Switzerland

Capital Bern

Population 8,341,600

Area 41,284 km2

Key facts

Switzerland is a country located in Western Europe. There are 5 countries (Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Liechtenstein) that Switzerland shares its borders with. As for languages, the country's residents speak German, French and Italian. Although English is not the official language, a large number of people in Switzerland are fluent English speakers.

In the EF English Competency Index (EF EPI), which assesses the language proficiency of non-native speaking countries, Switzerland was ranked 25th out of 100 countries in 2021.

The national currency in Switzerland is Swiss franc (CHF). The franc (CHF) is subdivided into 100 rappen (Rp.).

With today's currency rate, 1 EUR is worth 0.98 CHF and 1 USD is worth 0.99 CHF.

Swiss
Banknotes

CHF10CHF20CHF50CHF100CHF200CHF1000

Swiss
Coins

5Rp.10Rp.20Rp.50Rp.CHF1CHF2CHF5

Check with your bank before your trip to find out if there are any fees for using your card abroad. Some banks do not charge fees when you use a foreign ATM or pay in foreign currency, but others may charge a fixed cost for each transaction or allow a limited number of free withdrawals. The travel card provided by Wise.com, Revolut or Monose might be an excellent option to cut down on transaction fees.

Ookla® Speedtest The average fixed internet speed in Switzerland is 263.77 Mbps and mobile is 149.63 Mbs.The global average is 139.19 Mbps and 77.74 Mbps respectively.

ATM Density Switzerland has more ATMs than most other countries.93.96 ATMs per 100,000 people.The global average is 41.24.

SIM Registration In order to purchase a SIM card in Switzerland, a passport or ID is required as identification.

Socket types

There are 2 socket types used in Switzerland. Type C is a popular socket type throughout Europe (except the United Kingdom), Russia, and certain Asian countries.

Type C 230 V, 50 Hz  Type J 230 V, 50 Hz  

The sockets' shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).

Public holidays

In the year 2022, Switzerland will celebrate 4 national public holidays. Furthermore, there are 15 holidays that are only celebrated in certain parts of Switzerland. The next one All Saints' Day will take place on November 1.

DateHoliday name
January 1, 2022New Year's DayNeujahr
January 2, 2022St. Berchtold's DayBerchtoldstagRegional holiday
January 6, 2022EpiphanyHeilige Drei KönigeRegional holiday
March 19, 2022Saint Joseph's DayJosefstagRegional holiday
April 15, 2022Moving holidayGood FridayKarfreitagRegional holiday
April 18, 2022Moving holidayEaster MondayOstermontagRegional holiday
May 1, 2022Labour DayTag der ArbeitRegional holiday
May 26, 2022Moving holidayAscension DayAuffahrt
June 6, 2022Moving holidayWhit MondayPfingstmontagRegional holiday
June 16, 2022Moving holidayCorpus ChristiFronleichnamRegional holiday
August 1, 2022Swiss National DayBundesfeier
August 15, 2022Assumption of the Virgin MaryMaria HimmelfahrtRegional holiday
September 8, 2022Moving holidayGeneva PraydayJeûne genevoisRegional holiday
September 18, 2022Moving holidayFederal Day of ThanksgivingEidgenössischer Dank-, Buss- und BettagRegional holiday
September 19, 2022Moving holidayFederal Fast MondayBettagsmontagRegional holiday
November 1, 2022All Saints' DayAllerheiligenRegional holiday
December 8, 2022Immaculate ConceptionMariä EmpfängnisRegional holiday
December 25, 2022Christmas DayWeihnachten
December 26, 2022St. Stephen's DayStephanstagRegional holiday

Food & Hotels

What hotel chains are present in Switzerland?

There are Mariott hotels in 3 cities.

The Hilton hotel chain operates in Switzerland.

The IHG hotel chain operates in Switzerland.

The Best Western hotel chain operates in Switzerland.

There are Radisson hotels in 5 cities.

The Accor hotel chain operates in Switzerland.

What fast food chains are present in Switzerland?

Cervelat, Fondue, Rösti are some of the most well-known delicacies to come out of Switzerland. If none of these foods appeal to you, check out the list of fast-food restaurants in Switzerland below.

The McDonald's chain operates in Switzerland.

The KFC chain operates in Switzerland.

The Burger King chain operates in Switzerland.

The Subway chain operates in Switzerland.

The Domino's Pizza chain operates in Switzerland.

The Starbucks chain operates in Switzerland.

Weather

Today the sun in Bern, rises at 7:32 AM and sets at 7:04 PM. The climate of Bern may be categorized as a Marine west coast (Cfb), according to Koppen's classification system.
TodayOct 5FogLow: 6.9°C (44.42°F)High: 21.5°C (70.7°F)
ThursdayOct 6FogLow: 9.4°C (48.92°F)High: 19.6°C (67.28°F)
FridayOct 7FogLow: 7.9°C (46.22°F)High: 19.1°C (66.38°F)
SaturdayOct 8RainLow: 9.4°C (48.92°F)High: 17°C (62.6°F)
SundayOct 9FogLow: 7.2°C (44.96°F)High: 16.8°C (62.24°F)
MondayOct 10FogLow: 4.7°C (40.46°F)High: 19.6°C (67.28°F)

Weather data for Bern (capital city) by Open-Meteo.com

Transport

Railways There are passenger trains, and some of them are high-speed trains.

Subway Systems The subway system is available in Lausanne.

Taxi Apps You can use Uber in 9 cities. Bolt is available only in one city: Winterthur.

Car Rental Avis , Sixt , Hertz are all available in Switzerland.

Road Connectivity Index (2016)  With a score of 5.6, Switzerland is placed 40th out of 129 nations.

Driving Side In Switzerland traffic is right-handed.

Safety

Theft Occurrence Rate  1,449.00 thefts per 100,000 people in 2020.The global average is 544.

Road Traffic Casualties 2.20 deaths per 100,000 people in 2019.The global average is 16.71.

Travel Advisory Level (U.S. DoS)  Level 1: Exercise normal precautions. 

Emergency phones in Switzerland

112 Police
112 Ambulance
112 Fire police

Sources

Smoking & Alcohol

Smoking ban Smoking is prohibited in all public places excluding entertainment and restaurants. Local limitations may apply in some areas.

Cananbis legality Recreational usage is decriminalized, and medical use is legal.

Alcoholic drinks are defined as beverages with an alcohol concentration by volume of less than 0.5 percent.

Alcohol allowance

  • 1L of alcoholic beverages with an alcohol content by volume of over 18%
  • 5L of alcoholic beverages with an alcohol content by volume of under 18%

Tobacco allowance

  • 250 cigarettes or 250g of other tabacco products

Visa

What are visa requirements to enter Switzerland?

Currently, citizens of 92 countries can enter Switzerland without obtaining a visa. This figure includes nationals who can acquire a visa on arrival.

Use the list below to check visa requirements for your country to enter Switzerland.

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