In these days all the world is astonishingly speaking of the referendum result which defined the (regretted) decision for UK to leave the European Union.
Of course the efficient and practical Switzerland could not just stay still and watch.
Just few hours after the referendum results were clear, the Confederation Foreign Ministry instituted a phone hotline 24/7, 7 days a week, to give information to worried citizens and businessmen. This is the meaningful phone number: 0800 24 7 365.
However the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs stated:
Although the electorate of the United Kingdom has voted to leave the European Union, current regulations regarding Swiss citizens and companies remain applicable for the time being and nothing will change immediately.
No chance for surprises in Switzerland! Everything is explained! Everything is rational! Everything is citizen friendly! And this time is good like this!
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Switzerland is the country where almost every referendum is possible. You just need to collect a certain number of signatures and you can involve the (Swiss, of course!) population to decide on the most different matters (https://www.ch.ch/en/popular-initiatives/). Internet is even giving a clear overview of the initiatives which are pending and need still to be approved (https://www.ch.ch/en/pending-initiatives-referendums/). I think this is a great example of popular democracy and liberal political behaviour. Therefore I thought every Swiss should be proud of this and eager to let everyone know their opinions. I asked one colleague of mine: “What will you vote on the next referendum about the possibility to have only one state health insurance instead of the various current private ones?”. With an answer which let me shocked, he just said that he did not want to let other people know his vote. Welcome to Switzerland: the land of liberal thoughts, free initiatives and secret political and civil opinions!