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Old 06.04.2011, 09:58
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This morning I woke up......

.....as a swiss!

We had yesterday our official ceremony with around 100 other persons. A speech was given by a member of the Fribourg Conseil d'Etat during which we were thanked for taking this step and enriching the canton with our know-how, with our cultural background and our service to the whole population. I was personaly touched by the speech. We were then called person by person to stand-up, raise our right hand and take the oath by saying "je m'y engage" or "ich verpflichte mich", and commit our loyalty to federal and cantonal constitution, to respect and defend the laws and freedom of this country. When calling the person, they also mentioned the profession and it was amazing and touching to see the diversity of cultures and professions of people who decided one day to be swiss. It was a snapshot of the whole community and I am now a full member of it with rights and duties.

When I started the naturalization I was googling for some information on the process and that's how I came across EF and joined it. It was interesting and exciting to see "integration" in swiss and EF community progressing in parallel, one with political, geographical questions about the country and the other with "thanks", "green blobbies" , heated debates and a lot of fun. Thank you all for making this real and virtual place a nice community
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Old 06.04.2011, 10:00
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Congrats.

I just had the strangest feeling of déja vu......
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Old 06.04.2011, 10:03
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Re: This morning I woke up......

Congratulations! I know from experience, it takes a bit of getting used to. Sort of like living with someone for ages and then getting married - it's a mindset thing
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Old 06.04.2011, 10:03
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Mega geil!

Welcome to the club!
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Old 06.04.2011, 10:06
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Re: This morning I woke up......

I often have trouble deciding which sub-Forum Threads belong in when I see one in the 'wrong place'. This one takes the biscuit.
A guy writes a post about successfully overcoming the hurdles to Swiss Citizenship and dumps the Thread in Off-Topic.¨ I'm not sure if Daily Life is the best place but better than OT anyway.

Congratulations MrV.
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Old 06.04.2011, 10:07
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Re: This morning I woke up......

They'll be taking it away when they see what you've done to their flag...

Congrats

*grumble grumble* if only I lived in a French speaking Canton...
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Old 06.04.2011, 10:20
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Re: This morning I woke up......

Congratulations indeed. That reminds me that I had a mate that decided to apply for Swiss Nationality, and we managed to convince him he would have to sing the Swiss National Anthem at the time of his oath of allegiance. He spent every day one hour practising for about 3 months and it turned out that whilst he swore allegiance he actually asked if he should sing there and then
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Old 06.04.2011, 10:27
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Congrats, that's a good news.
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Old 06.04.2011, 10:29
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Allez les Suisses

Congratulations. How do you intend to vote now? Hope not SVP


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Old 06.04.2011, 10:34
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I often have trouble deciding which sub-Forum Threads belong in when I see one in the 'wrong place'. This one takes the biscuit.
A guy writes a post about successfully overcoming the hurdles to Swiss Citizenship and dumps the Thread in Off-Topic.¨ I'm not sure if Daily Life is the best place but better than OT anyway.

Congratulations MrV.
I thought that too, surely Permits/Visas/Government is the place to be?
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Old 06.04.2011, 11:06
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Re: This morning I woke up......

Congrats MrVertigo.

So that means you'll never have to apologize again. Neat. And have you already begun bumping into and staring at other people, especially foreigners (read: fellow EFers)?
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Old 06.04.2011, 11:27
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Re: This morning I woke up......

Awww Gawd! If nobody is going to say it I will...
"you have been Swissified!"

Tadahh, congarats, can we bloody forriners still talk to you?
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Old 06.04.2011, 11:31
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Re: This morning I woke up......

Congrats Herr Höhenangst

The pomp and ceremony sound great.
I missed all that and can't help but feel that I was cheated.
I just had a visit from the local (next village) "bobby" (now centrally merged and long gone), who had a brief chat to see if I could "parlez le lingo" a bit and wasn't too undesirable; did a police record check (I didn't even know I'd ever bought Roxanne), and at some point later, something arrived in the post (along with my SVP membership application form).

All done and dusted.
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Old 06.04.2011, 11:36
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Hi MV! Congrats on your newly acquired citizenship. Some questions, if I may:

1. What's the biggest motivation for the citizenship?
2. Have you given up a citizenship or just added this one?
3. Do you feel Swiss?


All of this is very interesting!
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Old 06.04.2011, 11:36
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Re: This morning I woke up......

Congratulation!

Do you feel different?
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Old 06.04.2011, 11:41
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Re: This morning I woke up......

Well done & congrats

Much better than my experience; the Posty knocked on my door with the official envelope & asked for 700+ CHF before he would hand it over.
I called the wife & told her it was for her
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Old 06.04.2011, 11:55
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I thought that too, surely Permits/Visas/Government is the place to be?
But Permits etc. is in the section 'Help and Tips' and this is neither 'Help' nor a 'Tip'.
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Old 06.04.2011, 12:05
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Allez les Suisses

Congratulations. How do you intend to vote now? Hope not SVP


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Congrats MrVertigo.

So that means you'll never have to apologize again. Neat. And have you already begun bumping into and staring at other people, especially foreigners (read: fellow EFers)?
Yep, secret training already started.

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Awww Gawd! If nobody is going to say it I will...
"you have been Swissified!"

Tadahh, congarats, can we bloody forriners still talk to you?
Yeap anyday except Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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Congrats Herr Höhenangst

The pomp and ceremony sound great.
I missed all that and can't help but feel that I was cheated.
I just had a visit from the local (next village) "bobby" (now centrally merged and long gone), who had a brief chat to see if I could "parlez le lingo" a bit and wasn't too undesirable; did a police record check (I didn't even know I'd ever bought Roxanne), and at some point later, something arrived in the post (along with my SVP membership application form).

All done and dusted.
Same thing happened to our italian neighbour married to a swiss. Apparently it's the accelerated procedure.

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Hi MV! Congrats on your newly acquired citizenship. Some questions, if I may:

1. What's the biggest motivation for the citizenship?
2. Have you given up a citizenship or just added this one?
3. Do you feel Swiss?


All of this is very interesting!
-1: my young kids (5 & 9) are born here, feel at home here and they don't see themselves as foreigners. I wanted them to have the same rights and a guarantee later to stay here if we decided with my wife to go somewhere else. I am established here and want also to have the possibility to vote on important decisions. I plan to have some political activities in the canton.

-2: I did not need to give up any citizenship. It's a citizenship more.

-3: I feel the same, but I really care about switzerland and was already "defending" it in discussions especially to illustrate that positive diversity/integration does exist in this country.

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Congratulation!

Do you feel different?
No, I feel the same. The naturalization process comes after 12y presence here and lasts for 18 months. So it's a very gradual change and therefore I am constantly different
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.....as a swiss!

We had yesterday our official ceremony with around 100 other persons. A speech was given by a member of the Fribourg Conseil d'Etat during which we were thanked for taking this step and enriching the canton with our know-how, with our cultural background and our service to the whole population. I was personaly touched by the speech. We were then called person by person to stand-up, raise our right hand and take the oath by saying "je m'y engage" or "ich verpflichte mich", and commit our loyalty to federal and cantonal constitution, to respect and defend the laws and freedom of this country.
Gee, I never got a ceremony, nor did I need to take an oath!

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Old 06.04.2011, 12:10
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Congrats Herr Höhenangst

The pomp and ceremony sound great.
I missed all that and can't help but feel that I was cheated.
I just had a visit from the local (next village) "bobby" (now centrally merged and long gone), who had a brief chat to see if I could "parlez le lingo" a bit and wasn't too undesirable; did a police record check (I didn't even know I'd ever bought Roxanne), and at some point later, something arrived in the post (along with my SVP membership application form).

All done and dusted.
Same here, except no visit, I had to stop at local Cantonal Police for a 5 minute chat.

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