Fun Facts

The 1’000-Swiss Francs-bill (which at an exchange rate of 1.20, equals 840 US Dollars) is the highest denomination note in the world.

The average Swiss citizen eats about 23 lbs of chocolate per year compared to the 11.7 lbs consumed by the average American annually.

The Swiss are a nation of tenants with only one-quarter of the population owning their own home. Most homes have bunkers, a result of Cold War concerns about nuclear war.

The population of Switzerland is approximately 7.34 million, just under the population of New York City (approx. 7.39 million).

James Bond’s mother is Swiss.

Albert Einstein was working as a clerk in a Swiss Patent Office when he proved his Theory of Relativity.

The Swiss flag is the only square banner in a sea of rectangle-shaped flags at the United Nations.

The popular typeface “Helvetica” was created in Switzerland and is named after the
country’s Latin name, Confoederatio Helvetica.

Switzerland is only 15,943 square miles, (one-third the size of New York State) measuring just 137 miles from north to south and 217 miles from east to west.

Switzerland’s diverse landscape ranges from 643 feet above sea level in Ascona (the Ticino region), where the climate is Mediterranean, to 15,199 feet above sea level in the Dufour Peak. These locations are just 43 miles apart.

Extending for some 3,100 miles, the Swiss rail system is one of the world’s most extensive. In addition, the Swiss rank second in reliance upon trains (behind Japan) making more than 40 trips and clocking over 1,100 miles annually. In comparison, the average American takes just 0.1 train trips covering 20 miles each year.

Some 60% of Switzerland’s electricity is produced by hydroelectric power.

Switzerland has more than 1,500 lakes, and it is said that you are never more than 10 miles from a lake anywhere in the country.

Every year 60 billion m3 of rain and snow provide Switzerland with about 20 times the amount of water the population needs for drinking and other uses.