BASEL DEBATES #5: Why Are Swiss People Weird?

Kaserne Basel
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Tuesday, 07 November

Welcome to Switzerland—the country where the “Waschtag” (washing day) is sacred and the “Altpapier” (paper for recycling) is neatly bundled; where the natives always carry their Halbtax and never disclose their salary. But why are Swiss people so "bünzlig"? Or are they less odd than their image?
If you would like to find out the answers to these questions, join BASEL DEBATES #5, a frank discussion on Swiss peculiarities and how to deal with them. Together with guests Güzin Kar (author and film director), Moritz Ege (anthropologist), Michelle Kalt (comedian), and Brigitta Bende (psychiatrist), they will discuss the weird and not-so-weird sides of Switzerland. Whether you're a local, expat, or in-betweener—open your minds and share your experiences. In other words— be Unswiss.
BASEL DEBATES is an innovative series of debates asking pointed questions at the interface between culture and politics. Guests and audience are invited for an evening of joint discussion, reflection, and problem-solving. BASEL DEBATES is curated by Public Culture Lab and co-produced by Kaserne Basel and swisspeace. The debate takes place in the KHaus Saal, will be held in English, and should last from 90-120 minutes; bar will be open afterwards.
This event is free but you are asked to register in advance at


Kaserne Basel
Klybeckstrasse 1b
4057 Basel

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