Interesting differences in naturalisation practices in Switzerland:
1) Man originally from Kosovo is denied citizenship because citizens of the town where he applied say he walks around in tracksuit bottoms.…
2) Woman originally from Germany, active on the neonazi scene, organising illegal demonstrations against corona measures and calling for revolution, was granted Swiss citizenship last year in Luzern.…
3) Man, originally from Cape Verde, is denied Swiss citizenship because he had driven a car with a windshield that had only been *partially* de-iced. Got a fine, sufficient to fail his application.…
4) Woman with Turkish background but born in Switzerland is denied citizenship because when asked in the interview about a "typical" Swiss sport, she answered skiing. Authorities thought skiing was not Swiss enough.…
5) Man, 51, originally from Italy, is denied citizenship because he didn't know whether wolves and bears shared the same enclosure at the local zoo.…
Woman, originally from the Netherlands but who moved to Switzerland at age 8, is denied citizenship because people of her town found her "too annoying". A vegan, she thought that placing cowbells on cows is a form of animal abuse.…
7) Two Muslim sisters, 12 and 14, denied citizenship because they refused to take part in swimming lessons.…
8) Citizenship application of man, originally from Bosnia, is refused because his wife wears a headscarf.…
9) Italian man born in Switzerland is denied citizenship because he didn't know the names of the 3 people who signed the Rütlischwur (I don't either). After reapplying, he succeeds but his wife fails.…
10) Woman is denied citizenship because she wasn't able to say whether the fish on the arms of the town looks to the right or looks to the left.
11) British man, in spite of being fluent in French and German, is denied citizenship because he didn't know the canton of origin of raclette and capuns.…
12) Josip Drmic, who plays in the Swiss national football team, failed his naturalisation test twice because he was more knowledgeable about Zurich, where he trained, than about his small hometown.…
13) Singer Tina Turner (net worth 250 Mio) became Swiss in canton Zurich in 2013. One year later, she said she could only say her name, age and where she was from in German. In 2019 she said she was still "working on it".
14) Painter Paul Klee, born and raised in Bern, German father. His application for Swiss citizenship was denied in 1933. New attempt 1939; a police report states that his art had a "bad influence on national culture". Died before being granted citizenship.…

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