139 Interesting Facts About Switzerland

Last updated on July 11th, 2017

Switzerland is a country situated in Western and Central Europe with an area of 15,940 sq mi. It is geographically divided between the Alps, the Jura mountains, and the Swiss Plateau. The majority of the Swiss population lives in the plateau. With these 139 facts about Switzerland, let’s learn more about its traditional culture, people, economy, history, tourism, mountain ranges, cities, and more.

#1. Switzerland is slightly less than twice the size of New Jersey.

#2. Zurich and Geneva are among the top ten most livable cities in the world. They rank second and eighth on the list, respectively.

#3. The Swiss franc is the official currency of Switzerland.

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Swiss francs coins in various denominations. Image credit – Wikipedia

#4. Geneva, Switzerland is also home to the second-largest of the four major office sites of the United Nations.

#5. Swiss consumption of chocolates per capital is the highest in the world. They have invented techniques like conching and tempering to help them produce world-class chocolates.

#6. Mountaineering, snowboarding, and skiing are some of the popular sports in Switzerland.

#7. Half of the luxury watches produced in the world come from Switzerland. Brands like Tissot, TAG Heuer, Rolex, Patek Philippe, and Longines are all Swiss.

#8. The large Hadron Collider in the world’s largest particle physics laboratory– CERN – is in Switzerland. It has been established under the ground.

#9. Bern is the capital of Switzerland. Zurich is its largest city.

#10. Switzerland shares a land border with Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, Italy and France.

#11. Switzerland has enough underground bunker capacity that it can hide its entire population in case of a nuclear war.

#12. Assisted suicide in Switzerland is legal. It is also legal in China, Belgium, Canada and other few countries. There is, however, different legislation regarding the circumstances under which this is legal.

#13. Switzerland provides nearly all CO2-friendly electricity to its citizens. 39% of electricity comes from nuclear power plants, while 56% is generated by hydroelectric power plants.

#14. A giant three-legged chair in Geneva, Switzerland is dedicated to the opposition of using land mines. It is known as “The Broken Chair.”

#15. The “Anti PowerPoint Party” is a political party in Switzerland that works to decrease the use of PowerPointin professional presentations. They claim that the PowerPoint software is economically harmful.

#16. Animals are also represented by lawyers in Switzerland’s courts. Once, a fisherman was prosecuted for taking too long to catch a Pike.

#17. 23% of Switzerland’s total population of almost 8 million consists of foreigners.

#18. The divorce rate in Switzerland is about 43%, and people marry late: men at the age of 31.8 years and women at 29.5 years.

#19. The average age for Swiss women to have their first child is 30.4 years, which makes them the oldest women in Europe to do so.

#20. One hundred tons of hash and marijuana are used in Switzerland every year by 600,000 people.

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