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Transcript of Switzerland
The population of Switzerland is 8,061,516. The average age is 42 with around 44% of the population between the ages 25-54. The average life expectancy is 82 years of age.
Swiss Traditional Folklore
Traditional Folklore music consisted mainly of yodeling and alphorns. Other instruments used were: accordion, clarinet, bagpipe, violin, cello, fiddle, dulcimer.
*Believed to have been around since the 18th century*
Old Catholic Church of Switzerland
Roman Catholic 38.2%
1. Its is illegal for guinea pigs to live alone, they all must live in pairs
2. Swiss Cheese isn't from switzerland
3. In Switzerland there is a statue of a child eating man that is over 500 years old, no one knows why or who made it
4.Switzerland has enough fallout shelters to provide shelter for its entire population
5.It is illegal to deny the holocaust happened
6.There is a political party “the anti-PowerPoint party” that wishes to reduce the amount of PowerPoints used in professional presentations
7.There is a giant 3 legged statue of a chair dedicated to the opposition of landmines
8.The Swiss gave Santa Claus a counterpart who instead of giving bad children coal he beats them with a stick his name is Schmutzli, he is known as father whipper in the Netherlands
9.Switzerland has a defense strategy that involves demolishing any access routes into the country currently there are 3000 points ready to blow, in case of an attack.
10.A Swiss lawyer is dedicated to defending animal rights he has prosecuted a fisherman over taking too long to catch a pike
Popular sports in Switzerland are winter sports such as skiing, snowboarding and mountaineering. Other sports that Switzerland participates in, is football (soccer). Mountaineering is a sport/hobby involving individual or group of persons to climb medium-sized glaciated mountain areas such as the Alps or Rocky Mountains. The premier football league in Switzerland is Raiffeisen Super League which includes 10 teams which current 2014-2015 champions FC Basel. In addition, the swiss national team participated in the 2014 World Cup hosted in Brazil. The swiss national team made it to the knockout stage but lost to Argentina in extra time. They're best world cup result was quarter-finals in 1934, 1938 and 1954.
Women's clothing is usually called a dirndl as called in in Germany and Austria. It is a full skirt gathered at the waist and a tight-fitting vest or sleeveless top. A white blouse is typically worn under the dress, and the outfit is finished with stockings, buckled black shoes and a headpiece or hat.
The main languages spoken in Switzerland are German and English then French, Italian and Romansh. Throughout the history of Switzerland the main language that was spoken in the country was German. Currently most of the country is speaking German but since our generation is progressing many students are learning other languages such as English.
Men's clohting includes a knee-length pant with suspenders, often crafted from leather. Short-sleeved shirts, woolen knee-socks and heavy boots are also worn. A short-brimmed felt hat with trimming is also often worn with the outfit. The traditional name is the lederhosen.
Also known as Christian Catholic Church of Switzerland. Located in Bern, Switzerland. Member of Union of Utrecht. The Old Catholic Church of Switzerland was built in 1858-1864, last renovated in 1998. The design of the church was by Swiss architect Ferdinand Stadler. The current head of the church is Bishop Harald Rein, since elected in 2009.
The Roman Catholic religion shaped the culture and people of Switzerland. This dominant religion influences other Roman Catholics to live and come to Switzerland to be with their "kind". Also, it shapes the lifestyle because most Roman Catholics will go to church at least once every week. Thirdly, holidays and events of Roman Catholics will be acknowledged in Switzerland. For example, Christmas will be celebrated because its a major holiday for Roman Catholics. If Roman Catholicism were a minor religion in Switzerland, Christmas wouldn't be as big. So, the dominant religion of a country determines what are important dates.
Shaping the people and culture
Hand shakes are a common respectful gestue when meeting someone
There are 0.97 males/female.
99% of the population is literate and the average monthly income of Swiss people is 7,000 Swiss Francs, which is currently $9,300 CAD, as the the Swiss Franc is currently trading at 1.32 CAD.
The first symbol of Switzerland is the coat of arms, it has the white cross in the middle with the shape of a shield. The next symbol is Edelweiss, the national flower of Switzerland. The flower grows at rocky limestone places at about 1800–3000 metres altitude. The last symbol is the Alphorn, it is used by mountain dwellers in Switzerland to communicate between different regions in Europe such as from the French Alps to the Carpathians.
Punctuality is valued very highly, being on time is expected
The first people of Switzerland were a Celtic tribe named the Helvetians. Switzerland was under Roman rule from 58 B.C. to 400 A.D. The Roman culture influenced the people of Switzerland in many ways. For example, the Romans built arenas and theatres. Also, during the Romans rule, Latin was the language spoken in school. On August 1st, 1291, Switzerland officialy became a country. Switzerland was always a neutral nation, avoiding participation in wars. The last time they went to war was in 1847.
Asking Personal questions is considered rude
When you are invited over to someone's house it is proper to give a gift, avoid giving gifts such as knives or scissors as it is a sign of severing your relationship
Eye contact is required, no eye contact is regarded as rude
If you run into someone on the bus or while walking it is polite to excuse yourself
In switzerland there is no waiting in line
Did you know?
- Switzerland has no official national animal, flower, or even a motto.
- The unofficial flower is edeilweiss
- The unofficial motto is "Unus pro omnibus, omnes pro uno" (One for all, all for one)
- Dialing code is +41
- Square flag
Arena of Aventicum
These two traditional peices of Swiss clothing are actually based off of an Alpine peasant's clothing. The clothing in Switzerland was very similar to that of surrounding European countries, espically Germany.