Ten fun facts about Switzerland


Fact 1
Switzerland has four national languages- French, Italian German, and Romansch. The last has Latin roots.

Fact 2
The “Walkman” or the portable personal cassette player was invented by Andreas Pavel and first tested in 1972 in Switzerland’s St Moritz’ woods.

Fact 3
The clock face on Zurich’s Church of Zurich is Europe’s largest and is even larger than that which adorns the Big Ben.


Fact 4
Switzerland’s favorite grocery chain, MIGROS actually has roots abroad as well. Its legacy in Turkey dates back to 1954 and it is that country’s largest grocery chain.

Fact 5
Zurich is considered to be the country with the most drinking-water fountains in the world. It has over 1,200 crystal clear, drinking-water fountains.

Fact 6
Almost every home here has the exact same kind of mailbox. It sports a locked top-slot and the package section in the lower half, which is unlocked. Unlike America, the mail service does not pick up mail for delivery from these boxes.

Fact 7
Queen and Mercury absolutely loved Switzerland and they eventually bought a recording studio on Lake Geneva just outside Montreux. On the shore of the lake stands a statue of Freddie Mercury.

Fact 8
When you go to shop at any grocery store, you are required to deposit either a 1/2 Franc coin in a slot that is at the top of the cart. This releases the chain that the cart is attached to and you are refunded the amount once you return the cart to its designated place.

Fact 9
Switzerland has over 1,500 lakes and you are never over 10 miles from one. This is also possibly why around 60% of the country’s electricity comes from hydroelectric power.

Fact 10
Legally, you are required to acquire a liability insurance sticker to ride a bicycle on any public road.


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Is a European federal republic country officially known as the Swiss Confederation.


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8,160,900

Sources
CIA The World Factbook



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