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The Austrian band Wanda sings about sleeping with their own cousin in their hit “Bologna”. A subject that is taboo in Switzerland. A young man tells SRF 3 how he fell in love with his cousin and even married her.

The 27-year-old wants to remain anonymous - not because he is ashamed of having said yes to his cousin two years ago, but because he doesn't like to hang out his private life. He made an exception for SRF 3 and told his story.

It quickly became clear: this is it!

He met his cousin three years ago when the then 24-year-old first met his relatives in Algeria while searching for his roots. “We got to know each other as missing cousins ​​and suddenly realized that we also find each other interesting on another level,” says the man who lives in Bern. It quickly became clear to him: this is the woman for life.

Knowing how to love your own cousin was initially stressful. The 27-year-old was tormented by many questions: "I researched the Internet and also phoned a doctor to inquire about possible problems".

Higher risk of hereditary diseases

The fact is: the risk of hereditary diseases being passed on to the offspring is increased by 3 percent for cousins. “If we want children, we will have to deal with them again in depth,” says the young man.

But it wasn't just medical issues that worried him: “It was special for me too. Inwardly, I prepared myself to encounter incomprehension ».

Exceptional, but not prohibited

In contrast to his Algerian wife's homeland, marriage between relatives is unusual in Switzerland. “Ultimately, however, I never had to defend or justify myself for anything,” says the 27-year-old. His environment was happy about his love happiness and the wedding., Link will open in a new window

Today the two are happily married. The fact that they are related is rarely mentioned in the relationship.

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The Swiss law only prohibits marriage between close relatives, for example between siblings or half-siblings. Marriage is allowed between cousin and cousin or between step-siblings.

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  • Comment by Manuela Hasler, Frenkendoed
    I am legally married to my cousin too. However, he was adopted into the family. We are not blood relatives. In our family it was never a problem and there was no reason for discussion.
    Agree agree to the comment
  • Comment from Peter v. P., Schlieren
    I don't understand the discussion about hereditary diseases. There are people who have a significantly increased risk of transmission of hereditary diseases (input from May 3, 2015). Fortunately, nobody asks about it there. A three percent increased risk seems to me to be relatively low if you consider it e.g. B. compared to inheritance risk from MS.
    Agree agree to the comment

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