Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Only Yodeling Was Not Required

Finally some good news: Toño was granted Swiss citizenship yesterday evening! The process of naturalization is not yet completed, but from now on it's only long-winded bureaucratic paper shoveling. However, Toño's office pals couldn't wait till then and already equipped him with the bare Swiss essentials.



We Swiss like to do things our way. That's why we have a triple level citizenship (Confederation, canton and community). Every Swiss is a citizen of his/her place/community of origin, his/her canton of origin and the Confederation, in this order: a Swiss citizen is defined as someone who has the citizenship of a Swiss municipalities (art. 37 of the Swiss Federal Constitution).

The procedure to obtain it is rather tedious. After filling endless forms and questionaries, Toño had to wait several months, until he was invited to a course on Swiss history and political system.

The mayor and his associates of the town government summoned him to a test on the subjects taught before. But what did they know themselves? It was Toño who had to tell them that the opera by Rossini on William Tell is far better that the play by Schiller.

After some further waiting, Toño was summoned to an interview with a commission of the town parliament. They wanted to find out how well Toño has integrated himself into Swiss behavior and social structure. He could shut them up by explaining that he cooks according to the recipes of Le Menu, a publication of the Swiss dairy farmers (they really asked about his diet).

Finally, yesterday evening, there was the big vote in the town parliament. From 38 possible votes, Toño received 28, 9 abstained (cowards!), and a bloke of the right wing Swiss People's Party said no to him. How could he, even the lady from the far-right Swiss Democrats with the bad hairdo could not resist his charm. Who cares. It's done, if no one of his (soon to be) fellow citizens raises an objection within 20 days.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

I new you were working on something, which does not surprise me...

I will come back :)

Toño

Ms Mac said...

Hearty Congratulations to Toño!

I'm a bit disappointed that yodelling wasn't required, but I bet if it was Toño would have mastered it superbly!

mr. mac said...

Congratulations Toño. I know this is something you have worked very hard for.

Boo to your dissenter. Had he even met you before rejecting your application? Too bad - it sucks to be him!

Anonymous said...

Hartelijk gefeliciteerd voor jouw nieuwe nationaliteit.
Een verder veel plezier in onze mooie land met de vele bergen.

Beste groetjes uit Nederland

Chräbel

Anonymous said...

Hello Friends,

Many thanks for your kind wishes. I appreciate them a lot and they make me feel good.

I felt myself like a swiss since many years ago, but I had to go throu all this to become a register one.

Now I can vote and I tell poor SVP members, they will not get any votes from me for many years...;)

I am happy and I'd like to thank Osín for this great post, you have honored me much, thanks in deed.

Toño

Michael said...

Congratulations Tono!

Give those Swiss a run for the money.....

When's the big celebration party so I can make my plane reservations?

Anonymous said...

congratulations also from me, the german guy - markus. :-)

all the best from hamburg

Expat Traveler said...

Congrats Tono! That is so so so awesome! I bet it's a relief and also feels so good to get it finally!