10 Facts about Switzerland

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Switzerland is an European country that you should visit at least once in your lifetime, but before doing that, here are 10 things you should know about it.

  1. It is bordered by Austria, Germany, France, tIaly and the Liechtenstein.
  2. Switzerland is officially known as the Confederation and it has a population of 7.9 millions
  3. If you take a complete tour of the country, you will learn that the four official languages are German, the French, Italian and Romansh.
  4. Although Swiss represents an important part of the Schengen zone, its nationalist people refused its entry into the European Community. However, agreements allow Europeans to work in Switzerland and vice and versa.
  5. The Swiss administrative system is very simple and it is divided into three: the confederation, the cantons and the communes. Federal laws take precedence over the cantonal laws, which take precedence over local laws. This means means that from one canton to another, laws are not the same. For example, in the canton of Geneva begging for money is prohibited, while in the neighboring canton of Vaud, begging is authorized.
  6. The Switzerland is a neutral country, which has an economic and political situation stable, compared to other countries in Europe that are struggling with recession and financial crisis.
  7. Swiss currency, the Swiss franc (CHF), is a safe currency that increased its value when the first economic world wide crisis hit. The currency took a lot of value in relation to the Euro and the U.S. dollar.
  8. In 2010, while the Euro had passed below the franc, the Swiss National Bank decided to buy unlimited euro amounts, so that the parity euro-franc Switzerland does not pass below the limit 1 – 1.20. By doing this, they have assured Swiss business owners that the exports have remained competitive.
  9. The Swiss industry is based on very high quality services and products and they work with advanced technologies. Knowledge Swiss do pay very competitive exporting companies internationally.
  10. With its mountains, Alps and lakes, the Swiss landscapes are unique in the world, and there are at least 10 places in Swiss you should see before you die.