Switzerland

This is a country in Central Europe. A nature lover’s paradise consisting of a number of lakes, the high peaks of the Alps and traditional villages dotted around the country. 

Capital City

Bern

Currency

Swiss Franc

Total population:

8.7 million (2021)

Languages spoken:

French, German, Romansh, Italian

Cultural dos:

Do not ask personal questions such as salary, age or religion. Privacy is highly respected. 

Cultural don’ts

Be punctual for appointments and meetings with locals.

Continent:

Europe

Top three foods the country is known for:

  • Cheese Fondue 
  • Tartiflette (thinly sliced potatoes, smoky bits of bacon, caramelised onions and creamy Reblocohon cheese)
  • Rosti, Valaisanne-style

Bonus

  • Wine varieties
  • Swiss Chocolate and hot chocolate

What the country is known for :

  • A cultural melting pot with influence from Germany, Italy and France
  • Awe-inspiring natural scenery and lakes
  • Branded watches
  • Swiss Army Knives
  • Skiing in the Swiss Alps
  • Jungfraujoch, Matterhorn
  • A neutral country
  • Albert Einstein’s alma mater
  • Stable economy
  • Expensive country to live

More About Sweden

#SwedenGate is currently trending on social media (as at June 2022) after the rest of the world discovered that Swedes do not offer/give their guests or children visiting any food. Shock! Horror! Gasp! The culture is rooted in not wanting to upset the other person’s meal plans, especially if it involves a child. Meal times are a time for family and the reasoning is that if you feed a guest, it will disrupt the family time for the other person. This was a topic of serious debate on the internet as some could not fathom having guests over, especially children, and not offer them any food. The silver lining is that you are now prepared and will not find this cultural practice weird when you visit.

English

Swedish

Hello

Halla

Goodbye

Adjo

Please

Snalla du

Thank you

Tack

How much?

Hur mycket?

Do you speak English?

Pratar du Engelska?

Where is the toilet?

Vart finns toaletten?

May I please have some water?

Kan jag snalla fa lite vatten?

I would like some food please

Jag skulle vilja ha lite mat tack

Where can I get a taxi?

Var kan jag fa en taxi?

Places visited

Destination Gallery

NEWS & UPDATES

Travel Blog

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