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Switzerland: Interesting facts about country where Redcross was born

Switzerland is a landlocked country in Central Europe and has borders with France to the west, Italy to the south, Austria and Liechtenstein to the east and Germany to the north.

The country’s administrative capital is Bern while it judicial capital is Lausanne and the largest city is Zurich. Switzerland’s climate is temperate and varies with altitude.

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Switzerland boasts of numerous lakes, villages and it’s mountain, that is Alps located in south, Jura in the northwest. The highest point of the mountain is Dufourspitze who is at 4,634m and Lake Maggiore is 195m above sea level.

Switzerland has a total population of over 8.6 million people.


There are four official languages spoken in Switzerland. These languages are German, French, Italian and Romansh. The languages are widely spoken in different regions in the country.

German is spoken by over 60 percent of the population mainly located in the northern, central and eastern parts of the country. The locals call it Schwyzerdütsch.

According to the Schwyzerdütsch speakers, the language is made Alemannic dialects which is unique and different from that spoken in Germany or Austria.

French speakers takes about 20 percent of the population and are highly concentrated in the western region.

Italian taken up to 8 per cent who are found in the south while Romansh takes the rest and the least per cent.

Assisted suicide

Assisted suicide is very much legal in Switzerland but by omission.

In Switzerland’s constitution, assisted suicide is banned for self service purposes, or causing the death of a person intentionally for personal gains.

If the assisted suicide meets the parties involved agreements and its not for any commendable gains, then it not prohibited.

In Swiss, individuals must commit suicide with their own hands, that is, by using a medication. They must be sure of the actions they are about to undertake, in this case to die and must not be influenced by anyone.

Assisted suicide is also legal in China, Belgium and Canada among a few more countries.

Switzerland has 7,000 lakes

Switzerland boasts of 7,000 beautiful lakes that attract thousands of thousands of tourists to explore.

The largest Lake is Geneva which has an area of 580 square kilometers. 40.47 percent of the Lake extends to French where the french men call it Lac Lèman.

The largest lake that is fully on the Switzerland territory Lake Neuchâtel which has a total area of 218 km2.

The lowest point in Switzerland is Lake Maggiore with an altitude of 193 meters.

The waters in are clear and clean for consumption.

High life expectancy rate

Reports reveal that people live longer in Switzerland. It is actually second-highest life expectancy country in the world after Japan.

The country’s average age is 83 years. Women in the country live longer with an average lifespan age of 85.

The country also boasts of oldest population in Europe after having multiple people live for over 100 years.

It is said Swiss people live long due to their active lifestyles, clean air and excellent health care system.

Redcross was born in Switzerland

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement was officially founded in Switzerland in the year 1863.

The Redcross headquarters are still in Switzerland and it has expanded to gaining over 97 million volunteers.

To prove this, the Redcross flag and that of Switzerland resembles each other with a slight colour twist.

Animals have rights

People in Switzerland love animals so much. Dogs are allowed to join humans everywhere, for example in restaurants where they also eat and enjoy.

Just as humans are taxed, Switzerland dogs are also taxes. This depends on the dog’s size and weight.

Those ready to own any pets must undergo and complete a course on how to take care of them.

Those who will keep dogs are told to always make sure they exercise and have daily contact with humans. They are microchipped by a vet.

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Sports in Switzerland

Football,Mountaineering, snowboarding, and skiing are some of the popular sports in Switzerland.

In Swiss, football is most loved. It is reported that an estimation of about 10,000 matches play in the weekend.

The country has two football leagues; the Swiss Super League and the Swiss Challenge one.

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