Switzerland, officially the Swiss Confederation, is located in the middle of Europe (although not part of the European Union). The country consists of 26 cantons and Bern is the capital city. While the Alps occupy the greater part of the territory, the Swiss population counts up approximately 8 million residents. The money is Swiss Franc, CHF.
The establishment of the Swiss Confederation is traditionally dated to 1 August 1291, which is celebrated annually as the Swiss National Day where it is common to gather together for either a raclette or a barbecue (with veal sausage and cervelas! And not forgetting Zweifel chips) before admiring the local fireworks.
There are four main linguistic and cultural regions: German (or Schwyzerdütsch – the Swiss-German dialect – 65%), French (22%), Italian (8% mainly in Ticino canton) and Romansh (> 1% mainly in Graubünden canton). note : There a high level of immigration in the country (21% of the total of residents) who may speak other languages than the 4 official ones, reason why the total of the percentages shown above doesn’t reach 100%. The style of the cuisine of the three first languages is greatly influenced by the country from which the language originates. Every canton has its own characteristics and popular dishes. Local products and particularly cheeses are a noticeable part of many meals and a common feature for the whole country.
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