Skip to comments.Tina Turner becoming Swiss citizen, giving up US passport
Posted on 01/25/2013 9:03:36 AM PST by SeekAndFind
What Gerard Depardieu is to France, Tina Turner may be to the United States.
The "Private Dancer" singer is giving up her US passport, in favor of a Swiss one.
"I'm very happy in Switzerland and I feel at home here. ... I cannot imagine a better place to live," Turner told the German newspaper Blick.
Turner has lived in the Zurich suburb of Kuesnacht since the mid-1990s. The local Zuerichsee-Zeitung newspaper said on its website the local council announced its decision to grant the 73-year-old Turner citizenship in an official notice published in Friday's edition.
The decision still requires formal approval from state and federal authorities.
Turner's rep told Zuerichsee-Zeitung the singer wanted to "clarify her situation".
"Tina Turner will therefore also give back her US citizenship," she said.
Depardieu announced he was renouncing his French citizenship because of the country's high taxes, and he was offered Russian citizenship by President Vladimir Putin.
Turner was born in Nutbush, Tenn.
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Tina Turner has an estimated networth of $200 million. Combining singles and albums Tina has sold over 200 million records worldwide. Over the span of her solo career, she has sold more concert tickets than any other artist in history according to the Guinness book of records.
I am happy for her....there since the 1990s...happy with the locale and how she is....who’d have thunk a girl from Nutbush would have finally decided they liked being Swiss?
She will soon discover this : IT ISN’T EASY TO GIVE UP BEING AN AMERICAN CITIZEN... NOT IF THE IRS CAN HELP IT.
Don’t blame her one bit. i don’t recognize this country at all anymore.
No way is she worth 200 million. 25 million tops. Either way she is set for life and Ike Turner is still dead.
I think she retired a few years ago. But for the last 20 she had made most of her money in Europe, she has a larger fan base there. So for those earnings was she able to just pay Swiss taxes and not pay American taxes?
bye Hon. don’t come back
good riddence, take everyone else in the entertainment industry with you.
That’s odd - she doesn’t look Swiss.
Yeah....probably....But her time there is on her side, now...as far as I’m concerned the IRS is an illegal entity and should be ignored wherever it is feasibly possible.
Holy crap, besides getting to keep her money she will have more gun rights than the rest of us soon...
She has lived there for almost 20 years, she enjoys the country and the people, and she feels at home. I have no problem with her becoming a Swiss citizen. It sounds like a long coming, well considered decision.
Is this not correct?
According to this link, you have to live there for 12 years and meet community standards to be considered.
Know why rich people are so odd?....................because they can afford to be.
The Swiss Citizenship Law is based on the following principles:
* Triple citizenship level (Swiss Confederation, canton and community)
* Acquisition of citizenship through descent (jus sanguinis)
* Prevention of statelessness
The right to regular naturalization is granted not by the central government but by the cantons.
Citizenship in Switzerland may be obtained by a permanent resident who lived in Switzerland for at least 12 years (any years spent in Switzerland between the 10th and the 20th years of age count double) and lived in the country for 3 out of the last 5 years before applying for citizenship. One should be able to speak in at least one of German (preferably Swiss German), French, Italian or Romansch (depending on the community) and show the following:
integration into the Swiss way of life;
familiarity with Swiss habits, customs and
traditions;compliance with the Swiss rule of law;
no danger to Switzerland’s internal or external security.
The Swiss Government website seems to indicate that a "naturalization" process exists under their citizenship laws.
RE: I have no problem with her becoming a Swiss citizen. It sounds like a long coming, well considered decision.
The US recognizes dual citizenship. Switzerland does too. See here:
So, why does Tina want to give up her US citizenship? She doesn’t have to... unless of course — her money in Switzerland is ALSO TAXABLE if she were to retain US citizenship...
In other words, she thinks that it's going to work out fine.
Switzerland looks a lot like Tennessee in some places........
I’ve been there several times ( mostly Zurich, where Tina lives ).
And yes, I’d say everyone speaks English (but they’re mostly multi-lingual).
Maybe she'll soon be performing songs in Swiss German.
Good for her. Thanks to all posters with information on Swiss citizenship.
Been to Zurich, as well............
When they flew back a couple of times, they'd arrive at some ungodly hour of the morning and go straight to the Denny's by the airport where you could have a huge, inexpensive breakfast served by a smiling waitress, at dawn, seven days a week--all inconceivable ideas in Switzerland. Her description of the neighbors repeatedly instructing her on the exact way the garbage was supposed to be sorted and bundled was hilarious, too.
Not surprised. She knows the taxes are going to get worse in America.
I like the Swiss law as a blueprint for an amnesty plan in the USA. Especially the “show the following” part. :)
Apparently she isn’t happy being a citizen of the United States of Ike Turner anymore.
Cant say that I blame her.
Sounds like their immigration laws have more teeth, too. Bet the Muslims have a tougher time getting a foothold in that country.
RE: Bet the Muslims have a tougher time getting a foothold in that country.
Swiss Ban Building of Minarets on Mosques
GENEVA In a vote that displayed a widespread anxiety about Islam and undermined the countrys reputation for religious tolerance, the Swiss on Sunday overwhelmingly imposed a national ban on the construction of minarets, the prayer towers of mosques, in a referendum drawn up by the far right and opposed by the government.
The referendum, which passed with a clear majority of 57.5 percent of the voters and in 22 of Switzerlands 26 cantons, was a victory for the right. The vote against was 42.5 percent. Because the ban gained a majority of votes and passed in a majority of the cantons, it will be added to the Constitution.
The Swiss Constitution guarantees freedom of religion, but the rightist Swiss Peoples Party, or S.V.P., and a small religious party had proposed inserting a single sentence banning the construction of minarets, leading to the referendum.
The Swiss government said it would respect the vote and sought to reassure the Muslim population mostly immigrants from other parts of Europe, like Kosovo and Turkey that the minaret ban was not a rejection of the Muslim community, religion or culture.
Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf, the justice minister, said the result reflects fears among the population of Islamic fundamentalist tendencies.
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This is the same Tina Turner who gushed over the election of Obama in 2008, declaring that “We got a new President”. Clearly she no longer considers herself part of the WE or that she has any responsibility to help pay for the madness that her hero has inflicted on America.
they’re not weird, they’re ‘eccentric’.
weird is the poor people sniffing bath salts.
Fifteen years ago I worked with a client who was born in Switzerland, but his mother was Dutch, so he traveled under a Dutch passport. Maybe the Swiss have liberalized their naturalization procedures, but my impression is that it is incrediably difficult to get Swiss citizenship. Obviously, Ms Turner has overcome those difficulties.
That’s worth an Amen here.
So she’s leaving the United Solicialist States of America for Switzerland......good for her.
Another, like Denise Rich, who wants to impose socialism on America, then flee before it affects them.
I thought you either had to be born Swiss or marry a Swiss citizen .