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This Switzerland Power Point highlights these facts and much more including: 18 Points on General Information, 8 Points on Family Life, 14 Points on Food, 8 Points on Food Etiquette, 21 Points on Social Etiquette, 19 Points on Business Etiquette, and 10 Points on Trivia.

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Switzerland Powerpoint Country

  1. 1. Switzerland
  2. 2. Program Objectives (1 of 2) <ul><li>Build upon your existing knowledge of Switzerland ’s culture </li></ul><ul><li>Learn the geography and demography of the country </li></ul><ul><li>Test how much you know about the family life, values, and framework of Swiss culture </li></ul>www.readysetpresent.com Page
  3. 3. Program Objectives (2 of 2) <ul><li>Identify the connection between culture and food in Switzerland </li></ul><ul><li>Consider the guidelines for proper etiquette on a social and business level </li></ul><ul><li>Learn interesting, fun and little-known facts and trivia </li></ul>www.readysetpresent.com Page
  4. 4. General Information (1 of 4) <ul><li>Official name : the Swiss Confederation </li></ul><ul><li>Population : 7,782,900 people </li></ul><ul><li>Size : 41,284 square km (15,940 squares miles) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Slightly less than twice the size of New Jersey </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Capital : Bern </li></ul><ul><li>Largest city : Zurich </li></ul>www.readysetpresent.com Page
  5. 5. General Information (2 of 4) <ul><li>Location : Landlocked country situated in Western Europe </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bordered by Germany, France, Italy, Austria and Lichtenstein </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Territory divided into two parts by the Alps: the Central Plateau and the Jura </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Government : Federal State with a parliamentary system and a direct democracy </li></ul><ul><li>Currency : Swiss franc </li></ul><ul><li>Drives : Right </li></ul>www.readysetpresent.com Page
  6. 6. General Information (3 of 4) <ul><li>Calling code : 41 </li></ul><ul><li>Official languages : German, French, Italian, Romansh </li></ul><ul><li>Religion : 79.2% Christian, 11.1% without any religious affiliation, 4.3% Muslim, 0.2% Jewish </li></ul><ul><li>Ethnic Groups : German-speaking, French-speaking, Italian-speaking and Romansh </li></ul>www.readysetpresent.com Page
  7. 7. General Information (4 of 4) <ul><li>Exports : Machinery, chemicals, metals, watches, agricultural products </li></ul><ul><li>Imports : Machinery, chemicals, vehicles, metals; agricultural products, textiles </li></ul>www.readysetpresent.com Page
  8. 8. Family Life (1 of 3) <ul><li>The Swiss tend to marry relatively late in life </li></ul><ul><ul><li>They concentrate on their training and career before starting a family </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Swiss women are among the oldest in Europe at the birth of their 1 st child </li></ul>www.readysetpresent.com Page
  9. 9. Family Life (2 of 3) <ul><li>Most couples typically have 1 to 2 children </li></ul><ul><li>Financial difficulties are the primary reason for the restriction of family size </li></ul><ul><li>In Switzerland, large flats are extremely expensive and there is a shortage of affordable child care </li></ul>www.readysetpresent.com Page
  10. 10. Family Life (3 of 3) <ul><li>Divorces are very common, with 52.6% of all Swiss marriages end in divorce </li></ul><ul><li>Couples will not get married until they have been fully educated and until they can financially support the education of their future children </li></ul>www.readysetpresent.com Page
  11. 11. Food (1 of 6) <ul><li>Swiss food is greatly influenced by its neighboring countries, namely Italy, Germany and France </li></ul><ul><ul><li>However, the Swiss also have indigenous dishes </li></ul></ul>www.readysetpresent.com Page
  12. 12. Food (2 of 6) <ul><li>The Swiss are historically a nation of farmers </li></ul><ul><li>Specialties are fresh potatoes and cheeses (rosti, fondue, raclette), and more exquisite ingredients like chocolate </li></ul>www.readysetpresent.com Page
  13. 13. Food (3 of 6) <ul><li>The four linguistic regions of Switzerland (German, Italian, French and Romansh) all provide specialty dishes </li></ul><ul><li>In the French region , fondue is the most popular item </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fondue is made of melted cheese in which small pieces of food are dipped and eaten </li></ul></ul>www.readysetpresent.com Page
  14. 14. Food (4 of 6) <ul><li>In the Germanic region , rosti is the most famous item </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rosti is a simple dish similar to hash browns, often dressed with a parsley garnish </li></ul></ul>www.readysetpresent.com Page
  15. 15. Food (5 of 6) <ul><li>In the Italian region of Switzerland, polenta is popular </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For centuries, polenta was a meal for the poor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It is now a staple of this region, made from boiled cornmeal and often supplemented with fresh salami and other meats </li></ul></ul>www.readysetpresent.com Page
  16. 16. Food (6 of 6) <ul><li>In the Romansh region of Switzerland, the most famous item is chur meat pie </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The most popular soup from this region is the Graubunden Barley Soup </li></ul></ul>www.readysetpresent.com Page
  17. 17. Food Etiquette (1 of 3) <ul><li>The host proposes the first toast , do not drink until after the toast </li></ul><ul><li>Keep your hands on the table at all times during a meal and your elbows off of it </li></ul><ul><li>Cut potatoes, soft foods and salads with a fork, not a knife </li></ul>www.readysetpresent.com Page
  18. 18. Food Etiquette (2 of 3) <ul><li>Break bread with your hands, not with a knife </li></ul><ul><li>Sample everything offered to you and try to eat everything on your plate </li></ul><ul><li>Leave a party no later than midnight </li></ul>www.readysetpresent.com Page
  19. 19. Food Etiquette (3 of 3) <ul><li>When invited to someone ’s home, always bring a small gift for the hostess and a small gift for the children </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Never give red roses or carnations (these indicate love) or white chrysanthemums or white asters (these are brought to funerals only) </li></ul></ul>www.readysetpresent.com Page
  20. 20. Social Etiquette (1 of 7) <ul><li>The Swiss value cleanliness, honesty, hard work and material possessions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>They are very proud of their environment and have a long tradition of freedom </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They are proud of their neutrality and promotion of worldwide peace </li></ul></ul>www.readysetpresent.com Page
  21. 21. Social Etiquette (2 of 7) <ul><li>The Swiss have a deep-rooted respect for saving and the material wealth it brings </li></ul><ul><ul><li>They value sobriety, thrift, tolerance, punctuality and a sense of responsibility </li></ul></ul>www.readysetpresent.com Page
  22. 22. Social Etiquette (3 of 7) <ul><li>Shake hands with everyone present (men, women and children) at business or social meetings </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Shake hands again while leaving </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Handshakes are firm and with direct eye contact </li></ul></ul>www.readysetpresent.com Page
  23. 23. Social Etiquette (4 of 7) <ul><li>First names are reserved for close friends and families </li></ul><ul><li>Poor posture is frowned upon </li></ul><ul><li>Do not point your index finger to your head, this is an insult </li></ul>www.readysetpresent.com Page
  24. 24. Social Etiquette (5 of 7) <ul><li>The Swiss take punctuality with social and business meeting very seriously </li></ul><ul><li>Generally, English is spoken in business with foreigners </li></ul>www.readysetpresent.com Page
  25. 25. Social Etiquette (6 of 7) <ul><li>Be punctual </li></ul><ul><li>Show great respect for elderly </li></ul><ul><li>Do not litter, chew gum or clean your fingernails in public </li></ul><ul><li>Keep your hands out of your pockets when talking with others </li></ul>www.readysetpresent.com Page
  26. 26. Social Etiquette (7 of 7) <ul><li>Swiss people are relatively private </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Avoid asking personal questions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Their communication style can be sober and dry </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Avoid jokes and banter </li></ul></ul>www.readysetpresent.com Page
  27. 27. Business Etiquette (1 of 6) <ul><li>The Swiss tend to get right down to business after a few minutes of small talk </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It is not acceptable to call a Swiss businessperson at home </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>At business meeting, men must wear suit and ties, while women wear suits or dresses </li></ul></ul>www.readysetpresent.com Page
  28. 28. Business Etiquette (2 of 6) <ul><li>Business luncheons are more common than business breakfasts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Business entertainment is almost always done at a restaurant </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Spouses are almost always included at business dinners </li></ul>www.readysetpresent.com Page
  29. 29. Business Etiquette (3 of 6) <ul><li>The Swiss will get the best deal possible in their negotiations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Swiss are never aggressive or demanding </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They display a quiet self-confidence and a no-nonsense approach and refuse to rush a decision </li></ul></ul>www.readysetpresent.com Page
  30. 30. Business Etiquette (4 of 6) <ul><li>The Swiss take punctuality for business and social meetings very seriously and expect that you will do likewise </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Call if you will be delayed </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Business cards in English are acceptable </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Give a card to each person you meet (from the secretary on up) </li></ul></ul>www.readysetpresent.com Page
  31. 31. Business Etiquette (5 of 6) <ul><li>Business climate is conservative </li></ul><ul><li>Presentations and written materials must be organized, thorough and detailed </li></ul><ul><li>Meetings are generally impersonal, orderly, efficient and task-oriented </li></ul>www.readysetpresent.com Page
  32. 32. Business Etiquette (6 of 6) <ul><li>The Swiss are fair bargainers , although they are not hagglers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Discussions are in-depth, detailed, cautious, and often a bit pessimistic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Decisions are made methodically </li></ul></ul>www.readysetpresent.com Page
  33. 33. Trivia (1 of 3) <ul><li>The average Swiss eats 23 lbs of chocolate a year compared to the 11.7 lbs consumed by each American </li></ul><ul><li>James Bond ’s mother is Swiss </li></ul><ul><li>The Swiss flag is the only square flag amongst the United Nations </li></ul>www.readysetpresent.com Page
  34. 34. Trivia (2 of 3) <ul><li>Roughly 60% of Switzerland ’s electricity is hydroelectric power </li></ul><ul><li>Switzerland has over 1,500 lakes! </li></ul><ul><li>The CHF 1,000 bill is the highest denomination note in the world </li></ul><ul><li>Swiss army knives are red so they can be seen easily in the snow </li></ul>www.readysetpresent.com Page
  35. 35. Trivia (3 of 3) <ul><li>Swiss women are expected to live six years longer than men </li></ul><ul><li>70% of Switzerland is covered in mountains </li></ul><ul><li>Most homes have bunkers , a result of Cold War concerns about nuclear war </li></ul>www.readysetpresent.com Page

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