Quick Facts

  • Officially the Swiss Confederation
  • Switzerland’s sovereignty and neutrality have long been honored by the major European powers, and the country was not involved in either of the two world wars.
  • Federal Republic consisting of 26 Cantons, with Bern as the seat of federal authorities.
  • Climate: temperate, but varies with altitude; cold, cloudy, rainy/snowy winters; cool to warm, moist, cloudy, humid summers
  • Ethnic groups: German 65%, French 18%, Romansch 1% other 6%
  • Languages: German (official) 63.7%, French (official) 20.4%, Italian (official), Serbo-Croatian, Albanian, Portuguese, Spanish, English, Romansch. (German, French, Italian, and Romansch are all national and official languages)
  • Religions: Roman Catholic: 41.8%, Protestant 35.3%, Muslim 4.3%, Orthodox 1.8%
  • Population: 7.66 million
  • Major Cities: Zurich 1.143 million, Bern (capital) 346,000
  • Literacy Rate: 99%
  • GDP per capita: $43,369
  • Current weather conditions –  www.weather.com
  • Tips for Travel in country – www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates –  www.xe.com

Government in Power

Federal Republic, with directorial system and direct democracy

Healthcare Statistics

  • Life Expectancy: 81.17 years
  • Maternal mortality rate: 10/100,000
  • Infant mortality rate: 4.03/1,000
  • Physicians density: 4.07/1,000 population
  • HIV/AIDS: 0.4%
  • Risk of Infectious Disease: Low
  • Infectious disease updates:  http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

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Health education in the field This is a very important topic that I believe is often overlooked on many mission trips! While it’s wonderful to go spend a week doing clinic work, the reality of these mission trips is that it’s a short-term mission trip, and when the week or so is over, clinic ends! […]

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