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*HELVETIA


An ancient region of central Europe occupying a plateau between the Alps and the Jura Mountains. It was named by the Romans for its predominantly Celtic inhabitants. *HELVETIA corresponded roughly to the western part of modern SWITZERLAND and the name is still used poetically.

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Information sheet, for entry to Switzerland Click Image Right for PDF.doc Þ

Visa Application forms: Contact Link The Federal Department of Immigration of Switzerland. Click Right Image Þ

Switzerland and the World: Swiss Embassies around the World. Click Right Image Þ

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Zürich is a littLE BIG CITY

Provinces:
26 Provinces

Capital City:

Bern
Area:
41,285 sq. km. (15,941 sq. mi.)
Population Statistics:
7.8 Mio. Statics according to 2010 statistics
Political System:
Federal Republic known as Swiss Confederation, with many Democratic Political Parties.
SVP/UDC: Swiss Peoples Party (Leader Mr. Toni Brunner)
SP/PSS: Social Democratic Party (Leader Mr. Christian Levrat)
FDP/PLR: The Liberals (Leader Mr. Fulvio Pelli)
BDP/PBD: Conservative Democratic Party (Leader Mr. hans Grunder)
GPS/PES: Green Party (Leader Mr. Ueli Leuenberger)
GLP/PVL: Green Liberal Party (Leader Mr. Martin Bäumie)
EVP/PEV: Evangelical Peoples Party (Leader Mr. Ruedi Aeschbacher)
CVP/PCS: Chriatian Peoples Party (Leader Mr. Christophe Darbellay)
Official Languages:

Swiss German (approx.63%) French approx.19%) Italian (approx.8%) and Rumansch 1% others (approx.9%)


Religions:
Roman Catholic 42%, Protestant 33%, Muslim 4.3%, others 5.4%, no religion 11%

Swiss Post Office Hours:
07.30 to 12.00 and 13.30 to 18.00 Pm
Zurich Shilpost until 23.00 Pm
Population:
Switzerland has a population of 7.8 million as of 2010. More than 75% of the population lives in the central plain, which stretches between the Alps and the Jura Mountains and from Geneva in the southwest to the Rhine River and Lake Constance in the northeast. Resident foreigners and temporary foreign workers make up about 20% of the population. The year 2010 was marked by an increase in the number of births, marriages and divorces. The number of deaths remained practically stable. Only the number of registered partnerships fell by 17% compared with 2009. These are the provisional findings of the statistics of natural population change for 2010 from the Federal Statistical Office (FSO).


National Holiday:
August 01st (Swiss Confederation Signed on this date in Rüti in Province Schweiz)
Big Cities and Famous places to visit in Switzerland:
Arosa, Basel, Bern, Einsiedeln, Geneva, Grindelwald, Interlagen, Lausanne, Lugano, Luzern, Locarno, Solothurn, Schaffhausen, St. Gallen, St. Moritz, Zermatt, Wallis, Zürich
Major Airports:
Zurich and Geneva International Airports also Euro Airport in Basel

Traffic Regulation in Switzerland:

Freeway (Autobahn Verniete) is Compulsory
Motorway Maximum Speed Limit 120/Km
Open Road 80 Km
City Limit 50 Km
Housing areas and Schools 20-30 Km
Alcohol 0.5 mg/ml
Banking Hours:
08.30 to 16.30 Pm
Major Banks:
UBS and Credit Suisse (also others)
Shopping Hours:
In Zurich City 09.00 to 20 Hours
Other Varies
Business Hours:
(Varies on Cities)
In Zurich from 09.00 Am to 20.00 Am
Office Hours:
08.00 - 12.00 Am and 13.30 - 17 Pm
Currency:
Swiss Francs
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International Importance:
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), founded in Geneva in 1863, Birth place of Red Cross. International Organizations like UN Office, World Trade Organization. Part of Schengen Criteria. Non EU Union member.



1. UNO: United Nations Office in Geneva 2. ICRC: International Red Cross Geneva 3. ZURICH Airport Arrivals & Departures 4. SBB: Swiss Fedaral Railways 5. ZVV: Zurich Transport Board is the ZVV 6. Federal Roads Office (FEDRO) 7. Swiss Post
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Swiss Glaciers:

Aletsch Glacier, Gorner Glacier, Morteratsch Glacier, Rhône Glacier, Ice Pavilion Mittelallalin Saas Fee
Swiss Mountains:
Muottas Muragl - Weisshorn - The Noth Face of the Eiger - Simplon Hospice - Rochers de Naye - Rigi - Piz Corvatsch - Piz Bernina - Pilatus- Chäserrugg - Capolago - MonteGeneroso - Matterhorn - Jungfrau Joch - Gornergrat - Fronalpstock - Flumserberg - Eggishorn


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Muottas MuraglWeisshorn  The Noth Face of the EigerSimplon HospiceRochers de NayeRigiPiz CorvatschPiz Bernina PilatusMuottas MuraglCapolagoMonte Generoso MatterhornJungfraujochGornergrat, ZermattFrontalpstockFlumserberg Eggishorn, Wallis


Swiss Passes and Mountain Roads:
Albis pass Zurich 791 m (2,595 ft) . Albula Pass Graubunden 2,315 m (7,595 ft) . Bernina Pass Graubunden 2,328 m (7,638 ft) . Etzel Pass Schwyz 950 m (3,117 ft) . Flüela Pass Graubünden 2,383 m (7,818 ft) . Furka Pass Wallis 2, 436 m (7, 992 ft) Great St. Bernard Pass Wallis (2, 469 m) 8,100 ft) . Julier Pass Graubünden 2,284 m (7, 493 ft) . Maloja Pass Garubünden 1, 815 m (5,955 ft) . St. Bernadino Pass Graubünden 2, 065 m (6,775 ft) .Simplon Pass Wallis 2, 005 m (6, 578 ft) . St. Gotthrad Pass Uri 2, 106 m (6,909 ft)
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Albis Pass Zurich 791 m (2,595 ft) Albula Pass Graubünden 2,315 m (7,595 ft) Bernina Pass Graubünden 2,328 m (7,638 ft)  Etzel Pass Schwyz 950 m (3,117 ft) Flüela Pass Graubünden 2,383 m (7,818 ft) Furka Pass Wallis 2, 436 m (7, 992 ft) Great St. Bernard Pass Wallis (2, 469 m) 8,100 ft)  Julier Pass Graubünden 2,284 m (7, 493 ft) Maloja Pass Garubünden 1, 815 m (5,955 ft)  Simplon Pass Wallis 2, 005 m (6, 578 ft) St. Bernadino Pass Graubünden 2, 065 m (6,775 ft) St. Gotthrad Pass Uri  2, 106 m (6,909 ft)


Major Lakes in Switzerland with Surface Area including the related Cities :

Lake Biel (39.3 km²) Bern, Neuchâtel - Boden See/Lake Constance (536 km²) St.Gallen/Thurgau - Geneva Lac Leman (345.31 km²) Geneva/Vaud/Valais - Lake Maggiore (212.5 km²) Tessin/Italy - Lake Lucerne/Vierwaldstättersee (113.6 km²) Lucerne/Nidwalden/Obwalden/Schwyz/Uri - Lake Zurich (88.66 km²) St.Gallen/Schwyz/Zurich - Lake Lugano (48.7 km²) Tessin/Italy- Lake Thun/Thurnersee (48.3 km²) Bern - Lake Zug (38.3 km2) Lucerne/Zug/Schwyz) Sihlsee (11.3 km²) Schwyz - Lake of Gruyère (9.60 km²) Friburg - Lake Neuchâtel (218.3 km²) Berne,Fribourg,Neuchâtel,Vaud.

Boden See/Lake Constance  (536 km²) St.Gallen/Thurgau Lake of Gruyère (9.60 km²) Freiburg Geneva Lac Leman (345.31 km²) Geneva/Vaud/Valais Lake Maggiore (212.5 km²) Tessin/Italy Lake Zurich (88.66 km²) St.Gallen/Schwyz/Zurich Lake Biel (39.3 km²) Bern, Neuchâtel Lake Lugano (48.7 km²) Tessin/ItalyLake Neuchâtel (218.3 km²) Berne,Fribourg,Neuchâtel,Vaud.Lake Thun/Thurnersee (48.3 km²) Bern Sihlsee (11.3 km²) Schwyz Lake Lucerne/Vierwaldstättersee (113.6 km²) Lucerne/Nidwalden/Obwalden/Schwyz/Uri


Some of the Swiss Traditional Food:
Swiss Lady Enjoying Snack Food at Home . Drink a Beer and Relax after a Deal . Ah..What a Food for a Swiss Breakfast . Group of Businessmen enjoying Swiss Food . Ah..What a Food for a Swiss Breakfast . Pasta with Eggs bullseye - can enjoy Lunch or Dinner . Starter Menu start with Candle Light . Festmenu, then make Fllet in Pasta . Starter Menu start with Candle Light . Dried Meat Special from Province Graubunden . Nothing to beat a Swiss Cheese Plate . Evening Tea or Coffee enjoy with a Choclate Cake and Raspberries . A Special Occassion? then try Fondue Pastete . Fondue Chinoise a Swiss Speciality . Swiss Cheese Fondue Heavy but its Swiss . Swiss Fondue . mmmm!! thats Swiss raclette but nothing else . Smashed potatoes then its surly a Swiss Rosti with a St.Gallen Sausage . Petit-déjeuner? must with be Swiss Bread Sortiments . Surely this is a Swiss Cheese with many holes? . Swiss Choclates - Nothing to Beatwith? . Varietes of Swiss Grapes . Enjoy a Glass of Swiss Red - White - or Rose Wine and tell to a Freind
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Swiss Lady Enjoying Snack Food at HomeDrink a Beer and Relax after a DealVisting Corporate Executives  enjoying Swiss FoodAh..What a Food for a Swiss BreakfastPasta with Eggs bullseye - can enjoy Lunch or DinnerFestmenu, then make Fllet in PastaStarter Menu start with Candle LightDried Meat Special from Province GraubundenNothing to beat a Swiss Cheese PlateEvening Tea or Coffee enjoy with a Choclate Cake and RaspberriesA Special Occassion? then try Fondue PasteteFondue Chinoise a Swiss SpecialitySwiss Cheese Fondue Heavy but its SwissSwiss Fonduemmmm!! thats Swiss raclette but nothing elseSmashed potatoes then its surly a Swiss Rosti with a St.Gallen SausagePetit-déjeuner? must with be Swiss Bread SortimentsSwiss Choclates - Nothing to Beatwith?Varietes of Swiss GrapesEnjoy a Glass of Swiss Red - White - or Rose Wine and tell to a Freind


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