Switzerland - Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide To Customs & Culture
  • Switzerland - Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide To Customs & Culture
  • Switzerland - Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide To Customs & Culture
  • Switzerland - Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide To Customs & Culture
ISBN: 1857338448
EAN13: 9781857338447
Language: English
Pages: 168
Dimensions: 0.6" H x 6.4" L x 4.4" W
Weight: 0.4 lbs.
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There is far more to Switzerland than beautiful scenery, chocolate, watches, faceless bankers, and spotless cities. The real Switzerland is full of surprises and anything but bland. This small, rugged, landlocked country at the heart of Europe has been a confederation since the first three cantons came together in a defensive alliance in 1291. Four national languages are spoken within its borders. Its present twenty-six cantons are largely autonomous and retain their individual characters. In this grassroots democracy real power lies with the people, who exercise it directly through frequent referendums. Swissness is, above all, a spirit of independence and of communal involvement. Although it is a model of peace and multicultural cooperation, with one of the highest standards of living in Europe, Switzerland's prosperity has been hard-won. Historically neutral, it maintains a semi-detached relationship within the European Union. In 2014, a national referendum supported quotas on EU migrants. Despite the several hundred thousand EU nationals living and working within its borders, and almost half a million Swiss working in the EU, this small, resource-poor country appears determined to retain its independence. Culture Smart Switzerland provides an historical perspective, explores Swiss values and attitudes, and looks at the cultural continuity of festivals and traditions. It Read More chevron_right

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