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Swiss Confederation > Details

Country Name
Swiss Confederation
Geographical Area
15,940 sq mi (41,285 sq km)
7,925,517 (Oct 2014 est.)
Capital City
People   German 65%, French 18%, Italian 10%, Romansch 1%, other 6%
Language   German (official) 63.7%, French (official) 20.4%, Italian (official) 6.5%, Serbo-Croatian 1.5%, Albanian 1.3%, Portuguese 1.2%, Spanish 1.1%, English 1%, Romansch (official) 0.5%, other 2.8%
Religion   Roman Catholic 42%, Protestant 35%, Orthodox 2%, Muslim 4%, none 11%
Government   Switzerland’s existence as a modern federal state dates back to 1848. The government is made up of seven members, elected by the Federal Assembly.
Head of Government   Federal Chancellor: Corina Casanova
Embassy   U.S. Embassy, Sulgeneckstrasse 19, CH-3007 Bern Tel: (+031) 357-70-11
Visas   A Switzerland tourist visa is not required for citizens of the United States or Canada for a stay up to 90 days. We strongly recommend traveling with 6 months validity on your passport at all times.
Health Risks   There are no additional vaccinations or immunizations required.
Clothing Suggestions   The clothing worn is the same clothing most people wear in western countries. It mainly depends on the occasion.
Time Zone:   Switzerland is located in the Central European Time zone (CET), 6 hours later than Eastern Standard Time.
Banking / Exchange   Bank opening hours vary, but are generally between 8.30 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. on Mondays to Fridays. ATMs are available throughout the country, and these accept foreign-issued debit and credit cards. There are facilities to exchange currency and travelers checks at rail stations throughout the country, which are open long hours and charge no commission.
Currency   Swiss Francs (CHF)
Electric Current   Voltage and frequency is the same as in most European countries: Voltage: 220 V . Frequency: 50 Hz
Credit Cards / Traveler Checks   Credit and debit cards can be used in shops, restaurants and hotels, in all cities and main towns, but in some rural areas it is necessary to use cash. There are facilities to exchange currency and travelers checks at rail stations throughout the country, which are open long hours & charge no commission.
Shopping   Whether you are looking for the ultimate Swiss Army knife, a classical watch or an extravagant piece of jewelry - or maybe just some chocolate and cheese, you will find it in Switzerland.
Weights & measures   Metric
How to shop Tax Fee   You can save money when shopping, simply by asking about Global Blue Tax Free Cheques!
Foreign visitors are entitled to a refund when they make purchases in excess of CHF 300 (including VAT), provided the goods leave the country within 30 days. When paying for your purchases, ask for a Tax Refund Cheque. Visit for details.
National Airport   Zurich ZHR and Geneva GVA
Major Tourist Attractions   Zurich, Geneva, Lucerne
Tipping Suggestion   Tipping for transfers and guides is customary. There is no obligation to tip in restaurants, bars, hotels, etc. since service is included. It is customary to tip tour guides 5 to 7 EUR per person per day on multiday tours and drivers 3 to 5 EUR per person per day. The suggested tip for day tours is 10 to 15 EUR for the guide and 5 EUR for the driver.
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