Interesting People

Art Furrer

In 1959, a young man by the name of Art Furrer decided to leave his mountain village in German-speaking Canton (state of) Valais above the upper Rhone Valley, and seek his fortune in the United States…

Aubrey Diem

In 1960, Aubrey Diem left his native Detroit, Michigan in the U.S. to move to Canada, where he taught Geography at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, and later became a Canadian citizen. He loved to travel, and saw much…

Billy Meier

In the field of Ufology – that is, the study of flying saucers – few enjoy the international fame of Billy Meier, a former French Foreign Legionnaire and world traveler, who lives on his farm in the rural Turbental region north…

Claude Weiss

Astrology has been around for millennia, and has been practiced in different parts of the world. Many people turn to astrology to have a glimpse of what the future might hold in store, while others are interested…

Dennis Turner

American-born Dennis Turner came to Switzerland in 1973 to write his PhD at the University of Zurich. He married a Swiss, and stayed. Today, Dennis Turner is one of the world’s leading authorities on animal…

Erich von Daeniken

Erich von Daeniken is the world’s most successful non-fiction author.  And he’s Swiss! When he published his first book – Chariots of the Gods  – back in 1968, Erich von Daeniken was greeted with resistance…

Guido von Arx

Guido von Arx was born a Roman Catholic. As a youth, he left his native Canton Solothurn and traveled the world in search of truths that he didn’t find in the culture and religion in which he was raised…

Hedi Olden

If anyone knew the colorful story of the Bernese Oberland resort of Gstaad and how it became one of the world’s most famous jet-set resorts, it was Hedi Olden. In fact, she played an active role as the owner of…

Heidi Blunier Weibel

Heidi Blunier Weibel emigrated to the United States in 1967. At the time, she hardly spoke English. But then things started to happen. She landed a job introducing foreign-language movies at a…

Kilian Lochmatter

Downhill skiing is one of the world’s most popular sports. It’s also one of the world’s most popular competitive sports. In competition, every fraction of a second counts. It’s obvious that not only does the skier…

Margo Kirtikar

Margo Kirtikar is Swiss, but was born in Baghdad, Iraq, and has an Indian and Syrian background too. She is a world traveler, and has lived in London and New York. At home near Montreux on the Lake of Geneva…

Patrice de Mestral

He went to the United States to study economics at Northwestern University, but switched to theology after experiencing the stark reality of life as a part-time warehouse worker in Detroit. In 1973, Patrice de Mestral…

Paul Da Silva

Enough works of non-fiction about Switzerland have been written in English to fill a good-sized library. But comparatively few English-language novelists have given at least a part of their works a Swiss setting…

Rudolf Stuessi

Rudolf Stuessi is Swiss-born, but a Canadian by choice. But then again, he has also lived in other parts of Europe, the United States, Asia, and the Caribbean.
Rudolf Stuessi is a published and celebrated painter…