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Introduction

Area: 41,285 km2

Population: 8,570,146

Capital: None

National anthem: Swiss Psalm

Government type: Federal Semi-direct Democracy

Languages: German (Official Language)

Religion: Christianity

Ethnic Groups: 69.5% Swiss, 4.2% German, 3.2% Italian, 2.6% Portuguese, 2% French Climate: Moderate climate with no excessive heat

Currency: Swiss Franc

Expat Population: 2,000,000

Taboos:

– No loud speaking in public

– Use surnames or titles to address someone

– Do not litter

– Do not put your hands in your pocket while taking to someone

Cultural behaviour: The Swiss value cleanliness, honesty, hard work, and material possessions.

Situated in Southern Europe, Switzerland, officially the Swiss Confederation, is known for it’s mesmerizing alpine scenery, alluring cities, and picturesque train rides. Switzerland is a landlocked country filled with mountains, lakes, villages and thriving cities. She blends both the old and new together, and is filled with diverse geography of Western Europe.

Switzerland means “Land of the Switzer” in English, which was what the Swiss had been called in the past. However, these days, there are many other names that this country can be called as, including La Suisse (French) and Die Schweiz (German).

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Switzerland is known as a multi-ethnic and multilingual society, where people of various diversities can come together and live in social harmony. There are around 6.4 million Swiss nationals in the country, with immigrant groups ranging from Italians, Portuguese, Germans and Turks. Since the 1980s, there has been a significant increase in immigration in Switzerland, accounting for an estimate of 2 million of the population.

With a HDI of 0.955, Switzerland is ranked #2 on the Human Development Index (HDI). This means that the quality of life in Switzerland is ideal for both Swiss and immigrants alike. Switzerland’s cost of living is also high, with 3 cities being noted among the top 10 most expensive cities in the world. The average cost of living in Switzerland around 1,500 CHF (Swiss Franc), USD$1,600, per month before rent. Despite these costly expenses, Switzerland offers some of the highest salaries in the world.

Cultural behaviour: The Swiss value cleanliness, honesty, hard work, and material possessions.

Situated in Southern Europe, Switzerland, officially the Swiss Confederation, is known for it’s mesmerizing alpine scenery, alluring cities, and picturesque train rides. Switzerland is a landlocked country filled with mountains, lakes, villages and thriving cities. She blends both the old and new together, and is filled with diverse geography of Western Europe.

Switzerland means “Land of the Switzer” in English, which was what the Swiss had been called in the past. However, these days, there are many other names that this country can be called as, including La Suisse (French) and Die Schweiz (German).

Switzerland is known as a multi-ethnic and multilingual society, where people of various diversities can come together and live in social harmony. There are around 6.4 million Swiss nationals in the country, with immigrant groups ranging from Italians, Portuguese, Germans and Turks. Since the 1980s, there has been a significant increase in immigration in Switzerland, accounting for an estimate of 2 million of the population.

With a HDI of 0.955, Switzerland is ranked #2 on the Human Development Index. This means that the quality of life in Switzerland is ideal for both Swiss and immigrants alike. Switzerland’s cost of living is also high, with 3 cities being noted among the top 10 most expensive cities in the world. The average cost of living in Switzerland around 1,500 CHF (Swiss Franc), USD$1,600, per month before rent. Despite these costly expenses, Switzerland offers some of the highest salaries in the world.

 

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