The Swiss had one of their periodic referenda on Sunday. The matter under decision was a change to the constitution that would make music teaching obligatory and well funded in schools.
Remarkably, 72.7 percent of the voters ticked ‘yes’.
No-one knows how much the new measure is going to cost, but the size of the majority speaks volumes for the way the Swiss would like the world to see them. Culture Minister Alain Berset tweeted after the result that Switzerland is “A beautiful country where every child can learn an instrument.”