Can “Tagesschau” anchor Angélique Beldner sing the national anthem – and what is typically Swiss about her? The native of Bern about her Switzerland in an August 1st interview.
You are on vacation abroad on August 1st this year. Do you celebrate August 1st there?
Angélique Beldner: I think it’s nice to celebrate August 1st when I’m at home. Abroad, I will probably forget the national holiday a bit.
Can you sing the national anthem?
Just tried to sing it to myself… I managed to get to the line “pray, free Swiss, pray”. So about halfway through the first stanza…
Celebrating August 1st, still up to date or old fashioned?
Celebrating the national holiday is something beautiful. It’s a ritual, and rituals also have something that binds us together. I think that’s something very valuable.
The 46-year-old has been working for Swiss television since 2015, moderating the “Tagesschau” and since 2020 the quiz show “1 gegen 100”. “The summer I went black» is her first work, Angélique Beldner/Martin R. Dean, 192 pages, Kampa Verlag, 28 Fr. Angélique Beldner lives with her family in Bern.
Where is the most Swiss place in the country?
When I stand on a mountain peak and look at the wonderful panorama, it’s typically Swiss. But when I’m in Oerlikon, where I work, it’s just as typically Swiss. I appreciate the diversity; that is what makes our country so unique.
What smell do you associate with Switzerland?
I personally love the smell of a wonderful barbecue fire. I feel at home there.
The babbling of a clear stream.
What is typically Swiss about you – and do you like this quality?
I am reliable and punctual (admittedly – mostly just on time). I’m not particularly spontaneous, which sometimes annoys me myself. I don’t want to claim that this lack of spontaneity is something typically Swiss. But in Switzerland there is perhaps a little more understanding than in countries where spontaneity is simply part of it.
What are the Swiss world champions in?
I have never been to a country where there is less rubbish on the street than here.
What would you like from Switzerland on August 1st?
I wish that we are aware of what a wonderful country we are allowed to live in and that each person is aware that they are doing their part to ensure that it stays that way. I think it’s okay to celebrate once a year.
Angelique Beldner filled out the questionnaire in writing.