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Tina Turner becoming Swiss citizen, giving up US passport
Fox News ^ | 01/25/2013

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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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: citizenship; expat; renouncecitizenship; swiss; switzerland; tinaturner; turner
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1 posted on 01/25/2013 9:03:39 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

SOURCE: http://www.celebritynetworth.com/richest-celebrities/singers/tina-turner-net-worth/

EXCERPT:

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.


2 posted on 01/25/2013 9:06:34 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

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?

Go girl!


3 posted on 01/25/2013 9:07:01 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: SeekAndFind
I'll be the first to say it: exceptionally talented, but nuttier than a payday bar.

CC

4 posted on 01/25/2013 9:07:49 AM PST by Celtic Conservative
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To: SeekAndFind

Even she knows the USA is in big trouble with Bammy and co. at the helm - likely to never recover.


5 posted on 01/25/2013 9:08:56 AM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: Gaffer

She will soon discover this : IT ISN’T EASY TO GIVE UP BEING AN AMERICAN CITIZEN... NOT IF THE IRS CAN HELP IT.


6 posted on 01/25/2013 9:08:56 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Don’t blame her one bit. i don’t recognize this country at all anymore.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipOz_k9zvzo


7 posted on 01/25/2013 9:09:42 AM PST by griswold3 (Big Government does not tolerate rivals.)
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To: SeekAndFind

No way is she worth 200 million. 25 million tops. Either way she is set for life and Ike Turner is still dead.


8 posted on 01/25/2013 9:10:56 AM PST by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: SeekAndFind

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?


9 posted on 01/25/2013 9:14:00 AM PST by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: dennisw

bye Hon. don’t come back


10 posted on 01/25/2013 9:14:28 AM PST by Gasshog (Welcome to the United States of Stupidos!)
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To: SeekAndFind
Good for her...she's acting in her own self interest.I hope she got good legal advice in advance of this move and continues to get good advice.Otherwise Osama Obama’s IRS will make her life a living hell.
11 posted on 01/25/2013 9:14:34 AM PST by Gay State Conservative (Red State Secession Is The Only Answer)
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To: SeekAndFind

good riddence, take everyone else in the entertainment industry with you.


12 posted on 01/25/2013 9:16:20 AM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: SeekAndFind

That’s odd - she doesn’t look Swiss.


13 posted on 01/25/2013 9:16:24 AM PST by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


14 posted on 01/25/2013 9:16:48 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: SeekAndFind

Holy crap, besides getting to keep her money she will have more gun rights than the rest of us soon...


15 posted on 01/25/2013 9:19:25 AM PST by GraceG
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


16 posted on 01/25/2013 9:20:50 AM PST by Anitius Severinus Boethius (www.wilsonharpbooks.com)
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To: SeekAndFind
She may be getting a Swiss passport and visa, and becoming a Swiss resident alien, but it was my understanding that Switzerland does not have a naturalization process... that the only way to be a Swiss citizen is to be born there.

Is this not correct?

17 posted on 01/25/2013 9:22:04 AM PST by Oberon (Big Brutha Be Watchin'.)
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To: Oberon

http://live-in-switzerland.com/e/faq/citizenship.html

According to this link, you have to live there for 12 years and meet community standards to be considered.


18 posted on 01/25/2013 9:25:29 AM PST by Anitius Severinus Boethius (www.wilsonharpbooks.com)
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To: Celtic Conservative

Know why rich people are so odd?....................because they can afford to be.


19 posted on 01/25/2013 9:27:25 AM PST by V_TWIN (obama=where there's smoke, there's mirrors)
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To: Oberon

SOURCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swiss_citizenship

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

EXCERPT:

Naturalization

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.


20 posted on 01/25/2013 9:28:45 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: Oberon
..but it was my understanding that Switzerland does not have a naturalization process..

The Swiss Government website seems to indicate that a "naturalization" process exists under their citizenship laws.

Swiss Citizenship

21 posted on 01/25/2013 9:30:34 AM PST by Gay State Conservative (Red State Secession Is The Only Answer)
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius

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:

http://www.immihelp.com/citizenship/dual-citizenship-recognize-countries.html

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...


22 posted on 01/25/2013 9:32:34 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
"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.

In other words, she thinks that it's going to work out fine.

23 posted on 01/25/2013 9:32:52 AM PST by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Switzerland looks a lot like Tennessee in some places........


24 posted on 01/25/2013 9:39:03 AM PST by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: Red Badger

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).


25 posted on 01/25/2013 9:40:27 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
One should be able to speak in at least one of German (preferably Swiss German), French, Italian or Romansch...

Maybe she'll soon be performing songs in Swiss German.

26 posted on 01/25/2013 9:40:48 AM PST by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: SeekAndFind; All

Good for her. Thanks to all posters with information on Swiss citizenship.


27 posted on 01/25/2013 9:41:46 AM PST by PGalt
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To: Psalm 73
That’s odd - she doesn’t look Swiss. Hmmmmmm. I dunno
28 posted on 01/25/2013 9:45:13 AM PST by stevecmd
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To: SeekAndFind

Been to Zurich, as well............


29 posted on 01/25/2013 9:45:50 AM PST by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: SeekAndFind
A couple I know did a year in Zurich--his rotation to the Swiss office of his company. His comment was "Imagine a country where everyone went to high school together. And their parents went to high school together. And their parents. You'll never be part of it."

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.

30 posted on 01/25/2013 9:46:14 AM PST by Bubba Ho-Tep ("More weight!"--Giles Corey)
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To: SeekAndFind

Not surprised. She knows the taxes are going to get worse in America.


31 posted on 01/25/2013 9:55:17 AM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Red Badger
Switzerland looks a lot like Tennessee in some places........

THE SMOKY MOUNTAINS IN TENNESSEE...

SEYMOUR, TENNESSE

MOUNTAINS IN ZURICH

32 posted on 01/25/2013 10:00:57 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

I like the Swiss law as a blueprint for an amnesty plan in the USA. Especially the “show the following” part. :)


33 posted on 01/25/2013 10:04:21 AM PST by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: SeekAndFind

Apparently she isn’t happy being a citizen of the United States of Ike Turner anymore.

Cant say that I blame her.


34 posted on 01/25/2013 10:04:43 AM PST by VanDeKoik
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To: SeekAndFind

Legs?


35 posted on 01/25/2013 10:05:34 AM PST by CincyRichieRich (Keep your head up and keep moving forward!)
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To: CincyRichieRich

36 posted on 01/25/2013 10:09:10 AM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: CincyRichieRich
RE: Legs?

Your wish is my command, and yes, they're insured ...


37 posted on 01/25/2013 10:10:52 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: GraceG

Sounds like their immigration laws have more teeth, too. Bet the Muslims have a tougher time getting a foothold in that country.


38 posted on 01/25/2013 10:12:33 AM PST by fattigermaster
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To: fattigermaster

RE: Bet the Muslims have a tougher time getting a foothold in that country.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/30/world/europe/30swiss.html

Swiss Ban Building of Minarets on Mosques

EXCERPT:

GENEVA — In a vote that displayed a widespread anxiety about Islam and undermined the country’s 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 Switzerland’s 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 People’s 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.”

CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE REST...


39 posted on 01/25/2013 10:16:05 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: fattigermaster

An illuminated minaret in Zurich. New ones are banned.
40 posted on 01/25/2013 10:16:54 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
"Turner was born in Nutbush, Tenn."

Nutbush City Limits

41 posted on 01/25/2013 10:17:07 AM PST by Boogieman
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To: Biggirl

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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENadrKwn2wo


42 posted on 01/25/2013 10:18:49 AM PST by littleharbour
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To: V_TWIN

they’re not weird, they’re ‘eccentric’.

weird is the poor people sniffing bath salts.


43 posted on 01/25/2013 10:19:06 AM PST by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


44 posted on 01/25/2013 10:20:08 AM PST by bagman
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To: SeekAndFind
I eagerly await the release of "Tina Turner Yodels".
45 posted on 01/25/2013 10:23:37 AM PST by KarlInOhio (Choose one: the yellow and black flag of the Tea Party or the white flag of the Republican Party.)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

That’s worth an Amen here.


46 posted on 01/25/2013 10:26:27 AM PST by Venturer
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To: SeekAndFind

So she’s leaving the United Solicialist States of America for Switzerland......good for her.


47 posted on 01/25/2013 10:26:44 AM PST by kenmcg (scapegoat)
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To: kenmcg

Another, like Denise Rich, who wants to impose socialism on America, then flee before it affects them.


48 posted on 01/25/2013 10:29:24 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: SeekAndFind

I thought you either had to be born Swiss or marry a Swiss citizen .


49 posted on 01/25/2013 10:42:22 AM PST by Kozak (The Republic is dead. I do not owe what we have any loyalty, wealth or sympathy.)
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To: SeekAndFind

50 posted on 01/25/2013 10:55:48 AM PST by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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