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General facts

Population: 8 million
Capital: Bern
Official Languages: French, German, Italian and Romansh
Currency: Swiss Franc
Religions: Christianity
Motto: Unus pro omnibus, omnes pro uno (One for all, all for one)
National Anthem: Swiss psalm

Interesting facts

  • Switzerland is a landlocked country in Western Europe, it shares a land border with Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, Italy and France.
  • Some of the most popular sports in Switzerland are skiing, snowboarding and mountaineering.
  • There are more than 1500 lakes in Switzerland containing around 6% of Europe’s fresh water stocks. The largest of these lakes are Lake Geneva, Lake Constance and Lake Maggiore.
  • Switzerland is very famous for its chocolate, cheese, banking system and watches.
  • With a high quality of life, the Swiss cities of Zürich, Geneva and Bern regularly rank in the top 10 most livable cities in the world.

More obscurely, did you know...

  • Swiss army knives are red so they can be seen in the snow!
  • There are over 40 shipwrecks in Lake Geneva!
  • Switzerland has the highest consumption of soft drinks in the world!