Switzerland is a country located in the heart of Europe, south of Germany and East of France. A country with a rich heritage, it is one of the most important ‘go to’ destinations in all of Europe. It is made famous for the Rhine River and Liechtenstein, it’s landlocked tiny neighbor. There is much that can be said about Switzerland. There’s also so much to do in Switzerland around the Rhine River as well. Of course, it is well known that Switzerland is one of the most expensive countries to visit which means that you have to make sure your pocket is deep enough before attempting a long vacation in this country. But, the quality of life, safety, and other thing you’d want as a tourist are abundant here. So, if you do want to ever visit Switzerland but are curious about the country, here are five interesting things to know about the country.
- The Highest Chocolate Consumption in the World is in Switzerland
The Swiss love chocolate, to the point where they consume the highest number of chocolates anywhere in the world. On average, the average person consumes chocolates to the tune of about 11 kilos a year. In addition to this, the country also has a large chocolate industry, which forms a significant part of its exports in excess of 100 thousand tons a year.
- Switzerland Escaped the WW2
Although much of Europe was devastated during the Second World War, Switzerland largely remained unscathed. While there are many reasons for this, one of the main reasons for this was that the country had a strict policy of neutrality, meaning that they were against nobody. This meant that they never really had any enemies, including Hitler, even though the country had a large German-speaking population.
- Switzerland Has a High Degree of Dependency on Hydropower
Switzerland has a vast network of dams spread out across the country, to the tune of over 500, including those related to the Rhine River. With over half of the power produced from the dams being form hydropower, the country has one of the highest rates in the world.
- About One-Fourth of Switzerland is Foreigners
Switzerland has one of the highest numbers of foreigners in the country, to the tune of about 25% or one-fourth. Belonging to ethnicities and nationalities from around the world, they make up a sizeable portion of the Swiss population in the country. This would increase a bit more if one were to take into consideration those whose ancestry is from foreigners, i.e. those who are second or third generation immigrants.
- Lake Geneva is full of Shipwrecks
Lake Geneva in Switzerland is the largest lake in the country, and abounds with shipwrecks. It is estimated that the place has an estimated forty or so shipwrecks in its waters. Certainly, this history would have made Lake Geneva a scary lake to sail back in the days when getting shipwrecked was common.
Of course, there is more to the country than the things mentioned in the points above. In more ways than one, it is a country second to none for everything from travel to history and culture to nature.