What does your Switzerland look like?

The first step towards creating content for Nexpo, the next Expo: you can create your own Swiss cross by participating in a survey. Photo: nexpo.ch

Back in 2002, Expo.02 was organised decentrally and welcomed over 10 million visitors to the events taking place in several cantons simultaneously. The pioneers planning Nexpo want the next Expo to be much more networked. Photo: Keystone

Looking back at what today seems a very traditional and patriotic national exhibition in 1939: every Expo is a reflection of its time. Photo: Keystone

National exhibitions are part of Switzerland’s identity. They are intergenerational projects that bring people of all ages together. The next national exhibition, Nexpo, is taking a new approach and seeking to identify the symbols – both existing and new – that will be emblematic of the Switzerland of tomorrow.

Ahead of Nexpo, Switzerland’s ten biggest cities hope to find out what concerns us as a society, what we have in common, what makes us happy – and what doesn’t. To this end, they have conceived the Nexplorer opinion survey – an imaginative questionnaire in which each participant’s body of answers is reflected in an individualised Swiss cross. The aim of Nexplorer, which runs until the end of 2020, is to raise awareness about the key themes of the next national exhibition. The Swiss Abroad are expressly encouraged to take part in the survey.

Nexpo will not be a classic national exhibition restricted to a fenced-in area. Instead, it will connect cultural initiatives across Switzerland in all language regions, cities, conurbations and rural areas. It will therefore build bridges between the centre and the periphery, and form a network throughout Switzerland defined by real meeting places. In the words of the project organisers: “Today’s generation also deserves its own expo, as a cultural field trial for social orientation in the 21st century.”


Comments (3)
  • Ilya Meyer, Melbourne, Australia
    Ilya Meyer, Melbourne, Australia at 19.09.2020
    Why do you have to write the date like the Yankees? Switzerland is in Europe, so write it accordingly eg day, month year please
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  • Thomas Schwab, Battambang, Cambodia
    Thomas Schwab, Battambang, Cambodia at 04.10.2020
    Für mich gibt es leider keine "Meine Schweiz'! Sie ist inzwischen dermassen unerschwinglich geworden, dass ich sie mir gar nicht mehr leisten kann. Abgesehen davon, dass ich dort nichts mehr verloren habe & mich auch nicht mehr wohl fühle. Ja, & der Klimawandel macht die Situation auch nicht grad besser. Sorry to say all that. Hab mich vor 20 jahren abgesetzt [Indien, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Indonesien, Malaysia, Laos] & es bis heute nie bereut. Ich hoffe, es geht nicht allen so wie mir....bless you all!
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  • Ernst Ruetimann, Trang, Thailand
    Ernst Ruetimann, Trang, Thailand 2 weeks ago
    Lieber Thomas in Kambotscha, mir geht es auch ein wenig so. Habe zwar noch eine jüngere Schwester in der alten Heimat, aber mit der neuen Generation und ihrer Denkweise habe ich nichts mehr am Hut. Der letzte Besuch im 2008 war nur wegen meiner zukünftigen Frau, damit sie sieht, wo ich aufgewachsen bin. Lebe nun seit 18 Jahren hier im Königreich. Auch die Fliegerei ist nicht mehr wie vor 60 Jahren. Nun hat noch Corona all dem ein wenig einen Dämpfer aufgesetzt .
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