Diversity - A Swiss Hallmark

Switzerland's three main geographical regions are the Alps, the Plateau and the Jura. The climate varies greatly from one region to another. Depending on the area and the time of year, Switzerland experiences conditions like Siberia or the Mediterranean. So the Swiss know how to adapt.

Switzerland lies at the intersection of three great European linguistic cultures - German, French and Italian. Those regions have access to the culture of the countries on their respective borders. At the same time, they also have access to the culture of the other parts of Switzerland. Radio and television programs in the three languages are broadcast across the whole of Switzerland. The Swiss are keen connoisseurs of those cultures and have assimilated them to help them build great commercial ties with the rest of the world. Swiss culture varies at least partially between the mountains and the plateau. The daily life in an isolated valley runs very differently than the life in a large international city such as Zurich or Geneva.

Religions also enrich the Swiss culture with diversity and tolerance.

The Swiss themselves are sometimes puzzled about what they have in common apart from their passport, what is it that makes them Swiss? The Swiss say, they are held together by the desire to be united. The general attitude is summed up in the formula "unity, but not uniformity".

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