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Austria and Switzerland might not be regarded as the most popular destinations for post-war Greek migrants, but these two countries have been a second home for certain historical Greek figures, especially prior to Greek independence.
Three hundred years agao, Austria was home for many Greek thinkers and acted as a pivotal location for developing ideas that would later inspire the Greek Uprising of the early 19th Century
Switzerland would have been a very different country if it was not for Ioannis Kapodistrias who today is regarded as a national hero of the country.
However, the Greek presence does not finish in history, as thousands of Greek expatriates preserve and spread the Greek language and culture in these two countries today.
Kostas Fizoglou, President of the Austrian Federation of Hellenic Societies
Father Ioannis Nikolitsis, Deputy Principal of the Greek National School of Vienna
Maria A Stassinopoulou, Department of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, University of Vienna
Elftheria Markogiannaki-Antonoglou, President of the Greek Community of Bern
Xionia Petrof, Faculty of Modern Greek Language, Literature and Civilisation, University of Geneva
Interviews: Panos Apostolou
Producer: Odysseas Kripotos
Technical Production: Qazim Menxhiqi