Basel, Switzerland

Sali Koleegän!

A great card from Switzerland! My first swiss one actually! I couldn’t believe it took me so long to finally get one from Switzerland! So thank you very much Hjördis!

Basel is witzerland’s third most populous city with about 166,000 inhabitants. Located where the Swiss, French and German borders meet, Basel also has suburbs in France and Germany. In 2011, the Basel agglomeration was the third largest in Switzerland with a population of 500,600.

Switzerland is a multilingual country, which I think is pretty amazing when you think about how small it is. They speak Frensh, Italian and German in Switzerland. But for me as a native german speaker the German (it is called Schwitzerdütsch) the talk there is nearly not understandable. They do understand “german” German but no way you understand them.

Here are some facts about Switzerland:

  1. Switzerland’s climate is ideal, with no excessive heat, cold or humidity.
  2. Switzerland is also known as Confoederatio Helvetica, which explains the abbreviation CH.
  3. Switzerland has 26 cantons
  4. The Swiss currency is not the euro, but the Swiss franc (CHF).
  5. Switzerland has one of the lowest crime rates of all industrialised countries.
  6. Switzerland has a population of about 7.4 million.
  7. Foreigners account for 20% of the population.
  8. The number of elderly people is increasing: Switzerland has more centenarians per head of population than any other country in Europe.
  9. Many older people live alone or in retirement homes.
  10. People marry relatively late (men with 31 years and women with 28.7 years); divorce rate around 53 percent.
  11. The average number of children per woman is around 1.4; the average age of a woman at birth of first child is 29.
  12. Switzerland lags behind most Western European countries in many aspects of sex equality.
  13. There are large differences between men and women in the labour market.
  14. Far more women than men work part time. In 2006 nearly 58 percent of working women were employed part time, while the figure for men was just over 11 percent.
  15. Women did not gain the vote at federal level until 1971, and they are still underrepresented in political life.I send love!
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