Exploring the Culture of Switzerland
Switzerland’s spectacular landscape includes snow-capped Alps and grassy hills spotted with grazing cows. Home to 1,500 sparkling, crystal-clear lakes, Swiss people are very proud of the fact that even in big cities, the water in the rivers and lakes is clean enough to go for a swim. The Swiss climate is generally temperate, but it can vary from glacial conditions on the mountaintops to the almost Mediterranean climate at the southern tip where palm trees grow.
The Swiss value punctuality and efficiency; a common saying claims that if one is late, it’s probably because they weren’t wearing a Swiss watch or riding a Swiss train. The country’s motto is, “Unity, yes; uniformity, no,” which speaks to the open-minded, peaceful, and collaborative culture of Switzerland.