interesting facts about Switzerland

25 Scintillating Facts about Switzerland

Want to learn a little more about the countries of the world? Take a look at these 25 super interesting facts about Switzerland!

  1. It has a population of 8.556 million people (2019).
  2. Switzerland is a mountainous landlocked country in the middle of Europe – There are 208 mountains over 3,000m high. That’s crazy!
  3. On its northern border is Germany, Austria and Liechtenstein are to the east, Italy is to the south and France to the west.
  4. It has a total area of 15,940 square mils (41,285 square kilometres).
  5. The coordinates for Switzerland are 46.8182° N, 8.2275° E.
  6. The capital is Bern which has an area of 19.9 square miles (51.6 square kilometres) and a population of 1.031 million (2018).
  7. Their largest city is Zurich.
Facts of Switzerland

Flag of Switzerland

  1. The average life span is a staggering 82.9 years! While Swiss men have the longest life expectancy in the world with an expectancy on average of 85.3 years.
  2. The currency of Switzerland is the Swiss Franc.
  3. In Switzerland, all healthy men aged 19-34 are obligated to complete military service and as part of which, are all issue with pistols or assault rifles to keep at home…
  4. …yet despite the incredible amount of guns in family homes, Switzerland has one of the lowest crime rates in the world!
  5. Switzerland has 4 official languages; Swiss German, French, Italian and Romansh.
  6. There is a long tradition of high quality watchmaking in Switzerland, with many of the world’s top luxury brands based here. In fact, the wristwatch was invented in Switzerland by Patek Phillipe!
  7. School children in Switzerland usually come home to eat with their mothers at lunchtime and are given a couple of hours to do so. What a lovely idea!
  8. The world’s smallest toolbox, the Swiss Army Knife, was invented by Karl Elsener… Did you know Swiss army knives are red so that they can be seen in the snow?
interesting facts about Switzerland

Lugano, Switzerland

  1. In Switzerland they grow fruit and vegetables, grains and meat.
  2. According to the Quality of Life Index conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), Switzerland is the best place in the world to be born!
  3. The Swiss eat more chocolate than any other country in the world – they eat an astonishing 11kg per year.
  4.  60% of the country’s electricity comes from a hydroelectric power source.
  5. They are also the only country to build an airplane that is powered by solar energy.
  6. To apply for Swiss Citizenship, you have to live in Switzerland for at least 12 years.
  7. Tim Bernes Lee invented the World Wide Web in Switzerland in 1989.
  8. Switzerland’s Sonnenberg Tunnel is the largest nuclear shelter in the world capable of fitting 20,000 people in!
  9. Its even more prepared in case of a nuclear war… They have enough bunkers to house their entire population.
  10. Want to call family or friends in Switzerland?  You’ll need to use the international dialling code +41.

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