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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Banking in Switzerland

Banking in Switzerland

Switzerland is well known for its banks and money. For many years now, the country has been a popular place for financial investments and foreign accounts. This is due in part to the confidentiality that the banks offer their clients.

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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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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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When do I even need a motorway vignette in Switzerland?

When do I even need a motorway vignette in Switzerland?

Motorway vignette in Switzerland A motorway vignette for driving on Swiss motorways is obligatory for all vehicles with a total weight of up to 3.5 tons. If this weight is exceeded, for example by trucks, a heavy goods vehicle tax

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What type of permit do I need to stay in Switzerland?

What type of permit do I need to stay in Switzerland?

First and most importantly, anyone who stays in Switzerland for more than three months must have a residence permit. A residence permit, also known as a foreigner’s ID card, is issued by the Cantonal Migration Office responsible for your place

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The Swiss National Day on 1st August

The Swiss National Day on 1st August

So you have decided to learn Swiss German? Learning about a language involves more than just understanding the words; it is always good to know about the culture and traditions of the country whose language you are learning. If you

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Newspapers in Switzerland

Newspapers in Switzerland

Print is not dead! Newspapers are still a popular way to get „Wichtigi Nochrichte“ (en: important news) on politics, culture and sports. Which newspaper should you read? Decide which ones are for you after ready our handy guide to the

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Herzlich Willkommen or Bienvenue to Charming Biel

Herzlich Willkommen or Bienvenue to Charming Biel

The charming town of Biel in canton Berne is the largest bilingual city in Switzerland. Walking through the streets and listening to the chatter in both Swiss German and French lends a unique pleasant atmosphere to the town. Hallo/Grüezi and

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The Swiss Guard – a Melding of Tradition and Modernity

The Swiss Guard – a Melding of Tradition and Modernity

Switzerland may be small, but it has always been a nation of warriors. Even Tacitus, the Roman historian, asserted that the Swiss were a very militant people. They were to prove this particularly in the 14th century at the Battle

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