Interesting facts about Switzerland
• Interesting facts about Switzerland
Yes, you probably know that in Switzerland there are the Alps, reliable banks and lots of chocolate. But you probably did not know the other - sometimes strange and crazy - the facts about this country. For example, it is the only direct democracy in the world, that it adopted the most liberal laws on weapons and yes even the palm trees in it! So, let's get down to business and honor the most incredible and amazing facts about one of the richest countries in the world.
You probably would never have thought that in Switzerland there are some of the most liberal laws on weapons (on the population of 8 million accounted for 2, 3-4, 5 million barrels).
Also in this country it is one of the lowest crime rates in the world.
Foreigners make up 23% of 8 million people in Switzerland.
In Switzerland, there is not only a mountain! In the south of the country, such as palm trees - you will find them in the area of Lake Lugano.
In Switzerland, the 4 national languages - German, French, Italian and Romansh.
According to the quality of life index, developed by Economist Intelligence Unit, Switzerland - the best place in which to be born. This index consists of indicators of employment, level of crime, quality of life, health care system, a sense of satisfaction with life, and so on. D.
The country has 208 mountains over 3000 meters high and 24 higher than 4,000 meters.
Stereotypes justified - chocolate really is the largest export commodity.
In the event of a nuclear war, the Swiss built bunkers that can accommodate the entire population of the country.
Also, in case of war, they can easily turn their road to the landing strip, removing interchanges and intersections.
Let us go back to the chocolate ... The Swiss have come up with an edible gold chocolate.
Swiss Fines for speeding depend on the income of a citizen. Recently, one Swiss, exceeded the speed limit on the Ferrari, was fined nearly a quarter of a million dollars, because he earned a million dollars a year.
The Swiss live in the world's only country with direct democracy. This means that any citizen could call into question any law and propose changes to the constitution.
Have you ever wondered why the Swiss domain denoted by the letters CH? Well, reveal secret because the name of the country in the Latin alphabet (which, incidentally, is often used in other areas) sounds - Confoederatio Helvetica.
Again, to chocolate ... Each year in Berne produced 7 million Toblerone chocolate bars.
In 2010, the average annual salary of a Swiss teacher was 120 000 dollars, while in the US teachers earn an average of 35 000 a year.
Military service is obligatory for men starting from 18 years. Due to the fact that most of the adult male population is in the army reserve, all men should have weapons at home and the necessary ammunition to be ready for action at any time. And you thought the Swiss - a bunch of pacifists?
In Bern there are 500-year-old statue of a man devouring the babies out of the bag. No one knows why put this eerie monument.
The Swiss army is prepared every potential mountain pass and tunnel to the possibility of undermining. What for? In case of war Switzerland will close all the way to attack the enemy.
In Switzerland, there is no head of state. Instead, it has a board of 7 members, which does all the work.
There is also no capital, because the constitution is not listed (Bern is the capital de facto).
In Geneva, there is a statue of a huge three-legged stool on which symbolizes the condemnation of anti-personnel mines.
In 1802, the Swiss started the war called Shteklikrig. Do you know what the craziest? They were armed only with sticks, because Napoleon took their weapons.
The only part of the Swiss knife, which is made not in Switzerland - it's a corkscrew. It is made in Japan.
Again, we are here to destroy your opinion about Switzerland as a country of pacifists ... In the army there are equipped with all the necessary bins disguised as country houses, which are located in the most populated towns. Switzerland is better not to quarrel ...