The secret life of the Swiss – in pictures

By Kate Jackson

Ever since relocating to Switzerland in 2006, Swedish-born photographer Christian Nilson has been capturing the identity of his adopted homeland. He presents the people of the country he loves through a series of affectionate pictures, collected in his book The Swiss, published tomorrow by Scheidegger & Spiess. “When you live in lots of different places, as I've been doing, growing up, I've always found you try to make the country you live in your own… you try to relate,” he says. “The book is my way of trying to do this in pictures. I'm not trying to be ironic, it is really a place that I love. I want to show people my Switzerland – that it is more than luxury goods, chocolate and banking.”

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