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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Is speaking Standard Swiss German enough to live in Switzerland?

Is speaking Standard Swiss German enough to live in Switzerland?

Switzerland’s linguistic diversity Switzerland is certainly one of the most beautiful countries in Europe. The diversity of the landscape, it’s history, cultural background and linguistic diversity make this country an unusual place. There is no other place in the world

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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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Three Kings Day – otherwise known as Epiphany

Three Kings Day – otherwise known as Epiphany

Epiphany is widely celebrated in Switzerland. Special treats can be found everywhere and there are many „Verahstaltige“ (en: events) honouring the three wise men. But what exactly is this day in honour of and who were the three kings? Read

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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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Lausanne – the Olympia of modern times

Lausanne – the Olympia of modern times

The most famous five rings of modern times are not Greek; they are Swiss. In 1915, the chairman of the then IOC, Pierre de Coubertin, declared Lausanne to be the home of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). In 1994, the

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