Swiss tradition causing visa application problems
The tradition of having the place of where you’re from and not your birth place listed on official documents in Switzerland could be changed, as it often gives problems for those applying for visas to visit another country.
Often, the forms require place of birth – but that can differ from the ‘heimatort’ which means ‘hometown’.
It means many people actually lie on the application forms, listing what it says in the passport.
But traditionalists say Switzerland shouldn’t change. The president of the young Swiss People’s Party, Benjamin Fischer, told the 20 Minutes newspaper, it’s up to other countries to be familiar with Swiss traditions.