Bicultural families

Bicultural families

Half of the couples getting married in Switzerland today come from two different countries. Binational relationships and culturally diverse families are quite common. When two people of different nationalities get married, they must integrate two different cultures and two sets of values into their everyday life. This can be quite tricky.

The «Beratungsstelle für binationale Paare und Familien» (Information Centre for binational couples and families) offers advice on:

  • legal issues (i.e. international marriage laws and rights of the child, Swiss immigration law)
  • social security in Switzerland
  • schools, education and working in Switzerland
  • social, cultural and religious issues in Switzerland and abroad, before and after marriage.

You will find a lot of information online. However, a personal consultation is advisable.

Switzerland

Addresses and links

  • Association of Counselling Agencies for Binational and Intercultural Couples and Families, Switzerland*: www.binational.ch

  • Association of binational couples and families*: www.ig-binational.ch

  • The Familienwegweiser Pro Familia on binational families: www.profamilia.ch

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* = Services explicity offered also in other languages than German

Aargau

Addresses and links

  • Aargau has no specialized counselling agency for binational couples and families. You can find general information on the following website: www.binational.ch

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Basel-Landschaft

Addresses and links

  • Counselling Agency for binational and intercultural couples and families in Basel: Steinengraben 69, 4051 Basel*: www.binational-bs.ch

    Counselling is offered in German, French, Spanish and Portuguese

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* = Services explicity offered also in other languages than German.

Basel-Stadt

Addresses and links

  • Counselling Agency for binational and intercultural couples and families in Basel: Steinengraben 69, 4051 Basel*: www.binational-bs.ch

    Counselling is offered in German, French, Spanish and Portuguese

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* = Services explicity offered also in other languages than German.

Solothurn

Adresses and links

  • Frabina Counselling Agency for binational couples and famiies in Solothurn and Oltern*www.frabina.ch

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* = Services explicity offered also in other languages than German.

Book Recommendations

«Binational? Genial!: Der Ratgeber für Binationale Paare mit Kindern »

by Christian Urech, Isabelle Schiess and Valentin Stucki, Atlantis Verlag, 2005