10 Facts About Switzerland


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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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