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Capital Berne
Political Structure 26 Entities
Population 7581000
Urban Population 76%
Population Growth 0.4%
Income per Capita 40840$ / Year
Languages German, French, Italian, Romansh
AreaSetup Travel112 41290 km²
Time Zone UTC/GMT +1.00
DST (Summer Time): +2.00
AltitudeSetup Travel112 ~ 902 m
Currency CHF (Franc)
Country Code CH
Neighbours DE, IT, LI, FR, AT
Vehicle Registration Code CH
Top-Level Domain .ch
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www.admin.ch
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www.eda.admin.ch
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www.lonelyplanet.com
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independent political entity

Switzerland

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News and Warnings

Safety

Publisher: U.S. Department of StateSetup Travel112Helptext
Last Update: 2010-01-21
Safety and Security
Switzerland remains largely free of terrorist incidents.  However, like other countries in the Schengen area, Switzerland’s open borders with its Western European neighbors allow for the possibility of terrorist groups entering/exiting the country with anonymity.  U.S. citizens are reminded to remain vigilant with regard to their personal security and to exercise caution.  Although there have been no recent terrorist attacks in Switzerland, violence by anti-globalization, anti-Semitic, and anti-establishment (anarchist) groups does occur from time to time.  This violence is typically in the form of property damage and clashes between these groups and the police.  The potential for specific threats of violence involving U.S. citizens in Switzerland is remote.  Nevertheless, the Consular Agencies in Zurich and Geneva may close periodically to assess their security situation.

For the latest security information, U.S. citizens traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs website, which contains current the Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts as well as the Worldwide Caution.

Up-to-date information on safety and security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free within the U.S. and Canada, or by calling a regular toll line, 1-202-501-4444, from other countries. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

The Department of State urges U.S. citizens to take responsibility for their own personal security while traveling overseas.  For general information about appropriate measures travelers can take to protect themselves in an overseas environment, see the Department of State’s extensive tips and advice on traveling safely abroad.

Crime
Switzerland has a low rate of violent crime.  However, pick-pocketing and purse snatching do occur in the vicinity of train and bus stations, airports, and some public parks, especially during peak tourist periods (such as Summer and Christmas) and when conferences, shows, or exhibits are scheduled in major cities. Liechtenstein has a low crime rate.  Travelers may wish to exercise caution on trains, especially on overnight trains to neighboring countries.  Thieves, who steal from passengers while they sleep, can enter even locked sleeping compartments.  Thieves have been known to work in pairs to target train passengers; while one member of the pair creates a diversion at a train window or on a platform, the other steals items left briefly unattended.

In many countries around the world, counterfeit and pirated goods are widely available.  Transactions involving such products may be illegal under local law.  In addition, bringing them back to the United States may result in forfeitures and/or fines.

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HIV

Prevalence of HIV among adults aged >=15 years0.264%

Emergency

Telephone Numbers

Police Fire Brigade Ambulance Mobile Phone (GSM)
112 / 144 112 / 118 112 / 117 112

Embassies and Consulates

Attention: As a citizen of the European Union, you can use the embassies and consulates of the other member states as well. You will find the list of represented EU states on our webpage Embassies and Consulates.


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Card Service

Company
American Express Diners Club MasterCard Visa Discover EC/Maestro JCB

Money Transfer

Western Union[2]  and other companies are offering a worldwide service, to send money to friends or relatives within minutes to nearly every location in the world. Per location the stored agents will be shown. You can find the agents on the map also, as long a road map is available.
Alternatively you can send money online also, but this service is only from some countries[3]  available.


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Transport

Traffic Rules

Right-Hand Traffic
If right-hand-traffic is unusal for you, take time and make breaks to become used to. Always bear in mind that you have to drive on the right side!
Speed Limits
  Town Highway Motorway
50 kph
80-100 kph
120 kph
50 kph
80-100 kph
120 kph

  80 kph
80 kph
 
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Right-Hand Traffic

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 Star Airline Swiss International Air Lines
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Health

Health Information

Publisher: U.S.A., Centers for Disease Control and PreventionSetup Travel112Helptext
Last Update: 2010-01-21

    Before visiting Switzerland, you may need to get the following vaccinations and medications for vaccine-preventable diseases and other diseases you might be at risk for at your destination: (Note: Your doctor or health-care provider will determine what you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities.)

    To have the most benefit, see a health-care provider at least 4–6 weeks before your trip to allow time for your vaccines to take effect.

    Even if you have less than 4 weeks before you leave, you should still see a health-care provider for needed vaccines, medications, and information about how to protect yourself from illness and injury while traveling.

    If your travel plans will take you to more than one country during a single trip, be sure to let your health-care provider know so that you can receive the appropriate vaccinations and information for all of your destinations. Long-term travelers, such as those who plan to work or study abroad, may also need additional vaccinations as required by their employer or school.

    Be sure your routine vaccinations are up-to-date. Check the links below to see which vaccinations adults and children should get.

    Routine vaccines, as they are often called, such as for influenza, chickenpox (or varicella), polio, measles/mumps/rubella (MMR), and diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus (DPT) are given at all stages of life; see the childhood and adolescent immunization schedule and routine adult immunization schedule.

    Routine vaccines are recommended even if you do not travel. Although childhood diseases, such as measles, rarely occur in the United States, they are still common in many parts of the world. A traveler who is not vaccinated would be at risk for infection.

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    Health Factors[5] 

    Description
    Water Access to improved drinking water sources: rural 100%
    Access to improved drinking water sources: urban 100%
    Sanitation Access to improved sanitation: rural 100%
    Access to improved sanitation: urban 100%
    Health Prevalence of HIV among adults aged >=15 years 0.264%
    Physicians density (per 10 000 population) 40.0
    Hospital beds (per 10 000 population) 57
    Life expectancy at birth (years) female 84
    Life expectancy at birth (years) male 79

    Natural Disaster

    Avalanche Center

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    National avalanche bulletin Switzerland English

    If you are traveling in the mountains especially backcountry (off-piste) you should be informed about the current risk. Each year climbers, backcountry skiers, snowboarder and snowmobilers are caught by avalanches. On our special avalanche page you will find the local and nationwide Avalanche Center (Switzerland and worldwide).
    Avalanche Center

    Earthquake

    In the last 200 years significant earthquakes (Quantity: 9) have occurred in Switzerland.
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    The GSHAP Global Seismic Hazard Map
    This GSHAP map depicts the likely level of short-period ground motion from earthquakes in a fifty-year window. The map colors chosen to delineate the hazard roughly correspond to the actual level of the hazard. The cooler colors represent lower hazard while the warmer colors represent higher hazard. Specifically, white and green correspond to low hazard (0 - 8% g, where g equals the acceleration of gravity); yellow and orange correspond to moderate hazard (8 - 24% g); pink and red correspond to high hazard (24 - 40% g); and dark red and brown correspond to very high hazard ( ? 40% g).[6] 


    Earthquake: Switzerland

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    Travel Preparation

    Entry and Exit Requirements

    Publisher: U.S. Department of StateSetup Travel112Helptext
    Last Update: 2010-01-21
     Switzerland is a party to the Schengen agreement. As such, U.S. citizens may enter Switzerland for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa. The passport should be valid for at least three months beyond the period of stay. For further details about travel into and within Schengen countries, please see our Schengen fact sheet .

    Liechtenstein is not a party to the Schengen agreement. A visa is not required for stays up to 90 days.

    For more information on entry requirements for both countries, travelers may contact the Embassy of Switzerland at 2900 Cathedral Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008, telephone (202) 745-7900, or the nearest Swiss Consulate General in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, or San Francisco. Visit the Embassy of Switzerland’s web site at http://www.swissemb.org for the most current visa information.

    Information about dual nationality or the prevention of international child abduction can be found on our web site. For further information about customs regulations, please read our Customs Information sheet.

     Switzerland is a party to the Schengen agreement. As such, U.S. citizens may enter Switzerland for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa. The passport should be valid for at least three months beyond the period of stay. For further details about travel into and within Schengen countries, please see our Schengen fact sheet .

    Liechtenstein is not a party to the Schengen agreement. A visa is not required for stays up to 90 days.

    For more information on entry requirements for both countries, travelers may contact the Embassy of Switzerland at 2900 Cathedral Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008, telephone (202) 745-7900, or the nearest Swiss Consulate General in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, or San Francisco. Visit the Embassy of Switzerland’s web site at http://www.swissemb.org for the most current visa information.

    Information about dual nationality or the prevention of international child abduction can be found on our web site. For further information about customs regulations, please read our Customs Information sheet.

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    Power

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    230 V
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