Motto: Unus pro omnibus,omnes pro uno (traditional)(Latin: One for all, all for one) Coat of arms
Swiss Confederation Capital- Bern Population – 7, 866,500 Largest city- Zurich 26 cantons Official language(s) Area - 41,285 km2German (63.7 %), Water (%) - 4.2French (20.4 %), Currency – Swiss francItalian (6.5 %), A new president forRomansh(0.5 %) Switzerland is elected every Government - Federal republic, year! with directorial system and direct democracy
Independence Foundation date Restored1 August 1291 7 August 1815 de facto Federal state22 September 1499 12 September 1848 Recognised24 October 1648
Culture Swiss culture is characterised by diversity, which is reflected in a wide range of traditional customsAlphorn concertin Vals
Among the most important culturalperforLucerne mances held annually arethe Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival andthe Locarno International Film Festival
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Contrasted landscapes between theMatterhorn area in the high Alps, theSanetsch region and the plateau at LakeLucerne
Religion Switzerland has no official state religion, though most of the cantons (except Geneva and Neuchâtel) recognize official churches, which are either the Catholic Church or the Swiss Reformed Church
Swiss cuisine The cuisine of Switzerland is multi-faceted. While some dishes such as fondue, raclette or rösti are omnipresent through the country.
Switzerlands chocolates have earnedan international reputation for highquality.
The average Swiss eats twenty threepounds of chocolate per year comparedto the 11.7 pounds consumed by eachAmerican annually
Swiss cheese there are more than 400varieties of Swiss cheese
Albert Einstein was working asa clerk in a Swiss Patent Officewhen he proved his Theory ofRelativity.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau was aGenevan philosopher, writer, andcomposer of 18th-century Romanticismof French expression.
There is also a statue of CharlieChaplin! Charlie died there in 1977
Education in Switzerland There are both public and private schools, including many private international schools. Traditionally, the first foreign language in school was always one of the other national languages At the end of primary school (or at the beginning of secondary school), pupils are separated according to their capacities in several (often three) sections.
The campus of the ETH Zurich. Theinstitution is usually ranked the topuniversity in continental Europe
Zurich Old Town
Sports Skiing, snowboarding and mountaineering are among the most popular sports in Switzerland, the nature of the country being particularly suited for such activities.
About 70% live inappartements.Between two thirds andthree quarters of the population live inurban areas
60% of Switzerland’s electricity isproduced by hydroelectric power.
The Matterhorn Its summit is 4,478metres (14,690 ft) high, making it one ofthe highest peaks in the Alps
Wonderful … Switzerland
Switzerland has more than 1,500 lakes. You are never more than 10 miles from a lake! There are more banks then dentists. Women are expected to live 6 yrs longer than men. In 1471, a chicken in Basel was found guilty of laying a brightly colored egg and it was burned at the stake! Only one-quarter own their own homes. Most homes have bunkers, a result of the Cold War concerns of nuclear war. Every citizen is required by law to own a bomb shelter or access to one. Switzerland has the highest consumption of soft drinks in the world! The last legal execution of a witch was in 1782.