Swiss Made? Foreigners Built World’s Longest Rail Tunnel: Chartby
Switzerland’s new 57-km (35.4-mile) tunnel through the Gotthard massif is a source of national pride, embodying national characteristics such as precision and technical innovation. Yet the majority of those who labored on the project -- 17 years in the making, with work conducted around the clock in three shifts -- were foreigners. The tunnel’s unveiling at a ceremony on Wednesday featuring dignitaries including German Chancellor Angela Merkel comes just as Switzerland aims to clamp down on immigration from the neighboring European Union.