10 Facts About Switzerland

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The tiny landlocked nation of Switzerland is known for its beauty, landscape, cheese and above all as a financial haven. Here are 10 fun and interesting facts about Switzerland.


1
Switzerland has a square flag; the only other square country flag belongs to the Vatican.

2
Switzerland is one of the world’s great exporters of chocolate.

3
The Swiss eat more chocolate than any other nation in the world, 11.3 kg per year.

4
Amongst industrialized nations, Switzerland has one of the highest rates of gun ownership, but has nearly half the gun-related deaths the United States has.

5
In Switzerland, it is illegal to keep just one guinea pig; they must be kept in pairs.

6
There is a lawyer, Antoine Goetschel, in Switzerland who represents animals in court. He even once prosecuted a fisherman for taking too long to catch a Pike.

7
Teaching in Switzerland is one of the highest paid occupations. As of 2014, the average salary for a Swiss teacher was $68,000 per year.

8
The Swiss government has mandated a program to provide every Swiss citizen a bomb shelter.

9
In Switzerland, there are more banks than dentists, one per 1,400 residents.

10
In 1802 the Swiss fought a war called Stecklikrieg with wooden clubs against France because Napoleon had taken away their weapons.