Switzerland is holding a competition to rewrite its national anthem because it currently focuses on God.
Over £7,000 is being offered as a prize for rewriting the song, which is called the Swiss Psalm.
The man in charge of the competition claims Swiss society is “religiously neutral”, but in a 2010 census two thirds identified themselves as belonging to a church.
Competitors are asked to include values from the Swiss constitution such as democracy and solidarity, and the tune could also be revised.
But Lukas Niederberger, who is in charge of the competition, told the BBC: “The real problem is above all the text.”
“Officially the anthem is a psalm, a prayer, but of course we have an open society, religiously neutral.
“We have atheists, no single god, so this anthem is a difficulty”.
He also said: “Many people are conservative and the anthem is emotional, but if…
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