IntroductionThe Swiss Confederation (Schweizerische Eidgenossenschaft, or Confédération suisse) is a small country in Central Europe, constituted by 26 cantons. A good reason to visit it? There are many: from the enchanted countryside and the majestic mountains to the alpine landscapes, from the strong national culture to the delicious food.
CapitalBern (125.471 in 2009)
Population7.771.600 in 2009
1 Euro = 1.47 Swiss Franc
1 Swiss Franc = 0.69 Euro
Time zone+1 GMT
LanguageGerman, French, Italian and romancio (neo Latin language)
ReligionCatholic and protestant
Entry requirementsNeither passport nor visa is required for European citizens of the Member States. A valid identity card is sufficient. Most of European driving licenses are accepted.
Travelling with petsSmall sized pets like cats, dogs and ferrets must travel with animal passport (in force since 2004) and have an identification microchip or tattoo. Also, they must be vaccinated against rabies.
Health and safetyBoth private and public health structures are excellent. No vaccination is required, although it is advisable to bring the magnetic card for health assistance. General safety is good, there are no danger zones.
ClimateSwitzerland is characterised by an alpine climate, with windy cool summers and cold snowy winters.
Form of GovernmentFederal Republic
EconomySwiss economy is based on quality production, high skilled labourers and a particularly advanced tertiary sector. The key sectors are banks, insurances, tourism, machine and electric industry, energy.
ElectricityVoltage: 220 V, frequency 50 Hz. Universal sockets of C type are in use. The J plug with three poles is used for appliances. It is advisable to bring an adapter.
Posts, banks and telephonePost offices are open Monday to Friday from 7.30 am to 12 am, and from 13.30 pm to 17 pm. Saturday from 8.30 am to 11 am. Banks are open from 8.30 am to 16.30 pm Monday to Friday. Saturday they stay closed. In the biggest centres they are open non-stop. Mobile phone coverage is excellent.
Country code: 0041
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