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Your child will not obtain Swiss citizenship automatically. Swiss citizenship is mainly acquired by filiation or naturalization (see below). This is referred to as jus sanguinis, or “law of the blood”, and is often applied in countries with a Germanic legal tradition. A child born on Swiss soil is thus granted no particular birth-rights.
This is the exact opposite of jus soli, or “law of the soil”, which is applied in the United States and other countries with an Anglo-Saxon legal tradition. In these countries, children are automatically citizens of the nations in which they are born.
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