Swiss World Map – Weltatlas der Schweizer Orte (Book)

Weltatlas der Schweiz - Petra Koci

Locarno Springs in Australia, Zürichtal in Ukraine, and Nova Friburgo in Brasil: Travel journalist Petra Koci has visited these and twelve other locations with Swiss roots as part of her latest project. The outcome is a fascinating world map of quasi Swiss places – and the stories behind them.

Weltatlas der Schweiz - Petra Koci

Having lived in the American midwest, I was always fascinated by places like New Glarus in Wisconsin, Guggisberg in Ohio, or Vevay in Indiana.

Like many others, the Vevay settlement was founded by a Swiss immigrant. Koci followed the trail of Jean-Jacques Dufour, shares a detailed account of how this adventurer established vineries with connections all the way to the White House.

Weltatlas der Schweiz - Petra Koci

This patchwork of Swiss places and spaces extends way past North America, however: For Weltatlas der Schweizer Orte, Petra Koci and photographer Benno Gut traveled to more exotic Swiss outposts such as Villa Lugano, a neighborhood in Buenos Aires, Argentina. There, she interviewed today’s locals about the present, the past and the future.

Weltatlas der Schweiz - Petra Koci

Offsprings of gold diggers, textile workers or cattle farmers, the portraits are about poverty and famine – or religious persecution. And in many cases, the only visible sign of Switzerland remains the name of the place.

Weltatlas der Schweiz - Petra Koci

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Limmat Verlag, German, 281 pages
ISBN 978-3-85791-718-9