ZURICH, SWITZERLAND

FRIDAY, 9th June

Zurich is a city of culture and business. Over the centuries the region has developed from a small Roman customs post into a world-renowned tourist destination. In past years Zurich has repeatedly been chosen as the city in the world with the highest quality of life. The population of Switzerland is around 8 million.

Some facts about Switzerland and Zurich in particular.  Zurich is Switzerland’s largest city.

Zurich is not the Capital of Switzerland – the Capital is Bern.

In Switzerland, Zurich is spelt six different ways.

Zurich is the proud owner of the largest Church clock face in Europe on St. Peters Church – even bigger than Big Ben’s.

The Latin name for Switzerland is Confoederatio Helvetica or Helvetia, hence the”CH” abbreviation which denotes Switzerland.

Bircher Muesli was developed in 1904 by the Swiss Doctor Maximilian Bircher-Benner.

The Swiss traditionally tend to live as Tenants.

Rosti is the favourite potato dish in German speaking Switzerland.

In 1925 MIGROS revolutionised the food industry. In 1948 the first self-service operation opened in Switzerland.

There are 26 Cantons in Switzerland – Zurich has the largest population. Each Canton has its own flag.

Zurich has over 1,200 drinking fountains.

The Swiss are the world’s largest consumers of chocolate. Chocolate has been made in Switzerland since the 18th century.

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