Society & History

Immerse yourself in Switzerland’s society by learning about its rich history, its attitudes towards religion and diversity, and its most famous inventions.

Switzerland neutral

Why Switzerland is a neutral country

Everyone knows Switzerland is neutral. But what does that actually mean for the Swiss? Find out with our guide.

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Switzerland diversity

Diversity in Switzerland: looking at Swiss demographics

The Swiss nation generally loves foreigners – as long as they don’t infringe on Swiss culture, writes Mark Hay, who looks at the rising xenophobia spilling over into Swiss politics.

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Swiss cuisine

A complete guide to Swiss cuisine

Discover what culinary treats await you in Switzerland and learn about the country’s favorite dishes with our guide to Swiss cuisine.

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Switzerland government

A guide to Switzerland’s government and political system

Switzerland is home to autonomous cantons, four national languages, a long tradition of direct democracy, and a unique federal government.

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History of Switzerland

A brief history of Switzerland

One of the oldest countries in the world with a rich history, Switzerland is home to a diverse set of fairly autonomous cantons.

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Social etiquette Switzerland

Culture and social etiquette in Switzerland

Nestled amidst larger neighbors, Switzerland is a melting pot of cultures and traditions, including when it comes to social etiquette.

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Swiss wrestling

5 things you should know about Swiss wrestling

Did you know that wrestling in Switzerland is actually a big deal? Well, get ready to ‘Schwing’ with our five facts about Swiss wrestling.

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Switzerland sports

Popular sports in Switzerland

Skiing, wrestling, tennis, and beyond. We explore the most popular Swiss sports and share tips on where to catch the action.

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Religion in Switzerland

Religion in Switzerland

The Swiss may not be very religious, but Switzerland’s religious landscape is nevertheless fairly varied.

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Work-life balance Switzerland

Work-life balance in Switzerland

It might be known as a country of hard workers, but there’s actually a very strong work-life balance in Switzerland. This guide explains all.

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Swiss National Day

Swiss National Day: what to do and where to celebrate

Celebrate the Swiss Confederation like a local with our guide to everything you need to know about Swiss National Day in the alpine nation.

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Fasnacht

Fasnacht: how the Swiss celebrate carnival

Fasnacht is when the Swiss let their hair down. Discover everything you need to know about Fasnacht with our guide to the Swiss carnival.

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Christmas in Switzerland

Christmas in Switzerland: traditions, foods, and characters

Celebrate Christmas the Swiss way with this list of top Swiss Christmas traditions, Christmas holiday activities and a Swiss-German Christmas dictionary.

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Switzerland gay marriage

Gay marriage in Switzerland

A complete guide to gay marriage in Switzerland, from current laws and requirements to public attitudes and LGBT+ organizations.

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Schmutzli

Samichlaus and Schmutzli: the Swiss Santa and his helper

As the temperatures begin to drop, Swiss children eagerly anticipate the arrival of Samichlaus and Schmutzli. Who are this alpine Saint Nicholas and his strange companion?

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