Famous Swiss Writers

Find out more about the greatest Swiss Writers, including Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Jean-Luc Godard, Hermann Hesse, Jean-Paul Marat and Ferdinand de Saussure.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Giorgio A. Tsoukalos

Giorgio A. Tsoukalos.
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Famous As: Ufologist, Writer, Mythographer
Birthdate: March 14, 1978
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lucerne

 2 Sean Hepburn Ferrer

Sean Hepburn Ferrer.
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Famous As: Film Producer
Birthdate: July 17, 1960
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lucerne

Sean Hepburn Ferrer is an American author and film producer who has worked on films, such as Inchon and Blood In Blood Out. Also known for his charity work, Sean established the Audrey Hepburn Children's Fund a year after Audrey Hepburn's death. In 2020, he published a children's book, with the proceeds benefitting the European Organisation for Rare Diseases.

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 3 Alain de Botton

Alain de Botton.
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: December 20, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Zürich, Switzerland

Swiss-born British philosopher and author, Alain de Botto,n is best known for his work, Essays in Love, which has sold millions of copies worldwide. He is one of the founders of the educational company, The School of Life, launched in 2008. He is a recipient of  "The Fellowship of Schopenhauer", an annual writers' award from the Melbourne Writers Festival. 

 4 Erich von Däniken

Erich von Däniken.
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: April 14, 1935
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Zofingen
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 5 Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross.
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Famous As: Psychiatrist
Birthdate: July 8, 1926
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Zurich, Switzerland
Died: August 24, 2004

Best known for her pathbreaking bestseller On Death and Dying, Swiss-American psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross also made pioneering research in areas such as near-death studies. Her five stages of grief, or the Kübler-Ross model, has been adopted by corporates to help employees deal with loss and change.

 6 Tariq Ramadan

Tariq Ramadan
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Famous As: Academic
Birthdate: August 26, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland

 7 Alice Miller

Alice Miller
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Famous As: Psychologist
Birthdate: January 12, 1923
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Piotrków Trybunalski, Poland
Died: April 14, 2010
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 8 Friedrich Dürrenmatt

Friedrich Dürrenmatt
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: January 5, 1921
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Konolfingen, Bern, Switzerland
Died: December 14, 1990

 9 Emma Jung

Emma Jung
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: March 30, 1882
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Schaffhausen, Switzerland
Died: November 27, 1955

 10 Isabelle Eberhardt

Isabelle Eberhardt
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Famous As: Explorer
Birthdate: February 17, 1877
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
Died: October 21, 1904

 11 Joel Dicker

Joel Dicker
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: June 16, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland

 12 Max Frisch

Max Frisch
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Famous As: Playwright
Birthdate: May 15, 1911
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Zurich, Switzerland
Died: April 4, 1991

 13 Adrian Frutiger

Adrian Frutiger
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Famous As: Type designer, Non-fiction writer
Birthdate: May 24, 1928
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Unterseen
Died: September 10, 2015

 14 Marc Faber

Marc Faber
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Famous As: Economist, Non-fiction writer
Birthdate: February 28, 1946
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Zürich

 15 Frithjof Schuon

Frithjof Schuon
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Famous As: Metaphysician
Birthdate: June 18, 1907
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Basel, Switzerland
Died: May 5, 1998

 16 Robert Walser

Robert Walser
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: April 15, 1878
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Biel/Bienne, Switzerland
Died: December 25, 1956

 17 Edgar Snow

Edgar Snow
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: July 17, 1905
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
Died: February 15, 1972

 18 Annemarie Schwarzenbach

Annemarie Schwarzenbach
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: May 23, 1908
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Zurich, Switzerland
Died: November 15, 1942

 19 Johann Ludwig Burckhardt

Johann Ludwig Burckhardt
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Famous As: Explorer, Writer, Art historian, Archaeologist
Birthdate: November 24, 1784
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lausanne
Died: October 15, 1817

 20 Johanna Spyri

Johanna Spyri
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: June 12, 1827
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hirzel, Switzerland
Died: July 7, 1901

 21 Marie-Louise von Franz

Marie-Louise von Franz
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Famous As: Psychologist
Birthdate: January 4, 1915
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Munich, Germany
Died: February 17, 1998

 22 Rolf Dobelli

Rolf Dobelli
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Famous As: Author, Businessman
Birthdate: July 15, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Luzern, Switzerland

 23 Erich Gamma

Erich Gamma
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Famous As: Computer scientist, Engineer
Birthdate: March 13, 1961
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Zürich

 24 Hazel Brugger

Hazel Brugger
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Famous As: Slam poet, Comedian
Birthdate: December 9, 1993
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States

 25 Joanna Harcourt-Smith

Joanna Harcourt-Smith
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: January 13, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: St. Moritz, Switzerland
Died: October 11, 2020

 26 Johann Kaspar Lavater

Johann Kaspar Lavater
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: November 15, 1741
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Zürich, Switzerland
Died: January 2, 1801

 27 Johann David Wyss

Johann David Wyss
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: May 28, 1743
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bern, Switzerland
Died: January 11, 1818

 28 Henri Frédéric Amiel

Henri Frédéric Amiel
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: September 27, 1821
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
Died: May 11, 1881

 29 Gottfried Keller

Gottfried Keller
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: July 19, 1819
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Zürich, Switzerland
Died: July 15, 1890

 30 Philip Schaff

Philip Schaff
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Famous As: Church historian, Translator, Theologian, University teacher, Writer, Bible translator
Birthdate: January 1, 1819
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chur
Died: October 20, 1893

 31 William B. Helmreich

William B. Helmreich
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Famous As: Professor
Birthdate: 1945 AD
Birthplace: Zurich, Switzerland
Died: March 28, 2020

 32 Christian Kracht

Christian Kracht
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: December 29, 1966
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Saanen, Switzerland

 33 Princess Fadia of Egypt

Princess Fadia of Egypt
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Famous As: Princess, Artists
Birthdate: December 15, 1943
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cairo, Egypt
Died: December 28, 2002

 34 Carl Spitteler

Carl Spitteler
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Famous As: Poet, Writer
Birthdate: April 24, 1845
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Liestal
Died: December 29, 1924

 35 Joost Bürgi

Joost Bürgi
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: February 28, 1552
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lichtensteig, Switzerland
Died: January 31, 1632

 36 Rodolphe Topffer

Rodolphe Topffer
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Famous As: Author, Painter
Birthdate: January 31, 1799
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
Died: June 8, 1846

 37 Julia Steinberger

Julia Steinberger
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Famous As: Writer, Scientist
Birthdate: 1974 AD
Birthplace: Switzerland

 38 Nicolas Bouvier

Nicolas Bouvier
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Famous As: Swiss writer
Birthdate: March 6, 1929
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lancy
Died: February 17, 1998

 39 Jeremias Gotthelf

Jeremias Gotthelf
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: October 4, 1797
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Murten, Switzerland
Died: October 22, 1854

 40 Conrad Ferdinand Meyer

Conrad Ferdinand Meyer
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Famous As: Swiss poet
Birthdate: October 11, 1825
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Zürich
Died: November 28, 1898

 41 Agota Kristof

Agota Kristof
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 30, 1935
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Csikvánd
Died: July 27, 2011

 42 Peter Bichsel

Peter Bichsel
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Famous As: Journalist, Writer
Birthdate: March 24, 1935
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lucerne, Switzerland

 43 Luc Bondy

Luc Bondy
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Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter, Intendant, Librettist, Writer, Director, Film actor
Birthdate: July 17, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Zürich
Died: November 28, 2015

 44 Heinrich Glarean

Heinrich Glarean
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: June 3, 1488
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mollis, Switzerland
Died: March 28, 1563

 45 Philippe Jaccottet

Philippe Jaccottet
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: June 30, 1925
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Moudon, Switzerland
Died: February 24, 2021

 46 Meinrad Inglin

Meinrad Inglin
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: July 28, 1893
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Schwyz, Switzerland
Died: December 4, 1971

 47 Johann Rudolf Wyss

Johann Rudolf Wyss
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: March 4, 1782
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bern, Switzerland
Died: March 21, 1830

 48 Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz

Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 24, 1878
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cully, Switzerland
Died: May 23, 1947

 49 Salomon Gessner

Salomon Gessner
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: April 1, 1730
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Zürich, Switzerland
Died: March 2, 1788

 50 Johann Jakob Bodmer

Johann Jakob Bodmer
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: July 19, 1698
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Greifensee, Switzerland
Died: January 2, 1783