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Slide 1 - Switzerland Presented By: Rachel Thysell
Slide 2 - Where is it?
Slide 3 - Switzerland Landlocked alpine country in Western Europe Roughly over 7 million people 4 national languages Swish German, French, Italian, Romansh
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Slide 5 - Switzerland Everything printed in three different languages German, French, and Italian Religion Roman Catholic 47.6% Protestant 44.3% other 8.1%
Slide 6 - Currency 10 francs 1 franc 1 franc (reverse) Swiss Franc (CHF) 1 U.S. Dollar = 1.2268 Francs
Slide 7 - Economy Strong economy in banking and finance Ranked as most competitive in the world by the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report Banking, pharmaceuticals, and chemicals are very important industries, however tourism is biggest Tradition of political and military neutrality Several international institutions United Nations has second largest center in Geneva Red Cross founded there in 1863, still has its institutional center in the country
Slide 8 - Weather Springtime Daytime temperature range 8 to 15° C (46-59° F) Bring along a sweater and your hiking shoes!
Slide 9 - The Alps
Slide 10 - The Alps Greatest mountain range system of Europe Stretching from Austria in the East to France in the West Swiss Alps are the central portion of the mountain range
Slide 11 - Interlaken
Slide 12 - Interlaken Located between Lake Brienz and Lake Thun Named after its geographical position Jungfrau Mountain (4158 M) is main attraction for backpackers Interlaken lays at the flat area at the end of the Lauterbrunnen Valley
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Slide 14 - Interlaken Very popular in winter for skiing and snowboarding Jungfrau Top Ski Region 3 ski resorts interconnected Also offers breathtaking views, hiking, mountain biking, and a point of relaxation
Slide 15 - Hiking in the Alps More than 22,000 miles of well-kept trails Criss-cross through meadows, forests, glaciers, and magnificent views of towering peaks At bottom in Interlaken, offers chance for rest and snacks
Slide 16 - Mürren
Slide 17 - Mürren Mountain village in middle of Alps, free of public cars, home of highest altitude ski resort Population 450 Home of famous revolving Piz Gloria Restaurant, made famous by James Bond movie
Slide 18 - Lauterbrunnen Small town that lies in the Lauterbrunnen Valley The Lauterbrunnen valley also provided the pictorial model for J.R.R. Tolkien’s sketches and watercolors of the fictitious valley of Rivendell 300 meter high Staubbach waterfall
Slide 19 - Staubbach Waterfall 300 M high (900 ft) Has inspired painters, poets, and writers over the centuries Goethe wrote a poem based on his 1779 visit, making the lake famous in the late 18th century
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Slide 21 - Swiss Food Most commonly known for Swiss cheese Swiss chocolate Also include basic bread, dairy, meat, fruit
Slide 22 - Swiss Chocolate Non-tropical climate, with no colonies in cocoa-bean growing countries (South America, Africa) Heinrich Escher, mayor of Zurich, was introduced to chocolate in Brussels in 1697 and brought it back home, where it was discreetly consumed at the feasts of the various guilds which ruled the city, until the Zurich Council banned it in 1722 as unfit for virtuous citizens. (It had a reputation as an aphrodisiac.) The first chocolate shop in Switzerland opened in Bern in 1792 (several decades later)
Slide 23 - Swiss Chocolate – Fun Facts Swiss eat more chocolate than anyone in world -2001- averaged 12.3 kg per person 80% milk chocolate 10-12% plain chocolate 3-4% white chocolate Dark chocolate is on the rise All production must be in Switzerland to be “Swiss chocolate” (cocoa beans, paste, butter, sugar, milk) Otherwise declared on package
Slide 24 - Food Breakfast Bread (zopf), butter, marmalade or honey, cheese, cereal, milk, tea Lunch Sandwich or birchermüesli (oat flakes, water, cream, honey, sugar, lemon juice, apples) Dinner Bread, cheese, dried meat
Slide 25 - Food
Slide 26 - Swiss Army Every male citizen must do military service Starts at age 20 and ends at 42 Soldiers keep their arms at home Automatic rifle for simple soldiers Pistol for officers plus couple of bullets in a sealed box Must return everything at age 42 Many cave-like buildings have been built in mountains to serve military purposes They hold arms, supplies for crisis, and even fighter planes
Slide 27 - Sources www.swissworld.org/chocolate Wikipedia World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report Yahoo Finance http://finance.yahoo.com/currency
Slide 28 - THE END!!! Any Questions? Thank You!