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Switzerland

  1. 1. Switzerland<br />3/23/2011<br />Simon Vogt<br />
  2. 2. Overview<br /><ul><li>Somefacts
  3. 3. Geography
  4. 4. Culture
  5. 5. Charercteristics
  6. 6. Economy
  7. 7. True orfalse</li></ul>3/23/2011<br />Simon Vogt<br />
  8. 8. Somefacts<br /><ul><li>2009: population of 7.785.800.
  9. 9. Bern: Switzerland’s capital city and the seat of the government.
  10. 10. Currency: Swiss Franc (CHF, 1 Franc = 100 Rappen).
  11. 11. Four official languages: German, French, Italian and Romansh.
  12. 12. Switzerland is one of the richest countries in the world by per head gross domestic product of € 45.450.
  13. 13. Form of government: Direct democracy.</li></ul>3/23/2011<br />Simon Vogt<br />
  14. 14. Geography<br /><ul><li>The geography of Switzerland is notable for its great diversity.
  15. 15. Switzerland’s three main geographical regions are the Jura, Plateau and the Alps.
  16. 16. Switzerland has over 1.500 lakes. The two largest are lake Geneva and Constance.
  17. 17. It  measures 220 kilometers (137 miles) from north to south and 350 km (217 miles) from east to west.
  18. 18. The 26 cantons of Switzerland are the member states of the federal state of Switzerland.</li></ul>3/23/2011<br />Simon Vogt<br />
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  20. 20. Jura<br />Makes up about 12 per cent of Switzerland’s surface area. Located on average 700 meters (2,300 feet) above sea level.<br />3/23/2011<br />Simon Vogt<br />
  21. 21. Plateau <br />It covers about 30 percent of the country`s surface area, but is home to two thirds of the population.<br />3/23/2011<br />Simon Vogt<br />
  22. 22. Alps <br />In the Alps, which cover a large part of the country, live just 10% of the total population.<br />3/23/2011<br />Simon Vogt<br />
  23. 23. Culture<br /><ul><li>Folk arts</li></ul> Folk art is kept alive in organizations all over the country. In Switzerland it is mostly expressed in music, dance, poetry, wood carving and embroidery.<br /> But it is difficult to speak of a homogeneous Swiss culture. The influence of German, French and Italian culture on their neighboring parts cannot be denied. <br />3/23/2011<br />Simon Vogt<br />
  24. 24. <ul><li>Alphorn</li></ul> - Since 16th Century. - Used to communicate over distances and to put enemies to into escape. <br /> - Farmers used instruments for their work with animals.<br />3/23/2011<br />Simon Vogt<br />
  25. 25. <ul><li>Raclette and Fondue</li></ul>Fondue or raclette is what most <br />people link with a "Swiss food ". <br /> But that there are many different <br /> types of food. <br /> Typical Swiss specialties are, <br /> for example, Rösti, soups and stews.<br />3/23/2011<br />Simon Vogt<br />
  26. 26. <ul><li>Almabtrieb</li></ul> During summer, all over the alpine regions cow herds are feed on alpine pastures high up in the mountains.<br /> In autumn, these herds are led to their stables down in the valley, in the Almabtrieb cow train.<br />3/23/2011<br />Simon Vogt<br />
  27. 27. Characteristics<br />3/23/2011<br />Simon Vogt<br />Swiss Guard<br />Welcomingculture<br />
  28. 28. <ul><li>Swiss Guards</li></ul> Is the name given to the Swiss soldiers who have served as bodyguards, ceremonial guards, and palace guards at foreign European courts since the late 15th century.<br /> They have had a high reputation for discipline, and loyalty to their employers.<br /> The task of the Swiss Guard is not military.The main task of the Guard is, "to constantly watch over the safety of the Holy Father and his residence“<br />3/23/2011<br />Simon Vogt<br />
  29. 29. <ul><li>Made in Switzerland</li></ul>Clocks…<br /> Switzerland has managed to become world famous for watchmaking.<br /> Since the 17th century, the Swiss watches are export items. <br /> Swiss products have a high reputation for quality. <br />Knifes...<br /> A Swiss Army knife is a type of multi-function pocket knife or multi-tool.<br />3/23/2011<br />Simon Vogt<br />
  30. 30. <ul><li>Fourofficiallanguages?!</li></ul>3/23/2011<br />Simon Vogt<br />
  31. 31. <ul><li>Swiss Confederation is a federal republic since 13th Century.
  32. 32. The foreign policy of neutrality of Switzerland has been accepted by the Congress of Vienna.
  33. 33. "CH" for “Confoederatio Helvetica” as Country code, the Latin name for the Swiss Confederation.</li></ul>3/23/2011<br />Simon Vogt<br />
  34. 34. <ul><li>German</li></ul> 19 of the country’s 26 cantons.<br /><ul><li>French</li></ul> French is spoken in the western part of the country, the "Suisse Romande." Four cantons are French-speaking: Geneva, Jura, Neuchâtel and Vaud.<br /><ul><li>Italian</li></ul> Italian is spoken in Ticino and four southern valleys of Canton Graubünden. <br /><ul><li>Rhaeto-Rumantsch (Rumantsch)</li></ul>Rumantsch is spoken in the only trilingual canton, Graubünden. The other two languages spoken there are German and Italian. <br />3/23/2011<br />Simon Vogt<br />
  35. 35. Economy<br /><ul><li>One of the wealthiest countries in the world.
  36. 36. Four of the hundred largest multinational corporations have their headquarters in Switzerland: Credit Suisse, Nestlé, Novartis, Roche
  37. 37. International financial and economic crisis: </li></ul> 2009 GDP has declined in real terms by 1.9 % 2010 GDP increased again by 2.6%.<br /><ul><li>Unemployment rate in January 2010: 4.5%</li></ul>3/23/2011<br />Simon Vogt<br />
  38. 38. <ul><li>Germany: Main trading partner for Switzerland.
  39. 39. Switzerland is a member of all major international economic organizations (OECD, World Bank and WTO…)
  40. 40. Confidence in Swiss as financial center.
  41. 41. Economic and political stability of Switzerland and trust in the Swiss franc. </li></ul> = International investment currency.<br /><ul><li>Switzerland is also sees itself as the oldest liberal country. It has always rejected foreign judges.</li></ul> = Independence: SFr.<br />3/23/2011<br />Simon Vogt<br />
  42. 42. True orfalse?!<br /><ul><li>In Switzerland, life is more expensive than in Tokyo.
  43. 43. In Switzerland, there are just cows and ski lifts.
  44. 44. In Switzerland it is as cold as in Siberia.
  45. 45. Swiss bank accounts are only for millionaires.
  46. 46. Every Swiss has to learn in school how to yodel.
  47. 47. In Switzerland, there must be an air raid shelter in every house.
  48. 48. In Switzerland, women are allowed to vote since 1971.</li></ul>3/23/2011<br />Simon Vogt<br />
  49. 49. Sources<br />http://www.swissworld.org<br />http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schweiz<br />http://www.ch.ch/schweiz/index.html?lang=de<br />http://www.bfs.admin.ch/<br />http://www.1st-hotel-schweiz.de/schweiz-typisch.html<br />http://swiss-bank-accounts.com/d/bankwesen/7mythen.html<br />http://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/DE/Aussenpolitik/Laender/Laenderinfos/Schweiz/Wirtschaft_node.html<br />3/23/2011<br />Simon Vogt<br />
  50. 50. Thankyouverymuchforyourattention!<br />3/23/2011<br />Simon Vogt<br />

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