SWITZERLAND

Information about travelling to Switzerland

Switzerland is located in Central Europe, east of France, north of Italy

Facts about Switzerland
Population7,581,520 (July 2008 est.
CapitalBern
Time zoneUTC+1 (6 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time) daylight saving time: +1hr, begin
Location Central Europe, east of France, north of Italy

General info about Switzerland
The Swiss Confederation was founded in 1291 as a defensive alliance among three cantons. In succeeding years, other localities joined the original three. The Swiss Confederation secured its independence from the Holy Roman Empire in 1499. A constitution of 1848, subsequently modified in 1874, replaced the confederation with a centralized federal government. Switzerland's sovereignty and neutrality have long been honored by the major European powers, and the country was not involved in either of the two World Wars. The political and economic integration of Europe over the past half century, as well as Switzerland's role in many UN and international organizations, has strengthened Switzerland's ties with its neighbors. However, the country did not officially become a UN member until 2002. Switzerland remains active in many UN and international organizations but retains a strong commitment to neutrality.
Languages spoken
German (official) 63.7%, French (official) 20.4%, Italian (official) 6.5%, Serbo-Croatian 1.5%, Albanian 1.3%, Portuguese 1.2%, Spanish 1.1%, English 1%, Romansch (official) 0.5%, other 2.8% (2000 census) note: German, French, Italian, and Romansch
What about drugs?
a major international financial center vulnerable to the layering and integration stages of money laundering; despite significant legislation and reporting requirements, secrecy rules persist and nonresidents are permitted to conduct business through offshore entities and various intermediaries; transit country for and consumer of South American cocaine, Southwest Asian heroin, and Western European synthetics; domestic cannabis cultivation and limited ecstasy production
Ethnic division
German 65%, French 18%, Italian 10%, Romansch 1%, other 6%
HIV/AIDS prevalence rate
0.4% (2001 est.)
Climate
temperate, but varies with altitude; cold, cloudy, rainy/snowy winters; cool to warm, cloudy, humid summers with occasional showers
Resources
hydropower potential, timber, salt
Economy
Switzerland is a peaceful, prosperous, and stable modern market economy with low unemployment, a highly skilled labor force, and a per capita GDP among the highest in the world. Switzerland's economy benefits from a highly developed service sector led by financial services and a manufacturing industry that specializes in high-technology, knowledge-based prodution. The Swiss in recent years have brought their economic practices largely into conformity with the EU's to enhance their international competitiveness, but some trade protectionism remains, particularly for its small agricultural sector. Switzerland remains a safehaven for investors, because it has maintained a degree of bank secrecy and has kept up the franc's long-term external value. The global financial crisis and resulting economic downturn could, however, put Switzerland in a recession in 2009, particularly as global export demand stalls. Switzerland's largest banks suffered significant losses in 2008 and the country's largest bank accepted a government rescue deal in late 2008. The Swiss National Bank, beginning in Ocober 2008, cut interest rates on several consecutive occasions, effectively instituting a zero-rate policy in a bid to boost the economy.
Environment
air pollution from vehicle emissions and open-air burning; acid rain; water pollution from increased use of agricultural fertilizers; loss of biodiversity

Cities in Switzerland

aadorf     aarau     aarburg     adliswil     aesch     affoltern     aigle     allschwil     alpnach     altdorf     altstatten     amriswil     appenzell     arbon     arlesheim     arosa     arth     ascona     au     baar     bad ragaz     baden     bagnes     balsthal     basel     bassersdorf     bellinzona     belp     bern     bernex     bex     biasca     biberist     biel     binningen     birmensdorf     birsfelden     blonay     bolligen     bottmingen     boudry     bremgarten     brugg     bubikon     buchrain     buchs     bulach     bulle     buochs     burgdorf     bussigny     carouge     cham     chavannes     chene-bougeries     chene-bourg     chiasso     chur     colombier     conthey     crissier     delemont     derendingen     diepoldsau     dietikon     dietlikon     domat     dornach     dubendorf     dudingen     durnten     ebikon     ebnat-kappel     ecublens     egg     einsiedeln     embrach     emmen     epalinges     eschenbach     ettingen     fallanden     flawil     flums     frauenfeld     freienbach     frenkendorf     fribourg     frutigen     fully     gelterkinden     geneva     gerlafingen     giubiasco     gland     glarus     gossau     grabs     granichen     greifensee     grenchen     heimberg     hergiswil     herisau     herrliberg     herzogenbuchsee     hinwil     hochdorf     hombrechtikon     horgen     horw     hunenberg     huttwil     igis     ingenbohl     interlaken     jona     kerns     kilchberg     kirchberg     kloten     koniz     konolfingen     kreuzlingen     kriens     kusnacht     kussnacht     kuttigen     la chaux-de-fonds     la tour-de-peilz     lachen     langenthal     langnau     laufen     lausanne     lausen     le grand-saconnex     le locle     le mont-sur-lausanne     lengnau     lenzburg     liestal     littau     locarno     losone     lugano     lutry     luzern     lyss     malters     mannedorf     martigny     massagno     maur     meggen     meilen     meiringen     mendrisio     menziken     meyrin     minusio     mohlin     monthey     montreux     morges     moutier     munchenbuchsee     munchenstein     munsingen     muri     murten     muttenz     naters     nendaz     neuchatel     neuenhof     neuenkirch     nidau     nyon     oberengstringen     oberentfelden     oberglatt     oberriet     obersiggenthal     oberuzwil     oberwil     oftringen     ollon     olten     onex     opfikon     orbe     payerne     peseux     pfaffikon     plan-les-ouates     porrentruy     pratteln     pregassona     prilly     pully     rapperswil     regensdorf     reinach     renens     rheinfelden     richterswil     risch     romanshorn     rothrist     rumlang     ruschlikon     ruswil     ruti     saanen     saint-imier     sankt margrethen     sankt moritz     sargans     sarnen     saviese     schaffhausen     schattdorf     schlieren     schonenwerd     schubelbach     schwyz     seon     seuzach     sevelen     sierre     sion     sirnach     sissach     solothurn     spiez     spreitenbach     stafa     stans     steffisburg     steinhausen     suhr     sulgen     sumiswald     sursee     teufen     thalwil     therwil     thonex     thun     trimbach     uetendorf     unterageri     unterseen     untersiggenthal     urdorf     urtenen     uster     uznach     uzwil     vernier     versoix     vevey     veyrier     viganello     villars-sur-glane     villmergen     visp     volketswil     wadenswil     wahlern     wald     wallisellen     wattwil     weinfelden     wettingen     wetzikon     wil     windisch     winterthur     wittenbach     wohlen     wollerau     worb     yverdon     zermatt     zofingen     zollikofen     zollikon     zuchwil     zug     zumikon     zurich    


Airports in Switzerland
AltenrheinACH
AsconaACO
BelpBRN
EmmenEML
Geneve-CointrinGVA
LuganoLUG
SionSIR


Beer in Switzerland (0.33l)
Aarau~ 1.5 EUR
Appenzell~ 1.7 EUR
Baden~ 1.5 EUR
Baden~ 1.5 EUR
Basel~ 2.7 EUR
Basel~ 2.7 EUR
Basilea~ 3.3 EUR
Basle~ 4.2 EUR
Bern~ 1.9 EUR
Berne~ 2.7 EUR
Burgdorf~ 2 EUR
Chur~ 2.4 EUR
Eiken~ 2.3 EUR
Frauenfeld~ 1.9 EUR
Frauenfeld~ 1.9 EUR
Fribourg~ 1.8 EUR
Geneva~ 3 EUR
Geneva~ 3 EUR
Geneve~ 2.1 EUR
Interlaken~ 4.6 EUR
Langenthal~ 2.5 EUR
Lausanne~ 2.3 EUR
Lausanne~ 2.3 EUR
Lucerne~ 2 EUR
Lucerne~ 2 EUR
Lugano~ 2.4 EUR
Luzern~ 2.4 EUR
Luzern~ 2.4 EUR
Martigny~ 1.9 EUR
Oberuzwil~ 1.7 EUR
Porrentruy~ 2.1 EUR
Savognin~ 2.1 EUR
Schwyz~ 2 EUR
Solothurn~ 1.8 EUR
Stans~ 1.8 EUR
Stansstad~ 2.2 EUR
Thun~ 1.9 EUR
Winterthur~ 2.4 EUR
Zermatt~ 2.3 EUR
Zug~ 2.8 EUR
ZURICH~ 2.4 EUR
Zurich~ 2.4 EUR
Zurich~ 2.4 EUR

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