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Frequently Asked Questions about Switzerland.

This FAQ about the about Switzerland was compiled and written by Marc Schaefer schaefer@alphanet.ch with numerous contributions by others.

-1. Introduction
This newsgroup (in French, this is translated by ``forum'', or ...
-1.1 Original newsgroup charter
PURPOSE AND ...
-2. Switzerland: the Country - Introduction
Switzerland is a small country in the center of Western Europe[1],...
-2.2 Switzerland History: Some dates
Founding date of the Swiss Confederation by the ...
-2.2.2 Well-known Swiss people (past and present)
NOTE: there is no point in submitting new items for ...
-2.2.3 Well-known people who have lived (or live) in Switzerland
NOTE: there is no point in submitting new items for ...
-2.2.4 Swiss Nobel Prize winners
1901 Henry Dunant, Peace (red cross)...
-2.3 Switzerland: Figures
These figures where found in La Suisse - de la formation des Alpes ...
-2.3.1 Switzerland: Languages
Swiss citizens living in Switzerland (1970)...
-2.3.2 Switzerland: Main cities
Zuerich, (`ue' replaces the German umlaut), business and ...
-2.3.3 Switzerland: Miscellaneous
-2.4 Switzerland: Political system
The political system is mainly composed of three levels: the ...
-2.4.1 Switzerland: Communal
Those 18 years of age or older are eligible to vote. In some cantons,...
-2.4.2 Switzerland: Cantons
Voters are women or men aged 18 (no foreigners). Eligible are same....
-2.4.3 Switzerland: Confederation
The Federal Constitution from 1848 has been largely influenced by ...
-2.4.4 For more information
For a more extensive chapter on Swiss foreign policy you might want ...
-2.5.1 Switzerland: Federalism and multiculturalism
One of the riches of Switzerland is its multi-cultural fabric:...
-2.5.2 Switzerland: Transportation
If Switzerland wants to continue to be the gateway between the ...
-2.5.3 Switzerland: EU and participation in other international organizations
Currently these are hot topics in Switzerland. Switzerland is not ...
-2.5.5 Switzerland: Immigrants, Foreign Workers, and Refugees
Switzerland has a long tradition of being a country prone to ...
-2.5.6 Switzerland: Working conditions
Unemployment rates are again lower in 2001 (tendance: rising, ...
-2.6 Visiting Switzerland
Switzerland has excellent tourist offices in many places, see 4 ...
-2.7 Looking for a job in Switzerland
Switzerland is not an immigration country. You only have a chance ...
-2.8 Switzerland: School system
Compulsory school (and also non compulsory school, Universities,...
-2.9 Swiss citizenship / The Swiss Permits
Switzerland has a complicated permit system. The permits define ...
-2.9.2 Obtaining the Swiss citizenship
Time spent as a student is definitely valid for residence ...
-2.9.2.1 Obtaining the Swiss citizenship When Married to a Swiss person
When you get married to a Swiss man/woman (the new legislation ...
-2.9.2. Obtaining the Swiss citizenship When Not Married to a Swiss person
Patience, and money should help :-) (really, is ...
-3.1.1 Internet in Switzerland: Service Providers
See http://www.yoodle.ch for a list of access (service?) providers ...
-3.1.2 Internet Coffee Shops
French-speaking part:...
-3.2.1 Switzerland: Military service
Military service is compulsory for every male Swiss. There is ...
-3.2.2 Switzerland: Regulations on guns
(most of this contributed by Emmanuel BAECHLER)...
-3.2.3 Switzerland: Guns popularity
Guns are very popular in Switzerland: there are a lot of ...
-3.2.4 Switzerland: Guns abuse
Compared to the amount of weapons kept at home because of the Military,...
-3.3 Swiss navy
Switzerland is land-locked. However, following the experiences in ...
-3.4 5th Switzerland
There are 4 cultures in Switzerland. However, there is a fifth: ...
-3.5 Swiss-German vs German
You have to know that Swiss-German is very different from German....
-3.6 Switzerland: Universities in Ticino
At the moment there is one Italian speaking University in Switzerland,...
-3.7.1 Introduction
Swiss laws may vary from Canton to Canton. However, some matters ...
-3.7.2 Rape or sexual prosecution or discrimination
There are laws, even against rape in marriage (e.g. a husband may ...
-3.8 Swiss tax system
Switzerland due to its federal nature has a complex tax system, at ...
-3.9 Switzerland: Rumantsch
The fourth language of Switzerland, also called ``Rhaeto-Romanisch''...
-3.10 Switzerland: Abortion
(most of it from Yvan BOTTERON)...
-3.11 Switzerland: World War II : Introduction
There have been recently a lot of questions about the comportment ...
-3.11.2 Switzerland's general situation in WWII
FACTS: Switzerland, at least from 1941 onward, is completely ...
-3.11.3 Switzerland: World War II: Attitude towards Jews
FACTS: Switzerland did ask the German to put the 'J' on German Jews'...
-3.11.4 Switzerland: World War II: The stolen gold / dormant accounts.
In summary, the following actions have already been taken by ...
-3.11.5 Switzerland: World War II: Chronology
1995 Kaspar VILLIGER apologizes for the 'J'....
-3.11.6 Switzerland: World War II: More information
An extensive collection of case studies, official documents ...
-3.11.7 Switzerland: Swiss Money
This is an approximate cost of the ``dormant account'' crisis....
-3.12 Switzerland: Health System
To draw a few sketches (more answers might come from soc.culture.swiss,...
-4.1 Swiss institutions/products in the US and Australia
-4.3 Swiss institutions/products in Other countries
Swiss National Tourist Office in Canada (the Swiss Consulate General ...
-4.4 Swiss Products
The swiss products usually can be recognized with the ``arbalete''...
-5. More information
More information can be found on WWW from the Switzerland Home Page,...
-6. Credits
Some of the following people contributed large parts of this document....









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