Currency: Swiss franc
Electricity: 230 Volts (AC), 50 cycles. Most power sockets are designed for three pin round plugs. The standard continental type plug with two round pins may be used without problem.
Time Zone: GMT +1 hr
Government: Parliamentary Federal State since 1848, Direct democracy
Land size: 41,293 km2
Language: Swiss German, French, Italian
Population: 7,700,000 approx
Religion: 42% Roman Catholic, 35% are Protestant, 23% other faiths.
Driver's License: International driver's license required.
Entry Requirements: Canadian citizens need a valid passport. Visa are required for a continuous stay of more than three months.
Switzerland Vacation Tips
While Switzerland is not part of the European Union and thus is not obliged to convert to the euro, many prices are indicated in euros so that visitors may compare prices. Merchants may accept euros but are not obliged to do so. Change given back to the client will most likely be in Swiss francs.
Swiss Travel System tickets are as individual as your travel plans and excursion wishes. A network of more than 20,000 km of train, bus and boat routes offer a large selection of excursions. The highlight of any Swiss trip is a ride along one of the many scenic routes. Note: Children up to 16 years of age travel free as long as one parent accompanies them.