Switzerland’s unique political system

Switzerland’s unique political system

Every country has its own political system, and Switzerland’s political system is something very special worldwide. Switzerland is neither a purely parliamentary nor a presidential democracy. It is based on the so-called directorial system. This system of government is characterised by

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The interesting development of Swiss German

The interesting development of Swiss German

From Moin (in Northern Germany) to GrĂĽĂźgott (in Southern Germany), GrĂĽessech (in Berne), GrĂĽezi (in Zurich) to Servus (in Austria), the German language has many forms. What is usually called SchwiizerdĂĽĂĽtsch in contrast to High German (the standard written German

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The best health insurers for newcomers in Switzerland

The best health insurers for newcomers in Switzerland

The Swiss are among the best insured nations in the world. One could also say that the Swiss are overinsured. In Switzerland, you can insure just about anything you care about: your health, your household belongings, your car, your travel,

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“Schweizerpsalm” – how Switzerland got its own anthem after all

“Schweizerpsalm” – how Switzerland got its own anthem after all

Imagine you are sitting in a full football stadium and the national anthems of both teams are being played. And both anthems sound exactly the same. Unimaginable? Copied from the English – or shall we say stolen? Not in Switzerland.

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How to quickly integrate and make friends in Switzerland

How to quickly integrate and make friends in Switzerland

Switzerland is not exactly an easy place to settle in and make new friends. Foreigners and expats living in Switzerland often talk about their difficulties to socially integrate. If you haven’t grown up here and made friends in school and

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Each canton its own dialect

Each canton its own dialect

There are 26 cantons in Switzerland. 20 of them in German-speaking Switzerland, including the half cantons. Each canton has its own dialect, which results in quite a variety. To help you keep track, here are the dialects based on their

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