Portuguese flag gets moment of fame on the Matterhorn

Portugal has had its moment of fame on the legendary Swiss mountain of the Matterhorn that has been projecting messages of hope and solidarity through the pandemic since March.

The reason for illuminating the 4,478-metre mountainside near Zermatt with a gigantic image of the Portuguese flag lay in the number of emigrés who have made their lives in Switzerland.

Organisers tweeted: “In Zermatt lives the biggest Portuguese community outside Portugal. Many of them have remained here despite the coronavirus pandemic. We say thank you!”

Every night light projections change to provide different messages, commemorating different aspects of the global crisis.

They’re beamed from a distance of four kms, on the north and east faces of the mountain which sits on Switzerland’s southeast frontier with Italy.

Switzerland’s own battle with the pandemic has registered 1,443 fatalities, with over 28,000 citizens testing positive. Nonetheless, the country is planning to start re-emerging from lockdown on April 27 in a bid to avoid further damage to the economy.

natasha.donn@algarveresident.com