ECTACO Info | More Swiss eager to learn Russian
ECTACO INFO (ECTACO - Electronic translators)
Second native, third foreign, fourth most popular – the Russian language has gained a striking foothold in multi-language Switzerland. Opinion polls show that many Swiss are eager to learn the language of Pushkin and Tolstoy for professional or personal reasons. Russian is a mother tongue for 26,000 Swiss citizens and a second native language for immigrants from former Soviet republics and children born into mixed families.
In 2014, the Russky Mir (Russian World) Foundation is planning to open a Center for Russian Studies in Freiburg University.
by Natalya Kovalenko