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  • The Swiss Psalm is the national anthem of Switzerland. It was composed in 1841, by Alberich Zwyssig. Since then, it has been frequently sung at patriotic events. The Federal Council declined however on numerous occasions to accept the psalm as the official anthem. This was because the council wanted the people to express their say on what they wanted as a national anthem. From 1961 to 1981 it provisionally replaced Rufst Du, mein Vaterland, the anthem by Johann Rudolf Wyss which was set to the melody of God Save the Queen. On April 1, 1981, the Swiss Psalm was declared the official Swiss national anthem. In 2013 it was announced that the Swiss Federal Government was planning to change the national anthem.

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