“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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Best swiss movies of all time

Best swiss movies of all time

Switzerland is not Hollywood. And filmmaking has no great significance in Switzerland. Nevertheless, Swiss directors always manage to convince with high-quality and entertaining films. Here is a selection of the best and most successful Swiss films. «Heidi» (1952) There are

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Typical Zurich – metropolis, rivalry and the “ZĂĽrischnurre

Typical Zurich – metropolis, rivalry and the “ZĂĽrischnurre

Clichés make our lives easier. We are all familiar with typical national idiosyncrasies. However, people are often accorded characteristics that are completely inappropriate and far from reality. Switzerland is a country that stands for wealth, cleanliness and a bourgeois attitude.

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All about the money: What is the Swiss franc?

All about the money: What is the Swiss franc?

The Swiss franc is the currency of the Swiss Confederation and the Principality of Liechtenstein. It is divided into 100 centimes. The currency symbol is Fr. and its ISO abbreviation is CHF. The abbreviation Rp is used for centimes. In

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Switzerland has cantons – and half cantons?

Switzerland has cantons – and half cantons?

Switzerland is politically divided into several cantons and half cantons. There are 20 cantons and 6 half cantons in this country. But what is a half-canton and what is the differences between a “full” and a “half” canton? What is

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What is the official language of Switzerland?

What is the official language of Switzerland?

Due to its high quality of life and above-average wages, Switzerland is considered to be an attractive location. This is why many people aspire to relocate to this small Alpine country. In June 2004, the legal framework of the Swiss

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Why is Swiss German a dialect and not a language of its own?

Why is Swiss German a dialect and not a language of its own?

If you ask why Swiss German is not a language of its own, but rather ‘mere’ a dialect, you are also asking about the difference between what is termed a language and what is a dialect. This requires some clarification.

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Why is “CH” the country code for Switzerland?

Why is “CH” the country code for Switzerland?

According to the International Organization for Standardization, “CH”, Switzerland’s country code, stands for “Confoederatio Helvetica”. This is Latin for „Helvetic Confederation“. Where does the abbreviation “CH” come from? You have to look back a long way into the country’s history

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