Want to learn a little more about the countries of the world? Take a look at these 25 super interesting facts about Switzerland!
- It has a population of 8.556 million people (2019).
- Switzerland is a mountainous landlocked country in the middle of Europe – There are 208 mountains over 3,000m high. That’s crazy!
- On its northern border is Germany, Austria and Liechtenstein are to the east, Italy is to the south and France to the west.
- It has a total area of 15,940 square mils (41,285 square kilometres).
- The coordinates for Switzerland are 46.8182° N, 8.2275° E.
- The capital is Bern which has an area of 19.9 square miles (51.6 square kilometres) and a population of 1.031 million (2018).
- However, the largest city in Switzerland is Zurich.
- The average life span is a staggering 83.6 years! (2017) While Swiss men have the longest life expectancy in the world with an expectancy on average of 85.3 years.
- The currency of Switzerland is the Swiss Franc.
- In Switzerland, all healthy men aged 19-34 are obligated to complete military service and as part of which, are all issue with pistols or assault rifles to keep at home…
- …yet despite the incredible amount of guns in family homes, Switzerland has one of the lowest crime rates in the world!
- Switzerland has 4 official languages; Swiss German, French, Italian and Romansh.
- There is a long tradition of high quality watchmaking in Switzerland, with many of the world’s top luxury brands based here. In fact, the wristwatch was invented in Switzerland by Patek Phillipe!
- School children in Switzerland usually come home to eat with their mothers at lunchtime and are given a couple of hours to do so. What a lovely idea!
- The world’s smallest toolbox, the Swiss Army Knife, was invented by Karl Elsener… Did you know Swiss army knives are red so that they can be seen in the snow?
- In Switzerland they grow fruit and vegetables, grains and meat.
- According to the Quality of Life Index conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), Switzerland is the best place in the world to be born!
- The Swiss eat more chocolate than any other country in the world – they eat an astonishing 11kg per year.
- 60% of the country’s electricity comes from a hydroelectric power source.
- They are also the only country to build an airplane that is powered by solar energy.
- To apply for Swiss Citizenship, you have to live in Switzerland for at least 12 years.
- Tim Bernes Lee invented the World Wide Web in Switzerland in 1989.
- Switzerland’s Sonnenberg Tunnel is the largest nuclear shelter in the world capable of fitting 20,000 people in!
- Its even more prepared in case of a nuclear war… They have enough bunkers to house their entire population.
- Want to call family or friends in Switzerland? You’ll need to use the international dialling code +41.
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