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Capital : Bern
Language :  German, French, Italian
Currency :  Swiss franc
Population : 8 364 100
Area : 41 284 km2

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Switzerland facts

Facts automatically translated into English from the poznajnieznane.pl and paczka-wiedzy.pl page. I'm sorry for all the mistakes.


1. The change from summer to winter time (moving clockwise back one hour) is on the last Sunday in October.

2. This country has more than 5,694,000 motor vehicles (685 vehicles per 1,000 inhabitants).

3. There are many anti-atomic bunkers throughout the country, where food is exchanged on a regular basis.

4. Writer Mark Twain wrote: “Switzerland would be a powerful state if someone ironed it well.”

5. The inhabitants of this country pride themselves on their unique Swiss mentality.

6. 97% of Swiss only know the first few lines of the old hymn.

7. The Large Hadron Collider was built at the CERN center, which is working on creating a black hole.

8. The national top-level domain is .ch . There are over 1,734,170 websites with this extension.

9. The most popular pages with the extension .ch are: 1channel.ch, google.ch and watchfreemovies.ch.

10. In Geneva, only 38% of residents are native Swiss.

11. In this country you will not find premises known for the world-famous American chain of fast food bars KFC.

12. In this country there are more than 71 454 km of paved roads, including over 1 824 km of express roads (0.11% of all roads in the world).

13. The country has 63 airports, 40 of the paved surface.

14. In this country there are more than 4 876 km of railway tracks.

15. There is a 5.9 km metro line in Lausanne (14 stations). It was opened in 2008. About 28 million people use it annually.

16. After 21:00 you can not buy alcohol anywhere.

17. Only after spending 12 years in the country can you obtain citizenship.

18. The average speed of fixed-line internet is 16.2 Mb / s, and the maximum is 62.6 Mb / s (data from the end of 2015).

19. Most vending machines do not have money trays. There are such honest people there that all you need is a message asking you to pay a fee. Taking something without payment is a disgrace.

20. It is a country that can delight in any season of the year.

21. The famous Swiss cheeses are made by the Portuguese.

22. Full name of the country – Swiss Confederation.

23. In Switzerland, you can have several cars on the same registration numbers because the plates are assigned to owners and not to vehicles.

24. The Swiss Albert Hofmann created the drug LSD. Although he took it in large quantities, he lived for 102 years.

25. The new president of Switzerland is elected every year.

26. There are no stray dogs or cats on the streets.

27. Each single-family house in the basement has a laundry room with dryer.

28. Instead of the number, there is a name on the door of the houses.

29. All shops are closed on Sundays.

30. At the Contra dam in the Verzaska Valley, you can bungee jump from a height of 220 meters. The stuntman was the first to do it for the film with James Bond “GoldenEye”. This feat is still considered one of the most spectacular in the world today. To feel it on your own skin you have to spend over 700 PLN.


Geography in Switzerland

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1. The lowest situated place in the country is Lake Maggiore – 195 m above sea level.

2. Rheinfall is the largest waterfall in Europe in terms of water flow.

3. Switzerland borders with such countries as: Austria 164 km, France 573 km, Italy 740 km, Liechtenstein 41 km, Germany 334 km.

4. Matterhorn with 4478 m above sea level is the most recognizable and photogenic peak in the world.

5. Over 300 days a year are sunny.

6. The Swiss believe that their country is a corner that God created for himself. That it is a paradise on earth, the most beautiful place in the world.

7. The country is 7.5 times smaller than Poland.

8. The longest river is the Rhine, 375 km.

9. Zurich is the largest city.

10. The highest peak is Dufourspitze 4 634 m above sea level.

11. The record heatwave that struck Europe in 2003, killed 975 people in this country from June to August.

12. Summer in 2003 was the warmest since 1540.

13. In Switzerland, there are 15229 km2 of agricultural land (38% of the country).

14. The highest situated city in the country is Juf.

15. 12298 km2 of the country is covered by forests (30.7%)

16. There are as many as 1500 lakes, the intervals between them do not exceed 10 km.

137. The nearest capital in a straight line from Bern is Vaduz (Liechtenstein) – 158 km.

138. The furthest capital in a straight line from Bern is Wellington (New Zealand) – 18825 km.


Finance in Switzerland

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1. The amount of income tax in Switzerland is 17.92%.

2. In this country, the amount of income tax for natural persons is 40%, and for companies 18% (2018).

3. The tax on goods and services is 7.7% (2018).

4. The level of inflation in 2018 is 1.2%.

5. Gross domestic product (GDP) …
– in 2015 it is $ 680 112,000,000 (PLN 2 910 879 360 000 ),
– in 2018 it is $ 679,000,000,000 (PLN 2,906,120,000,000).

6. Internal debt at the beginning of …
2015 was 34.2% of GDP, which is about: $ 232 598 304 000 (PLN 995 520 741 120 PLN),
2018 year was 29.7 % GDP, i.e. around: $ 201 663 000 000 (PLN 863 117 640 000). To pay it back, each citizen would have to give around $ 24,279 (PLN 103,912).

7. Foreign debt at the beginning of …
2015 was around: $ 1,533,000,000,000 ,
2018 is about: $ 1 860 896 000 000 .

8. The percentage share in the global economy of Switzerland in 2015 is 0.95% (for comparison, Poland’s share is 0.74%, and the United States – 23.32%).

9. The country has 2018 over year $762 495 000 000 in foreign exchange reserves (5.15% of foreign exchange reserves all countries in the world).

10. Switzerland has 10,4 million kg of gold reserves (2018).


Law in Switzerland

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1. Built-up area allowed speed depending on the area varies from 30 to 50 km / h.

2. In addition to built-up areas, the permitted speed on the normal road varies from 80 to 100 km / h, and on highways 120 km / h.

3. The permissible blood alcohol content in a person driving a car is 0.5 promille.

4. Women can retire at the age of 64, and men aged 65.

5. In this country, the amount of income tax for natural persons is 40%, and for companies 18% (2018).

6. The tax on goods and services is 7.7% (2018).

7. In this country, it is forbidden to produce, store and sell alcohol absinthe, although it can be legally drunk.

8. The permissible blood alcohol content in a person driving a car is 0.5 promille.

9. In March 2011, the Swiss Behar Merlaku on the slot machines in the casino of the Austrian city of Bregenz won 42 949 672.86 euros. He didn’t receive the money because it was considered a machine software error. The case ended in a court settlement. The amount that the Swiss received is not known.

10. To avoid military service, you must pay 3% of all earned money for 30 years.

11. In this country, men and women can get married at the age of 18.

12. The Swiss constitution introduced a change in 2009 that prevents the building of Muslim minarets.

13. In this country, a person of 10 years of age is subject to criminal liability.

14. In this country, the formalities associated with setting up a business last 20 days.

15. The last death penalty was carried out in 1944.

16. Switzerland, as one of the last countries in the world in 1990, recognized the right of women to vote.

17. Small bribes up to 25 Francs are accepted. Accelerate, for example, receiving documents.

18. To cut down a tree, you must get a special permit, even if the tree is on private property.


Education in Switzerland

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1. In this country, compulsory education lasts 9 years.

2. The beginning of education begins at the age of 7.

3. The average IQ level is 101.

4. Education is free for everyone, even for foreigners.

5. In this country there is 1% of people above 15 years of age who can not read or write (approximately 83 062 people).

6. At the age of 4, children go to school. Science lasts 4 days, Wednesdays are a day off.


Work in Switzerland

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1. In 2018, the average monthly salary in this country is 6,260 CHF.

2. The amount of income tax in Switzerland is 17.92%.

3. Women can retire at the age of 64, and men aged 65.

4. The unemployment rate in 2018 is 2.4% .

5. In this country, the amount of income tax for natural persons is 40%, and for companies 18% (2018).

6. In this country, the formalities associated with setting up a business last 20 days.

7. The work week is 50 hours.


Best in Switzerland

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1. Hammetschwand has the highest external wine in Europe, covering 153 meters at the viewpoint located at 1132 m above sea level.

2. The lowest situated place in the country is Lake Maggiore – 195 m above sea level.

3. Rheinfall is the largest waterfall in Europe in terms of water flow.

4. Matterhorn with 4478 m above sea level is the most recognizable and photogenic peak in the world.

5. The International Jazz Festival is organized in Montreux, the second largest event of its kind in the world.

6. Along the cable car up Niesen there is the longest staircase in the world. They have 11 674 degrees.

7. The most deadly disease in this country is lung cancer.

8. The most famous sportsman is tennis player Roger Federer.

9. The longest river is the Rhine, 375 km.

10. Zurich is the largest city.

11. The highest peak is Dufourspitze 4 634 m above sea level.

12. The highest situated city in the country is Juf.

13. It is one of the oldest nation states in Europe.

14. The most popular alcoholic beverage in Switzerland is wine.

15. Switzerland has one of the lowest crime rates in all industrialized countries.

16. The lowest temperature: -41.8 °C was measured at La Brévine.

17. The highest temperature: 41.5 °C was measured in the Bunch.


Army in Switzerland

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1. From Switzerland comes the most famous army of mercenaries – the papal guard.

2. The whole army is used in the Swiss army. Everyone, every few weeks, participates in special courses.

3. To avoid military service, you must pay 3% of all earned money for 30 years.

4. Position in the list of the best armies of the world:
2015 year – 26 place,
2018 > year – 33 place.

5. Number of soldiers:
2014 year – 135,000 professional and 75,000 reservists,
2018 year – 21,000 professional and 150 000 reservists.

6. Number of equipment:
2014 year – 200 tanks, 1600 > armored vehicles, 175 jet aircraft and 38 helicopters,
2018 year – 135 tanks, 1030 armored vehicles, 166 jets and 42 helicopters.

7. Army spending:
2014 year – $ 4,800,000,000 (PLN 20,544,000,000),
2018 year – $ 4,830,000,000 (PLN 20,672,400,000).


Society in Switzerland

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1. 29 Swiss have accumulated assets greater than one billion American dollars.

2. In Switzerland, an average person consumes about 10.7 liters of pure alcohol per year.

3. The most wine is drunk – 50%, then beer – 32%, spirit – 17%, and other alcoholic beverages – 1%.

4. In 2013, 269 people lost their lives as a result of road accidents.

5. Women can retire at the age of 64, and men aged 65.

6. The average IQ level is 101.

7. In this country, women having their first child on average 30.4 years old.

8. On average, a woman gives birth to 1.6 children.

9. In this country over 7 180 000 (2015) 7 776 749 (2018) people have access to internet (around 94% of the population).

10. About 3,500,000 (2015) 3,700,000 (2018) accounts on Facebook.

11. Over 3,500,000 Facebook accounts have been created.

12. The population density is 194 people / km².

13. The main religion is Catholicism, 39%.

15. 26 Swiss citizens received the Nobel Prize.

16. The average age of people living in this country is 42.1 years.

17. In this country there are around:
1,253,000 people (15.09%) in the age range 0-14 years.
5 577,000 people (67.14%) in the age range 15-64 years.
1,476,000 people (17.77%) over 65 years old.

18. In this country, about 87,200 children are born annually (1.1% of the population), and about 67,500 people die (0.8% of the population).

19. 457 people in 1000 possess firearms.

20. 68% of the country’s population lives in urban areas.

21. Swiss women are among the oldest in Europe, taking into account the age of birth of the first child.

22. 20% of the population are foreigners.

23. In this country the average adult person smokes 144 cigarettes a month.

24. The average life expectancy in this country is 82.7 years (women – 84.7 years and men – 80.4 years).


Symbols of Switzerland

1. In 2013, a competition for the country’s new anthem was announced. Every citizen has the opportunity to submit their proposal.

2. Climbing is a national sport.

3. The national symbol is Alphorn, an instrument made from a tree trunk that is over 4 meters long.

4. Motto of the country – “One for all, all for one”.

5. Switzerland and the Vatican are the only countries in the world that have a square flag.

6. The most famous sportsman is tennis player Roger Federer.


Sport in Switzerland

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1. Climbing is a national sport.

2. In 2013, 250,000 spectators attended the Alpine Games tournament in Burgdorf.

3. The most famous sportsman is tennis player Roger Federer.

4. From 1955 to 2007, motorsports were forbidden in Switzerland. The decision was made after the accident in the 24 hour Le Mans race in which over 80 people were killed.


History of Switzerland

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1. In 2007, 170 Swiss soldiers invaded the territory of Liechtenstein. It soon turned out that this is not an invasion, but only a loss of orientation by soldiers during exercises in the Alps.

2. In Geneva, the first watch in the world was invented. It was created by two Polish immigrants in 1839 – Antonia Patek and Franciszek Czapek.

3. In Switzerland, in 1819, the first chocolate bar was made.

4. From 1955 to 2007, motorsports were forbidden in Switzerland. The decision was made after the accident in the 24 hour Le Mans race in which over 80 people were killed.

5. In this country, in 1864, winter tourism was invented.

6. Independence from the Holy Roman Empire and the German Nation obtained on October 24, 1648.

7. The record heatwave that struck Europe in 2003, killed 975 people in this country from June to August.

8. In this country, women have the right to vote since 1971.

9. From 1815, this country did not have any military alliance.

10. For 167 years there was no war in Switzerland. It is one of the most neutral countries in the world.

11. In 1474 in Basel, after a loud trial, a rooster was burned at the stake, which according to witnesses carried the egg.


Language in Switzerland

1. In this country there are as many as four official languages ​​(German, French, Italian and Romans).


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What is the highest mountain in Switzerland?

The highest peak in Switzerland is Dufourspitze (4634 m above sea level).

answer: Marta


What is the largest river in Switzerland?

The largest river in Switzerland is the Rhine, 375 km.

answer: Marta


What is the largest lake in Switzerland?

The largest lake in Switzerland is Lake Geneva.

answer: Marta


Which Switzerland has national colors?

National colors: red and white.

answer: Marta


Which countries borders Switzerland?

Switzerland borders on such countries as: Austria 164 km, France 573 km, Italy 740 km, Liechtenstein 41 km, Germany 334 km.

answer: Marta


What is the average age of people living in this country?

The average age of people living in this country is 42.1 years.

answer: Marta


What is the population density in Switzerland?

The population density is 208 people per km2.

answer: Marta


What is the motto of this country?

Motto of the country – “One for all, all for one”.

answer: Marta


What is the highest temperature recorded in this country?

The highest temperature: 41.5 ° C was measured in the Bunch.

answer: Marta


What is the lowest temperature recorded in this country?

The lowest temperature: -41.8 ° C was measured at La Brévine.

answer: Marta


With how many years can you legally buy alcohol?

In this country, alcohol can be bought at 16-18. Beer and wine for 16 years, vodka for 18 years.

answer: Marta