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Voice of a nation

— Zürich


One of the few unifying experiences in multi-lingual Switzerland is Rainer Maria Salzgeber’s TV coverage of the national football team’s matches. The presenter says the sport can help the nation become more tolerant of different cultures.

Football, Language, National identity, Switzerland

It is difficult to put your finger on what defines national identity. When it comes to Switzerland, however, it is practically impossible. The country consists of 26 cantons, each with very individual political, historical and cultural backgrounds. The country even lacks a common language, with Italian, French, Romansch and German all spoken. “In fact,” says Rainer Maria Salzgeber, Switzerland’s most popular football tv-presenter, “the national football team is one of the few things the Swiss have in common.”

The 40-year-old has done his part in…


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