17/2021
Light-matter interactions propel quantum technologies forward

INNOVATION - Physicists at EPFL in Switzerland have found a way to get photons to interact with pairs of atoms for the first time. The breakthrough is important for the field of cavity quantum electrodynamics (QED), a cutting-edge field leading the way to quantum technologies. Read more below!

Physicists at EPFL have found a way to get photons to interact with pairs of atoms for the first time. The breakthrough is important for the field of cavity quantum electrodynamics (QED), a cutting-edge field leading the way to quantum technologies.

HISTORY BLOG –  “Like a Phoenix, the city has risen from the ashes and, when fully rebuilt, will be able to stand alongs...
09/15/2021
Switzerland & Midwest Connections: Aftermath of the Great Chicago Fire

HISTORY BLOG –

“Like a Phoenix, the city has risen from the ashes and, when fully rebuilt, will be able to stand alongside the finest, largest cities in the world.” – Swiss Consul Heinrich Enderis, 1872

As we approach 150th anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire, this month`s post uncovers the report to the Federal Council in Switzerland written by Swiss Consul Heinrich Enderis the year after the Fire. Read below for a Swiss view about this monumental moment in time – Part 1 of 2.

A Swiss View — Part I, 1872

SUSTAINABILITY + #SWISSTECH TUESDAY -  Swiss Start-up Vatroex created a chemical-free “sauna for bees” to protect them f...
09/14/2021
Fighting bees’ most dangerous enemies | swisstech

SUSTAINABILITY + #SWISSTECH TUESDAY - Swiss Start-up Vatroex created a chemical-free “sauna for bees” to protect them from the dangerous Varroa mites. Press below and watch Vatroex`s video about their thermal heat treatment to #SavetheBees.

The Winterthur-based company Vatorex has developed a special heating system for bee colonies which can be a game changer for beekeeping.

FINANCE -- Stay in-the-know on the exciting developments in #Switzerland, one of the world's leading #financial centers,...
09/08/2021
Finance Swiss

FINANCE -- Stay in-the-know on the exciting developments in #Switzerland, one of the world's leading #financial centers, through the new finance.swiss platform! From #SustainableFinance to Blockchain and more, check out:

Switzerland is one of the most competitive financial centres combining stability, security and trust to innovations in fintech and sustainable finance

PARALYMICS - Nearly two weeks of “Hopp Schwiiz" cheers come to an end with the Swiss🇨🇭 Team taking home 14 MEDALS from t...
09/07/2021

PARALYMICS - Nearly two weeks of “Hopp Schwiiz" cheers come to an end with the Swiss🇨🇭 Team taking home 14 MEDALS from the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics!

Congratulations and thanks to all of the athletes for their incredible efforts and performances! 👏

#hoppschwiiz #wethe15

PARALYMICS - Nearly two weeks of “Hopp Schwiiz" cheers come to an end with the Swiss🇨🇭 Team taking home 14 MEDALS from the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics!

Congratulations and thanks to all of the athletes for their incredible efforts and performances! 👏

#hoppschwiiz #wethe15

SWISS ICON -- Used by soldiers, campers, DIY enthusiasts, and simply anyone who likes to plans ahead, the Swiss army kni...
09/02/2021
The 'Swiss' army knife – a patchwork product par excellence

SWISS ICON -- Used by soldiers, campers, DIY enthusiasts, and simply anyone who likes to plans ahead, the Swiss army knife is the cult object par excellence. And for good reason: it's not just a knife, it's a portable toolbox, which has even become a metaphor over the years. Explore the story of this tool from Switzerland below!

Used by soldiers, campers, DIY enthusiasts, nibblers or simply anyone who thinks ahead, the Swiss army knife is the cult object par excellence in this country. And for good reason: it's not just a knife, it's a portable toolbox, which has even become a metaphor over the years. "To be a real Swiss ar...

PARALYMPICS - Congratulations 🇨🇭 Athletes at the Games in #Tokyo2020! Way to bring home the medals for Team Switzerland:...
08/31/2021

PARALYMPICS - Congratulations 🇨🇭 Athletes at the Games in #Tokyo2020! Way to bring home the medals for Team Switzerland:

Marcel Hug🏅 5000m & 🏅 1500m T54
Manuela Schär 🏅800m T54 & 🥈5000m T54
Catherine Debrunner🥉 800m T53

Forza Svizzera! Allez Suisse! Hopp Schwiiz!

SUSTAINABILITY + SWISSTECH TUESDAY - How can we use tech for good? Swiss-based Crowther Lab is using machine learninng a...
08/31/2021
How mapping ecosystems can help restore them - CNN Video

SUSTAINABILITY + SWISSTECH TUESDAY - How can we use tech for good? Swiss-based Crowther Lab is using machine learninng and AI to map ecosystems. The goal: to address biodiversity loss and combat climate change. Press below to learn more!

Swiss-based Crowther Lab is trying to address biodiversity loss and climate change by using machine learning and artificial intelligence to map ecosystems.

OUTERSPACE - Women took an interest in space long before the space agencies began diversifying its teams of astronauts. ...
08/27/2021
Outer space: the Swiss women looking to the stars

OUTERSPACE - Women took an interest in space long before the space agencies began diversifying its teams of astronauts. Read the stories below from three Swiss women with their feet firmly on the ground and their faces turned to the stars share what attracted them to the space sector. Enjoy!

Women took an interest in space long before the space agencies undertook to diversify their teams of astronauts. Three Swiss women with their feet firmly on the ground and their faces turned to the stars share what attracted them to the space sector.

SUMMERTIME SUISSE - During the day, the Frauenbadi on the river Limmat stays true to its name and is open to women only....
08/26/2021
Frauenbad at Stadthausquai

SUMMERTIME SUISSE - During the day, the Frauenbadi on the river Limmat stays true to its name and is open to women only. Built in 1837, the nostalgic Art Nouveau pool affords a unique view of the Grossmünster church and the surrounding old town of Zurich. Its small library also supplies reading material for a relaxing day by the water.

Once the sun has set, the open-air pool is transformed into the trendy Barefoot Bar, which is also open to men three times a week.

Discover the art nouveau women’s bathing facility, with its prime location and beautiful view of the Old Town, with the Wasserkirche and Grossmünster.

PARALYMPICS - And we are back! What will the Paralympics hold? #Tokyo2020 "For me, it's a dream come true. I'm very exci...
08/24/2021
Switzerland's hopes for the Paralympics

PARALYMPICS - And we are back! What will the Paralympics hold? #Tokyo2020

"For me, it's a dream come true. I'm very excited to be having this adventure." - Nora Meister, 18 year-old Swiss Athlete from Aargau

Check out Meister`s story along with Sofia Gonzalez and Marcel Hug (winner of two gold medals in Rio) - the Swiss competitors with the potential to reach the podium! Forza Svizzera! Allez Suisse! Hopp Schwiiz! 🇨🇭

The Olympic Games for athletes with a disability will start on 24 August in Tokyo. Marcel Hug, who won two gold medals in Rio, and two young athletes Sofia Gonzales and Nora Meister are among the Swiss competitors with the potential to reach the podium.

WATER - Eighty percent of the Swiss drinking water comes from underground sources, the rest is taken from the lakes. Did...
08/22/2021
Cooling off in Swiss towns and cities | Switzerland Tourism

WATER - Eighty percent of the Swiss drinking water comes from underground sources, the rest is taken from the lakes. Did you know that many fountains you will see in Swiss cities and towns also have clear drinkable water? It tastes fresh and clean, minus the mineral taste that is present in some ‘filtered’ waters. No worries, a sign always indicates whether the water is drinkable or not. So don't forget to bring your bottle for you next trip and taste the Swiss water!

These fountains have interesting tales to tell, and their amazing designs astound passers-by. What’s more, they’re great for cooling off in on a hot day in the city.

FUN FACT FRIDAY - Switzerland's hiking trails are marked out by a network of more than 50,000 yellow signs! Protected by...
08/20/2021
Switzerland: a yellow-signposted hiker's paradise

FUN FACT FRIDAY - Switzerland's hiking trails are marked out by a network of more than 50,000 yellow signs! Protected by the Federal Constitution and maintained by an army of volunteers, read the story about how the signs came to be. Happy Hiking!

Switzerland's hiking trails are marked out by a network of more than 50,000 yellow signs. Protected by the Federal Constitution and maintained by an army of volunteers, they have become an emblem of the country's love affair with hiking.

TRAVEL - The e-Grand Tour of Switzerland is the world's first road trip for Electric Vehicles!Explore Switzerland and re...
08/19/2021
E-Grand Tour | Switzerland Tourism

TRAVEL - The e-Grand Tour of Switzerland is the world's first road trip for Electric Vehicles!

Explore Switzerland and rest assured that a dense network, with over 200 charging stations, will power your electric vehicle the entire route... guaranteeing a comfortable and clean driving experience over 1600 km!

The Grand Tour of Switzerland is the world's first road trip for electric vehicles. A dense network of charging stations ensures power over the entire route and consequently guarantees comfortable and clean driving pleasure over 1600 km.

SOCCER - Chicago Fire FC announced today that Owner and Chairman Joe Mansueto has purchased Swiss Super League club FC L...
08/18/2021
Chicago Fire FC owner purchases Swiss Super League club | MLSSoccer.com

SOCCER - Chicago Fire FC announced today that Owner and Chairman Joe Mansueto has purchased Swiss Super League club FC Lugano. #SwissAndMidwestConnections

"We now have a partner club where, when permitted, players can move between clubs - from Chicago to Lugano and vice versa," said Mansueto. "The Clubs will support one another and share best practices. We want to bring joy to the fans of Lugano and continue to grow the club. I'd like to thank our Sporting Director Georg Heitz for his hard work and vision to acquire FC Lugano. We are fully committed to investing in both of our teams and we're extremely excited about the future."

Chicago Fire FC owner and chairman Joe Mansueto has purchased Swiss Super League club FC Lugano, it was announced Wednesday, giving the historic MLS side a European partner club. “We now have a partner club where, when permitted, players can move between clubs – from Chicago to Lugano and vice

SOLAR - Did you know that maintenance of solar panels is still done manually, even with the increase of panels over the ...
08/17/2021
The ‘doctors’ for solar power plants | swisstech

SOLAR - Did you know that maintenance of solar panels is still done manually, even with the increase of panels over the past decade?

There's now a #Swisstech for that! SmartHelio has developed an intelligent sensor able to detect diseases in solar panels. Check it out below:

In order to maintain the efficiency of solar panels, EPFL spin-off SmartHelio has created an IoT sensor technology capable of analysing and localising existing faults to improve general performance.

#SwissFinance Fridays - Across the world,  the financial sector has been the most heavily hit by cyberattacks over the p...
08/13/2021
How Switzerland Bolsters Cybersecurity in the Financial Sector

#SwissFinance Fridays - Across the world, the financial sector has been the most heavily hit by cyberattacks over the past five years.
How can this sector, and others, protect itself?
What are startups and companies in Switzerland doing to strengthen its cybersecurity?
How does policy play a role?

Press play to hear directly from Swiss Federal Cybersecurity Delegate Florian Schütz about these topics and more!

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OLYMPICS - The last weeks were filled with great #hoppschwiiz Swiss fan moments. We applauded with joy, held our breaths...
08/09/2021

OLYMPICS - The last weeks were filled with great #hoppschwiiz Swiss fan moments. We applauded with joy, held our breaths with excitement, and now, the results are in! Our Swiss Athletes not only gifted us infinite team spirit and athletic skill but also 13 Olympic medals! Congratulations and thank you to all of our Swiss Athletes for your immense effort at the Tokyo Olympics 2020 and wish you save travels home.

And for us, we will now take a quick Olympics-break before the #Tokyo2020 Paralympics start on the August 25!

OLYMPICS - The last weeks were filled with great #hoppschwiiz Swiss fan moments. We applauded with joy, held our breaths with excitement, and now, the results are in! Our Swiss Athletes not only gifted us infinite team spirit and athletic skill but also 13 Olympic medals! Congratulations and thank you to all of our Swiss Athletes for your immense effort at the Tokyo Olympics 2020 and wish you save travels home.

And for us, we will now take a quick Olympics-break before the #Tokyo2020 Paralympics start on the August 25!

FLASHBACK FRIDAY – Last weekend the Swiss communities across the Midwest celebrated Swiss National Day. Additionally, ma...
08/06/2021

FLASHBACK FRIDAY – Last weekend the Swiss communities across the Midwest celebrated Swiss National Day. Additionally, many also celebrated New Glarus`s 175th Anniversary in Wisconsin, including our Consul General!

Enjoy the pictures below from the festivities in the Midwest - and check out the link to each organization`s website (in picture description) so you can see details for future events and to join!

OLYMPICS - Belinda Bencic (Gold, Tennis Singles and Silver with Golubic, Tennis Doubles), Viktorija Golubic (Silver with...
08/02/2021
Female medalists lift Swiss to best Summer Games since 1952

OLYMPICS - Belinda Bencic (Gold, Tennis Singles and Silver with Golubic, Tennis Doubles), Viktorija Golubic (Silver with Bencic, Tennis Doubles), Nina Christen (Gold, 50m Air Riffle and Bronze, 10m Riffle), Jérémy Desplanches (Bronze, Swimming Individual Medley), Noè Ponti (Bronze, Butterfly), Nikita Ducarroz (Bronze, BMX Freestyle)… and more!

Strong performance and strong weekend for Team Switzerland in the Olympic Games! Congratulations to the Athletes, their coaches, families and friends. Hopp Schwiiz! Allez Suisse! Forza Svizzera! 🇨🇭

#Tokyo2020

The Tokyo Olympic champion in women’s tennis celebrated National Day back home in Switzerland by winning a silver medal in doubles

SWISS NATIONAL DAY – Your team in Chicago wishes you, your family, and friends a wonderful Swiss National Day weekend. H...
07/29/2021
Swiss National Day 2021 | Part 2: Celebrations

SWISS NATIONAL DAY – Your team in Chicago wishes you, your family, and friends a wonderful Swiss National Day weekend. Have a great and safe celebration, and enjoy our video below!

CHICAGO -- Your team wishes you, your family, and friends a wonderful 1. August! Buon primo d’agosto a tutti! Legrevla feasta naziunala Svizra! Bonne fête na...

COMMUNITY - What does Switzerland mean to you? Check out this interactive tool below to find out how Swiss and friends o...
07/28/2021
What’s Switzerland to you - Mission August 1st

COMMUNITY - What does Switzerland mean to you? Check out this interactive tool below to find out how Swiss and friends of Switzerland have responded!

Submit your picture today to join the constellation connecting us around the world!

OLYMPICS - What a Swiss dream team at Tokyo 2020! 100% Swiss podium in the Mountain Bike women’s cross country:🥇 Jolanda...
07/27/2021

OLYMPICS - What a Swiss dream team at Tokyo 2020!

100% Swiss podium in the Mountain Bike women’s cross country:
🥇
Jolanda Neff
🥈
Sina Frei
🥉
Linda Indergand-Mountainbike

Congratulations! You made history. #hoppschwiiz 🇨🇭

OLYMPICS - What a Swiss dream team at Tokyo 2020!

100% Swiss podium in the Mountain Bike women’s cross country:
🥇
Jolanda Neff
🥈
Sina Frei
🥉
Linda Indergand-Mountainbike

Congratulations! You made history. #hoppschwiiz 🇨🇭

#SWISSTECH TUESDAY - AI Guardian Angel? Yes! Swiss startup Resmonics created ResGuard Med, an app, that individuals with...
07/27/2021
An AI guardian angel at night for asthma patients | swisstech

#SWISSTECH TUESDAY - AI Guardian Angel? Yes! Swiss startup Resmonics created ResGuard Med, an app, that individuals with respiratory diseases (such as Asthma) can use to monitor symptoms while they sleep. The special AI is able to detect symptoms and warn the patients accordingly.

Resmonics is founded by Dr. Iris Shih and Dr. Peter Tinschert, at the CSS Health Lab, a joint collaboration of ETH Zürich, Universität St.Gallen (HSG) and CSS Insurance. Read more below:

ResGuard Med, a mobile application developed by the Swiss start-up Resmonics, turns a patient’s smartphone into a respiratory disease monitoring system to protect patients from life-threatening asthma attacks.

What`s Happening in International Geneva - Lately, the focus has been on Space exploration from the Mars Rover to civili...
07/26/2021
The deep ocean has ‘answers to problems we don’t even know we have yet’

What`s Happening in International Geneva -
Lately, the focus has been on Space exploration from the Mars Rover to civilian travel to the outer-limits of our atmosphere, but, there remains yet another frontier right here on Earth! THE DEEP OCEANS.

While covering over 2/3 of the planet, only less than 1% of the seafloor has been monitored by Scientists. The deep oceans are filled with many unknowns - and already some knowns (for example, a fluorescent protein found at several dozen meters under sea level was used in the development of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine against Covid-19!).

Read below about the conversations surrounding Deep Oceans with International organizations, including UNESCO, in Geneva to find out more about these fascinating and mysterious places on our planet:

Exploring the depths of the ocean used to be the stuff of science fiction novels. But now more than ever, tools and technologies are providing oceanographers with increasing opportunities to go sleuthing for new scientific breakthroughs on the seafloor – though there is still much to be discovered...

OLYMPICS - Let the games begin! We wish all of the Swiss athletes much success and the best of luck at the Tokyo 2020! W...
07/23/2021
How high will Switzerland climb up Tokyo’s Mount Olympus?

OLYMPICS - Let the games begin! We wish all of the Swiss athletes much success and the best of luck at the Tokyo 2020! We are crossing our fingers for you! HOPP SCHWIIZ!

Fun Fact: Did you know that Switzerland had its most successful Olympics nearly 100 years ago? Yes, the Swiss brought home 25 medals in the 1924 Olympics in Paris! Read below for more stories of Switzerland at the Olympics - along with the predictions for this year`s Games. #hoppschwiiz

On 31 July 1996, 25 years ago, Pascal Richard from Vaud won the holy grail of medals, becoming the Olympic cycling champion in Atlanta. "When you win this medal, you go down in history. It's every athlete's dream," he says today at 57. In Atlanta, he came out on top in a line-up that included stars....

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