Katty Kay: The most exciting thing about becoming Swiss


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By Katty Kay
US special correspondent


Last year I became a Swiss citizen. It was a three-year battle of will (mine) over bureaucracy (theirs). I won. I have my grandmother to thank.

I now have an elegant Swiss passport, the right to live anywhere in Europe, the theoretical chance to buy property in Switzerland and, more exciting than any of that, I have the right to vote.

I haven’t voted in almost two decades. I’m British but I have lived abroad so long that I lost my right to vote in the UK. I’m not American, so I can’t vote in the country I live in. For years I’ve been disenfranchised.

Now I get to vote again. A lot. We Swiss take voting as seriously as on-time trains and perfectly constructed wood piles.


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