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Facts and Figures

area 7‘105 km2
due of forest 27%
population 193'920 (status 2013)
capital city Chur
languages German (68%), Romanic (15%), Italian (10%), others (7%)
religion evangelic (40%), roman-catholic (47%), others (13%)
overnight stays 5‘128'542 (status 2013)

Business hours

Business hours in Switzerland are not uniformly regulated but usually correspond to the following times:

Banks: Mon-Fri 08:30-12:00 and 14:00-16:30/17:30 (partially open for lunch)

Post offices: Mon-Fri 08:00-12:00 and 14:00-18:00, Sat 08:00-11:00 clock (partially open for lunch)

Department stores: Mon-Fri 08:30-18:30, Sat 08:30-18.00. Shops are closed on Sunday except at airports, certain train stations, motorway service areas, and the Alpenrhein Outlet Village Shopping.

Public authorities and offices: Mon-Fri 08:00-12:00 and 14:00-17:00/18:00 (partially open also for lunch)

2014 Holidays

New Year 01 January
Good Friday 18 April
Easter Monday 21 April
Ascension 29 May
Pentecost 08 June
Whit Monday 09 June
National holiday 01 August
Christmas 25 December
Boxing Day 26 December

Water

In Switzerland, both tap and well water are drinkable and of excellent quality.

 

Electricity

220 V AC, as in Germany and Austria. Euro plugs do not always fit into Swiss plug sockets so we recommend using a southern-European adapter with narrower contacts.

 

Entry requirements

Please find detailed information on Switzerland’s entry requirements

Important phone numbers

Police Tel. 117
Fire department Tel. 118
Ambulance / Rescue Tel. 144
Swiss Air Rescue REGA Tel. 1414
Breakdown service TCS Touring Club Switzerland Tel. 140
Weather Forecast Tel. 162
Avalanche Bulletin Tel. 187
Road Conditions Tel. 163
Gen. Information e.g. Doctors, theater etc. Tel. 1811
International Dialing Codes Switzerland 0041, Germany 0049, Austria 0043, Netherlands 0031, Belgium 0032, Great Britain 0044, Poland 0048, Czech Republic 00420

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