Switzerland

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Location: Western Europe

Bordering Countries: Italy, Germany, France, Lichtenstein, Austria

Capital City: None

Other Main Cities:  Geneva, Bern, Zurich, Lucerne, Basil, Winterthur, Lausanne, St. Gallen, Biel

Language(s): Swiss, German, Italian, French

Population: 8 million +

Religion: Christianity (71.5%), Roman Catholic (38%), Swiss Reformed (26%), Unaffiliated (22%), Other Christian (5%), Islam (5%), Other Non-Christian (1.5%),

Currency: Euro (EUR)

National Airlines: Swissair

Known for: watches, cheese, chocolate, war history, Alps, lakes, banks, financial and economic wealth, Zurich, Geneva, skiing, music festivals, mountains, multilingual country, nature, Swiss army knife, trains, DADAISM, The Swiss Red Cross, CERN

Celebrations and Festivals: Grindelwald Snow Festival, International Balloon Festival (Château-d’Oex), Basel Fasnacht, White Turf (St Moritz), Interlake Classical Music Festival, Lucerne Festival, Ascona Music Festival, Zurich Festival, Jazz Festival (Lugano), Paléo Festival (Nyon), Blue Balls Festival (Lucerne), Interlaken International Street Artists Festival

Fun Facts…

  • Switzerland and The Vatican are the only 2 countries to have a square flag
  • Swiss men have the longest life expectancy in the world
  • In Switzerland there are taxes for owning a dog
  • There are over 208 mountains in Switzerland
  • Switzerland has one of the highest rates of cannabis use in the world
  • The Swiss eat more chocolate than any other nation in the world
  • Switzerland has the third highest salary and job security out of all OECD countries
  • Teachers in Switzerland are among the highest paid
  • Switzerland was voted one of the world’s best places to be born, live and be happy
  • Almost half of marriages in Switzerland ends in divorce
  • In Switzerland, it is illegal to deny that the holocaust happened
  • There is a 500-year-old statue of a man eating a sack of babies in Bern, Switzerland, and nobody is sure why
  • Assisted suicide is legal in Switzerland

 

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Views from Geneva