14 Craziest Things That Only Happen in Switzerland
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1. Swiss people consume the most chocolate per capita
Toblerone is available in almost every nation that sells chocolate in the world, and Swiss chocolate is renowned throughout the world. In addition to producing some of the world's largest amounts of chocolate, the Swiss also consume the most chocolate per person worldwide.
2. The Swiss railway system is highly accessible
If you want to travel around the Alps and the quaint villages in Switzerland as well as other locations, the train is the best option.
These villages are typically farther away by car, but Switzerland has a well-developed and accessible rail network.
3. Swiss drink their own wine
According to AlpenWild, it's always kind of lame when the high-quality food or drink that a nation is famous for producing never actually stays within the borders.
However, only 2% of Swiss wine is exported from the nation. Nearly all of the 200 million liters of wine produced in Switzerland each year is consumed domestically. You can always rely on a good homegrown drink and good company because it never goes too far. The average Swiss person consumed 36 liters of wine and 56.5 liters of beer in 2015.
4. It’s one of the most expensive countries in the world
Swiss people can live a high-quality life, but it has a cost. One litre of fresh milk, for instance, can cost up to 4-6 Euro, which is about 4 times more expensive than the average price in Europe.
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With that said, Swiss workers typically have a much higher wage than others. There is no minimum wage, but unskilled workers typically get 2200-4000 CHF as minimum salary.
5. There are more than 450 varieties of Swiss cheese
Swiss cheese is well-known throughout the world, and if you enjoy cheese, you'll be pleased to know that Switzerland has more than 450 different varieties. Gruyere, Alter Schweizer, Téte de Moine, Appenzeller, and Emmentaler are some of the best-known Swiss cheeses.
6. Marry Late in Switzerland
Once you turn 20, graduate from college, and earn a living, the pressure from your parents to have grandchildren and the gossip from your aunts about your love life may get worse. Maybe all you want is to go through life peacefully and at your own pace!
Consequently, if this is one of your life's problems, move to Switzerland where later marriage is normal. Men and women marry on average at ages of 31.8 and 29.5 respectively.
7. Foreigners make up some 25% of the population
Around one-fourth of the people who live in Switzerland are thought to be immigrants. The majority of the more than 2 million foreign residents in the nation are from other European nations. The foreign population also includes 135,000 Asians, 100,000 Africans, 150,000 Americans and Latin Americans, and 100,000 Americans.
8. The Swiss Guard is protecting the Pope in the Vatican
The Swiss Guard, who are identifiable by their distinctive dress code, may have appeared in photos or videos taken at the Vatican or in person. Indeed, the Swiss Guard, which guards both the Pope and the Vatican, is made up entirely of Swiss men.
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They come from the Catholic cantons of Switzerland and have worn the same uniform since the treaty was signed in the 16th century.
9. Can you Read Helvetica?
The origin of fonts is typically not considered when using them in Microsoft Word. But the popular sans-serif typeface Helvetica Font is actually Swiss in origin! Together with Eduard Hoffman, Max Miedinger created this impartial and practical font in 1957. It's a relief that it wasn't one of those bizarre wingdings.
10. Citizens can challenge any law passed by Parliament
If 50,000 signatures are collected within 100 days after the law has been passed, it can be challenged and the parliament will then make it a national vote where citizens can vote whether the law should be passed or not.
11. Swiss watches are renowned worldwide
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Among the many well-known Swiss watch companies are Rolex, Omega, Tag Heuer, and Piaget. They are expensive, but there is a good reason for it as well; they are handmade to ensure the highest quality and last a lifetime.
12. Swiss law prohibits owning ‘social’ pets unless you get two or more
This is one of the many interesting facts about Switzerland which is unheard of in other countries. Swiss citizens can’t simply get just one social pet because there’s a law that states that social pets need to have at least one companion or more.
13. Switzerland has the second-highest life span in the world
Only the Japanese people live longer than Swiss people, and Switzerland's standard of living and quality of life are consistently ranked among the best in the world. For both sexes, the average life expectancy is currently 83.4 years.
14. Cantons United
Instead of states, Switzerland is made up of cantons. There are 26 of these tiny "corners" crammed into the tiny landlocked nation, which is bordered by Austria, France, Germany, Italy, and Liechtenstein and divided between the Alps, the Swiss Plateau, and the Jura.
The plateau is where the majority of the nearly 8 million residents reside. The Swiss motto, "Unus pro omnibus, omnes pro uno," or "One for all, all for one," makes it only appropriate.
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