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Belgrade, 24.04.2014 - Speech by Mr. Didier Burkhalter, President of the Swiss Confederation, at the inauguration of the Swiss-Serbian Chamber of Commerce- Check against delivery

(FSO) - According to the final annual results of the Federal Statistical Office (FSO), Switzerland's 51 youth hostels included in the survey generated 947,000 overnight stays in 2013, i.e. an increase of 3.3% compared with 2012. For their part, the 418 campsites considered in this statistic recorded 2.9 million overnight stays, representing a decline of 3.4% compared with the previous year.

On 22 May 2014 Federal Councillor Alain Berset will attend the inaugural Swiss Theatre Awards of the Federal Office of Culture (FOC). The ceremony will be held as part of the 1st Swiss Theatre Encounter at the Theater Winterthur. Following the recommendation of the Federal Jury for Theatre, the FOC has chosen Omar Porras as the first recipient of the Swiss Grand Prix Theatre/Hans Reinhart Ring award.

(OFS) - At the end of 2013, Switzerland's permanent resident population was 8,136,700, i.e. an increase of 97,600 persons (+1.2%) compared with 2012. Currently in Switzerland, one in five women and one in six men are aged over 64. The number of those aged 100 or over has increased by 6.6% compared with 2012. These are the provisional findings of the population and households statistics (STATPOP) issued by the Federal Statistical Office (FSO).

Didier Burkhalter, the Chairperson-in-Office of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), will visit Serbia, Albania and Kosovo on Thursday and Friday to meet with the countries' leaders and discuss Switzerland's engagement during its OSCE chairmanship. The Western Balkans are an important arena for OSCE operations, with six missions currently under way there. Reconciliation and cooperation efforts in this region are one of the priorities of the Swiss OSCE Chairmanship, building on Switzerland's long-standing commitment to peace policy in this part of the world.

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