Swiss Bridge Federation – This is the official bebsite for the Swiss Bridge Federation and contains all the pertinent information for the bridge player in Switzerland and for all visitors to this beautiful country.
Bridge Is Young and Fun – Bridge links for the younger bridge player and for Junior bridge players. Contains locations for meeting and also Regional Contacts.
Associazione Bridge Lugano – The Bridge Association Lugano was founded in the year 1975 and is a member of the Swiss Federation of Bridge. The site is in the language of Italy.
Basler Bridge Gesellschaft – This bebsite informs the visitor about all the pertinent infomation regarding bridge events in and around the city of Basel. The site is written in the language of Germany.
Bridge-Center Zürich – Located in the city of Zürich. The site is written in the language of Germany.
Bridge Club Baden – Der Bridge-Club Baden wurde im Jahre 1950, zwei Monate nach der Gründung des schweizerischen Bridge-Verbands in Genf, in der Villa Boveri gegründet. Bei der Gründungsversammlung waren zwei Frauen und zwölf Männer anwesend. Für den Vorstand bestimmte man drei Funktionen, ein Präsident, einen Sekretär und einen Kassier. Im gleichen Jahr wurden die Vereinsstatuten ausgearbeitet und in Kraft gesetzt. Bei den ersten Clubmitgliedern handelte es sich vorwiegend um hochrangige Angestellte der Firmen BBC in Baden und der Sodafabrik in Zurzach. Es waren meistens Franko-Italiener, die vorwiegend französisch sprachen. Sie spielten am häufigsten freie Partien, um die verschiedenen Lizit-Systeme gegenseitig besser abstimmen zu können.
Bridge Club Bern – In the year 1943 several gentlemen of the Lawn Tennis Club Bern (LTC) decided to play the game of bridge along with the game of tennis. This occurred mainly in winter, when the tennis courts were closed. Marc Hodler initiated inagual events, which took place early in the posh Hotel Bellevue. Finally in the year 1947 the Cercle de Bridge du LTC Bern was founded. The founding members were Marc Hodler, Dr. Turrian, Hans Fritz von Tscharner, and Jürg Hodler.
Bridgeclub Frauendeld – Actively promotes the promotion of the card game bridge in the canton of Thurgau, and through appropriate events and competitions, whereby in addition to the athletic competition the social aspects should be and are promoted.
Bridge Club Höfe – The Bridge Club Höfe was founded in the year 1984 by Harry Verschuuren gegründet, who remained President until the year 1995. The bridge club is a member of the Fédération Suisse de Bridge since 1993. The site is written in the language of Germany.
Bridge Club des Bergues – Located in the city of Genéve.
Bridge-Club du Léman – Located in Vevey. The site is written in the language of France.
Bridge Club de Nyon – Promotion Bridge and sharing our passion for this game is our main goal. We encourage you to explore our various activities by browsing this site. The site is written in the language of France.
Bridge Club Luzern – Located in the city of Luzern. The site is written in the language of Germany.
Bridge Club Oberland – The bridge club was the necessary result of the effort in organizing sanctioned bridge tournaments in the Zürcher Oberland region in the year 2001. The site is written in the language of Germany.
Bridgeclub Schaffhausen – Founded in the year 1981 in the city of Schaffhausen. The site is written in the language of Germany.
Bridge Club St. Gallen – The Bridge Club St.Gallen was founded on May 1, 1989 established. The site is written in the language of Germany.
Bridge Club Zug – The Canton of Zug is located in the centre of Switzerland. The site is written in the language of Germany.
Bridge Corner Zürich – Located in the city of Zürich. The site is written in the language of Germany.
Club de Bridge Monthey – Monthey is the capital of the district of Monthey in the canton of Valais in Switzerland. The site is written in the language of France.
Cercle de la cité – The site is written in the language of France.
Marie-Louise & Jörg Zinsli Home Page – Mr. and Mrs. Marie-Louise & Jörg Zinsli live in Gutenswil, Switzerland, and have created a Website for the game of bridge. They have created a list of pertinent information about their system, conventions, bridge events and a list of the top players in Switzerland. The Website is in German, but a very good Website to start learning about bridge in this beautiful country. The site is written in the language of Germany.
Zürich Bridge Club – In German, in French, in Italian, in English.
Zürichsee Bridge-Club – According to the statutes, the Zurich-bridge club was founded on May 9,1977, and became a member of the Swiss Bridge Federation (FSB). The founding members include: Juno Boillat, Michel Lendvai, Christopher and Cristina Simm, Bert de Wolf, Ernst and Pnina Wyler.
A little History of the country of Switzerland
Switzerland is also known as “Confoederatio Helvetica”, therefore the abbreviation CH. “Confoederatio” stands for “confederation”, “Helvetica” derives from the Latin word “Helvetier”, the name of the people who lived in the area which became later Switzerland. The white cross on the red back has a religious background. The cross represents the cross, upon which Jesus was alledgedly nailed, and the red color represents his blood. Each arm of the cross has to be of the same size and must be 1/6 longer than wide. There are no such things as a national motto, a national flower or a national animal. However, some cantons do have a motto or an animal. The Edelweiss has the status of an inoffical national flower.
The capital of Switzerland is Bern City, also the capital of the canton Bern. Switzerland is broken up into the following administrative divisions:
Eidgenossenschaft: The Eidgenossenschaft (confederation) consists of the following authorities:
Bundesversammlung (federal assembly), legislative authority:
The Federal Assembly or parliament meets in the Bundeshaus in Bern and consists of two houses or Kammern (chambers):
1. Ständerat: also called the kleine Kammer (“small chamber”) with two representatives of each canton, or one representative of each split-canton, regardless of the size of the population of the canton.
2. Nationalrat: also called the grosse Kammer (“large chamber”) with 200 representatives. the number of representatives is proportional to the population of the cantons, but there is at least one representative of a canton.
Bundesrat, executive authority: The Bundesrat consists of seven members, elected by the Vereinigte Bundesversammlung, a combined assembly of both chambers. Elections take place every four years. The president of the Bundesrat, called Bundespräsident / Bundespräsidentin, changes every year. The seven Bundesräte / Bundesrätinnen head the following departments (Departement):
1. Foreign Affairs (für auswärtige Angelegenheiten)
2. Home Affairs (des Innern)
3. Justice and Police (Justiz- und Polizei-)
4. Defence, Civil Protection and Sports (für Verteidigung, Bevölkerungsschutz und Sport)
5. Finance (Finanz-)
6. Economic Affairs (Volkswirtschafts-)
7. Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (für Umwelt, Verkehr, Energie und Kommunikation)
Bundesgericht (“federal court”), judicial authority: The federal court in Lausanne, VD is the highest court in the country. It protects the constitutional rights of the Swiss citizens against arbitrariness of the authorities and administration.
The duties of the confederation are defined in the Bundesverfassung (“federal constitution”) and include:
Protection of the country and its citizens
Postal services, telephone and telecommunications (PTT)
Monetary system (Nationalbank, “national bank”)
Transportation (Nationalstrassen (motor ways), railway)
Diplomatic relations with other countries
Kantone: Switzerland consists of 23 Kantone (singular Kanton, cantons or states), 3 of them are divided into Halb-Kantone (“split states”) with the following authorities:
Grosser Rat, Kantonsrat or Landesrat(the name varies between the cantons), legislative authority
Kantonsregierung, executive authority
Kantonsgericht, judicial authority
The cantons Appenzell, Glarus and Unterwalden do not perform elections and voting, but a so called Landsgemeinde, an out door assembly of all its citizens. The attendees raise their hands to show if they agree with or deny a particular request.
The duties of the cantons are defined in their Kantonsverfassung (“cantonal constitution”) and include:
Transportation (Kantonsstrassen, “cantonal roads”))
This is a list of all cantons in the so called official order:
2. Bern / Berne
6. Unterwalden (Obwalden / Nidwalden)
9. Freiburg / Fribourg
11. Basel (Basel Stadt / Basel Land)
13. Appenzell (Appenzell Ausserrhoden / Appenzell Innerrhoden)
14. Sankt Gallen
20. Valais / Valais
Bezirke: Each canton consists of a number of Bezirke (singular Bezirk, districts) with the following authorities:
People be voting and elections, legislative authority
Bezirksrat, executive authority
Bezirksgericht, judicial authority
The duties of the districts include:
Gemeinden: Each district consists of a number of Gemeinden (singular Gemeinde, municipalities). There are a 2929 municipalities in Switzerland. A municipality with more than 10’000 citizens is considered a Stadt (“town”), smaller municipalities are called a Dorf (“village”). However, some smaller villages have the status of a town for historical reasons. Municipalities have the following authorities:
Gemeindeversammlung, an assembly of all citizens, or people by voting and elections, legislative authority
Gemeinderat or Stadtrat, executive authority
Friedensrichter (“lay magistrate”), judicial authority
The duties of the municipalities include:
Local services (electricity, water, fire brigade, police etc.)
Transportation (Gemeindestrassen, “local roads”)
Taxes (vary significantly between the municipalities)