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Switzerland

Switzerland
  • Capital

    Capital

    Bern

  • Local time

    Local time

    18:13

  • Population

    Population

    8.48 m

  • Driving side

    Driving side

    Right

  • Calling code

    Calling code

    +41

  • Currency

    Currency

    Fr CHF (franc)

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Switzerland

Switzerland
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  • Capital

    Capital

    Bern

  • Local time

    Local time

    18:13

  • Population

    Population

    8.48 m

  • Driving side

    Driving side

    Right

  • Calling code

    Calling code

    +41

  • Currency

    Currency

    Fr CHF (franc)

  • Average Salary

    Average Salary

    $ 6 989

  • Petrol price

    Petrol price

    € 1.74 pl

  • Precipitation

    Precipitation

    1 537mm /year

Geography & travel

  • Country Area

    Country Area

    41 290 km2

  • Protected Area

    Protected Area

    10%

  • Forest Area

    Forest Area

    32%

  • Agricultural area

    Agricultural area

    38%

  • Railways

    Railways

    3976km

  • Annual air passengers

    Annual air passengers

    25.86 m

Population

  • Ethnicity

    Ethnicity

    German - 65 %
    French - 18 %
    Italian - 10 %

  • Religion

    Religion

    Roman Catholic - 42 %
    Protestant - 35 %
    Orthodox - 2 %

  • Languages

    Languages

    German
    French
    Italian

  • Armed Forces

    Armed Forces

    20 950

  • Murders

    Murders

    1 per 100k

  • Alcohol consumption

    Alcohol consumption

    10.4 l/person

  • Smoking

    Smoking

    26.9%

  • Diabetes

    Diabetes

    6.1%

  • Tuberculosis

    Tuberculosis

    7 per 100k

Economy

  • Industries

    Industries

    machinery, chemicals, watches, textiles, precision instruments, tourism, banking, insurance

  • Agriculture

    Agriculture

    grains, fruits, vegetables, meat, eggs

  • Natural Resources

    Natural Resources

    hydropower potential, timber, salt

  • Energy Import

    Energy Import

    47%

  • Natural Resources

    Natural Resources

    hydropower potential, timber, salt

  • Renewable Energy

    Renewable Energy

    23%

  • CO2 Emissions

    CO2 Emissions

    35 306kt

  • Ease of Business

    Ease of Business

    33 (Best=1, Worst=200)

  • ATMs per 100k people

    ATMs per 100k people

    99

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What not to do when visiting Switzerland

1/27
Marker Switzerland
Business & Communication

Don't be late for meetings.

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2/27
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Street & Behavioral

Don't ask personal questions about salary, age or religion. Swiss people respect privacy.

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3/27
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Social Events

Don't forget to eat everything off your plate and put your knife and fork side by side at the 5:25 position when finished.

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Did you know

Did you know?

In Switzerland, there is a 500-year-old statue eating children - the Kinderlifresserbrunnen.

4/27
Marker Switzerland
Street & Behavioral

Don't do anything loud on Sundays - people might just call the police for that.

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5/27
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Social Events

Don't rest your elbows on the table during a meal, but keep your hands always visible.

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6/27
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Social Events

Don't drink until the first toast of the host.

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7/27
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Business & Communication

Don't give expensive gifts which can be viewed as tacky or bribery. Don't give sharp objects. Wine, good chocolate and flowers are good gifts, but watch out on chrysanthemums and white lilies, which are for funerals.

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8/27
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Don't assume Swiss-German language is the same as regular German - it's not. It's a dialect even Germans don't understand.

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Did you know

Did you know?

Switzerland eats the most chocolate equating to 10 kilos per person per year.

9/27
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Street & Behavioral

Don't speak loudly (especially while on your mobile phone), make big noise or show a lot of emotion in public - the Swiss appreciate peace and quiet.

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10/27
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Street & Behavioral

Don't say Switzerland is basically the same as Germany or France to Swiss people. It's not true and Swiss are proud of their country.

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11/27
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Don't address the person by the first name until invited to do so. Use surnames and titles instead.

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12/27
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Don't forget to dress conservatively and neatly.

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13/27
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Don't speak about how much cheaper (better, faster, bigger...) stuff is in your country.

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Did you know

Did you know?

It was once illegal to slam your car door in Switzerland.

14/27
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Don't expect anything to be open on Sundays or on bank holidays.

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15/27
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Business & Communication

Don't forget Swiss people usually greet each other with three kisses on the cheeks, however a handshake is the norm when meeting people for the first time.

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16/27
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Don't forget to use a fork to cut food as salad or potatoes instead of a knife, break bread with your hand. Most other food is eaten with utensils.

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17/27
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Social Events

Don't forget to send flowers along with a thank you note to your hosts before or after the party.

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18/27
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Street & Behavioral

Don't point your index finger to your head - it's insulting gesture.

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Did you know

Did you know?

Switzerland is home to the world’s longest tunnel.

19/27
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Business & Communication

Don't put your hands in pockets while talking to people, don't chew chewing gum, litter or clean your nails in public.

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20/27
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Business & Communication

Don’t litter or leave rubbish lying around.

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21/27
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Street & Behavioral

Don't block the bike lanes and don't step into it.

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22/27
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Business & Communication

Don’t forget to handshake when greeting (men). Women usually greet with light kisses on both cheeks (”air kisses” where you just touch cheeks and kiss the air), a handshake is common on first meeting. Eye contact is important.

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23/27
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Business & Communication

Don't interrupt people from Bern during the conversation - they tend to speak a bit slower, interrupting them is seen as impolite.

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24/27
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Business & Communication

Don't smack or slurp - it's not appreciated.

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25/27
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Business & Communication

Don't avoid eye contact business and personal conversations. It's a sign of courtesy.

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26/27
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Don't enter buses, trains or similar before everyone who wants to get out has done so.

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27/27
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Don't forget to wear reflectors when riding a bike or walking at dark.

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