Pictures from Switzerland

Last updated Mar 31, 2022 | Published on Jul 17, 2002North and Central Europe, Photo Galleries, Switzerland

This is a collection of Sandalsand’s pictures from Switzerland. They are essentially from the north – Luzern and Bern, in addition to a couple from Liechtenstein.

If you look up all articles from Switzerland, you will find this picture gallery page, a video and a World Heritage Site. There are still no regular travelogues to read. Start with these pictures from Switzerland.

A road trip to central Europe: Germany, Austria, Switzerland and France. This picture gallery covers Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

Afterwards, find more photo galleries on Sandalsand

Fast facts

Learn about the country on Wikipedia. Here is a moderated excerpt:

Switzerland is a landlocked country at the confluence of Western, Central and Southern Europe. The country is a federal republic with 26 cantons, with federal authorities in Bern. Switzerland borders Italy to the south, France to the west, Germany to the north as well as Austria and Liechtenstein to the east. Geographically, it spans the Swiss Plateau, the Alps and the Jura with a total area of 41,285 km2. The Swiss population of approximately 8.5 million concentrates mostly on the plateau; where the largest cities and economic centres are, among them Zürich, Geneva and Basel.

Switzerland occupies the crossroads of Germanic and Romance Europe, as reflected in its four main linguistic and cultural regions: German, French, Italian and Romansh. The majority of the population are German-speaking. However, Swiss national identity is rooted in a common historical background, shared values such as federalism and direct democracy, as well as Alpine symbolism.

Due to its linguistic diversity, Switzerland has a variety of native names; Schweiz, Suisse, Svizzera and Svizra. On coins and stamps, the Latin name, Confoederatio Helvetica – frequently shortened to “Helvetia” – is used instead of the four national languages.

A developed country, it has the highest nominal wealth per adult and also the eighth-highest per capita gross domestic product; it has been a tax haven. It ranks highly on some international metrics, including economic competitiveness and human development. Its cities such as Zürich, Geneva and Basel rank among the highest in the world in terms of quality of life, albeit with some of the highest costs of living in the world. In 2020, IMD placed Switzerland first in attracting skilled workers. The WEF ranks it the fifth most competitive country globally.

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