Curiousities about Switzerland

Regarding these Curiosities about Switzerland, I was surprised about the 13th one.

Switzerland is a small country located in Europe with just over 8 million inhabitants, famous for making Chocolates and Watches. Famous for the snow in winter, the Swiss army knives, and the millionaire banks, where people from all over the world have accounts.

But you already know this; now what about these other curiosities about Switzerland that I I’m going to tell you?

1. Cantons

Switzerland is composed of 26 cantons, which would be our states in Brazil, but they have more autonomy: their own government, constitution, and legislation.

2. Languages

There are four official languages in Switzerland: German, French, Italian, and Romansh.

3. Watchmaking

The most luxurious watch factories in the world, such as Rolex, Audemars Piguet, Baume et Mercier, Breitling, Chopard, Franck Muller, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Longines, Patek
Philippe, Piaget, Rado, TAG Heuer, Tissot and Vacheron Constantin are located in Switzerland.

4. Weapons

The country has one of the world’s most lenient laws when it comes to weapons. There are about 2.3-4.5 million guns here in a population of 8 million people.

5. Bern

The capital of the country is the city of Bern, one of the most beautiful cities in the country. Speaking of Bern, did you know that about 7 billion Toblerone chocolate bars are manufactured in Bern every year?

6. Shelters

In case of nuclear war, the country has shelters capable of accommodating the entire population. Despite being considered a neutral country and even having a city known as Capital of Peace (Geneva), Switzerland has nuclear shelters that are capable of keeping the entire population safe for up to one year, in case of a possible attack.

7. Alps

The Swiss Alps occupy more than 60% of the country’s territory. To enjoy the views and infrastructure, the best cities are Zermatt, Interlaken, and St. Moritz.

8. Dogs

To have a dog, for example, it is necessary to take a course in some cantons. In addition, it is mandatory for the owner to obtain a license and pay for insurance against
possible accidents caused by the puppy. It is also recommended to take out health insurance for your pet. Certain breeds are prohibited throughout the country; others are prohibited depending on the canton of the dog’s owner.

9. Symbols

Speaking of dogs, one of the symbols of Switzerland is the St. Bernard. They were used as rescue dogs. There is even The Museum of the Great Saint Bernard. Open every day during the summer, the museum in a mountain refuge presents the history of the Great Saint Bernard over several thousand years. The visit begins with the famous dogs and ends with a temporary exhibit.

10. Government

Switzerland is one of the only countries in the world that has Direct Democracy, where citizens can propose and vote on the laws and constitution of the country. And they vote by mail or in person. Voting is not mandatory.

11. Elections

But the country is not that liberal, women only got the right to vote in elections in 1971, a bit late compared to the rest of the world.

12. Banks

There are more banks in Switzerland than dentists.

13. Cow !

It is possible to rent a cow in Switzerland, and during the rental period, you are entitled to consume all the cheese produced with her milk.

14. Law

Assisted suicide is permitted in Switzerland.

15. Water

Water quality: Do not buy water in Switzerland. There are fountains scattered around the cities with drinking water that is just as good as bottled water.

However, Swiss water has a high calcium content, which is very harmful for the hair, which gets dry. Did you already know about these curiosities? If yes, which ones? Or do you know others?

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