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Contest to find new Swiss national anthem

9 July 2014 Last updated at 21:34 BST

More than 200 songwriters have entered a contest to compose a new national anthem for Switzerland.

The old anthem, the Swiss Psalm, while patriotic, has been dismissed as too boring.

Next summer, there will be a TV show to choose one of the three finalists.

Alex Marshall, who is writing a book about national anthems, explains the secrets of a good anthem with the BBC's Philippa Thomas.

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