Did you know that the Swiss gave the world Absinthe, muesli, and LSD? Or is the country having 208 mountains over 3000 meters? If you don't know about these issues and you want to know more about Switzerland, read and learn about this fascinating country.
Animals in Switzerland have pretty decent rights
Dogs are allowed to enter the restaurant, and can often be seen eating in it, while social animals must be kept in pairs. Some pet owners must also follow a course on how to take care of them. Animals are pretty well looked after here. Everything went so far that in 2010 there was a referendum on whether animals should have a lawyer. It was defeated.
Switzerland is one of the best places to live in the world
Switzerland is often voted high on the list of the best places to live on safety, quality of life, and income.
Bern is actually the capital
Most people are wrong to assume that Geneva or Zurich is the capital of Switzerland. Others merely become incensed at this fact. Bern became the capital of the Swiss Union in 1848. Switzerland does not use the euro but has its currency.
Fondue wasn’t always a national dish
The melting cheese pot that you love at every opportunity in Switzerland only became popular in the 20th century. It all thanks to the Swiss Cheese Alliance - think a cheese mafia - someone who has headlining advertising both Swiss cheese and fondue to increase their sales and profits.
Swiss military men keep their guns at home
Switzerland has one of the highest gun ownership rates in the world. That's because after the man completed his mandatory military service, he had to keep the gun at home or store it in the arsenal, for a fee. Of course, most keep their semi-automatic weapons hidden at home.
Switzerland invented Velcro (and other cool stuff)
We consider Velcro to be obvious, but who can tie shoes without it? That is true, nothing. Velcro is a truly Swiss invention, and the inventor is said to have inspired the small seeds sticking to his dog's fur while walking on Jura Mountain. This is just one of the many great things that the Swiss have given us.
Weed is legal in Switzerland, but it won’t get you high
You can buy and consume, legally weed through the Swiss counter, but the THC (high effect) level must be less than one percent, which means it won’t get you high. Weed growers tinkle with other chemicals in legal drugs, so you still feel calm.
Switzerland has palm trees
You will think that a country without land, high mountains will have palm trees. But Switzerland's fascinating, diverse geography means it has a lot of microclimates that allows tropical plants to thrive in the southern regions, especially in the state of Ticino.
Switzerland’s entire population can fit in its nuclear shelters
It's great to have a nuclear shelter (required by law in Switzerland) especially that it gives you somewhere to store your belongings. There are so many of these heavy weapon holders that the entire Swiss population can avoid nuclear war, once all that stuff is moved out of course.
Those rights are respected, in bizarre ways
The law says that if your hamster, your best bud dies, you have to take another one to keep it a company. So naturally, you can hire guinea pigs until others die. Sorry, we don't need you anymore.
It’s also one of the most unfriendly countries to visit (according to foreigners)
An annual survey of foreigners who regularly report the Swiss are icier than the Great Aletsch Glacier. It is hard to make friends, tourists say, and Swiss culture is hard to overcome than the old Gruyère. So don’t be a Dummkopf and learn what not to say not to rile up the Swiss.
Switzerland has a hydra-head of state
No, this is not the result of some of Alpine's top-secret experiments that were wrong. Switzerland has a council of seven leaders ruling the country, unlike the singular leader everywhere else has chosen. One in seven voted people is the leader in just one year. Strangely, it works, and Switzerland is one of the most politically stable countries in the world.
Switzerland isn’t a pacifist country
As you can guess, all these guns are not just for display. Switzerland is neutral, but the country army is designed to mobilize in an extremely short notice in case of external aggression. It can be said that Switzerland is aggressively neutral, but that will be very meaningful.
Milk is basically the national beverage
Swiss milk tastes great. But that does not hide the fact that the Swiss have an almost unhealthy connection with their cows. They ranked fourth in the world in terms of milk consumption, but strangely, a national study showed that they did not drink enough.
Switzerland became Protestant because of a fight over sausages
OK, that’s not exactly true. But the so-called ‘affair of the sausages‘ did kickstart an argument in Zurich that led to the protestant reformation gaining force and spreading across the country. Schlechte Würstchen!
Foreign invasion could blow most entry-points into Switzerland
The Swiss seemed a bit paranoid, but they have been threatened during two World Wars, so it’s rather understandable. Most of the main arteries (bridges, tunnels and the like) are wired to blow into the best vision of a hostile takeover. Do you feel safer? Yes, me too.
There’s a Swiss Anti-PowerPoint presentation party
It is only natural that a business-focused country like Switzerland should be a rebellious place against bad PowerPoint. PowerPoint presentation party (APPP) claims scary presentations have caused Switzerland to lose 2.1 billion Swiss francs each year. They don't want to ban them, make them better.
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