Swiss Societies and Swiss Clubs
Swiss societies or Swiss Clubs all over the world aim to provide opportunities for Swiss nationals and their families living abroad to meet socially in their country of residence, in order to cultivate Swiss culture, customs and languages and thus maintain close links with Switzerland.
History of the Swiss in Wales
Swiss societies and the various informal Swiss groups in Wales are relatively young in comparision to other Swiss societies and Swiss clubs in the UK.
Swiss in Swansea
The first Swiss 'Club' was founded in Swansea in 1997. It was set up after three Swiss met by chance in Swansea and put an advert in the Swiss Review. As a result more Swiss living in South Wales made contact. Since new members came from across a wide region in South Wales, the group called itself the South Wales Swiss Society. The members initially met twice annually in Swansea.
Swiss in Cardiff
In 2006 a first (Honorary) Consulate of Switzerland was set up in Cardiff by the Embassy of Switzerland in London. It was launched officially in 2007 at the Sensed in Cardiff. The new Honorary Consul, Ruth Thomas-Lehmann got in touch with all the Swiss in Cardiff and arranged a meeting with the aim to set up an informal Cardiff Swiss 'Club'.
Since members of the two Swiss 'Club' in South Wales (Swansea and Cardiff) came from an area covering all of South Wales, a website was needed to help them stay in touch and publicise both the events by the Swiss Community in Wales and the new Consulate in Cardiff. The website 'Swiss in Wales was therefore launched at the end of 2007.
Swiss in North Wales
A further Swiss Club was created in Caernarfon, North Wales and a first North Wales Swiss Society was launched by the Honorary Consul in 2011.