SWITZERLAND

SWITZERLAND (Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera/Svizra)

  • Flag:  The Swiss flag is a red square with a white cross in the middle. It is one of the two remaining perfect square flags in the world, the other being the flag of the Vatican City State. The design was adapted from the flag of one of its three original cantons, which reflects a common flag patter during the medieval times. It was first used in 1800, and declared as the official national flag in 1889.
  • Total Area: 15,942 sq mi (41,290 sq km)
  • Government: Federal republic
  • Languages: German (official) 64.9%, French (official) 22.6%, Italian (official) 8.3%, Serbo-Croatian 2.5%, Albanian 2.6%, Portuguese 3.4%, Spanish 2.2%, English 4.6%, Romansch (official) 0.5%, other 5.1% (2012 est.)
  • Religion: Roman Catholic 38.2%, Protestant 26.9%, Muslim 4.9%, other Christian 5.7%, other 1.6%, none 21.4%, unspecified 1.3% (2012 est.)
  • Date/s visited: May 2014 (4 days)

Blog entries:

  1. Geneva, Switzerland: The smallest of big cities
  2. Geneva: Falling in love with the Jet d’Eau while on board a Belle Epoque paddle steamer!
  3. Geneva’s Old Town: Of cobblestone streets and charming squares (Part 1)
  4. Geneva’s Old Town: Of cobblestone streets and charming squares (Part 2)
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