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Switzerland

Switzerland is a federal republic consisting of 26 cantons, or states, with Bern as the seat of the federal authorities. Switzerland is situated in Western Europe, and is a landlocked country geographically divided between the Alps, the Central Plateau and the Jura. The Swiss population of approximately 7.8 million people concentrates mostly on the Plateau, where the largest cities, Zürich and Geneva, are found. The Swiss Confederation has a long history of neutrality, for it has not been in a state of war internationally since 1815.


Capital

Bern

Government

Federal Directorial Republic

Language

German, French

Currency

Swiss Franc (CHF)


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"We have host seven students from Switzerland over the years, and we love to stay in contact with them all today. Last year, our family was able to visit many of them in Europe!"

— The Reese family, Michigan

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Tim, from Switzerland, made this video to show his host family more about his life at home.

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Rosti
Ingredients
1 lb potatoes
3 oz. spring greens or cabbage
2 oz. cheddar cheese, grated
1 tbs. flour
1 oz. butter
1 tsp. olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Directions
 

Remove any stalks from the spring greens or cabbage and finely shred the leaves into 1/4 inch slices. Drop the spring greens or cabbage into boiling water for 2 minutes only, then drain and dry well.

Peel the potatoes, then grate them into a bowl. Season with salt and freshly milled black pepper, then add the grated cheese and greens or cabbage and, using 2 forks, lightly toss together.

Shape the mixture into rounds 3 inches wide and 1/2 inch thick. Dust lightly with flour.

Pre-heat the oven to 425F, placing the baking tray on the top shelf of the oven. Melt the butter and add the oil, then brush the rösti on both sides with the mixture. Place the rösti on the baking tray and return it to the top shelf of the oven for 15 minutes, then turn the rösti over and cook them for a further 10 minutes.

Guten Appetit!

Fun Facts
  • Switzerland has around 8 million people, about as many as Virginia.
  • Switzerland is 15,940 sq. miles, about the same size as Maryland.
  • There are four official languages in Switzerland: Swiss German, French, Italian, and Romansh.
  • Famous Swiss include Auguste Piccard, Roger Federer, and Leonhard Euler.
  • The "Toblerone Mountain" is actually called Matterhorn, and has an altitude of 4,478 meters.
  • The CHF1,000 bill is the highest denomination note in the world.
  • Switzerland is well-known for it's production of luxury watches.
  • 18 Swiss chocolate companies made 172,376 tonnes of chocolate in 2013.
Hello/Good Day

Guten tag
How are you?

Wie geht es dir?
I AM SO EXCITED TO MEET MY SWISS EXCHANGE STUDENT

Ich bin begeistert, mein Schweizer Austauschschüler treffen
WOULD YOU LIKE SOME MORE TOBLERONE?

Möchten Sie etwas mehr Toblerone?